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Rave News Digest: Lauryn Hill Performs On ‘Tonight Show’ With Son YG Marley, Funke Akindele Announces Upcoming Film ‘Finding Me’, Women World Cup + More

Rave News Digest: Lauryn Hill Performs On ‘Tonight Show’ With Son YG Marley, Funke Akindele Announces Upcoming Film ‘Finding Me’, Women World Cup + More

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usic veteran Lauryn Hill delivers amazing “Tonight Show” performance with son YG Marley, Funke Akindele announces another upcoming film, “Finding Me,” and FIFA confirms first-ever Women’s Club World Cup will kick off in 2026. 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. Lauryn Hill delivers amazing “Tonight Show” performance with son YG Marley

Lauryn Hill graced the stage of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night in a rare appearance, thrilling audiences with a powerful medley of her hits and a special guest performance by her son, YG Marley. The legendary singer kicked off the eight-minute set with a soulful rendition of her iconic track “Ex-Factor,” showcasing her timeless vocals that haven’t lost a beat. She then surprised the crowd by welcoming her son, YG Marley, to the stage.

YG, son of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, performed his latest hit singles, “Survival,” and the chart-topping “Praise Jah In The Moonlight.” The latter song, released in December 2023, samples his grandfather Bob Marley’s classic “Crisis” and features a heartwarming cameo from Lauryn herself in the music video. The mother-son duo’s chemistry was undeniable, creating a truly special moment on the “Tonight Show” stage.

2. Funke Akindele announces another upcoming film ‘Finding Me’

Funke Akindele, Nigeria’s beloved actress and filmmaker, has announced her latest project—a movie titled “Finding Me.” The exciting news broke on Akindele’s social media handles on Monday, May 13, in the form of two eye-catching transition videos featuring Nollywood actors Femi Adebayo and Joseph Benjamin. In the clips, the actors transform their outfits from casual wear to suits, ending in t-shirts emblazoned with the film’s title, “Finding Me.”

While details about the plot and release date are still under wraps, the title itself sparks curiosity. Is it a story of self-discovery? A comedic exploration of identity? Fans are eagerly speculating on social media. This announcement comes shortly after Akindele’s critically acclaimed film, “A Tribe Called Judah,” did not receive any wins at the 2024 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

3. Kelly Rowland jumps on ‘Tshwala Bam’ dance craze

American singer Kelly Rowland is the latest celebrity to be swept up in the infectious dance craze, “Tshwala Bam.” The song, by South African artists TitoM, Yuppe, S.N.E, and EeQue, has taken the world by storm with its catchy amapiano beat and energetic dance moves. Rowland isn’t dancing solo—she is joined by her team as they showcase their moves on social media, adding to the global phenomenon of the song. The “Tshwala Bam” challenge has seen widespread participation, with Jason Derulo and dance twins Larry and Laurent Bourgeois also joining the fun.

This isn’t the first time Rowland has shown her appreciation for African music. The award-winning singer has collaborated with African artists like Nigeria’s Ayra Starr in the past, and her participation in the “Tshwala Bam” challenge further highlights her affinity for African sound.

4. Odumodublvck graduates from Texas A&M University

Nigerian rap star Odumodublvck has added another accomplishment to his resume—a university degree. The “Woto Woto Seasoning” hitmaker recently celebrated his graduation from Texas A&M University on social media, sharing photos with his fans. On May 12, Odumodublvck, whose real name is Tochukwu Gbubemi Ojogwu, took to his Instagram page to announce his educational milestone. The photos showed a proud Odumodu in his graduation regalia, complete with a Texas A&M sash and diploma in hand.

Fans flooded the rapper’s page with congratulatory messages, with some finding humor in the situation, while others expressed their admiration for his dedication to balancing his music career with his studies. This is a significant achievement for the rapper, demonstrating his commitment to both his music and his education.

Congratulations to the star!

5. FIFA confirms first ever Women’s Club World Cup will kick off in 2026

FIFA has officially announced that the highly anticipated Women’s Club World Cup will take place in January and February of 2026. This landmark tournament will feature 16 teams vying for the title of world champion. The announcement comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino first revealed plans for the competition in 2021, aiming to “revolutionize” the women’s game. This global showcase will provide a platform for the best women’s club teams from around the world to compete on the biggest stage.

While details regarding the qualification process and host nation haven’t been revealed, the news has sparked excitement amongst fans and players alike. The tournament is scheduled to be a quadrennial event, taking place every four years. Interestingly, the 2026 edition will be sandwiched between the group stage and knockout rounds of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, while also fitting in before the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season in the US.

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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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