You should know

At least 4 people are injured after a grenade explosion in Bujumbura this morning (BBC News). The violence in Burundi’s capital continues following the AU’s decision over the weekend not to send a peacekeeping force to the country. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he is, ‘alarmed by the deepening crisis’ and warned action must be taken (VOA News).

The IMF says it has not received any new funding requests from oil producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa but it is standing ready to help. Nigeria and Angola have recently turned to the World Bank to try and help deal with the growing fiscal pressures in their countries (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI sub-Saharan Africa tied Eastern Europe and Central Asia for the most corrupt region in the world, according to Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index. Of the 46 countries surveyed, 40 were found to be showing a, “serious corruption problem” (Quartz Africa).


Historian, researcher and author Leo Zeilig (@LeoZeilig) shares his thoughts on Franz Fanon, as ‘the militant philosopher of Third World liberation’ (Africa is a Country) and Ronald Barba (@RonaldPBarba) brings you the ’21 most successful Black entrepreneurs throughout history’  (Tech.Co).

Generation Next

Darnell L. Moore (@Moore_Darnell) looks at more than a year of protests across the United States and says, ‘this is what can happen when Black teens are allowed to lead’ (Identities.Mic).

Urban Environments

The Open City Lagos project (pdf) is published. The cooperation between Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich is intended to, ‘initiate a public reflection and discourse on the characteristics of an open city’. With a focus on the ‘day-to-day experiences’, grassroots initiatives and new opportunities for development and inclusion, the project looks to explore where the “co-existence of different social groups and the richness of cultural diversity come together”  (The Heinrich Böll Foundation).

Identity & Culture

Eryka Badu (@fatbellybella) will focus on ‘the contemporary Black experience’ when she styles the Pyer Moss AW16 show at next week’s New York Fashion Week building on last year’s themes from the #BlackLivesMatter movement (Paper Magazine).

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