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Olympic Great Lindsey Vonn To Host Laureus World Sports Awards 2022 In Seville

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Lindsey Vonn, the greatest women’s skier of all-time, will be the host of the 2022 Laureus Awards Show in the picturesque Spanish city of Seville on Sunday, April 24, when the Winners of this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards are revealed.

First staged in 2000, the Laureus Awards celebrates the greatest achievements of individuals and teams across all sports. The Winners are chosen by the votes of the 71 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy: the greatest sportsmen and women of today being saluted by the most  illustrious legends of the past.

Lindsey Vonn was honoured by the Laureus Academy in 2019 when she was presented with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to mark the end of her remarkable career. In 2021 she became a member of the Laureus Academy.

Lindsey said: “When I received the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award on my retirement in 2019, I remember saying I was sad to be leaving my sport but I was looking forward to the next chapter of my life and doing something incredible. That’s exactly how I feel now to be the host for the 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards in the beautiful city of Seville. This is going to be an incredible night for myself and for all the Winners of these very special Awards.

“I know how emotional and uplifting it is to receive a Laureus Award and it’s going to be so exciting to be part of the Awards Show in Seville. Although we can’t host the Nominees and Winners in person this year, I have seen all the preparations for the virtual event. It’s going to be a wonderful evening.”

In her career, Lindsey won four Overall World Cups – one of only three female skiers to do so – and a record eight World Cup Downhill titles. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup title, the overall record for men or women, surpassing Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden. Her total of 82 World Cup race victories is a women’s record. She was a winner in all five Alpine skiing disciplines.

She won the downhill gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2010, where she also won bronze in the super-g, which led to her receiving the 2011 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. Despite breaking her right arm three months before and also suffering a back injury, she won a bronze in the downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics.  

Antonio Muñoz, the Mayor of Seville, said: “Seville is a city with a great passion for sport, not just elite events but also in grass roots activities. After the COVID-19 pandemic, sport is associated more than ever with health and we regard it in Seville as an important factor for social cohesion. Once again Seville is a partner of the Laureus World Sports Awards and is again the host. We welcome the great world family of sport. Today, at a global level, we share challenges such as ending the pandemic, resolving armed conflicts, fighting climate change. These are goals that are worth fighting for and to which sport can contribute.”

The Laureus Awards, which reflects sporting achievement during 2021, is the premier honours event on the international sporting calendar. The Winners, in a variety of different categories, will be revealed in a ‘virtual’ format as a result of continuing uncertainty over the Covid pandemic.

Among the Nominees, selected by a panel of more than 1,200 of the leading sports journalists and broadcasters in the world, are Tom Brady, Robert Lewandowski, Max Verstappen, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Emma McKeon, Emma Raducanu, Pedri, Simone Biles, Sky Brown, Mark Cavendish, Tom Daley, Marc Marquez, Diede De Groot, Marcel Hug, Carissa Moore and Momiji Nishiya.

Among those shortlisted for the Laureus Team of the Year Award are three football teams: European Championship winners Italy, Copa America winners Argentina, including Lionel Messi, and the Barcelona Women’s team which won the Champions League.

For the full list of Nominees in seven categories, click here

Depending on location, the 2022 Awards Show can be enjoyed on television, online or on social media.  Details to follow on www.laureus.com

As well as recognising the most memorable sporting performances of the year, there will be additional special Awards acknowledging the wider impact on society made by athletes which will highlight the advocacy of sportsmen and sportswomen who have used their positions of influence to make a powerful impact on issues and conflicts which go beyond sport.

The Awards showcase the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, showing that sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 250 programmes in over 40 countries, many of which aim to end conflict and build bridges between communities.

In response to the conflict in Ukraine, the ‘Laureus Sport for Peace Humanitarian Action Fund’ has been set up to help alleviate the human disaster unfolding in that country. Public donations can be made via Laureus.com – at Just Giving and Global Giving.com.

