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Black Stories Matter: Ghana to host International Master Class September 30

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Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, ‘Beyond the Return’ presents one of the biggest and elaborate Master Classes ever organized in the Ghanaian creative space.

Under the theme, ‘Black Stories Matter: Forging Collaborations for the Development of Ghana’s Creative Industry’ – a legion of international greats, accomplished in their varied endeavours would partake in the Master Class as panelists.

Professor Eleanor Earl, a Film Lecturer at the Hampton University and TV host, Ivy Prosper, would moderate a panel that would include Chris Roland, Vasall Benford, Lamman Rucker, Baron Davis, Etu Evans, Shelby Stone, Asante Bradford, RJ Bucaria and Philonese West.

The event comes off on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4pm GMT, and would be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram on @beyondthereturn, @Ghanatourismauthority and @yearofreturn. It would also be broadcast live on Hitz 103.9FM.

The speakers and panelists include:

LAMMAN RUCKER

Lamman Rucker is an American actor who has starred in Tyler Perry’s films Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Meet the Browns, and its television adaptation. In 2016, he began starring as Jacob Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.  He played Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest son of Lynn Whitfield’ and Keith David’s characters until the series ended in 2020. He continues to act in several features films and has also been very successful in producing original content  for film and television

SHELBY STONE

Shelby Stone is an Emmy winning, Golden Globe and NAACP winner producer who is currently the President of Production for the Narrative Film Group, formerly known as Freedom Road Productions, Common and Derek Dudley’s company. They have numerous projects with ABC, Showtime, Starz , Amazon and many other distribution outlets. The production company Executive Produces Lena Waithe’s hit show, The Chi, which is inits third season. Ms. Stone has produced over 80 hours of television, including the critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning Bessie, Lackawanna Blues, Life Support, Single Ladies and more. She is the recipient of over 60 awards and nominations, including Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice, GLAAD, George F. Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Award and NAACP awards. Stone is an active member of Women in Film, where she served on the Board, as well as the Producers Guild, Women in Media and Film Independent, where she taught in the Producing Lab. 

BARON DAVIS

Baron Davis is an entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. As a businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitamin water and helped launch Thrive Market. Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, BIG and No Label—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heartwarming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages.

ETU EVANS

Etu Evans is a shoe, clothing and accessory designer, interior design consultant and philanthropist. Etu Evans has made a name for himself as a tastemaker to celebrities.  His parent company, The Evans Guild (TEG), is a lifestyle brand with high-end execution and specialization in Fashion, Furniture, Film, Farming and Foundation. In the design space, including fashion and furniture, Etu has garnered a celebrity following and has been featured in several international print publications and on major television networks. He has served as a consultant to Harlem Textile Works, designed for Ducati in Italy and featured on the “Hottest Designer” segment on the popular television show, “The View.” His style and design impact led to his appointment as a brand ambassador of a premium French spirits brand.

The New York Daily states “He’s one of the hottest shoe designers in the business and has turned the world upside down on its stiletto heel. Beyoncé bounces in his footwear, Tyra Banks says she’s a fan and Lil Kim strapped on some boots for a sexy photo shoot.” Footwear News has hailed Etu and his purple bottoms as, “the Prince of luxe footwear.” Evans’ designs have graced the pages of German Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Essence, GQ, In Style, Ebony (30 Leaders of The Future) and Black Enterprise. His designs have adorned Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, Cynthia Bailey, Michael B. Jordan and John Singleton, just to name a few.

 

Evans is focused on the cultivation of fashion, style and beauty content for the mediums of film and television. He created the “Republic of Style” television show for WBLS radio and internet in New York; and, serves as the Creative Director of Harlem World Magazine.  Evans has an additional talent of public speaking; and, is often called upon to contribute as a style correspondent to major networks; and, has opened up for motivational guru Les Brown.  Most recently, he delivered a thought-provoking talk- Leaving a Footprint– when featured on the Tedx platform.

