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Wizkid Takes Home 3 Billboard Music Awards

Wizkid took home three trophies at last night's Billboard Music Awards—well, figuratively, as the musician wasn't actually in attendance for the show.


The Nigerian artist was nominated for seven awards for his massive 2016 Drake collaboration "One Dance." He won for "Top R&B Song," "Top Streaming Song (Audio)," and "Top R&B Collaboration."

Last week, we listed "seven things that Wizkid should do now that he's blowing up," which included launching a liquor line and featuring Drake on one of his own singles, but only use his vocals at a really low volume in the chorus.

Speaking of Drake, the rapper had a memorable night, taking home 13 awards and becoming the most-awarded artist in a single year. It seems that "One Dance" was a rather fruitful collaboration for the parties involved.

Congrats to Starboy!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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