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“Too many trolls” – Singer Lizzo quits Twitter

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Grammy-nominated singer, Lizzo has announced she is taking a break from Twitter after suffering various attacks from social media platform.

In the early hours of this morning, the star tweeted, “Yeah I can’t do this Twitter s*** no more.. too many trolls… I’ll be back when I feel like it.”

This comes months after the 31-year-old American singer called out body-shamers for attacking her on the platform.

In December, one user wrote “Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are. Unfortunately, many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease.”

In response to the tweet, she wrote, “I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered.”

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Former Barcelona footballer Dani Alves sentenced to four and a half years in jail over sexual assault

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FC Barcelona legend Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for sexual assault by the Provincial Court of Barcelona. (more…)

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BUSTA RHYMES HEADLINES RIAA & SPOTIFY EVENT SUPPORTING MUSICIANS ON CALL

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The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) and Spotify presented their annual event benefiting Musicians On Call (MOC) at newly opened venue, The Atlantis, in DC last night. MOC’s mission to highlight the healing power of music was amplified at the exclusive event as the music community, industry professionals and policymakers came out to support their vital work – delivering music to bedsides in healthcare environments. RIAA Chairman/CEO and MOC Board Chairman Emeritus Mitch Glazier served as the unofficial emcee before introducing Busta Rhymes, who dialed into Platinum-certified tracks from his legendary career.
“Our partnership with RIAA has provided crucial support for our programs for well over a decade. This annual event in our nation’s capital not only helps to support our mission, but allows folks on the Hill to celebrate the healing power of music and the musicians and songwriters who create it,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “Our bedside program is returning to hospitals in the DC Metro area now, and we look forward to welcoming more musicians and music lovers into our MOC community as volunteers. Thank you to RIAA and Spotify for helping raise awareness for our mission and to the iconic Busta Rhymes for such a memorable night!”
The iconic rapper, producer and in-demand collaborator hit the stage with “Ante Up,” “Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and Platinum “Don’t Cha” before delivering tracks from his new album BLOCKBUSTA – “OK (ft. Young Thug),” ROBOSHOTTA (ft. Burna Boy),” “BIG EVERYTHING (ft. DaBaby).” He kept the intensity going through Platinum “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check,” “All I Do Is Win,” “Break Ya Neck” and more as a palpable bounce kept the room on their feet.
From there, the energy seeped into the crowd with attendees transfixed by the larger-than-life, Brooklyn-born performer until the very last beat dropped. Busta Rhymes interrupted his own flow to address the room saying, “I want to make a toast to everyone that put this event together tonight, everyone that plays a role in pushing the culture forward in a productive way, and everyone here that advocates for artists.”
“How lucky are we to be here tonight with this incredible Conglomerate / Epic Records’ superstar of American culture, Busta Rhymes!” said Glazier as the night wrapped. He then joined RIAA COO Michele Ballantyne for a special plaque presentation recognizing Busta Rhymes’ incredible career. “I was going to come out here and tell you all how Busta Rhymes emerged in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, but he just took us through every era of Hip-Hop tonight! So, we want to make sure we celebrate in the proper way – with this beautiful plaque commemorating your career’s 22 million RIAA certified units for your solo titles and collaborations. We know there are many more to come!”
“Musicians On Call is a special program that brings people together to experience the healing power of song, helping patients and caregivers know that they’re not alone during trying times. Spotify is proud to support this work in our partnership with RIAA so we can all continue our joint mission of connecting people through music. And we applaud the masterful career of Busta Rhymes whose music has bridged genres to unite audiences for decades.” said April Boyd, Spotify Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy.
Other notable supporters this year include Alibaba Group, Ford Motor Company, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), Jewel Box Platinum, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), Recording Academy and SoundExchange.
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Porn star Kagney Linn Karter dead from suicide aged 36

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Adult film star Kagney Linn Karter — who, according to friends, struggled with mental health — died of an apparent suicide last week, according to a report. She was 36. (more…)

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Jennifer Lopez Talks To Apple Music About Her New Album, Breaking All The Rules, And Finding Inspiration In Her Love Story With Ben Affleck

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Pop icon Jennifer Lopez is the next artist to take the stage for Apple Music Live — the live performance series that gives the biggest stars in music a platform to connect with audiences around the world.

