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Rave News Digest: Bella Shmurda To Join YouTube Music Global Foundry Class, Michael B. Jordan Developing Black Superman Series, Olympics Update + More

Rave News Digest: Bella Shmurda To Join YouTube Music Global Foundry Class, Michael B. Jordan Developing Black Superman Series, Olympics Update + More

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Bella Shmurda to join YouTube Music Global Foundry Class, Michael B. Jordan developing Black Superman series, Tokyo Olympics update. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news stories…

1. Nigeria: Bella Shmurda joins YouTube Music global foundry class

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.
The program received the most applications ever with a 450% increase in the number of applications from last year. Artists on the Foundry program will receive a grant to invest in their content and channel development, access to YouTube partner support and workshops, and marketing, social, and press promotion. Artists will have combined access to resources and teams that will enable them create and launch their music with greater impact and global reach. Bella Shmurda Youtube

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 more than 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.

3. US to ship 5.66-million Pfizer vaccine doses to South Africa, 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 brings the total number of US vaccine doses sent to Africa to 16.4-million.

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.

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
Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Nollywood to Hollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2021. 
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