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Sony Music drops R. Kelly over alleged sexual abuse

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Famous American multiple Grammy Award winner, Robert Sylvester Kelly also known as R. Kelly has been dropped by his Record Label, Sony Music.

According to reports, the artiste who is currently facing series of allegation of abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation was dropped by the record label on Friday, Jan.18.

The `I believe I can Fly’ crooner was also removed from the RCA website whose parent company is Sony Music.

Sony’s move comes after years of public calls, and even a petition from members of the #MuteRKelly Movement, for the company to part ways with him.

Those calls intensified in the wake of the documentary `Surviving R. Kelly’ in which multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The protest were by women, organisations and victims including parents and relations of victims at the Sony Music offices in Los Angeles and its New York Headquarters.

Reports had it that Lady Gaga and Celine Dion who had worked with him (Gaga’s `What do you want’ and Dion’s `I am your Angel’) had apologised and promised to remove the songs from streaming platforms.

Similarly, Chance the Rapper also pulled out his 2015 collaboration with R. Kelly `Somewhere in Paradise’ from all streaming services.

Surviving R.Kelly is a six hour-long chapter documentary that dives into the terrible, tangled history of allegations against the 52 year-old super star and separated father of three.

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The first two episodes dug into the childhood of the Chicago born rapper turned producer, singer and song writer, in which he was recognised as a musical prodigy.

His unstoppable rise to stardom and his relationship to Aaliyah (now late), whom he met when she was 12 years-old were also in the first two episodes of the documentary.

The third and fourth episodes detailed the circumstances of the so-called “pee tape,” which allegedly showed Kelly having sex with and urinating on a 14 year-old girl, and the alledged child pornography case that ended in a surprise acquittal.

The final two episodes highlighted the reports from the last several years that Kelly alledgedly isolated and groomed women and girls into a sex cult for his own pleasure.

All of these incidents had been exhaustively reported and dissected in public. Women had come forward with eyewitness accounts of gaslighting, intimidation, molestation and violence.

There is so much smolder surrounding Kelly who recently released a song, “Born to My Music,’’ his first for the year 2019. (NAN)

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Met Police to investigate Khafi for appearing on BBNaija ‘without permission’

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The Metropolitan Police says it is investigating Khafi Kareem, a Big Brother Nigeria housemate, for appearing on the reality show without permission.

The 29-year-old police officer is said to be on unpaid leave from the Lambert Station where she has been working since 2015 as a PC.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Met said Khafi’s request to take part in the reality show had been declined and that the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) in London would investigate the situation.

“A PC attached to the Met transformation command requested permission to take part in a reality entertainment show in Nigeria. Permission was not given,” the Met statement read.

“The Met Police is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority. The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and would be carrying out an investigation into the circumstances.

“The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent Met while appearing on the show.”

The Sun UK had reported that Khafi might lose her job for having sex on the show, which is aired live.

Khafi had told BBNaija she joined the police after her friend was murdered in 2007 adding that she was on Met’s female genital mutilation team.

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In a statement released on Monday, her team had threatened to sue The Sun UK for publishing an article that is “damaging to the image and livelihood” to her.

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Davido, others mourn as DJ Arafat dies

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Popular Ivorian musician, Houon Ange Didier, popularly known as DJ Arafat is dead.

The 33-year-old died on Monday at about 8am following a bike accident Sunday night in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire.

According to reports, his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by a journalist from Radio Côte d’Ivoire.

DJ Arafat was reportedly unconscious while being rushed to the hospital before he died on Monday.

According to BBC Afrique, he was a highly celebrated and accomplished Coupe Decale Artist.

He won the Best Francophone Award at the 2015 MAMAs and was nominated for Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMA.
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In May 2019, DJ Arafat’s Moto Moto hit 1 million YouTube views in less than 24 hours.

Music superstar Davido took to his twitter and Instagram pages to pay tributes to the late artiste.

He simply wrote: “RIP Yorobo. I love you”.

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Nollywood needs government’s support to prevent it going into extinction – Iya Rainbow raises alarm

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Veteran Nigerian actress, Mrs. Idowu Phillips popularly  known as Iya Rainbow, has  declared that the only way to prevent the Nigerian film industry from going into extinction is for the government to support actors and actresses with financial aids. 

Phillips,  who  posited that the advent of social media, internet and modern technology has negatively affected the practitioners in the industry, also lamented  that it is worrisome that most producers and film makers run at loss after producing home videos, because most of the films have been on the internet even before they are out for sale.

The octogenarian made these assertions recently while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital shortly after the kickoff of her 77 birthday ceremonies organised by Gulf Platform, titled “Unveiling Mama Rainbow at 77 in Dubai”, which is expected to take place in October and November this year.
The event had in attendance, the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Oyo state chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye who chaired the occasion, Nollywood actors and actresses among whom are Saheed Balogun, Peju Omobolanle-Ogunmola, Toyin Adegbola, Razak Olayiwola, Yemi Sonde and Mr. Olusegun Davies and Mrs. Juliana Afonrinwo.

Iya Rainbow, while thanking the organisers for recognising her, appealed to the federal government to “save film industry from going into extinction because of the adverse effects of internet and the social media.”

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She stressed that the introduction of internet has reduced the patronage for home videos which has made many actors, actresses and producers to be in “debts after producing home videos.”

According to her, “I want the government to support us, to give us money that we can be making use as loans. It is the marketers that are borrowing us money and we don’t get our money back again. You will see a situation when someone spent two million for a film and he get six hundred thousand naira in return because the film has been on the internet before it is even out for sale.

“I appeal to government to support us to avoid this profession going into extinction. I don’t want it to go into extinction. We are begging the government, we are urging them to look at our side. The marketers are the ones giving us money in the past, but we don’t get what we spend on the films now, that is why we don’t get support again. Before a film is out, it is already on the internet.

Speaking on the attitude of young actors and actresses, she maintained that it is only those who are not wise that are showing up their wealth on the internet.

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“It is those who are not wise that are showing their wealth on the internet. How can you be showing that you have fifteen million when you don’t have five million. Those who are still exposing their bodies, we are still talking to them at the locations because I don’t like it. I don’t want them to go astray. God said that we should cover our body, why do you have to expose yourself.

“Lack of role models and masters is another issue. In the past, we have masters who train people and many upcoming actors and actresses will be under that person, but now, someone with money will just come without enough training, that is one of those things killing the industry, Iya Rainbow added.

Directors of Gulf Platform, Mr. Olusegun Davids and Mrs. Juliana Afonrinwo while speaking, informed that the organisers decided to celebrate the octogenarian because of her contributions to the theater industry in Nigeria.

“Today, we are kicking off the 77th birthday of Iya Rainbow. We are gather here to appreciate her contributions and that is why we are honoring her as she turns 77 on October 16th.”

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