Why Chinedu Obi aka Zinquest was shot by Nigeria Police?

The family of a musician, Chinedu Obi, aka Zinquest, has been thrown into mourning after the personnel of the Ogun State Police Command shot him in the Sango area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Obi, whom the police personnel accosted for having tattoos on his body, was protesting his arrest when the men of the Sango Area Command gunned him down on Friday, July 19, 2019.

The musician, who was still alive after being shot, was accused of destroying the windscreens of over 17 vehicles parked on the premises of the area command while protesting his arrest.

 

Footage making the rounds on social media showed the Delta State indigene lying in a pool of blood as he requested to contact his parents, but the people who gathered around him, instead of taking him to hospital for treatment, were condemning him for destroying the vehicle windscreens.

A close friend of the deceased said on his Instagram handle, @therevolution_is_here,

“They (police) never took him to hospital, neither did they communicate or allow Obi to communicate with any member of his family. Instead, they were taking pictures, making videos and ridiculing him until he bled to death.”

The close friend, who stated that Obi had visited one Adio Sodiq in the area when his arrest, said his death became public knowledge three days after he was shot.

He added that the police refused to release Obi’s remains because of the damaged vehicles.

 

The close friend’s statement read in part,

“The police claimed that he found an axe, which he used in destroying the windscreens of several vehicles parked on the premises of the station. He was killed in cold blood by law enforcement officers of the Sango Area Division.

 

“He died there and the video was leaked on social media three days after the incident happened. Meanwhile, the family sent lawyers there the same day that the video was released; but the police told the lawyers that Obi’s remains won’t be released until they pay for the damaged vehicles. Obi had some psychological stress but never deserved to be killed or left to die like an animal. These brutal killers must be dealt with.”

Obi’s death has sparked condemnation on the social media with many users criticising the police for deliberately neutralising the victim.

They are also asking for justice for the deceased musician and calling for the prosecution of the officers involved in his arrest and shooting.

An Instagram user with the handle, @04ma123, said, “The protest (by Obi) was too much, but he didn’t deserve to be watched to bleed to death.”

Another user with the handle, @adammeemmeada, asked, “What happened to restraining and letting him face trial or pay for the damages?”

@bankyhunter, who also condemned the policemen for Obi’s death, said the use of non-lethal weapon should have been explored to disarm the victim.

He wrote,

 

“This disproportionate use of force should be checked. They watched him as he suffered a mental breakdown, possibly from torture, he kept breaking windscreens and they couldn’t stop him until he was shot in cold blood. The trigger-happy men should be brought to justice as well as all of them that aided (the policemen) or stood by doing nothing.”

The owner of the Instagram handle, @kynxgrivo, said he “heard a policeman telling him (Obi) that God will punish his father when the young man demanded to call his dad before he died.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Obi was arrested because a complaint was made against him, adding that during interrogation, he picked up an axe and destroyed 17 vehicles parked on the premises of the police station.

He stated that the deceased attempted to attack an armed policeman and was shot in the leg, adding that he was rushed to the Ifo General Hospital, where he died.

Oyeyemi said,

 

“What happened was that the guy (Obi) was arrested for a case of assault occasioning harm. He fought someone and injured the person, so the person lodged a complaint against him and he was arrested.

“While they were interrogating him, he stood up suddenly and took the axe recovered as an exhibit and started chasing policemen round the station. From there, he broke the windscreens of about 17 vehicles with the axe.

“He started chasing the officer, who was armed, with the axe and that officer shot him in the leg to demobilise him. He was immediately taken to the Ifo General Hospital, where he died. A police officer is justified to use firearm if his life is in danger and when there is no other means of protecting himself.

“Would they be looking at him and allow him to axe people down in the station? So, those people saying the police watched him till he bled to death are fabricating lies. We have eyewitnesses, including civilians, who are ready to testify about what happened that day.”

 

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Why Prince Charles and Camilla are visiting New Zealand?

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit New Zealand in November, the South Pacific nation’s prime minister said on Friday.

It would be the pair’s third joint trip to the country, having last visited in November 2015.

“The Prince of Wales has been a strong advocate for the environment, conservation and sustainability for many years,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

 

“This visit will provide opportunities for him to engage with New Zealanders on those subjects, and to learn more about the ways in which New Zealand is preparing for the future,” she added.

Ardern said that the visit was still in the planning stage and further information on dates and itinerary would be released closer to the time.

