Former US President Barack Obama, legendary singer, Stevie Wonder and rapper, Snoop Dogg eulogised slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle in a very emotional memorial in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Obama wrote a letter to the family, which was read by Karen Civil, Hussle’s friend and business partner, where he praised Hussle’s attempts to revitalise the gang-plagued neighbourhood where he was raised, and where he was gunned down in March.
“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighbourhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope,” Obama’s letter said, referencing his efforts to build a skills-training centre and a co-working space.
The memorial was held at the 21,000-capacity Staples Center, a sports and pop concert venue, which was packed with fans wearing white and blue for the three-hour memorial.
The ceremony was followed by a 25-mile (40-km) procession through the streets of south Los Angeles.
Fellow California rapper, Snoop Dogg, recalled Hussle’s former connections with the notorious Crips gang that the musician later parlayed into efforts to combat gang violence.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave us a good Crip, the late great neighbourhood Nip. Rest in peace,” Snoop Dogg said.
He called the Grammy-nominated singer “a peace advocate” because of his work with all members of the community.
Wonder played his 1980 hit Rocket Love and a version of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven to pay respects to Hussle.
Also, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Hussle has become “to hip hop and rap what Bob Marley was to reggae.”
“He lived the gang life but he didn’t stay there. He lived the life of the ‘hood but he rose above the pull of gravity,” Farrakhan said in a speech.
Hussle’s two-year-old son, dressed in a blue suit, was brought on stage in the arms of the musician’s girlfriend, model Lauren London.
Hussle, 33, was shot on March 31 outside a clothing store he owned in south Los Angeles. Shortly after, a stampede erupted at a local vigil for Hussle after reports of a gunman in the crowd.
A 29-year-old man on April 9 pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Police said Hussle’s shooting was motivated by a personal dispute, although it took place in a surge of gang-related violence in south Los Angeles in March.
Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was Grammy-nominated earlier this year for his debut studio album Victory Lap.
After Toni Payne, Adetola, 9ice Set for Third Marriage in December
Nigeria’s pop star and kongaso crooner, Abolore Adegbola Akande popularly known as 9ice is set to get married for the third time in December 2019 according Pulse.ng.
It was revealed that the singer will be getting married to his baby mama, Sunkami Ajala, who he has a daughter, Mitchelle with. The couple are expected to get married on an already fixed date in December 2019. Sunkanmi Ajala is an event planner based in Lagos.
Sunkanmi Ajala and 9ice have been in an off and on relationship before now. The two welcomed their first daughter, Michelle Abolanle Akande, five years ago.
9ice got married to Adetola Anifalaje, a United States based software engineer in 2018 (Second marriage). They had three wedding ceremonies which took place between March, July and August of the same year. The marriage with Adetola is blessed with a daughter, Milani- Francoise Imisioluwa Akande.
Back in 2008, 9ice married Toni Payne, and they had a child together. After the marriage collapsed, 9ice got into a relationship with Vickie Godis who bore him a set of twins.
Back in 2018, there were rumours that 9ice was expecting 5th child with another lady identified as Olori Oluwayemisi. Linda Ikeji had reported that the lady, a skin expert, was pregnant and expecting a child for 9ice.
John Legend Joins League of ‘Sexiest Men Alive’
John Legend has joined the league of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Idris Elba as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
This announcement was made yesterday, and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, took to her twitter to announce,
“My secret is out. I have fulfilled my dream of having boned @people’s sexiest man alive!! an honor!!!!!” and “I cannot WAIT for people to get mad about John being the sexiest man alive. it’s my new Starbucks holiday cup.”
Speaking about it, John Legend tweeted:
“I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same time because it’s a lot of pressure,” he said. “Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m also following Idris Elba, which is not fair and not nice to me!”
Legend is the third judge on The Voice to be awarded by the magazine. Adam Levine graced covers in 2013 and Blake Shelton won in 2017. Levine, Shelton, and Legend are the only musicians to win the title since it began in 1985.
Recently, John Legend and his family graced the front page of Vanity fair magazine which was titled “Impeachment Special” where the couple opened up about their upbringings and hardships. Teigen also talked about her battle with anxiety which keeps her from holding on to memories of trauma or even triumph. Her wedding is described as a blur.
John married Chrissy in 2013 and they have 2 kids together.
Ovularia is Not Dead, Confirms Chief Zebrudaya
Chika Okpala aka Chief Zebrudaya of the now rested sitcom, ‘The New Masquerade, has dismissed claims that Lizzy Eveome aka Ovuleria is dead.
According to several reports, Zebrudaya debunked the death rumour when he was contacted on the telephone.
He reportedly said Ovuleria is hale and hearty, not dead.
“Who’s wishing her dead? I am telling you now that Ovuleria is not dead. You can call on the telephone and she will speak to you. Wishing death means that she will live longer,” Zebrudaya said.
However, Ovularia’s onscreen husband, Zebrudaya said the actress is currently suffering from arthritis as well as eyesight problem. “It does not mean that she’s dead,” he added.
Also, debunking the rumour, Tony Akposheri, who played the role of Zaccheus, Chief Zebrudaya’s house-help, told Vanguard that he just finished speaking with the thespian now, adding that she’s not dead.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Twitter user, Churchill Ebhodaghe tweeted about Evoeme’s death. The Twitter user had no details to back his claims.
In March 2017, Veronica Njoku, who is popular for her role as Ramota in ‘The New Masquerade,’ passed away. The late Njoku played the role of Chief Jegede’s (played by Claude Eke) wife and a close ally of Ovularia.
Her death was confirmed by Tony Akposheri, who played the role of Zaccheus, a street urchin.
‘The New Masquerade’ was a Nigerian sitcom that aired on the Nigerian Television Network during the 1980s until the mid 1990s. It was created and written by James Iroha who also acted in the sitcom as Giringori Akabogu.