NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a US prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.
A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case.
The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the US to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.
Before he was sentenced, Guzman, complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial. He said US District Judge Brian Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct.
“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said in court through an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”
The harsh sentence was pre-ordained. The guilty verdict in February at Guzman’s 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
The evidence showed that under Guzman’s orders, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the US during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in court papers re-capping the trial. They also said his “army of sicarios” was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in his way.
The defense argued he was framed by other traffickers who became government witnesses so they could get breaks in their own cases.
Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017 and his remarks in the courtroom Wednesday could be the last time the public hears from him. Guzman thanked his family for giving him “the strength to bare this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months.”
Wary of his history of escaping from Mexican prisons, US authorities have kept him in solitary confinement in an ultra-secure unit at a Manhattan jail and under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded.
Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s ” Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado, known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” from which no inmate has ever escaped.
Most inmates at Supermax are given a television, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window. They have minimal interaction with other people and eat all their meals in their cells.
While the trial was dominated by Guzman’s persona as a near-mythical outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn’t testify.
Serena Williams and her daughter follow the same beauty routine.
The 37-year-old tennis player and 21-month-old Olympia – who she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – share the same evening pampering procedure and the first step in their joint ritual is to apply coconut oil to their skin because it has ”amazing” moisturising properties and is also a great natural make-up remover.
”The first step in my routine, when I’m taking off my make-up and coming undone, I actually do something completely different. I use coconut oil because it’s amazing. I use it for everything you can think of. This could literally be your only step if that’s all you want.
”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”
Serena keeps her complexion bright and flaw-free by using a vitamin C enriched serum, which she discovered on her babymoon.
”I actually found this [Vine Vera Resveratol Vitamin C Serum $246] on my babymoon in Mexico. I just do a couple dabs and I always give Olympia some dabs. I feel like whatever you’re using under your eye is super moisturising and it can work for the whole face.”
The seven-time Wimbledon winner went on to reveal that since she hit aged 30, she has noticed she now has a ”5 o’clock shadow”, so Serena will use brightening products to make the area appear glowy and flawless.
Speaking in US Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Go To Bed With Me’ YouTube series, she continued:
”Honestly, I have a little 5 o’clock shadow, so I put it on top of my moustache.
”I hit 30 and after that everything has become either moustache or beard, let’s just be honest ladies. So I do that there too because I think if it’s brightening, maybe it’ll brighten that too.
”The last thing I’m going to today, and sometimes honestly it varies, I’m not that routine type of girl – I have my Mario Badescu — I absolutely love this stuff. It gives me this crazy glow, but I always use it at night too because I like the way it smells.”
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.
“If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he’s still attracted to middle school girls,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber. “That’s who the defendant is and that, your honor, makes him a danger today.”
Leinenweber said that under federal law Kelly would have to prove that he was not a danger to the public and Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, had failed to do so.
Kelly was arrested while walking his dog in Chicago last week and faces an array of sex-related charges in Chicago and New York . Appearing in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and shacked at the ankles, he said only two words, “Yes, sir,” when the judge asked him if he understood the charges. Two women who recently lived with Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, attended the court hearing Tuesday.
The ruling Tuesday means that Kelly, who pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in the Chicago indictment , will remain in custody to face a separate indictment in New York. He is charged there with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.
It was unclear when that hearing would be held and if he would have to be transported to New York for the hearing, or could appear via a video linkup from Chicago.
The decision to deny bond also raised the possibility that the 52-year-old Kelly could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, said that “each of the federal indictments could take one to two years to go to trial.” Depending on delays in the case, Mariotti said Kelly’s stay in jail awaiting trial could go on a lot longer than that.
Krull portrayed Kelly as a predator who went to great lengths to find young girls and kept them under his control. She said that the evidence in the federal indictments against him is overwhelming. If convicted, the maximum sentence for the charges contained in the Illinois indictment is 195 years in prison and 80 years for the charges contained in the New York indictment.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video of Kelly having sex with 14-year-old girl was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times. After extensive delays, a Chicago jury acquitted him in 2008 in part because the girl did not testify at the trial, Krull said Kelly was acquitted only because he paid off the victim and her family. She said the alleged victim in that video has since testified before a federal grand jury and confirmed it was her.
“Electronic monitoring can’t stop obstruction of justice, witness tampering…” Krull said. “He can entice victims to his own home.”
Kelly’s legal troubles mounted when he was arrested in February and charged with 10 counts in Illinois of sexually abusing three girls and a woman. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.
Then on May 30, Cook County prosecutors added 11 sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage. The federal charges filed last week are separate from the Illinois case.
Greenberg said preparing for trial will be a long process made even more difficult because Kelly does not know how to read and therefore someone must visit him in jail to read him the reams of documents the case will generate.
He said Kelly is no longer rich and has filed for bankruptcy.
“How could he flee?” Greenberg asked. “He has no money.”
Cardi B threw her daughter a first birthday party to remember!
On Saturday night, the 26-year-old rapper threw a lavish bash for her daughter, Kulture, who celebrated her first birthday earlier this month. For the special occasion, Kulture and Cardi rocked coordinating colorful Moschino looks, with Kulture sporting a purple, green, pink and yellow tutu and Cardi opting for a figure-hugging yellow, green and pink dress.
In a sweet pic shared to Instagram, Cardi’s high-fiving her little girl as Offset, Cardi’s husband and Kulture’s dad, holds the tot. In the background of the photo, fans get a peek inside Kulture’s party, which featured colorful cupcakes, cake pops and candy apples.
