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The 2020 Oscars: Some Celebrities that didn’t show up



Taking a step back from the glitz and glam and insane performances of the night, the 92nd Academy Awards, it was obvious that some of our favorite stars were missing from the celebration. Let’s take a look at some of the celebrities that didn’t make it to the 2020 Oscars for reasons best known to them

 Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner at Soho, New york for the fashion week

Kendall Jenner is a model keeping up with the Kardashians star. during the 2020 Oscars, she was in Soho, New York City for a fashion week and was captured in a photograph wearing dark sunglasses and a dark coat. Her dress sense for this fashion week was really captivating… I guess she chose to be captured without the coats.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 58th Grammy Awards

Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn skipped the 2020 Oscars for the 58th Grammy Awards. I guess it has something to do with the fact that Swift’s original song “Beautiful Ghosts” for Cats and Alwyn’s film Harriet didn’t make the Oscars shortlist. Despite this, she has had a great start as she recently celebrated the release of her Netflix documentary Miss Americana at the Sundance Film Festival.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie stunning with her outfit at the 23rd Annual Critics Choice Awards

Some may have expected the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” star to attend the 2020 Oscars and support the Disney team, as much as we’re sure she would have loved to, just to burst your bubbles, the actress was busy in London filming her upcoming film “Marvel: The Eternals”. The last time Angelina Jolie attended the Oscars was in 2014 with her ex-husband and actor Brad Pitt. Since then, she hasn’t been seen at any major Academy Awards after-parties in years. Having no personal nominations, and film obligations abroad, it’s safe to say that Jolie may be okay with not running into her ex at an award show. She is really looks stuning in this outfit of hers…

Amy Schumer

This year Schumer ditched the stress of getting ready for the event and watched the Oscars in her sweatpants like most of us. The comedian took to Instagram during the 92nd Academy Awards to share a photo of her, her husband Chris Fischer, and her beloved dog. In a totally relatable moment, she captioned her picture, “If you had told me this year, I would again be home watching the Oscars in my sweatpants I would have believed you. #makessense.”

The comedian, Amy Schumer, her husband (Chris Fischer) and their lovely dog

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Tanzanians Petition: BET Disqualify singer, Diamond Platnumz from this year’s Awards



Tanzanians Petition: BET Disqualify singer, Diamond Platnumz from this year’s Awards

A section of Tanzanians on Twitter have launched an online petition to have singer, Diamond Platnumz disqualified from the 2021 BET Awards.

The Tanzanian music star was nominated in the best international act category alongside other African heavyweights.

The petitioners accused Diamond of  ‘actively and publicly supporting deceased Magufuli’s regime’, but remaining silent when fellow Tanzanian artists were imprisoned and abducted in 2017-2018 over video clips deemed obscene by the authorities. Over 17,000 people have signed the petition.

It read;

This is a call to BET Awards hosted and produced by Black Entertainment Television (BET) to disqualify Diamond Platnumz

Diamond Platnumz is a world-renowned Tanzania music artist who used his popularity and his talent to whitewash and deodorize the brutal repression of the late dictator John Magufuli and his regime. Diamond is also a close friend and business ally of Paul Makonda the former Governor of Dar -es-Salaam who has openly persecuted and cracked down on LGBTI people. Makonda has also been designated in 2020 by the US State Department for gross violations of human rights including cracking down on freedom of expression and association.


Tanzania has suffered brutal repression and roll back of democracy since 2016 when (late) President Magufuli ascended into power. His regime curtailed democratic freedoms, basic human rights and Tanzanians witnessed never-before experienced atrocities like enforced disappearances, bodies bound and gagged washing ashore the Indian ocean, mass illegal detention of opposition politicians, critics and businessmen, crackdown on independent media, intimidation of creative people including musicians, actors and comedians. A particularly shocking event has been the brutal gunning down of opposition legislator Tundu Lissu in broad daylight. Lissu survived with 16 bullets in his body to tell his story. He is currently living in exile in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2020, Magufuli ran for re-election under his party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) . Mr Lissu risked his life and returned to run against Magufuli under his party’s ticket – CHADEMA. The election was marred with irregularities, violence including killing of innocent civilians by forces acting for or on behalf of the regime. In the immediate aftermath of the election, Magufuli and his henchmen arrested the leaders of the opposition party and threatened them with treason charges. Some opposition leaders saw family members killed. Today several opposition leaders live in exile, while hundreds still languish in jail on trumped up charges.

Magufuli was also a rabid COVID19 denier whose repeated refusal to follow internationally accepted guidelines on prevention and treatment of COVID19 resulted in many deaths that remain undocumented to date due to the refusal of the government to publish any figures related to COVID19 since May 2020.