The fund supports agencies on the ground such as UNICEF, Save the Children and Red Cross / Red Crescent, providing food, water and medicine for victims of the Russian invasion, and seeking shelter for mothers and children on the move, trying to escape.

Laureus will also be a beneficiary of the ‘Play Your Part’ fundraising campaign which has been launched by Laureus Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko, who captained and managed the Ukraine national team.

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United Africa Organization and 5,315 hopeful immigrants sue Biden administration

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On Tuesday, Chicago-based United Africa Organization and over five thousand Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery applicants filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, challenging the unlawful withholding of Diversity Visas. (Complaint available upon request.)
As part of their legal challenge, Plaintiffs attack the lawfulness Secretary Antony Blinken’s policy changes implemented through a November 2021 cable with the subject line, “Recalibration of Consular Services Prioritization at Posts Abroad.”
Immigrant plaintiffs all entered the FY-2022 lottery in late 2020 and were selected in May 2021 from a pool of millions of entries through a computer-generated random drawing. They should each be eligible 55,000 visas that should be issued in FY-2022 (between October 1, 2021 and September 20, 2022).[1] Immigrant plaintiffs followed the rules and submitted their applications. They made plans to build a new life in America. Yet, the Biden administration, still beholden to restrictive immigration policies adopted during the Trump administration, stands in their way.
Modernly, the Diversity Visa lottery program is responsible for the largest percentage of African and Black immigration to the United States. Yet, according to the CATO Institute, Africans Face Steepest Decline in Immigrant Visas under Biden.
Fasika Alem, Programs Director of United African Organization, said:
“The administration’s decision to make the DV lottery program a low priority for visa issuances is decreasing African immigration to the U.S, and that outcome is not consistent with the country’s values.”
Alexandra George, Chicago-based co-counsel for Plaintiffs, said:
“President Biden campaigned on promises to support the DV lottery, but the administration’s own policies are the biggest hurdle for African winners. These broken promises harm thousands of real people and tarnish Biden’s legacy.”
Jana Al-Akhras, co-counsel for Plaintiffs, said:
“The DV Program, its selectees, and its recipients are a vital aspect of our country’s immigration process — the importance of which cannot be overstated. The Biden Administration’s attempt to undermine this program harms our nation and runs contrary to the express will of Congress. We urge the Biden Administration to consider the harm that incurs as a result of their deprioritzation of these very worthy applicants.”
 
Case number: NDIL: 1:22-cv-02599
 
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Watch: Michael Blackson’s fiancée allows him one sidechick a month

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American-based Ghanaian Comedian and Actor, Michael Blackson and his fiancée, Rada have revealed they have made some special arrangements in their relationship.

The couple made an appearance on the Shade Room and revealed that they have both agreed to allow Michael have one “sidechick” every month.

In a conversation with Thembi from the Shade Room, Rada explained why she’s allowed Michael to have a sidechick every month.

“The reason why is I’ve been in a long term relationship and I’ve said it before, you having sex with the same individual for years, it gets boring and I need some excitement in the bedroom,” Rada said.

When asked if Michael also allows Rada to have a side piece, he responded;

“I mean, she’s allowed to have any female she wants and not a man because we don’t need another penis in the relationship.”

Watch rest of their conversation below;

Michael Blackson and Rada have been engaged since July 2021 after two years of dating.

In May, 2021, Rada announced on social media that she had broken off the engagement because she was not going to be lied to. However, the two got back together immediately and have been lovey lovey ever since.

Michael also brought her back home to Ghana during one of his numerous visits to introduce her to his family back home in Ghana.

