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Rave News Digest: Tems Wins At 2024 BET Awards, Ayo Edebiri Receives AAFCA TV Honors, Biniam Girmay + More

Rave News Digest: Tems Wins At 2024 BET Awards, Ayo Edebiri Receives AAFCA TV Honors, Biniam Girmay + More


Tems wins the Best Gospel/Inspirational Prize at 2024 BET Awards, Ayo Edebiri takes home Best TV Acting (Female) Award at the AAFCA TV Honors, Biniam Girmay becomes first Black African to win Tour de France stage. 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. Tems wins Best Gospel/Inspirational prize at the 2024 BET Awards

On Sunday night at the Peacock Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, Tems secured the prestigious Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award for her 2023 song “Me & U,” at the 2024 BET Awards. This victory marks Tems’ fourth BET Award. In 2022, she won both Best International Act and Best Collaboration for Wizkid’s hit song “Essence,” solidifying her international acclaim. She also won the Best Collaboration award for her song “Wait for U” with Drake and Future in 2023. The song received the same prize at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2022.

Tems’ “Me & U” triumphed over strong contenders in the Gospel/Inspirational category, including established artists like Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, and Maverick City Music. This win highlights the singer’s ability to transcend genres and create music that resonates with a wide audience, offering a message of hope and inspiration through “Me & U.”

2. Ayo Edebiri takes home the Best TV Acting (Female) Award at AAFCA TV Honors

Ayo Edebiri, the rising star known for her comedic roles, has added another accomplishment to her growing list of accolades. Edebiri was recently honored at the 6th Annual African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) TV Honors, receiving the award for Best TV Acting (Female) for her performance in the critically acclaimed FX series “The Bear.”

Edebiri’s portrayal of Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto in “The Bear” has garnered widespread praise. The show, which dives into the fast-paced and pressure-filled world of a Chicago family-run Italian beef sandwich shop, showcases Edebiri’s comedic timing and dramatic range. The AAFCA TV Honors celebrate excellence in television across various categories, recognizing both established and emerging talent within the Black community.

3. South Africa: Tyla and Makhadzi winners at BET Awards 2024

South Africa’s music scene was abuzz on Sunday night as two of its brightest talents, Tyla and Makhadzi, brought home honors at the prestigious BET Awards 2024.d at the Los Angeles’ Peacock Theater, the awards ceremony celebrates excellence in Black entertainment and this year, South Africa had a front-row seat to the celebration.

The 22-year-old sensation, Tyla, fresh off her Grammy win in February, continued her meteoric rise by notching up two awards. Her infectious hit “Water” propelled her to victory in the Best New Artist category, while her global influence was recognized with the Best International Act award.

Makhadzi, known for her captivating stage presence and unique blend of musical styles, also had a reason to celebrate. Her birthday coincided with her win in the BET Viewers Choice: Best New International Act category. This victory further cements Makhadzi’s status as a powerhouse in the South African music industry and a rising star on the global stage.

4. Burna Boy receives a plaque for 1 billion UK streams

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, Burna Boy has cemented his status as a global music icon, reaching a monumental milestone. On Saturday, June 29, during his sold-out show at the iconic London Stadium, he was presented with a BRIT Award plaque commemorating his achievement of surpassing one billion streams in the United Kingdom. This incredible feat places Burna Boy alongside his compatriot, Wizkid, as the only two African artists to ever reach this level of success in the UK market. The “African Giant,” as he’s fondly known, has consistently pushed boundaries, and his music continues to resonate with fans worldwide.

Burna Boy’s reign in the UK doesn’t stop at streaming numbers. He also holds the record for the highest-charting African album on the UK charts with his 2022 release, “Love, Damini,” which reached the coveted number-one spot. Furthermore, his London Stadium concert marked the second time he has sold out the massive 80,000-seat venue, solidifying his immense popularity amongst UK audiences.

5. Biniam Girmay becomes the first Black African to win Tour de France stage

Biniam Girmay of Intermarché-Wanty powered his way to a historic victory on stage 3 of the Tour de France, becoming the first Black African rider to win a stage in the prestigious cycling race. The Eritrean rider emerged from a chaotic bunch sprint in Turin, edging out Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) and Arnaud De Lie (Lotto-Dstny) to claim a remarkable win. A late crash with just 3 kilometers remaining split the peloton, but a reduced group of around 40 riders battled for victory in a thrilling finale.

Girmay displayed exceptional timing and positioning, rocketing past rivals on the right side of the road to secure the win. This victory marks a significant milestone not just for the rider himself, but for African cycling as a whole.

Featured Image: @temsbaby/Instagram

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