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Betty White, Golden Girls star legend, dead at 99

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Betty White, TV’s perennial Golden Girl, has died. She was 99. Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas tells PEOPLE in a statement on Friday. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.

White was gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 17. Ahead of her centennial year, in January, White opened up to PEOPLE about how she was feeling about turning 100 years old. I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” said the veteran actress. “It’s amazing.

According to White, being “born a cockeyed optimist” was the key to her upbeat nature. “I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” she said. “I always find the positive. Of course, the iconic actress also cracked a joke about the secret to her long life, telling PEOPLE: “I try to avoid anything green. I think it’s working.

As a child, she fantasized about becoming a forest ranger or a writer, only to fall in love with performing when she took the lead in the high school senior play that she wrote. She skipped college and began performing on the radio, but before launching an acting career she married twice: first to Dick Barker, a WWII pilot she wed in 1945 (the marriage lasted only a few months once he took her home to an Ohio chicken farm), then in 1947 to agent Lane Allen, who wanted her to give up showbiz.

When that marriage ended in 1949, she and an L.A. deejay named Al Jarvis got their feet wet together on local TV, which eventually paved the way for her first sitcom, the nationally syndicated Life with Elizabeth. Despite its low budget and minimal sets (indeed, the show was a series of domestic skits featuring White’s daffy Elizabeth and her exasperated husband Alvin, played by Del Moore), the show earned White her first Emmy.

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In other news – Tumi Morake pens a sweet birthday note for hubby Mpho

Actress Tumi Morake took to Instagram to share a sweet message to her hubby, Mpho who is celebrating his birthday today. The star went on to share a photo of him and a video of them together.

Tumi Morake

In the post, Morake calls her partner one of the most kindest, hardest working, most loving person she has ever known and she then described what a wonderful person he is. Learn more

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Ayra Starr doubles up as Spotify EQUAL Africa and Global Artist for Ma

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Spotify’s EQUAL program supports female artists, giving them a global platform through playlists, content hubs, and partnerships. Nigerian Afrobeats artist Ayra Starr, known for her hits such as Rush, Sability and Rhythm & Blues, and more, takes the spotlight for Spotify’s EQUAL Africa and EQUAL Global program this May. She joins fellow Nigerian Tiwa Savage, who is the only other African artist to be both the Spotify EQUAL Africa and Global artist.

Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Senior Artist & Label Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa says, “Our commitment at Spotify is to support and empower women in the music industry, helping to create a more level playing field. Seeing artists like Ayra Starr come from the continent to gain global recognition serves as a true testament that Africa is full of talent, all that is needed is a platform. It has been a great journey to witness the growth of female artists who are also inspiring generations to come, which also speaks to our commitment to equally support female artists.”

Spotify hosted 15 EQUAL activations and over 14.8 million artist discoveries stemmed from EQUAL playlists, and EQUAL artists received 11,800 editorial playlist adds, all in 2023, further demonstrating the program’s impact and reach.

Ayra Starr whose February release Commas already has over 35 million streams on Spotify, spoke on her expressive musical style that has helped her craft a niche in the music industry, and what it means to her being selected as Spotify’s EQUAL artist.

“I am grateful to become a Spotify EQUAL Ambassador. It means so much to me to be able to represent women in Afrobeats and African women in general. There are so many women in music right now and the EQUAL program is doing a great job in highlighting their hard work.”

Ayra Starr to delve deeper into her music and creative journey:

How is the Spotify EQUAL program significant, from your perspective?

There are so many women in music today, behind the scenes, in front of the camera, musicians, sound engineers, all these women working hard and Spotify EQUAL is doing a great job in highlighting all their hard work.

What does this mean to you as a person, being Spotify’s EQUAL artist for the month both from an African and Global perspective?

It means everything to me because I am a girl and I have to support my gender and level the playing field.

To someone who has never heard your music, how would you describe the sound, tone, and style?

I would describe my sound as highly vibrational, eccentric, unique, and beautiful.

Are we expecting any music from you anytime soon?

Yes. I have a new single with Seyi Vibes called ‘Bad Vibes’ and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. It’s amazing and it’s one of those songs that makes you feel good. The best part about it is that it is not just a regular Afrobeat record, it’s like genres intertwined.

Check out Ayra Starr single Commas on the EQUAL Africa and Global playlists.

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This is why I want to marry Indian man – DJ Cuppy

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Nigerian disc jockey, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, is contemplating marrying an Indian. The billionaire heiress disclosed this while sharing photos of an Indian wedding she attended via her Instagram account recently.

DJ Cuppy noted that the traditional wedding would be topnotch with the mixture of Nigerian and Indian cultures if it happens. She wrote, “Maybe I should marry an Indian man. Imagine the traditional wedding.” DJ Cuppy’s most recent relationship was with British boxer, Ryan Taylor.

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The duo, however, parted ways in July 2023, barely seven months after their shocking engagement in November 2022.

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In other news – Bad leaders making the life of Nigerians miserable – Pastor Giwa

The senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Sunday, lamented that the economic situation in Nigeria has gone from bad to worse under President Bola Tinubu.

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The clergyman noted that bad leaders were intentionally making life miserable for Nigerians. Read more

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2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeat singers – Paul Okoye warns

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Music executive, Paul Okoye, popularly known as Paul O, has claimed that 2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeats singers. In a post shared via his Insta stories, Paul O stated that, apart from Burna Boy and Davido, other artists are in trouble.

The show promoter also revealed that other artistes are finding it difficult to sell their tickets, which may be a result of high ticket prices.He wrote: “2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeat!!! Apart from 2 artists this year, Burnaboy and Davido, they did a few shows.

“Others are in trouble, either they are overpriced or tickets are not selling. Hmmmm, Let us not do what happened to Reggae musicians. Reduce Your Prices. Just think, how many shows you did this year?

In other news – Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since I joined – Davido

Famous singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has claimed that the Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since he joined. Davido stated that he loves the chaos in the music industry.

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On his X handle on Sunday, the singer wrote: “Since I came in the game dem never get peace .. I love it ! Make I find somewhere with beach go relax. Read more

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