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A Sonorous Ode to African Women

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A Sonorous Ode to African Women

Nigerian afropop sensation Idahams is back in the limelight with his latest release, ‘God Bless Africa’, released on August 31, courtesy of Grafton Records. Following the resounding reception of the ‘Wetin No Good’ remix and its viral video, which catapulted the original single to an impressive 6 million-plus global streams, Idahams is set to weave his magic once more. With a string of exciting new releases on the horizon, he’s poised to captivate our ears yet again, one musical gem after another.

Idahams’ meteoric rise in the music industry is nothing short of remarkable. Hailing from Nigeria’s picturesque Bonny Island, Idahams intertwines his music with rich cultural influences. He infuses his afropop sound with percussion-rich rhythms and highlife sensibilities, creating a unique sonic tapestry that sets him apart in the industry. With four Top 10 tracks on Music Week’s UK Black Music Chart and an astonishing accumulation of nearly 100 million combined streams with two projects in the last two years, Idahams has firmly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the global music stage.

Image Credit: Idahams’ artwork for ‘God Bless Africa’ [PRESS]

‘God Bless Africa’ stands as a magnificent chapter in the ever-evolving opus of Idahams’ musical journey. It transcends conventional music boundaries to become a poignant and harmonious ode to the enduring resilience and unparalleled beauty of African women on a global stage. The inspiration for this track was drawn from the popular Instagram personality, Tunde Ednut, known for regularly sharing videos and photos, and celebrating the strength and allure of African women, all eloquently accompanied by the timeless phrase, “God Bless Africa.

Sonically, this single unfolds its intricate auditory tapestry, adorning delicate mid-tempo rhythms with the enchanting vocal prowess of Idahams. His voice, akin to a mellifluous instrument in its own right, effortlessly intertwines with lush melodies, creating a symphony that knows no borders. With every note, the song transforms into an embodiment of beauty, indomitable spirit and resilience, promising a delightful listening experience for music enthusiasts across the globe. The song has already garnered significant acclaim, capturing the hearts of listeners and industry insiders alike.

As Idahams continues to ride the wave of his recent successes, ‘God Bless Africa’ is poised to be the next milestone in his musical journey. With its heartfelt message and captivating sound, it’s a testament to the artist’s unwavering dedication to his craft and his ability to connect with audiences on a profound level. Idahams’ musical journey is one that promises to keep us captivated and inspired, and this latest release is yet another step towards establishing him as a prominent figure in the international Afropop scene. Stay tuned for more from this rising star as he continues to shine in the world of music.

Stream and listen to ‘Gob Bless Africa’ here!

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Joyce Virginia is a New York–based writer, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Poets & Writers, and other publications. She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Mystery Writers of US.

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The Week in Drag – Trixie’s drag lesson, Morgan takes on Kylie, Honey’s legendary new collab and more – Socialite Life

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Hello, hello, hello! We’ve got a short set of links for you this week because yours truly is taking a long-awaited vacation.

We’re eagerly anticipating the return of Drag Race UK and until then, if you haven’t checked out the German, Mexican, and Brazilian series, tune in on WOW Presents Plus.

This week, we got a lesson in Drag 101 from Trixie, we caught up with Canada’s Drag Race season one champion Priyanka, and get a rating of every Drag Race queen-testant from Bob and Monét. Let’s get this party started and let’s bring it to the runway!  

If you’ve ever been curious about giving drag a try, this video is must-see. Trixie helps you get started with tips, tales and makeup essentials.

All-Star Morgan McMichaels takes on drag protestors (and other blights on society like Karens and flat-earthers) in her parody of Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam.” Enjoy “Urdum Urdum.”

Worried about the Sriracha shortage? Worry not, as there are a lot of dupes on the market and Rock M Sakura and Queen of the Universe’s Militia Scunt taste them all and tell you which one will satisfy your spicy cravings.

We haven’t seen much of Kimora Blac lately, but, thankfully, this gorgeous queen is back with a new GRWM video. This time she showcases products from Makeup By Mario, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Huda Beauty.

Bob and Monét have made it their mission on their “Sibling Rivalry” series to talk about every single US Ru girl, from Victoria Porkchop Parker to Sasha Colby. Here’s part one.