VASALL BENFORD

Vassal Gradington Benford III is an American music mogul, ffilm pproducer and investor.  Benford has stamped his indelible imprint on the music scene as one of the world’s most prolific producers in the entertainment industry today.  In 2017 Benford landed a platinum EDM pop hit with 2x Grammy Award winner DJ Diplo (Justin Bieber, Skrillex) song titled “Be Right There, also performed by superstar DJ’s Marshmellow and Major Lazer generating over 1 billion internet streams. In 2019 Benford executive produced the hit film “After”. The film was a commercial success after grossing 70 million at the Box office.  Combined, Benford’s productions has generated over $400 million in sales revenue for such companies as Universal, Sony, BMG and Warner Bros.  Benford is Chairman/CEO of The Benford Company(TBC), which is distributed by Universal with Mark Canton( Partner/film producer of the 2018 box office Blockbusters “300: Den Of Thieves” “Immortals” and the hit TV show “Power”). TBC capitalizes on mMusic, film, Iinnovative technologies and ddigital mmedia platforms.

Benford’s production has helped create platinum hits for superstar talents DJ Diplo, Major Lazer, Toni Braxton, NAS, Marshmellow, Flo Rida, Fat Joe & Remy Ma,Queen

 

R J BUCARIA

RJ Bucaria is Co-Founder and C.E.O. of Prolific Media Holdings LLC.He has been a trusted advisor and consultant to companies ranging from top Fortune 100 with over US $300 million in revenues to start-ups. He has also had the pleasure of compiling a client list of the entertainment industry’s top names such as Sony Records, Universal Music, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV, Radio City Music Hall, Charlie Murphy, Nokia, MPL Communications, Wyclef Jean, NBA, Discovery Channel, A&E, E!, Comedy Central, Warner Bros. Pictures and many more. Prolific’s operations, deal flow and investment targets typically fall inside of 5 core verticals which include: Music, Film & Television, Facilities & Venues, Entertainment Marketing, and Entertainment Technology & IP.  Creativity in the Arts has always been a central part of his life. By the time he was 17, he had already recorded 3 full-length albums, performed Off Broadway, produced 3 benefit concerts, written/directed/scored 2 original plays, was the chief lighting designer for over 20 stage productions, and had added over 15 instruments to his performance repartee. Through his 20+ year journey in the business of the entertainment industry, he has held positions as A&R, Talent Management, Music Supervision, Producer, Executive Producer, Director, C-Level Executive and as a member of the Board of Directors for public, private and non-profit organizations. He has had the great pleasure of working with a large number of companies and talent from both the “A list” and those who have yet to make it on any list. Bucaria has said, “I have a very deep passion for every aspect of what I do and always look forward to the challenge of tomorrow.”

PROFESSOR ELEANOR EARL

Professor Eleanor Earl is a film and television content producer, entrepreneur and educator who has an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place through education, entrepreneurship and the creative arts. Since 2003 Earl has been an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies in the School of Liberal Arts & Education, at Hampton University, an HBCU, ; and, has served as the Film Studies Program Director since 2007.  In 2009 she received the      E. L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award.  Earl served as director, writer and sometimes host of a regional newsmagazine/talk show, with over 100 episodes completed during her tenure. from 2010- 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at Hampton University, Earl spent six years in Los Angeles, CA.  She produced the feature-length documentary, Searching for Shaniqua, which won the HBO Best Documentary Award at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in 2016.  Currently, she is executive producer on the feature film adaptation of Dr. Van Whitfield’s best-selling novel, “Something’s Wrong With Your Scale” and several other independent film and television projects that are in various stages of development with legendary film producer and mentor, Reuben Cannon of Reuben Cannon  & Associates. Most recently, Professor Earl partnered with music mogul and filmmaker, Mr. Vassal Benford of The Benford Company ,and continues a more than 10-year partnership with Shomi Patwary, an award-winning video director, of Illusive Media. She took undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, from New York University, Old Dominion University (with graduate credits in English Literature from a program held at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England) and The University of Virginia.

ASANTE BRADFORD

Asante Bradford is Project Manager for Digital Entertainment and Media for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the sales and marketing arm of the State of Georgia.  The Global Commerce Division conducts extensive business development, sales, marketing and promotional activities in order to attract entertainment projects and businesses to the state. The division’s team also assists the local, national and international entertainment industries with information, expertise and resources.