“This the only good picture I can find with me and my baby matching outfit.😩😂😂,” Cardi captioned the shot. “Thank @itsjeremyscott @moschino for this beautiful custom outfits. I swear I really, really was [trying] to get a good pic 😩😩”
Though the party appeared picture-perfect in the snap, there was actually quite a set-back to the epic soiree — the New York City blackout that rocked the west side of Manhattan on Saturday.
“Hi guys! So I just want to say thank y’all so much for coming to Kulture’s birthday party ’cause it was y’all that made it lit. It was so lit… Let me tell y’all something. Y’all made it lit because the fact that when I got there the lights went off in the party, it was, like, a whole hour with no lights, no music, but it was still lit,” Cardi said in an Instagram video. “And then when we got a power generator to turn the music and some lights on, it got lit again. But with no air conditioner, so we was literally melting, but people was still dancing, having fun.”
“And then the lights came completely back on, but then they came right back off when we was about to cut the cake. And then they cut the lights back on and nobody wanted to leave,” she continued. “And it’s ’cause of y’all. And it was such a fun party. Thank you so much.”
In the caption of the video, Cardi lamented her luck that the blackout took place during her daughter’s party, but celebrated how much fun they had despite the fact.
“The fact that I wanted my daughter party in 42nd street instead of Jersey and to my f**king luck New York had a power outage right on that Deum area!! B**CH THE DEVIL! 😒😒😒😒😒but WOW how a negative situation turn into a LITUATION !!!” Cardi wrote. “Omg I had soooooo much f**kin fun and my daughter as well.”
“Thank ya sooo much everybody that came, I know my daughter won’t remember this day but when she older and have her kids this will be a good story to tell lols,” she added. “I will be daydream this day for ma long ❤️❤️❤️❤️. OK I’m exhausted, nobody hit me till like 2pm😩.”
Prior to the party, both Cardi and Offset shared pics of Kulture in celebration of her first birthday.
ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Offset at the 2019 ESPY awards, where he teased his and Cardi’s plans for Kulture’s big day.
“I’m flying out there to New York right after I leave here. We got a big party this weekend, on Saturday,” he said. “You just gotta see, it’s gonna be everywhere. It’s gonna be a big, big, big, big, big party, though.”
“It’s our first child together, so it’s a big celebration,” Offset, who is also the father of sons Jordan and Kody and daughter Kalea from earlier relationships, added.
Nigerian musician Burna Boy has revealed that Ghana is the most peaceful place that he has visited in his entire life.
According to the ‘Ye’ hitmaker, he gets genuine peace anytime he visits the serene beaches in Ghana.
In an Instagram video that was sighted by YEN.com.gh, Burna Boy expressed love for Ghana and Labadi Beach.
After being asked where his favorite travel location is, he replied “Going to Ghana, because that is the only place that I have genuine peace.”
“When you go to Labadi beach and you are looking at the sea, there is line that separates the sky from the water, I feel like that is where God lives,” he added.
Instagram users on watching the video heaped praise on Burna Boy:
@kykysglam agreed with Burna Boy: “He’s right though! U need to have lived in or near the area to have experienced that! Especially when you find urself on the top floor of a house where u can actually see labadi beach! It’s breadth-taking.”
@profdublyn expressed support for what Burna Boy said: “Ghana y3 w) adze a oye. Outsiders always see how beautiful and peaceful our country is but some Ghanaians are always pessimist and don’t see anything good in Ghana.”
@jennifer_degraft expressed admiration for Burna Boy: “Burnaaaa I can’t love you less.”
@renatychristian had this to say: “We love you too @burnaboygram.”
@nana.quophi.55 commented: “God bless our motherland #Ghana.”
In other news, Efia Odo has flaunted actress Yvonne Nelson’s brand new customized car in her latest photo.
In the photo, Efia Odo stood beside the customized black-coloured BMW car with registration “YN – 1 – 19”
On Sunday, Beyonce and Meghan Markle shared a hug on the red carpet of the Lion King premiere in London – and now fans are learning what the pair talked about during their encounter.
“My princess,” Beyonce, wearing a shimmering gold gown, was recorded saying as she embraced Meghan, who donned a black frock with a semi-sheer top and sleeves.
The singer was also overheard telling the Duchess of Sussex “the baby, so beautiful,” referencing Meghan and Prince Harry’s 2-month-old son, Archie. Bey also said that she and JAY-Z, who was by her side, “love you guys,” according to multiple outlets.
Príncipe Harry e Meghan Markle falando com Beyoncé e Jay-Z. 🦁👑💛 #TheLionKingpic.twitter.com/DooJwCqM3e
— BEYONCÉ HARD (@Beyonce_Hard) July 14, 2019
When Harry finally joined the conversation, he reportedly told Beyonce, “you’ve been rather busy.” “Congrats on the birth of your baby,” the rapper told the prince.
Then Harry asked how Bey and JAY’s 2-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir are. Beyonce replied, “They are not here. They don’t come on every trip. We left them at home. They would love to have been here.”
JAY was also overheard telling the duke and duchess, “The best advice I can give you: always find some time for yourself.”
A source told ET on Monday that Meghan was expected to attend the Lion King London premiere, unless Archie kept her at home at the last minute.
