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Barbados honours Rihanna as it removes Queen Elizabeth II to becomes a republic

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Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and became a republic.

In an overnight ceremony on Monday, November 29, in the capital of Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president in the ceremony coinciding with the country’s 55th anniversary of independence.

Singer Rihanna, who is from Barbados attended the event alongside the Prince of Wales, Charles, who represented the Queen.

In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery” the Caribbean island suffered while stating it was time for the Island to move ahead as a republic.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the event, Prince Charles reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change.

He described the moment as a new beginning before being awarded the prestigious Order of Freedom of Barbados by the new president.

The Queen sent the country her “warmest good wishes” for “happiness, peace and prosperity in the future” and said the nation holds a “special place” in her heart.

To signify the official change of power, a final salute was made to the British monarchy and the British Royal Standard flag was lowered and replaced.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island’s governor-general since 2018, was named as president-elect of the nation following a vote in parliament last month. She now replaces the Queen as the head of state.

“Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage. May she weather all storms and land our country and citizens safely on the horizons and shores which are ahead of us,” she said after being sworn in.

She later announced that pop star Rihanna would be named a national hero by President Mason. The artist and businesswoman, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named an ambassador by her home country in 2018.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation,” Ms Mottley said, in reference to one of Rihanna’s songs.

Barbados announced its plan to become a republic last year, but it says it will still remain within the Commonwealth.

Barbados was one of England’s first slave colonies. English settlers first occupied the island in 1627 and, under British control, it became a sugar plantation economy using enslaved people brought in from Africa.

Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and the country became fully independent in 1966.

Before Barbados, which has a population of about 285,000 people, the last nation to remove the Queen as head of state was Mauritius in 1992.

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Faze loses his mother less than a year after losing his twin sister

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Chibuzor Oji, better known by his stage name Faze, has lost his mother Faith.

The singer’s mother died on Jan. 12, 2022, two weeks to her 76th birthday.

This comes less than a year after the singer lost his twin sister.

“My heart is heavy, ” Faze confessed as he mourns his mother.

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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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