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Trevor Noah Calls Bullshit on America's Police Force: "Why is the Video Never Enough?"

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah talks candidly about police brutality in America and the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

If you watch one late night video this week, let it be this. In a poignant monologue from Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah eloquently called bullshit on America’s police force.

The South African comedian began by asking viewers if they saw the shooting that happened two days prior, referring to the police shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Because don’t worry, if you missed it, there was another one yesterday,” added Noah of the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. “Two videos in two days. Of police fatally shooting two black me. Who, when you watch the video, did nothing to warrant them losing their lives.”

The hardest part about having a conversation surrounding police shootings in America, Noah went on to say, is that it’s either one or the other. If you take a stand for something––whether that be cats or dogs, Red Sox or Yankees, lol or hahaha––you’re automatically against something else, he said. Noah responded with a plea:

“With police shootings it shouldn’t have to work that way. For instance, if you’re pro-Black Lives Matter, you’re assumed to be anti-police. And if you’re pro-police, then you surely hate black people. It seems that it’s either pro-cop and anti-black, or pro-black and anti-cop. When in reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black. Which is what we should all be.”

“You shouldn’t have to choose between the police and the citizens that they are sworn to protect. What makes these incidents even more painful is the fact that there are people who don’t even think that this police problem even exists.”

Source: The Daily Show's Facebook

Seeing is believing, he continued. And yet when it comes to videos of police shootings, seeing isn’t believing. “Why is the video never enough?” he asked.

“It’s a truth. I shouldn’t even be afraid to say it. America has a problem within its police force. And although this is a problem that disproportionately affects black people, it’s not just a black problem. This is an American problem… Everyone is involved. And with all this evidence on video, surely the least America can expect from its police is for them to admit that there’s a problem. You can’t fix something until you admit that it’s broken.”

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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