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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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Ozwald Boateng's Fashion Show at the Apollo Was an Exploration of Authentic Identity

The Ghanaian-British designer presented a new collection inspired by his African roots and the Harlem Renaissance.

Ozwald Boateng, the Ghanaian-British fashion designer known for his meticulous bespoke suits, recently held a fashion show at the iconic Apollo Theater in partnership with social networking platform, Vero.

When he made the announcement of the show, the designer floated around the abbrevation "AI" which we all know as "artificial intelligence," but this time, however, it was intended to stand for "authentic identity," CNN reports.

The models casted were a diverse multigenerational array of who's who in fashion, music and in Black Hollywood including Michael K. Williams, Jidenna, Adesuwa Aighewi, Aldis Hodge, Jo-Ani Johnson and more. They donned Boateng's classic three-piece suits as well as silk ensembles with wax print-inspired ensembles, Ethiopian-inspired jewlery across hues of greens, blues, earth-tones, grey and white.

"We live in a time where Authentic Identity is becoming a crucial part of who we are and the journey we are on," Boateng says to CNN.

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Yasiin Bey Debuted His New Project 'Negus'

The "sound installation" wont be released in digital or physical formats.

Yasiin Bey shared his new release, Negus, at Art Basel Hong Kong.

The artist formerly known as Mos Def's new music comes in the form of an 8-song "sound installation" that was recorded in London in 2015 and will be presented as an "Immersive live experience," a tweet from producer FunkinEven (Steven Julien) reveals.

Production on Negus was handled by Lord Tusk, Steven Julien and ACyde. It wont be available in digital or physical formats.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday is was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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A-Reece Releases His Second Song of 2020 ‘Selfish [EXP 2]’

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'Selfish [EXP 2].'

A-Reece has released another song via SoundCloud. "Selfish" is a minimalist song with its beat consisting mostly of gnarled guitar strings and a pulsating bongo drum.

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