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The Bachelor’s Nick Viall Proudly Supports Vanessa Grimaldi as She Raises $30,000 for Special Education

The former Bachelor star was all smiles while supporting Vanessa Grimaldi at her first-ever fitness fundraiser Sunday for her charity No Better You, which aims to advance special education by providing tools and programs for exceptional learners.


Grimaldi spoke to E! News following the event, saying, “Today’s fundraiser was an incredible success! We had such great support, from the volunteers, to the fans, the vendors, to all the sponsors. I am beyond thankful for everyone’s donation! We raised over $30,000, which will go towards opening a sensory room in two to three schools in the Montreal area.”
Nick took to Instagram to show his support for his fiancée and express his pride.
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Couldn’t be more proud of my girl @vanessagrimaldi30 for raising over 30k in her first fundraising event for @nobetteryou,” he wrote. “Congrats babe!! #happy #proud #charity.”
Vanessa also shared an Instagram post with her man, expressing her gratitude for everyone who helped her make the fundraiser a success.
Thank you to everyone that came, those who donated online, to all my volunteers and to @ardene for believing and supporting the cause!” she wrote alongside the hashtags, “#grateful #wedidit.
The cost for sensory rooms range anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, which not all schools have funding for. However, Grimaldi said they’re very important in special education, telling Canada’s Global News, the rooms provide “a therapeutic space for students” that “can help stimulate or calm students down.”
Nick also spoke to the publication, gushing, “She’s put a lot of work into it so it’s nice to see it come to fruition, but I’m not surprised at all. I knew she’d do a great job even though she was a little worried.”

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Full List Of Winners At The 2017 African Movie Academy Awards [AMAA]

Senegalese movie, Felicite, emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders.

Felicite took home awards in three of the five major categories, Winning Best Film, Best Actress In A Leading Role, and Best Supporting Actor.

Nigerian historical drama, ’76, won three awards from its eight nominations.

In total Nigeria won nine awards, including the Special Recognition Honour given to Veteran Comic-Actor Nkem Owoh.

Here Is The Full List Of Winners:

Best short film: A Place For Myself (Rwanda) & A Place In the Plane (Senegal)

Best animation: Got Flowers (Nigeria)

Best documentary: Mama Colonel (DRC)

Best film in an African language: Felicite (Senegal) While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden)

Best diaspora short: 90 Days (US) & Kbela (Brazil)

Achievement in production design: ’76 (Nigeria)

Achievement in costume: Queen of Katwe (Uganda)

Achievement in makeup: Oloibiri (Nigeria)

Best production: ’76 (Nigeria)

Best soundtrack: Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in sound: Vaya (South Africa)

Achievement in cinematography: The Last Of Us (Tunisia)

Achievement in editing: Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in screenplay: Vaya (South Africa)

Lagos state award for best Nigerian film: ’76 (Nigeria)

Best young/promising actor: Medina Molanga (Queen of Katwe)

Tony Elumelu award for best comedy: 3 Wise Men (Nigeria)

Best actress in a supporting role: Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)

Best actor in a supporting role: Papi Mpaka (Felicitè: Senegal)

AMAA lifetime achievement award: Nkem Owoh (Nigeria)

Best actress in a leading role: Vero Tshanda (Felicitè: Senegal)

Best actor in a leading role: Jahwar Soudani (The Last of Us: Tunisia)

Best first feature film by a director: Daouda Coulibaly (Wulu: Mali)

Best director: Akin Omotosho (Vaya: South Africa)

Best film: Felicitè (Senegal)

Special recognition award: Celine Loader

The Nigerian Born Texas Broadcaster, Ola Ogunkoya Better Known As Double “O” Celebrates Wife On Her Birthday

Words are not enough to fully capture what you mean to me but with these few words I hope I could covey to you just how special you are.

From the first day I met you [Omolara] up to this very moment you’ve been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I was born to love you and loving you is my greatest accomplishment. You are the love of my life, the mother of my children, and the woman of my dreams.

 Your presence in my life as given me so much joy and fulfilment. You mean everything to me. You’re my partner, my betterhalf, my sunshine, my queen, my angel, my baby, my everything.
Thank you for being such a wonderful woman,  thank you for taking care of our kids,  thank you for being there for me and for loving me. You make it easy for me to love you, to want to come home all the time, and to be a good husband and father.

You’re my Proverbs 31 woman. A virtuous woman indeed. You’re a great example of everything a woman should be. You’re Godly, you’re caring,  you’re hard-working and you inspire me. I love you more than anything or anyone.

