If you’re in desperate need of a mood booster, this glorious performance of “Rise Up” by 14-year-old America’s Got Talent competitor Jayna Brown will instantly lift you out of a funk. On Wednesday, the teen took the talent show’s judges and audience by storm with her flawless, emotional rendition of Andra Day’s 2015 single, and much to the delight of our senses, her performance was everything.“I felt like I could really convey it more since I had a personal connection with it,” Brown said of her decision to go with Day’s song. “[My mom and I] don’t have our own home and we’ve been staying with family and friends. Now we’re staying with my grandmother and things are looking up for us. I’m actually really happy.” By the end of her performance, Brown was visibly shaken but we suppose that’s what happens when you absolutely slay a performance beyond your own imagination on national TV. The teen received a much-deserved standing ovation and afterwards, Louis Tomlinson nailed it with his description of Brown’s performance.“It’s not just one thing with you. It’s not just the voice, it’s not just the performance,” the One Direction singer said. “You have everything and it’s so infectious watching your performance.”Tomlinson backed up his glowing critique by rewarding Brown with the coveted Golden Buzzer, which means she goes straight through to the live performance finals round. After receiving the good news, Brown ran off the stage where she embraced her mom and Tomlinson. We can’t even lie: this is where we totally lost it. #AmericasGotTalent
Actress Charlize Theron discusses HIV prevention in South Africa ahead of the AIDS 2016 Conference. South Africa has been ravaged by AIDS, with around two million children orphaned by the disease, according to UNICEF. #Champions
One of Africas greatest sons, Nelson Mandela would have turned 98 on the 18th of this month. And millions of South Africans and people around the world continue to keep his legacy alive every day. This year entrepreneurs, artists and ordinary S. Africans collaborated on a beaded art project to raise funds for Madibas strong belief in literacy for all, and his commitment to education for as many children as possible. #NelsonMandela
South Africa is preparing to host the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban. As we approach the date, attention is turning to the high infection rate among women and girls in the country. They are several times more likely to be infected than their male counterparts. In response the United States is dedicating half a billion dollars in HIV funding to focus on helping women and young girls worldwide. #AIDS2016
Move over, Russell Westbrook. You’re not the only athlete rumored to be shipping up to Boston. Los Angeles Clippers All-Star big man Blake Griffin could be in green next season, if the latest Blake-to-Boston Celtics whispers are true. Here’s this, from RealGM’s Keith Smith. We’re not going to sit here and give Smith a hard time for this report. Sources say what sources say. But moving Blake Griffin to acquire Rudy Gay doesn’t just sound like a terrible trade — it is one. The Clippers are title contenders — super team in Golden State notwithstanding — and unless they’re blowing things up (and even if they are), you can be sure that type of return is unrealistic. But, hey, it’s July.
A group of blind people is offering massage therapy in South Sudan, Juba. Its part of an initiative called the Seeing Hands Project, started by an American priest in 2013. Its already having a positive impact on communities in Juba, the capital, and is hoping to expand to other parts of the country. Patrick Oyet reports. #Juba
Fresh fighting has broken out in South Sudan capital, Juba. Heavy gunfire could be heard in parts of the city. And Jubas under lockdown. The violence is reportedly centered on the residence of Vice President Riek Machar - also the headquarters of his forces. Were also getting some unconfirmed reports that the UN base has come under attack. The fighting comes after Fridays violence in the South Sudanese capital. According to the government, at least 272 people were killed. Fridays fighting was apparently sparked following a shoot-out between the bodyguards of President Salva Kiir and Machar. The violence has once again put in doubt the peace deal between the two leaders that was meant to end civil war in the country.
Fresh fighting has broken out in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. Heavy gunfire could be heard in parts of the city. The violence is reportedly centered on the residence of Vice President Riek Machar - also the headquarters of his forces....The African Union summit has started in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The continents leaders are expected in the city later in the week for the leadership summit. The latest violence in South Sudan will likely dominate discussions - as will the election of a new AU Commission Chair....Aid agencies are sounding the alarm over possible famine in North-eastern Nigeria. Cases of malnutrition have soared in the area...Renewed commitment from NATO to battle ISIL militants, was one of the outcomes from the NATO summit held in Warsaw, Poland. The alliance has also pledged billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan and assistance to North African states when it comes to the mass migration crisis..