 

Charles’s son Prince William visited New Zealand in April to honor the victims of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, while Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visited the country during a tour of the Pacific in late 2018.

 

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Lopez co-stars with Cardi B, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu in Godmother.

Jennifer Lopez and STXfilms are reteaming for The Godmother,a movie based on the true-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco.

Lopez will star as Blanco and produce alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina and Julie Yorn. It’s understood Lopez could make her directorial debut with The Godmother, though she has not yet committed to helming the project.

The screenplay was written by Regina Corrado and Terence Winter.

 

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her onscreen. She is all the things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters — notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling,” Lopez said in a statement.

 

Winter, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Brown and Rick Yorn will executive produce The Godmother, which chronicles the notorious drug lord who outsmarted rivals as she rose from an impoverished childhood in Colombia to become a key figurehead in Miami’s drug trade wars.

STXfilms and Lopez earlier collaborated on the romantic comedy Second Act, which earned $72 million at the global box office, and the upcoming Hustlers, which opens Sept. 13 after a world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Lopez co-stars with Cardi B, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu.

 

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Lopez previously starred on the big screen in The Boy Next Door, Monster-in-Law and The Wedding Planner,among other films.

On TV, she has produced and served as a judge on the dance competition show World of Dance.

Kate Vorhoff is overseeing The Godmother on behalf of STXfilms.

Lopez is repped by CAA and managed by The Medina Co. Winter and Corrado are repped by CAA.

 

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Why Nigerian Singer was jailed by EFCC?

Nigerian entertainer popularly known as Tuesday Cruise has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for internet fraud. According to reports, Cruise whose real name is Pal Gagiyouwe Thankgod has been sentenced to six months imprisonment.

The 25-year-old was arraigned on July 24, 2019, by the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, and in view of his plea, counsel for the EFCC, Adebayo Soares prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

 

The charge reads:

 

“That you, Gagiyouwe Pal Thankgod (alias Chris Henry) on or about the 11th day of July 2019, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Chris Henry by using his email address cchrishenry560@gmail.com with the intent to obtain money, property or any advantage from one John Smith and other unsuspecting persons, the pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2 ) (b) (ii) & (iii) of Cyber Crimes (provision, prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.”

At the time of his arrest, a laptop was found on him and a forensic analysis of it led to the retrieval of various scam documents, which the convict admitted to have sent out to mainly female foreign nationals with the aim of fleecing them of their hard-earned money under various disguise.

 

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How Prince Harry retraced his mother’s footsteps today.

Prince Harry retraced his mother’s footsteps today as he put huge grins on poorly children’s faces at the same hospital Diana visited 30 years ago.

The Duke of Sussex was met with cheers as he arrived at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and stepped out of his car into the baking sunshine where throngs of people were waiting for him.

Once inside, the playful duke left youngsters in fits of giggles – including one who he had a tug of war competition with.

 

He was then seen looking lost in thought as he studied a book of photos showing mum Diana’s visit.
The Princess, dressed in red, is seen chatting to staff, as well as a mum and her young baby.

Harry smiled to himself as he flicked through the pages.

He then signed the same visitors’ book she wrote in on November 29, 1989.

The hospital visit is the first of three engagements in the city for the Duke today.

The 34-year-old is officially opening a new multi-million pound wing at the hospital and rolled up his shirt sleeves as he took a tour and met children on one of the new wards.

 

He looked happy and relaxed as he showed off his paternal side while chatting to the youngsters, including schoolboys Heath Keighley, 11, and Alfie.

Harry, who welcomed son Archie with wife Meghan Markle in May, couldn’t hide his delight as he spent time with Noah Nicholson and his mother.

He left the 23-month-old in fits of giggles as he put a blanket over the toddler’s head.

At one point, playful Noah – who was fascinated by Harry’s beard – was seen trying to put his finger in the Duke’s mouth, much to his amusement.

Harry then continued to pull a number of silly faces before even having a tug of war contest with Noah and the blanket.

He also clutched the toddler’s hand and tickled his stomach.

Outside the hospital, he spent time speaking to more children who he shook hands with and bent down to speak to.

After this stop, Harry visited Sheffield Hallam University to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.

He saw a demonstration of a virtual reality rehabilitation project, which uses technology to make it easier for amputees to train themselves to use prosthetic limbs.

He also viewed a racing car built by engineering students and recently raced at Silverstone.

Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, will later visit the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.

