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Rave News Digest: Nicki Minaj Launching Sneaker Collection, Simi Confirms Song With Tiwa Savage, Germany Jersey + More

Rave News Digest: Nicki Minaj Launching Sneaker Collection, Simi Confirms Song With Tiwa Savage, Germany Jersey + More

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icki Minaj is launching her first-ever sneaker collection with LØCI, Simi confirms the release date and title of the new song with Tiwa Savage, and German fans are banned from buying number 44 kits over Nazi symbolism. 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. Nicki Minaj is launching her first-ever sneaker collection with LØCI

 
 
 
 
 
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Nicki Minaj is launching her sneaker collection this month. On March 29, the rapper announced that she would be partnering with footwear company LØCI for 11 different sneaker designs. The launch will be available for purchase on April 12, per the rapper’s social media accounts. “An absolute dream come true. I can’t WAIT for you guys to see my first collection! Link in bio to SIGN UP NOW! Thank you to my team for helping me make this dream come to fruition,” Minaj wrote on Instagram. “This isn’t a sponsorship. I’m an owner and partner.”

In the accompanying teaser clip, Nicki Minaj gave fans a preview of one design from the sneaker collection. The sneaker’s base was coated in bubblegum pink, while the sole and matching laces sported a complementary red hue. Elsewhere, the Trinidadian star’s face could be spotted on the tongue.

2. Simi confirms the release date and title of the new song with Tiwa Savage

 
 
 
 
 
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Women in the Nigerian music industry are showing once again why they are a force to be reckoned with, as a collaboration many did not see coming with Simi and Tiwa Savage has sparked a conversation on social media. Award-winning singer Simi confirmed in an announcement on her social media platform on Sunday, March 31, that a song that features Tiwa Savage titled “Men Are Crazy” would be released on Friday, April 5. The announcement shocked many, as this would be one of the unique moments where two female powerhouses of Afrobeats would be working together on a project.

3. South Africa: McJunior wins #BBMzansi

McJunior Zondi has won “Big Brother Mzansi: Sya’Mosha.” The 25-year-old aspiring writer and creative from Durban walked out as the season’s winner, taking the $100,000 grand prize. The finale saw a close margin of 0.07% between McJunior and Makhekhe, with the former being crowned the S’ya Mosha winner and clinching the grand prize, including three more checks that he won for his efforts in the Friday night arena games and tasks.

Papaghost was the first to be evicted, followed by Mpumi, who said she would not be pursuing a relationship with Jareed. Next were Zee and Sinaye, who were evicted together. Both stated they had no regrets and would gladly go through this experience again.

4. CKay breaks record tie with Wizkid and Rema in the US

In a recent announcement, it was revealed that Nigerian artist CKay’s hit track “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” has officially become the highest-certified African song in RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) history. The track has received a staggering 8x Platinum certification, solidifying its place as one of the most successful songs to come out of Africa in recent years. The certification puts “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” ahead of two other notable tracks that held the previous record for the highest-certified African song in RIAA history: Wizkid’s “Essence” and Rema’s “Calm Down.”

5. German fans banned from buying number 44 kits over Nazi symbolism

Adidas has banned football fans from buying German football kits customized with the number 44 after media raised their resemblance to the symbol used by World War II-era Nazi SS units. “We will block personalization of the jerseys,” an Adidas spokesman said. SS units were the most responsible for the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis. The newly released kit has also caused controversy with its choice of pink for the away colors. The symbolism issue was first raised by historian Michael König, who said the design of the kits was “very questionable.”

Adidas spokesman Oliver Brüggen denied that the kit’s resemblance to Nazi symbols was intentional. “We as a company are committed to opposing xenophobia, anti-Semitism, violence, and hatred in every form,” he said. Adidas also said that the German Football Association (DFB) and its partners had designed the numbers on the shirts. In a post on Twitter/X, the DFB said the shirt designs had been submitted to UEFA for review during the design process and that “none of the parties involved saw any proximity to Nazi symbolism.” They added that an alternative design for the number 4 would be developed.

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