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Forbes Release World's Billionaire List, America Tops The Chart With Bill Gates Being #1

Posted On: March 03, 2015

Forbes released their annual World's Billionaire List. Despite the economy's inflation and recent drop in oil prices, the money keeps moving. Forbes list featured some newcomers, the youngest billionaire, and placed America on the top of their list.

Accodring to the Forbes' published world's list, the youths are on the rise in becoming billionaires, especially in tech inventions and businesses. Evan Spiegel who is the youngest on the list, acquired his fortune by being one of the creators of the photo-messaging app Snapchat. Forty six young billionaires are listed in the article.

Going around the world, Russia decline in billionaires by over 20% with reports of 88 billionaires, opposed to last year's documents of 111. Nigeria's business trade boss, Aliko Dangote lost of shares in some stocks, affected his fortune of $25 billion from last year.  Mexico's Carlos Slim Heru comes in at #2 again and newcomer from Guatemala, Mario Lopez Estrada puts his country on the list for the first time. Including Japan, Germany, Norway, Peru and the United Kingdom who crowned other newcomers to the billionaire list. Samsung's creator from South Korea made the list and Iceland's Thor Bjorgolfsson made a comeback since Forbes' 2009 list.

America had several billionaires on the list and some who made the list for the first time. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is climbing the list by five spots at number 16, Uber cofounders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp made the list and Elizabeth Holmes is listed as the youngest women billionaire. Warren Buffet took back the No.3 spot from Spain's Amancio Ortega, who made the list at No.4.

America came in number one on the list with Microsoft's Bill Gates.

Forbes named Bill Gates as the richest man and person on the planet. Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft.

At the age of 13, Gates started to show interest in computer programming and linked with childhood friend, Paul Allen to launch what became the world's largest computer software business. Microsoft continues to dominate the market in computers, tablets, mobile phones and more. Bill Gates who grew up in a middle class home and knows what the value of a dollar is, gives back to the world through several charities, non-profit organizations and; philanthropy work.

Bill Gates charts the list with a networth of $79.2 billion.

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Billion Dollar Australian Drug Bust Ironically Discovers Meth Smuggled In Bras

Posted On: February 16, 2016

The irony of drug bust from double D's. 

Well, that's what happened in Australia in what police are calling a billion dollar drug bust, of recovering a meth operation estimated at a street value of $1billion in Australia and close to $900 million in U.S. Unlike marijuana which is a plant, methamphetamine is man made. 

160 gallons of liquid meth was seized in Sydney, Australia according to published artciles by CNN. The drugs were creatively inserted as part of the gel lining in thousands of silicone bras, which were imported from Hong Kong. The contraband was also planted in bottles of craft glues, other distinctive art supplies and paints in number sets. So far three nationals from Hong Kong have been arrested and one national from China has been detained.  

According to news articles from Australia, the drug bust is beng documented as the largest in history. In an ABC News report, the broadcaster gave a break down of how the liquid meth would of been manufactured and sold in kilos. 

"Police said the 720 litres of methylamphetamine uncovered could have been used to make 504 kilos of ice with a street value of $1.26 billion, working out at $2.5 million per kilo."

Chinese Narcotic Control Commission was part of the international drug task force, in the investigation of the meth smuggling from Hong Kong to Australia. In their investigative reports, meth has been smuggled through the ice trade of different markets. Meth is one of the issues affecting Australia's communities and its people. The country will continue in its effort of sweeping its streets in drug bust and sanitizing its communities to become drug free. 

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Zambia Elects & Appoints Their First Woman Vice President, Inonge Wina

Posted On: January 31, 2015

In other parts of the world, Zambia made history by electing and appointing their first woman vice president. Hmmm, is America ready for a woman vice president? You know the answer to that. Anyways, let's get to the story.

