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dailyphoto080608.jpgHudson in ‘Spotlight’ with New Single
Jennifer Hudson may have taken longer than fans wished before officially announcing the September 30 release of her self-titled debut album. But early signs indicate it might’ve been worth the wait. The 26-year-old Chicago native won the Academy Award last year for her supporting turn in the musical “Dreamgirls,” three years after being voted off “American Idol.” The lead single from her Arista album, “Spotlight,” is currently No. 51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, two weeks after debuting at No. 99. It was written by rapper Ne-Yo, and produced by Stargate, the moniker used by Norwegian producers Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen. (Continue Reading…)

Delta unrest casts shadow on Nigeria and world economy
Unrest in the Niger Delta is becoming a major problem for the Nigerian government but its importance as an oil producer is also helping extend its shadow over the world economy. President Umaru Yar’Adua made the Delta, with its oil and gas riches, one of his priorities when he came to office one year ago. But it remains as violent and poverty stricken as when he arrived. The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) and other smaller militant groups terrorise multi-nationals such as Royal Dutch Shell and Total with their attacks from speed boats in the myriad creeks that make up the region. (Continue Reading…)

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