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SHE OUTPACED JAY-Z & BEYONCE! Cardi B gets 10 nominations at MTV Awards

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Fast-rising rapper Cardi B on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, outpacing Jay-Z and Beyonce who were recognized for their ornate work filmed at the Louvre.

Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, received 10 nominations for the awards show that will take place on August 20 in New York.

The Bronx native born as Belcalis Almanzar was in the running in both hip-hop and Latin categories as well as Artist of the Year and Best New Artist.

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The 25-year-old, who recently became a mother, was nominated for Video of the Year as the featured artist on “Finesse” by funk revivalist Bruno Mars. The video pays tribute to “In Living Color,” the trailblazing African American television comedy show of the early 1990s.

Cardi B scored a runaway success last year with “Bodak Yellow,” a song in which she touches on her former life making ends meet as a stripper, but was controversially passed over at the latest Grammy Awards — which Mars dominated.

Beyonce and Jay-Z were nominated for eight awards, all for “Apeshit,” the meticulously attired and tightly choreographed production shot at the Louvre, opening with music’s first couple standing like a painting in front of the Mona Lisa.

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“Apeshit” was part of the surprise album “Everything is Love” by “The Carters,” who celebrated their marriage in soulful hip-hop after a rough patch that was thoroughly aired in previous music.

Childish Gambino and Drake each received seven nominations. Childish Gambino, the hip-hop alter ego of actor Donald Glover, received all his nods for “This is America,” his much-discussed meditation on the contemporary political landscape of the United States.

The video for “This is America,” directed by Hiro Murai, depicts Glover in acts of violence that reflect gun massacres and racism in the United States, complemented with dancing in homage to African traditions.

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The MTV Video Music Awards each year draws an A-list of celebrities but, unlike the more formal Grammys, is more closely watched for its pop culture moments than for the suspense on the winners.

Previous scenes at the VMAs have included Lady Gaga sporting a dress made of meat, Britney Spears and Madonna locking lips and Kanye West declaring his aspirations for the White House.

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Lady accusses Uti Nwachukwu of raping her, says he’s bisexual

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Big Brother Africa season 5 winner and show host, Uti Nwachukwu, has been dragged online by a woman who accused him of raping her.

She also revealed that he’s bisexual.

The woman identified as Kambili Korie called him out and accused him of raping her in 2017 when they were casual friends.

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She wrote:

“I said to myself, “NOW IS THE TIME”

“I have lived in torment and self blame these past three years. It was five minutes for UTI NWACHUKWU but until justice is served, it’ll be a lifetime for me.I’ll be giving full details in this thread.

“He made advances at me. Told me I was the prettiest girl he knew and that he was obsessed with me. I told him we could talk this out. He fled up. In his words “I always get what I want”. And that was when he forced himself on me.” 

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D-Black signs deal SONY/ATV

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Ghanaian multiple award-winning hip-hop and afrobeat musician, Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, known by his stage name D-Black, has inked a global deal with SONY/ATV plus his producers at his Black Avenue Musik.

The rapper announced the big move via his social media handles and indicated that it’s a win for the entire country.

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According to him, he stated that he wants to put Ghana music on the forefront of the Afrobeat global wave and this is just the first step with Sony /ATV.

In his announcement post, he explained he is in the process to finalize a label deal for all his Black Avenue Musik Artiste, producers and partners with Sony/ ATV.

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“I’m excited to learn more and empower myself and my team to be a force to reckon with not only as an artiste but am music business executive and as an African label,” He added

 

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Cleanup starts at 57 sites in Ogoni land – Minister

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The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, says no fewer than 57 sites at Ogoni land in Rivers are being cleaned up currently.

Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, saying that he had presented a report on the ministry’s mandate to a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The virtual meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Ogoni cleanup in the past has been a story. Finally, President Buhari came in 2016 and the contract was given out.

“We are currently cleaning 21 plus 36 sites in Ogoni land. All these are impacted areas with hydrocarbon — a very big project.

“The world is watching this project because of the nature of hydrocarbons and what they can cause to the environment and the people living there.’’

The minister said that planting of 25 million trees was also in the fore burner and that the ministry was collaborating with state governments on the project.

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Abubakar said that the Federal Ministry of Environment was one of the implanting ministries of the 774, 000 jobs approved by the president.

“So, those skilled and unskilled laborers are coming through the ministry. About 200, 000 people will be employed plus additional 2,000, who are going to be employed by the erosion department of the ministry.’’

He said that the ministry was also handling waste recycling, describing waste management as a big project.

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Abubakar said that waste management entailed waste reduction, waste recycling, waste re-use, and waste recovery, among others.

According to him, it is no longer fashionable to produce, use, and dispose of waste.

The minister said that his report to FEC also covered efforts being made on erosion control in the South East and the upper North areas of the country.

“We have two programs on erosion control. One is being handled by the department in the ministry of the environment, which is in charge of mostly conventional erosion.

“Then, we have the big one which is being sponsored by the World Bank and we call that Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project.

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