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"I Hated Human Zoos"—Afro-German Author on Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

At 92, Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. In a new clip, he opens up about the racism he's faced throughout his life.

Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. Born in 1925 , the actor and writer lived through the Second World War and had to navigate life in Nazi Germany—as a black person. Thus, the 92- year-old author possesses valuable firsthand knowledge about life in the country during those times.


In a new clip for German-based media outlet, DW, Michael speaks about the lifelong racism that he's dealt with in the country, starting from his early childhood when he was forced to appear in a human zoo.

His stories are an opening into black history that is rarely spoken about—the affects of which, are still being felt by black people in the country today. Watch the clip below.

The video is part of a larger project by DW Stories, which chronicles the black experience in Germany.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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