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Rave News Digest: Keke Palmer To Be Honored At 2023 Black Music Action Coalition Gala, Stephanie Linus Named Head Of Nigeria’s Oscars Committee, Bernado Silva + More

Rave News Digest: Keke Palmer To Be Honored At 2023 Black Music Action Coalition Gala, Stephanie Linus Named Head Of Nigeria’s Oscars Committee, Bernado Silva + More


Keke Palmer, Jermaine Dupri, and more to receive honors at 2023 Black Music Action Coalition Gala, Stephanie Linus named as new head of Nigeria’s Oscars committee, Bernardo Silva signs new Manchester City contract. 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. Mary J Blige Earring Collection

1. Keke Palmer and more to receive honors at 2023 Black Music Action Coalition Gala

On Wednesday, August 23, the Black Music Action Coalition announced the 2023 BMAC Gala honorees, which include Keke Palmer and Jermaine Dupri. Palmer is set to receive the Social Impact Award, while Dupri will receive the Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award. Jason Flom, who is also honored, is going to receive the BMAC Change Agent Award. Other 2023 BMAC Gala honorees include Menna Demessie, Jesse Collins, Trae tha Truth, Tariq Cherif, and Matt Zingler.

The BMAC Gala is an important event that raises awareness for equality and equity. It is also an event to spotlight honorees who have made extraordinary contributions as they work toward social justice. The recipients are individuals and organizations that have made positive changes in their communities. The 2023 BMAC Gala will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 21.

2. Stephanie Linus named as new head of Nigeria’s Oscars committee

Stephanie Linus is the new Chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Best International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars. Her appointment comes after Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi recently stepped down as the head of the committee. With Nigeria’s no-show at the 2022 Oscars based on a no-submission vote by the former committee members, hope is now renewed with the re-approval of the NOSC and its newly emerged chairperson.

The new leadership comes with newly constituted members. They include veteran actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, managing director for the Nigerian Film Corporation, Chidia Maduekwe, president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria Victor Okhai, former president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria Andy Amenechi, theatre practitioner Yibo Kikoko, and director Izu Ojukwu. They are expected to collect, screen, and vote on movie entries that will represent Nigeria in the IFF category in the next edition of the Oscars.

3. South Africa: Lady Zamar announces new single, speaks out on being ‘canceled’ after Sjava rape accusations

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In support of the release of her upcoming single, “Castles,” which drops on Friday, Lady Zamar sat down with DJ Sabby on Metro FM to speak about her comeback single. She also spoke about why she’s been so vocal on social media lately, explaining that she feels public figures have a responsibility to speak openly. “We owe the public… public figures are supposed to service the public. There are issues that pertain to us that I feel like because of the celebritiness of it all, our organizations and our management don’t necessarily see the value of breaking things down in public.”

Metro FM shared a snippet of the interview with the caption: “I have something to say and I feel the need to say it in a way I would understand” – @lady_zamar. In case you missed it : https:|/ interview-lady-zamar #BreakfastPopin #BestMornings.” Wednesday also saw the release of Zamar’s episode on the Showmax Original series “Unfollowed.” The show interviews public figures who were “canceled” on social media and lets the viewer decide if the treatment in each case was deserved. Zamar infamously accused Sjava of sexually assaulting her back in 2017.

4. Yemi Alade survives auto crash in Spain

Popular Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has survived a car accident in Spain. Alade, in a post shared on her Instagram page on Tuesday, disclosed that the accident happened somewhere between Barcelona and Benicassim. While appreciating God for keeping her and her crew alive, she noted that she only lost a nail. “We were in a car crash at 12:06 (noon), somewhere between Barcelona and Benicassim in Spain.”

“I also experienced a minor medical emergency after performing on stage 7 hours after the incident on the same day. Life is for the living. I didn’t want to put this out, but the devil had other plans, but my Jehovah jiray said no. It all happened suddenly but nothing is too sudden for God. I only lost a nail. The blood of Jesus spoke for us. His Grace is more than sufficient,” she added.

5. Bernardo Silva signs new Manchester City contract

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has signed a fresh three-year deal with the club. The 29-year-old has rejected advances from both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to remain at City, signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2026. Fresh off the back of winning the treble last season, Silva has racked up a whopping 308 appearances so far for Pep Guardiola’s side, notably netting twice as City romped their way to Champions League glory for the first time last season. 

Speaking to the club’s official channels on Wednesday, Silva said: “I’ve had six incredible years at Manchester City and I’m delighted to extend my time here. Winning the Treble last season was extremely special and it’s exciting to be part of a squad where there is such a hunger and passion. Success makes you want even more, and this Club gives me that opportunity to keep on winning. I love the manager, my team-mates and the fans and hope we can share even more great memories in the coming years.”

Featured image: Shaniqwa Jarvis for Essence Magazine via @keke/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 2023. 

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