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The First Black and First Muslim Woman to Serve on New York’s Court of Appeals Has Been Found Dead

Trailblazing judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, was found dead in the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to serve in New York's highest court was found dead in the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon, after being reported missing by her husband the day before.


Abdus-Salaam was 65 years old, the medical examiner is yet to determine the cause of her death, which is still under investigation, according to the New York Police Department.

Abdus became an associate justice for the New York Court of Appeals in 2013. She served as a State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan for 15 years starting in 1994, making her the first African American woman and the first Muslim woman to serve on the bench, according Zakiyyah Muhammad, director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies.

She began her career in the legal field at East Brooklyn Legal Services before being appointed Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law's Civil Rights and Real Estate Financing bureaus, reports CNN.

Several officials have expressed their condolences, and many have highlighted the judge's illustrious career. "She was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who appointed her in 2013.

"She was a humble pioneer," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Her groundbreaking career and staunch dedication to promoting a fair judicial system, have left a lasting impact on her community.

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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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