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Rave News Digest: Burna Boy Makes Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List, Taraji P. Henson Graces 2024 TIME100 Cover, Olympics 2024 + More

Rave News Digest: Burna Boy Makes Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List, Taraji P. Henson Graces 2024 TIME100 Cover, Olympics 2024 + More

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urna Boy makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024 list, Taraji P. Henson graces the 2024 TIME100 cover, and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Lebron James make the USA Olympics team. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news stories you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

1. Burna Boy makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024 list

Burna Boy is included in the icons section of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People of 2024 list. Multi-Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo pens a glowing tribute to Burna Boy, who has worked with her previously. In her tribute, the legendary Beninese singer described the Nigerian Afro-fusion star as a history-making artist who young people from Africa look up to. Angelique Kidjo praised Burna Boy for finding inspiration in African folk music and for following the footsteps of Nigerian Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti.

“Burna Boy has made that vision a global reality. Inspired by the fantastic drums of Nigerian folk music and studied in the craft of the great African singer-songwriters, he follows in the footsteps of Fela Kuti—the internationally celebrated Afrobeats artist and activist. Burna Boy’s deeply original flow and his signature groove have conquered the world with an impressive series of firsts: in 2023, he became the first African artist to sell out a U.S. stadium, and in 2024, he became the first Afrobeats artist to sing at the Grammys. He is history in the making. Now a whole generation of young people from the continent is looking up to him.”

2. Taraji P. Henson graces the 2024 TIME100 cover

 
 
 
 
 
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On Wednesday, TIME Magazine’s much-anticipated 2024 TIME100 issue hit the shelves, and one of this year’s cover stars is the talented and amazing Taraji P. Henson. Adding to the excitement, singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige pens a compelling write-up on Henson, offering readers an intimate glimpse into the actor’s journey to success. The issue has four worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100. Dua Lipa, Patrick Mahomes, and Yulia Navalnaya are the other cover stars.

Mary J. Blige writes: “Even before I knew her, I already felt like Taraji P. Henson was my friend. She was an actor I loved to watch, and I always felt like I could relate to her because she perfectly embodied who we are as women. I couldn’t wait to meet her. And when I finally did, it was on and popping from there. Taraji fit right into my crew.”

3. South Africa: Nadia Nakai goes live with Rick Ross, hints at possible collaboration

 
 
 
 
 
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Award-winning rapper, Nadia Nakai engaged in a discussion with American rapper Rick Ross, hinting at a forthcoming collaboration. The interaction, which was posted on Instagram, showcased Rick Ross praising Nadia’s music, particularly “Naaa Meaan,” and discussing potential future work together. Nadia extended an invitation to Rick Ross to visit South Africa and discussed numerous producers eager to collaborate with him. Rick Ross expressed interest in developing concepts and creating beats. He also expressed his desire to spend a week in South Africa, with Nadia as his guide, to explore the country.

In her caption, she thanked the American rapper and expressed excitement for the journey ahead, labeling it as “Boss Moves!” She said, “I hope you checked my Live with @richforever Thank you! @belaireza. Boss Moves!!!! x .”

4. Trippie Redd to reportedly feature on the remix of Khaid’s ‘Jara’

Nigerian singer Khaid has sparked excitement among fans by sharing a snippet on social media, hinting at a remix of his hit song “Jara” featuring American rapper Trippie Redd. The brief snippet offered a taste of Trippie Redd’s verse on the track, though no official announcement regarding the remix’s release date or confirmation from either artist has been made yet.

“Jara” was a breakout single for Khaid, gaining significant traction across Africa and beyond. The potential addition of Trippie Redd, known for his emo rap style and genre-bending collaborations, could introduce “Jara” to a wider and more diverse audience. While details remain unconfirmed, the social media snippet has certainly ignited excitement for a potential Jara remix featuring Trippie Redd.

5. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Lebron James in USA Olympics team

Stephen Curry will make his Olympic debut for the USA after he was named on a 12-man roster for this summer’s Olympics in Paris. LeBron James, the NBA’s all-time leading point scorer, will play at the Games for the first time since London 2012. Kevin Durant is seeking to make history by becoming the first male athlete to win four gold medals in basketball. Joel Embiid, the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player, has also been included.

The USA is aiming to improve on a disappointing fourth place at last year’s Basketball World Cup. They have won 16 Olympic gold medals in the sport and have been the champions at each Games since 2004. Other members of the USA Olympic team include Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Boston Celtics), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).

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Our Weekday News Digest summarizes five of the hottest news topics worldwide–including celebrity news from Hollywood to Nollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2024.


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