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Ferry Boat Tragedy In Tanzania Leaves At Least 200 Dead, Captain Arrested

The overloaded capsule sank on Lake Victoria. 

The death toll in Tanzania continues to climb after an overloaded ferry carrying hundreds of people sank in Lake Victoria off the coast of Zanzibar Thursday (Sept. 20). At least 220  are confirmed to have drowned as the the MV Nyerere keeled over into the water, while dozens remain missing.

One survivor recounted the horror of jumping into the swaying waters and clinging to a car tire for 15 minutes before being rescued. Another man, an engineer, survived by locking himself in a small air pocket within the ship where he was later rescued.

"Till this morning we have been able to pull out 223 bodies out of the sea," Transport Minister Isack Kamwele told CNN on Sunday (Sept. 23). "The exercise is still going on, and at the moment we are trying to fix apparatus to lift the ferry out (onto) land." The deceased will all be identified and buried in one place, Kamwele said.

During a public address to the West African nation, President John Magufuli blamed negligence for the deaths of several “children, mothers, students” and the elderly. The MV Nyerere ferry was packed well over capacity with as many as 400 people aboard in addition to bundles of bananas, and bags of maize and cement, the BBC reports.

Magufuli ordered the arrest of “those involved in the management of the ferry,” and declared four days of national mourning. Those who have already been apprehended include the captain though he was not on board at the time, the president said. At least 40 people survived the disaster.

Amid reported criticism over the government's slow response to aiding victims, Magufuli steered the focus away from politics. “Let's leave designated authorities to investigate,” he said.

Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area and the world’s largest tropical lake, spanning more than 26,000 square miles. In 2012, close to 150 people died Tanzania when a ferry capsized in the Indian Ocean, and in 1996, as many as 500 lives were lost in another deadly ferry boat tragedy.

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After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

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“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

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