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The Ties That Bind: Chief Boima Reflects on Politics and Music in Liberia


OKA favorite Boima Tucker (spinning for local artist Jakanese in the photo above) writes a potent piece for The Cluster Mag about the close connection between music and politics in Liberia.

"For the disgruntled youth of Liberia, Hipco, Hip-Hop in Liberian 'Colloquial English', has served as a voice for their dissatisfaction with the nation’s leaders and wealthy elite, and has arguably inaugurated the beginnings of a cultural revolution."

It's clear from the article that one cannot talk about Liberia's history without acknowledging the powerful role that music has played as a tool to both organize marginalized youths as well as rally support for corrupt politicians.

Check out this freestyle session at Shadow Entertainment Studios inside Budumbura, the Liberian refugee camp in Accra, Ghana.

Read the full article here, complete with personal photos and video taken during Tucker's recent trip to Liberia.

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Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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