He will watch the trials and meet athletes hoping to be selected for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

 

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Why rapper A$AP Rocky was charged for assault over a fight in Stockholm.

A Swedish prosecutor has charged rapper A$AP Rocky with assault over a fight in Stockholm last month, in a case that’s drawn the attention of fellow recording artists as well as U.S. President Donald Trump.
Rocky, a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been in custody since July 3 as authorities investigate a fight he was allegedly involved in on June 30 before appearing at a music festival.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a statement Thursday that he filed charges against the artist and two others “suspected of assault causing actual bodily harm, having come to the conclusion that the events in question constitute a crime and despite claims of self-defense and provocation.”

 

The three suspects will remain in custody until trial. The Stockholm District Court plans to announce next week when that will take place.

Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019

 

 

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Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky, 30. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense.

Suneson said he reached a different conclusion after studying videos.

“It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” he said.

“In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by witness statements.”

Suneson added that there were initially two injured parties in the case, but the allegations concerning one of them were dropped due to “insufficient supporting evidence” and the charges relate to only one alleged victim. That person has not been identified.

A counter-allegation was made by the artist’s bodyguard against one of the alleged victims, but that case was closed earlier this week, the prosecutor said.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber and Kris Jenner are some of the celebrities who have publicly expressed support for Rocky.

The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Drake and Selena Gomez.

On Saturday, Trump said he spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” something that is not available under Swedish law.

Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had said in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky.

Lofven’s press secretary, Toni Eriksson, later said that the two leaders had a “friendly and respectful” conversation in which Lofven “made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts” and stressed that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings.

 

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How Jeffrey Epstein charged of sex trafficking was found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell with injuries to his neck.

(Reuters) – Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, was found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell with injuries to his neck, media reported late on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.
Epstein was found by guards sprawled on the floor of cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre on Wednesday, media reported. Some media reported that his face appeared blue.

The billionaire financier was taken to hospital, the New York Post reported, but it was unclear where he was taken or what his condition was.

 

It was not clear how he suffered his injuries.

Neither a representative for the correctional centre nor Epstein’s attorney returned calls or email inquiries from Reuters.

Epstein was recently denied bail, a move his lawyers plan to appeal according to a court notice made public on Tuesday.

 

Epstein was expected to ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge’s July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges and the appeal for bail was expected. His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.

The charges, concerning alleged misconduct from at least 2002 to 2005, were announced more than a decade after Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida.

In denying him bail, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said the government had shown by clear and convincing evidence that Epstein would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.

 

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How Prince Harry gave Dr. Jane Goodall a ”chimpanzee greeting”.

Prince Harry gave Dr. Jane Goodall a ”chimpanzee greeting” as they met at Windsor Castle on Tuesday (23.07.19).

 

The flame-haired royal met the youngsters who are doing groundbreaking work in their communities as part of Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership scheme and there was a heartwarming moment between Harry and Dr. Goodall as they did an ”impromptu dance”, which she had taught the Prince when they first met a number of years ago.

A post on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ official Instagram page reads:

 

”A couple of captured moments between The Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall at today’s event. The pair share an impromptu dance and ‘Chimpanzee Greeting’ which Jane taught The Duke when they first met. Today’s event was full of education, inspiration and fun. Because working hard and playing hard are not mutually exclusive.”

 

Prince Harry was thrilled to meet such driven young people as he believes people are ”at the heart of conservation and sustainability”.

Kensington Palace shared in a statement:

”His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centered approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day.”

 

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How Duke and Duchess introduced Archie to chimpanzee expert and invited her to their Frogmore Cottage home in June where she cuddled then five-week-old Archie.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have introduce Archie to their ‘idol’ Dr Jane Goodall at a secret meeting.

The Duke and Duchess are huge fans of the chimpanzee expert and invited her to their Frogmore Cottage home in June where she cuddled then five-week-old Archie.

On Tuesday, Dr Goodall welcomed the duke to a meeting of her Roots and Shoots youth empowerment project to learn more about the initiative where he spoke out against the scourge of plastic he dubbed society’s “dirty habit”.

 

She believes Harry’s interest in her programme, which encourages young people to improve their lives, communities and local wildlife for the better, stems from the royal becoming a father.

She said she quizzed the duke about fatherhood telling him “Of course you’re interested in Roots and Shoots, especially now you have a baby and he said ‘yes of course’.

“When you bring a child into the world today you have to worry about the future. If we don’t make change we don’t have a future.”

