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Soccer A Way Into History For The Forgotten Immigrants Of India

The Siddis are descendants of Bantu people from East Africa…

"People often look at me as if I am different, and hard to be trusted," Zaharaddeen Muhammed, a Nigerian student studying in India confesses at the New Delhi Africa-India solidarity forum. "I try to be friendly. I speak Hindi and always laugh. But when I offer biscuits to the neighbours' children, they don't accept."

Muhammed's acknowledgment of discrimination in India towards African immigrants is a step in dismantling caste system ideologies that are prevalent in India, but the African presence in the country is not recent. The Siddi community represents a direct link back to the continent.

The Siddis are descendants of Bantu people from East Africa, originally brought to India through the Arab slave trade in the seventh century, and then later by the Portuguese and British. After the abolition of slavery in the 18th and 19th century, Siddis "fled into the country’s thick jungles, fearing recapture and torture." Siddis were originally known as Habshis, a term which refers to an Abyssinian, the previous name of Ethiopia. Currently, Siddi describes all African descendants in India, of which 60, 000 to 75, 000 live in Gujarat and Karnataka.

While Siddis receive some affirmative action benefits, as they are classified as "scheduled tribes"(specific indigenous peoples acknowledged by the Indian government), they remain one of the poorest and most marginalized groups in India, according to BBC:

"Despite such glaring vestiges, Siddi history has been startlingly erased throughout India. Today, stymied by government indifference and ridicule at the hands of fellow citizens, Siddis lead marginalized lives, while aspiring for a fighting chance at better prospects. Largely working as farmers and manual labourers, Siddis lack sustainable work opportunities."

The cultural histories between Africa and India are facing erasure due to the history of English colonialism and the caste system. Such erasure and historical amnesia is helping to fuel violence against African immigrants, instead of understanding how India's past and future is directly tied to the continent.

"There’s today little interest in uncovering African-South Asian relations, unless it serves neoliberal projects. This stands in stark contrast to how many South Asians remember and write about their relationships to Arabs, Persians, Turks and European colonisers, and, importantly, how many South Asians claim ancestry based on such long, complicated and often times violent histories," Indian writer S.Varatharajah says on Medium. "For South Asians, the Indian Ocean that connects us to East Africa is only relevant when talking about Arab traders or European Invaders. African-South Asian histories find no space within it."

Through sports, Siddis find escape from poverty, unequal access to education, and unstable work opportunities. The late 1980s saw India investing in an athletic program for African immigrants, and while the program didn't last, it assisted in fostering connections with Siddis from different places in India.

A promising group of Siddi youth in India are today playing soccer in hopes of making it to the 2024 Olympics, a win that they dream will "uplift the Siddi community, revive its forgotten history and bring much-awaited acceptance to the Siddi people."

 

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Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress To Be Transformed Into Swanky Watch

The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

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'Hustlers' Inspiration Sues Jennifer Lopez's Production Company For $40 Million

Samantha Barbash has filed a federal lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez's production company and others apart of the megahit Hustlers, with claims that her likeness was exploited in the film.

According to PEOPLE, Barbash's suit includes Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC. Lawyer Bruno V. Gioffre Jr. claims filmmakers tried to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her and failed after Barbash refused to sign over her life rights. The film was still made as it was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article titled, “The Hustlers at Scores,” about Barbash and several co-workers who drugged wealthy clients for their money.

Released in 2018, critics and fans fawned over Lopez's strong performance but Barbash shared in several interviews she wasn't impressed. She is now seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. Barbash and her lawyer pointed towards specific scenes in the film that weren't accurate like Lopez’s character “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.”

“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," Barbash told TMZ in September 2018. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist. But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance and earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Camila Cabello Issues Apology For Resurfaced Racist Tumblr Posts

Camila Cabello has released another apology about disturbing racist posts she shared on her Tumblr page in her teens. Her Tumblr account, which went by the name "vous-etess-belle," shared various posts that mocked African-Americans and Asian people. The posts were pretty corny as they used stereotypes like chicken and watermelon to mock black people. One post also made fun of hip-hop music with a meme of Lil Wayne.

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— 🌉 || fan account (@motivatefenty) December 17, 2019

The posts from the Tumblr page were circulated on Twitter by way of user @motivatefenty. While the posts were ultimately taken down, Cabello now 22, posted a lengthy apology on Twitter.

"When I was younger, I used language that I'm deeply ashamed of and will regret forever," she wrote. "I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now."

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— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019

The singer has apologized in the past for her behavior and went through a revamp of sorts in 2016 by showing love to the Black Lives Matter movement, supporting Dreamers and donating money to various charities.

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"I'm 22 now, I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain [this] carries in a way I wasn't before," the post continued. "Those mistakes don't represent the person I am or a person I've ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak out about injustice and inequality and I'll continue doing that. I can't say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart."

As previously mentioned, Cabello's past behavior has been highlighted in the past. The former Fifth Harmony singer operated a mock Twitter account called "Ratchet and Sassy" to use the n-word and also used the word to describe former bandmate Normani. She apologized in 2013, calling them immature.

Despite their past, Normani and Cabello are on good terms. In an interview with The Fader, the "Motivation" singer recalled the moment where she was bullied with racial slurs by the group's fans after they misinterpreted the singer's reaction to a question about Cabello.

"[The girls] offered support, but I'm not sure they could be there in the way that I needed because it's not their experience," Normani explained. "They don't have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I can't look like everybody else. We're all on good terms. Conversations have obviously been had. I spoke to [Camila] at Billboard Music Awards. I saw her again at the VMAs, and no bad blood at all."

Meanwhile, Cabello's boyfriend, fellow pop star Shawn Mendes has also apologized for "racially insensitive" social posts he's used in the past. "I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were," he said in August, according to CBS News. "There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love."

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