Diamond Platnumz’s role:

In 2016, Diamond made Paul Makonda the Patron of his music label and media company called Wasafi. Makonda has used the Wasafi Festival for publicity and to sanitize his image. Also throughout the increased level of repression when fellow artists were imprisoned and abducted Diamond remained silent. In 2017, he deliberately released a single called “Acha Nikae Kimya” (Let me remain quiet) as a response to the increasing demand from the public to speak up and condemn the crackdowns. Diamond to-date has not condemned or spoken up on any of the atrocities committed.

Diamond Platnumz is a self-avowed CCM party member and was the lead musician for the CCM campaign in 2015 and 2020. In 2020 despite a huge outcry locally and internationally against Magufuli and his regime, Diamond endorsed this brutal dictator, dedicated a song to him (“Magufuli Baba Lao”) and several times took to stage with him during campaign. In October 2020 during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria, Diamond tweeted solidarity with Nigeria but deliberately chose to remain quiet on the atrocities happening in Tanzania during the elections.

After the BET Awards 2021 nomination for best international act, Diamond took to the media and spoke disparagingly of activists, then paid a visit to his party’s headquarters CCM whereby his nomination was hailed as some sort of achievement for the party and the nation.

Why Diamond should be disqualified:

  • Diamond Platnumz has failed to show basic concern and publicly express any solidarity with his fellow artists like Roma Mkatoliki, Nay wa Mitego and Idris Sultan who suffered at the hand of the dictator Magufuli.
  •  Diamond Platnumz chose to protect and expand his personal and business interest by praising and using his star power to soften the image of a brutal dictator and his collaborators.
  • BET awards have been always held in high esteem by many Africans for its recognition of talent of exemplary artists. The international act which was established in 2018 has consistently gone to artists who have been very conscientious and stood up for justice for African lives. Both Davido (2018) and Burna Boy (2019 and 2020) have been in the frontline at the #EndSARS protests using their star power and fame to shed light on injustice and even protect civilians from police brutality. Diamond Platnumz is a selfish, greedy opportunist and an apologist of a repressive regime who chose to deliberately turn a blind eye to atrocities and associate, praise and collaborate with renowned human rights violators like Paul Makonda and John Magufuli.

We believe that once BET independently verifies these facts, it will be clear that Diamond Platnumz does NOT deserve ANY recognition in these prestigious awards.


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See the Hatespeech Mail Fan sends Manchester United Goalkeeper a over Europa League Final Loss



See the Hatespeech Mail Fan sends Manchester United Goalkeeper a over Europa League Final Loss


A fan has sent a hate mail to Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea following his poor performance in goal for the club in last night’s Europa League final loss.

Villarreal played out a 1-1 draw with United on Wednesday May 26, and had to play extra time then penalties.

See the hate filled mail a fan sent to Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, following Europa league final loss

The subsequent shoot-out was much more entertaining as 21 out of 21 spot-kicks were scored, meaning it was left to De Gea to take one himself with it all on the line.

Unfortunately, De Gea’s shot was weak and easily saved by his opposite number, Geronimo Rulli, meaning United’s four-year wait for a trophy goes on

Some Manchester United fans believe the club would have won the Europa League final had substitute goal keeper, Dean Henderson played in the penalty shoot-out rather than David de Gea.

De Gea is poor at saving penalties – failing to save any of the last 21 he has faced outside of shoot-outs dating back to 2016 – whereas Henderson has saved eight in that time.

It’s now 40 penalties in a row that De Gea has failed to catch for club and country.

Following the criticism the keeper got, De Gea has now revealed the hate filled mail sent to him by a ‘fan’.See the hate filled mail a fan sent to Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, following Europa league final loss

In the mail, the United fan went too far by wishing De Gea’s newly born child dies, his wife gets raped, while also wishing the goalkeeper dies from a plane crash.

The United fan wrote;

“David De Gea I hope your newborn dies and has the worst death of his life. I hope your wife gets raped  by the people that killed your new born.” The message reads.

“I will make dua you rot in jahanam and you die a painful death ameen ya roab. When you are on your way back to England I hope the Munich disasters is reincarnated”

See the hate filled mail a fan sent to Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, following Europa league final loss


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Nigeria marks World Culture Day Thursday



By GistFlash News

May 25, 2021

Nigeria will on Thursday join the rest of the world to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day, also known as World Culture Day, was set aside by UNESCO to raise awareness every year on the role of culture in ensuring sustainable socio-economic growth and development.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day also provides a veritable platform to celebrate culture’s manifold forms  as well as an opportunity to reflect on how these contribute to dialogue and mutual understanding.

NAN reports that Nigeria, through the Ministry of Information and Culture, is celebrating the day with the theme: “Cultural Diversity in the COVID-19 Era.”

A road walk to sensitise residents of Abuja would hold on Wednesday while the World Culture Day Celebration would take place at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja, on Thursday.



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