Beyoncé demands justice for Breonna Taylor in an open letter, Dexamethasone proves to be the first life-saving drug for COVID-19, Burnaboy and Rema nominated for BET Awards 2020 and more. 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. The Nigerian celebrity news today
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1. Beyoncé demands justice for Breonna Taylor in an open letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General
Beyoncé has demanded justice in a letter to the Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, for Breonna Taylor who was shot eight times and killed in her sleep by the police in Kentucky, US on March 13. The Nigerian celebrity news today
The three officers involved – Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison – have been placed on administrative leave but none has been arrested or charged over Breonna Taylor’s death. Investigations are ongoing.
In her letter, Beyoncé wrote “three months have passed – and Breonna Taylor’s family still waits for justice. The legislation represented small steps in the right direction but it’s a painful reminder that there was still no justice for Breonna Taylor.”
At the end of her letter, Beyoncé made three specific demands. She urged the Kentucky Attorney General to “demonstrate the value of a black woman’s life” by bringing criminal charges against the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing, by committing itself to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of the officers, and by investigating the response of Louisville police to the shooting. Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy.”
2. Lagos Senator, Adebayo Osinowo, passes on at the age of 64
The Senator who is popularly known as Pepperito Bayo Osinowo died on Monday, June 15, at the age of 64. Until his death, he was the Senator representing Lagos East senatorial constituency at the National Assembly, and also serving as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Industry and Investments.
The cause of his death is yet to be made public, although family sources quoted stated that he died after a brief illness. Before winning the Lagos East Senatorial District election on February 23, 2019, he was a four-time member of the Lagos State house of assembly, representing Kosofe constituency. May his soul rest in peace. The Nigerian celebrity news today
3. UK: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug for COVID-19
A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. According to experts in the UK, the low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus.
The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus. It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.
The drug could be of huge benefit in poorer countries with high numbers of COVID-19 patients. The UK government has 200,000 courses of the drug in its stockpile and says the NHS will make dexamethasone available to patients. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was a genuine case to celebrate “a remarkable British scientific achievement. We have taken steps to ensure we have enough supplies, even in the event of a second peak.” Chief Medical Officer for England Prof Chris Whitty said it would save lives around the world.
4. Nigerian singers Burna Boy and Rema have been nominated for the BET 2020 awards
Grammy-nominated Burna Boy was nominated in the Best International Act, a category he won in 2019. Other nominees were Innoss’B (DRC), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Dave (U.K.), Stormzy (U.K.), Ninho (France), and S.Pri Noir (France).
Rema earned a nod in Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act category alongside nominees such as SHA SHA (Zimbabwe), Celeste (U.K.), Young T & Bugsey (U.K.), Hatik (France), and Stacy (France). The Nigerian celebrity news today
BET Awards 2020 will be a virtual event that will be aired between 1 am to 3 am WAT on June 29th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 29th at 9 pm BST, France on June 30th at 9:45 pm CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 pm KST. The annual awards show celebrates creative expression and black excellence across music, film, television, sports, and philanthropy.
To vote for your favorite artist in the Viewer’s Choice awards, head on to @bet_intl on Instagram, and like the artist’s image to cast your vote.
5. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ready for the challenge of Premier League relaunch
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits players will have to find motivation without the urgency provided by fans when the Premier League restarts on Wednesday.
Arteta’s side will feature in the second game of the Premier League relaunch when they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, just hours after the opener between Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
The remaining 92 top-flight matches will all be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.
Cover photo credit: Instagram – Beyoncé
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