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Yasiin Bey Announces the Final U.S. Shows of His Career

Yasiin Bey is partnering with the legendary Apollo Theater and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present his final U.S. performances.

Earlier today we reported Yasiin Bey is leaving South Africa tonight following a ten-month legal battle with the country's Home Affairs Department.


Now, the artist formerly known as Mos Def has revealed the final U.S. show dates of his career. Billboard reports that the rapper/actor is partnering with the Apollo Theater and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present his final U.S. performances. The special engagements will begin with a December 21st show at the legendary Harlem venue, followed by a New Year's Eve celebratory run from December 31st through January 2nd, 2017 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Every show will offer a unique musical experience for audiences, a press release points out, with Bey performing songs from a different album each night, including The New Danger, True Magic, The Ecstatic and Black on Both Sides, alongside new material. Each performance will also feature special guest appearances by artists who have been instrumental throughout Bey's career.

The Kennedy Center shows will be highlighted by a post-show party in the venue’s Grand Foyer. Bey's own artwork, as well as other artists in Bey's and Ferrari Sheppard's A Country Called Earth collective, will be anonymously displayed at both venues.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with the Kennedy Center on what will be a milestone moment in not only hip-hop history but also in popular culture,” the Apollo's executive producer, Kamilah Forbes, said in a statement.

A press release also reveals that, following the performances, "Bey will venture to Africa to focus on his arts, culture, and lifestyle collective A Country Called Earth (ACCE)," adding that he'll continue to pursue his newly-formed passions as a painter.

Tickets to the Apollo show go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 2nd, at 12pm EST. An online ticket pre-sale will be offered to the Apollo's "A-list" email list beginning Tuesday, November 29th, at 12pm EST. You can sign up for the A-list at apollotheater.org.

Yasiin Bey's U.S. dates

12-21 New York, NY - Apollo Theater

12-31 Washington, D.C. - Kennedy Center

01-01 Washington, D.C. - Kennedy Center

01-02 Washington, D.C. - Kennedy Center

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.