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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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Black Sherif’s ‘Soja’ makes an appearance on Billboard Afrobeats Chart

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Black Sherif’s latest banger ‘SOJA’ of his upcoming album ‘The Villain I never Was ‘has made its debut on Billboard Afrobeats Charts just a few days after its release.

Blacko, on Friday, September 22, 2022, blessed his fans and listeners with a great tune titled ‘SOJA’. The song is one of the tracks on his upcoming Album.

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Ayra Starr: Before fame, I took my family to shows to act as my fans

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Ayra Starr, the fast-rising Nigerian singer, has recounted how she dealt with song unpopularity at concerts as a budding artiste.

The music star spoke about her career growth in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

In the tweet, Starr said as of early last year, she used to take her friends and family members to concerts to sing along with her — in situations where the audiences do not know the song.

“Early last year I used to take my friends and family to concerts and performances just in case no one knew my music, they would help me scream my songs and ginger the audience,” she wrote.

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BBNaija’s Groovy marks birthday with touching self note

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Big Brother Naija ‘Level Up’ housemate, Groovy Mono is a year older today, October 5th.

The reality star took to his Instagram to share dapper photos to mark his day.

Groovy penned a self note where he advised himself to slow down and enjoy the journey.

According to him, he doesn’t have to constantly hustle to prove that he deserves this.

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He added that all of this will pay off and he will be grateful for everything.

“DEAR SELF,
Remember to slow down and enjoy the journey. You don’t have to constantly hustle to prove that you deserve this. All of this will pay off and you’ll be grateful for everything”.

Groovy receives gifts from fans

Days back, fans of Groovy Mono had melted his heart with the lavish gifts they presented to him.

The reality star who was evicted from the house during the live eviction show on Sunday, September 25th was given a royal welcome by his fans.

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His fans surprised him in his hotel room with mouth-watering gifts.

In the viral video, his fans surrounded him as a saxophonist played some of his favorite songs. Groovy received a huge money cake, wines, sneakers, shoes, a tray of food, and lots more.

The reality star was no doubt taken aback as he couldn’t believe his new lifestyle.

Similarly, his best friend, Sheggz also received a grand welcome from his fans.

His fans welcomed him with luxury gifts.

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Part of Sheggz Welcome back gift include iPhone 14 Pro Max, 2 Million Naira, Designer Perfumes, A saxophonist to play his favorite Asake’s music, A beautiful Frame, Fresh flowers and Balloons, a Suitcase filled with money and SheggzFC on standby!

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