2014 hasn’t been a good year for the Ghana movie industry with a lot of movie makers going out of business because of the one obvious reason, financial constriants. But somehow Ghanaian director and writer extraordinaire ,Shirley Frimpong Manso has managed to rise above it all and has decided to whet our appetite with this new drama series, Wow, we didn’t see this coming .
Shirley’s new series V-republic stars Joselyn Dumas, Nikki Samonas, Christabel Ekeh, Jasmine Jamila Baroudi, Akorfa Ejeani Asiedu, Pascaline Edwards and a throng of stars.
V-Republic takes us on the scintillating exploits of four women thrown together by events but seeking different answers to their not so perfect lives.This quest sets them on a convenient platform for relationships beyond their wildest dreams.
Check out the trailer here
Ghanaian actress Christabel Ekeh is our starstruck today mainly because she is rocking those long braids and the outfit. We spotted the star looking dashing at the Kumasi premiere of her latest movie ” Before Noon”. The movie features John Dumelo, Prince David Osei, Toosweet Annan, Bismark Odoi. Now that pretty much sums why Christabel came out looking all fab. Work it, girl, work it!!
I am sure most of you may have guessed already just how many of these female celebrities made this list. But did you know how much these women are worth? Well, according to AtlantaBlackstar these 28 black women’s net worth totals over $4 Billion. Funny, considering the caliber of black women on that list this comes as no surprise to us at all.
Check out those who made the list in no particular order.
Rapper Nicki Minaj is worth an estimated $45 million.
Singer Rihanna is worth an estimated $120 million.
American actress Gabrielle Union and husband Dwyane Wade have just released a statement on the recent leaked nude photos of Union.
The statement obtained by TMZ confirmed the authenticity of the racy pictures saying that these were photos of their private moments as husband and wife which they shared and subsequently deleted and were leaked by “vultures.”
The leaked photos actually show s the Think Like a Man and Being Mary actress topless. The newlyweds have also reportedly been in touch with the FBI, as they plan to take legal action against the perpetrator(s).
Their statement also touches on violations against women and children, especially women of color, saying that they have, since the dawn of time, been victimized and that these atrocities continue throughout the world today.
They conclude by sending out their love, support and prayers to everyone else affected by the hacking.
Union is just one of several celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, whose racy and nude photos were leaked.
Photos of these women were uploaded onto websites 4chan and Reddit before they were immediately removed. Last Saturday’s leaks are the second wave of attacks after a massive celebrity hacking incident that happened three weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES – The call for submissions is open for the 23nd Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF), February 12 – 22, 2015. The largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the U.S., PAFF spans 11 days, and attracts 40,000+ industry and public attendees to scheduled screenings of more than 150 films along with an unrivaled art show to 75,000+ attendees for the works of more than 100 fine artists, designers, and unique craftsmen from around the globe such as countries the United States, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola. The diversity of PAFF is represented by its core value of Pan-Africanism in every feature selected and its community programming including an extensive fine art show ArtFest and surrounding schools Black History Month curriculum.
“Through the years, our guiding principle of ‘Pan-Africanism’ as a movement remains to unify and provide a space for patronage of the expression of all people of African descent worldwide” said Ayuko Babu, executive director and a founder of PAFF.
PAFF ArtFest showcases creativity most often excluded from major museums and affords an exchange place to encourage art collection.
”PAFF ArtFest stimulates the Black art trade,” said Allohn, director of PAFF ArtFest. “There is education on fine art as an investment and exhibitor selling by the artists.”
PAFF ArtFest is juried according to the following guidelines to maintain the objective of featuring fine art, quality craft and designer merchandise.
Accepted: fine art and photography, handmade unique crafts and jewelry and designer fashions and accessories, one-of-a-kind, original pieces, designer-crafted or hand-printed T-shirts.
Not Accepted: No incense, no perfume oils, no “low-end” jewelry and mass manufactured merchandise imported from Korea, China and etc.; no mass manufactured/printed T-shirts.
Gallery applications will be accepted; however, a gallery may not exhibit and sell works by more than four artists. No application will be accepted without accompanying slides and/or photographs; a website can be provided if it includes a representative selection of work.
For complete details on rules, restrictions, fees, deadlines, booth options, equipment rentals and online application, visit www.paff.org.
ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ART FESTIVAL
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America’s largest, and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the United States.
PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.
The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
Share in the movement:
Official Site: http://www.paff.org/
Submission of entries is now open for the 2015 edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The AMVCAs were created to celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry.