Asante helps promote the growth of the digital media industry as well as identify initiatives that will help grow businesses for the state of Georgia in interactive entertainment. He also helps educate potential prospects and provide clients with information about the Georgia Entertainment Industry Incentives Act.

His area of concentration with the Global Commerce office is to increase the impact of interactive entertainment for the State of Georgia as well as being a dedicated liaison to assist with promotions, logistics and business development for attracting digital media companies outside the state to relocate in Georgia.

Asante was the Digital Entertainment Liaison for the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainmentdivision of the Georgia Department of Economic Development from 2007-2010 which helped Georgia become known as a center for video game development, animation and digital media. The economic impact of the entertainment industry in Georgia jumped from $413 million to $2.4 billion in that time span.

 

PHILONESE WEST

Philonese West Is a Celebrity Hair Stylist with over 30 years of experience in the hair care industry having worked in Hollywood, Atlanta, South Africa and many others Philonese has travelled  Internationally teaching Natural Hair Care with Aunt Jackie’s including  The UK, South Africa and Nigeria.
Philonese currently works Behind  the Scenes with the Film & Television Industry where she has worked on shows such as Tyler Perry’s “ If Loving you is Wrong”, FX Atlanta with Childish Gambino, HBO The Watchmen as a personal stylist for Regina King which led her to The Golden Globes and The Oscar Awards bringing her career to its highest peak.

CHRIS ROLAND

Chris Roland is an award-winning American producer, director, and writer living and working in Cape Town, and has been involved in 80+ productions. In September 2020 Chris’ latest film Santana was ranked #1 in the world on Netflix for six straight days. Chris owns My Movies, a sales and distribution company, and previously owned ZenHQ Films and The Imaginarium, both leading production companies, and the South Africa Film Finance Corporation (production financing), and Basecamp Logistics (unit equipment rentals). As a consultant, Chris provides a wealth of experience that helps turn challenges into opportunities and ideas and dreams into realities.

 

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Dr. Thomas Mensah, Dentaa Amoateng, H.E Anne-Sophie and 9 Mind-Blowing Speakers Shared Ideas at TEDxSpintex Hosted by Hyperlink Africa

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The most anticipated TEDxSpintex happened on Friday night at the Untamed Empire. A night of mind-blowing ideas shared on the TEDx stage. (more…)

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This Week On Twitter: Eloswag wins BBNaija HoH again, Twitter launches ‘Spotlight Location’, Chirp Dev Challenge and many more

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Get the latest news in music, movies, sports, entertainment and more on Twitter. Here is a recap of some of the trending stories during this week on #TwitterGhana.

Twitter “Spotlight Location” offers business presence for professionals

Professionals, be it content creators, small business or big brands can now strengthen their presence and showcase their products to customers on Twitter to drive results that move their business forward. Here is a Tweet by the social networking platform on how it’s making this possible through its latest feature known as ‘Location Spotlight’. Some media outlets such as Ameyaw Debrah has  Tweeted about this amazing feature. It is indeed a great time to be a content creator on Twitter!

 

 

Chirp Developer Challenge x Twitter is on!

The Chirp Dev Challenge is on and developers across Ghana are encouraged to join in for a chance to win great prizes valued at over $520,000 and be featured at the Chirp Developer Conference on November 16 in San Francisco. Hacklab Foundation shared a Tweet on how to participate by sharing your innovative idea building an app using Twitter’s API v2 to unlock new experiences for people on Twitter. Give it a go and inspire other developers! #ChirpDevChallenge.

 

BBNaija 2022: Eloswag wins HoH again with seven housemates up for possible eviction

It’s getting hot in Biggie House as housemates from level 1 & 2 battle out for the Head of the House (HoH) title each week. Eloswag has yet again won the week 4 Level Up HoH. Big Brother this time around gave the Head of House an opportunity to nominate from Level 1 or Level 2 house and he chose level 2. Eloswag nominated Kess, Modella, Chizzy, Pharmsavvy,  Kess, Daniella, Amaka, and Groovy. Watch highlights of Eloswag’s nominations via this video. A BBN fan commenting on Twitter said, “Eloswag will be wondering why 7 people this time around”. Meanwhile, you’re missing out if you haven’t followed ShowmaxNG where you can get all the daily highlights and gist happening on the reality show. Good job Eloswag!

