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This Video Puts an African Lens on the Black Lives Matter Movement

We gathered a group of Africans to read a poem inspired by police brutality against Black people in America.

Black lives matter. It's an unquestionable and uncomplicated truth.


Blackness, however, is not as plainly stated. Blackness is broad and multilayered—and each layer matters. It's crucial that the myriad of black identity is fully represented in the movement for black lives.

In a new video, OkayAfrica gathers six black Africans, of various nationalities, to read a poem, written by Sheba Anyanwu, about police brutality against black people in America. The poem begs the necessary questions about the inclusion of African lives in the Black Lives Matter movement. This kind of reflection isn't about dividing the movement, it's about strengthening it. It's about ensuring that it lives up to its name by fully recognizing the totality of black life.

We ask these questions because "whether you're from a country in Africa the Caribbean or an African-American, bullets don't ask about your humanity."

So we must ask.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

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As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

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