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Jennifer Hudson has hailed Aretha Franklin as an inspiration

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Jennifer Hudson has hailed Aretha Franklin as an “inspiration” who was a “motherly” figure to her prior to her passing in 2018.

The 39-year-old singer considered the “A Natural Woman” singer a close friend before her death in 2018, and was even named by Aretha as the person she wanted to play her in the biopic of her life – a role she fulfilled in the new movie, ‘Respect’. And now, Jennifer has said Aretha was a “motherly” figure to her, and was always interested in hearing about her life, especially wherever her 12-year-old son David Jr. – whom she has with David Otunga – was concerned.

She said: “Aretha … she had a regal presence. And when we first had our meeting, she said, ‘Are you shy or something?’ And I said, ‘Well, I am sitting with the Queen of Soul! What do you expect?’

“But she was just very still. Full of presence. I noticed she didn’t speak much. She said what she said, and that was that. But eventually it became more, well, motherly. And even in her last days, I would talk to her weekly. She ended up teaching me more about life, while teaching me about her life.
She told The Sunday Times newspaper’s Culture magazine: “Anyone would assume that Aretha Franklin had it made. But, no, everyone has a life. Everyone has a story. Everyone goes through something. And when you see someone like that overcome what she has overcome, it inspires you. It definitely did me.

Meanwhile, Jennifer previously revealed she spoke to Aretha just one week before her death, and said the legendary singer had “sang to [her]” during their call. She said: “She told me what she had eaten. I don’t remember what that meal was, and then she sang to me on that call.

“I can’t remember the song. It was by the Isley Brothers and she said, ‘Jennifer, now that’s the Isley Brothers,’ and I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I know.’ Because she was so present. She always knew what was going on, even in my life

Source: News365

In other news – NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has died

Founding president of the National Freedom Party (NFP) and former Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has passed away.

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi

The party’s secretary-general Msidazwe Mdletshe confirmed to the publication that she passed on earlier on Monday due to cardiac arrest. Learn more

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SouthAfricanCasinos.co.za Votes Springbok Casino Best Casino in South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa (Press Release) – South Africa’s most comprehensive guide to online casinos, Southafricancasinos.co.za has voted Springbok Casino the “Best Casino in South Africa” in 2024. This coveted title was given to Springbok Casino after SouthAfricanCasinos.co.za reviewed several excellent local gaming sites according to a number of important criteria – including banking methods,  no deposit casino bonus, support, casino game variety and gaming software.

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This is why Women rejected me due to my looks – Stephen Alajemba speaks out

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Veteran Nollywood actor Stephen Alajemba, aka Uwaezuoke, has revealed that he experienced rejection from women and people in general while growing up due to his physical and facial appearances. The thespian said his mother told him that as a baby, people refused to carry him because he was not looking attractive.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with popular YouTuber, Yan Kontent Factory.Alajemba said he promised his mother that he was going to make her proud because she told him that he did not “earn anything good” for her as a child.

 Stephen Alajemba

He said ladies “run away” whenever they see his face. The comic actor said he was unable to attract a lover until he was 20, adding that he got married to his first love at 23.

“Any lady who sees my facial look and stature runs away,” the actor said.

“Unfortunately before one accepted me I was already 20 to 22 years old. I married at 23. So the first person tasted it and confirmed it and she did not leave me anymore

Source: Dailypost

In other news – Young Jonn undergoes hair transplant surgery

Nigerian record producer and singer, John Saviours Udomboso, aka Young Jonn, has undergone a successful hair transplant surgery.

Young Jonn

The ‘Xtra Cool’ crooner shared a video and photos from the surgical room in Spain via his X handle on Wednesday. Read more

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Young Jonn undergoes hair transplant surgery

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Nigerian record producer and singer, John Saviours Udomboso, aka Young Jonn, has undergone a successful hair transplant surgery. The ‘Xtra Cool’ crooner shared a video and photos from the surgical room in Spain via his X handle on Wednesday.

Young Jonn

He tweeted, “Happy new hair @insparya_es.It was gathered that he did the surgery in a bid to reclaim his receding hairline.  Popular comedian, Igosave also underwent a hair transplant surgery a few years ago to save his head from going bald.

He had said then that the surgery cost him $20,000.

Source: pmnewsnigeria

In other news – Labour Party chairman, Abure, and others released

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, who was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, alongside other party members, has regained freedom.

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Abure and the Edo state chairman of the party, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi were arrested by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Read more

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