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
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.
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
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We must confess the first year has been rough. We ve had to jump hurdles as high as Everest but we intend to stay on track and do just what we enjoy doing. Of course ,nothing would sway us off our course. And just as Diana Ross would sing ” Aint no mountain High Enough”, there aint no mountain High to stop us now.
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GEEZ, NEW YORK HOSPITAL EXPOSES 4200 PATIENTS TO HIV AND HEPATITIS BY ACCIDENTALLY REUSING INSULIN NEEDLES
According to MSNBC,
South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island, near New York City, said patients may have received insulin from a pen reservoir – not a single-use disposable needle – that could have been used on more than one patient.
“The risk of infection from this is extremely low,” the hospital said in a statement, adding it was recommending patients “be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.”
When asked if anyone was confirmed to have been infected a hospital spokeswoman said “not to my knowledge.”
The pen-shaped insulin injector devices are often used by hospitals to give the hormone to patients and contain a reservoir or cartridge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.
The pens should be limited to one patient because regurgitation of blood into the insulin cartridge can occur after injection, creating a risk of blood-borne pathogen transmission, even when the needle is changed, according to the CDC.
Some 200 of the more than 4,000 patients who were warned have signed up for free blood testing, WABC-TV reported.
The hospital seems to have changed its policy on the devices, though it was unclear when the change occurred.
“South Nassau has already implemented a hospital-wide policy that bans the use of insulin pens and permits only the use of single-patient-use vials to administer prescribed insulin treatments to patients,” the statement said.
HIV can lead to AIDS, or the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and hepatitis refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver, according to the CDC.
At the moment the hospital is offering free testing services to patients. If you know anybody affected please make sure they get tested as soon as possible.
The leader of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen bared herself near St Peter’s Square on Thursday shouting “Christmas is cancelled!” in a protest against the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion.
Inna Shevchenko, 23, went topless and ran towards the square but was stopped by some 20 police officers.
She had “Christmas is Cancelled ” written across her chest.
The police quickly formed a barrier around the activist to prevent media from documenting the event.
Covered in a blanket, she was taken away in a police car as tourists and pilgrims looked on with bemusement.
Femen activists have targeted St Peter’s Square before, including on the eve of the conclave that elected Pope Francis in March, and have begun a series of protests in Christian centres in support of abortion laws.
Femen is a Ukrainian group whose members have drawn attention worldwide with nude stunts targeting a range of political and religious figures, including Italy’s ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH HS SPECIAL CAKE RECIPES(CAKE SERIES): EASY RED VELVET CAKE
We are still warming up to Christmas. Christmas day is fast approaching and you honestly don’t have time to visit the bakery, HS is giving you the opportunity to bake your Christmas cake the easy and the fun way. Following our cake series, we present to you another easy delight for the Christmas: EASY RED VELVET CAKE! enjoy
EASY RED VELVET CAKE + EXPERT TIPS
- box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® German chocolate cake mix
- cup buttermilk or water
- cup vegetable oil
- bottle (1 oz) red food color
- tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- oz cream cheese, softened
- teaspoons milk
- 1 1/2
- cups whipping cream
- cup powdered sugar
- 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan or two 9-inch round cake pans and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray with flour.
- 2 In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).
- 3 Bake as directed on box. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.
- 4 In chilled large bowl, mix cream cheese and milk until smooth. Beat in whipping cream and powered sugar with electric mixer on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until soft peaks form. Frost top of 13×9-inch cake or fill and frost cakelayers. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.
SuperMoist® devil’s food cake mix can also be used for a dark red velvet cake; omit cocoa.
You will need the whole 1-ounce bottle of red food color to achieve the intense red color that is characteristic of this special cake.