Mike Tyson squares up to Roy Jones Jr ahead of no-knockout bout in LA | Ents & Arts News


Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr have weighed in ahead of their bout on Saturday night, which will see no judges, a no-knockout rule, and no official winner.

The eight-round exhibition match will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles as part of a three hour pay-per-view live broadcast, and sees both men back in the ring after extended periods of time away.

During the weigh in, Tyson, 54, tipped the scales at 220 pounds, while his opponent, Jones Jr, 51, came in at a lighter 210.

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Plexiglass separated the pair as they squared up

Despite facing a barrage of criticism since the announcement of the bout, it has reportedly drawn in record pre-fight sales.

Tyson, a former heavyweight champion of the world, last fought in 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride – raising eyebrows about his ability to get back in the ring – while Jones Jr, who once held seven belts simultaneously, was still fighting in 2018.

The fight itself will be solely for entertainment purposes. With judges (and fans) absent from the arena, it means the match will have a “no-knockout” rule and will not record an official winner.

However, the rule that the fighters cannot knock out their opponent does not seem to have got through to Tyson, who says he is “coming at” Jones Jr.

He told reporters in LA: “I’m pitching punches and everything else is up to Roy. I’m coming at him. He doesn’t have to worry about me. If I’m running anywhere I’m running right at him.

“Maybe I don’t know how to go easy. I don’t know. I don’t want to say the wrong thing. I don’t want the commission mad at me.”

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It is not only Tyson and Jones Jr on the bill for the event, which is being run by social media platform Triller, with 23-year-old YouTube star Jake Paul taking on former NBA player Nate Robinson, 36.

The pair, as well as two others, will fight on the undercard in a six-round bout.



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Halima Aden: Muslim Vogue model quits runway after she ‘compromised beliefs’ | Ents & Arts News


US fashion model Halima Aden – who has fronted campaigns for the likes of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Kanye West’s Yeezy – is quitting runway shows, saying the industry has forced her to compromise her religion.

When Aden made her modelling debut at New York Fashion week in 2017, aged just 19, she became an overnight star after being hailed as the world’s first Muslim hijab-wearing supermodel.

The 23-year-old, who was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, is considered a trailblazer after featuring on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure.

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Aden grew up in Minnesota after her family fled Kenya

However, despite the success, Aden said the high fashion industry had made her lose sense of “the real Halima” and made her re-evaluate her modelling career.

Aden – who is signed to IMG Models – posted a series of Instagram stories detailing the struggles that came with her line of work while balancing her identity as a practicing Muslim woman.

She told her 1.2m followers that the COVID-19 pandemic gave her the opportunity to reflect on her values and helped her realise that had she continued down her current path, she may have stopped wearing and embodying the values attached to her hijab “completely”.

Aden said: “As I’ve said many times… being a minority inside of a minority inside of a minority is never easy.

“Being a ‘hijabi’ is truly a journey with lots of highs and lows.”

After she made her first break, the model was keen to represent her faith and community on a mainstream platform – writing that she was “so desperate” for any “representation” that she had “lost touch” with who she was.

Halima Aden at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in LA
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Aden said she ‘sobbed’ in her hotel room after one photoshoot

Aden added she often put herself in compromising positions – including missing obligatory prayer times in the Islamic faith and agreeing to being draped with a pair of jeans in place of a headscarf.

After the jeans shoot with American Eagle Outfitters, Aden said she “sobbed” in her hotel room.

While the campaign encouraged consumers to “find your style” – Aden said she felt she had lost her own.

The model usually chooses to wear longer skirts and dress styles as a visible marker of modesty – but she said swapping jeans for a hijab cheapened and compromised her act of worship.

Aden walking the TOMMYNOW London Spring 2020 catwalk at the Tate Modern
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She said she blamed herself for caring ‘more about the opportunity’ than ‘what was actually at stake’

She said: “But… this isn’t even my style?? Never was. Why did I allow them to put jeans on my head when at the time I had only ever worn skirts and long dresses?

“I went back to my hotel room & just sobbed after this shoot because deep down I knew this wasn’t it. But was too scared to speak up.

“The truth is I was very UNCOMFORTABLE. This just ain’t me.”

She said what she went through was a “common struggle” – particularly among minority groups in fields where they are underrepresented.

Aden said people would “slowly start compromising” their most basic principles in order to “fit in”.

