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Women of Color are Celebrating Success and Challenging White Feminism with #WOCAffirmation

#WOCAffirmation is a social media response to the silencing of non-white voices.

A global Twitter boycott took place this morning in response to the social media platform's handling of sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. On Thursday, the account of actress, Rose McGowana vocal Weinstein critic who disclosed that she had been raped by the producer—was suspended. Twitter cited her decision to share a private phone number as the reasoning for the suspension.


Several folks decided to rally behind the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement in order to protest the suspension. Yet, while this was occurring, another group of women—namely women of color—decided to call attention to the fact that women of color have gone through similar experiences, yet we don't always receive the same level of support. Where's the international outrage when our voices are silenced?

Some women, decided instead, to participate in #WOCAffirmation, created by popular media personality April Reign, in which women shared their accomplishments, stories and support for one another.

The hashtag is both a celebration of sisterhood, and a critique of "white feminism."

And accolades aside, sometimes it's just nice to celebrate being here.




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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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