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David Adjaye, Biram Dah Abeid, Viola Davis and More Honored In TIME's '100 Most Influential People' Issue

TIME revealed its '100 Most Influential People' of 2017 list, which features an eclectic group of global influencers.

TIME Magazine's 14th annual "100 Most Influential People" issue is here.


The list was revealed earlier today with 5 separate covers, featuring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, John Legend, Melinda Gates, Riz Ahmed and Jeff Bezos.

As usual, the list includes an eclectic group of global influencers ranging from politicians to artists, athletes, musicians and more.

The group includes some of our favorite people such as the Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye, who designed The National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as Mauritanian politician and abolitionist leader, Biram Dah Abeid. Gambian lawyer and chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, is also featured.

A number of game-changing black film directors such as Barry Jenkins, Ava Duvernay and Jordan Peele are also on this year's list.

The list also includes some folks that we're less fond of, but who have, nonetheless, been influential in the past year. Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are amongst the more controversial figures in the group.

“In divisive times, it’s tempting to nestle in a comfort zone, surrounded by people who look like us, think like us, pray like us, vote like us,” writes  Nancy Gibbs, TIME's editor and Chief. "Yet many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world.”

You can check out the full list of honorees via the magazine's website.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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