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Obama, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg Pay Tribute to Rapper Nipsey Hussle

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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.

(NAN/Reuters)

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Troll Lashes Out at Regina Daniels Mum for Sharing Photo in Bum Shorts

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A troll has attacked Rita Daniels, the mother of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels for sharing her bum photo on social media.

Rita who is currently under the care of her billionaire 60-year-old son-in-law took to Instagram to share a photo of herself looking like a 16-year-old teenager.

She captioned the photo ”The day you plant the seed is not the day you will eat the fruit.”

While the multitudes are showering Regina Daniel’s mother all the love in this world, an Instagram user lambasted Rita for giving out her daughter to an old man for the benefits attached.

He wrote “That’s why you seed your little daughter into the life of 70 plus old man so that you will be eating fruits, some of your mates are living happily with their husbands, you’re here wearing bomshort on IG, sugar mummy.”

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Burna Boy Nominated Again for Grammy Awards

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Burna Boy’s latest album ‘Twice As Tall’ has gotten him a second shot at winning a Grammy.

The talented singer, on Monday, bagged a World Music Album nomination alongside Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar, and Tianariwen.

Antibalas is an American afrobeat band modelled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band while Bebel Gilberto is a popular Brazilian-American singer.

Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer while Tianariwen is a group of northern Malian singers.

In October, the Recording Academy announced the renaming of the ‘Best World Music Album’ to ‘Best Global Music Album.’

Burna Boy, 29, lost in his first attempt to win a Grammy award after being nominated in the best world music album category in January 2020. Beninese music legend, Angelique Kidjo, won the award.

‘Twice As Tall’ which is Burna Boy’s fifth album was released in August. Burna Boy, his mum cum manager, Bosede Ogulu, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, were the executive producers.

The album was produced by Telz, P2J, Timbaland, Leriq, Rexxie, Skread, Andre Harris, Jae5, Mike Dean, and many more.

It also featured guest appearances from Naughty by Nature, the Kenyan band Sauti Sol, Senegal’s musical titan, Youssou N’Dour, and Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Should Burna Boy win, he will become Nigeria’s second Grammy winner after Sikiru Adepoju.

In a related development, Nigerian singer, Mr Eazi, has just won an Urban Music Album award at the Latin Grammy for his feature on Colombian reggaeton singer, J Balvin’s fifth and his sixth overall album.

Mr Eazi was featured on track nine, ‘Arcoiris’ on ‘Colores.’

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will hold on January 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The award will recognise the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

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My Boyfriend Left Me Because I Messed Up – DJ Cuppy

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DJ Cuppy has revealed that she messed up her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and talent manager, Asa Asika.

Asa and DJ Cuppy who is the daughter of billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, used to be an item a few years ago until they both went their separate ways.

DJ Cuppy had a Twitter question and answer session with her fans on Friday, November 20.

One of her fans asked

”@cuppymusic What’s your ex-boyfriend’s name and why did you break up? #AskCuppyAnything,”

Responding, DJ Cuppy wrote: “His name is @AsaAsika and I messed it up.”

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