 

The conservationist said she “clicked” with the duke during their first meeting at Kensington Palace last December and hopes to join forces with him.

She said they wanted to

“collaborate and work together to raise awareness about conservation and the need to conserve the natural world” and hoped fans of Harry, who may not be interested in the issue, would be drawn to find out more.

Meghan has also been an admirer of the 85-year-old for many years, Dr Goodall said:

“She told me ‘I’ve hero-worshipped you all my life, you’ve been my idol since I was a child’.”

Dr Goodall’s work with chimpanzees has made her an international figure due to her findings and she is credited with making the first recorded observations of chimpanzees using tools and eating meat.

Roots and Shoots is a programme of the Jane Goodall Institute and the meeting of young people from across the world involved in the project was staged at St George’s House in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

During his visit Harry toured stands where groups of young people had written down their conclusions about issues from sustainable fashion to the use of plastics.

He told the young people who had been debating plastics:

 

“It doesn’t make sense to find everything in plastic, plastic within plastic. Gone are the days when you grabbed 10 carrots, took them home and gave them a shave, now you’re buying shaved carrots in a plastic bag, why?

 

“Again we’ve slipped into this dirty habit, that’s what it is right, it’s a dirty habit where it’s become normalised. Now the younger generation are coming along and saying – this is crazy, this doesn’t make any sense at all.

When the duke first arrived he was introduced by Dr Goodall and she asked if he remembered the chimpanzee greeting she had taught him and they acted it out.

In a speech he praised the chimpanzee expert describing her as a “woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind.

“I’ve been admiring her work since I was a kid and it was so wonderful to find that she was even more amazing in person. She even treated me to a chimp welcome which only Jane can do! Well, and chimps.”

He told the young people in the room, some of whom had given presentations about their projects back home, that they had the tools to “save our planet”.

Harry also said to the group, from places as diverse as Iceland and Burundi:

 

“I truly believe that the heart of conservation and sustainability is about people.

“For any of our efforts to succeed, an inclusive, community-centred approach where they benefit from safeguarding their natural assets, is what works; and we have seen that proven time and time again, but sadly not to scale quite yet.”

 

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How Prince George received Birthday gift.

There’s never a bad time to be a royal, but it’s certainly the best time when it’s your birthday.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s eldest son turned 6 on Monday, July 22, and siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince gave the Prince George the birthday presents he’s asked for.

Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 15 months, each gave their big brother handmade cards, according to a source for Us Weekly.

 

Charlotte drew her brother’s portrait on the inside of the card and worked with her parents on a second present for him. Prince George is big into “nature and building things,” said the source. “[He] has asked for a pair of binoculars for birdwatching and an electric kids’ car, which many of his school friends have.”

itionally, Kate has taken point on prepping George’s birthday party, even taking some pre-birthday photos of the little prince rocking his new missing tooth. The party is set to include all of George’s favorite foods, including pizza, pasta, sliders, “cupcakes, an ice cream machine and candy”, according to Us Weekly’s source. The whole thing will be capped off by a magician — the staple of any kid’s party.

 

The couple’s Instagram is incredibly George-centric right now in honor of his birthday, with three photos posted of the little boy “on holiday with the family.”

This continues the trend of showing off the close bonds between the royals. Just last week it was revealed that Princess Charlotte and Prince George are already doting on cousin, Archie, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

 

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How Cardi B gets new tattoo.

Cardi B and Offset’s marriage appears to be better than ever.

Days after celebrating their daughter’s first birthday, Offset took to Instagram to show off his wife’s new tattoo. And let’s just say, it’s in a pretty unconventional place.

The Migos rapper posted a screenshot of a FaceTime session with Cardi. In the picture, she lifts up her left leg to reveal “Offset” inked in script on the back of her thigh.

 

“CANT WAIT TO GET HOME,” he captioned the image Sunday, adding tongue emojis.

 

Cardi is not the only one with tribute ink. Offset debuted a tattoo with his wife’s name on his neck under a picture of Buttercup from “The Powerpuff Girls” in January 2018.

Cardi B, 26, and Offset, 27, secretly tied the knot in September 2017 before welcoming daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10, 2018.

 

The rapping duo’s highly publicized relationship hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Their marriage was rocked by infidelity rumors last year, with Cardi announcing their split in December. The couple appeared to reconcile in February after attending the Grammys and releasing a new song together.

But, based on Cardi’s declaration of love via permanent ink, all the drama appears to be gone.