Meghan has slowly been venturing out to public events in recent days, making a surprise appearance at Wimbledon to cheer on her good friend, Serena Williams, on July 4, and bringing Archie to the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire on July 10. Meghan watched Harry play in the polo match. By her side was Kate Middleton, who brought her three kids — 5-year-old George, 4-year-old Charlotte, and 1-year-old Louis — and watched Prince William play on the opposite team.
Then, on Saturday, Meghan returned to Wimbledon, with both Kate and Pippa Middleton, to once again watch Williams compete in the tournament; ultimately Williams was defeated.
R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested Thursday in Chicago on federal sex trafficking charges, law enforcement sources told CBS News. Kelly was arrested by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland Security agents, a law enforcement source said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Illinois said Kelly is facing 13 counts, including child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice.
Kelly has already been charged with over 20 counts of sexual abuse. He was first charged in February with 10 counts of sexual abuse involving four women, some of them minors. In May, he was charged with an additional 11 felony counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
The charges in May stemmed from accusations from Jerhonda Pace, whose allegations were recounted in the Lifetime docu-series called “Surviving R. Kelly.”
In an explosive interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King in March, Kelly insisted none of the allegations against him were true, including accusations that he had has beaten, starved and held other women against their will — a so-called “sex cult.”
“Believe me, man! This is not me! They lying on me! They’re lying on me! I’m cool, bro,” he said standing and screaming.
Popular Nigerian Blogger, Linda Ikeji has been awarded the African Media Personality of the Year award at the 2019 African Achievers Awards.
The award ceremony in its 9th edition of took place at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom.
The prestigious awards, which is an annual awards event that recognises personalities who distinguished themselves in their contributions toward the growth and development of Africa,had Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commssion in attendance.
The high point of the ceremony was the Achievers honours that was presented to Africans making a difference in various sectors across the Globe.
In 2018, Ikeji received an honorary doctorate degree from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors in Georgia for her contribution to African media and business.
As it turns out, air travel can be just as big a nightmare for the rich and famous as it is for us common folk.
Recently, Miley Cyrus flew out to the U.K. for the Glastonbury music festival, and was joined on the flight by her family, her management team and her band. However, the trip apparently didn’t go off without a hitch.
According to Miley’s older sister, Brandi Cyrus, everything was going fine until it came time to land, at which point the experience got dicey.
“Our plane tried to land twice and had to come back up because there were other planes in our way,” Brandi recounted to co-host Wells Adams during the latest episode of their podcast, Your Favorite Thing.
“Out of nowhere, as we’re landing, we swoop back up and like bang to the left and turn. It feels crazy,” she recalled, adding that her mom, Tish Cyrus, and her sister are “very nervous fliers, and when they get nervous they just feed off of each other, and just make each other more nervous.”
“They just start losing their minds,” she recalled. “And even though I’m scared, I was like, ‘Someone has to be level headed here’… so, Miley’s in my lap, my mom’s holding my hand across the aisle… and nobody is telling us what’s going on.”
After a full five minutes of terror, Brandi said she could tell that they’d basically flown right back to altitude, and that’s when the passengers were told what had happened.
“They finally come back and tell us, ‘No need to panic but somebody was in our lane in the sky and we were going to hit them,'” she recalled. “That’s terrifying to think about.”
Brandi said that they then tried to descend again after circling the runway for 10 minutes, and, “The same frickin’ thing happens!”
“My mom starts crying and goes, ‘If we die, Noah is gonna be alone’ and freaking out. I’m trying to hold it together for everybody,” she shared. “It was really crazy.”
Luckily for all of those on board, and all of Miley’s fans, the plane did eventually land successfully, and the “Mother’s Daughter” songstress went on to rock the Glastonbury Festival with one wildly raunchy performance, proving that even near-death experiences can’t put her off her game.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia next week, citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBT community.
Her headline billing at the festival in Jeddah triggered an outcry from critics of the country’s human rights record.
Others questioned how her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics would go over in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has been trying to ease restrictions on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector.
‘Better educating myself’
Scrutiny of the country’s human rights record intensified after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.
In March, the kingdom drew further criticism when it put 10 women’s rights activists on trial.
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” the singer said in a statement.
“While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.”
On Friday, the US-based Human Rights Foundation wrote an open letter to Minaj urging her to withdraw from the 18 July festival.
It called on her to “refuse the regime’s money” and use her influence to demand the release of the detained women activists.
Last week some on social media described the singer’s decision to perform in Jeddah as hypocritical, contrasting her appearances at gay pride events with Saudi Arabia’s stance on gay rights. Homosexuality is banned in Saudi Arabia.
Minaj was not the first performer to cause controversy by accepting an invitation to perform in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this year, Mariah Carey defied calls from human rights activists to cancel her performance in the kingdom, while last December rapper Nelly came under fire for performing a “men only” concert.
They say “seeing is believing” and one can not totally understand the feelings, the fetish, the anxiety, the hormonal flow and expense, both capital and human, that are associated with Big Brother Naija until one sees it in all its glory. Not from outside as seen on the television but from inside the house and the support system that keeps it running. My visit alongside other Nigerian journalists and a handful from other African countries like Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa on Saturday to the morning of Sunday as a housemate was an eye-opener to the huge devotion and expense that might have been incurred to make the show happen.
