Ace Nigerian rapper Mohbad is dead, La La Anthony partners with UPS to advocate for emerging black designers during NYFW, Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson tie the knot in Beverly Hills. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news stories you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix. Mary J Blige Earring Collection
1. Ace Nigerian rapper Mohbad dead
Talented rapper and singer Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, has been confirmed dead. The entertainment industry and fans alike have been thrown into a state of mourning after reports from a close associate confirmed that the “KPK” crooner had passed away. Details of the rapper’s death are yet to be ascertained, as this is a developing story.
May his soul rest in peace.
2. La La Anthony partners with UPS to advocate for emerging black designers during NYFW
La La Anthony is pledging her support for Black designers during New York’s biggest week in fashion. To uplift emerging HBCU designers during New York Fashion Week, the superstar, who attended the prestigious HBCU Howard University, has partnered with UPS for the company’s third season as a sponsor of NYFW: The Shows. The show, titled “BIG MOTION,” will feature three brands from Black designers who attended HBCUs, including duo Nola McEachin and Shaq Robotham, who created The Brand Label; Undra Duncan, founder and creative director of Undra Celeste New York; and Chelsea Grays for her eponymous label. Each designer received a grant of $150K to use for their show.
Anthony said about the prevalence of marginalized voices in the fashion industry and why Black designers deserve to be included: “Black communities are definitely underrepresented in fashion, but we’re also the ones that set the trends in fashion. So we need to be supported, we need to be uplifted.” She added, “So many amazing, talented creative entrepreneurs come out of HBCUs and I just love that UPS is committed to their diversity and really putting money and resources behind allowing programs like this to thrive.”
3. South Africa: Standing ovation for Pretty Yende’s first performance since hiatus
Pretty Yende returned to the stage a few months after burying her mom, Rose Thandi Yende, in July. The internationally renowned soprano recently received a standing ovation from attendees at the Teatr Wielki w Łodzi in Poland. This was her first performance since taking a break a few months ago. She took to her Instagram timeline to let her followers know she was grateful to be back on stage. “I had a last-minute invitation to perform in Łódź, Poland with the gracious invitation by the Teatr Wielki w Łodzi last night and I’m so grateful for the great success of this debut and the warmth of the audience for the wonderful concert,” she said after performing in Poland.
In a separate post announcing her comeback, she shared a clip expressing gratitude to those who have wished her well in her time of grieving. “The inevitable happened on July 21. Mom passed away and since then it’s been really tough to find balance, to find hope and love, and to find joy. I apologise for the performances I had to cancel. I cancelled quite a few [performances] before she passed away and afterwards it has been difficult to sing. I actually had to learn to sing again because I couldn’t sing,” said Pretty. “I thank everyone who has been patient with me, sending me messages, supporting us as a family. All your words have meant so much and they continue to mean so much. Thank you for also sharing your experiences.”
4. Adekunle Gold stars in Adidas Street Wear collection
Nigerian international rockstar, Adekunle Gold is among the celebrity designers who put together the Adidas Streetwear brand, which is a reimagination of football jerseys. Announced at an exclusive fashion and culture event in New York City, the exclusive off-pitch range features lifestyle-focused adaptations of the 2023 season’s third jersey for some of the world’s leading clubs, including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. The Streetwear is created for fans who want to support their clubs while showing their styles.
Adekunle Gold is the brain behind the Manchester United edition, which is created for wearability so fans can represent their passion in added comfort and style. Adidas worked with each club to appoint a Creative Lead, tapping into the worlds of fashion and music and ensuring the unique flair of each team came through with bespoke individuality. Adekunle Gold is joined by other international superstars, including American Grammy-nominated rapper Pusha T, who designed the Arsenal version, and Mexican rapper Alemán, who designed the Real Madrid streetwear.
5. Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson tie the knot in Beverly Hills
Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson have taken their love up a notch. According to reports, the NBA star married his longtime girlfriend in Beverly Hills, while NBC Sports Chicago reports the ceremony occurred on Thursday, September 7. Anderson shared memorable moments from their wedding on social media, including the couple photographed alongside their kids and their fashionable wedding party. “The Roses 🌹,” she wrote in the caption of the post on Instagram. The new wife began her carousel of images with a bang!
While posing inside the reception hall, the duo left no crumbs! Anderson wore a beautiful white dress with a sheer back, a long train, and silver heels. Rose channeled his inner rock star while going shirtless, wearing a black tuxedo and matching trousers, gold necklaces, and a pair of patent leather loafers. The couple welcomed their first child, Layla, in 2018. In 2021, Rose popped the question to Anderson at a private dinner at Madison Square Garden in October 2021.
Congratulations to the newlyweds. Mohbad Dead
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