The 47th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Friday and Ghana’s breakthrough child star, Abraham Attah was spotted with Haitian Hollywood heartthrob, Jimmy Jean-Louis. Young Attah’s critically acclaimed movie, ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ picked up the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.
Other big winners from the night included Straight Outta Compton for Outstanding Motion Picture, Black-ish (Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross won Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively), and Empire(Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson got top honors.)
Full list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year:
Michael B. Jordan
Outstanding Motion Picture:
Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture:
Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture:
Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Phylicia Rashad, Creed
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture:
Beasts of No Nation
Outstanding Documentary (Film):
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film):
Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film):
Ryan Coogler, Creed
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series:
Terrence Howard, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series:
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Marsai Martin, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
The Wiz Live! (NBC)
Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special):
Unsung (TV One)
Outstanding Documentary (Television)
Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ (BET)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Kenya M. Barris, Black-ish – “The Word”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series:
Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane “Sparrow”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television):
Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series:
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, “The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series:
John Ridley, American Crime
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television):
Dee Rees, Bessie
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film):
Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Talk Series:
The Talk (CBS)
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series:
Welcome to Sweetie Pie‘s (OWN)
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special):
Family Feud (Syndicated)
Outstanding Children’s Program:
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series):
Marcus Scribner, Black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special):
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Outstanding New Artist:
Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Male Artist:
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)
Outstanding Female Artist:
Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration:
Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett, “Conqueror” (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Jazz Album:
“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4” – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings)
Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary):
Tina Campbell, “It’s Personal” (Gee Tree Creative)
Outstanding Music Video:
Tyrese Gibson, ”Shame” (Voltron Recordz)
Outstanding Song – Traditional:
Jill Scott, “Back Together” (Atlantic Records)
Jill Scott, “Woman” (Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Song – Contemporary:
Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz, “You’re So Beautiful” (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction:
Stand Your Ground, by Victoria Christopher Murray
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction:
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, by Pamela Newkirk
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author:
Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography:
Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional:
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family, by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry:
How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes
Outstanding Literary Work – Children:
Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) and Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
Former First Lady, Theresa Kufuor passes on
Media reports indicate that former First Lady Theresa Kufuor is dead.
Mrs Kufuor, nee Mensah, is reported to have passed away on Sunday, October 1.
She served as the First Lady of Ghana from January 7, 2001 to January 6, 2009.
She assumed the role after her husband succeeded Jerry John Rawlings as the President of the Republic of Ghana.
While serving as First Lady, Madam Theresa set up the Mother to Child Community Development Foundation to help in the proper development of children and prevent mother-to-child transmission of diseases.
GMA-Europe: Prophet Atarah wins Best Music Video with ‘Woye Odo’
Prophet Atarah earlier in the year released ‘Adom Nyame’ and is preparing to release a new project.
Yaw Sarpong needs to be celebrated – Nicholas Omane Acheampong
Controversial Gospel Musician legendary Nicholas Omane Acheampong,on Sunday live on Onua Showtime with Nana Ama McBrown commended the goods works and positive impart of many Gospel Musicians in the country.
He shared some challenges he passed through in his music career,he leaving to abroad to seek Greener Pastures to aid him in his Music Career.
“My journey in the Gospel Industry has has never been easy at all.I came to meet the lives of Taggoe Sisters, Daughters of Glorious Jesus and Yaw Sarpong and many others,but seriously Yaw Sarpong needs to be celebrated in a grand style” he added.
He later added that,this year marks his 20th year in the industry and for that he is celebrating with his new album dubbed THROUGH PASS which is coming off on the 8th of October 2023.
Source : seancitygh.net
Ko-Jo Cue Teases New Single with Joey B
Ko-Jo Cue is back in the limelight with a bang. The rapper, known for his lyrical prowess and storytelling, has announced the release of his latest single, “Free Throw.” Set to drop on September 28, 2023, it features Joey B with production from Fortune Dane. The upcoming track marks the end of Ko-Jo Cue’s hiatus and will usher fans into a new chapter of his career, as he recently announced a new management team, Gold River.
Ko-Jo Cue’s musical journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Following the success of his EP, “21 Memory Lane,” in October 2021, the artist took a break from the spotlight. However, he didn’t completely disappear from the music scene; instead, he collaborated with artists such as Dj Carcious, Ria Boss, and Paapa Versa.
Earlier this month, he announced his return to the limelight and dropped a thought-provoking freestyle addressing some of the pressing issues in the Ghanaian music industry.
Find the announcement below:
About Ko-Jo Cue
Raised in the energetic rhythms of West Africa, Linford Kennedy Amankwaa, known to the world as Ko-Jo Cue, is a Ghanaian hip-hop artist who continues the legacy of the region’s revered griots. As a songwriter and lyricist, he weaves tales of African life through a lens both introspective and socially aware. His fusion of Hip-Hop, Highlife, and Afrobeats, paired with his philosophically tinged narrative style, mirrors the creative forces behind rap titans like Jay Z, Nas, J. Cole, and Obrafour.
His collaboration with Ghanaian rapper Shaker on the album “Pen & Paper” in 2017 garnered accolades and caught the eye of Lauryn Hill. This earned him an opening slot on her tour. Similarly, his 2019 debut album, “For My Brothers,” was hailed as a landmark in the Ghanaian rap scene, dominated the Apple Music Charts, and gained a nomination for Album of the Year at the 3 Music Video Awards. Since 2019, he has accrued several awards, including the Adinkra Poetry Prize and an Artlink grant, for which he converted his album “For My Brothers” into a radio show aired across Europe.