 I thank God for blessing me with you. And I pray that God will continue to keep you, and His light will continue to shine upon your life and that you’ll continue to age with grace. On this your special day, I want to reaffirm that you’re still as beautiful as ever.

I love you so very much.

Happy birthday to you, my love!!!

​Tupac Dumped Madonna Because She’s White, His Prison Letter Reveals

Tupac’s relationship with Madonna ran deeper than anyone knew.

In 2015, the Material Girl made headlines after revealing she had dated the rapper three years before his death in 1995. “One time I was mad at [David Letterman] when I said the f-word a lot, but the rest of the time was good,” Madonna told Howard Stern. “I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time, and he had got me all riled up about life in general. So, when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta.” 

Later that year, the rapper’s brother,Mopreme Shakur, told Vlad TV he helped facilitate the romance. “She gave me a note to give to him; I was just happy she was giving him a note. Everybody was there. I went over and gave it to him. He was about the business and then they linked up. I would take him to her house and s–t when we got back to L.A. Yeah…” he recalled. “They were a thing for a minute.” (In 2014, Rosie Perez told Wendy Williams she played a role in introducing the former couple.)

On Wednesday, TMZ published portions of a letter—written Jan. 15, 1995 at 4:30 a.m.—that Tupac wrote to Madonna while serving time for sexual assault at Clinton Correctional Facility. Gotta Have Rock and Roll will auction off the letter between July 19-28 with a starting bid of $100,000; according to TMZ, the last letter written by the rapper fetched more than $170,000.

TMZ redacted four chunks from Tupac’s letter. The late rapper started by calling Madonna “M,” saying, “I’ve waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers that I wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friends I know I am capable of being.”

Later in the letter, he explained that he broke up with the “Human Nature” singer because of her race. “Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career. If anything it would make you seem that much more open & exciting,” he wrote. “But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.”

Tupac went on to reference an interview where Madonna had supposedly said, “‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players,'” or something like that. “Those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself. It was at this moment out of hurt & a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart & ego that I said a lot of things.” After another redacted paragraph, Tupac continued to share his side of the story with Madonna. “Can you feel me? In the time since, as u can see, I have grown both spiritually and mentally. It no longer matters how I’m perceived,” he said. “Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with an extremely famous sex symbol.”

Later in the letter, the hip-hop heavyweight wrote, “I offer my friendship once again this time my stronger & focused. If you are still interested I would like to further discuss this with you but some of it couldn’t wait. I felt compelled to tell you…just in case anything happened 2 me.”

Tupac ended his letter with a warning for the Queen of Pop. “Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem there are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm!” Tupac wrote. “Let my 6 bullets be proof of that!”
After signing the letter, he added a final message: “I don’t know how you feel about visiting me but if you could find it in your heart I would love to speak face to face with you,” Tupac, who was fatally shot, said. “It’s funny but this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.”

​7 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SAIDI BALOGUN BY ABIODUN JIMOH

Sometimes in the year 2003, I waltzed into a house in Gbasemo street, Ikorodu. The two-storey building stood tall opposite Harmony Castle, a haven for movie-makers back then. In the topmost flat of this property lived two Nollywood’s greats, Faithia and Saidi Balogun. I had been directed by Mr. Kayode Shogbesan, popularly called Baba Mi Kay to see Saidi Balogun. That afternoon, I saw the African James Bond for the first time and from the very first minute, I started knowing the true colours of Saidi ‘Walata’ Balogun. Many have characterized him based on his personalities across the screen and film sets but I am here to talk about the person, the passion and the prodigy called Saidi Balogun! I won’t talk about all those things you already know about him, I want to talk about things you (probably) don’t know about him. I summarized everything in seven points,

1. HE IS RELIGIOUS

Josephine was the name of the beautiful lady who opened the door for me that day. She was a younger version of Faithia Balogun so no one needed to tell me I was in the right place or that Josephine was Faithia’s sister. I was offered a seat and in a matter of seconds I saw two real people, living a real life; a real role model life. While Faithia was busy breast-feeding the two months old baby Aliyah, Saidi was busy bowing and prostrating before his Almighty Creator; praying the Islamic way. I was moved as I whispered a silent prayer for the couple. Saying, this is the way to go! Many people could have believed a Saidi who played naughty, crooked and bad-boy character conveniently wouldn’t give a damn about piety but I dare say here that I have that firsthand knowledge about him being religious and God-fearing

2. HE IS HUMBLE

It shocks me when I hear people say Saidi Balogun is proud or arrogant! I think people, more often than not, tend to judge or characterize artistes based on the characters/roles they interpret on the screen. 