Halima Aden walks the runway during the Sherri Hill NYFW Spring 2020 runway show
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Aden told her 1.2m followers that the COVID-19 pandemic gave her the opportunity to reflect on her values

She told her fans on Twitter not to “sell out” and said she blamed herself for caring “more about the opportunity” than “what was actually at stake”.

She said her mother helped anchor her through the constant struggles of balancing conformity with retaining aspects of her personal cultural identity.

“[She] has been pleading with me for years to open my eyes,” said Aden. “Thanks to Covid & the break away from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong in my personal hijab journey.

“Looking back now I did what I said I would never do.”

She added: “My hijab journey was the STRONGEST when I was surrounded by my sisters. That’s a theme I’m discovering about myself now.

“My hijab was on point when I was surrounded by my Somali culture.”

Many influential personalities have shared their support for Aden – including the likes of the singer Rihanna, who was the first to offer the model her big break.

Aden shared that the Fenty boss allowed her to bring a hijab of her choice to set – to which Rihanna responded on her own Instagram story, saying: “Love you so much Queen.”

Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid also expressed their “love” for Aden, writing that they were both “proud” of their friend and “sis” in how far she had come.

(L-R) Donatella Versace, ASAP Rocky, Halima Aden and Rihanna during The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall
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(L-R) Donatella Versace, ASAP Rocky, Halima Aden and Rihanna during The Fashion Awards 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall

Aden said she would keep modelling, but only if her hijab is “visible” in a way that is deemed appropriate to her.

She said: “If my hijab can’t be this visible- I’m not showing up period.

“This is the standard moving forward if you want to work with me. Come correct or don’t come at all.”



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Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at AMAs – but misses awards to re-record old music | Ents & Arts News


Taylor Swift has been named artist of the year for the third time in a row at the American Music Awards – but could not make the ceremony as she is re-recording her back catalogue amid a high-profile row over the master recordings.

The 30-year-old star delivered her acceptance speech remotely, confirming to fans that she is in the studio working on new versions of some of her biggest hits.

It comes after music mogul Scooter Braun bought the record label Swift was previously signed to, which owned the masters of her first six albums, against her wishes last year.

Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter said he had sold them on to a private equity firm in a deal reportedly worth more than $300m (about £227m).

Accepting her prize, Swift – who has now won the award a record six times in total – said it meant a lot to her that it is voted for by fans.

“You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career but especially this one, when we’ve been so far apart,” she said.

“I just love you so much and I’m really, really lucky because of you.”

Swift, who released her latest album, Folklore, in July, added: “The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it, so it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

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Katy Perry performed live for the first time since becoming a mum
Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards 2020
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Jennifer Lopez was also among the stars to appear on stage at the ceremony

Swift took the top prize ahead of Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch, and also won favourite music video for the track Cardigan and favourite pop/rock female artist.

Before her best artist speech, stars including Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa and Lewis Capaldi performed at the event.

Katy Perry also took to the stage, performing live for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom, in the summer.

BTS performed at the American Music Awards from South Korea
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BTS appeared via video-link from South Korea

The Weeknd was named favourite soul/R&B male and took home favourite soul/R&B song for Heartless, as well as the album equivalent, while Doja Cat was named new artist of the year.

K-pop stars BTS won the favourite pop/rock duo/group award, accepting the prize from South Korea, while Megan Thee Stallion accepted the prize for favourite rap/hip-hop song on behalf of herself and Cardi B for the X-rated WAP.

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British star Lipa won the award for favourite pop/rock song for Don’t Start Now and delivered her acceptance speech from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a limited audience – all wearing masks – was allowed inside the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles for the ceremony.



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Rose McGowan breaks arm after falling over while reading US election results | Ents & Arts News


As US election counts go down to the bone, Rose McGowan’s dedication to keeping across results has landed her in hospital.

The 47-year-old actress and activist shared a photo on Instagram that showed her wearing a face mask and a cast on her left arm.

McGowan explained the cause of her injury was politics related, writing in her post: “Reading US election results while on the stairs = bone break.”

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McGowan has been critical of both US presidential candidates

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are currently locked in a closely fought election race with razor-thin margins set to decide the winner.

McGowan went on to explain that she wasn’t being treated in America, but in neighbouring Mexico, writing: “It cost $250 in Mexico for my emergency room visit, compared to a likely 10k hospital bill in California for the same accident.

