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Maame Biney Is a Tour de Force As She Qualifies for the 500m Quarterfinal

The Ghanaian-American will be the only Olympian representing the US at her next race Tuesday.

In case you need to catch up on this weekend's exciting events at the Winter Olympics, you can't miss Maame Biney's performance as she qualifies for the 500m women's speedskating quarterfinal.


Watch the last half of the race below.

Biney finished second with a time of 43.665 seconds, and managed to ward off pressure from Korea's Kim A-Lang. Her teammate, Lana Gehring, did not advance to the next round.

Biney's next race is Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Photo: The Sundance Institute

Milisuthando Bongela on Making A Film with Her Ancestors

The South African filmmaker's documentary feature, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, is a deeply personal film that touches on her life growing up in the Transkei, before it was incorporated into post-apartheid South Africa.

When the credits roll on Milisuthando Bongela’s documentary feature, Milisuthando, among those listed, along with the lighting director and song composers, are the names of her ancestors. For the South African director, it was important that her first film was indeed made in communion with those who came before her.

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Rising Star Libianca Shares Visuals to Hit 'People (Check On Me)'

The Cameroonian-American's breakout single and accompanying video has us right in our feels.

Rising star and former contestant on the US version ofThe Voice, Libianca, has released the visuals to her viral hit "People (Check on Me)." The 22-year-old singer and songwriter's 5K Records/Sony Music Entertainment UK/RCA Records produced breakout hit has quickly become a global fan favorite, both for her sultry vocals, and the emotional relatability it offers.

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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall, Sarkodie x Bob Marley, Joeboy, AKA x Khuli Chana and more.

Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best new tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.

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