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Video: Angola Represents at Miss Universe Pageant

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Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil - effectively making her the most beautiful woman in the world. Women from 89 countries competed for the title but Lopes came out on top! Angola boost!

We love seeing Africa represented on the world stage, but also wonder what the implications of a "beauty" pageant are for gender equality in many parts of the continent... or many parts of the world for that matter.

For example, what does a bikini contest imply about whose notion of beauty the contestants are being judged by? The stereotypical Western male? Celebrity judge, Connie Chung wants us to keep in mind that "these women are not objects to be looked at. They're to be taken seriously," but I wonder if Chung has ever seen the interview with last year's Miss Angola, Jerema Ferraz. At the one minute mark in the video below, Ferraz begins to talk about the difficulties of the civil war in Angola when the video cuts out and she's asked to make sound effects. For real, like animals and car engines.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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