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This College Student's "White People Stay Colonizing" Presentation is Necessary Viewing

Watch freshman Eastern Michigan University student Taylor Amari Little's "White People Stay Colonizing" presentation that's about to blow up the internet.

Taylor Amari Little, aka Controversial Tay, is a freshman and all-around badass activist at Eastern Michigan University, where a number of racist episodes have taken place this year, including one in September in which a man in an SUV attempted to plow through a group of student Black Lives Matter protesters who were protesting against racist graffiti that was spray painted on campus.


The 18-year-old Criminology and Criminal Justice major has emerged as an important voice at the predominantly white institution. She’s also the founder of a social justice organization that seeks to service homeless people around Detroit (The Temple Project) and a visibility project for queer Muslims (Queer Ummah).

Most recently, Little has people talking with an enlightening presentation she gave during one of her classes this week. The presentation is titled “White People Stay Colonizing,” and it’s an examination of “teen dance crazes” and “teen slang” in which Little, sporting a brilliant "Make America Brown Again" t-shirt, argues the following: “The most important yet hidden fact about the history of mainstream culture is that it always derives from people of color, especially black people.”

“Teen dance crazes and teen slang is not actually teen dance crazes and teen slang, but really just appropriated parts of black culture,” she continues.

Watch the full talk below.

One day I feel like my professors just gon stop letting me do presentations

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what happens when I'm assigned to do a presentation #imactuallyhellaexcitedformyspeechtomorrow #itshellaBlack

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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