Entertainment Roundup: Another Muslim group tackles MURIC over Falz’ #ThisIsNigeria; Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, sex assault charges | More stories

Here’s everything you missed in entertainment yesterday and others that unravelled while you slept – and are still buzzing today.

Miss America is scrapping the swimsuit portion from its pageant

The contest announced Tuesday that the next edition of the Miss America pageant will not have the swimsuits portion and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes.

We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge,” Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced on “Good Morning America“.

The official Miss America Twitter account tweeted a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.


Niniola gets nominated for a BET Award

Niniola has been nominated in the BET Awards 2018 Viewers Choice International Act category.

Niniola makes a list of ten selected artistes.

Other artistes nominated in the category include: Kwesi Arthur (Ghana); Sjava (South Africa); Mc Soffia (Brazil); Nailah Blackman (Trinidad and Tobago); Not3S (UK); Prince Waly (France); Sik-k (South Korea); TakeAMic (France); IAMDDB (UK).

She already reacted:


Falz’ manager says they ‘have no plans to take down the video’ 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Falz to take down his video for ‘This is Nigeria’ or face legal action.

But according to PulseFalz’ manager, Femisoro Ajayi, who confirmed that he was aware of the statement by the Muslim group, said they have no plans to take down the video.

Yes, I have seen the statement online, but we have no official response yet, the video is out there and we have no plans to take it down, we will only respond when we get an official letter directly sent to us,” he said.

Meanwhile, another group known as Muslim Against Terror has defended the artiste. The group says MURIC does not have an understanding of veil usage.

In a statement countering that of MURIC, Muslim Against Terror said: “In clear contradiction to what MURIC’s Professor Ishaq Akintola claimed, Islam or Muslim was NEVER mentioned in the video and the veil is not owned by Islam but worn by anyone who so feels, hopefully to the pleasure of Muslims and worn by nuns and sometimes forcibly doused by terrorists on their captors as happened in the Chibok case.

Where did Ishaq see Islam or Muslim in this video?

Was this subvert threat of a possible repeat of radical and meaningless, unjustified violence by misguided Islamists in the past, a means of merely defending the Buhari administration possibly negatively affected by the viral video and defending Fulani herder-related terrorism by attempting to present the video as religiously provocative? The video was not.

If at all the video provoked any religion it was the Christian faith, by ridiculing pastors casting out demons via grabbing female breasts, and also laying direct attacks at pastors involved in the establishment of universities which their congregations cannot attend.”


Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, criminal sex act charges

Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in a brief hearing before a judge in New York, and his lawyer vowed afterwards to try to beat the case even before it goes to trial.

His attorney, Ben Brafman, told reporters the case was “eminently defensible” based on what they have learned about the evidence.

I think today is the first day of this process. We begin our fight now,” he said, adding that his defence would include trying to get prosecutors to drop the case.

If we are successful, there may not be a trial.”


Rihanna opens up about her biggest regret in life

Rihanna has revealed the one thing she regrets the most in her life, and it’s not what we expected.

Back in 2014, she attended the CFDA Fashion Awards in a stunning gown made entirely out of Swarovski crystals.

Rihanna attends the “2014 CFDA Fashion Awards” red carpet arrivals at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. ÂÂ LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)

While it’s remembered as one of her most iconic fashion moments to date, Rihanna has revealed that she wishes she would have done one thing differently.

I just liked it better without the lines underneath,’ she told Vogue, explaining why she opted out of wearing a bra.

Could you imagine the CFDA dress with a bra? I would slice my throat. ‘I already wanted to, for wearing a thong that wasn’t bedazzled. That’s the only regret I have in my life.”

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