Jenna Bush Hager’s Thousand Voices and Universal International Studios are developing Jessica George’s debut novel Maame into a TV series.
Jenna Bush Hager’s Thousand Voices and Universal International Studios are developing Jessica George’s debut novel Maame into a TV series.
EXCLUSIVE: South African streamer Showmax has partnered with the Joburg Film Festival to launch an open commissioning brief to the African film industry, calling for pitches to fill a slate of 10 live-action films.
Nearly five years after the smashing success of the first film, it has been confirmed that the star-studded cast of Girls Trip will be reuniting in an exciting new locale.Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish will be reprising their iconic roles from the 2017 smash hit film as the sequel will likely be taking place in Ghana. Tracy Oliver - who co-wrote the original film - made the revelation to Variety at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend Nearly five years after the smashing success of the first film, it has been confirmed that the star-studded cast of Girls Trip will be reuniting in an exciting new locale. The writer/director/producer - who was there to promote the second season of her Amazon series Harlem - said that she had a 'definitive Girls Trip 2 update.
Animals producer Sarah Brocklehurst’s Brock Media has optioned the rights to award-winning author Caleb Azumah Nelson’s Small Worlds.
EXCLUSIVE: African streamer Showmax is readying its latest original out of Nigeria for next month.
Call it a holiday tradition as common as sweet potatoes on the Thanksgiving table, but Disney is going to rule the five-day holiday stretch again after wins in 2016 (Moana), 2017 (Coco), 2018 (Ralph Breaks the Internet), 2019 (Frozen 2) and last year (Encanto), as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s third weekend looks to do $40M over Wednesday-Sunday and Disney Animation’s Strange World hopes to squeeze out $30M+. All of this occurs as Bob Iger is re-installed as the CEO of Disney and the studio’s distribution czar Kareem Daniel exits.
EXCLUSIVE: In step with domestic, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World will make its offshore theatrical debut this week, and is eyeing an overseas start in the $21M-$29M range. That’s lower than where a new animated movie from Disney might normally kick off, but the studio has taken a voluntary pass on more than 20 markets, choosing not to submit the film in countries where its LGBTQ+ content would have very likely forced demands for edits.
EXCLUSIVE: Range Media Partners has signed British-Ghanaian writer, director, executive-producer and founder of London based DBK Studios, Koby Adom.
Michaela Coel is planning to build a house in Ghana. The 'I Will Destroy You' actress was born in London but both of her parents hail from the West African nation and she now hopes to erect a property in her the village where her father grew up after falling in love with the country on her first visit and feeling an instant connection to her heritage. She told Vogue magazine: "I'd been to Africa before - Kenya and Uganda - but when I came here I was really seeing people who looked like me.
Coachella and its organisers Goldenvoice have filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Ghana-based festival Afrochella.According to the suit, which was filed in a California federal court on October 5, Goldenvoice claim that Afrochella (via Pitchfork) is “intentionally trading on the goodwill of well-known Coachella and Chella festivals and trademarks by actively promoting music events in the United States and in Ghana using the confusingly similar mark Afrochella”The suit continued: “Not simply content to imitate and attempt to trade on the goodwill of Coachella, Defendants even went so far as to apply in Ghana to register Coachella as their own trademarks.”“Despite repeated requests from Plaintiffs, Defendants have refused to adopt their own distinctive event name, and as a result, instances of actual confusion have already appeared on social media.”The lawsuit “seeks injunctive relief and damages for Defendants willful infringement in the United States and to protect the public here from confusion”Back in 2017, former Afrochella boss Edward “Deezy” Elohim took to Twitter to call the festival a “Coachella themed event”.Coachella first warned Afrochella in 2016. In the 30 page lawsuit filed against the festival organizers in Ghana, they add a screenshot of one of the organizers @deezydothis describing Afrochella as a "Coachella themed event" pic.twitter.com/EyAZCBiJK8— Ebenezer Donkoh (NY DJ) (@nydjlive) October 7, 2022Afrochella 2022 is scheduled to take place on December 28 and 29 at El Wak Stadium in Accra, Ghana.
