Peanut Gallery: TOMS 'One Day Without Shoes' Coupon

The Okayplayer Family comments on the silliness of Living Social's coupon for TOMS 'One Day Without Shoes' March April 16th in NYC.

Once in awhile an opportunity for ridicule so rich comes along that we HAVE to send it around to the kids in the office for a good old-fashioned cynical roundtable. We spend so much time promoting great arts that we gotta make sure "dope" "fresh" "fantastic" and "awesome" aren't the only words in our vocabulary. You can imagine our excitement when this lil coupon for TOMS' shoeless march through Manhattan popped up - the shallow mockery could hardly be contained.

On April 16th, TOMS will host their notorious "One Day Without Shoes" campaign. This Living Social coupon boasts the opportunity for do-gooders to meet in Madison Square Park at 6pm, toss off their shoes, and march across town to the Pourhouse for pizza and beer to fundraise for Save the Children - a $40 value for the reduced price of $19! Goodness.

A - LOL! layers, so many layers... You'd have to be a total sucker to participate. You're gonna PAY to walk through NYC streets barefoot?! - but don't worry, there's booze and pizza at the end! FUN! Wait, I mean CHARITY (with a coupon)!

Z - Please take your shoes off and walk through the garbage laden streets of Manhattan. If you make it to the Pourhouse without any STD's we'll give you pizza and get you drunk. If you do get STD's chock it up to sympathy for the little bastards we're trying to help out.

R - Yah it's dumb but I guess if it incentives donation then so what.

A - I can't imagine what kind of nerds will be at this thing. Predominantly white, middle class office dwellers who stalk Living Social for spa and brunch deals is my guess. FYI I too am a white office dweller, I'm way cooler tho.

D - This is pret-ty funny on several levels. But I gotta say I find shoelessness quite a funny thing to rally around (apart from when we're talking about jigger), especially when the lifestyle section of every newspaper is seemingly obsessed with barefoot running. Just yesterday this was from page of the Guardian.

G - Sorry, I'm busy that day - I've got this fast in solidarity with all the starving children in Ethiopia - because then I'll really know what it's like to starve - and then later I've got this "day without a home" party where we all sleep on the sidewalk next to the trash cans - sleeping bags and pillows are allowed of course - but then we'll really understand the plight of the homeless on a much deeper more connected level, and after that I'm doing a "dirty water" day where you are only allowed to drink sewer water from the dirty gutters of the Brooklyn streets in order to raise money for Charity Water wells in Africa which they'll build and then abandon 5 years after the fact.

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E - Before purchasing this coupon you should be aware that in the year 2000 Michael Franti did some shit like this AND THE MF (<--no pun intended) HAS NOT WORN SHOES SINCE THEN. Just saying. It's a slippery slope. Please consider how you will look wearing shitlocks before you sign up. (Unless you already have 'em…in which case, dumb out).

N - Fire the marketing department, this idea is horrible... aaannndddd they've sold a total of 16 tickets sooo #fail


Introducing OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020 List

Celebrating African Women Laying the Groundwork for the Future

It would not be hyperbole to consider the individuals we're honoring for OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020 list as architects of the future.

This is to say that these women are building infrastructure, both literally and metaphorically, for future generations in Africa and in the Diaspora. And they are doing so intentionally, reaching back, laterally, and forward to bridge gaps and make sure the steps they built—and not without hard work, mines of microaggressions, and challenges—are sturdy enough for the next ascent.

In short, the women on this year's list are laying the groundwork for other women to follow. It's what late author and American novelist Toni Morrison would call your "real job."

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else."

And that's what inspired us in the curation of this year's list. Our honorees use various mediums to get the job done—DJ's, fashion designers, historians, anthropologists, and even venture capitalists—but each with the mission to clear the road ahead for generations to come. Incredible African women like Eden Ghebreselassie, a marketing lead at ESPN who created a non-profit to fight energy poverty in Eritrea; or Baratang Miya, who is quite literally building technology clubs for disadvantaged youth in South Africa.

There are the builds that aren't physically tangible—movements that inspire women to show up confidently in their skin, like Enam Asiama's quest to normalize plus-sized bodies and Frédérique (Freddie) Harrel's push for Black and African women to embrace the kink and curl of their hair.

And then there are those who use their words to build power, to take control of the narrative, and to usher in true inclusion and equity. Journalists, (sisters Nikki and Lola Ogunnaike), a novelist (Oyinkan Braithwaite), a media maven (Yolisa Phahle), and a number of historians (Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Leïla Sy) to name a few.

In a time of uncertainty in the world, there's assuredness in the mission to bring up our people. We know this moment of global challenge won't last. It is why we are moving forward to share this labor of love with you, our trusted and loyal audience. We hope that this list serves as a beacon for you during this moment—insurance that future generations will be alright. And we have our honorees to thank for securing that future.


The annual OkayAfrica 100 Women List is our effort to acknowledge and uplift African women, not only as a resource that has and will continue to enrich the world we live in, but as a group that deserves to be recognized, reinforced and treasured on a global scale. In the spirit of building infrastructure, this year's list will go beyond the month of March (Women's History Month in America) and close in September during Women's Month in South Africa.

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Burna Boy 'African Giant' money cover art by Sajjad.

The 20 Essential Burna Boy Songs

We comb through the Nigerian star's hit-filled discography to select 20 essential songs from the African Giant.

Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with his chart-topping single, "Like to Party," and the subsequent release of his debut album, L.I.F.E - Leaving an Impact for eternity, Burna Boy has continued to prove time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with.

The African Giant has, over the years, built a remarkable musical identity around the ardent blend of dancehall, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and afropop to create a game-changing genre he calls afro-fusion. The result has been top tier singles, phenomenal collaborations, and global stardom—with several accolades under his belt which include a Grammy nomination and African Giant earning a spot on many publications' best albums of 2019.

We thought to delve into his hit-filled discography to bring you The 20 Essential Burna Boy Songs.

This list is in no particular order.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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