Fresh off of the release of her ninth studio album, This Is Me…Now, Lopez hits the legendary Orpheum Theater stage in Los Angeles to a crowd full of her biggest fans. The Apple Music Live performance will debut Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET exclusively on Apple Music at apple.co/JenniferLopez and Apple TV+. Fans can also stream the Apple Music Live performance anytime on demand on both Apple Music and Apple TV+.
In a wide-ranging and refreshingly honest interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Lopez said, “I think [This Is Me…Now] is the most honest record that I’ve ever made. And I feel very connected to it because of that. It’s not just personal, it’s my whole heart on the wax. It’s my whole heart in the air, and the ether now. And I really feel like, as I shared the music, I wasn’t just sharing music, I was sharing a feeling, a message, a bigger idea about, and that’s why it just didn’t end with the music for me.”
During the performance, Lopez showcases new tracks “This Is Me…Now,” “Rebound,” “Hearts and Flowers,” and “Greatest Love Story Never Told,” plus her biggest hits and fan favorites including, “Jenny from the Block,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “If You Had My Love,” and more.
The second season of Apple Music Live kicked off this past May with a special performance by Ed Sheeran, which was followed by Burna Boy’s historic London Stadium show last summer, Dominic Fike gave an electrifying show from Atlanta, Brent Faiyaz serenaded a packed house in London, and most recently SZA had us all in our feels from Brooklyn. Additional Apple Music Live standout performances have included Harry Styles’s One Night Only in New York performance, Billie Eilish’s Live at the O2 performance; Alicia Keys’s first-ever Holiday Masquerade Ball; and riveting performances from chart-topping artists Lil DurkMary J. BligeLuke Combs, and Wizkid. Explore the full lineup of past performances in the Apple Music Live archive.
Get exclusive wallpapers for your phone on Jennifer Lopez’s concert page in Shazam. Tap “Save” to unlock the Apple Music Live setlist, tour photos, and more after the show.
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Taylor Swift donates $100k to family of woman who was fatally shot during Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade

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American singer, Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to the family of a mom who was killed in a Kansas City Chiefs parade this week.

Mom-of-two and radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan was shot during a parade for the Super Bowl on Wednesday, February 14, celebrating the victory of the Kansas City Chiefs. A further 21 people were injured in the incident, including nine children.

Following the tragic events, Swift, whose boyfriend is Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce donated $100,000 to a fundraiser set up for Lisa’s family.

Taylor donated two $50,000 instalments to the GoFundMe, writing: “Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences in the wake of your devastating loss. With love, Taylor Swift.”

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Following her contribution, Lisa’s GoFundMe has raised $194,798 out of the goal amount of $75,000 so far.

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Lisa, who was 43 years old at the time of her death, worked as a radio DJ. Her page describes her as “an amazing mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to so many.” “She is survived by two children and her husband of 22 years,” the fundraiser adds.

Initially, Lisa was said to have succumbed to her gunshot wound while undergoing abdominal surgery. However, later, it was clarified that she died at the scene, per Variety.

The outlet adds that her son, Marc Lopez-Galvan, who is in his 20s, was also among those shot and injured at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory rally. He has now been released from the hospital.

Apart from Lisa’s son, two more relatives of the late radio DJ sustained gunshot wounds. Additionally, her daughter, Adriana, was also at the scene. However, she did not suffer any wounds.

The fundraiser description further adds, “We ask that you continue to keep her family in your prayers as we grieve the loss of her life. This fund will help provide vital financial support to her family as they process this unthinkable tragedy.”