Michaela Coel is opening up about her character in Black Panther.
WILLOW has spoken to NME about her debut novel ‘Black Shield Maiden’ and how she could “definitely” see herself quitting music to become a full-time author.Announced earlier this year, Black Shield Maiden is the first in a fantasy series and is WILLOW’s first novel.Co-written by Jess Hendel, Black Shield Maiden tells the story of Yafeu, a young warrior who is stolen from her home in the Ghanaian Empire and thrust into the world of the Vikings. There she discovers a strange new world and encounters a kindred spirit in Viking princess, Freydis.
Zack Sharf Michaela Coel is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and she confirmed to Vogue magazine that her character will be the latest queer character in the MCU. Marvel brought its first openly gay hero to the big screen in “Eternals” with Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos, and now Coel will also be playing a queer character with Aneka, a captain and combat instructor in the Dora Milaje who is in love with fellow warrior Ayo (Florence Kasumba). Aneka’s sexuality is the main reason Coel decided to sign on to star in the “Black Panther” sequel. “That sold me on the role, the fact that my character’s queer,” Coel says. “I thought: I like that, I want to show that to Ghana.”
Michaela Coel has revealed she was “sold” on the role of Aneka in the upcoming Black Panther sequel because the character is queer. The 35-year-old British screenwriter and actress stars as the captain and combat instructor of the Dora Milaje, the all female crew who protect the kingdom of Wakanda, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Speaking to British Vogue about what drew her to the role of Aneka, Coel said: “That sold me on the role, the fact that my character’s queer.
Arriving at Manchester United from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who won the Champions League five times with Los Blancos, probably expected to come in as a starter. Even if he thought that it would take him a few weeks to settle in, the 30-year-old certainly will not have pictured himself sat on the bench for the Manchester derby in early October.
Married At First Sight UK began on September 29, and the show has been full of twists and turns that have shocked viewers, including Kwame Badu's decision to not allow his wife into his home during the homestays.
Roberto Carlos has named Manchester United's Fred and Casemiro as the Brazilian players he would have liked to play alongside.
Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has shared a positive injury update regarding Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. As per Chronicle Live, the 24-year-old missed Brazil’s friendly against Ghana on Friday due to a thigh problem.
Naman Ramachandran For the first time in six years, the TEDxAccra conference will return as a live event on Dec. 17, after being virtual for a few years. After last year’s theme, Forces That Unite, the 2022 theme is Agents of Change. The platform will continue to highlight Africans on the continent and in the diaspora that exemplify not just the theme, but what TED stands for, including bringing together voices that are heralding change, and impacting the African continent and her people. Speakers include: Joshua Buatsi, professional boxer, 2019 British light heavyweight title holder and an Olympian; Del Titus Bawuah, an entrepreneur in tech, sustainability and cultural impact, and CEO and founder of Lili Smart City; and Adora Mba, founder and director of ADA contemporary art gallery.
The 10th edition of the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park — which first served as a fall music celebration on the Great Lawn in 2012 — began with the Jonas Brothers on Saturday night.It was fitting that those Jersey boys would kick off this year’s event — on the most perfect of early fall days, with not a cloud in the sky over Central Park. The Global Citizen Festival has come to signify not only the end of summer and the beginning of fall — but a renewal of all the ways that music can lift up our spirits and souls even in the most trying of times, whether you were chanting “Jonas!” or rocking a Metallica t-shirt.And the Jonas Brothers were the perfect way to start the festivities, which also just so happened to be hosted by Pryianka Chopra Jonas — the wife and baby mama of the youngest JoBro, Nick.Having such a major Indian star as Chopra Jonas host the event reminded all the New Yorkers on the Great Lawn that this was bigger than us — and this year’s festival had more of an international presence than ever before.Spanish sensation Rosalia, Italian glam rockers Maneskin and African queen Angelique Kidjo all took part.