Zambia in Southern Africa, elected their first woman vice president. Inonge Wina was appointed by President Edgar Lungu, after serving as the national chairwoman of Lungu's Patriotic Front. The 73 year old displayed that it is never too late to achieve in life and be all you can be, when she took the political position as the highest ranking woman ever. Being a pillar in the community, Inonge Wina always been active in working towards the enhancement of her community and is an activist for women rights. She developed a support group in Zambia to help injured police officers and their families.

One of the challenges, Inonge Wina will face as vice president is working with President Lungu, to improve the conditions of economics in Zambia. Wina will also assist the president, in revising policies for food and fuel supply in Zambia.

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Sibongile Sambo Opens Africa's First Woman Aviation Company

Posted On: March 06, 2016

After being denied a flight attendant job because of her height, Sibongile Sambo took matter into her hands and decided to open her own business. Sibongile Sambo did more than become an enttreprenuer, she set the standard and made history by opening Africa's first woman (female) avaition company. 

For Sibongile, it's more than running or managing a business, it's a passion for her to get more women into aviation and to become female pilots. As the founder and CEO of SRS Aviation, an all female aviation company, Sambo is able to provide a resource and outlet to nuture her passion. It was not easy breaking into the male dominated industry, Sibongile Sambo had to learn the language of aviation and find the right investments to fund her vision. 

After being commisisioned for her first flight back in 2004 for the South African government, Sambo has grown and expanded her SRS Aviation company by providing luxury and tourist flights across the globe, personal helicopters and more. 

"It could be a tourist charter for $1,000 or could be a head of state traveling on a VIP aircraft to the United States, which could be about $200,000."

With learning, Sibongile Sambo not only grew her business but also grew in skills and knowledge about avaition. She was able to assist and help three women obtain their private pilot licenses and are now employed full time. Her company, SRS Avaition has an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that allows Sibongile to operate commercial flying activities and conduct piloting classes. 

SRS Avaition managed to link and has a partnership with MCC Aviation, one of the leading and prominent avaition businesses in South Africa. The deal provides accessible fleet of aircraft, operational and technical support. 

Last year in 2015, Ethiopia Airlines ran and dispatched its first all women crew flight and Siza Mzimela became the first Black woman to open a commercial airline. Sibongile Sambo is optimistic that more women will continue to go into avaitation and airline businesses, become founders and even investors in them. She also expressed, a rise in more women pilots and flight crews. 

"What I’m proud of about our company is that we have managed to penetrate the male dominated industry," Sambo revealed. "Aviation is growing in Africa. We are going to grow with the growth in Africa."

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Taliban Gunmen Storm Inside a Military School in Pakistan & Opens Fire

Posted On: December 16, 2014

Early Tuesday morning, before alarms went off and people had to start their daily rountines for the day, news struck that several gunmen stormed into military a school in Pakistan and opened fire. At the time, reports were sketchy but so far this is what news media outlets are reporting:

  • There has been 141 casualties, and out of them are 132 children
  • The gunmen wore military outfits from the school, in order to gain access into the school
  • All seven of of the gunmen are dead
  • Taliban is taking full responsibility for the attack

It's unsure why the Taliban gunmen went into the school but it is very clearly that this was an act of terrorist, and also an act of cowardice to hurt innocent children.

Around 9:30am, the 'Associated Press' reported the seige was over at the military school in Pakistan. And sweeps were done to make sure all the attackers were accountable and detained.

President Obama issued a statement following the incident below.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region."

Taliban leaders reached out to the media and tried to rationale why the children were attacked and calling today's incident a trailer of what's to come. But according to 'ABC News' in a tweet from Twitter, Taliban soldiers from Pakistan are prohibited from  attacking children, as stated below:

Afghan Taliban condemns Pakistani Taliban's attack on school: ''Killing innocent children is against the principals of Afghan Taliban."

Today's tragic incident at the Pakistan's school is being called the worst in Pakistan history. One of the students explained to reporters from 'AFP,' how he had to play dead after being shot in the legs twice. That was the only way to guarantee his survival.

Prayers, light and healing to those children affected by the attack on them in Pakistan.

