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Rave News Digest: Rihanna And Tems Lose At 2023 Oscars, Burna Boy Makes History With ‘Last Last,’ Dujuan Richards + More

Rave News Digest: Rihanna And Tems Lose At 2023 Oscars, Burna Boy Makes History With ‘Last Last,’ Dujuan Richards + More


Rihanna and Tems lose at 2023 Oscars, Burna Boy’s “Last Last” makes history, Chelsea signs Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards. 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. 

1. Rihanna and Tems lose at 2023 Oscars

Rihanna and Tems’ “Lift Me Up” lost the 2023 ‘Best Original Song’ category to “RRR” from the film “Naatu Naatu” during last night’s Oscars. The same thing happened earlier this year at the Golden Globes. Before the category was lost, Rihanna looked breathtaking during her ethereal performance of “Lift Me Up.” The song, which featured contributions from Tems, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson, is an ode to resilience and grace.

Danai Gurira introduced Rihanna and called the Barbados native royalty in her own right. Gurira also paid homage to the late Chadwick Boseman. Complete with a string section, Rihanna stood center stage in a sheer jumpsuit covered in diamonds as she delivered an emotional and unforgettable performance.

2. Burna Boy makes history as ‘Last Last’ gets RIAA certification

Nigerian megastar Burna Boy has recorded another giant stride as his hit single “Last Last” has surpassed a million units in sales in the United States. According to news published by reputable chart news platform Chart data, Burna Boy’s “Last Last” received an RIAA platinum plaque after it surpassed a million copies in sales in the US.

“Last Last” was released in 2022 as one of the lead singles off Burna’s 6th album Love, Damini.” The single quickly became an international smash hit as it spent multiple weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at No. 44. With “Last Last” getting a platinum plaque, Burna Boy became the first Nigerian artiste with two RIAA platinum plaques as a lead artiste.

3. Family of rapper Costa Titch confirms his death, aged 28

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Rapper Costa Titch has died, his family confirmed in a statement. The 28-year-old rapper collapsed while performing at the Ultra Music Festival at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday night. “We are thankful for the emergency responders and all those present in his last hours on earth. As a family we are faced with a difficult time as we try to make sense of what has befallen us and we ask that we be afforded the time and space to gather ourselves,” the statement read. Fans captured his collapse on the Ultra stage.

Costa Titch, whose real name was Costa Tsobanoglou, hailed from Mbombela in Mpumalanga and had been in the entertainment industry for a few years as a dancer, but recently branched out into rap. His style of rap, aesthetic, and language of choice made him the talk of the town when he broke into the industry.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

4. Michell Yeoh makes history with ‘Best Actress’ win at 2023 Oscars

For the first time in its 95-year history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the Oscar for best actress in a leading role to a self-identified Asian actress. Michelle Yeoh accepted the Oscar for her role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” in which she plays Evelyn Wang, the Chinese first-generation immigrant owner of a laundromat around whom the film’s absurdist multiverse revolves.

The caveat “who identifies as Asian” is necessary because two actresses – nominee Merle Oberon and two-time Oscar winner Vivien Leigh – hid their Asian ancestry and chose to pass as white. Previous winners with Western Asian ancestry – Cher (Armenian), Salma Hayek (Lebanese), and Natalie Portman (Israeli) – do not identify as Asian. Yeoh received a lengthy standing ovation as she walked to the podium to accept her award.

5. Chelsea snap up Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards from Phoenix All Stars Academy in Jamaica

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The Blues have dipped into the transfer market again to sign 17-year-old Jamaican striker Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards. The Phoenix All Stars Academy have announced on social media that Richards has signed a pre-contract with the Blues. Phoenix founder, Craig Butler posted a video on his Instagram page of Richards putting pen to paper on a deal with the Blues.

“History has been made. The Phoenix all stars football academy is proud to announce that Dujuan “whisper” Richards, who has been with us since 12 years old, has put pen to paper and signed his pre-contract with Chelsea FC in England and will be plying his trade in the Premier League,” he wrote. Richards caught attention after scoring 31 goals and grabbing 19 assists last season for his team. The striker had attracted interest from Newcastle, and reportedly been on trial with the Magpies, but has now decided to continue his career in London with Chelsea.

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Our Weekday News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––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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