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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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Why I admitted cheating on my ex-husband – Korra Obidi

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Popular Nigerian singer and dancer, Korra Obidi has revealed why she openly confessed to cheating on her estranged husband, Justin Dean.

Theheute recalls that Obidi confessed in an interview in 2022 that she cheated on her husband while she was in Nigeria before she moved to America to be with him.

Speaking in a recent interview with News Central, the mother of two explained that she made the confession because she doesn’t want to live with the secret.

She said she didn’t regret confessing her infidelity, stressing that her confession brought a lot of revelations.

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She said, “If I had not said what I said, if I had not come through with my truth, it wouldn’t have brought out all the truths that came to light.

“As you saw on the blogs, I admitted to that [cheating]; he [my ex-husband] admitted to a lot of things. So it was like we were both doing these things.

“And we would have been living in a lie to please the public. And how long can you do that? So I would never regret saying I was having commitment issues before I came to America. I never said this [my ex-husband] is the only man I’m going to be sleeping with for the rest of my life.

“So I dabbled. I admitted to it openly. And a lot of people insulted me for it but at the end of the day, I would never live with a secret to death.”

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DON JAZZY: Universal Music Group Acquires Majority Stake in Nigerian Record Label Mavin Global

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The Universal Music Group has acquired a majority stake in Mavin Global, the renowned Nigerian record company founded by Don Jazzy. This deal, subject to regulatory approval and expected to be finalized by the third quarter, marks a significant partnership between the two entities.

While specific financial terms were not disclosed, reports suggest a valuation exceeding $125 million, with Don Jazzy and COO Tega Oghenejobo continuing to lead Mavin Global.

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman/CEO, expressed excitement about the collaboration, citing Mavin’s influential artists and entrepreneurial spirit. With hits like Rema’s “Calm Down,” Mavin has already made waves globally, and this investment aims to further propel its growth.

The partnership also underscores UMG’s commitment to fostering African talent and expanding its presence in the thriving Afrobeats scene.

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Grammy Drama: Logos Olori Claims Credit For Davido’s ‘Unavailable’

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Nigerian music sensation and DMW signee, Logos Olori, stirs controversy as he asserts his songwriting prowess behind Davido’s Grammy-nominated track,

Davido, renowned for his chart-topping hits, secured three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards, with ‘Unavailable’ making waves globally.

In an exclusive interview with Cool FM Lagos, Logos Olori unveils his contribution to the acclaimed song, revealing that he penned the lyrics for ‘Unavailable,’ featuring Musa Keys, while his colleague Peruzzi crafted the verse.

Olori reveals, “I wrote the song ‘Unavailable.’ Peruzzi wrote the verse. After we made the song, Davido said he wanted the verse to be changed, so he called Peruzzi to do the verse. But I actually came up with the idea of the song.”

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The revelation sparks intrigue, shedding light on the collaborative efforts behind Davido’s musical successes and raising questions about creative ownership in the industry.

Meanwhile, amidst the Grammy buzz, Davido shares his excitement over a lavish Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player, Memphis Depay. Taking to Instagram, Davido expresses gratitude for the unexpected present received after his electrifying performance at Depay’s 30th birthday celebration.

In a candid moment, Davido reflects on the rarity of receiving gifts, contrasting it with his generous nature of giving to others. This revelation adds a personal touch to the narrative, showcasing Davido’s humility and the unexpected joys of celebrity life.

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