“USA is not the land of the free, it’s the land of the overcharged. #bigpharma #usa🇺🇸 #mexico 🇲🇽 OUCH”.

Her dig at the US healthcare system is not uncharacteristic for McGowan, who has been vocal in her criticism of both presidential candidates.

She has previously called Mr Trump a “disease” and accused Mr Biden and the Democratic Party of achieving “nothing”.

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She wrote on Twitter: “What have the Democrats done to solve ANYTHING? Help the poor? No. Help black & brown people? No. Stop police brutality? No. Help single mothers? No. Help children? No. You have achieved nothing. NOTHING.”

McGowan was one of the first actresses to speak out about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, accusing him of sexual misconduct. He is now serving 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.



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Russia seeks actress to send in to space for feature film shot on ISS | Ents & Arts News


Russia’s biggest TV channel has launched a competition to find a woman to star in what it hopes will be the first feature film shot in space.

Partnering with Russian space agency Roscosmos, Channel One aims to find a leading lady for the movie – provisionally titled “Challenge” – which will begin filming at the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2021.

And in a space race for the 21st century, the project is vying to pip movie star Tom Cruise to the post after he announced he would be teaming up with NASA and Elon Musk‘s SpaceX to film the first narrative feature outside the Earth’s atmosphere at around the same time.

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Tom Cruise has a race on his hands to star in the first space feature film. Pic: Getty/Russia Channel One
"Top Gun: Maverick" is directed by Joseph Kosinski, taking off in theatres June 2020.
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Cruise is no stranger to high altitude stunts. Pic: Top Gun: Maverick/Paramount Pics

The casting announcement for the role says a “a real superhero” is required for the part, someone who wants to “go to the stars… at the same time as becoming a big international star”.

While the successful applicant does not have to be a professional actress, she does have to be aged between 25 and 40, stand between 150 and 180cm tall, weigh between 50 and 70kg and have a “chest girth” of up to 112cm.

She is also required to have a clean criminal record.

Additionally, she must be pretty fit, and able to run 1km in three and a half minutes or less, swim 800m freestyle in 20 minutes and dive from a three-metre springboard with an impressive technique.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, only Russian citizens will be considered.

As part of the initial screening, each applicant must also send a screen test in which they read Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s famous letter from Tatyana to Eugene Onegin in his 1833 novel.

A shortlist of 30 candidates will be drawn up following face-to-face casting, and then narrowed down to two with a series of physical, medical and psychological tests.

Two women will eventually be trained up as “cosmonaut-researchers” – one for the lead role, and the other as an understudy/stunt double.

It is understood that a supporting male actor will also be selected and sent to space, but in a separate process to the public female casting.

General Director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin described the project as “a kind of space experiment” and said the winners would be prepared for any situations that could “unexpectedly arise on board the station”.

They will spend three months training in basic knowledge of space, spacecraft and the ISS at Cosmonaut School. Three more months of practice will follow.

They will be drilled in weightless flights using vestibular training and a centrifuge, and survival training on the off-chance of an “abnormal splashdown landing”.

Training will include weightless flights. Pic: Russia/Channel One
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Training will include weightless flights. Pic: Russia Channel One

Applicant have also been warned they have to be prepared to sleep in a ISS-issue sleeping bag and wash their hair with just a couple of drops of water, leave-in shampoo and a towel.

Female astronaut and deputy of the Federal Assembly of Russia Elena Serova said: “If the applicant is married, then there will be little time left for a family, and the environment, believe me, is quite demanding.”

It takes around six years to train a professional astronaut to go into space, although the entire preparation to go into orbit for the movie will be undertaken in less than a year.

During the flight into space, astronauts travel at around 17,000 mph and orbit the Earth 16 times a day once on the ISS.

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While details of the plot are yet to be released, CEO of Channel One Konstantin Ernst said the script was currently being written with the help of Roscosmos in a bid to make it true to life.

He said: “This is not science fiction, this is a very realistic version of what may happen in the near future.”

Filming in space will last 10 days, and in addition to time on set, actors will also have to work out for two hours daily, using barbells, a squat machine or a treadmill.

The Russian movie is also up against other competitors in the push to film in space, as in addition to Tom Cruise‘s as-yet untitled $200m (£150m) Universal Studios project there is an American reality TV series in the works too.

