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Rave News Digest: Rema Announces Release Date For Album ‘He Is’, John Cena To Retire, Angel Reese + More

Rave News Digest: Rema Announces Release Date For Album ‘He Is’, John Cena To Retire, Angel Reese + More


Rema announces release date for album “He Is,” John Cena announces retirement from wrestling, Angel Reese claims WNBA double-double record. 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. Rema announces release date for album ‘He Is’

Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema has ignited fan anticipation with the announcement of his sophomore album, titled “He Is.” While details surrounding the album are still emerging, this announcement has sent fans into a frenzy. Rema, with an animated video shared across all his social platforms, announced July 11 as the release date for his album “He Is.”

“He Is” follows a period of tremendous growth for Rema. Since the release of his debut album “Rave & Roses,” he has collaborated with international superstars like Selena Gomez and achieved further chart domination. Fans are eagerly waiting to see what sonic direction Rema will explore on “He Is” and how he will build upon the success of his debut.

2. John Cena announces retirement from wrestling

John Cena, a titan in the world of professional wrestling, has set an end date for his in-ring career. During a WWE Money in the Bank event in Toronto, Cena delivered a heartfelt speech to the crowd, revealing his plans to retire in 2025. The 16-time world champion’s announcement was met with a mix of cheers and disappointment from fans. Cena, who has been a mainstay in the WWE since 2002, assured them that they haven’t seen the last of him. He promised a farewell tour packed with events, culminating in an epic final match.

While details are still emerging, Cena confirmed his participation in the 2025 Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania 41, hinting that his official retirement might come after the grandest stage of them all. This news marks the end of an era for the WWE.

3. South African actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi shines at Essence Film Festival

South African acting royalty, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi took center stage at the prestigious Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans. Ben-Mazwi was chosen as the distinguished host for the Cultural Connections Saturday sessions at the 3rd annual Essence Film Festival. This is a major win for South African cinema, with Ben-Mazwi gracing the EFOC stage, a major platform celebrating Black culture.

Fresh off the success of Season 2 of Netflix’s “Savage Beauty,” in which Ben-Mazwi brought her talent and charisma to the role, this spotlight at the festival propels her to more international recognition. Reports say Ben-Mazwi shined throughout the sessions, captivating the audience. This is sure to solidify further her reputation as a global talent to watch.

4. Afrobeats star Burna Boy faces songwriting controversy

Nigerian superstar Burna Boy finds himself in hot water after fans questioned his use of songwriters. The drama unfolded when Logos Olori, a signed artist under Burna Boy’s rival Davido, mentioned artists who rely on songwriters due to industry pressures. Burna Boy responded on social media, claiming those credited are producers, citing Western music industry practices.

However, fans dug up evidence contradicting his statement. A screenshot surfaced of a 2020 tweet where Burna Boy himself credited songwriter Peruzzi. Shared by social media influencer Daniel Regha, the screenshot has fans questioning the singer’s transparency. The controversy has snowballed into a broader discussion about songwriters’ roles. While some defend Burna Boy’s explanation, others criticize his lack of clarity. The situation remains fluid, but one thing’s for sure: the Afrobeats scene is watching closely.

5. Angel Reese claims WNBA double-double record

Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese etched her name into the WNBA record books on Sunday, becoming the new holder of the longest consecutive double-double streak. In a game against the Seattle Storm, Reese secured her 13th straight double-double, surpassing the previous record held by WNBA legend Candace Parker. The 22-year-old put up a solid performance with 17 points and 14 rebounds, although the Sky fell short to the Storm by a score of 84-71. Despite the loss, the game was all about Reese’s historic achievement. “It’s an honor,” Reese said after the game. “Candace Parker is someone I’ve always looked up to, so to break her record is truly special. But the biggest focus for me is winning games and helping this team succeed.”

Reese’s dominance on the boards has been a key factor in the Sky’s strong start to the season. Averaging a double-double for the first half of the year (13.9 points and 11.7 rebounds), she has established herself as a rebounding machine, currently leading the league in both offensive and overall rebounds. This accomplishment adds to a remarkable rookie season for Reese. She was recently selected as a WNBA All-Star, becoming one of only two rookies to earn the honor this year.

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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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