Category: US & WORLD NEWS

Nigerian-American Wally Adeyemo Appointed President Obama Foundation

The Obama Foundation has hired Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, a former Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, to be its first-ever president, leading the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and managing its organizational structures and functions.

“I am excited to be joining in the work of the Obama Foundation—inspiring, empowering, and connecting young leaders focused on changing the world,” Adeyemo said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the talented staff of the Foundation to build an organization devoted to supporting the work of changemakers — whether in Chicago or around the world.”

According to the Foundation’s release, Adeyemo will work under Chairman of the Board Martin Nesbitt and alongside CEO David Simas in Chicago, managing a staff that numbers close to 200.

“Wally is the ideal person to help lead the Foundation team as we continue to grow the impact of our global civic engagement programs and advance the Obama Presidential Center,” Nesbitt said in a statement. “Given his executive experience in both the public and private sectors and previous service with President Obama, Wally is well positioned to help us continue to translate our sky-high ambitions into operational reality through daily leadership of our talented staff.”

In addition to the OPC, the Foundation is growing civic engagement projects in its fellowship, scholarship and leadership programs from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, to Johannesburg, with further expansions this year and next.

Adeyemo has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School. In 2011, he was named the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first chief of staff. Former President Obama named him his senior international economics advisor in 2015. Adeyemo is currently a senior advisor to asset manager BlackRock and the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

He is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and he is on the boards of New York think tank Demos, the Golden State Opportunity Foundation and Just Homes, a faith-based affordable housing initiative based in Washington, D.C.

herald@hpherald.com

Meet the Only African Celebrity Plastic surgeon In Beverly Hills Giving Millions Back To Africa

Harvard-trained Ghanaian plastic surgeon and health consultant Dr Micheal Obeng has been the only African plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills working in some of the best hospitals in the U.S. since he started practising.

The former Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center was named among America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011 and 2014. His clients range from royals to celebrities and rich socialites.

Having made millions off his envious job and enjoying celebrity status since his role in the U.S. reality show Second Wives Club, the plastic Surgeon is taking an African Tour to offer free plastic surgery to needy African children and adults.

Through his foundation R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide, an organisation that offers free surgery and related medical services to children and adults in various African countries, he is set to visit South Africa and Kenya as well as Gabon to set up a R.E.S.T.O.R.E. mission before visiting other countries, reports Africa.com.

Over 500 surgeries have been successfully completed since 2008. Dr Obeng has donated more than KES 30,000,000 to facilitate R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide efforts. The Foundation is intent on building a footprint of surgical expertise on the African continent.

During his time in Africa, he will offer free services to people with
disfiguring deformities from birth, accidents and diseases involving not only the head and neck region but also the extremities, trunk and breasts. He will also provide education to local healthcare personnel on how to execute complex surgeries, a project his organisation also takes up.

Dr Obeng specializes in cosmetic surgery of the ageing face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia. He is one of the few surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, remove ribs to streamline the waist and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and micro-neurovascular surgery.

The more than successful plastic surgeon who was born into a poor home in Ghana and moved to the U.S. with nothing worked his way to the top by seeing himself through Harvard and is now giving back to people as a way of giving back to the society he came from

Culled from face2faceafrica.com


Classified

Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a stunning reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett just weeks after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police report.

NBC reports Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor’s “record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

jussie-smollett-

“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the statement read.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”

jussie-smollett-mugshot-exlarge-169

Smollett was charged earlier this month by a grand jury of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report, according to a criminal complaint.

In February, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct after Chicago officers said he orchestrated his own alleged hate crime on himself in January because he was unhappy with his salary on the show “Empire.”

His role on the Fox series, where he played Jamal Lyon, was cut from the final episodes of the fifth season “to avoid further disruption on set,” the show’s executive producers said in a joint statement on Feb. 22.

Smollett had told police on January 29 that he was beaten up by two masked men while he was out getting food in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The actor, who is black and gay, said his attackers hurled racist and homophobic slurs before punching him, putting a noose around his neck and pouring what he said was bleach on him.

Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were arrested in February as police investigated the alleged assault but were later released by police. They are not considered suspects.

Smollett was then labeled as a suspect in his own alleged assault and arrested in February. Prosecutors and police said Smollett allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 via a check to attack him and also gave them money to buy the supplies they would need to carry out the hoax crime.

The actor and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Mark Geragos, who represents Smollett, said in a statement to NBC News earlier this month that the indictment was “the prosecutorial overkill.”

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records,” Geragos said.

Entertainers React To Micheal Jackson Child Abuse Accusations Following The Airing Of Leaving Neverland Documentary

Following the airing of the controversial tv documentary last week portraying and allegedly revealing hidden secrets of the life of the late Pop Music legend Micheal Jackson as a child abuser, there has been a series of reactions particularly from many in the entertainment industry.

TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, previously believed to be a close friend of Micheal, changed her mind drastically after accusations were made. The documentary, Leaving Neverland was aired on OWN, a network that Oprah partly owns.

Radio stations across the world have stopped playing Micheal Jackson’s music and the  producers of The Simpsons have removed the Jackson episode from circulation.

The late singer’s two ex wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley have both refused to comment on the latest accusations

Actor Mark Lester also defended the King of Pop over the sexual abuse allegations

The Oliver! star admitted he felt SICK watching explosive new documentary Leaving Neverland and it had not changed his opinion on his late friend.

Lester controversially claimed Jackson was the victim after the Arvizo family “took advantage” of the popstar and called them “hooligans”.

One of the entertainers loyally defending the artist is music executive Clyde Jenkins who took his reaction to social media.

Jenkins twitted before the airing of the programm and commented ” This is just some of the stuff this one sided documentary conveniently left out. Anyone can make a documentary and make it look like it’s the whole truth. It’s not”

Tweet👇🏻
Wade Robson… you should be ashamed of yourself!!! You and your family befriended the biggest star in the world. I personally recall your mom Joy calling MJJ Music with a sob story about needing money knowing that Michael Jackson loved her and your entire family and would do anything to help her. Michael especially loved you like a son because you dreamed of being a dancer as your mother took you around Australia impersonating who…. Michael Jackson.

Your family moved to the United States leaving your father behind and Michael gave you a record deal as part of a rap duo named QUO! It FAILED!!!

Michael Set you up with his niece Brandi and you guys were together for several years… until you CHEATED with other woman several Times…. she left you!

You still remained in the Jackson Circle…. Why? Because it opened doors for you being associated with Michael Jackson and his family.

That association with Michael Jackson afforded you the opportunity to befriend such artist as Justin Timberlake and Brittany spears… and what did you do…You started working with Justin as a Choreographer and then slept with his girlfriend Brittany Spears and was FIRED. Justin then wrote a song about it called “Cry Me A River”. And yet you called Justin your FRIEND!!!

You used your association with Michael Jackson to befriend PRINCE and Mayte…. and what did you do…. You slept with HER!!! Some friend you are!!

You use your association with Michael Jackson to get yourself a gig on a television dance show…. word gets out about your previous disregard and loyalty toward high profile celebrities… and what happens…. you get CUT from that show.

Michael Jackson plans his THIS IS IT concert and you BEG to be the choreographer for the show…. Michael Chooses another Choreographer…. what do you do now that your web of lies are catching up with you and you are now Hollywood damaged goods…. You turn on the one man who looked out for you and your family your ENTIRE life and make up child abuse/molestation allegations that you have emphatically stated for many many years….NEVER HAPPENED!!

Fast forward to today… Michael Jackson is sadly NO LONGER with us. You now beg Michaels Nephew Taj Jackson for VIP access to Michael Jacksons funeral for YOU and your entire family. yet you claim this monster molested you…Sick.