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Motivation 101: He Turned $1 to $500 Million and You Can Too

Posted On: November 02, 2015

It's Monday and some people dislike Mondays and if you don't have goals and dreams, Mondays will always be a drag. If you are working at a job you hate, Mondays will always be a burden; and if you are not maximizing your potential then Mondays is not something you will look forward to.

If you're doing something you love, Mondays is a blessing.

Lets get into this article and inspire you!

It's international Motivation 101 from Africa.

First off, never, ever let anybody not even yourself limit you! The universe is limitless, God is limitless, imagination is limitless, creativity is limitless; and guess what? Yup! You are limitless! - Say it: "I am limitless." Believe it, let the words grasp to your soul and apply them. Now go out there and conquer your goals and dreams!

And here's something to empower the power in you (© 2015) to do so.

In the November Edition for Forbes Africa, Dr. Cosmas Maduka graces the cover with a very powerful story of trials and tribulations, surviving war and tragedy, being an overcomer, believing in himself with only a vision; and becoming one of the billionaires in Africa. The magazine features a biography of how Maduka took $1 (and a dream) and turned it into a $500 million dollar kingdom.

To read more of Dr. Cosmas Maduka story of triumphant succes, subscribe to ForbesAfrica.

Cosmas Maduka is featured on the list of Africa's most profitable men and billionaires as:

The President of Coscharis Group. Dr. Maduka is an industrialist and philanthropist of huge repute. The man is also an avid sports fan and has donated millions to develop sports and its teams in Nigeria. He is the president of Nigerian table Tennis Federation.  Dr. Maduka has held the position of Non-Executive Director of Access bank Nigeria in the past. 

For Cosmas Maduka it's not about the money but utilizing it as a resource to make a difference in alleviating Africa of its issues from: medicine to sports, social issues, investing in hospitals, day cares, entreprenuership, businesses and etc. By doing this, it has brought him tremendous success: internal as being fulfilled with purpose and also, reaping the fruits of his labor.

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Cash Kings & Queens: The Top 5 Billionaires in Africa

Posted On: January 29, 2015

One would think Bill Gates is the richest man on this earth, because that is what the media portrays. But there other men, as well as women who are in the same categories and richer than Bill Gates, when it comes to financial wealth. And Africa, the land of kings and queens is thriving and breeding billionaires.

So, we compiled a list of the top 5 billionaires in Africa.

Let's get to it.

Starting at number 5 is, Cash King,Tony Elumelu.

Tony Elumelu is one of Africa's prominent leaders, who used his wealth to enhance and expand Africa when it comes to economics, education, social classism, entrepreneurship, medicine and more. Tony Elumelu is a hardcore investor, whose portfolio include: Transcorp, the United Bank of Africa, Nigeria's conglomerate in tradings and more. In 1997, Tony Elumelu used his leadership skills to spearhead a small group of investors like himself, to acquire Standard Trust Bank in Lagos, they rebuild the bank and helped the bank achieve its profits back. In 2005, Tony Elumelu and his team of investors, merged the bank with the United Bank for Africa and turned it into a large commercial bank.

Tony Elumelu is currently spearheading a team which consist of billionaires, political leaders and etc. to improve Africa's energy and formed the group, The African Energy Leaders Group.

Tony Elumelu networth is $1 billion dollars. 

Coming in at number 4 is one of Africa's Queen, Folorunsho Alakija's.

Known as the baroness of oil, Folorunsho Alakija's, is the richest woman in Africa; and the wealthiest Black woman in the world. Folorunsho Alakija's began her journey studying fashion design in London and worked as a secretary. Using her education, skills and talents, Folorunsho Alakija created and founded her own fashion company called, Supreme Stitches. Using her company to gain notable clientele, Folorunsho Alakija became successful in the fashion trade. Due to her network of prominent leaders and socialites, Folorunsho Alakija went into the oil business and recieved an oil prospecting license in 1993. She formed and developed the company, Famfa Oil, which now owns 60% stake of the oil field in Africa.

