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Rave News Digest: Teyonah Parris and Husband Welcome First Child, Banky W Breaks Silence After Election Loss, Messi + More

Rave News Digest: Teyonah Parris and Husband Welcome First Child, Banky W Breaks Silence After Election Loss, Messi + More


Teyonah Parris and husband welcome first child, Banky W breaks silence after election loss, Messi to get animated series. 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. Teyonah Parris and husband James welcome first child

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Teyonah Parris and her husband, James, announced the birth of their first child, a baby girl. The couple shared a video of the home birth on Monday on Teyonah’s Instagram page. She captioned the post, “What a friggin whirlwind. 😳 I have so much to say, but I’m too sleep deprived and delirious to really articulate it all how I want to, but what I will say is- God bless all yall parents out there. Never in my life could I have imagined all that parenthood requires. It truly takes a village and my God I’m so grateful for the one we have. From coming by and holding the baby, calls to encourage us, sending thoughtful and helpful gifts and parenting hacks, to simply just being on the phone to listen to me cry at 3 in the morning. Thaaaank you a million times over!!!🙏�”

The “WandaVision” actress thanked her midwife and mentioned that the birth was originally slated for the hospital. She also thanked her doula, photographer, mom, and Instagram followers. The duo announced the pregnancy news in September while holding up a ClearBlue pregnancy test that showed a positive result.

Congratulations to the new parents.

2. Nigeria: Banky W breaks silence after election loss with uplifting video

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Eti-Osa Federal House of Representatives seat, Bankole Wellington, better known by his stage name of “Banky W,” has spoken out for the first time since losing the election. In the just-concluded 2023 elections, the Labor Party’s Thaddeus Attah unexpectedly defeated Banky W and won the post. In a video that he posted of himself at a Sunday service in church, Banky W expressed his deep disappointment at losing the election. The singer stated in the video that he had made extensive preparations in anticipation of his triumph, including plans for a Sunday thanksgiving program, searching for an apartment and office space in Abuja, and more.

Banky W acknowledged his disappointment but asserted that his trust in God has strengthened him, even if it’s normal to feel wounded in such circumstances. Moreover, the politician said that he would still hold the previously scheduled Thanksgiving ceremony and that his electoral defeat would not stop him from expressing gratitude to God.

3. South Africa: Media personality Palesa Tembe is officially engaged

Media personality Palesa Tembe is officially engaged. The “Afternoon Express” host recently revealed that “uncles” were at her gate to negotiate her bride price. Tembe’s fiancé, businessman Veli Ngubane, also took to his Twitter timeline to share snaps of their exciting day.

The couple has regularly been serving romantic moments with each other on their socials, from traveling to breathtaking holiday spots and celebrating each other’s wins. Veli is a founding partner and Chief Creative Officer at the digital marketing agency Avatar.

Congratulations to the couple.

4. Stampede at GloRilla concert in New York results in 2 dead

On Sunday night, March 5, unfounded fears of gunfire caused a crowd to flee for the exits at a GloRilla concert in Rochester, New York, leaving one dead in the stampede and two others in critical condition. According to reports, nine people in total were injured and two people have been confirmed dead. The rapper and her Memphis counterpart Finesse2tymes had finished performing their set when people exiting the venue just after 11 p.m. had begun to surge dangerously.

After making their way inside, police reportedly found three badly-injured women. One, age 33, died at the hospital. Two others were in critical condition as of Monday while seven other people were treated at area hospitals for injuries that were non-life-threatening. Police are currently investigating other causes of the stampede considering they found no evidence gunfire actually occurred.

5. Lionel Messi animated series in development as Sony Music Entertainment announces partnership with Argentina & PSG superstar

Sony Music Entertainment has announced a partnership with Lionel Messi for the production of an animated series inspired by the Argentina star’s life. The premium content division of Sony Music Entertainment entered into a partnership with Leo Messi Management SL to develop the series, which will be available in English and Spanish among a host of other languages. The series is aimed at younger audiences and will depict the Paris Saint-Germain forward as a child negotiating his way past various obstacles while traveling through a video game — with original music set to be provided by Sony Music Entertainment artistes and composers.

Messi, who finally became a World Cup winner with Argentina in Qatar 2022, expressed his excitement over the project when the official announcement was made on Monday, saying: “Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved animated series and my kids are big fans of animated characters. Being able to participate in an animation project makes me happy, because it fulfills one of my dreams! I would like to thank Sony Music for joining this project and we hope that everyone will like the result, especially the girls and the boys.”

Featured image: @photosbyreem via @teyonahparris/Instagram

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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