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Rave News Digest: Gabourey Sidibe Welcomes Twins, Tems’ Debut Album Tops Apple Music Chart, Gauff + More

Rave News Digest: Gabourey Sidibe Welcomes Twins, Tems’ Debut Album Tops Apple Music Chart, Gauff + More


Gabourey Sidibe welcomes twins with husband Brandon Frankel, Tems’ debut album tops Apple Music chart, Gauff and Siniakova win first French Open doubles title. 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. Gabourey Sidibe welcomes twins with husband Brandon Frankel

Actress Gabourey Sidibe is officially a mom of twins! The 41-year-old star and her husband, Brandon Frankel, confirmed the arrival of their twins, a boy named Cooper and a girl named Maya, in early April. The happy news was first reported by The Shade Room, and shows heartwarming photos of the new family. Sidibe and Frankel beamed with joy as they cradled their newborns.

In a separate interview, Sidibe shared the inspiration behind the twins’ names. “Brandon always wanted to name a son Cooper, so we call him ‘Coop,'” she revealed. Maya’s name came about during their babymoon trip to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Both twins also have traditional West African middle names, honoring Sidibe’s family heritage. The new mom announced her pregnancy in February at a BabyList event. The couple has since shared glimpses of their parenthood journey on social media, offering fans adorable photos of their twins.

Congratulations to Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel on their expanding family!

2. Tems’ debut album tops Apple Music chart

Nigerian singer Tems is celebrating a major win as her debut album, “Born in the Wild,” rockets to the top spot on Apple Music’s charts. This impressive feat marks a significant milestone for the rising star, solidifying her position as a force to be reckoned with in the global music scene. Tems’ debut album dethroned Ayra Starr’s “TYIT21,” which previously held the number one position. The news has sent shockwaves through the Afrobeats community, with fans and industry insiders alike praising Tems’ artistry and the impact of her album.

3. Brandy and Monica star in Ariana Grande’s ‘The Boy is Mine’ music video

Ariana Grande’s latest music video for “The Boy is Mine” is a love letter to 90s R&B, featuring a special cameo from the original queens of the song itself, Brandy and Monica. The video, which dropped recently, opens with Grande channeling a playful Catwoman, brewing a mysterious pink potion. But before the feline fatale antics begin, viewers are treated to a delightful surprise: Brandy and Monica as news anchors, introducing a press conference. This clever nod instantly connects Grande’s song, which was inspired by the 1998 classic, to its legendary origins.

Grande has always been vocal about her admiration for 90s R&B, and this video is a full-fledged homage. The internet is buzzing with excitement about the cameo, with fans praising the singer for honoring the legacy of Brandy and Monica. While the music video takes a comedic turn with Grande’s character’s obsession with a fictional mayor, the short appearance by the song’s original singers is a highlight. It’s a sweet moment of appreciation from one generation of music makers to another.

4. Asake and Central Cee spotted together in Lagos

Nigerian music fans are in a frenzy after Afrobeats star Asake and UK drill rapper Central Cee were spotted filming a music video together in Lagos. The unlikely duo was seen on set, fueling speculation about a potential collaboration. This is the first time Central Cee, known for his catchy hooks and streetwise lyrics, has been spotted in Nigeria. Fans are buzzing on social media, with many predicting a major global hit.

Details about the song’s title or release date are scarce, but snippets from the shoot show a vibrant atmosphere, with scenes hinting at an Afrobeats fusion with Central Cee’s signature drill style. The collaboration would be a significant moment for both artists. Asake is currently one of the hottest names in Afrobeats, enjoying critical acclaim for his recent album, and Central Cee continues to garner recognition for his impressive craft.

5. Gauff and Siniakova win first French Open doubles title

In a surprising turn of events, the duo of Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova emerged victorious at the French Open women’s doubles finals on Sunday, defeating the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini 7-6 (5), 6-3. This win marks a significant first for both players. For Gauff, the 20-year-old American star, this victory delivers her first Grand Slam doubles title. While Gauff already claimed the US Open singles championship last year, she had previously fallen short in doubles finals at both Roland Garros in 2022 and the US Open in 2021. “Third time’s a charm,” Gauff said after the match, expressing her gratitude to her partner Siniakova.

Siniakova, the experienced Czech player, adds another trophy to her impressive collection, bringing her Grand Slam doubles titles to eight. The win is particularly special as it came alongside a new partner. Due to injuries to their expected doubles partners, Gauff and Siniakova only came together for this tournament, proving their quick chemistry to be a winning formula.

Featured Image: @brandontour/Instagram 

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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