But it didn't stop there, Folorunsho Alakija went into philantrophy creating, The Rose of Sharon Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps widows and orphans. As a philantrophist, in 2014 Folorunsho Alakija donated $4.5 million to Nigerian's President Goodluck Jonathan's nonprofit organization, Victims Support Fund.

Folorunsho Alakija networh is $2.5 billion dollars.

Coming in at number 3, is Patrice Motsepe.

Making history as the first billionaire in Africa, Patrice Motsepe is an innovator with the Midas touch. The HKIN, "head king in charge," Patrice Motsepe built a company centering around Africa's natural resources. He is the president and CEO of African Rainbow Minerals, a trading and mining coporation that mines and refines minerals such as: coal, iron, copper, nickel, chrome, platinum, gold and more. Patrice Motsepe is also, an investor and has stake in several financial service firms and owns the Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club in Africa.

Patrice Motsepe mining business started in law, when he became the first Black partner at the Bowman Gilfillan law firm in Johannesburg. Since his rise to power and wealth, Patrice Motsepe has donated and pledged $1 million dollars to aid and assist in developing effective medication in combatting Ebola and also, in finding a cure. Patrice Motsepe was the first Black billionaire to sign Bill Gates' and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, where he promised to donate half of his wealth to charity.

Patrice Motsepe networth is $2.3 billion dollars.

Coming in at number 4, is Mike Adenuga.

Mike Adenuga is an oil tycoon and mobile guru. In 2003, Mike Adenuga started the Globacom coporation and has become the second largest mobile phone network company in Africa. Mike Adenuga founded and is the president of the Conoil Producing, which manufactures oil and owns 3 producing oil blocks in Africa.

Mike Adenuga studied abroad in America and went into trading. He worked for Coca Cola industries in tradings and other products.

In 2013, Mike Adenuga blessed the Nigerian team with $1 million dollars after they won the 2013 African Cup of Nations. With a generous heart, Mike Adenuga gave the team's coach an estimated, $20,000 dollars in cash and offered to pay the coaches monthly salary of $32,000. Furthering his investments and philantrophy in sports, Mike Adenuga signed a four year sponsorship deal with Nigerian Premier League (NPL), the football league in Nigeria for $16.5 million.

Mike Adenuga's networh is $4.6 billion dollars.

And coming in as the number one king of them all, is Aliko Dangote.

Aliko Dangote is Africa's wealthiest man. He is a self made billionaire, who started his kingdom with investments in cement, sugar and flour. Aliko Dangote used that as a stepping stone, to elevate himself into the oil business and became an oil guru.

In 2014, Aliko Dangote financed $9 billion dollars in a construction plan, to build a private oil refinery and fertilize petrochemical complex in Africa. In the same year, Aiko Dangote invested $1 million dollars in manufacturing rice and commerical rice farming. He also introduced plans, to improve Kenya and Niger by developing and building new businesses that will improve economics and; job placement in Africa.

Check out the comments he made below referring to his new endeavors which will benefit the people of Africa.

"We are giving back because we are creating quite a lot of jobs. We are not doing like other Africans, where most of the money is in the bank. We don't keep any money in the bank; whatever we have we fully invest and we keep on investing - and that's what we do."

Aliko Dangote owns mining companies in cement in Africa, that also developed jobs. 

Aliko Dangote networth is $21.6 billion.

So, there you have it, the top 5 cash Kings and Queens of Africa. Who knew money was also black, it's like stuntin' with Obamas.

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Floyd Mayweather Boxing Fight With Manny Pacquiao Finally Scheduled For May 2nd & Ticket Frenzy Already Begun

Posted On: March 01, 2015

As well know, the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing fight is finally happening. After a long awaited journey of the world patiently waiting, for the two boxers to finally strap their gloves on and make history.