You are now considered a home wrecking, disloyal individual and is essentially blackballed from Hollywood. What do you do? Because You know the world knows you are associated with Michael Jackson…. you use that association once again to change your LIFE LONG STORY to now claim… Michael Jackson molested you. Why? because you are BROKE and your wife is demanding you start making money or she will leave you.

You now convince another broke kid from Michaels past (Pepsi commercial) to join you in a frivolous lawsuit against Michael Jacksons Estate for 100’s of Millions of dollars. The courts agree that there is no merit to this lawsuit and dismiss it!!

The Jackson family never fight back when people say disparaging things about their family. Mrs. Jackson once told me when i questioned her about this… she replied “because DIRT sinks and CREAM rises”

Wade knows this to be true as well…. so what does he do? He and James Safechuck concoct a story so salacious, so scandalous so despicable, and presents it to HBO for a one sided EXPLOSIVE televised documentary of LIES… in hopes that the Michael Jackson BILLION DOLLAR ESTATE will settle with you financially to make this documentary go away.

Well that documentary of LIES will air this weekend…. and unlike the Jackson’s past… this new generations of Jackson kids are not having it!! they are suing HBO for airing your lying ass!!

I hope when this is all said and done, the estate counter sues YOU in civil court and WIN! I hope it renders you penniless for the rest of your life. Michael Jackson was good to YOU, your mother Joy and your sister Chantel…. and because your gravy train has run out… THIS is how you repay him. You are a sad excuse for a human being!!!

Sorry for this long post… but knowing what i know I just couldn’t be silent.

For any of you who thought Michael Jackson was strange… I get it… because there is no one else on earth to compare him to. Yes, there are other child stars who grew up to “blend in” to society…and i get it… But when you are Michael Jackson and the only thing on earth that is more recognizable than you is the yellow “M” at McDonalds….. that in itself is “Strange!”

Anyways…. i say… boycott the documentary… and if you MUST WATCH… know that you now know the basis of the scandalous lies contained within the documentary!

Let that man rest in PEACE!!!

Jackson’s estate claims the film breaks broadcasting regulations

Jackson’s estate claimed Leaving Neverland breaks Channel 4’s broadcasting standards. They cite a section of the channel’s guidelines, which are publicly available, that states that if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond”.

“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations’,” the letter states, adding that “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone”.

Channel 4 – who co-produced the documentary with US network HBO – decide to go ahead with the broadcast.

Jackson.jpg

 

 

Jackson’s estate sue HBO for $100 million

The Jackson estate decides to sue HBO over the documentary, claiming that both Safechuck and Robson are motivated by money. The lawsuit alleges that both men, who previously testified on behalf of Jackson, had changed their stories as they were running out of money.

The lawsuit continues: “As you must know, contrary to all norms of documentary filmmaking, the Estate was never contacted by the supposed ‘documentarian’, Dan Reed (or anyone else associated with the programme) to provide the Estate’s view on, and responses to, the absolutely false claims that are the subject matter of the programme.

“Likewise, no one else who might offer evidence to contradict the programme’s premise was consulted either, as Dan Reed has publicly admitted.”

HBO respond by saying they were still going to air the documentary.

Also read: these accusers don’t seem credible to me – Washington Examiner

Dan Reed continues to defend the documentary

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed defends Michael Jackson accusers

Speaking to The IndependentReed defends the documentary, saying he approached the project “with all the scepticism and rigour that I would approach a story about a terrorist attack”.

“When children are sexually abused they can form a deep attachment to the abuser,” he says, explaining why Robson and Safechuck might previously have defended Jackson against accusations of abuse. “They often don’t tell the parents, and the abuse often only comes to light when the victims are in their thirties and have their own families.”

.

Jackson’s estate post concert film to YouTube

Michael Jackson with the Robson family 

During Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast on HBO, the Jackson estate uploads the singer’s Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour concert film to YouTube. “Don’t miss the magic from the King of Pop himself! Immerse yourself in Michael Jackson,” Jackson’s official Twitter account wrote alongside a link to the film.

