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Oscars stakeholders converge to discuss sanctions on Will Smith over slap

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Academy governors including Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg were due to meet Friday to discuss possible sanctions against Will Smith for slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last month.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board meeting was originally set to discuss suspending or expelling Smith from Hollywood’s top film body, before the “King Richard” actor preemptively resigned from the group last week.

Governors will now discuss what, if any, other actions will be taken against Smith after he assaulted Rock during a live global broadcast, stunning audiences and overshadowing both the night’s big winners and the Tinseltown showcase event itself.

“It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion,” Academy president David Rubin said in a letter to board members Wednesday.

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Some have called for Smith to be stripped of his best actor Oscar, which he won for his performance in tennis biopic “King Richard” less than an hour after striking Rock on the same stage.

Rock’s brother Kenny Rock told the Los Angeles Times that Smith “belittled (Chris Rock) in front of millions of people that watch the show.”

But taking away Smith’s award is considered unlikely, as the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski did not have their Oscars revoked when they were expelled from the Academy in the wake of sexual assault scandals.

Traditionally the best actor Oscar winner is invited to present the following year’s best actress award — an honor which could now be called into question.

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“I’m hoping the Academy invites me back,” said Smith during his tearful acceptance speech at last month’s gala, in which he apologized to the Academy.

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Smith climbed onto the Oscars stage and slapped Rock across the face in response to a joke the comic made about his wife’s closely cropped hair.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a hair loss condition.

The Academy has said Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ballroom shortly after the attack.

But that claim has been disputed, including by Smith’s representatives, and the show’s producer Will Packer reportedly told Smith to remain and accept his statuette.

Rock was asked by Los Angeles police whether he wanted to file a report against Smith, but he declined.

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Last week, Smith apologized to Rock, describing his actions at the Oscars as “shocking, painful and inexcusable,” before resigning from the Academy days later.

“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” said Smith — only the fifth Black man to win the movie world’s highest individual award for an actor.

The Academy meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:00 am (1600 GMT) Friday, with governors invited to attend via Zoom video conference.

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“Calm Down” by Rema makes Afrobeats history in US

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“Calm Down” by Rema makes Afrobeats history in US

Rema’s Calm Down cannot stop making music history – the latest accolade for the hit by the 24-year-old Nigerian star is that it is now the most-streamed Afrobeats song in the US.

It has become “the first Afrobeats song in history to earn over one billion on-demand streams in the US”, the music monitoring platform Chart Data has said on X.

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Last year, Chart Data had already described the track as the “most successful African song of all time”.

Billboard magazine music analysts put its success down to its “melancholy slow jam with a subtle hypnotic draw”.

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“[It’s] the kind that gets stuck deep in the back of a listener’s mind, prompting them to return again and again.”

The song was released in February 2022 as a single off Rave and Roses, Rema’s debut album.

Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, partnered with the US singer Selena Gomez a few months later for a remix of the song, which hit the billion-plays mark on the streaming app Spotify.

It became the first African song to spend a year on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number three, making it the highest-charting song in which an Afrobeats musician was the lead artist.

The remix, which has nearly 894 million views on YouTube, is currently the most-watched music video by a Nigerian artist.

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It has thrust Rema into the ranks of prominent Nigerian Afrobeats artists such as Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido.

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Rema says he has his style of Afrobeats, which he has dubbed “Afrorave”.

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“Child cruelty” – Toke Makinwa criticiSes tribal marks practice

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"Child cruelty" - Toke Makinwa criticiSes tribal marks practice

Media personality Toke Makinwa has strongly condemned the traditional practice of using tribal marks for identification, calling it a form of cruelty inflicted on children without their consent.

Makinwa expressed her views in a series of posts on her X account on Sunday.

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Reflecting on a recent encounter with an influencer who had tribal marks, Makinwa shared her thoughts on the practice.

She wrote, “Today I saw a beautiful influencer with tribal marks, and it made me think about the cruelty that culture brought upon us. Marking a child without their consent as a means of identification is evil. I know our parents didn’t know any better, but damnnnn!!!!”

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In her subsequent posts, Makinwa emphasised her admiration for the beauty of people with tribal marks, but her concern remains the lack of consent in the practice.

“Thank God it’s abolished now. My grandma had tribal marks too. Some on her face and her arms. I wonder what life was like for her when she was younger, though I’m sure many people around her had the same. But thank God it’s cancelled now,” she continued.

In response to criticism from some X users, Makinwa clarified that her disapproval stems from the absence of consent, not the beauty of the marks.

“It’s not about the beauty or lack thereof, but the lack of consent”.

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Sarah Doxa inspires congregation with heavenly performance at CCC PraiseVille

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Renowned gospel singer Sarah Doxa delivered a soul-stirring rendition of CCC Hymn 257 during Empowerment Sunday at CCC PraiseVille. Her powerful performance resonated deeply with worshippers, creating an atmosphere filled with spiritual fervor and inspiration.

Sarah Doxa’s rendition of the hymn captivated everyone present, evoking a profound sense of God’s presence. Her melodious voice and heartfelt delivery uplifted hearts and minds, making the worship experience truly divine.

CCC PraiseVille, known for its vibrant worship services and nurturing spiritual environment, provided the perfect backdrop for Sarah Doxa’s remarkable performance. The congregation was moved by her talent and dedication to spreading the message of faith through music.

 

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