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Naomi Campbell's Blood Diamonds?


Did Naomi Campbell accept war bounty from an international war criminal?

If you have not been keeping up with the latest turn in the Charles Taylor war crimes tribunal (at the UN's Hague outpost of the Special Court for Sierra Leone), let us bring you up to speed in this extremely abridged idiot's guide to the Charles Taylor War Crimes Tribunal. After the jump, watch testimony from Mia Farrow and Naomi Campbell, as they tell very different versions of the same story. (In other words, Mia to Naomi: you lie, woman!)

Charles Taylor, once president of Liberia, raped and pillaged his country, causing years of war not only in Liberia, but in neighboring Sierra Leone. All the amputations, bloated bodies, and the other war porn carnage you may have heard about  or watched on video is all, ultimately, the responsibility of this man. Much of the war was fueled by the now infamous "blood diamonds" (thanks Leonardo and Kanye!) - where enslaved Africans dug in mud pits for stones that Western women believed were manipulated into thinking held the epicenter itself of endless love. These stones were also prized by, um, musicians.

The tricky issue is proving that Charles Taylor had a direct link to blood diamonds. In this installation of the saga, Mia Farrow recounts Naomi Campbell boasting that Charles Taylor gave her a gift of blood diamonds. Naomi, meanwhile, denies it. Watch the vids here (by clicking photos. BBC does not allow Americans to embed. Not cool, BBC, not cool!!)

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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