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R. Kelly’s attorneys appeal for his release arguing he cant read, write, access legal documents or communicate with lawyers

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Grammy Award-winning singer, R. Kelly’s attorneys will ask for his release from prison when they go to an appeals court on Friday September 4, arguing that the singer has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months.

R.Kelly has not seen his attorneys in person since March, when prisons went into lockdown.

He also isn’t allowed to have in-person legal visits due to coronavirus concerns, his attorney told CNN.

His trial, scheduled to start at the end of September in federal court in Brooklyn, has been delayed due to the pandemic.

According to Kelly’s lawyers, the singer can’t read or write, can’t review legal documents in his case, make notes or “meaningfully” communicate with lawyers without in-person meetings.

“He has essentially been cut out of the discovery and preparation process,” attorney Tom Farinella wrote in a court filing.

Kelly’s legal team’s argument on Friday will be the sixth time he has argued for his release since he was taken into federal custody in July 2019.

His attorneys argue that being in federal prison puts Kelly at risk of developing severe complications from Coronavirus.

Kelly is facing charges in New York including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits trafficking for prostitution or sexual activity.

The charges Kelly faces stem from activity that allegedly took place over two decades in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California.

He is also being indicted on federal charges in Illinois for child pornography and obstruction, as well as state charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Kelly’s attorney Farinella argues that Kelly’s only way of communicating with attorneys is through phone calls that do not “possess the safeguards of confidentiality” needed to have meaningful attorney-client privileged conversations.

But Prosecutors say releasing Kelly would be dangerous because he is a flight risk, a danger to the community and because he has a history of tampering with witnesses and jurors.

According to prosecutors R.Kelly has access to money even though his defence team say he has “almost no liquid financial resources,”

But prosecutors contradict that point of view saying say the singer has received over $200,000 in royalty proceeds in the first quarter of 2020 alone.

Prosecutors also say if Kelly is released to his home in Chicago, he’d be out of the jurisdiction of the Eastern District of New York which will make it legal for him to remove his electronic monitoring device.

Prosecutors believe if he removes the device or tampers with it, law enforcement’s response would not be instantaneous.

Prosecutors also say because people are wearing masks in public due to Coronavirus, Kelly could easily conceal his face “thereby going unrecognized.”

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Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist with certified silver album in UK

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Nigerian superstar, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK.

The renowned singer, who said he was so excited over the achievement, took to his Instagram page @burnaboygram to announce the news to his fans and also expressed love to everyone that supported him.

“AFRICAN GIANT SILVER IN THE UK & OWN IT X2 PLATINUM.

“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now,” he wrote.

A silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies.

This came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.

On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.

Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.

A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.

Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.

He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.

Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.

He released his first major-label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.

The artist immense contribution to the entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.

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Cardi B still wearing Offset’s ring after filing for divorce

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American rapper, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, has been pictured rocking her wedding band, more than a week after filing a divorce suit from her hubby Offset.

Cardi, 27, has stated that her divorce wasn’t as a result of cheating or Offset having a baby outside their marriage, but that she got tired of arguing, while also mentioning that people grow apart.

Sharing a picture on her page where she wore a white dress, the ‘WAP’ crooner penned the caption ; All white and pearly.

 

Speaking on the divorce, American show host Wendy Williams stated that she hoped the couple were not pulling a stunt with their separation.

The couple who got married in a secret wedding in 2017, have a daughter together.

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BBNaija 2020: Leave Nengi alone – Neo warns Ozo

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Neo on Sunday morning warned Ozo to leave Nengi alone.

His warning came after Nengi and Ozo had an altercation on Saturday night at the party lounge.

Ozo had approached Nengi professing his love but Nengi bluntly told him to keep his stupid love and love himself first.

Ozo then approached Neo who then told him to stop putting pressure on Nengi.

According to him, “Just let her be, she would come around if she wants to.

“Stop killing the vibes, leave Nengi alone.”

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