Even colleagues who have not had opportunity to be close to Saidi feels he has an aura of naughtiness, arrogance etc… but I have lived, dined, worked, travelled, argued, discussed, interacted with Saidi Balogun and I am telling you first hand that he is a humble man, he just has his ways. When Saidi has an argument or issue with someone, he may rant and say all sorts of things but the moment he leaves that spot, he would ask me “Abey, what did you see to what just happened?” If my reply was something like “Bros, you were at fault” he would go “Really?” and if I was like “Yes” he either makes a u-turn, go back to the person or places a phone call immediately and he would be like “Hello? Yeah my brother said I was wrong ooo, ok ma binu, I am sorry”.

3. HE IS A LOVE-BIRD

I am yet to see a Nollywood star who loves like Saidi. He is emotional, caring and loving. I think most times he tried to play hard, acting like he didn’t care but I can’t be fooled. He loves like Romeo. Little wonder he still talks about his wife (with people like us) affectionately.

4. A PACE-SETTER

Saidi Balogun was the first actor/producer/director to come up with a highly-engaging two cast movie in Nigeria. This movie (MO DUPE TEMI), directed by Daniel Ademinokan which co-starred Doris Simeon, was not a short film but a feature-length movie, yet there was no boring moment from the first scene to the last. It was a hit movie. Saidi Balogun was the first producer to produce a movie whereby all the cast are clad in Ankara fabrics, a creative infusion in the movie ETI KETA. There are so many ‘firsts’ with Saidi Balogun and he just remains special and relevant till date. It is worthy of mention to know that Saidi is still the only actor in Nigeria who rocked the A-list position simultaneously with his wife, Faithia Balogun, for so many years. A feat that has been attempted by many in the past but failed. It’s either the wife or the husband hits the A gong but not the two at the same time but Saidi and Faithia broke this jinx.

5. HE IS METICULOUS

When I was his manager, sometimes, I would pass the night in his house and anytime there would be a new release of his movie, Saidi and a few guys would set out from midnight (12noon) and return around 5am. One day, out of curiosity, I decided to join them and I realized that in that five hours trip, Saidi Balogun and these boys had covered the most parts of the South-West, pasting posters around brigde poles, starting from the Shagamu-Abeokuta interchange to Ibadan, Oyo, Ogbomosho, Osogbo. This happens in the wee hours and when it is daybreak, people wake up to see new posters in strategic places. Beyond this distribution strategy, I also learnt from Saidi that the best errand is the one you sent yourself, when D.I.Y you just can’t go wrong. Saidi Balogun is indefatigable, he monitored a lot of successful things we saw back then himself, from start to finish. I saw him produced a movie ‘GBEWIRI’ for three years, putting all his weight behind that movie. It takes a special grace to be that fine and also be hard-working. 

6. A NOLLYWOOD FACE FOR ALL GEO-POLITICAL ZONES 

Only a few actors are well-known and accepted in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria. Saidi Balogun is one of those few

7. FINALLY, HIS WHO-DOES-THAT-FACTOR?

When the news broke that marriage between Star actress Faithia Balogun and Saidi Balogun is dissolved, the duo lived apart, yes you know that, but what you may not know is that while Josephine and Esther (Faithia’s sisters) moved in with Faithia, Kenneth Williams (Faithia’s brother) moved in with Saidi Balogun. Kenneth remained a manager and best friend of Saidi Balogun. Kenneth continued to live with Saidi until he got married, an occasion where Saidi stood as the father of the day! Who does that?

Saidi Balogun had a fatal accident, he had a broken skull, broken spine, broken arm, broken neck and miraculously he survived, that is not the wow factor here. The wow-factor is, the first time Saidi opened his eyes and saw me beside him, he said “Abey, get a pen and paper” I was like “for what?” he said “I have an idea of a story” I was like “Are you crazy?” he replied no, but the story is (crazy) GAMBARI PA FULANI! I wanted to laugh but the ambience was not funny, here is a lucky man who managed to survive because Obasanjo just equipped UCH with state of arts equipment, opening his eyes for the first time and talking about a story for a movie… who does that? Saidi Balogun is full of the who-does-that attributes, that is what stands him out. That is why he is special.

For these few reasons and a lot more, I think the entire Nollywood stakeholders should come out to celebrate this enigma, this special breed called Saidi Balogun as he celebrates his 50th birthday starting from July 4th. Happy Birthday Boss! I learnt a lot from you. Remain blessed.