Dr. Pushkin Successfully Holds ‘Outlandish North2South Experience’ in Accra and Bolgatanga
Ghana’s hip hop sensation, Dr. Pushkin, whose real name is Paul Azunre, has left a resounding mark on the music scene with his recent ‘Outlandish North2South Experience’ held in Accra and Bolgatanga over the last two weekends. Sponsored by the Khaya Languages Translation App, this remarkable event brought together music enthusiasts, artists, and creative minds for two nights of unforgettable entertainment, education, and inspiration.
The journey commenced in Accra on Saturday, September 9, at the prestigious Alliance Française. The event served as a platform for showcasing the immense talent residing in Ghana’s Upper East region. Dr. Pushkin, alongside other remarkable artists such as Rockcity Bongo, Soorebia, Jahwi, Aphee, and several others, set the stage ablaze with electrifying performances. This night marked the inception of a promising new chapter for Upper East creatives in the bustling capital city of Accra.
The thrill and excitement didn’t end there; it only intensified as the ‘Outlandish North2South Experience’ made its way to Bolgatanga. On September 15, creatives gathered at the Jocom Hotel for a music seminar that aimed to impart knowledge and nurture budding talents. The session served as an invaluable opportunity for artists to learn, network, and refine their craft.
The grand culmination of this musical extravaganza unfolded on September 16 with a spectacular concert at the same venue. Bolgatanga witnessed an incredible lineup featuring not only Dr. Pushkin but also renowned artists like Soorebia, Pandy, Fasetwo, Alaptawan, and many others who left the audience awe-inspired with their performances. The energy in the air was palpable as music enthusiasts reveled in the melodies, rhythms, and lyrics that brought the night alive.
The ‘Outlandish North2South Experience’ was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Khaya Languages Translation App, which recognized the importance of celebrating and promoting Ghana’s diverse music and cultural heritage.
Dr. Pushkin’s vision for this event was not merely to entertain but to unite, educate, and uplift the creative spirits of the Upper East region. In doing so, he has showcased the incredible potential of Ghana’s music industry and the wealth of talent it harbors.
This event has not only bridged geographical gaps but has also strengthened the bonds of creativity and unity within Ghana’s music scene, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the nation. The ‘Outlandish North2South Experience’ stands as a testament to the power of music to inspire, unite, and uplift communities.
I want Nigerians to know stripping does not make you a whore – Big Brother Naija star, Chichi
Reality TV Star, Chinenyenwa ‘Chichi’ Okoebor sits with Chude Jideonwo, host of #WithChude, to discuss how she grew up alone after her father passed, the fight at the Big Brother Reunion, how she had to go into stripping for survival, and the journey to forgiving her mother.
Chichi shared about defending herself at the reunion. “What people don’t know is that I grew up alone, and I literallyraised myself. There is nothing that I have not faced in life before now, the worst things that could happen to a girl child happened to me and the last time I checked, I won. My mindset for coming to the reunion was to go and clear many things that were said about me. People have the mindset that I don’t mingle, but I think I am just overprotective and that is the part they have refused to see. Whenever I am vulnerable, they see me as the weak link they can poke on. Whenever this happens in the house, it is not because I cannot react, it is that I am scared of myself that if I react I am going to get disqualified. I saw the show as a pathway to upliftment, so I told myself, ‘Chi calm down’. People thought I was shy and, in my shell, but I was just protective of myself and of the show which was important”.
“After the reunion, I was depressed. For a very long time, I deactivated my socials. Even now sometimes I am on, and sometimes I am off. It is not easy for me, I manage every situation by myself. Sometimes I just want to sit back and take it one step at a time so I won’t lose my mind. I went for the reunion to clear things out and make peace. When I saw that they were just coming for me, I was like, ‘These people, you don’t know me o. I can stand up for myself, I can talk it out”, she added.
Speaking further on the fallout between her and Phyna, she shared, “The way Phyna came felt so scripted for me because she was asked a question, and she said, ‘your mama died, you have silicone on brain in your boobies’. Why did she have to go that far? Also, there is a difference between Silicon and BBL. I feel like she had already planned it. I was dumbfounded. She started saying things that weren’t true– saying things like I was married, and I had kids. People think because we were roomies one week before the lockdown, I told her all those things. First, we never had such a discussion, what we always discussed was what we were going to do on the show, how wewere going to be besties and defend each other’. The other thing was that she asked if I got my body done that she would like to and all that. And I told her that we will discuss it after the show. Many people think that we werepallies or friends before the show, but it wasn’t true. I had met her but we have never said ‘hi’ to each other.”
On life before Big Brother Naija, Chi Chi shared, “Before I went on the show, I remember telling the organizers that Idon’t know which of them picked me, but whoever that person is, God bless that person. I remember telling them that one of my reasons for going to the Big Brother Naija house was to make Nigerians know that stripping does not make you a whore. It’s just another means of making quick money. You don’t really have to sleep around to make money as a stripper or an exotic dancer. I wanted Nigerians to also relate with strippers and their lifestyle. I don’t know if I was able to achieve that, but I’m a homely girl. If you actually watch the show, you will understand that I’m not perfect. I can be a badass. I have never for once thought about what people will start saying. Because when I used to think of that, I was a nobody, until I started thinking less of that and started working hard. So, I wanted Nigerians to relate to my life and maybe at some point, the life of a stripper. To understand that this is actually a profession. Someone can be a stripper, and she can also make a good home.
Chichi also shared how she had suffered several mishaps as a girl child, and how she never felt loved. She mentioned that after her father passed at a young age, she moved in with her father’s best friend from where she had to run after a while. She also spoke about learning to forgive her mum, whom she said never really lookedfor her, and how that can be difficult whenever she imagined how life would have been different for her, if her mum was in the picture.
Watch the excerpt here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cw5j22ZNxfs/?hl=en
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