‘It’s about time’: Offset on how he and Cardi B make time for Kulture

 

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“I am concerned about Mr. Kelly,”-R. Kelly crisis manager.

Darrell Johnson, a member of jailed R. Kelly’s inner circle, stepped down as the singer’s crisis manager Monday after walking back a potentially damaging comment he made on CBS about not leaving his daughter alone with someone accused of pedophilia.

“I should have worded it better,” Johnson told USA TODAY, adding that he meant to say, “I would leave my daughter with Kelly because I do not believe he is a pedophile.”

A short while later Johnson confirmed he no longer worked for Kelly as a crisis manager or spokesperson. “This has nothing to do with Mr. Kelly it’s for my (own) person(al) reasons,” he said in a statement to USA TODAY.

 

Johnson sat down with Gayle King on Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” saying that Kelly is not doing well in custody.

“I am concerned about Mr. Kelly,” he told King in the interview, saying that he would “assume at this point” that Kelly is under suicide watch. He said Kelly can’t busy himself with books in his cell because he can’t read or write.

Kelly has been held without bond at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, after being arrested July 11 on separate indictments by the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of New York, which is based in Brooklyn.

 

Johnson’s role on Kelly’s defense team had been unclear for months. When he first appeared on the scene in Chicago after Kelly’s first arrest on state sex-crime charges, the media referred to him as a “publicist” or a Kelly “spokesman.”

He has been a contentious figure: He got into an argument with the father of one of the R&B singer’s girlfriends during a press conference earlier this month in Atlanta.

Several of Kelly’s attorneys have previously told USA TODAY that Johnson is neither a lawyer nor a member of Kelly’s defense operation, with Steve Greenberg, who heads Kelly’s legal team in Chicago, saying that Johnson “has been acting as a PR person

 

Nicole Blank Becker, one of Kelly’s lawyers on the state sex crimes charges, told USA TODAY earlier this month Johnson offers “spiritual advice” to Kelly.

 

To clear up any confusion, Darryl Johnson is a crisis manager who has been assisting us, and will continue to assist us. He is not a PR person, he is not a spiritual advisor. He has the full confidence of the defense team.
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) July 22, 2019
Greenberg affirmed Monday evening that Johnson was taking “some time off,” but thanked him for his “tireless assistance,” saying in a statement posted to Twitter that the defense “looks forward to his return,”

What is [R. Kelly’s] mental health? Are you concerned about him?

“Absolutely, I am concerned about Mr. Kelly.”

Is he under suicide watch?

“I would assume at this point he is. Mr. Kelly’s a mess.” — R. Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson pic.twitter.com/d6jfgET9VH
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 22, 2019

 
On Monday, billed as the singer’s crisis manager, Johnson said he was worried about Kelly’s state of mind, calling him “a mess. I’ve heard (statements) that he’s happy that this is going on, that he wanted to be at this particular place. That’s absolutely not true. Nobody wants to be locked down for 24 hours, no TV. He can’t read and write, so he can’t read a book. It’s almost like a jury has already convicted him.”

When King asked him if he was worried about Kelly harming himself, he replied, “I am, absolutely.”

Elsewhere in the interview, King asked Johnson whether he’d leave his own 20-something-year-old daughter with Kelly, with Johnson surprising the host by answering no.
You have a 20-something-year-old daughter. Would you allow her to be alone with R. Kelly?

“I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of pedophilia. Period.” — R. Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson pic.twitter.com/AZWjCqAX7J
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 22, 2019

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of pedophilia. Period.”

“That doesn’t seem like a contradiction to you?” King asked. “You’re defending R. Kelly but at the same time, saying you wouldn’t leave your own daughter with him?”

“I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anyone,” Johnson replied. “I’ll say it again, (anyone) that’s accused of being a pedophile.”

Later, Johnson acknowledged he left the wrong impression with that comment.

“I wouldn’t be here if I did not think Kelly was innocent,” he told USA TODAY.

 

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How Prince George mark His sixth birthday.

Prince George of Cambridge, future king, cute as a button, turns 6 on Monday, giving millions of Brits and American fans a chance to coo over the latest birthday pictures released by his parents.

Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge released three new photos late Sunday, following a custom they started for George’s first birthday and have followed for their two younger children, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, on their birthdays.

