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R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

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Grammy Award-winning singer R. Kelly is in deep trouble after being arrested again on US federal sex crime charges, NBC News said, citing unidentified law enforcement officials.

He was arrested in Chicago on Thursday by New York police detectives and investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, and is expected to be taken to New York City, the agency said.

Early on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times said Kelly faces a 13-count sex crime indictment, citing the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The R&B singer has vehemently denied abuse allegations for decades. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty.

The Sun-Times said Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg, on Thursday confirmed the arrest, but declined to give details.

Chicago police referred all questions on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office or New York police, but representatives were not immediately available for comment.

In June, Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of sexual assault and abuse at a Chicago court hearing after prosecutors expanded an indictment against him.

Those counts, unveiled in late May in an indictment by a Cook County grand jury, involve alleged abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

The accusations centre on someone identified only as J.P. and the crimes are alleged to have taken place between May 2009 and January 2010.

Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.

In February, Kelly pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.

The charges were brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

The singer, known for such hits as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.

It was not immediately clear if the new federal charges against Kelly were related to previous cases. It was unclear where he was being held or when he would appear before a judge on the new charges.

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“F*ck All Pastors & Imams And All So Called Men Of God” — 2Face Idibia

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Nigerian singer 2face Idibia has blasted Pastors and Imams, asking them to preach truth rather than asking for money or asking people to kill for God.

In a series of tweets, 2face Idibia advocated for a change in the education system in Africa which includes the religion and tribe.

He shared on his social media page;

we “AFRICA” Need 2 change our EDUCTION system. That includes religion and tribal nonsense.

My GOD no go tell me 2 collect money for am

My GOD no go tell me 2 fight or kill person for am

My GOD no weak like that.

My GOD don package everything keep, that’s why I get BRAIN, i no go turn the other chick again.

Fuck all PASTORS & IMAMS and all so called MEN of God!!

GOOD is GOOD and BAD is BAD

Preach TRUTH

Don’t be embarassing GOD everywhere

GOOD is GOOD BAD is BAD No ojoro. Use ya brain. ONE LOVE is the ONLY solution. There’s enough for everybody. Greed is the major problem.

Woke up 2 this sad news. Bless u MAJEK FASHEK. many of the new school artist might not grasp your importance but I appreciate what u represent in naija music history. RIP LION.

I know u and BABA FELA and RAS KIMONO…

GOOD is GOOD BAD/EVIL is BAD/EVIL CHOOSE which one u want. E no mean say make u mumu. GOD Give u brain. Use am.

I feel like wailing but my voice dey fail me. haba.

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Why I Didn’t Report My Rapist — Khafi Kareem

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BBNaija reality star, Khafi Kareem has joined the trending Twitter conversation about rape and sexual violence against women.

The reality star revealed that she was a victim but she never reported her rapist.

Explaining why she never reported her rapist, Khafi, who admitted that her rapist apologised right after the incident, said: ‘I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse.’

Khafi also said that she opened up to someone about the rape incident, but the person ended up blaming her for getting raped.

According to the reality star, she decided to share her story to give hope to other victims to speak up about their own experiences.

She wrote: ‘#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired.’

‘Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.’

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BREAKING: Music Legend, Majek Fashek Is Dead

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Legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died.

According to reports, the “Send Down the Rain” crooner, aged 57 died in a hospital in New York on Monday June 1. Our sources are yet to confirm the cause of his death.

He was born in Benin City to an Edo mother and a Ijesha father, but identifies with his Benin roots.

In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and Drummer Black ‘Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.

In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, who now used the name Majek Fashek, signed with Tabansi Records and began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and quickly became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song “Send Down The Rain” became the most popular song of the year, and in 1989 he won six PMAN awards for “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, and “Reggae Artist of the Year” among others.

Fashek was married to Rita Fashek who inspired the song “Without You”; the couple had four children together, but have since divorced. In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja, but has since recovered, and returned to music.

Besides his struggle with drug addiction, other health conditions required his hospitalization on several occasions. He was rumored dead in September 2019 but his manager quelled the rumors, confirming that Majek had indeed been critically ill, hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, England, and in dire need of financial assistance

The ‘rain maker’ as he his fondly called has has worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

Majek’s life and work are still prominently celebrated by Nigerian music fans and beyond. His legacy of excellence in music and worldwide impact through instrumentation will live imminently.

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