ABIODUN JIMOH

CEO, PRODIGY AND PENS COMMUNICATION

Award-winning Filmmaker,

Writes from Oregun, Lagos.

New Music: Da’Inno – Most High

Here comes a brand new single Titled ”MOST HIGH” from a high Praise Leader known as David Innocent Who goes by the stage name ”Da’Inno” under the ministry known as Da’Inno Music Emprie (DME).

Da’Inno is a song writer, A music director, A music teacher & He plays nothing lessthan three diffrent kinds of musical instrument…

Da’Inno is a Nigerian, hailed from the northern part of Nigeria, Benue state to be precised. 

Da’Inno is born again, God fearing, easy going, sweet, good looking young man. 

He is a computer scientist by profession.

Da’Inno is called into the gospel music ministry to lead people into God’s presence & at the same time lead them to Christ.

So….

Africa, Australia, Antarctica, Asia, South America, North America & Europe come on let’s shabach the most high God together…

with a loud voice of praises according to Psalm 47:1

 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Psalm 100 

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing…. King James Version (KJV).

You are delivered as you download, listen & praise God with this song ”MOST HIGH”.

DOWNLOAD HERE
MOST HIGH LYRICS

Intro
Da’Inoo Music Empier

hun hun hun hun….

O na na na…………… Let’s Shabach The Lord… Chai!

vers 1

Heavenly father my God I praise Your Name 

You Are The mighty God, You Are The Only God 

There is None like You..

You Live, You Reign, You Rule

You No Dey Tire Eh Eh

Omalicha Nwa Eh 

You Are the reason I live I praise You 

That’s Why I call You Agidigba, Ebubedike, Dikenanya

Olisambi neligwe, Agaba Eh, Onunu Layinu Eh Eh

That’s Why I call You Agidigba, Ebubedike, Dikenanya

Olisambi neligwe, Agaba Eh, Onunu Layinu Eh Eh
Chorus

  Call

              Yes You are the lord Eh.. ehn

                              Resp

Most High

Call

              Yes You are the lord Eh.. eh

                              Resp

Most High

  Call

              Yes You are the lord Eh  Ehee hee hee

                              Resp

Most High

Call

              Yes You are the lord Eh

                              Resp

Most High

Call

                        You are the reason we live,  We praise Your name baba

resp

Most High

Call

Agam e buru Aleluya bugara Chineke

Resp

Most High
Vers 2

Holiness In Your totality

You took Salvation to the Pharisees 

Your Thurnder Melt the Mountains like a wax

Eba mi Ki jesu Yi O tobi

Eyin ni oba ti ansaya (saya)

Eyin ni oba ti angbega (gbeka)

kosi oba bi re baba

To ri Efun wa ni Messiah 

Papa nla tonjo towun towun

efufu le le ton’mi igbo kiji kiji ii…

sangiri lagiri, sangiri lagiri, ola giri ka ka ka ka ka ka ka kaa

BACK TO CHORUS
Bridge

Hey! It’s high time to praise God with some humming (are you ready) 

                                           ( Father Lord we give You all the praise o)

Follow me Join praise father now now

Oh, Oh, Oh (everybody sing it o)

oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh , oh oh, oh, oh,

Here we go, I say eh 

(everybody) Aka aka aka (aka) 3x

Everybody pa atewo re dada eh eh

Aka aka aka (aka) 3x

 make you pa atewo re dada eh hee hee hee…

BACK TO CHORUS

Adlips  

You the Lord O baba, (chai) There is nobody like you Lord ooo uh uh uh…

come on now. You are the Lord eh, I say you are the Lord eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh

Oya, Alo jeje lo Odun mo (chai)s, Alo jeje lo Odun mo, Ochedu leba awo no Ada eh, eh, eh , eh, eh

 Nka, ochedu labe awo no, ochedu leba awo no, ochedu leba awo no Odun

Ada’m no hicho oooo eh eh huhuhuhu hheen

Yeh Yeh Yeh…..

  END

Fifth Harmony: ‘Down’ ft. Gucci Mane – Stream & Download

Fifth Harmony is back with new music!!!

The girls – Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, andNormani Kordei – dropped their new song “Down” with the help of rapper Gucci Mane.

Down” is the first single Fifth Harmony has dropped since Camila Cabello left the group last year.

Fifth Harmony is set to premiere “Down” today [June 2] live on Good Morning America.

You can download Fifth Harmony’s new song off of iTunes here.