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Khaby Lame: Meet most popular man on TikTok who doesn’t say a word

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Khabane “Khaby” Lame stumbled on Tiktok after he lost his factory job, the aftermath of the first lockdown in Italy in 2021.

Spending his days holed up at his parents’ home in Chivasso with his three siblings, looking for other jobs. One day, he downloaded TikTok and started tinkering with it in his bedroom, posting videos of himself under the name Khaby Lame. And gradually, a surprising career was born.

At first, like a lot of TikTokers, he created clips of himself dancing, watching video games or doing comedy stunts. Then, earlier this year, he began making fun of the life-hack videos that flood social media platforms — reacting to them with a wordless shrug or a look of exasperation — and he struck a chord.

Now Lame is the most popular man on TikTok, with 114 million followers. The only other person ahead of him is dancer Charli D’Amelio, a California teen who posts playful videos, often with her older sister Dixie.

And Lame, 21, does it all without saying a word. On TikTok, his silence speaks volumes.

“I came up with the idea because I was seeing these videos circulating, and I liked the idea of bringing some simplicity to it,” Lame told CNN in a recent video interview.

“The type of gesture came by chance, but the silence didn’t. I thought of a way to reach as many people as possible. And the best way was not to speak.”

 

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Like his popularity, Lame’s background transcends different continents.

He was born in Senegal and moved to Italy with his parents when he was a year old. He spent most of his life in public housing, which he credits with shielding him from racism and exposing him to the world beyond Italy.

“There we were people from every ethnicity, so we would protect each other a lot. There was never an issue about racism,” he said.

While he’s not yet an Italian citizen, he speaks fluent Italian and said he considers the country home. He’s applied for citizenship and as he awaits the process to go through, he said it’s been hard for him to travel to events in the United States and other countries on his Senegalese passport.

But the inability to travel hasn’t affected his fame. His popularity — he also has 47 million followers on Instagram — has opened doors to partnerships with international companies, including Netflix, Italian food company Barilla and Indian fantasy sports platform Dream11. Lame has several other deals in the works that he can’t disclose yet, he said.

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Kanye West slams Kim Kardashian for denying him access to daughter’s birthday

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Rapper Kanye West has slams Kim Kardashian for hiding their daughter’s birthday party venue from him.

Kanye West on Saturday went live to claim that his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian was purposely keeping him from seeing his daughter, Chicago on her birthday.

In the video, Kanye said, “I’m just wishing my daughter a public happy birthday. I wasn’t allowed to know where her party was. I’m taking control of my narrative this year. I’m not going to let this happen. Chicago, happy birthday, I love you. I’m just putting this up online because I need y’all support.”

He went on and complained about how fathers have been kept out of the family unit for ages and even with all his wealth, he still finds himself in that position.

Chicago is his third child with Kim and clocked four on Saturday.
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Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet split after 16 years

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Jason Momao and his wife Lisa Bonet have split after four years of marriage and 16 years together.

The Game Of Thrones star, 42, and the Cosby Show actress, 54, announced they are separating in a joint statement shared to Jason’s Instagram account on Wednesday.

Their statement read: ‘We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times… A revolution is unfolding and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring.

‘And so we share our Family news that we are parting ways in marriage.’

The couple explained in their statement that they weren’t announcing their separation ‘because we think it’s newsworthy, but so that as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty.’

‘The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived. We free each other to be who we are learning to become.

The continued: ‘Our devotion unwavering to this sacred life & our Children,’ they concluded. ‘Teaching our Children What’s possible ~ Living the Prayer.

‘May Love Prevail,’ they added, signing off as ‘J & L.’

Although the separation announcement seemingly came out of nowhere, weeks earlier Bonet had said she was learning to be ‘authentically me’ when she chatted with Marisa Tomei for Interview in December.

After the Spider-Man: No Way Home star asked Bonet ‘what’s calling’ her, she replied, ‘Definitely learning how to be authentically me, learning to be new, and following this invitation from the universe to step into this river of uncertainty.

‘We’ve eliminated all this extra noise, and now it’s time to grow our roots deeper into our own values.’

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Jazz legend James Mtume dies at 76

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James Mtume, a percussionist who performed in Miles Davis’ seminal fusion band from 1971 to 1975 and later had hits with his own eponymous group, has died at the age 76.

Lisa Lucas, the daughter of Mtume’s late creative partner Reggie Lucas,took to Twitter this morning to confirm the passing of the musician.

“So much loss. So much grief. Rest in power to Uncle Mtume. My late fathers partner in crime, the co-creator of the songs of my life (and about my birth!). He was essential part of the life of the man who made me, therefore me too. Gone now. He will be dearly, eternally missed,” Lucas wrote.

There is no cause of death at the time of reporting.

The American jazz musician appeared on 80 albums with a wide variety of other notable musicians, including Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Roberta Flack, and Lonnie Liston Smith

Mtume was born James Heath Jr., the son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, in Philadelphia. He was raised by his mother Bertha Forman and pianist James “Hen Gates” Forman, who played in Charlie Parker’s band.

In 1978 Mtume formed his self-named “sophistifunk” R&B-jazz ensemble with Lucas and vocalist Tawatha Agee, releasing the albums “Kiss This World Goodbye” (1978), “In Search of the Rainbow Seekers” (1980), “Juicy Fruit” (1983), “You, Me and He” (1984, also the title of their second biggest single), and “Theater of the Mind” (1986).

After the band split in the late 1980s, Mtume maintained his profile in activist causes as well as music, working as a producer on such projects as Mary J. Blige‘s 1997 “Share My World” album, K-Ci and Jo-Jo’s “Love Always” and R. Kelly’s “Freak Tonight,” along with working as an on-air radio personality for New York City’s KISS 98.7 FM.

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