Jay-Z files trademark for production company, Toyin Abraham set to start reality TV show, Naomi Osaka wins Laureus Award. 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 topics…
1. Jay-Z reportedly files new trademark for TV & film production company
It looks like Jay-Z is planning to further expand his company by entering into TV and Film Production.
According to legal documents, Jay-Z’s company, S. Carter Enterprises, filed to trademark “2/J” on May 3 for “entertainment services in the nature of creation, development, and production” of television programming series, movies, and similar projects. Although it is too early to say for sure, it looks like Hov might be getting into the business of media and television.
2. Nigeria: Actress Toyin Abraham set to start reality TV show
Hey fam! I've been thinking about starting a reality TV show with my family. So if you could choose, what channel would you prefer to watch it on?— TOYIN ABRAHAM AJEYEMI (@toyin_abraham1) May 5, 2021
Award-winning actress Toyin Abraham-Ajeyemi announces her intentions to start a reality show that will feature her family. The mother of one will be on the television screen like never before as she makes moves to kickstart her own TV show.
Toyin Abraham hinted at this latest development in a Twitter post where she quizzed fans on what station they would prefer to watch her family’s documentary. “Hey, fam! I’ve been thinking about starting a reality TV show with my family. So if you could choose, what channel would you prefer to watch it on,” the actress tweeted.
3. WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved for emergency use a COVID-19 vaccine from China’s state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on Friday, bolstering Beijing’s push for a bigger role in inoculating the world. The vaccine, one of two main Chinese coronavirus vaccines that have been given to hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere, is the first developed by a non-Western country to win WHO backing.
It is also the first time the WHO has given emergency use approval to a Chinese vaccine for any infectious disease. Earlier this week, separate WHO experts had expressed concern about the quality of data the company provided on side effects.
4. Ghana: Yaw Tog is Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist
Apple Music today announces the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as 17-year-old Ghanaian rapper Yaw Tog (real name Thorsten Owusu Gyimah). Pioneering a style of drill called Asakaa that emerged from the streets of Kumasi in Ghana, Yaw’s debut single “Sore” (2020) became the first video of its genre to notch 1 million views and launch a worldwide movement.
Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform, including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1.
5. Naomi Osaka wins Laureus World Sports Award
Naomi Osaka has been named Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with fellow tennis player Rafael Nadal the men’s winner. Osaka won the US Open in 2020, while Spaniard Nadal equaled Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam men’s titles by winning last year’s French Open.
Laureus cited the “powerful statement” made by Osaka at the US Open, where in each round, she came on to court wearing a face mask bearing the name of a different African-American victim of alleged police or racist violence.
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