It was an entertainment-packed weekend all round. We are sad our Eagles fell in Egypt but we’re pleased to bring you news of Lashana Lynch, the newest ass-kicking agent. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes some 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. Axe falls on Ella and Kimoprah in BBNaija
It was another entertainment-packed weekend that saw Ella and Kimoprah sent packing from the Big Brother Naija reality TV show. The housemates were two of five housemates who were earlier nominated for possible eviction on Monday, July 8. The others were Tacha, Sir Dee, and Frodd.
However, since Frodd had the power to save himself and replace with another housemate of his choice because of the veto power card he won earlier in the game, he replaced himself with Mercy. Following last weekend’s eviction of Avala and Isilomo and with the latest eviction, there are now 17 housemates left in the running for the BBNaija prize.
In an interview with show host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on what the future holds for the evicted housemates, Ella said her future lies in entertainment the entertainment industry – music, dance, modelling, and movies.
Kimoprah also revealed that she would further her studies before taking a step into broadcasting and owning the entertainment world.
The eviction will continue for the rest of the show which will span for the duration of 11 weeks.
2. Trump makes racist remarks to female reps
US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswoman. A group of Democrats, who are women of colour and have been outspoken about Trump’s immigration policies, last week condemned the conditions of border detention facilities. The group of women joining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Trump implied in the series of tweets that the congresswomen weren’t born in America and sarcastically suggested, “they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
Trump did not explicitly name who he was attacking in Sunday’s tirade but it was deduced from the reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Later Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter that the country she “come(s) from” and “swears to” is the US and suggested that Trump is “angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”
“You rely on a frightened America for your plunder. On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you either,” the New Yorker responded in a tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born US citizens, while Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to the US when she was young. Omar became a citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old.
Omar told the president that he was “stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” She also called him “the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.“
And Pressley shared a screenshot of Mr Trump’s tweet, adding: “THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like.“
Many high profile persons, including Democratic presidential frontrunners Senator Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders, have called Trump’s comments vile, racist and xenophobic.
3. New James Bond will be black, female
James Bond fans wanting 007 to be either black or female are in for a double treat with the movie spy about to be played by a black woman, according to a report on Sunday. British actress Lashana Lynch, 31, will be introduced as the new 007 in what is being described as a ‘popcorn-dropping moment’ in the franchise’s 25th movie that is currently being filmed.
The reports say that Daniel Craig – who is still the same old James Bond we know and love – is brought back from retirement at one point in the movie and introduced to Lynch’s character, who has inherited his old code name. Per reports, Craig tries to seduce Lashana Lynch on camera to no avail and it seems like her character might be the main protagonist in any Bond films going forward.
Lashana Lynch, who played the fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in “Captain Marvel”, is hoped to modernize the franchise criticized by many as being too dated and sexist. What are your thoughts on Lashana Lynch? Do you approve or nah? We’d like to know in the comment section.
4. R. Kelly in custody again
American singer and songwriter Robert Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, is in custody after being arrested in Chicago on sex trafficking charges. There are said to be 13 charges against the singer, including child abuse images and obstruction of justice, according to the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
R. Kelly has been accused of different sexual abuse allegations over the years. The accusations have been brought back into the spotlight following the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed stories about him pursuing teenage girls going right back to the start of his career.
The R&B artist was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February to which he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Then in May he was charged with 11 more sexual offences, relating to sexual assault and abuse of a minor aged between 13 and 16, which he pleaded not guilty to last month. The 52-year-old, who has already pleaded not guilty to more than 20 sexual offences, was arrested by NYPD and Homeland Security officials on Friday.
5. Rave Sports Roundup: Eagles fall to Algeria, Wimbledon wraps up and Lewis Hamilton makes history
It was a largely historic weekend in sports and we’re bringing you all the details on today’s Rave Sports Roundup. Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game as Algeria beat Nigeria to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final. A William Troost-Ekong own goal had given Algeria the lead in the first half before Odion Ighalo‘s penalty levelled the scores in the second half.
But with the match heading for extra time, Manchester City forward Mahrez whipped a brilliant set-piece into the top corner effectively ending the hopes of qualification for the Eagles. Earlier in the day, Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for the second time as Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn‘s extra-time own goal gave them the victory.
Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game. With the win, Aliou Cisse’s Teranga Lions moved ever so closer to a first AFCON title. Algeria will face Senegal, in the final on Friday while the Super Eagles will face Tunisia in a battle for third place on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in tennis, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated world No. 3 Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final – the longest singles final in the history of the tournament. Djokovic defeated Federer 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) in four hours, 57 minutes to be crowned the back-to-back winner of the highly coveted grand slam.
The Serb had largely gone unnoticed most of the tournament with everything else happening. There were Federer and Rafael Nadal‘s semi-final blockbuster, Coco Gauff‘s breakthrough and Serena Williams and Andy Murray playing mixed doubles.
But Djokovic has earned his spot in the limelight with a hard-fought victory over his long-time rival. He saved two match points on Federer’s serve to defeat the ever so popular Swiss in a match that would be remembered for ages.
Halep became the first Romanian to win Wimbledon when she stunned the American 6-2 6-2 in what had to be one of the finest performances in a final in the tournament’s recent history. It was a third straight grand slam final defeat for Serena Williams, a feat that has happened for the first time in her record-breaking career.
Now over to Formula 1 racing, Lewis Hamilton claimed a thrilling victory at Silverstone on Sunday to win a record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix. The win takes his toll to an astounding 53% win of all Grand Prix over the past six years.
A bid to stop Hamilton from winning a sixth world title is fast becoming unrealistic as victory moves Hamilton 39 points clear of Valtteri Bottas at the top of the driver standings after also securing the bonus point for fastest lap.
What was your favourite moment during the sports-filled weekend? Let us know in the comment section.
Muslihat Shaka reporting
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