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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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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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