Rave News Digest: Bella Shmurda To Join YouTube Music Global Foundry Class, Michael B. Jordan Developing Black Superman Series, Olympics Update + More
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news stories…
1. Nigeria: Bella Shmurda joins YouTube Music global foundry classhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CR1gCYWs70M/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link On Wednesday, YouTube Music announced the 2021 cohort for Foundry, its global artist development program with a mission to support independent musicians, helping them build sustainable careers on their own terms. Nigeria’s Bella Shmurda joins the list of 27 artists representing 14 countries and a broad spectrum of musical heritage this year.
2. Michael B. Jordan reportedly developing Black Superman series
Michael B. Jordan is about to take Superman to new heights. According to multiple reports, the actor through his production company, Outlier Society, is working on a Black Superman project, which will air on HBO Max. There aren’t many details about the project, but reports claim a writer is working on the show that will likely be a limited series. The story will focus on the character Val-Zod, an existing Black version of the Superman character from the DC comics. It’s not known if Jordan will play Superman.
Michael B. Jordan developing Black Superman project for HBO Max centered around Val-Zod— Fandom (@getFANDOM) July 23, 2021
(via @Collider | https://t.co/a67OIh3Ojj) pic.twitter.com/XJ3k6AapsU
3. The US to ship 5.66-million Pfizer vaccine doses to South Africa, and Nigeria to get Moderna
The US government on Wednesday, July 28, said it will ship nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria and South Africa as the continent battles a third wave of infections, according to White House officials. 4-million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will go to Nigeria and 5.66-million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to SA, the officials said. The SA shipment is the single largest by the US since it began sending vaccine shots overseas, one of the officials said. The latest shipments bring the total US vaccine doses sent to Africa to 16.4-million.
The US is sending 5.7 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to South Africa — its largest bilateral donation to date. The first doses will begin arriving in Johannesburg this weekend.— Kate Sullivan (@KateSullivanDC) July 28, 2021
4. Tanzania leader launches Covid-19 vaccination drive, orders more jabs
Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan received her COVID-19 vaccine in public on Wednesday, July 28, in the most decisive signal yet of a break from the policies of her late predecessor who repeatedly dismissed the threat of the pandemic. Hassan took office in March after the death of former president John Magufuli, who had warned citizens against COVID-19 vaccines and recommended at-home remedies such as steam inhalation. Since then, the government has changed tack as officials now call for social distancing and emphasize mask-wearing in public. In June, Tanzania also joined the global COVAX scheme for sharing vaccines with poorer nations, culminating in the delivery of its first batch of 1.06 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week.
Tanzania's President Suluhu Hassan gets Covid jab in policy reverse. The man she replaced, John Magufuli, played down the virus, calling for prayer instead of vaccines and masks. Now if she can change his undemocratic path.https://t.co/bPpuwL649n— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) July 28, 2021
5. Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian federation ‘bears responsibility’ for ineligible athletes
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has taken responsibility after 10 athletes from the country were declared ineligible for the Tokyo Olympics. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) ruled that the competitors will be unable to take part in Tokyo because of non-compliance with out-of-competition drug testing requirements in the run-up to the games. The AIU announced that a total of 20 athletes from the seven countries, including Morocco, Kenya and Ethiopia, regarded as high risk (category A) when it comes to doping have been ruled out, with Nigeria accounting for half of those excluded. All of the Nigerian athletes ruled ineligible had already arrived in Tokyo to prepare for the track and field events that begin on Friday. Photo: bellashmurda/Instagram
#NGR more dramas than medals at the #Olympics #Athletics Integrity Unit declare 10 Nigerian athletes ineligible to compete in #Tokyo2020 over lack of testing.— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) July 29, 2021
Reactions of top officials about the 10 thrown out? AFN, NOC & ministry: ‘Please say 12 athletes have been cleared’ pic.twitter.com/GaROMGVydz
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