Sunday, June 23, 2024

Black History Month USA: OUR ROOTS Sports Salutes A Gifted World Cup Soccer Superstar

Kylian Mbappe by TAYO Fatunla
Kylian Mbappe by TAYO Fatunla

*The World Cup 2022 last year in Qatar, sprung surprises with top nations being defeated by the underdogs and Morocco made history to become the first African nation to reach the semifinal of the competition. The United States bowed out of the competition as they went down 3-1 to the Netherlands. Then there was the “final of finals” with Argentina clashing head to head with defending champions France which has a significant amount of Black footballers playing on the French National team. The Final was billed as the Argentine legend Lionel Messi versus French Superstar Kylian Mbappe. The game did not disappoint with Argentina winning through penalty shoot-outs. This Black History Month 2023 in the U.S., OUR ROOTS salutes all Black players around the US who may have been inspired by Kylian Mbappe and who may go on to be great soccer players themselves.

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Comic artist TAYO Fatunla - OUR ROOTS creator
Comic artist TAYO Fatunla – OUR ROOTS creator

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US., and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti outline image is featured in the Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye.” — [email protected]

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