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Posted: December 15, 2020  

Google, YouTube Suffer Rare Outage

It is a first for Google as the service provider suffered a brief outage on Monday afternoon due to “an internal storage quota issue”, according to the firm’s reps. “Services requiring users to log in experienced high error rates”, lasting for “approximately 45 minutes”. Services affected included YouTube, Gmail and Google Drive as users registered complaints online that they were abruptly logged out of the apps.

Despite the swift restoration of services, a 45-minute outage during a workday caused mass panic on the interwebs – Gmail and YouTube alone make up at least 3.5 billion users globally.

Sauti Sol, ’40 Sticks’ Film Win at Kisima Music and Film Awards

Winners for the 2020 Pan African Kisima Music and Film Awards have been announced. Hosted by Mwaniki Mwageria and Agnes Nonsizi at the Sarit Centre, Nairobi, the event was dedicated to promote culture, music, stories, creativity and skills in Africa, by Africans, for Africans unto the world.

What came as a surprise to many was Gengetone group, Mbogi Genje’s win for the coveted “Group of the Year” award, against Sauti Sol – The band, however, bagged “Album of the Year” award for their chart-topping “Midnight Train” album. Nigerian singer, Simi, not only took home “Song of the Year”, West Africa award for “Duduke” but also “Female Artist of the Year”, Africa.

Popular “40 Sticks” film took home four awards including “Best Feature Film” and “Africa Best Director” (Victor Gatonye). The documentary, now streaming on Netflix, had just previously swept through nine awards at the Kalasha Film Awards.

This year’s theme, “Reawakening the soul, spirit, and vibrancy of the African music and film industry”, is geared towards making Kisima Music and Film Awards a melting pot of authentic talent, driven by an unrelenting zeal to showcase the rich diversity of African music and film.

‘Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy’ Trailer Released

Netflix has released the official trailer for “Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy”. In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. Decades later, the destructive effects on people’s lives, families and communities are still deeply felt. “Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy” examines not only the personal devastation caused by the drug, but also the shadowy origins of the crisis and the resultant, ongoing marginalization of Black and Brown people trapped by the U.S. prison and healthcare systems.

The film charts the trajectory of cocaine from a Wall Street party drug to the broad devastation of poor communities”, says director Stanley Nelson. “We also examine the role of local and federal government, which had a clearly inadequate and racist response to the growing crack epidemic. At the very least, the government looked the other way; at worst, the federal government conspired to aid drug smugglers. Local police departments enabled the explosion of crack usage, and then took draconian measures to stop it. In making the film, one thing I found fascinating is how the “War on Drugs,” which has wrought such broad devastation in Black communities, had the support of many Black politicians and community leaders who were desperate for a solution. Many were willing to do anything to stop the crack problem, although most didn’t realize what “anything” would turn out to be. Criminal prosecution and jail time came to be seen as the only solution. As Congressman Charles Rangel says in the film, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Decades later, with the militarization of police forces across the country and the highest rates of incarceration in the world, we can understand this failure of imagination more clearly. The story of the crack era gives context to recent calls to “defund the police.” As a filmmaker, what really interests me is how the past can help us to make sense of the present. Stories about subjects like the crack era, the Black Panther Party, the Freedom Riders, Emmett Till – when told accurately – are critical to understanding who we are as a nation today, and impact our ability to shape the future.”

“Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy” premieres on the streaming platform January 11,2021. Check out the trailer below.

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