Mayweather and Pacquiao are not only making history, but the fight in itself will also make history in boxing. The two heavyweights put business to paper and signed the contracts confirming the fight. Mayweather informed his fans about the boxing fight on social media, once all the legal matters were handled and let his fans know, he was always in it to make the fight happen for them.

Boxing promoters have been trying to organize the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight for over five years, according to a published article on Yahoo Sports. In 2010 there was an issue with the drug testing protocol which prevented the fight from happening and also, profit dealings could not be reached at the time. But promoters, Mayweather, Pacquiao and all those involved, finally reached what the profit shares would be for each fighter and other business contracts. The split was 60/40, with Floyd Mayweather having possibilities of earning over $130 million for the boxing fight. 

Ticket points have not been established for the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight, nor has sales of them begun. But already it is causing a frenzy. The boxing fight is anticipated to bring in close to half a billion dollars, if not more from advertisements, promotions, ticket sales, hotel sales, venue sales, event party sales, media sales and more.

The fight is scheduled for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The arena has a possibility of generating more than $40 million dollars from the fight.

Ticket sale prices have not been announced but Floyd Mayweather has a track record of producing ticket sale prices which ranged from: the highest being $1,403.63, and the lowest at $359 for get in prices.

Mayweather who also goes by the moniker "Money Mayweather" used boxing as a stepping stone very well by becoming his own boss in it, launching his own brand called "The Money Team" with the acronym "TMT," and being a man who handles his business.

The born champion has a fighting spirit and a will to win against all odds. Mayweather achieved several belts to honor his sportmanship and for going above and beyiond as an athlete, who loves what he does.

In devleoping his own brand: The Money Team, Floyd Mayweather opened up boxing gym centers to train the next generation of boxing fighters.The Money Team also sponsors boxing camps for young adolescent boys in the summer.

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John Legend Launches "Free America" Campaign To Raise Awareness and End Mass Incarceration

Posted On: April 15, 2015

Is this our future president in the making? Hey, you never know.

John Legend has been using the platforms that he has to raise awareness about racism, political issues, the structure of family and etc. Legend's effectiveness when it comes to displaying the role of an activists, made his voice echo all over the world, when he gave an eloquent speech at the Academy Award about mass incarceration; in winning an Oscar for best original song with rapper Common for their song 'Glory.'

John Legend announced he will be spearheading a campaign and intiative called "Free America," to raise awareness and put an end to mass incarceration. Legend who is an Grammy/Academy Award singer and pianist, is confidently going forth in his role of leadership, to try and resolve some of the issues that are affecting America.

“We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country,” Legend said in an interview. “It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.”

John Legend will kick off his campaign by visiting and performing at a correstional facility in Austin, Texas, where he will also hold a press conference with state legislators to talk about issues concerning Texas' criminal justice system and also, to brainstorm and develop any kind of solutions for them. From there, Legend will visit California's state prison and other correctional facilities across the nation. John will co-host a criminal justice event centering around his campaign Free America with politicans in Washington, D.C. in the upcoming weeks ahead. John Legend will also, link with other musicians like himself and other organizations whose purpose is to end mass incarceration.

“I’m just trying to create some more awareness to this issue and trying to make some real change legislatively,” he said. “And we’re not the only ones. There are senators that are looking at this, like Rand Paul and Cory Booker, there are other nonprofits that are looking at this, and I just wanted to add my voice to that.”

 

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Muhammad Ali, The Great One Laid To Rest

Posted On: June 11, 2016

A send off fit for a king! 

Yesterday (June 10th) was Muhammad Ali's funeral, it was a day of remembrance. A day of gratitude that a great soul graced the earth, a day of reflecting on some of Ali's powerful words, a day of mourning because of Ali's passing, a day of celebrating Muhammad's life, the contributions/impact he made to the world; and his leagacy. It was just his day!

Muhammad Ali's funeral consisted of world leaders, celebrities, politicians, athletes, people from all over the world and 15,000 fans who turned it up for the people's champ. 

