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Nigeria’s Looty seeks to reclaim African art in digital form

What if Africans somehow managed to access museums across the Western world, gather all the artwork looted from their territories during the colonial era, and take them back home? A young Nigerian man is attempting to do just that. But rather than physically breaking into museums and carting away the works of art, he wants to repatriate them digitally. "This is the first digital repatriation of stolen artwork," said 34-year-old […]

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Egypt: Musical ensemble revives mystical tradition

The music and dance ritual known as "zar" is an artform with centuries-old roots in Ethiopia and Sudan. When Egypt artist Um Sameh sings, she intends "to heal the sick". A stage, a spotlight, a mesmerized audience: when the Mazaher ensemble performs at Cairo's Makan Cultural Centre, the audience is speechless.  The music and dance ritual performed is known as "zar". An artform with centuries-old roots in Ethiopia and Sudan, […]

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Will Smith’s new life after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars

The actor has been going to therapy after the Oscars incident to deal with his stress. Will Smith is trying to get on with his life as well as possible, following the incident at the 94th Oscars Gala in which he slapped comedian Chris Rock. Since then he has disappeared from public view; just sporadic appearances, but nothing of an official nature. But now it's emerging what Will Smith is up to, as he […]

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Driver pleads guilty over hit-and-run crash that killed Nicki Minaj’s father

A hit-and-run driver pleaded guilty on Friday over a crash that killed the father of Nicki Minaj in New York state. In state court in Long Island’s Nassau County, businessman Charles Polevich, 71, admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 accident that fatally injured Robert Maraj, 64, as he walked along a road in Mineola. Polevich was promised a year or less in jail, disappointing prosecutors and the hip […]

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Nollywood stars turn out for Netflix premiere of Blood Sisters

Lagos, Nigeria - It was a night of glitz and glamor as Nigeria's movie industry stars, known as Nollywood, strutted the red carpet on Wednesday at the launch of Netflix's first Nigerian Original series, Blood Sisters. The theme of the premiere was 'Red and Fugitive' and Nollywood stars turned out in style to launch the series created by leading Nigerian production company EbonyLife Studios. Blood Sisters features Nollywood veteran stars such […]

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Man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle at Hollywood Bowl avoids felony charges

The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl will not face felony charges, it has been announced. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors had concluded that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence did not constitute felony conduct. It referred the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which will consider possible misdemeanor charges. A spokesman for the Attorney’s Office said: “The […]

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