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Full Extended Interview With Rep. Ilhan Omar

Watch Ilhan Omar on Stephen Colbert: 'I'm as American as Everyone Else Is'

The first-term American congresswomen from Minnesota talks about the xenophobic attacks against her

Many knew Ilhan Omar would face unique challenges as a new congresswoman on the national stage. Being a Black, Muslim woman in American politics is a lightning rod for right wing fury and having a progressive platform invites even more plutocratic ire. So the combined response was bound to be grotesque. But the latest baseless attempts by right wing media to try and make her look sympathetic to the 9/11 attackers feels like an increasingly desperate attempt to incite to violence.

In the midst of all this, she appeared on Stephen Colbert to talk politics. See the extended interview above and read some more of our coverage of the Somali-American congresswoman below.

READ: In Defense of the Black Boogeyman: What the disciplining of Ilhan Omar tells us about anti-semitism and black dissent in America

READ: The 'Ilhan Omar Effect': How a Somali-American Muslim Woman Candidate is Mobilizing Millennial Voters in Minnesota

READ: Ilhan Omar is One of OkayAfrica's "100 Women"

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Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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