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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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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

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The former Prime Minister of Somalia, Nur Hassan Hussein, passed away yesterday at the age of 83 according to reports by the Anadolu Agency.

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