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Kenya Film Classification Board Bans 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Kenya Film Classification Board bans Martin Scorsese's latest film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'


Late last week the Kenya Film Classification Board took to facebook to "ban" Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, his 3 hour+ latest saga of greed in the pursuit of the American dream. The KFCB, who "regulate exhibition of film content to the public," posted the following statement:

"There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALL STREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED."

KFCB's move has come with an online backlash, and not to mention, curiosity-induced publicity that has sparked a surge in viewership. We ourselves had  a few questions for the folks at KFCB. How do they plan on blocking online streams? Who gives non-governmental agents, such as themselves, the authority to decide what is and isn't right for consumption by the Kenyan public? How will they "prosecute" said "violators"? Before we had a chance to reach out to the board, NTV anchor Larry Madowo spoke with KFCB "Corporate Communication Manager" Evelyn Mbuni to ask these questions and more. Watch the insightful interview below.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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