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Last night, musical superstar and social critic/activist, Janelle Monáe,civil rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Young, and more engaged with students, press and influencers at a private screening of the new James Baldwindocumentary, I Am Not Your Negro, presented by Liquid Soul for Magnolia Pictures.

The documentary which releases to theaters, February 3rd, has been nominated for an Oscar Award and a NAACP Image Award for best documentary in the Documentary (Feature) categories.

Famed visual artist and scholar, Fahamu Pecou, wearing a University Of Baldwin long sleeve tee, kicked off the evening introducing artist/activist Janelle Monáe who recited a moving excerpt from Baldwin’s “Notes Of A Native Son,” setting an empowering tone for the screening.

Just before her presentation, she shared a special connection that she and her labelmates at Wondaland Records, have with James Baldwin. “@Wondaland Arts Society and I had the honor of hosting a gut wrenching and TIMELY documentary about our hero James Baldwin. It was an honor to screen a documentary about one of the greatest American writers, JAMES BALDWIN!” At the end of the screening, the audience rose to their feet and the film received a standing ovation.

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The final highlight of the evening is an intriguing talkback panel discussion moderated by Morehouse Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Director, Dr. Stephane Dunn which featured Ambassador Andrew Young; Clark Atlanta University African American Studies Professor, Dr. Daniel Black; Morehouse College Asst. Professor of English, Dr. Francine Allen, Georgia Equality Field Organizer, Rob Woods and artist/activist, Fahamu Pecou. The discussion explored race relations – past and present, the impact of James Baldwin during the civil rights movement and now, the relevance of the documentary to the social issues of today, concluding with thoughts on where we should go from “here.” Civil Rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Jackson gave the students a first-hand perspective sharing on the civil rights movements and marches then compared to now.

Other notable guests attending were: Egypt Sherrod (HGTV’s “Flipping Virgins”); DJ FaDelf (Celebrity DJ, Author and Motivational Speaker); Jack A. Daniels (Psychotherapist, 5x Bestselling Author and Host of FYI’s “Black Love”); Marshawn Evans (Author, NBC’s “The Apprentice”); Christopher Hicks (Director, Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment); (Founder, Hat-titude Big Hat Brunch) and many more!

I Am Not Your Negro opens nationwide on Friday, February 3!

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PHOTOS from the wedding of Ghanaian football star, Inaki Williams and Patricia Morales

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PHOTOS from the wedding of Ghanaian football star, Inaki Williams and Patricia Morales

Today, Black Stars forward Inaki Williams officially married his longtime girlfriend, Patricia Morales, in a joyful event that took place in Bilbao, Spain.

The couple’s special occasion started with a lovely ceremony at the beautiful Basilica of Begoña at 4 PM.

This was followed by a lavish reception at the renowned Palacio de San Miguel in Sodupe.

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The reception venue is a popular choice among fellow footballers, and it is expected to be a glamorous event with many notable guests in attendance.

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In fact, the majority of the Athletic Bilbao team was present to celebrate with their teammate, with the exception of Simón and Vivian who could not make it as they were called up for international duty with Spain.

As an important member of the Bilbao squad, Williams was surrounded by his friends and teammates as he exchanged vows with his beloved partner.

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It was a heartwarming moment to witness. Additionally, Williams’ younger brother, Nico Williams, was given permission to leave the Spanish national team camp to attend the wedding.

The ceremony was a private and intimate affair, with only close friends and family present to share in the couple’s special day.

It was a beautiful celebration of love, and we wish Inaki and Patricia a lifetime of happiness together.

Below are photos from the wedding ceremony. Source: GhanaSoccerNet

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In Photos: How Osu celebrated ‘Dade Tutswaa’

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On Saturday, August 5, the town of Osu was alive with the vibrant sights and sounds of a special event. This festival, known as the Dade Tutswaa, took place over two exciting days. It’s a meaningful celebration that happens just before the famous Homowo festival in Osu. The Dade Tutswaa Festival is a way for the people of Osu to come together, show their pride, and honor their ancestors. It’s a special time that brings the community closer and sets the stage for the even bigger Homowo celebration.

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The Dade Y3l3yeli Shifoo and Asafo Tutswaa, affectionately known as Dade Tutswaa, stands as a vibrant annual festival that resonates deeply within the heart of Osu, one of the seven traditional Ga-Dangme paramountcies in Ghana. This captivating festival is a tribute to both the military prowess of the Osu people and their ancestral deity, Dade, revered for its historical role in ancient warfare.

At its core, the Dade Tutswaa Festival serves as a unifying force, bringing together all four divisions of Osu: Kinkanwe, Ashinte, Alata, and Anorhor Guided by the Kinkanwe Asafo, the festival’s grand procession travels through each division, then final ending at Kinkanwe. This captivating journey meanders through the heart of Osu, paying homage to traditional homes and sites of significant historical importance.

As the procession weaves through the community, the revered flags of Kinkanwe: Antoa and Akonfode lead the way, accompanied by the Asafoiats3m3i (the Asafo captains), traditional leaders and community members. The procession goes into the Osu Castle, which has various traditional elements within that predate the building of the castle. It also visits ancient homes throughout the traditional area of the township. In every division that the procession arrives, the leading men and women offer drinks to the procession, the diety, and the Asafo.

Central to the festival are the captivating displays of musketry and traditional dances, symbolic of the revered Asafo culture of Osu. These dances, uniquely Osu’s, are a testament to the community’s cultural distinctiveness. The traditional colors of the celebration are red and white. On Saturday, the dominant color is red with a touch of white, and on Sunday, the dominant color is white with a touch of red.

Prior to the grand Saturday procession, the Asafo Company sends forth drinks as messengers of celebration to the leading traditional homes. This not only announces the festival’s arrival but also invites these homes to prepare for the Asafo warriors and the revered deity’s visitation. The lead figures of the festival, led by the Nii Shippi Nkpa (the battlefield commander), Dzaase Asafoats3 Nii Tempong Sarpei III (senior captain), alongside Asafoats3 Brenya under the Antoa flag, and Asafoats3 Dzahene under the Akomfode flag, ensure the festival’s seamless celebration.

Setting the stage

With the successful celebration, the commemoration and a testament to its unifying prowess. The festival has not only honored the valiant warriors of yesteryears but has also reinforced the bond that ties the community together. Through its captivating displays, vibrant colors, and deep-rooted traditions, Dade Tutswaa stands as a timeless testament to the resilience and cultural richness of Osu and sets the stage for this year’s Homowo scheduled to take place a few weeks from now.

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Photos and details from Otumfuor’s 73rd Birthday in Mayfair, London

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Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II and his entourage had everything figured out after the King Charles Coronation on Saturday 6th May, 2023. (more…)

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Show-Stopping performances and more at Akple Festival 2023

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It was nothing short of enjoyment and display of culture at the 3rd edition of Ghana’s most exciting food and music party, Akple Festival 2023. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Here are all the stars Stonebwoy met at Grammy Weekend

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Almost as exciting as the 2023 Grammys was the array of festivities that preceded it, hosted and attended by some of the industry’s biggest names. (more…)

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Photos: Red carpet fashion from the 2022 People’s Choice Awards

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The 48th People’s Choice Awards took place in California on Tuesday night, with stars of music, television and fashion turning out for the occasion.

Among those in attendance at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica were Ryan Reynolds, who was honoured with the People’s Icon Award; Lizzo, who received the People’s Champion honour; and Shania Twain, who was named this year’s Music Icon.

Twain wore an attention-grabbing custom look by Rodarte for the occasion, featuring a leopard hood, mesh panelling and black velvet skirt.

See how more photos of the stars on the red carpet.

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