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Watch Trevor Noah Visit His Grandmother in Soweto to Discuss His Upbringing, Apartheid And Nelson Mandela

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South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah was in South Africa for the Global Citizen concert, which took place last week Sunday. While he was here, Noah shot an insert for The Daily Show of him visiting his 91-year-old grandmother in her Soweto house.


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The two discuss the horrible conditions black people lived and worked under during apartheid, raising a biracial baby when people of different races weren't allowed to be together, Nelson Mandela, and what Noah was like as a child.

Noah's grandmother recalls the drudgery of apartheid:

"Working for no pay," she says. "Digging potatoes with your hands, and if one of the workers dies, they are buried, and potatoes are planted right on top of where they were buried."

On Noah being a biracial child, she says:

"When you were here, you gave me a tough time because you wanted to play on the street. There were kids who never knew what a white man was."

She adds that kids ran away from Noah because they thought he was white. She describes him as a child, as "energetic and really naughty," and adds that she used to hit him with a slipper when he was being naughty. "Those big bums, they know my slippers," she says.

Watch the insert below:


Trevor Chats with His Grandma About Apartheid and Tours Her Home, “MTV Cribs"-Style | The Daily Show www.youtube.com


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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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