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Rio Police Say They Are 'Ramping Up Efforts' To Find Marielle Franco's Killers

Authorities indicate the investigation into the assassination of the popular Black Brazilian politician and activist is in its final stage.

Rio police say they are closing in on who killed Marielle Francothe high-profile Rio de Janeiro politician and activist who was assassinated on March 14, AFP reports.


Officials also say they are "ramping up efforts" to find Franco's killers, after going over two months without announcing significant progress. "The investigation is entering its final stage," Raul Jungmann, security minister, says to news site noticias.UOL. "I believe that we'll soon have results."

AFP says Jungmann also confirmed media reports that the suspects include a Rio city councilor and a jailed commander of one of the city's underground militias.

Officers from Rio's homicide department prepared a reenactment of the assassination Thursday, that was captured on Globo television, for ballistics analysis.

Franco's assassination was a huge shock to Brazil and the world—as it sparked demonstrations against Rio's surging violence, as well as peaked the global black community to learn more about the struggles of police brutality black Brazilians have been fighting against.

Colleagues suspect the motive of her assassination was due to her angering police and the militias, as she became a prominent critic of police violence in Rio, especially calling out the targeting of black people in the city's favelas.

Local media also quoted an unidentified police informant this week, saying he knew the murder was masterminded by the city councilor and militia leader who Jungmann also referred to. The informant also says the councilor and militia commander ordered Franco's killing because of her human rights activism in the violent west of Rio, a militia stronghold, AFP says.

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Naira Marley, who was also in attendance, has also turned himself in according to local reports.

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos' coronavirus lockdown order.

The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband's birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele's Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned.

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Watch Champagne69’s Music Video for ’15 Goons’

Champagne69 release a music video for their single '15 Goons.'

South African hip-hop duo Champagne69 shared a new music video for their single "15 Goons." The song was produced by NotBenjamin alongside Ezechiel (SorryZeke).

"15 Goons" is a minimalist 808 and bass-laden tune in which the duo glide with ease as they pay homage to their goons.

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