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South African singer Tyla clears air on race controversy, accepts being a black woman

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Grammy award-winning South African singer, Tyla, has cleared the air on a recent controversy surrounding her race as being either a coloured or a black woman.

The “Water” crooner, who made the clarification during an appearance on New York City’s Power 105.1 radio morning show, “The Breakfast Club”, hosted by controversial hosts, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Jess Hilarious, accepted that she was truly a black woman rather than coloured.

During the interview, the hosts probed the singer about her racial identity as a coloured woman from South Africa, to which her management asked that she not touch on the topic.

During the last leg of the conversation which mostly focused on her global crossover and musical growth, Charlamagne switched gears abruptly from discussing Tyla’s work-life balance to her identity.

“School me on these debates that they be having about your identity as a South African Coloured person. What does that even mean?”

“I have never denied my blackness, I don’t know where that came from. I’m mixed with black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian and coloured.

“In ‘Southa’ I would be classified as a coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world,” Tyla was quoted as saying.

Writing on her X handle after the interview, she said:

“I don’t expect to be identified as coloured outside ‘Southa’ by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside SA.

“To close this conversation, I’m both coloured in South Africa and a black woman. With that being said, Asambeee,” she added in Zulu which means “let’s go.”

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Jesus never raised the dead nor healed the sick, Ghanaian actor Majid says

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Jesus never raised the dead nor healed the sick, Ghanaian actor Majid say

Veteran Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel, has raised a storm after stating that Jesus Christ did not raise the dead or healed the sick during his earthly ministry.

The thespian-turned-pastor, who made the assertion in a thought-provoking sermon about Christianity, said contrary to widely held beliefs, Jesus Christ neither personally healed any sick person nor raised the dead, despite these acts being credited to him in biblical teachings.

Michel, who cited some of the known miracles attributed to Jesus Christ, said:

“Do you know Jesus never healed the sick nor raised the dead? Jesus never let the blind see.

“Do you know what Jesus said? ‘I do nothing by myself. As I see the Father do, I do.’ In other words, I am Jesus, I have a will, but I will not use my will; only the will of my Father I came to do,” he said.

Going further to buttress his points, the multiple award winning actor said:

“If the devil had gotten Jesus to turn that stone to bread without asking his Father’s permission, he had gotten him to sin and that is what you call sin—separation from God, independence from God.

“When you throw your own plans and make your own decisions without consulting the Father, you have sinned.”

The “Crime To Christ” actor also emphasized that the Christian religion, Islamic religion, and other religions are actually some of the world’s biggest problems, noting that all religions have a history of perpetrating violence and some inhumane acts, and suggested that people should distance themselves from being religious.

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Ghanaian music producer wins $250k in copyright damages against CAF

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A Ghanaian music producer, Kwabena Ofei-Kwadey Nkrumah, also known as Spiky, has won $250,000 and legal costs of GH¢40,000 against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after he sued the football governing body for intellectual property rights violations.

Nkrumah had dragged CAF to the Commercial Court 7 in Accra for not seeking permission from him before using the beat of his music titled, ‘Okomfo Anokye,’ as part of promotional materials for the 2018 CAF awards.

While delivering judgement in the case on Wednesday, Justice Emmanuel Loddoh who presided over the case found CAF guilty of failing to obtain legal permission before using Nkrumah’s music.

Nkrumah who spoke after the verdict went in his favour, said CAF’s act of using his song without permission was a total disrespect for his intellectual property rights, causing him to lose money from any licensing of his music for commercial use.

Before instituting the lawsuit, Spiky had called out CAF in 2029 for copyright infringement in a series of tweets.

He had noted that even though CAF had sent an email admitting to using his work without his consent and had apologised, they did not reply to him when he made a demand for compensation.

“This is a win for the creative industry: CAF vs Spiky’s,” he wrote on social media.

While admitting to the offence, CAF said the musical work was “available online for free download without any restrictions or conditions, to use for the artwork posted on CAF’s social media platforms.”

They however, denied using the soundtrack for commercial purposes, citing that the CAF Awards was not a profit-making venture.

They further explained that they had deleted the work from their social media accounts and apologised to Spiky.

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