Oprah interviews Safechuck and Robson

A taped interview of Oprah Winfrey with the two accusers airs directing after Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast in the US. “I know people all over the world are going to be in an uproar and debating whether or not Michael Jackson did these things and whether these two men are lying or not lying,” she says.

“But for me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption, it’s like a scourge on humanity…. if it gets you, our audience, to see how it happens, then some good would have come of it.”

Robson said that, as a child, he had “no understanding that what Michael did to me sexually was abuse. I had no concept of it being that.” He adds: “From night one of the abuse, of the sexual stuff that Michael did to me, he told me it was love. He told me that he loved me and God brought us together… anything Michael would say to me was gospel.”

UK critics react to Leaving Neverland

Following the documentary’s broadcast in the UK, press reviews are posted. The Independent‘s critic concludes: “Jackson told us he was bad; he was evil.” Meanwhile, Lucy Mangan from The Guardian hails the film as “an astonishing piece of work”.

Corey Feldman backtracks on defence

Corey Feldman, who spent time at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a child, had defended the singer following the broadcast of Leaving Neverland. However, days later, the actor retracts the comments during an interview on CNN.

“It comes to a point where as an advocate for victims, as an advocate for changing the statutes of limitations to make sure that victims’ voices are heard, it becomes impossible for me to remain virtuous and not at least consider what’s being said and not listen to what the victims are saying — this is very important,” he says.

“We must give them their voice. We must allow them to speak. And therefore, we also must consider all sides of this, even as uncomfortable as that may be.”

Feldman however continues to assert that nothing “inappropriate” happened between him and Jackson.

“Michael Jackson innocent” posters appear in London

london-bus-michael-jackson-campaign-exlarge-169.jpg

Fans of Michael Jackson protest the documentary, claiming the singer is innocent. An advert on the side of a bus reads: “Fact don’t lie. People do.” It also features the address of the website MJInnocent.com, which links to a crowdfunding page for the bus adverts. Jackson fans also protest outside of Channel 4’s London offices.

Jackson songs climb the UK iTunes charts

While Billboard US reports that Jackson’s album sales fell 8,000 following Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast, reports emerge that the compilation album has reached the number 23 spot on the UK iTunes albums charts.

The records The Essential Michael Jackson, Thriller and Bad also make their way into the top 200.

Pictures Of Hollywood Kerry Washington And her Nigerian NFL Player Husband

It came as quite a pleasant surprise to me when I came across a rather cute Nigerian attired family picture of what was labelled Actress Kerry Washington with her husband and kids.

I have not been an avid follower of the “Scandal” actress who plays Olivia Pope so the discovery of not just her marital status, but also the identity of her spouse took me as much by suprise as it would many Nigerians who would hitherto have been unaware of these details.

Washimgton tied the knot with football player Nnamdi Asomugha, after dating for 1 year.

The 42 year-old Scandal actress and the 36 year old San Francisco 49ers cornerback got married on June 24 2013 in Blaine County, Idaho.

Kerry became one of the most buzzed about actresses of 2012 with her breakout role as Olivia Pope on Scandal and her turn as an enslaved woman in Django Unchained.

Nnamdi was signed to the 49ers and previously played for the Oakland Raiders for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for another two.

Both Kerry and Nnamdi are dedicated activists and philanthropists. He has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009.


The couple have a daughter and two sons.

Justjared.com
Wikipedia

Actor And Comedian Eddie Murphy Poses For A Holiday Photo With All 10 Of His Children.

EDDIE Murphy has posed with all TEN of his kids for the first time ever – including Mel B’s daughter Angel.

The Doctor Dolittle actor, 57, proudly stood surrounded by his sons and daughters, mum Lillian, fiancé Paige and her fashion designer mother.

Eddie holds his daughter Izzy, next to fiance Paige who is carrying newborn Max, and is surrounded by his daughters Bria, left, and Zola, right. On the bottom row is son Christian, mum Lillian, Angel, and Paige’s mum, while the top row is Miles, Shayne, Eric and Bella.