The first edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards ceremony took place in Lagos in March, 2013, and saw the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Drama awards going to OC Ukeje and Jackie Appiah, respectively. In the 2014 edition, Nse Ikpe-Etim, took home the award for Best Actress in a Drama, while newcomer, Tope Tedela won the award for Best Actor in a Drama.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director for M-Net (West), said: “We are pleased to announce the call to entry for the 2015 AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards. The African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talent, and at AfricaMagic we contribute to the industry by not only giving these talents the platform to showcase their art and celebrating their achievements, we also encourage them to keep honing their craft.”
Following are submission guidelines for AMVCA 2015.
- All films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they were produced and broadcast or publicly exhibited during the period October 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2014.
- Entries open on Wednesday, 4 September 2014 at 9pm (CAT) and Close on Friday, 31st October 2014 at 6pm (CAT)
- Prepare a reference video clip/trailer 2-3minutes long for your online submission.
- Go online to amvca2015.dstv.com, which will you take you to a submission page.
- Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A Unique reference numbers will be allocated to each completed online submissions.
- Once you have received the unique reference number you will be required to send 2x DVD copies of the submitted project to:
Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
P.O. Box 2963
For attention – Manager: Local Productions Africa
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:GHANAIAN FILM PRODUCER CHRISTABLE KYE TALKS ABOUT LONG LASTING CAREER AND THE FUTURE
Christabel Kye has been around the film industry for as long as she can remember. With several movies and soapies under her belt, she has seen many of the ups and downs one must endure when pursuing a career in the film industry. She has seen lots of hopefuls come in and out of the Ghanaian film industry and sometimes introduced some of them to it. She confesses it takes a lot of talent and learning to be in the business. She has written local soapies like Taxi Driver, Small World, Chorkor Trotro among others and produced movies like Love and Crime, Hotel Babylon, Letters to my mother
Hotel Babylon penned by Kobi Rana definitely put Kye into the big leagues in the industry. Presently, she is the producer of tv’s hourly show ” trailer tv”.Haute Spott caught up with her in this exclusive to discuss how her career has developed up to this point and what her expectations are for the future.
HS: When did you first become interested in films?
CK: I have always loved films especially comedies I know it is a bit clichéd but it is what it is.
HS: Did you have any specific influences growing up that lead you towards the film industry? CK: I had none at all but mere fascination turned me toward that direction. I love to see things come to life.
HS: Did you always know what you wanted to do?
CK: No…first I wanted to be a doctor, then I wanted to be a lawyer and when those dreams didn’t come through I opted for this. I must say I am glad I am now producing and writing. I do a kick a** job at it.
HS: How long have you been doing this?
CK: Well, I have been doing it for the past 10 years. I have written soaps like small world, local series like Chorkor Trotro, Taxi Driver and several award winning series
HS: Was your family supportive of you choosing this direction?
CK: Yes, they were glad I chose to be a film maker. In fact they are my greatest critiques.
HS: You mean no opposition at all
CK: Yes, no opposition at all in fact they enrolled me into film school.
HS: Have you considered moving on to other careers? What keeps you persevering?
CK: Interesting….what keeps me going are the projects. Even though it is challenging sometimes. It is a daily excitement.
HS: How did you get your first break?
CK: I worked as a production assistant then I just tried to raise a little money and found I could write and produce. Then I set out to option a script.
HS: Was Taxi Driver the first piece you wrote? How did that come about?
CK: Yes, that was the first piece. It started out as an outrageously laugh out loud comedy. Originally back to back comedy but the end result was a combination of many things including too much comedy.
HS: How do you handle disagreements you may have with studios, directors, etc.?
CK: Always with tact, but at the end of the day, it depends on who has the right to make the decision, and pretty much one can lobby against bad decisions, but we have to live with the powers that be.
HS: “Hotel Babylon” had a very good cast. It must be frustrating when such great expectations don’t go as planned. Do producers have much authority in film making today?
CK: It all depends on how the picture is financed, that is truly the key. Then besides that, it depends on how much say the director has.
HS: What criteria do you use to select a script, screenwriter, director, etc.?
CK: For the script, it has to be good, and that means many things. If a script can make you laugh and cry and has a great story, that is a start. With the director it is usually the amount of passion I can sense from him or her towards the project.
HS: Producers are risk-takers who seize an idea, run with it and convince others to follow them, agree?
CK: Yes, producers do take all the risk.
HS: Most of your films seem to have been in the comedy genre. Is this the genre you prefer? CK: There’s nothing like a good laugh. We all need that in our lives.
HS: Ok, what’s next? Anything else in the works?
CK: I have several projects in the works. Several that I am not allowed to talk about now but when the time is right I will give you that pleasure.
HS: Any advice for the upcoming ones?
CK: I f you have the talent, get an education because talent alone cannot get you anywhere.
HS: It was a real pleasure talking to you, Christabel?
CK: And the pleasure is all mine. Thank you