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Drug dealer in Mac Miller case sentenced to over 17 years for fentanyl distribution

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One of the three men charged in relation to Mac Miller‘s 2018 death from a drug overdose has been sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison. (more…)

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Moneybagg Yo And Kodak Black Team Up For Heartfelt New Single/Video “Rocky Road”

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Today, Memphis superstar Moneybagg Yo drops “Rocky Road,” a heartfelt, Kodak Black-assisted new single that affirms the pair’s status as the faces of modern, complex street rap. “Rocky Road” also arrives with an evocative video and is now available at all digital retailers via CMG/N-less Entertainment/Interscope Records. With this release, Bagg is featured on the cover of New Music Daily on Apple Music Listen HERE.

Cruising over emotive keys, Kodak kicks things off with a declaration of loyalty: “Tryna get to my hoe but the Perkys got me froze / Been doing my baby momma wrong and leaving her at home / I cannot leave you on your own, we made this child together.” For his part,Moneybagg injects memories of the hustle and damaged romance: “Out there standing by the pole, selling dope to buy some clothes / Cause I knew that attract the hoes, until one left my heart so cold / I just didn’t know no better made me hard on the next forever.” Soul-baring yet of the streets, “Rocky Road” is Moneybagg and Kodak at their best.

The video also dwells in that zone. Equal parts gritty, evocative, thoughtful, and real, the Young Chang-directed clip spins a familiar narrative as a man who’s already balancing life’s complexities finds himself at a crossroads: how to respond to another man’s reckless violence. The two rappers bear witness, occupying a perspective both within the scene and adjacent enough to have eyes on the bigger picture. It’s a space Bagg’s held down for a long time now. Watch HERE.

As a pioneer of his craft the Memphis native has been able to garner a cult fan base and prove his artistry as one of the best to do it. After sharing his album Time Served, Bagg continued to prove his aptitude and magnetism with the release of his fourth studio record, A Gangsta’s Pain, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The critically acclaimed project features notable features with the likes of Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Future, and Jhené Aiko to name a few and was accredited “Best of 2021” by several media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, Fader, Rolling Stone, Complex. In addition to his album going No. 1 he also topped the Urban Radio chart four times consecutively with “Said Sum” “Time Today” and “Wockesha,” and, “Scorpio.” A Gangsta’s Pain was the fourth highest selling rap album of the year and ultimately led to his performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a live performance on the BET Awards and several award nominations (BET Hip Hop Award, MTV VMA, iHeartRadio Award, etc.) As a man on the go Moneybagg Yo also starred in a Nike Commercial, helped develop artists on his own label, Bread Gang, and continues to explore several business ventures with his latest being Vior Water. In 2022 the Certified Speaker will maintain his unbreakable hot streak and continue to immerse himself in various projects. With “Rocky Road” at his back, Moneybagg Yo is all set to continue his trend of leveling up with each month.

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Kali Uchis wins Top Latin Female Artist and Top Latin Song at Billboard Music Awards

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Grammy-winning artist Kali Uchis won Top Latin Female Artist and Top Latin Song for “telepatía” at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards last night, where she was a finalist in four categories total.
Additionally, Uchis is nominated for six Latin American Music Awards this year for New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “telepatía,” Favorite Artist – Female, Favorite Artist – Pop, Favorite Song – Pop for “telepatía” and Viral Song of the Year for “telepatía.”
Uchis recently won Favorite Latin Song for “telepatía” at the 2021 American Music Awards. The track has accumulated more than 2 billion global streams after hitting #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay charts and topping Latin Digital Song Sales for ten weeks straight. It is the longest running Spanish-language song by a solo act on the Billboard Hot 100 this decade (23 weeks). Additionally, her Spanish-language album Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞was nominated for Best Música Urbana Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
Last year, Uchis won her first Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Pop Album of the Year, her first Grammy for Best Dance Recording with Kaytranada and her first Premios Nuestra Tierraand Univision Premios Juventud awards. She also performed at the Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS, where she was also recognized as the 2021 Inspira Honoree.
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Photos: See all the looks from the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2022 Billboard Music Awards took over the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 15), with Sean “Diddy” Combs hosting and performing. (more…)

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