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Rave News Digest: Tiwa Savage Makes Acting Debut, Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Named President’s Award Recipients, Pedri + More

Rave News Digest: Tiwa Savage Makes Acting Debut, Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Named President’s Award Recipients, Pedri + More


Tiwa Savage makes acting debut, Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade named President’s Award recipients, Pedri injured. 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. Tiwa Savage makes her acting debut in ‘Water and Garri’

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Tiwa Savage has added another accolade to her growing list by making her acting debut in “Water and Garri.” The singer/songwriter takes on the lead role of Aisha, a successful fashion designer in the US who returns to her homeland after 10 years away following a family bereavement. She returns to see that things have changed at home. The violence has escalated, and tensions are high. As she reconnects with family, old friends, and her past love, she must learn to live with her scars and confront the guilt she left behind.

In addition to starring in the film and serving as an executive producer, the singer wrote and performed the original soundtrack for the movie. Coincidentally, the film shares the same title as her 2021 EP of the same title. The movie, which was filmed in the city of Cape Coast, Ghana, has wrapped principal photography. The cast includes Mike Afolarin, Andrew Bunting, and Jemima Osunde.

2. Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade named President’s Award recipient

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NAACP and BET have announced that actress, producer, and best-selling author Gabrielle Union-Wade and three-time NBA Champion, entrepreneur, and producer, Dwyane Wade, will receive the prestigious President’s Award during the “54th NAACP Image Awards” on Saturday, February 25. The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. The Wade Family Foundation provides relief to marginalized communities in need, helping to advance racial justice.

Gabrielle has personally, and with the support of her various partnerships, donated to the Van Ness Recovery House, Leap for Ladies, Out Nebraska, Deborah’s Place, Harvest House, and Baltimore Safe Haven. In addition to financial contributions, Mrs. Wade is focused on using her platform as a public figure to bring awareness to the work these organizations and others are doing to support underrepresented communities. Dwyane Wade, on the other hand, co-founded the Social Change Fund United with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony to invest in and support organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all Black lives.

3. South Africa: Forbes family confirms new AKA single ‘Company’ will be released on February 24

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As the Forbes family celebrates the life of their son AKA and honors his legacy, they have chosen to go ahead with the release of his “Mass Country” album on Friday, February 24, as per the late rapper’s wishes. In a statement, the family expressed how “in the last two years Mass Country has become AKA’s entire world.” They shared that the rapper constantly kept the album’s release momentum and anticipation high.

“As per Kiernan’s wishes, the next single release will be Company alongside longtime collaborator and friend Kiddominant. Scheduled for release on February 17, the single was recorded in Los Angeles during his January holiday.” AKA’s team @Vth Season, The T Effect, and Sony Music Entertainment Africa will manage the release of “Mass Country” with the support and blessings of the rapper’s family, who want to celebrate The SUPA MEGA through his gift of music.

4. Tyler Perry to donate $2.5M to help Atlanta homeowners

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Actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist, Tyler Perry will be donating $2.75 million to older homeowners in Atlanta to make sure that they will be able to continue to stay in their residences. According to reports, Perry connected with the city’s mayor, Andrew Dickens, about providing assistance to older residents in need who are on fixed incomes and could possibly lose their homes as a result of skyrocketing real estate taxes.

Perry committed to paying the back property taxes (city, county, and school taxes) for 300 low-income seniors in Atlanta, the outlet confirmed. He will also cover any increase in taxes over the next 20 years for 100 low-income older residents. The Madea star has already donated $750,000 for the first year to cover the back taxes and any increase in property taxes, and he has pledged $500,000 each year over the next four years to make sure that residents don’t pay any more in such taxes.

5. Pedri forced off injured in Barcelona’s Europa League play-off

Pedri had to be replaced in the first half of Barcelona’s European League clash with Manchester United at Camp Nou after picking up an injury. The 20-year-old had to be replaced before halftime, with Sergi Roberto entering for him. Pedri was able to walk off the pitch and go sit on the bench, but Barca will still be worried about his condition.

Xavi is already without captain Sergio Busquets and forward Ousmane Dembele due to injury and will not want to lose any more key players. Pedri is one of the first names on Xavi’s team sheet at Barcelona and is in good form, scoring four goals in his last eight matches for the Catalans in all competitions.

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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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