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Rave News Digest: Kamala Harris Hosts Women’s History Month Brunch, Mo Abudu Teams Up With Idris Elba, Man United + More

Rave News Digest: Kamala Harris Hosts Women’s History Month Brunch, Mo Abudu Teams Up With Idris Elba, Man United + More

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Kamala Harris hosts Women’s History Month brunch, Mo Abudu teams up with Idris Elba to empower African storytellers, Man. United make history by reaching 31st FA Cup semi-final. 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. 

1. Kamala Harris hosts Women’s History Month brunch

 
 
 
 
 
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Dozens of powerful women gathered at Vice President Kamala Harris’ home for a Women’s History Month brunch. At the event co-hosted by Glamour, Harris gave a passionate speech focused on gender equity and economic equality. The esteemed guest list included government leaders, journalists, actors, artistes, founders, and activists. Megan Thee Stallion, Nancy Pelosi, Lori Harvey, DeWanda Wise, and Joy-Ann Reid were among those in attendance.

New mom and paid family leave advocate Karina Garcia introduced Harris to speak. The VP praised Garcia for shining a light on the exhausting unpaid labor millions of parents, especially mothers, sacrifice to do. Harris recognized Glamour Magazine for its long legacy of groundbreaking advocacy on vital economic issues. The Howard alum also recognized the accomplished leaders around her for helping other girls and women follow in their footsteps.

2. Mo Abudu teams up with Idris Elba to empower African storytellers

 
 
 
 
 
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Media mogul Mo Abudu has partnered with SAG winner and BAFTA-nominated actor Idris Elba to empower and uplift talent from Africa and the Diaspora through their respective production companies, EbonyLife Media and Green Door Pictures. The partnership aims to build capacity and foster authentic representation in global film and TV projects set for production. These opportunities will be provided through a two-fold approach: capacity building and large-scale global productions.

New education and mentoring initiatives will launch through the partnership to help foster both the lost generation and a new generation of creative professionals, showcasing their skills and telling their stories to the world. With this collaboration, Abudu and Elba aim to nurture a more inclusive and diverse media landscape, where stories from Africa and its diaspora are given the same level of attention and respect as other cultures and communities. They are calling on industry leaders globally, the wider public sector, governments, and multilateral agencies, to help them grow talent globally and build capacity around the continent of Africa.

3. South Africa: Thuso Mbedu shines the light on HIV/AIDS crisis

 
 
 
 
 
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Thuso Mbedu was recently part of an event aimed at shedding light on the HIV/AIDS crisis. She said on Instagram it was an honor to be present at The Elton John Aids Foundation event because the subject matter was close to home for her. “Yesterday I was invited by the @ejaf to be one of the presenters shining a light on the HIV/Aids crisis. When the invitation came in, accepting and honoring it was a no-brainer for me as I lost a family member to the AIDS virus less than two months ago.”

“Yes, leaps and bounds have been made in terms of educating and aiding people living with HIV/Aids but there’s a lot more that still needs to be done. Keep educating yourself and those around because if you know better, you do better. Thank you to Brooke Shields who was a lovely co-presenter. I was also very happy to be able to wear a South African designer on that carpet. Thank you Haute Afrika,” she said.

4. Actor Lance Reddick passes away

Lance Reddick, a character actor who specialized in intense, icy, and possibly sinister authority figures on TV and film, including “The Wire,” “Fringe” and the “John Wick” franchise, has died. He was 60. Reddick died “suddenly” Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen said in a statement, attributing his death to natural causes. No further details were provided. Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

5. Man Utd make history in reaching 31st FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United have rewritten the history books, with the Red Devils reaching a record-setting 31st FA Cup semi-final. The Red Devils prevailed in an eventful quarter-final clash with Fulham in 2022-23, with the Cottagers being reduced to nine men at Old Trafford while also seeing manager Marco Silva collect a red card. Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace for United in a 3-1 win, with Marcel Sabitzer also on target. Erik ten Hag’s side are now preparing to head back to Wembley, with Brighton next up for them in the semi-finals.

United have already savored Carabao Cup glory this season, with that success bringing their six-year wait for major silverware to a close. United last made the FA Cup semi-finals in 2019-20, when they lost to Chelsea, while their most recent success in the competition came under the guidance of Louis van Gaal in 2016.

Featured image: Lauren Cowart via @glamourmag/Instagram


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