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The world pays tribute to Kobe during memorial

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Throngs of people showed up to the Staples Center to say their goodbyes to basketball great, Kobe Bryant . The 5-time NBA champion died on 26th January after a helicopter crash en route to a youth basketball tournament alongside his daughter and 7 other people. Although there have been several events to honor the life of Bryant, none have seen the Bryant family come out to publicly speak on their loss. This event dubbed “celebration of life” therefore acted as an official send-off, one week after the private burial ceremony.  As a result people from all over the world tuned in if anything, to pay tribute to a modern day hero.

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The world pays tribute

At around 8 am in Los Angeles scores of people estimated at around 20,000 with tickets for the memorial started arriving. While some dyed the hair in the Laker colors, others had their cars decked out to honor the ‘black mamba’. Kobe meant the world to all kinds of people. It was thus no surprise when arguably the biggest artist in the world – Beyonce obliged when called upon to open the ceremony. The ‘sorry’ singer took to stage with an all-white clad choir singing her hit song, ‘XO’. During the performance, she called upon the crowd to sing along as she let it known that she was there because she loved Kobe and that ‘XO’ was his favorite song.

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan also brought out a few sniffles and giggles with his poignant tribute.

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Vanessa Bryant

Throughout this trying time the world has been sympathizing with Vanessa Bryant. The 37-year old has known no other love and in a single day lost her husband and daughter. She however took to stage and bravely eulogized both Gigi and Kobe. Albeit emotionally, she described Kobe as the ice to her fire and her soulmate. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had been together since she was 17. He leaves behind three daughters – Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3 and 5 – month old Capri.

Also Read;  Celebrities pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant

 

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New movie alert or nah?

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A movie poster by the title Escape is doing rounds on social media and has caused a frenzy. The reason? It features three of the greatest criminal masterminds recent in movie/film history. Supposedly directed by ‘Dilichi’ the poster features Wentworth Miller aka Michael Scofield from Prison break, James Spader aka Reddington from The Blacklist and  Alvaro Morte  aka The Professor from Money Heist.


The film which is supposedly meant to air on streaming service Netflix has fans of the three shows excited over the three criminal geniuses working together. Naturally, the poster elicited reactions from thousands of social media users with many wondering why they have not spotted the seemingly action-filled movie on the platform until the poster’s creator revealed the truth.

Much to the disappointment of many, the poster is not real and is merely wishful thinking by visual artist @TheDilichi on Twitter.

However,  fans are already rallying for the three actors to come together and work on a similar project.

 

 

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Tanasha Donna finally opens up on breakup with Diamond   

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Tanasha Donna has today finally opened up about her breakup with Diamond Platnumz. The 24-year old mother of one took to Facebook to share with her fans the reasons behind the breakup with Tanzanian music star Diamond.

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The radio presenter  and singer said she believed Diamond had changed his bad behaviours and had turned over a new leaf but that was not the case.

“I believed this man is a changed person but his actions proved me wrong,” she said.

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Tanasha recently unfollowed Diamond platnumz on Instagram and even went a step further to delete his pictures from her social media page. She expressed regret at having to part ways with Diamond’s family as they had grown close during the duration of her relationship with Diamond.

“It’s time for me to say goodbye to Dangote’s family. Heartbreaking news, it’s over between the two of us. God knows why this had to happen. Let me move on with my life,” part of the post read.

Tanasha and Diamond have been dating for close to a year now and have a baby together. The couple seemed to be getting on well and had even released a song together called Gere before things went south.

READ ALSO: Finally! Diamond and Tanasha show off baby

Kenyans reaction to the breakup

Kenyans had mixed reactions as some rushed to console Tanasha while others admonished her. Hundreds of comments poured in from shocked fans who had been following the couple closely.

“That is not the end of the world, Zari did the same. She moved on too. Don’t stress yourself. These days women are working harder and harder to live peaceful lives,” Yuppamungu Damale commented.

“But you harakishad things even the ancestors were so annoyed. You knew very well Diamond was a community hubby and he is still the same,” Clementine Toto said.

“Excellent Tanasha, it’s really heartbreaking but life goes on. Let God deal with his karma. Only you, him and God knows what you have been going through,” Abrah Swabrah said.

 

 

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American rapper Megan Thee Stallion sues record label

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Megan Thee Stallion, the American rapper behind platinum-selling record ‘Hot girl summer’ is suing her record label to get off her contract.

Megan, real name Megan Ruth Pete, is suing 1501 Certified Entertainment claiming that the record label is preventing her from releasing her music, news she first shared on Instagram. The singer also took to Twitter to share her frustrations on the contract’s terms which highly favoured the label over the artist.

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According to the rapper, 1501 would take 60% of Megan’s earnings as well as nearly all of her touring income while expecting her to pay for featured artists and sound mixers and engineers with the remainder. Additionally, her lawsuit claimed the label had made ‘false representations’ about the company that at 20 years, she could not have understood.

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The situation attracted mixed reactions with some internet users faulting Megan for not reading the contract properly while others sided with her. Defending herself, the rapper claimed that although she read the contract she only came to understand the implications last year when she got new management.

Fans rallied behind the rapper and singer with #FreeTheeStallion calling out the record label and anticipating her new music.

Thankfully, Megan got reprieve after a judge granted a temporary order. This allows her to release new music on March 6. The judge’s ruling also reportedly prevents 1501 from threatening Megan on social media.

Other stars who have fallen prey to greedy record labels include Taylor Swift and legendary singer Prince. The latter had  to re-record all her hits while Prince took to writing ‘slave’ on his face with eyeliner.

ALSO READ: Here’s why Sauti Sol parted ways with manager

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