The house was built from scratch. It is an estate of sort, made up of several compartments and we were made to understand that there were multiple teams working day and night shifts for 5 months on the house. It is the first purpose-built facility in Africa housing all the zones in one complex. Previous facilities had the house, studio for the live shows, production and post-production units all in separate buildings and sometimes in different locations. But his new and improved BBNaija house, which measures about 1800sqm with an additional 250sqm for support building services such as the sick bay, laundry and artiste lounges, was designed and built to be bigger and better than any of the Big Brother Africa or Mzansi houses. The house has 7x hand held cameras and 32 que ball cameras that will capture every activity in and outside the house. The arena for the Friday night games also received a major upgrade by up to 270sqm.
The live eviction show venue is about +300sqm the size of the previous house. The Head of House room in this house is en suite. Previous Head of the House rooms didn’t have a separate toilet and bathroom. All furniture and appliances in use in the house were said to be locally sourced. Back end, the technical and operational crew are making use of high-tech equipment which include a full digital audio and video mixers Vsm IP base and a Plus 4K camera with an optical fibre transmission that achieves high image quality. Although nobody was willing to put a figure on much that could have been expended to make the house stand and running but it is easy to assume it is a multi-million naira project.
Inside the house as a housemate For every game there are rules that hold sway and the Big Brother is no exception. Before you could even step a foot into the house there are drills to undergo, drills to make sure everything is ship shape. There are tech people to run you through the technicalities of staying in the house. The first task is being acquainted with the use of the mic which is worn around the neck to pick up audio for the cameras which are strategically located all over the house except in the private conveniences. One of the key rules is to always be with your mic and make sure the batteries which tend to last less than 10 hours are replaced and running all the time. Perhaps of the hardest challenges of staying in the Big Brother House is being separated from your phone all through the duration of your stay in the house. No phones are allowed. This, may seem enough misery to you until you are told you cannot take other things into the house. The Big Brother House or the Big Brother himself fondly referred to as ‘Biggie’ takes care of everything. At least he is supposed to be all seeing, all knowing Big Brother and he reigns supreme over the house.
The fetish of the house.
It is almost unimaginable and indescribable the gust of splendour and opulence that lashes at one’s sight the moment you step into the lounge of the house. The lighting is so powerful that it is almost blinding the first time you walk in. I understand this is for the cameras, there are no shadows whatsoever. The walls were draped in tapestry of colours with all sort of ornaments artistically displayed to give a feeling of bliss. And it is all bliss and beauty crafted harmoniously to give an ambiance of love, splendour and peace. The feeling it brings is like one a good swimmer feels at the sight of water. You feel like wanting to pull off your dress and take a plunge. I took a plunge. Everybody did. The dragon in everyone was let loose. There were wild cries, dancing and even hugging. Such is the effect the house has on its occupants. Perhaps, one can begin to understand some excesses of the housemates. It is the fetish of the house. After taking in the beauty we began to devour the goodies. When they told us to leave everything behind, that the Big Brother has everything they weren’t joking. He sure has everything. All the fridges and freezers in the house were stocked with all manners of food, condiments, ingredients and what have you. While the women headed for the kitchen the men went to the bar. At the bar, it was more of spirits and wines affair than beer. For beer drinker like me, it was only Legend Extra Stout, one of the chief sponsors of the show. Nonetheless, everyone had a ball because there was something for everyone.
Order of the house
There are two separate rooms of several beds for the housemates to sleep but the Head of the House has his/her own en-suite room. There is jacuzzi and the garden we never went because it was night. There is the changing room where everyone keeps their stuff.
Housemates of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) 2019 on Monday nominated other housemates for possible eviction next Sunday.
Concise News understands that with this development, these BBNaija 2019 housemates – Ella, Mercy, SirDee, Tacha, and Kimoprah – could be evicted by weekend.
On Monday, Nelson won the Head of House challenge after claiming 15 cookies ahead of Ike who took 2nd with 13.
Below is how the housemates voted:
Seyi – Ella and Tuoyo
Mercy- Ella and Frodd
Frodd- Tacha and Ella.
Thelma- Frodd and Tacha
Omashola- SirDee and Tacha
Tacha- Frodd and SirDee
Nelson: Ella and Gedoni
Khafi- Kimoprah and Frodd
Tuoyo- Ella and Seyi
Ella- Kimoprah and Tacha
Mike- Ella and Tacha
Khafi – Kimoprah and Frodd
Esther- Ike and Tacha
Kimoprah- Tacha and Jackye.
SirDee- Ella and Ike
Jackye- Jeff and SirDee
Ike – Jeff and Diane
Gedoni- Tuoye and Mercy
Diane-Kimoprah and Tacha.
Rebecca Nana Adwoa Kwabi has defied all odds to win the 2019 edition of Miss Ghana.
The 26-year-old claimed the crown at the grand finale which took place at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
A student of Maureen Signature Institute who reads fashion, a twin and a devout Christian, she was named the best choice for the beauty pageant out of the 19 who contested on the night.
She took home an official vehicle, one year volunteering with exclusive events Ghana/ Miss Ghana Foundation, a year platinum gym membership, the opportunity to represent Ghana at Miss World, a monthly allowance of GHC 1000 and the most enviable crown.
While Rebecca was crowned winner, eloquent Sarah Odei-Amoani was named first runner-up with
being the second runner-up.
They also took home an official vehicle each, monthly allowance and one year volunteering with Exclusive Events Ghana/ Miss Ghana Foundation.
Aside the main winner, Sarah who came second won miss beauty with purpose and Miss eloquent.
Miss fitness went to Rebecca, Miss Photogenic also went to Rebecca while Miss congeniality was Mabel with Rebecca being the contestant with best skin.