Read AlsoThis week on #TwitterGhana: Big Ivy Returns, Kofi Balmer’s signing by Crystal Palace excites Ghanaians and Many More

 

Global Citizen Festival is coming to Accra

Get ready for an epic line up of musicians including Usher, Gyakie and Sarkodie as they take the stage on September 24 at Black Star Square when the Global Citizen Africa festival comes to Accra. The movement, which aims to change the world through music and address some of the world’s biggest issues, made the announcement via this  tweet on their official Twitter handle. Start getting your dance moves ready people!

Asamoah Gyan targets Black Stars Return at Qatar 2022

In an exciting interview with BBC World Service Sport, Ghana’s football legend, Asamoah_Gyan told John Bennett of his dreams to be called to play at the World Cup in Qatar which stirred up varied reactions from netizens. The football icon shared that though he hasn’t spoken to the leadership of the Ghana Black Stars, he has started training. Here is a snippet of the interview. Reacting to the news, Social Media influencer @AsieduMends tweeted asking Ghanaians about their thoughts. Citi Sports also Tweeted. Catch more of the heated reactions by football fans here.

 

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Everything you need to know about Delta 8 Pre-rolls

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Delta 8 is getting in popular among cannabis producers, especially with edibles and, more specifically, Gummies. Delta 8 items are more and more being added to customers’ shopping carts due to new flavors being developed and more concentrated versions being created. Before we get to the top (and the top of our customers’) brands, it’s crucial to learn more regarding Delta 8 products in general.

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC can be a natural substance found in hemp in very small amounts but is converted in the lab with CBD in greater quantities for use in various products. Due to the fact that Delta 8 is derived from hemp chemicals, it is legal in our federal government. Federal law bans products that have over 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC but there is no restriction on Delta 8.

The most popular type of THC cannabinoid in marijuana is beta 9, also known as delta 9. That’s why marijuana is known to have health benefits as well as a powerful psychoactive effect, but also with adverse effects such as anxiety, and paranoia. CBD is well-known for its renowned reputation of offering health benefits (sleep issues, anxiety, general well-being, body pain) which you can take pleasure in without the mental jitters or the high from THC.

Delta 8 has pros and cons, what are they?

It has garnered a dedicated audience due to the fact that it gives a psychoactive high, but also has health benefits. It is possible to eliminate certain negative side effects by using Delta 9 (paranoia and anxiety). While Delta 9 does not produce as much intoxication as Delta 9 (less intoxication), it is equally potent.

Read Also: 3CHI Delta 8 THC Gummies Lifestyle: for Keto, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Diets

However, it’s distinct. It may bring euphoric physical relaxation, as well as mental peace to your mind. You can learn more about Delta 8 THC in our full blog on its benefits.

The advantages of the use of DELTA 8

The utilization of Delta 8, in general, is a fantastic way to reap the advantages of THC in addition to an intense high in psychoactive levels without the unpleasant negative consequences like anxiety or anxiety. Certain benefits include the ability to relax, stimulate your appetite, and anxiety-reducing anti-inflammatory effects that keep your mind in a state of calm. It’s high but without blurred vision.

Delta 8 Pre-rolls

Infused with delta-8, delta-8 pre-rolls are made from hemp flower infused with delta-8 (CBD or CBG flower). The most sought-after pre-rolls consist of pre-rolled cigarettes.

What are the purposes that Delta 8 pre-rolls do?

Delta 8 THC creates the same euphoric effects but is not as strong as Delta 9. Delta 8 prerolls. The one you prefer the most will provide the same benefits as our most loved ones, but they’re completely different! The most frequent outcomes are happiness as well as joy and relief from physical pain.