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Folake Olowofoyeku talks cultural impact of ‘Bob Hearts Abisola’ as final season of the sitcom kicks off

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Folake Olowofoyeku, the charismatic actress at the heart of the popular CBS sitcom, ”Bob Hearts Abishola,” has shed light on the cultural impacts of the show, emphasizing the significance of authentic representation of African culture.

The show, which premiered in September 2019, follows the unconventional love story between Bob, a middle-aged sock businessman, and Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant nurse. Olowofoyeku’s portrayal of Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant navigating life in the United States, has become a cultural touchstone, breaking stereotypes and providing a nuanced perspective on the African diaspora.

Through the lens of Abishola, Olowofoyeku highlighted the difficulties of bridging cultural gaps, showcasing the challenges and triumphs of immigrants in a foreign land. The character brings forth a strong sense of identity, proudly displaying her Nigerian heritage while adapting to the complexities of American life. The series explored their unique relationship, blending humor, romance, and cultural clashes.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ameyaw TV, the multi-talented Olowofoyeku shared some personal highlights of the journey on the series, which is now its fifth and final season.

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“The Devil’s Hot Tub” – Abishola and Kemi’s friendship is pushed to the edge when Kemi wants to disregard Nigerian tradition and have a Las Vegas wedding. Also, Bob and the Wheelers have to avert a strike at MaxDot before it sinks the family business, on BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA, Monday, Feb. 26 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Pictured: Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola. Photo credit: Michael Yarish/2023 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

She said: ‘There’s been so much growth, this is the first time in my life I had a job longer than a month. Also, the impact that the show has had on the culture, I would say is one of the many highlights. It’s giving context to the Immigrant experience, not just in America but globally and not just for Nigerian immigrants, I think every kind of immigrant and it’s shown that regardless of what we look like and sound like, we all want love at the end of the day.

”And so this show was timely, considering the climate for the world globally I think it was something that uplifted folks and provided an escape. So I’m grateful for those being the highlights that this project is associated with and in terms of the impact culturally the awareness it created for African culture,” she added.

Olowofoyeku, who doubles as a musician averred that impact has been shocking as she never imagined that venturing into the series would make such an impeccable impact on the culture.

”The impact has been shocking because I didn’t realize venturing into this would mean so much to so many people. I was just the starving artist who had been in the game for a very long time, over 15 years before I got this job. One of the defense mechanisms was to just leave it on the table and forget about it. I did the same with this project and luckily it turned out to be the magnificent gift that has been so I’m filled with gratitude for it.”

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Oprah Winfrey and Folake Olowofoyeku behind the scenes at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, Feb. 4 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.* Photo: Francis Specker/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Olowofoyeku also opened up about her NAACP Image Awards nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category. The annual awards ceremony, which is presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is held to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature.

”I felt like I was being recognized by my people and that meant a lot to me. The NAACP is responsible for the opportunity that I have in this country, and the work that they’ve done is the reason I can come to America and flourish the way I wasn’t able to do at home. I’m grateful for that acknowledgement it made me feel proud,’‘ she said.

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On how her achievements have translated back home in Nigeria in terms of work opportunities and acceptance, Olowofoyeku remarked: ”It’s bittersweet because the reason I left Nigeria was because I wasn’t able to do what I’m doing here. I had to leave the home that I love. I would happily have remained in Nigeria but fate would have it that, where opportunities lay for me would be in this country. It is also like a full circle moment because going back home the acceptance that I wanted now exists so many years later doing the exact same thing I was told not to do.

” I also feel slighted in a way. I feel slighted for having to leave my home but I think the bigger plan and the greater good and something cosmically was in play, because the fact that my mother on the show has my mother’s name in real life and all the characters of Yoruba descent on the show are from where my father is from, makes it feel like there was there was greater work outside of my comfort to be done and I’m grateful for that,’‘ she added.

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