Using a similar selection process and training schedule, Space Hero Inc plans to send a civilian to the ISS in 2023 and broadcast it live around the world. It is said to involve the biggest prize ever awarded on American TV.

The International Space station is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory, 250 miles (400km) above earth.

A multinational collaborative project, it hosts five participating space agencies including Roscosmos and NASA.



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US election 2020: Rapper Lil Wayne endorses Donald Trump and backs ‘platinum plan’ | Ents & Arts News


Lil Wayne has tweeted his support for Donald Trump after meeting with him to discuss his plan to help black Americans – just four days before the election.

The rapper praised the US president’s work on criminal justice reform and said his “platinum plan” will “give the community real ownership”.

Alongside a picture of the two smiling and giving a thumbs up, Lil Wayne wrote: “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

The president, who famously tweets regularly, did not follow the meeting with a response but retweeted the rapper’s post.

Mr Trump’s “platinum plan” was unveiled in September, with the president claiming it was specifically designed to provide an economic boost to the black community.

One of the many proposals includes marking “Juneteenth” – or June 19th – as a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US.

His plans also include prosecuting the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist organisation.

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Lil Wayne said Trump ‘listened to what we had to say’ about black issues

However, at a presidential debate last month, Mr Trump repeatedly declined to condemn white supremacy and violent right-wing groups – despite several requests by moderator Chris Wallace.

He instead urged far-right group Proud Boys – known for street brawling – to “stand by”.

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In 2016, Mr Trump won just 8% of the black vote – compared to his rival candidate Hillary Clinton who secured 88% – according to the Edison Research for the National Election Pool.

The Lollipop rapper is not the only famous hip hop star to endorse the president’s work.

Kanye West previously expressed support for Trump but has since launched his own presidential bid and insisted he has 'more money than Trump'
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Kanye West previously expressed support for Trump but later launched his own presidential bid

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube defended his role in advising Mr Trump with the proposals, saying “black progress is a bipartisan issue”.

Kanye West has also publicly supported the president, though he later launched his own bid to become president.





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Gwen Stefani announces engagement to Blake Shelton | Ents & Arts News



Gwen Stefani has said “yes please” to partner Blake Shelton after he popped the question.

The No Doubt frontwoman and solo star announced her engagement with a photograph on Instagram showing her new ring.

Shelton, 44, posted the same image with the caption: “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Stefani’s caption was simply: “Yes please!”

The 51-year-old and the country music star have been in a relationship for more than five years after meeting while coaches on The Voice TV show in the US.

“THE BEST NEWS EVER EVER EVER EVER,” the official Voice account replied to their announcement.

Stefani has released several singles with Shelton, including Nobody But You, which reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in 2020.

The singer was formerly married to musician Gavin Rossdale, with whom she has three sons. The pair divorced in 2016.

Shelton split from his ex-wife Miranda Lambert after four years of marriage in July 2015.



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Frank Bough: Former Grandstand presenter dies aged 87 | Ents & Arts News


Former Grandstand presenter Frank Bough has died aged 87.

A family friend told the BBC the ex-television host died in a care home on Wednesday.

The corporation has paid tribute to him.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Frank excelled as a live presenter with the BBC for many years and we are very sorry to hear of his passing.

“We send our condolences to his family and friends.”

Bough was one of the best-known television personalities of the 1970s and ’80s.

He was part of the launch of the BBC’s Breakfast TV show in 1983.

But his career with the corporation ended in 1988, when he was sacked over a scandal.

He later spoke of his regret over the incident and said his behaviour had been “exceedingly stupid”.

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Bough pictured in 1989 fronting an exhibition stand at Waterloo Station in London

Tributes to Bough have been posted online by journalists, politicians and broadcasters.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said: “RIP Frank Bough, Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time.

“His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters. Sad news.”

Former astrologer Russell Grant, who helped launch BBC Breakfast Time with Bough in 1983, said: “I am deeply saddened at the loss of an old television friend.

“Frank Bough was a great man to work with. We launched #BBCBreakfastTime in January 1983. Always there for advice and support.

“‘They said we wouldn’t get on but we absolutely did – chalk n cheese! See you, Frank.”

Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling said Bough was “one of the very best in the business” and had always been “helpful and generous with his time”.

Andrea Jenkins MP, said her father “spoke highly” of him when reminiscing about time served together in the Tank Regiment doing conscription.