However, miss talent had three winners, Sarah, Deborah and Veronica.
Rebecca was also named winner of Top model, Miss social media queen was Sarah while the Most disciplined contestant went to Veronica.
Julia Moore, the Chairperson of the Miss World organisation was also honoured for her contribution to Miss World and support to Miss Ghana.
Okyeame Kwame who was the main artist of the show graced the occasion with his dynamic performance.
Hailey and Justin Bieber are celebrating their first anniversary.
The 22-year-old model confesses she’s “never loved” her husband more as she marked the first anniversary of their engagement.
She wrote on Instagram:
“1 year ago I said yes to being your best friend for life, and today I have never loved you more.. life gets more beautiful everyday because of you, my heart belongs to you forever. Here’s to learning and growing together … (sic)”
Justin previously dubbed his wife Hailey as “so out of his league”.
“These are the moments I live for.. alone time with you refreshes my soul. You are so out of my league and I’m okay with that! You are mine and I am yours #foreverandever #tilthewheelsfalloff (sic)”
Justin has been going through a rough patch as of late but he had previously promised his fans that once he’s finished getting his personal life in order, he will be ready to create new music.
He wrote on social media:
“So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I knew and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health.”
Diverse reactions have trailed the eviction of two housemates, Avala and Isilomo in the ongoing fourth season of the BBNaija show.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two housemates were evicted on Sunday night for having the least number of coins, leaving viewers confused.
The confusion and shock began on Wednesday when Biggie announced that housemates with the least number of coins would be evicted.
Fans thought it was a prank as evictions were usually done through voting. In previous seasons, housemates with the least number of votes were evicted.
The method was skipped for this eviction tagged ‘Pepper Dem’ as realisation dawned on fans when the eviction actually went through.
They have since taken to social media to express their shock and dissatisfaction at the eviction method. Some other fans threatened to boycott the voting process if it eventually opens.
Music mogul, Don Jazzy who is an avid BBNaija commentator tweeted @donjazzy, “JESUSSS. Just like that. Avala and Isilomo have been evicted from the house oo. #bbnaija”
@1temmie wrote, “Just a week in the house?? After all their preparation. This is total rubbish. Bring back Avala biggie. Let’s vote.”
@Vky_ID wrote, “This one is a big shock oooo. I can’t believe it. #Bbnnaija.”
@SamuelPresh said, “Something is not right somewhere.”
@DrJeny1 said, “If biggy starts eviction with the lowest amount of bet9ja coin and the task he should continue like that till the end of the game, oh or else it won’t be fair on Isi and Avala.”
NAN reports that some fans think it was a prank eviction or the two were fake housemates sent to spice up the house, a tactic previously used on the show.
@DenikeOlori tweeted, “This has to be a prank!”
@Bigbanky said, “Am I the only one that feels this is a prank?”
During the first live show on June 30, the host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu had warned fans that no two seasons were the same and they should expect the unexpected.
NAN reports that the remaining 19 housemates continue to battle for the Grand Prize of 60 million Naira for the next 11 weeks.
Alex Rodriguez heaped praise on his fiancée Jennifer Lopez after she struggled with a tough show.
In a tour diary from her ‘It’s My Party’ tour, shared onto her YouTube channel over the weekend, Jennifer is battling clogged sinuses as she performs in San Jose, California, and Las Vegas.
She tells him: “It was a tough show for me.”
To which he replies:
“It was the best show I’ve seen so far. It was Saturday night in Vegas and you guys killed it. And you showed why you’re a champion, baby. Every time I see the show it keeps getting better and better and better. But wait, I don’t know what you’re talking about! Your voice was the best I’ve ever heard it! Babe, when you held that note, are you kidding me? And your voice … by the way, you’ve never sounded better.”
Meanwhile, Alex recently branded Jennifer as a superhero.
“I’ve never met anyone who’s more honest. She’s so authentic and genuine. It was strange to see someone of such magnitude be so normal, be such a great mother and partner and friend. How can you be like this and then go perform in front of 80,000 people? But that’s her superpower.”
Jennifer recently said she was “wary” of the idea of marrying Alex after having already gone through three divorces but when he got down on one knee, it just felt right.
“I was very wary after everything I’ve been through. I was just sussing it out until then. I was like, ‘I don’t know, maybe yes, maybe no, I really love [Alex], I like him.’ Everything seemed almost too perfect too soon, so I was like, ‘Wait, what’s happening?’ When it happened, I think it was the right time – we knew.
“It’s great to have a best friend and a partner you can really build with, and I just feel like, with Alex and I, that’s what it’s like. We’re very similar … it’s one of those things, you meet a like-minded person who is trying to be the best person they can be and always trying to grow, and then they help you grow and you help them grow. I’m better here, he’s better there and we’re better together.”
Popular Nigerian artiste, Olamide, also known as ‘baddosneh’ and Adebukumi Aisha Suleiman, have welcomed their second son in Maryland, USA.
The rapper took to his Instagram page to announce the birth, with a photo of himself carrying the baby.
Olamide proposed to his girlfriend and mother of his son in 2018.
The pair, who have been together since 2011, also have another son, Maximilian Boluwatife who was born in 2015. (NAN).
US rapper Nicki Minaj will perform in Saudi Arabia this month, organisers said, triggering a storm on social media as the ultra-conservative kingdom loosens decades-old restrictions on entertainment.
