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Lizzo Covers The Beatles Song for Facebook’s New Messenger Rooms Ad.

Facebook is staking a bigger claim on 2020’s video chat boom with newly expanded features—and an ad backed by serious star power.

The 30-second spot, “Pictures” from agency Leo Burnett and Facebook’s Creative X studio, was co-directed by brothers Michel and Olivier Gondry and is set to a cover of The Beatles’ “All Together Now” by Lizzo, recorded specifically for the ad.

The ad announces the launch of Facebook’s Messenger Rooms, a group chat that promises a blend of sharable ease and privacy options.

Created entirely in quarantine, the visually fluid spot shows group photos quickly transitioning into group chats.

Facebook announced and began rolling out Messenger Rooms last month. The feature allows up to 50 people into one group video chat with no time limit. Chats can be shared via links or be kept private.

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde; 25 Years And Counting

The veteran Nigerian screen diva, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, took to her social media handle a few days back to celebrate her 25th year in the entertainment industry.

The mother of four, who is also a singer, said she ventured into entertainment in 1995 and she appreciates God for the impact she has made in the industry.

Omotola, who is a philanthropist, and a former model, is also one of the icons in the Nigerian Nollywood industry.

She has not only contributed immensely to the Nigerian entertainment industry, she is also known for her humanitarian efforts.

The renowned actress made her debut as an actress in 1995 with the movie Venom of Justice and later Mortal Inheritance.

Omotola has acted in several hit movies including, Blood Sister, Games Women Play, My Story.

She had her first cinema movie role in a 2010 film, Ije, which she co-starred with Genevieve Nnaji.

The movie star is considered Africa’s biggest box office actress. Wikipedia, the online dictionary says “ the leading actress has appeared in 300 movies, selling millions of video copies”.

Omotola was the youngest person to win the THEMA (The Movie Awards) Best Actress in 1997.

In 2005, she won the Best Supporting Actress during the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

She has the reputation of being the first Nigerian celebrity to be featured on Times Magazine, alongside Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and other global leaders.

In early 2013, she took her career to another level by debuting in a U.S. television series; VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor.

In 2014, the Nigerian government conferred her with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR ) for her contributions to the Nigerian movie industry.

Omotola in 2018, was honoured as one of the top 100 influential people in Africa for the year by MIPAD in New York City, following the opening of the 73rd UN General Assembly.

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TasteMakers Africa Unveil THE THREAD; Conversations Beyond The Return- Volume 4.

Africa and the Diaspora come together for one virtual summit to plot our path to greatness and go beyond the year of return.

Africa is set to be empowered this season by a collective of tastemakers from across multiple industries at another edition of ‘The Thread ‘

The Thread is a virtual community event that’ll keep you inspired, entertained, and prepared for the possibilities ahead.

The Thread is a gathering of leaders, makers, and doers in Africa and throughout the diaspora sharing resources, strategies, and best practices for thriving and winning together in a post COVID-19 era.

No need to spend $1,000 on travel or take time off, come with your passion, love and desire to learn and connect with people committed to Pan-African approaches to success and well-being.

The event will feature world class speakers covering industries like art, tech, finance, entertainment, spirituality, and more.

There will be Virtual 1:1 video speed networking sessions, a virtual expo for black businesses, and community generated breakouts.

A moderated live chat runs throughout the event making sure you’re apart of the conversation.

DJ Young Wavy Fox will be spinning a diasporic set with afrobeats, hip hop, trap, reggae, baile funk, grime, and more

There will also be ‘An All New Pre-Party’ Session featuring top DJ’s from across Africa and the Diaspora for a battle event.

You will need to register to attend so you get the latest full event experience to include the following guests.

Motheo Moeng

Amadou Fall
Managing Director, NBA Africa

Assa Traore
Leader, Justice for Adama

Chike Ukaegbu
Ex-Presidential Candidate, Nigeria

Ian Conyers
Former State Senator, Michigan

La Guardia Cross
Creator, New Father Chronicles

Jehiel Oliver
CEO, Hello Tractor

Adabesi Osunsade
Founder, Hustle Crew

Ade Adesanya
President, Moving Analytics

Blitz the Ambassador
Artist and Filmmaker

Charles Sekwalor
Founder, MoveMeBack

Claude Grunitzky
Editor-in-Chief, True Africa

Karen The Momtrotter
Writer, Speaker and Advocate

Kellee James
CEO, Mercaris

Lakeisha Ford
Managing Director and Ghana Repatriate

Lindsey Day
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Crown Mag

Marie Sy
Founder, MBR Studio

Mashariki Williamson

Michelle Saahene
Speaker and Activist

Monet Hambrick
Creator, The Traveling Child

Neku Atawodi
Investor and Polo Champion

Olivia Watkins
Co-Founder, Black Farmer Fund

Paulo Rodrerio Nunes
Co-Founder, Dendê Valley

Pierre Thiam
Chef, Social Entrepreneur and Culinary Ambassador

Poema Jones
Founder and Artist

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
General Manager, NBA G League

Rakia Finley
Founding Partner, Copper & Vine Studio, Co.

Sam Lambert
Co-Founder, Art Comes First

Shaka Maidoh
Co-Founder, Art Comes First

Tosin Makinde
Digital Storyteller

Twilight Bey
Community-Led Social Intervention Specialist

Wendy-Ann Clarke
Multimedia Journalist

Yvette Gayle
Head of Communications and Engagement, Africa Creative Agency
Previous Speakers

Ashtin Berry
Community Architect, Radical Xchange

Aala Mara
Founder, Aala Care


James Bartlett

Sam Adegoke
Artist and Activist

Ezinne Kwubiri
North America, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, H&M

Penda N’Diaye
Founder, Pro Hoe

Eddie Kadi

Colin Asare-Appiah

Bheki Dube
Founder, Curiocity

Fatmata Binta
Chef Entrepreneur, Fulani Kitchen

David Wilson
Co-Founder, AFAR Ventures

Manushka Magloire
Director, Social Impact and Community, Afropunk

Swaady Martin
Founder, Yswara

Meryanne Loum-Martin
Owner, Jnane Tamsna

Walla Elsheikh
Founder & CEO, Birthright AFRICA

Rokhaya Diallo
Journalist, Writer, Film Director

Akinyi Ochieng
Marketing, Nova Credit

Candi Castleberry
VP, Diversity Partnership Strategy and Engagement, Twitter

Kofi Anku
Partner, Ayi Mensah Park

Maat Petrova

Morgan Fykes
Founder, DCFunemployment

Obataiye Samuel

Pierre-Christoph Gam

🐤 Early Bird – $0
until May 21, 2020
Full Ticket – $5
until May 25, 2020
Proceeds benefit Birthright AFRICA and the Africa Tourism COVID-19 Relief Initiative

Courtesy Tastemakers Africa

Is ‘Garba’ New Music From Jesse Jagz?

We’ll have to wait and see

Jesse Jagz shared links to something called “Garba” on his Twitter timeline, and we can’t wait to see what it is.

Is it an album?

The rapper’s most recent album, “Odysseus” was released in 2017, and the one preceding that, “The Royal Niger Company,” in 2014.

Going by the 3-year intervals, it looks like we’re ripe for a new Jesse Jagz album, and “Garba” may just be it.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

In the meanwhile, you can pre-add “Garba” to your music library.

Jagznation presents Garba
pre-save link below

— Jesse Garba Abaga (@Jessejagz) May 19, 2020

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