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Adele jokes about weight loss as she hosts Saturday Night Live | Ents & Arts News


Adele has appeared as a host on Saturday Night Live, joking about her weight loss and explaining to fans why her next album is unfinished.

The singer, 32, returned to the sketch show for the first time since 2015, when she appeared as a musical guest.

Singer songwriter H.E.R appeared as a guest and Adele said she was only hosting because “my album is not finished and I’m also too scared to do both”.

“I would rather just put on some wigs – and this is all mine by the way – have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens.”

There had been speculation that Adele‘s high-profile presenting role could mean she’s on the verge of releasing new music.

Her last album was the award-winning 25 in 2015.

Referring to her weight loss, she added: “I know I look really, really different since you last saw me but actually, because of all the COVID restrictions and the travel bans, I had to travel light and only bring half of me – and this is the half I chose.”

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Adele revealed a seven-stone weight loss earlier this year. Pic: Instagram/@Adele

She also gave a “genuine, sincere thank you” to New York’s frontline workers and said she didn’t want to say anything too political on the eve of a presidential election.

Adele, who split from husband Simon Konecki last year, delighted the audience by belting out her 2011 ballad Someone Like You.

The show included a sketch based on the last presidential debate with Maya Rudolph as moderator Kristen Welker and Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey playing Donald Trump and Joe Biden respectively.

Kate McKinnon appeared as Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, following the controversy over his appearance in the Borat sequel.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm shows Mr Giuliani in what appears to be a compromising position in a hotel room with a young woman acting as a journalist.



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Stevie Wonder leaves Motown Records after almost six decades and releases two new songs | Ents & Arts News


Stevie Wonder has released two new songs for the first time in four years after leaving Motown Records and setting up his own record label.

The piano-playing music icon released Where Is Our Love Song and Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate on Tuesday, with a label other than Motown Records – after almost six decades under the legendary imprint.

Instead they were released under Wonder’s So What The Fuss Music – distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records.

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Stevie Wonder performing paying tribute to his friend, the late Bill Withers

It marks a major move for the 70-year-old, who was signed to Motown Records at the age of 11.

Wonder made the announcement in a virtual news conference, where he also added it was the first time he had released two new songs on the same day.

The 25-time Grammy Award winner said he started writing Where Is Our Love Song when he was 18.

“Then came this year,” he explained.

“With all the confusion and all the hate and the East versus West, left versus right. It’s just a hard break.”

All proceeds from the track – which features Grammy-winning guitarist Gary Clarke Jr. – will go towards the US-based non-profit organisation Feeding America.

(L-R) Little Richard, Stevie Wonder's mother Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry at the Grammy Awards in Hollywood, 2nd March 1974
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(L-R) Little Richard, Stevie Wonder’s mother Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry at the Grammy Awards in Hollywood, 1974

The group is a network of more than 200 food banks and aims to feeds millions of Americans every year.

His second release, Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate, features popular rappers Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae and Chika.

He said this song was originally about a relationship – but then he changed the words after adapting it to the current state of the world.

Wonder said he wrote it “thinking about where we [are] in the world and thinking about how this is the crucial time”.

“Change,” he said, “is right now.”

“We can’t put it into the hands of fate. Ain’t nobody got time to wait,” he added. “We can’t put it the hands of fate, finding a cure for this dreadful virus.

“We got to get on our knees and pray or whatever you do.”

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Wonder suggested his new songs were a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement, denouncing the idea of “All Lives Matter” and the use of the slogan to undermine anti-racist campaigning.

“I want everyone to be well,” he continued. “I don’t care what colour you are because actually I don’t see your colour.

“You see colour, don’t act like you don’t see colour, you do.

“But I don’t see your visual colour. But I do feel your soul. I do feel your spirit.

“I see the colour of your spirit and soul, and I’m seeing too many spirits and souls that are not about the love that we’re supposed to have and feel for one another.”

Wonder said he was planning on including the songs on a new and upcoming EP – his first full-length project since 2005.

In the news conference, the singer also gave fans a health update, saying he was “blessed with a new kidney” last year in December.

He said: “Since I have been released from the hospital, the nurses have made sure I’ve taken my medicine on time and I’m going to do it for as long as I have to, even if it is the rest of my life.

“I feel great. My voice feels great.

“I feel like I’m about 40 right now and I just thank everyone for the prayers and the love.”



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