Minaj, known for her profanity-laced lyrics and raunchy music videos, will perform in the western city of Jeddah on July 18, organisers of the ongoing Jeddah Season cultural festival announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
The headline act, to be televised on MTV, will also feature British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki, local media reported.
“She (Minaj) is going to be actively on her social media, she’ll be posting right from the stage in Jeddah and at her hotel in Jeddah,” Robert Quirke, an event organiser, was quoted as saying by the Arab News daily.
“Everyone is going to know that Nicki Minaj has landed in Saudi Arabia.”
The performance in the kingdom, which forbids alcohol and has a strict social code, comes as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a sweeping liberalisation drive that has led to new cinemas, concerts and sporting extravaganzas.
The news was widely welcomed in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, with one Twitter user posting a picture of Minaj and writing: “My dream has come true”.
But it also triggered outrage from conservative quarters.
“She is going to go and shake her backside and all her songs are about s**… and then everyone tells me to wear the abaya. What the hell!” one woman said in a video posted on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia is boosting entertainment that allows citizens to have fun, in what some see as an attempt to blunt public frustration over an economic downturn and high youth unemployment.
The kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority said it plans to pump $64 billion into the sector in the coming decade.
The reform also stems partly from an economic motive to boost domestic spending on entertainment as the kingdom has reeled from low oil prices.
Saudis currently splurge billions of dollars annually to see films and visit amusement parks in neighbouring tourist hubs like Dubai and Bahrain.
While Saudi Arabia is yet to offer tourist visas, the country has fast-tracked electronic permits for international visitors to attend such festivals to further boost revenue.
But such acts have fuelled controversy in a country still steeped in conservatism.
In June last year, Saudi Arabia sacked the head of its entertainment authority, following an online backlash against a circus featuring women wearing skintight leotards.
R. Kelly’s ex-wife is confident the singer’s court request to stop her discussing their marriage in public will be denied because he allegedly violated their divorce agreement first.
The troubled R&B musician is taking Andrea Kelly to court, claiming she has repeatedly broken the terms of the settlement they signed in 2009, which banned them from divulging details regarding “any account of their private lives, business activities, relationship with each other, marriage or circumstances surrounding the dissolution”.
The Ignition (Remix) hitmaker insists the mother of his three children, aka Drea Kelly, continues to ignore the agreement by openly discussing their fractured relationship in the press and on her U.S. reality show Growing Up Hip Hop, particularly in recent months as they battled over child support payments.
However, Drea’s attorney, Alison Motta, is now hitting back at the singer, born Robert Kelly, accusing him of effectively nullifying the agreement in 2012, when he released his autobiography, titled Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me.
In a statement issued to TMZ, Motta declares:
“Robert has not been complying with that provision of their agreement for years, even put out a book, Soulacoaster, with details of their marriage and divorce – he essentially waived that provision and is now using it as a vindictive sword to punish her (Drea) for asserting her right in domestic relations court and forcing him to comply with his financial obligations.”
“He can no longer control her with physical abuse so he’s resorting to methods of control and punishment that can be inflicted from afar,” Motta continues.
Drea previously accused Kelly of repeatedly abusing her during their relationship, which once almost drove her to take her own life.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested early on Wednesday on suspicion of serious assault after a brawl in Sweden’s capital, prosecutors said.
The 30-year-old performer, producer and model was held with three others in connection with a fight that took place on Sunday, a Prosecution Authority spokeswoman said.
“One person was arrested for assault and three people were arrested for serious assault, and the artist is one of those three,” she added.
A$AP Rocky was detained around 1 a.m. (2300 GMT Tuesday), the prosecution said, a few hours after his appearance at the Smash hip hop festival in Stockholm.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 1 about Kim Kardashian West’s decision to rename a clothing line, The Associated Press included the wrong link to her tweet making the announcement.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Kim Kardashian West finds solution to Kimono backlash
Social media has spoken about Kim Kardashian West’s Kimono clothing line, and she has listened.
NEW YORK (AP) — Social media has spoken, and Kim Kardashian West has listened.
The reality TV star and makeup mogul has decided to change the name of her Kimono Solutionwear.
The move comes less than a week after backlash from social media users who objected to what they said was appropriation of the traditional Japanese kimono in the name of her upcoming shapewear line.
West tweeted Monday that her “brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core.”
She wrote “after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon.”
Some Japanese critics on social media said the name, which West trademarked, is an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.
Sophie Turner has stepped out wearing a stunning white bridal wedding gown to enjoy a pre-wedding party with husband Joe Jonas, as well as their close family and friends.
The actress, 23, looked incredible wearing a simple plain gown which flattered her figure perfectly as she held hands with her love Joe Jonas, 29, in the grounds of the Hotel Crillon le Brave in the South Of France on Friday.
Sophie walked tall at the party, wearing high strappy sandals and sporting lilac nails, while Joe wore a 1920s inspired navy pinstripe suit and white shoes.
The couple were pictured at the £5,357 a night Chateau de Tourreau in Sarrians the day before, and they are thought to be marrying there over the weekend as the venue has its own chapel.
Joe and Sophie legally married in Vegas after the Billboard Awards on May 2 at the Little White Wedding Chapel – the ceremony was live-streamed by Diplo on social media.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s maid of honour and her Game Of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams, 22, has now finally joined the party after returning from her holiday in the Seychelles with her boyfriend Reuben Selby, also 22.
She and Reuben were both pictured with bright pink hair which they have had specially done for the wedding as they were both blonde on their vacation last week.