Conclusion

Delta-8 pre-rolls are a great way to experience the pleasure of the Delta-8 flower, without the need to make the flower roll by yourself. They are particularly beneficial to those just beginning to discover cannabis and don’t have experience in rolling smokeable items, however, everyone can benefit from the ease of pre-rolls. If you want to know more about delta 8 pre-rolls then visit indacloud.co

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Guest Blog: Our qualified doctors of pharmacy have not been paid for 7 months

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The Doctor of Pharmacy Programme or PharmD as it is popularly called is a professional doctorate pharmacy programme that involves 6 years of training in an accredited institution which enables one to become a licensed pharmacist by the Pharmacy Council of Ghana (in this case) or an approved body (which is country specific) in order to work in the clinical space. (more…)

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Hollard and Melcom Celebrate Five Thousand Policies in Two Years of Partnership

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Hollard and Melcom Celebrate Five Thousand Policies in two years of partnership. Since partnering to make insurance more accessible to Ghanaians through a Shop and Insure initiative, insurance group Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life, is marking two years of partnership with retail giant, Melcom. (more…)

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Fascinated by the new HUAWEI nova Y70? We answer all your questions here!

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Huawei’s latest HUAWEI nova Y70 has done something amazing that not many other entry-level phones on the market can brag about. It has put together so many solid features on a single device but at an attractive price. The phone comes with an incredible 6000mAh battery, an expansive 6.75-inch display, a great trio of cameras, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about this new smartphone.

How long can we expect the battery to last on a single charge?

As you already know, the HUAWEI nova Y70 comes with a huge 6000mAh battery. That’s huge even for a 2022 smartphone. The benefit of having such a big battery is that it can last for 3 days on a single full charge. What’s even more amazing is that it supports 22.5W HUAWEI SuperCharge to help you fill-up the large battery in no time. You will be hard-pressed to find such an amazing combination at this price point.

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Is the display good for gaming and watching movies?

The HUAWEI nova Y70 features a large 6.75-inch HUAWEI FullView Display that’s great for watching videos. The high screen to body ratio of 90.26% also helps you focus on the content leaving little around the screen to distract you. The phone also adopts a classic flat screen with a single punch hole in the middle to present a simple yet stylish design.

For gamers, the smartphone’s screen also supports an industry-leading 10-point Multi-touch technology to provide a fast response time even when using multi-finger gestures. To reduce the burden on the eyes, HUAWEI nova Y70 also features smart dimming, a luminous screen, an e-book mode, as well as a video quality enhancement feature to further improve the visual experience.

How good are the cameras on the HUAWEI nova Y70?

If you are looking for a smartphone with great cameras to explore your creativity, then the HUAWEI nova Y70’s AI Triple Camera is all you need. It features a 48MP High-res Main Camera, a 120° 5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera and a 2MP Depth Camera. Thanks to the f/1.8 aperture of the 48MP High-res Main Camera, it allows for more light when shooting resulting in clean-looking photos. Coupled with the optimised Huawei algorithms, HUAWEI nova Y70 greatly enhances the quality of captured images, ensuring every shot is of optimal quality, even when taking pictures against the light.

The 5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera helps you easily fit more content in one frame. The 2MP Depth Camera works with the innovative bokeh algorithm to blur the background, allowing your subject to stand out. The 8MP front camera also supports the bokeh effect to blur the background when taking selfies. Huawei’s AI Beauty algorithm can capture selfies in crisp detail with a natural beautifying effect and intelligently improve issues like image sharpness and digital noise to preserve details in your selfies.

What does the 128GB of storage space mean in real-life usage?

The 128GB storage capacity on the HUAWEI nova Y70 is going to be sufficient for the vast majority of people out there. To put it into perspective, you will easily be able to store up to 170 episodes of a drama series, 20,000 high-quality songs and over 60 HD movies on the phone. However, the phone caters even to those heavy users who need extra storage. The HUAWEI nova Y70 supports up to 512GB storage capacity when using MicroSD cards, allowing them to store everything they want in their phone. It is also equipped with EROFTS super file compression technology to easily download your favourite songs, videos, and games.

The trusted, innovative, user-friendly and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova Y70, where users can easily navigate, explore, find and download a wide range of high-quality apps.

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