The Global Citizen Festival made its return on Saturday, September 24, with shows in both New York City and Accra, Ghana.And the likes of Katie Holmes and Priyanka Chopra, who was supported by her husband Nick Jonas and his band The Jonas Brothers, were among the celebrity attendees that hit the red carpet ahead of the concert.Mariah Carey headlined the annual event with the likes of Metallica, Charlie Puth, Måneskin, Rosalia, Mickey Guyton and, of course, the Jonas Brothers. Global: The Global Citizen Festival made its return on Saturday, September 24, with shows in both New York City and Accra, Ghana.
The 2022 Global Citizen Festival is starting soon, so let’s take a look at the lineup!
Arsenal may have suffered a huge blow as midfield general Thomas Partey limped off before Ghana’s match against BrazilThe former Atletico Madrid man was supposed to start the Black Stars’ clash against World Cup favourites Brazil. However, a knock picked up during the warm up saw him limp off three minutes before the Africans’ 3-0 loss against the South Americans.
READ MORE: What Matt Turner and Takehiro Tomiyasu did after Japan vs USA as Arsenal stars shine in friendly "Thomas Partey has been replaced by Baba Idrissu," the official Ghana Twitter account tweeted 10 minutes before kick-off. According to LondonWorld's football writer Rahman Osman, Partey picked up a knock during the warm-up.
2022 World Cup in Qatar - and there looks set to be more heartbreak for England under the winter's sun.Harry Kane and Co will be looking to end the many years of hurt for the Three Lions as they gun for a first World Cup triumph since 1966. And after reaching the final of Euro 2020 last summer, England have every reason to be confident.However, a supercomputer from betting app SBK has predicted England to fall on their sword in the quarter-finals against France.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has admitted that he 'misses' Brazil teammate Alex Telles, with the defender currently out on loan with Sevilla.
A unique love story. Nia Long has been vocal about not wanting to get married despite her engagement to fiancé Ime Udoka.
Vic Mensa donated $10,000 (£8,779) in fuel and also gave away some pre-rolled weed joints to Chicago residents earlier this month.The Chicago rapper visited his Southside neighbourhood over the recent Labour Day weekend (September 3-5) to promote his new cannabis business, 93 Boyz, with plenty of freebies for unsuspecting locals.According to a press release [via HipHopDX], Mensa helped fuel approximately 200 vehicles at a local BP gas station and handed out a pocket-full of pre-rolled cannabis joints.In a video clip shared by TMZ, an emotional woman is seen telling Mensa that she showed up at a pump with $5 (£4.39) and was worried that she wouldn’t be able to buy enough fuel to get her granddaughter to work.A post shared by @vicmensaMensa founded 93 Boyz, which is Chicago’s first Black-owned cannabis business, over the summer.Cannabis has been legal in the state of Illinois since January 2020 and as part of the brand’s mission the company will continue performing acts of charity for inner city minorities.“The brand was founded by Chicago-born musician and activist Vic Mensa with a vision of lifting up the neighbourhoods around him while lifting spirits across the state. That vision paired with the heaviest, headiest gas available anywhere is what fuels 93 Boyz today,” a statement on the company website reads.Elsewhere, Mensa recently joined forced with Chance The Rapper to launch a music festival in Ghana.The Chicago rappers are set to launch The Black Star Line Festival on January 6, 2023 in Accra, Ghana’s Black Star Square.“Everything we’re doing is with the goal of uniting and building a bridge between black people of the diaspora and the globe, with the continent,” Mensa previously said.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told Gabriel Jesus to ‘accept the coach’s decision’ after being snubbed by the Brazil national team.The £45million striker has been a revelation at the Emirates this season, becoming the Gunners’ star player after being reunited with his former Manchester City coach Arteta. He has six goal involvements in six Premier League matches already, but was surprisingly left out of Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia in preparation for the World Cup.Jesus will therefore remain at London Colney along with teammates Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes, who were similarly left out by manager Tite.