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Priyanka recreates her season one Canada’s Drag Race promo look with a stunning glow-up.

It always seems like Trixie and Katya spin-off on random topics on “UNHhhh” but their compilations of the most random, unhinged moments are my favorite episodes – and this one is certainly no exception.

Well, told you it was a quick update! We have interviews with Honey Davenport and Alaska heading your way so stay tuned. We’ll leave you with Honey and Alaska’s fierce musical collab, “Mighty Legendary.” Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy, support the queens and say LOVE!  


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Usher to headline Super Bowl LVIII halftime show – Socialite Life

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Usher will be the halftime performer for the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024. The eight-time Grammy Award winner headlines the halftime show for the first time in his illustrious career, and it will be seen on CBS and will stream on Paramount+.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” Usher said in a statement. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

Usher has had a residency in Las Vegas since 2021. There are no further details about what songs Usher will perform or if any other artists will join him.

Usher attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Usher has previously appeared on the halftime show as a guest in Super Bowl XLV that The Black Eyed Peas headlined. He told Access Hollywood earlier this year that he’d “be a fool” to turn down the halftime show if offered.

“I think I have a catalog that obviously speaks for itself, so to be able to celebrate on that day, it’s obviously about football, but everybody really anticipates the performance,” Usher said. Seeing Michael Jackson perform and recently seeing Snoop [Dogg] and [Dr.] Dre … seeing so many incredible performances like Prince… it has always been kind of a bucket list.”

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Usher attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Jay-Z handpicked Usher for the performance. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has executive produced the show since partnering with the NFL in 2019.

“Usher is the ultimate artist and showman. Ever since his debut at the age of 15, he’s been charting his own unique course. Beyond his flawless singing and exceptional choreography, Usher bares his soul,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “His remarkable journey has propelled him to one of the grandest stages in the world. I can’t wait to see the magic.”

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Usher attends the 2022 Beloved Benefit at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 07, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

The first halftime involving Roc Nation was Super Bowl LIV which featured Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Emme Muniz. The Weeknd followed, with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige headlining the L.A. Super Bowl following the 2021 season. Rihanna performed at halftime of Super Bowl LVII.

Last year’s Super Bowl halftime performance by Rihanna was also the first sponsored by Apple Music.


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Gisele Bündchen opens up about contemplating suicide as a young model – Socialite Life

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Gisele Bundchen has admitted that she struggled with her mental health at the height of her modeling career and even contemplated taking her own life.

The Brazilian supermodel, 43, opened up about having suicidal thoughts and feeling panicked during the height of her career on CBS’ Sunday Morning.

“I was in tunnels; I couldn’t breathe. And then, I started being in studios, and I felt, like, suffocated,” she said.

Bündchen recalled one particular moment of difficulty. “I lived on the ninth floor, and I had to go up the stairs because I was afraid I would be stuck on the elevator, and I’d be hyperventilating. … Because you know, when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, ‘I don’t want to live like this,’ ” the model said.

Gisele Bundchen arrives for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

When CBS host Lee Cowan asked if Bündchen ever thought about jumping from her floor, she said, “Yeah. For a second, because you’re like, ‘I can’t (do this)!’”

To cope with the pressure during her earlier career, Bündchen said she started to view herself as “her,” the persona modeling agencies hired, and “Gisele,” her real personality.

“They weren’t hiring Gisele; they didn’t even know me,” she said. “They just liked the way I looked and they liked the way my body looked in clothes. … And now, I get to be me.”

Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine contributed to her stress at the time, things she eventually reduced or quit.

Bündchen added: “I just think now I’m allowing myself to come out as Gisele versus as ‘her. I don’t have to play a character. I can be me. And that’s liberating.”

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Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen arrives for the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2023 theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Today, the Brazillian model says she’s happy to have taken a backseat from the fashion industry. “Before I was more surviving, and now I’m living, which is different,” she said.

Bündchen previously discussed contemplating suicide and struggling with panic attacks in her 2018 memoir Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.

“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on,” the supermodel told People in an interview at the time. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities and it made me realize, everything I’ve lived through, I would never change because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


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