Ali's funeral was broadcast live and streamed all over the world. It was a perfect day of clear skies where people made peace with one another, in the strength of Muhammad. Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were in attendance, pall bearers and documented as Ali's successors for the heavyweight crown. Will Smith who played Muhammad in the movie "Ali" was also there and one of the pall bearers. Ali's daughter Laila Ali, all his children, his wife Lonnie, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Billy Crystal who tried to alleviate the heavy hearts during the procession, Bill Clinton who gave the eulogy and so many others. Even a king was in attendance to honor another king. During the funeral procession, many shared their experiences and memories of the GOAT, Ali. It began with an Islamic prayer and the day before a prayer service was held for Muhammad.

Muhammad Ali was driven throughout the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, his hometown. People ran after the hearse, some were jogging with boxing fists up in the air, threw flowers, some cried and hugged each other, while the hearse Ali was in drove by. So many people touched the hearse Ali was in, as their way of connecting with the greatest. It was beautiful to see how much the world loved Ali. This was a man who stood for something and refused to fall for anything. 

Children were also amongst the fans and held up signs with Ali's quotes, thanking him for showing the world that the impossible can become possible. 

Some wore boxing gloves to honor and tribute Muhammad Ali

The streets of Louisville, Kentucky were decorated in flowers, a symbolism of Muhammad Ali's character, he was tough as thorns but yet his kindness was soft enough to touch the hearts of millions across the globe. He inspired, motivated, empowered, he made people laugh, he made them think, Ali instilled and gave people hope; and he was the epitome of what being fearless meant. Muhammad Ali illustated how you can't judge a book by its cover and he had knowledge that was beyond understanding. 

Muhammad Ali is the inspiration for boxers to coordinate themselves, to be light on their feet but yet heavy with their punches, the inspiration for writers to sting with their words like bees but with the sweetness of honey to heal, empower, uplift, motivate and impact people. The inspiration for leaders to stand up for something, for the rights of others and not fall in denial of it, the inspiration to be your greatest self, to speak power into yourself and grow into those declarations. 

Muhammad Ali was the first person to call himself the greatest, he believed in it, he grew to be that and became it.

Muhammad Ali, the greatest. 

Let the life he lived inspire yours and inspire you to be your greatest. 

 

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Cambridge University Will Host United Kingdom's First Ever Hip Hop Conference

Posted On: March 01, 2016

Cambridge University has been noted for being institutionally racist and lacking in educational programs in modifying diversity. Well this year will be different and the university will be holding its first ever Hip Hop conference in the United Kingdom.

The conference is titled, "It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At" and will consist of scholars from across the world to debate and discuss their analyst of the genre. Also give their interpretation of creatives in Hip Hop and their work from Rakim to Future and how it has evolved. 

The event will be held in June, hosted by by Cambridge musicologist James Butterworth, with topics examining all aspects of Hip Hop from linguistics, gender roles, musicology and more.

Below are some of the questions the panels of scholars are reuired to answer: 

"How can an emphasis on ‘where you’re at’ help us to understand the ethics and aesthetics of Hip Hop?"

"What relevance does the privileging of orientation have to the development of Hip Hop studies as an interdisciplinary field?"

"What is the role of negation in the construction of Hip Hop’s various histories, its cultural politics, and its re-territorialisation?"

The conference is facing some controversy since most of the panel will be White, who have to examine lyrics with the words 'n*gga.'

Organizers are concern and will try to make the panel more diverse but also expressed the need for the conference at the school and how there's been courses about the subject of Hip Hop at Cambridge and other universities in UK. 

“You may be surprised that many music faculties at UK universities offer courses in Hip Hop,” Butterworth revealed to Times Education. “Cambridge has a course in Hip Hop, and I have taught a course at the University of Oxford on hip hop that is a compulsory module for all first-year music students.”

Things that make you raise an eyebrow. The panel should consist of those who have knowledge, experience, wisdom and etc. in Hip Hop and because it is a mutli-diverse culture, the panel should be as such. 

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