The never-before-seen family snap shows the range of ages of his children, from 30 to three-weeks-old.

It’s also the first time he’s been pictured with daughter Angel who he initially denied being a father to when Mel B announced she was pregnant.

Others featured in the family photo include Eddie and Paige’s youngest children Izzy, two, and three-week-old Max.

The actor shares five children with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy, including daughters Bria, 29, Shayne Audra, 23, Zola Ivy, 19, Bella Zahra, 16, and son Miles Mitchell, 26.

His eldest child Eric, 30, was with then girlfriend Paulette McNeely, followed by his 29-year-old son Christian whose mum is Tamara Hood.

The actor – thought to be worth £60million – met model Paige in 2012.

They got engaged in September just before the birth of their second child Max together.

This Christmas Eddie has been spending time with the daughter he shares with Spice Girl Mel.

They’ve been bonding while Mel has been promoting her memoir, Brutally Honest, which tells how she was left with just £800 after her ‘abusive’ ex Stephen Belafonte seized control of her £80m fortune.

Mel says daughter Angel now spends weekends with Eddie and is getting to know him.


Pass With Olu: Accredited Driving Instructors

Who Are Music’s 5 Highest Paid Females?

Back in 2015, when Katy Perry appeared on the cover of Forbes after earning $135 million in a single year, she knew she’d secured her place in the pop star firmament—and wouldn’t ever have to worry about fading into oblivion. “I don’t feel like my career is a ticking time bomb,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’ll always have to be feeding the meter of show business. I got my spot, yo.”

Three years later, Perry has proved herself right: She’s the highest-paid woman in music, pulling in $83 million pretax during our scoring period. One of the hardest-working names on the list, Perry played 80 dates of her Witness: The Tour in Forbes‘ June-to-June timeframe, grossing over $1 million per night. She also managed to find time to serve as a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot, reportedly earning north of $20 million for her troubles.

Taylor Swift ranks second with $80 million. The superstar songstress briefly disappeared from social media last year before roaring back with the launch of new album Reputation, which sold two million copies worldwide in its opening week. The only reason she didn’t claim the top spot on this list? Most of her Reputation Stadium Tour dates fell just outside this year’s scoring period.

Gallery: Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018

Beyoncé rounds out the top three, pulling in $60 million. After she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir to the family in June 2017, Queen Bey had a quiet year, by her standards, until delivering a groundbreaking performance at Coachella this spring and dropping a joint album with Jay-Z in June. Much of this summer’s On The Run II, their second stadium tour together, will be reflected in our next scoring period—boosted by an inevitable deluge of new moneymaking opportunities.

“I’m never satisfied,” she once told Forbes. “I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry.”

Of course, making music isn’t the only way these musicians are making bank. Lady Gaga (No. 5, $50 million) added “movie star” to her résumé this year, thanks to a critically acclaimed turn in A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper. Rihanna (No. 7, $37.5 million) is cashing in on Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie, and although she hasn’t been on tour since 2016, Rihanna stays in the public eye with starring roles in films like Ocean’s 8.

There were plenty of female musicians who had lucrative years but didn’t quite make the list. Among them: Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Madonna, Halsey and Janet Jackson, all of whom tallied double-digit millions. They’ll look to crack the top 10 next year.

“That’s the best thing about being a musician,” said Halsey. “You get to constantly show the world how you’ve changed and how you’ve grown. And you get to say, ‘Hey, look at me, look at how much better I am now than I used to be.'”

Methodology

Figures are for pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors. Sources include Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates. Additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed and Rebecca Lerner.

Full List

1. Katy Perry ($83 million)

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

3. Beyoncé ($60 million)

4. Pink ($52 million)

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)

9. Celine Dion ($31 million)

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)


Article by 

 

Interesting news, stories and articles from all over the world
%d bloggers like this: