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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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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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Comedian Munya Chawawa Signs Major Deal with Atlantic Records

Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian Munya Chawawa, known for his hilarious online skits, has recently signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records.