Marsai Martin scores new brand deals with Clinique and Glasses USA, Mo Abudu appointed Creatives Champion by UK Foreign Secretary, Simone Biles wins gold in return to competitive gymnastics. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
1. Marsai Martin scores new brand deals with Clinique and Glasses USA
Marsai Martin is always making moves. Just weeks from her 19th birthday, the actress entered two new exciting partnerships with Clinique and Glasses USA. Martin will join Clinique as its new Brand Ambassador and first-ever Partner Producer. She will lend her personal vision to authentically support brand storytelling, photography, and more. “I’m so excited to join Clinique as a Brand Ambassador and Partner Producer,” she said. “It’s no secret how much I love skincare, and it’s such an honor to partner with an iconic beauty brand who takes pride in creating safe formulas for all skin types. I look forward to creating magic that showcases the Clinique mission with a new vibe.”
In addition to her role at Clinique, she is teaming up with GlassesUSA.com to offer customers a remarkable selection of 28 styles in a brand-new campaign called “Four Eyes Are Better Than Two.” The collection starts at $88 and includes prescription lenses and free shipping. It features striking, colorful eyeglasses and sunglasses, and there will be two more collections released later this year.
2. UK Foreign Secretary Appoints Mo Abudu Creatives Champion Ahead of UK-African Investment Summit 2024
Renowned media mogul, entrepreneur, and CEO of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, has been appointed Creatives Champion for the upcoming UK-African Investment Summit scheduled to take place in April 2024 in the United Kingdom. The announcement was made by the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, The Rt. Hon James Cleverly, during the Creative Industries event at the Residence of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.
Rt Hon James Cleverly visited Nigeria as part of his three-country Africa tour that also includes Ghana and Zambia. As part of the UK-African Investment Summit, a first-of-its-kind UK-Nigeria creatives side event will be held in London to promote and project the creatives sector in Nigeria and other African countries and UK-African collaboration in this field.
3. South Africa: Londie London announces new music is on the way
Londie London on Friday dropped the news that she will be releasing a new song on August 18 with the renowned producer DJ Maphorisa and fellow singer Yumbs. “Let’s take it back to the music 🎶🎶 Londie London ft Maphorisa and Yumbs – Themba. dropping 18/08/23,” she captioned her post. “Thembe” is a song about hope and letting people know that hope won’t kill you.
London this week had posted on her Instagram stories a picture of herself behind the booth, tagging Maphorisa and Yumbs on the post. The trio were listening to a snippet of the single. Her fans can also expect more music from the reality TV star as she is working towards an EP. The singer has clearly got the time to be going back to cooking up music as she had taken a hiatus after becoming a mother.
4. Doja Cat tapped as headliner for “The Victoria’s Secret World Tour”
Victoria Secret announces Doja Cat as the performer for their special “The Tour 23” airing September 26th on Prime Video.
— Rap Alert (@rapalert6) August 3, 2023
On Thursday, it was revealed that Doja Cat will be the lead performer for “The Victoria’s Secret World Tour,” which is described as part fashion show, part documentary. The special is set to premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video on September 26 and will be the first official broadcast for the lingerie brand since its final televised runway show in 2018.
In addition to her performance, Doja contributed to the creative process behind the big occasion — specifically, her outfit designs that viewers will see in the body of work. “Because the ‘Tour’ is a celebration of the strength and unique talent of creatives, we really wanted to channel this message… I felt so powerful and confident wearing these pieces, which is so important to me,” Doja Cat said.
5. Simone Biles wins gold in return to competitive gymnastics at 2023 US Classic
What a moment for Simone Biles! 💜
The smile says it all. pic.twitter.com/IpyuXjnyOx
— NBC Olympics & Paralympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2023
It was a triumphant return for superstar gymnast Simone Biles on Saturday night as she took home the gold at the US Classic at the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. It was her first competitive meet since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and she reasserted her dominance against a loaded field that included Olympic teammates Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, and Suni Lee. Biles basically blew the rest of the competition out of the water, as one would expect. She finished with a score of 59.10 for the meet. The next closest score was 54.10 put up by 19-year-old Leanne Wong.
It had been a long time coming for the seven-time Olympic medalist, who last competed 732 days ago at the Tokyo Olympics. At the time, she withdrew from the all-around finals for mental health reasons which shocked the world. She would later reveal that she was dealing with a case of the “twisties,” a sudden inability to understand her body position while she’s airborne. Biles still wound up winning bronze on the balance beam after returning for only that event. Now, her eyes will be locked on the national trials and an opportunity to go to the Olympics in Paris in 2024.
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