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Sunday, February 16

Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15
An actress who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum, has died aged 15, Ugandan media report.
Nikita Pearl Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments.
It starred Lupita Nyong'o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Thursday, February 13

Actor Jussie Smollett charged again related to alleged staging of hate crime

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Tuesday in a six-count felony indictment accusing him of staging a phoney hate crime in Chicago, nearly a year after similar charges were abruptly dismissed by local prosecutors.
The indictment, capping a five-month special prosecutor's probe, accuses Smollett, who is black and openly gay, of making four separate false reports to Chicago police related to his account of being the victim of a violent hate crime.
Smollett's lawyer, Tina Glandian, said the special prosecutor's use of police detectives who took part in the original investigation of her client raised "serious questions about the integrity" of his renewed prosecution.
The previous charges "were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence," Glandian said. The attempt to prosecute Smollett anew ahead of the Cook County state's attorney primary election next month "is clearly all about politics, not justice," she said.
Smollett, 37, has insisted he told the truth when he reported that he was accosted on the street in January 2019 by two masked men who threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressions of support for President Donald Trump.
But police arrested Smollett a month later, accusing the actor of paying two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack in an effort to use the notoriety to advance his career.
The dismissal of the original case on March 26, 2019, three weeks after Smollett was first charged in a 16-count indictment, drew an outcry from then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police superintendent, who branded the reversal a miscarriage of justice.
At the time the state's attorney's office said its decision to drop the charges as part of an agreement with Smollett to forfeit his $10,000 bond was a just outcome. But Cook County Judge Michael Toomin later appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as a special prosecutor to review the case.
"I'm Best Since Fela Kuti" - Burna Boy

   Afrobeat Super star Burna Boy has bragged that he's the best since Fela Kuti, the Afrobeat legend. The star tweeted, read below.

  Burna Boy was nominated for the recently held Grammy awards in the World Music Category but lost to Angelique Kidjo

Friday, January 31

50 Cent Gets a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Seventeen years since the release of his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the multi-faceted rapper-actor-mogul received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (Jan. 30). Friends including Eminem and Dr. Dre were on hand for the star-studded ceremony near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.
Following some words from former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, Eminem took the stage to recall the first time he met a young Curtis Jackson. “It just kinda felt like he’s gonna be a star. The way he carried himself, swagger, everything. It just seemed like he was the whole package,” said the Detroit rapper, who signed 50 to Shady Records.
Em also reflected on their friendship. “I’m here today because this is not only a business partner to me, it’s one of the best friends I’ve ever known in the world and I would say it’s much more fun to be his friend than it is to be his enemy, ’cause this guy is fucking relentless. And he won’t stop.”

Wednesday, January 29

Jaden Smith Celebrates ‘Boyfriend’ Tyler the Creator’s Grammy Win

Tyler, the Creator is a Grammy winner and Jaden Smith is celebrating!
On Sunday, the rapper, 28, won the best rap album prize for his album Igor. When accepting his trophy, Tyler (né Tyler Gregory Okonma) said that he had “never fully felt accepted” in the rap music community.
Smith, meanwhile, tweeted about Tyler’s big win that night, writing, “My Boyfriend Just Won A Grammy.”
Back in November 2018, Smith, 21, sent fans into a frenzy when he claimed that Tyler was his boyfriend while performing at the rapper’s sixth annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival in Los Angeles.

Nicki Minaj's brother sentenced to 25 years to life

 The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home.
A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. The victim testified during the trial that Maraj repeatedly raped her in 2015 while her mother was at work.
Prosecutors have said DNA evidence recovered from the girl’s pajama pants was linked to Maraj. The girl’s younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault.
Maraj's attorney appealed conviction in 2018, claiming that there was jury misconduct. The judge ruled in October that the defense did not meet the necessary burden of proof.
Maraj said in court Monday that he had an alcohol problem and asked for a “second chance." One of his attorneys said he suffered from health issues including hypertension, gout and anemia and requested the minimum sentence of 10 years to life.
Maraj's appellate attorney, Stephen Scaring, said he plans to appeal the judge's decision.

Tuesday, January 14

Photo: Akon Finalizes Agreement for Akon City in Senegal

Music Legend, Akon has revealed he has finalized the agreement on building Akon City in Senegal. He tweeted, "Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future"

The city will have a airport, solar power, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals and the official currency, Akoin.

Monday, January 13

Dangote Plans to Buy Arsenal in 2021

  Aliko Dangote has admitted that he is planning to buy Arsenal Football Club.
The Nigerian billionaire - the richest man in Africa - has made no secret of his desire to take over the north London club in the past and has made several statements about launching a future takeover bid in the past.
And the 62-year-old Gunners supporter, who is at number 136 on Forbes' rich list, has been speaking up a move for the club again.
Now, with the Dangote Refinery still in process, Dangote has altered his plans and made the big claim that he will buy the club sometime in 2021.
"I'm not buying Arsenal right now, I'm buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I'm trying to take the company to the next level."
Meet the Nigerian Actress Nominated for Oscar

  Nigerian-British actress and singer Cynthia Erivo has been nominated for Academy awards. The actress got two nominations 'Best Actress' and 'Best Original Song' for her role in the movie 'Harriet'.

      Born Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo, She is known for her performance as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the latter two she shared with the rest of the cast.

Erivo ventured into films in 2018, with roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. In 2019, she portrayed abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet.

Thursday, January 9

Rob Kardashian files for primary custody of Dream, claims Blac Chyna is a 'danger'
Rob Kardashian wants primary custody of his 3-year-old daughter, Dream, and made some explosive allegations about Blac Chyna, claiming she's not fit to parent alone.
According to a sealed court filing obtained by TMZ, Kardashian accused his ex-fiancée of doing drugs, drinking alcohol and hosting parties while Dream is present. He also claimed Dream is learning inappropriate behavior from being in Chyna's home. The former reality star apparently enlisted Khloé Kardashian back him up in the documents.
TMZ reports Kardashian accused Chyna of "snorting cocaine," being "drunk all the time" and "a former employee of Chyna's alleges she spends $600 on alcohol almost daily and can down an entire bottle of Hennessy." The outlet claims Kardashian said Chyna gets "physical by throwing objects, including knives and lit candles."
Brazilian Judge Blocks Netflix Comedy Special ‘The First Temptation of Christ’ That Depicts Gay Jesus

A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to stop showing a comedy special called “The First Temptation of Christ” that insinuates that Jesus Christ was gay.
    According to the Associated Press. a Rio de Janiero judge Benedicto Abicair responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that demanded Netflix to remove the film, saying it hurt the “honor of millions of Catholics” in the country. A petition started on last month has received over two million signatures demanding public retraction of the film.
“The First Temptation of Christ” comes from a Brazilian comedy group called Porta dos Fundos, and the special imagines Jesus returning home on his 30th birthday with a gay friend.

Tuesday, December 31