Also present was Joe’s brother Kevin, 31 – but neither his wife Danielle, 32, nor brother Nick, 26, and his wife Priyanka Chopra, 36, were pictured on the day.
Members of Joe’s band DNCE were pictured arriving by minibus with bass guitarist Cole Whittle really making a striking entrance with his bright open colourful shirt and mohican hair do.
Before heading to the beautiful location, the Jonas Brothers and their partners spent a couple of days in Paris, where they posted lots of pictures of their escapades on social media.
Chateau de Torreau, which is also known as Chateau Ventoux, can sleep up to 29 guests with several different accommodations on site.
The stunning location also has tennis courts, lavender fields, fountains, koi carp-filled ponds and an orchard and vegetable garden for guests to enjoy.
The main building itself can sleep up to 15 people with collection of top floor and superior suites within the chateau.
While an additional collection of farm buildings within the grounds can sleep up to 14 people if extra space is needed for guests.
Each lavish bedroom or suite boasts an en suite with a bath and shower, plush furnishings and the choice of a king sized bed with the master suite having its own Jacuzzi and terrace.
Inside the chateau is an open-plan and state of the art kitchen, while there is also a cooking area in the poolhouse as well as an additional eating area.
The period building also has several dining rooms including an al fresco area in the gardens, a formal setting and a more relaxed area in the kitchen.
Paris Match reported that Sophie and Joe chose to hold their ceremony at at the Château du Martinet in Carpentras before hosting their guests at the second chateau.
Their second wedding follows a secret Las Vegas ceremony last month, but the couple have been vocal about their plans to host a much more lavish ceremony for their friends and family this summer.
It was initially believed that the couple would tie the knot again in Paris, after spending a few days their before travelling to southern France.
Us Weekly reported on Tuesday that the actress and singer had settled on Paris, a source spilled: ‘Joe and Sophie want to have a huge party.
‘The decor is going to be sophisticated, but there’ll be some kitschy elements, including a really wild cake. There’ll be a live band, and the Jonas Brothers are expected to take the stage.’
A second ceremony looked imminent as Sophie celebrated her bachelorette party earlier this month with a multi-stop vacation in Europe.
Rap superstar Cardi B on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies filed in connection with her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl.
“Not guilty sir; honor,” the 26-year-old artist said before a packed courtroom in Queens, looking swank in a fitted, low-cut navy blue and baby pink double-breasted pant suit and razor-sharp straight blue-hued bob.
The brash rapper appeared calm throughout the proceedings, her hands clasped behind her back, showing her talon-esque hot pink nail extensions to the room.
The arraignment came days after a grand jury indicted Cardi B in connection to the incident, with court documents showing 14 counts including two felonies against the rap superstar.
On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her group reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah pipe, which police said bruised a female employee’s legs.
Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.
Initially facing only misdemeanor charges, the Bronx rapper in April rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.
That offer would have given the Grammy winner a conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
The revamped charges include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.
The order of protection preventing Cardi B from returning to the scene of the incident or communicating with the alleged victims was extended for one year, a condition of her parole.
Upon leaving the courtroom the rap star smiled and waved, blowing a kiss to a throng of journalists and onlookers.
‘Ain’t going to jail’
But over the weekend she took on bolder airs, suddenly dropping an expletive and exclaiming: “I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!” while performing in Los Angeles, a frank reaction not out of character for the off-the-cuff star.
“We don’t believe that the indictment changes anything,” her lawyer Jeff Kern told journalists outside the courthouse. “We understood that it was a possibility.”
The rapper has also invited Drew Findling — the so-called #BillionDollarLawyer who has made a name for himself representing hip-hop stars in Atlanta, Georgia, the de-facto capital of rap — to join her legal team.
“I know Cardi; I know Cardi on a personal level,” he said. “I know Cardi as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister. I know Cardi to be a decent and kind human being.”
“We have no doubt that when all is said and done, there will be a positive outcome in favor of Cardi.”
There are two co-defendants in the case alongside the rapper, both of whom also pleaded not guilty.
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise began during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
After becoming the first female solo artist to win the Grammy award for Rap Album of the Year, over the weekend Cardi B topped this year’s Black Entertainment Television Awards, taking home prizes for Album of the Year and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Just after the arraignment the intensely scrutinized rap star announced on Twitter the Wednesday release of her music video for her latest hit “Press,” in which she voices exasperation with the media.
Madonna has urged her fans to “wake up” and demand gun control in the US.
The Queen of Pop, 60, has previously criticised President Donald Trump for failing to act on the issue.
In a social media post, the veteran singer asked her 2.5 million followers to “honour the victims” of gun violence.
On Twitter, she wrote:
“This is your wake up call. Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities.
Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it. Join me in supporting the following organizations: @Everytown @AMarch4OurLives @GAGnoguns @sandyhook @HRC @TheTaskForce @TransEquality @NCADV @1Pulse4America @SUPGVNetwork @MPJInstitute
— Madonna (@Madonna)
June 26, 2019
“Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW. Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out.”
In a second tweet, she said:
“Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it.”
She also urged her fans to follow a number of organisations including Sandy Hook Promise, which trains students to recognise signs of gun violence, and the US advocacy group National Centre for Transgender Equality.
This is your wake up call!………..
GOD CONTROL drops today..,,…….., Madame ❌ @nunoxico #godcontrol #madamex pic.twitter.com/mRxTuvtwfi
— Madonna (@Madonna)
June 26, 2019
The message came as she unveiled the graphic video for her single God Control, which depicts a shooting at a fictional disco club called the Globe.