Berlin, Germany. The model, 29, donned a recycled strapless Balenciaga top as she set up rails of pre-loved clothes to sell in a bid to support her Toni Garrn Foundation. The peach chiffon top featured a long asymmetrical hem which Toni teamed with a pair of oversized black trousers.
Ajax's 5-0 win over Heerenveen on Saturday the answer will probably be no, because we're pretty sure no one's ever done it before.Mohammed Kudus is the Ajax player charged with filling the shoes of £80m Manchester United signing Antony, and appears to have risen to the challenge after starting the season in absolutely blinding form, scoring five goals in eight matches - equalling his total tally for the previous two Eredivisie campaigns.READ MORE: Raging Ajax chief slams Man Utd over Antony transfer as 'timing was so bad'His brace against Heerenveen earned him the man of the match award, though it was his dazzling flick in the second half that got social media purring.Surrounded by opponents in the box, Kudus flicked the ball up before instantaneously knocking in another direction with the same foot, completely bamboozling a nearby defender and bringing the Yohan Cruyff Arena crowd to its feet.For the football nerds out there, it was a kind of mid-air reverse elastico (flip-flap), so it's little surprise comparisons to the elastico master, Ronaldinho, came flooding in.What is the greatest trick in the history of football? Let us know what you reckon in the comments section below."That is Ronaldinho levels of audacious," one user tweeted."Never in my life have I seen a pass like that," a second wrote, while another added: "Crazy skill; this guy will end up playing for a world class team."A fourth posted: "If this guy stays fit, top clubs will be all over him soon."22-year-old Kudus signed for Ajax from Danish club Nordsjælland in 2020. He's also a fully fledged Ghana international and has netted five goals in 16 games for the Black Stars.
Serena Williams celebrated her retirement from tennis on Thursday by letting her hair down at the launch party for Edward Enninful's new memoir.With more time to socialize and focus on her other business endeavors, the 23-time Grand Slam singles winner was joined by her husband Alexis Ohanian at the party in New York City.Donning a stylish LBD for the party, Serena was seen sharing a friendly kiss with her model pal Bella Hadid as she departed the bash, thrown by Edward to celebration the publication of his book A Visible Man. Star-studded: Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian attended British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's memoir launch in New York City on Thursday night Serena showed off her killer physique in a ruched black minidress with three-quarter sleeves.
Married at First Sight UK fans have been given a teaser of tonight's episode, promising endless drama between the couples. While the weddings appear to be done and dusted, there's more drama to come as a clip released by E4 showed the two arguing when Kwame failed to pour a drink for his new wife and only served himself. Kasia, 36, was not impressed and the businesswoman from London had something to say straight away as she quipped: "Is that how gentlemanly you are".
74th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Kenan Thompson on Sept. 12. Among the 2022 nominees were , which leads the way with the most nominations this year, at 25, while closely followed with 20 nods.
Married At First Sight UK fans have blasted "fatphobic" comments made by one of the stars about his bride.This week has seen the hit series return and at each of the weddings, this year's couples have come face to face for the first time after being matched up by experts. While we're just four shows in, this season has already brought controversy after many fans threatened to call Ofcom over scenes aired in the first episode.
Meadow Walker revealed to her 3.7 million Instagram followers on Wednesday that she was named the Activist of the Year by Pencils of Promise.She will be honored with the award at the annual PoP Gala, held October 20 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.The 23-year-old daughter of the late Paul Walker had first teamed up with Pencils for Promise back in 2020. Activist: Meadow Walker revealed to her 3.7 million Instagram followers on Wednesday that she was named the Activist of the Year by Pencils of PromiseWalker shared an image revealing the date and location of the gala and an image of herself stating she was getting the 'Activist Award' on Instagram Wednesday afternoon.'So humbled and grateful to be receiving this year’s Activist Award from @pencilsofpromise.
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