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Rave News Digest: Wizkid, Tems Win 2023 NAACP Awards, RICO Case Involving Young Thug And Gunna To Become Documentary, Neymar + More

Rave News Digest: Wizkid, Tems Win 2023 NAACP Awards, RICO Case Involving Young Thug And Gunna To Become Documentary, Neymar + More


Wizkid, Tems win 2023 NAACP Awards, RICO case involving Young Thug and Gunna to become documentary, Neymar injured again. 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. Wizkid, Tems win 2023 NAACP Awards

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Two Nigerian superstars, Tems and Wizkid, were among the first set of winners of the 2023 NAACP Image Awards. Tems won the Outstanding International Song category for “No Woman No Cry,” which is one of the soundtracks of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” On the other hand, Wizkid secured the Outstanding Collaboration (Contemporary) category for his feature on Chris Brown’s “Call Me Everyday.”

The 54th edition of the NAACP annual ceremony, which was held virtually to celebrate black excellence in art and entertainment, announced its first set of winners on Monday night. The other winners will be announced at the main ceremony on February 25.

2. RICO case involving Young Thug and Gunna to become documentary

The ongoing Young Slime Life RICO case against Young Thug and Gunna is reportedly being turned into a HULU documentary. ABC News Studios’ hour-long production “Rap Trap: Hip-Hop on Trial” will focus on the growing criminal case against Thugger, Gunna, and their Atlanta-based collective while diving into the issues of using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials.

The documentary features interviews with 300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles, Young Thug’s ex-girlfriend Jerrika Karlae and other hip-hop artists with knowledge of the music business. “Rap Trap: Hip-Hop on Trial” will also detail the legal history of former No Limit rapper McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr., who served 21 years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. Lyrics of his were used in the prosecution’s case to convict him of manslaughter in 2001 over the death of a 19-year-old man at a Louisiana nightclub a year earlier.

3. South Africa: Pretty Yende to perform at the coronation of King Charles III

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South African international soprano star Pretty Yende is going to fly the flag high when she performs at a British royal family coronation. She took to Instagram to announce the news about her upcoming performance for King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla.

Pretty said she was blessed to be part of the royal event. “It’s hard to put into words how honored and blessed I feel to receive an invitation to perform at the coronation of their majesties the King and Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023,” she captioned her post.

4. Brittney Griner is officially returning to the WNBA

Brittney Griner will be returning to the basketball court this year. According to reports, Griner signed a one-year, $165,100 contract to once again play for the Phoenix Mercury in the upcoming 2023 season. While it was expected she would sign with the team she has played with since 2013, the news comes almost three months after the 32-year-old returned from being detained in Russia.

Griner spent 294 days in Russian custody after she was arrested in February 2022. The Russian Federal Customs Service at Sheremetyevo Airport near Moscow accused her of having hashish oil vape cartridges in her luggage. She was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison. Her last few weeks were spent in a “notoriously harsh” Russian penal colony, which has reported cases of starvation and beatings. Griner returned to the U.S. on December 8, 2022.

5. PSG star Neymar has ankle ligament damage after being stretchered off with injury against Lille

PSG winger Neymar sustained ankle ligament damage on Sunday against Lille, his club announced on Tuesday. An MRI taken after Neymar was stretchered off on Sunday revealed that the Brazilian had not sustained a fractured ankle as initially feared, but a follow-up scan showed a sprain with ligament damage.

PSG have the second leg of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich scheduled for March 8, meaning they may have to compete without Neymar in that match as they try to overturn a 1-0 deficit. Any ankle problem is cause for concern for the attacker, who has been plagued by injuries of that nature throughout his career. PSG also offered an update on left-back Nuno Mendes, announcing he will resume training this week after a knee injury.

Featured image: @wizkid and @temsbaby/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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