The eight-minute video may be in reference to the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.
The video begins with a message which reads:
“The video you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence.
“But it’s happening every day. And it has to stop.”
Nollywood actor Charles Okocha a.k.a. Igwe Tupac has expressed gratitude to God after undergoing a successful emergency surgery in the United State of America.
The comic actor, who took to his Instagram handle @charles_okocha to express his gratitude to God and level of excitement, also urged people to get close to God.
“Thank God for a successful medical surgery, I went for a 5 days Vacation trip to California with my son.
“This is where I ended up my Vacation We all should all get close to God-Man propose God disposes. “Tomorrow cannot promise you, never know what next. Am fine now God is the greatest #nunugang,” he wrote.
The actor shared photos from his hospital bed where he was recuperating on Monday June 24 on his Instagram page. According to him, he is thankful to God for safe operation even though the initial plan was a vacation trip in the United States.
In 2016, after being hit by a stray bullet, Okocha had revealed how he survived a near-death experience which left fans and admirers in total shock.
The actor has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the entertainment industry by featuring in numerous Nollywood movies. He has won many awards which include the Nigerian Entertainment Award for the best Comic Act (online).
Burna Boy’s mother, Bose Ogulu got a rapturous response following an epic acceptance speech at the BET Awards on Monday.
The 2019 edition of the award which celebrates black people in film, music and arts, was held at the Microsoft Theatre in California.
Ogulu received her son’s award for ‘Best International Act’ and thereafter reminded the African-Americans to keep Africa in mind.
She said, “Thank you BET, Thank you Africa because that’s the constituency for which we got noticed in the first place.
“The message from Burna, I believe will be that every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else,”
The speech earned her a standing ovation and viral reactions on social media, especially from African-Americans who agreed with her statement.
Hollywood actress, Yvette Nicole-Brown @YNB know Twitter, wrote, “Wisdom from @BurnaBoy’s mother #ForTheCulture at the @BET Awards:
“Remember, you were African before you were anything else. #BurnaBoy”
@KLE1967 said, “I’m happy to hear that. That’s an important message.”
@Edice tweeted, “Mother was deep with that statement! I felt that.”
NAN reports that Burna Boy’s mother has caught fan’s attention several times for her liveliness on stage, especially at shows and award ceremonies.
In January, she stole the show at the Soundcity MVP awards where her son clinched four awards, including the African Artist of the Year.
After appreciating producer, Phantom and Kanye West for the success of ‘Ye’, she told the crowd, “: “Expect more madness from Burnaboy this year.”
Organisers of the Big Brother Nigeria have announced that the winner of the upcoming fourth season will walk away with 60 million naira worth of prizes.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the e Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe noted that the increased prize money is part of significant improvement that is synonymous with the show.
He said, “Each edition of Big Brother Naija significantly improves on all aspects of the previous season and this year is no different.
“The winner of season four will walk away from the house with N30m cash prize and a top of the range SUV amongst many other exciting prizes.
“The Big Brother Naija winner will also emerge as the most popular and marketable personality on the continent, as the show is known to launch prominent careers in arts, entertainment and other supporting industries.”
The breakdown of the prizes for the winner includes a N30m cash prize; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors and a trip to Dubai for two packaged by TravelBeta.
Also, the winner will get a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles & Munch it; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.
There is also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game LIVE, courtesy BET9ja.
In 2017, Efe Ejeba walked away N25 million cash prize and an automobile valued at N5million.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Miracle Igbokwe walked away with N45m worth of prizes.
NAN reports that the highly anticipated fourth season of the reality show will premiere on June 30 after months of delay.
There’s no truce in the Nicki Minaj-Miley Cyrus word wars.
In a new episode of her “Queen Radio” show Friday, Minaj dismissed her fellow music star as a “Perdue chicken” as part of a back-and-forth feud that goes back to 2015.
“Perdue Chickens can never talk (expletive) about queens,” Minaj says, referring to herself as royalty. “But I do notice a lot of Perdue chickens have been trying to say the queen’s name for clout. And that’s always been happening. And that’s what (Cyrus) did in the first place. And the white girl cry and made the black girl seem like she was a bad guy… She disrespected me in a magazine article for no reason.”
In the process, Minaj also threw a crude accusation at Cyrus.
Minaj’s slam comes a few weeks after fans questioned whether Cyrus was throwing shade in her new song “Cattitude,” with the lyric: “I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi.” (Minaj and rap rival Cardi B got into an infamous brawl at a New York Fashion Week party in September.)
Cyrus clarified the lyrics on Roman Kemp’s Capital Breakfast radio show, saying there is no beef anymore, according to complex.com.
“They’re both queens. And anytime you want to feel powerful and strong, that’s my go-to: Cardi and Nicki,” Cyrus said on the radio show, according to People.com.
Nevertheless, fans looked back to the start of the beef between Cyrus and Minaj in 2015, which opened with Cyrus taking Taylor Swift’s side vs. Minaj in a New York Times interview, according to billboard.com. Minaj responded tartly in person days later at the VMA Awards, saying host Cyrus “had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
Minaj shared some personal news, too, during the radio show. She started riffing about pregnancy, before saying she wasn’t, “but we did get our marriage license,” she said, referring to boyfriend Kenneth Petty.
She continued, explaining she’s in a good place.
“I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything. Certain traveling things I don’t (want to) do it. I’m just enjoying my downtime.”