The recent pictures, which were shot in the garden of the family’s home at Kensington Palace and while they were on holiday, were taken by his mother. Kate, a keen amateur photographer, often takes the pictures of her children released to the public.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share new photographs of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s sixth birthday,” the palace tweeted. “Thank you everyone for your lovely messages on Prince George’s Birthday!”

 

 

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In the family vacation photo, George wears a dark green polo shirt with blue-and-white striped shorts and looks more like his dad, as his hair lightens.

The other two shots are the playful George, romping in the grass in a Nike soccer jersey, that royals fans have come to love.

George is a student at Thomas’s Battersea school across the Thames from Kensington Palace. His sister Charlotte is set to join him there in the fall.

Prince George Alexander Louis is third in line to the throne, after his father Prince William, 37, and grandfather Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, 70. He isn’t the oldest great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, 93, but he is the one most likely to be a king, some day in the far future.
Prince George shows gaps in his teeth, adorably.

 

Fans got their first glimpse of the little prince back in 2013, when he was introduced to the world on the steps outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the evening after his birth.

He was last seen in public with his mother and siblings, and with his aunt, Duchess Meghan of Sussex, and his newest baby cousin, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, earlier this month at a charity polo match in which Prince William and Prince Harry were competing.

Over the years, these charity polo matches have been reliable opportunities to catch the Cambridges together at play and relaxing in “private” moments that are nonetheless in the open and thus accessible to media photographers and paparazzi.

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2019/07/21/prince-george-turns-six-see-cute-new-birthday-photos/1768979001/

How Mexican cartel chief Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was sentenced to life in prison.

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/mexican-cartel-chief-joaquin-el-chapo-guzman-sentenced-life-prison-2019-7?IR=T

”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 Williams.

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.

 

Serena said:

 

”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.

She added:

”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.”

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/serena-williams-and-daughter-share-beauty-regime/ar-AAEpqOM?ocid=spartandhp

Why R.Kelly jailed without an option of Bond in a sex case.

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.”

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/life-arts/judge-orders-r-kelly-held-in-jail-without-bond-in-sex-case/ar-AAEqJUL?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

How Cardi B Celebrated her daughters’ first year birthday lavishly.

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.

 

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“Going to Ghana, because that is the only place that I have genuine peace.”—Burna Boy.

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”

 

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Beyoncé and Meghan Markle shared a hug at Lion King Premiere.

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.

 

SOURCE:

https://www.etonline.com/heres-what-beyonce-and-meghan-markle-talked-about-at-lion-king-premiere-128528

 

How R.Kelly was arrested again by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland Security agents.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/r-kelly-arrested-on-federal-sex-trafficking-charges/ar-AAEcDlS?li=AAB4Qbx&ocid=spartanntp

How 2019 African Media Personality of the Year award was given to Linda Ikeji.

 

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.

 

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Linda Ikeji bags 2019 African Media Personality award

“Our plane tried to land twice and had to come back up because there were other planes in our way,”–Miley Cyrus.

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.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/miley-cyrus-had-a-crazy-near-death-experience-on-her-flight-to-the-glastonbury-festival/ar-AAE9gfB?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

 

 

After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest–Nicki Minaj

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.

 

SOURCE:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48930029

 

 

How Bbnaija was built from scratch.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Africa’s richest woman speaks on economic empowerment of women

 

 

BBNaija 2019: Full List Of Housemates Nominated For Eviction

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.

 

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How Rebecca Nana Adwoa Kwabi emerged as Miss Ghana.

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.

 

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Justin dubbed his wife Hailey as “so out of his league”.

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)”

 

 

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Justin previously dubbed his wife Hailey as “so out of his league”.

He said:

“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.”

 

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Quite Shocking!!!How Avala and Isilomo were evicted from Bbnaija yesterday.

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.

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How Alex recently branded Jennifer as a superhero.

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.

He said:

 

“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.

She said:

 

“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.”

 

 

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Nigerians congratulates Olamide as he welcome another son.

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).

 

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Jeddah Season cultural festival to host Nicki Minaj in Saudi Arabia.

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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R.Kelly plans to sue his ex-wife.

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.

 

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How A&AP Rocky was arrested and detained in Sweden.

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.

 

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How Kim Kardashian West finds solution to Kimono backlash.

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.”

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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.

 

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Joe and Sophie legally married in Vegas after the Billboard Awards on May 2 at the Little White Wedding Chapel

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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“Not guilty sir; honor,” “I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!”–Cardi B

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.

 

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“wake up” and demand gun control in the US.—Madonna.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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