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Taylor Swift Sets New American Music Award Record, Urges People To Vote

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Taylor Swift Sets New American Music Award Record

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into U.S. politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote.

The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain’s Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.

She also picked up three other awards, for best female pop artist, best tour, and best pop album for “reputation,” the biggest seller of 2017.

On Sunday, Swift provoked a storm by breaking her silence on politics and announcing she would vote for two Democrats in Tennessee in the U.S. congressional midterm elections in November. Her comments drove a spike in voter registration.

On Tuesday, the “Fearless” singer told the American Music Awards audience in Los Angeles and millions watching at home to go and vote.

“This award and every single award given out tonight is voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people? – The midterm elections of Nov 6. Get out and vote,” Swift said when accepting her trophy.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, New York rapper Cardi B, brought down the house with an exuberant performance of dance hit “I Like It” with J.Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Cardi B, who has had a breakout 12 months, was also named favorite hip-hop/rap artist, but she lost the best new artist category to Cuban-born Camila Cabello.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award.

Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to win an American Music Award, taking the trophy for favorite social artists.

Glady Knight led a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of cancer in August at age 76. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Some of music’s top stars, including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kanye West, were absent on Tuesday. West was snubbed in the nominations while Beyonce, Rihanna and Grande got just one nomination each.

Apart from Swift, the show was largely politics free.

Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying “I am a voter,” and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy “Parks and Recreation,” urged the youth audience to register to vote.

“You can go to vote.org, like Taylor Swift told you to,” Eichner said.

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

The Swahili Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in East Africa, showcased some hot new designs in Dar Es Salaam. Designers, investors, models and fans gathered to celebrate the latest clothing creations.

The four-day event was the eleventh annual Swahili Fashion Week with this year’s theme centering on the promotion of the Swahili language.

For more than a decade, the show has emphasized that fashion is an income-generating creative industry. At the same time, it promotes a “made in Africa” concept.

Many designers combined their creations with elements of the local culture and the Swahili language.

More than forty designers presented their works. The event was a platform for up and coming young designers to demonstrate their talents and ideas.

Organizers and designers say their goal is to make the event the most sought after fashion platform in Africa for the international market.

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Fashion Designers And Models Celebrate 20th International Festival Of African Fashion

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Fashion Designers And Models Celebrate 20th International Festival Of African Fashion

Artists from all over Africa gathered together last week in Dakhla, Morocco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA), a noted biennial fashion show in Africa.

The four-day landmark event on the continent’s artistic life is considered a platform for young and aspiring designers and models. Thirty-five designers from different African countries showcased their creative ideas in front of a huge audience.

Hadya Sinno, a stylist from Lebanon, said she was very impressed by the event.

The fashion show was divided into three categories, fashion designers, accessories designers, and models.  Prizes were handed out for the best in each category. For participants, it was more than just a competition; it was also a display of talent.

Since 1998, FIMA has been a unique platform for culture exchanges in Africa as a catalyst for development, peace, and rapprochement.

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Dakar Film Festival Attracts International Attention

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Dakar Film Festival Attracts International Attention

The on-going Dakar Film Festival in Senegal has attracted a thousand participants including sixty international film professionals, and film makers from around the world to showcase their works in Africa.

During the week-long event, sixty films from 32 countries are expected to be screened. Renowned African directors will showcase some of their works, and films from India, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe will also be viewed. The Senegalese government has fully supported the event.

The annual Dakar Film Festival provides an opportunity to showcase local and international films that aim to promote cultural diversity and understanding among people of different cultural backgrounds.

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