Steve Harvey Visits Ghana

Broderick Stephen Harvey is a renowned veteran American TV presenter, actor, radio presenter, comedian, author and producer with an undeniable influence in the United States’ entertainment industry.

His outstanding career has won him numerous legendary awards and honors in the entertainment world.

Notably, he is a four-time winner of the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, BET Humanitarian Award, 2011 BET Awards.

2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2013 Marconi Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host – Steve Harvey among others.

He is the current host of the famous Miss Universe pageant since 2015 and recently visited the Elmina Castle and Cape Coast in Ghana.

 

 

Harvey was spotted crying when he toured the iconic Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast, Ghana with his family on Friday.

Steve Harvey in Ghana
Steve Harvey in Ghana. Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

The brutality and torture that Africans endured during the era of slavery was too much to bear.

Arguably, no one will visit the Door Of No Return without shedding tears for African ancestors’ courageous endurance.

Notably, in 2009, the former president of the United States, Barrack Obama reflected on this when he – along with his family – visited the dreadful site.

Other tourists often hallucinate the cries ofAfricans in the historic castle...

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While at school, Harvey discovered his talent as he never stopped making colleagues laugh and decided to give it a shot.

His effort was soon rewarded with his first stand-up comedy in 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1990, he made it to the final stage of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search contest to confirm his talent and hard work in bringing himself to limelight in the world of comedy.

This earned him his first job as a TV host with “Showtime at the Apollo.” Following a breakthrough in the stand-up comedy, he was called up to participate in the ABC series, “Me and the Boys” in 1994.

Harvey became the face of the country, a legend and his successful career were enough to open more doors in the entertainment industry.

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He took to radio stations to host numerous events such as the Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud among others.

The humble entertainment mogul has since then hosted the annual event to date…

His visit to Ghana has been a real eye opener for him, his family and friends. The injustices against his ancestors through the horrific slave trade has been a very shocking and humble experience for him…

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’~ Cape Coast Castle

 

 

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12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen to direct ‘Epic’ new series about a black community in London from 1964 to 2014…

BBC is teaming up with McQueen and Rainmark Films on the project, sharing that it was “incredibly exciting to be working with the hugely talented British director who has rapidly become one of the finest directors in the world.”

The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama, which will be produced by “Game of Thrones” producer Frank Doelger via his Rainmark Films banner, and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, with a spring 2016 shoot date eyed – so still a full year away before filming begins, which means we probably won’t see it until 2017….read our review of it here).

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Steve Welcomes Pastor Joel OsteenSteve helps women decide if their relationship issues should be considered “Deal Breakers.” Then, Steve welcomes PASTOR JOEL OSTEEN for a conversation about spirituality and Osteen’s latest book, “You Can, You Will.” And Steve chats with ERIC CHRISTEN OLSEN, who plays Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS hit series “NCIS: Los Angeles,” about love on and off the set and what it’s like to be a new dad! Steve introduces viewers to 10-year-old “Mini,” the youngest winner in arena car history and future NASCAR hopeful, who puts the pedal to the metal to raise money to cure childhood cancer.

Pastor Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and inspires millions each week with his messages of positivity and faith. He’s the author of six number one best-selling books. His latest is “You Can, You Will.

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Stephen Nesta Marley announced  on his social media handles that he will be celebrating  4/20 and EarthStrong this year with a special live streaming set on April 20th on www.ceek.com

Audience can access the live celebration at Ceek on ceek.com in 2D or in 360VR through the Ceek VR app.

In the past few years, the Grammy award winning reggae artiste has been honouring his birthday with exceptional performances through reggae music.

Dubbed 4/20 and Earth Strong celebration, Stephen Marley is set to entertain lovers of reggae music and his fans around the world with  thee virtual concert on Tuesday night.

With his distinctive infusion of hip-hop, soul, jazz and other various music genres with reggae, the iconic singer and his crew will definitely create enjoyable ambience for audience on his special day and also fulfil the legacy of his father by bringing together people from all walks of live.

 

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Known privately as Stephen Nesta Marley, the eight-time Grammy award winning singer and producer was born in Delaware in the US, but was raised in Kingston Jamaica.

Born to a reggae family, Stephen Marley is well-known as a pioneer of reggae music since he started exhibiting remarkable flairs as well as fully understanding of reggae music at the age of seven.

He was made to showcase his musical talent by joining young children singing band with his siblings known as, the Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

The band was established by his elder brother, Ziggy Marley. He earned production credits on couple of projects undertaken by the music band which also became the group’s Grammy award winning project.

They include, Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon. He and his big brother, Ziggy Marley co-foundered a group known as the Ghetto Youth International that sought to support up-coming artistes.

 

 

Subsequently, Stephen Marley produced highly-received and Grammy award winning albums which featured hip-hop and R&B talents like, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Guru, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, Steven Tyler, just to mention a few.

He also worked on multiple solo albums including his Grammy award- winning album, Mind Control.

Stephen Marley has played a very vital role in reggae music since 1979 and has achieved dynamic success with a lot of chart-topping projects like, ‘Chant Down Babylon’, Halfway Tree, ‘Welcome to Jamrock’, ‘Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life’, ‘Mind Control Acoustic’, ‘Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life’ and many more.

The Marley siblings are indeed greatest of all time when it comes to reggae music.

Happy birthday in advance to the king of reggae music, Stephen Marley.

 

Credit: Stephen Marley | Ceek

The African image has been projected on the map of mixed martial arts through the above greatest fighters hailing from the continent.

Nigerian-American MMA artist Kamaru Usman became the first African to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title for the welterweight category.

Nicknamed “the Nigerian nightmare” under the blessing of former Nigerian-American footballer Christian Okoye, Usman dominated his opponent UFC champion, Tyron Woodley in 2019 for the groundbreaking record as the first African born fighter to become the new UFC champion.

Born on May 11, 1987 in Nigeria, Usman grew up in Nigeria and then moved to Texas at age seven when his parent migrated to the US.

He began fighting in high school when he developed interest in wrestling.

He participated in several competitions at the prime of his wrestling career in high school where he placed third at the Texas State Championship.

Not looking back, he went through immense tutelage which saw him won a national title while in the university of Nebraska at Kearney in 2010.

Following couple of competitions after his first professional appearance in MMA in 2012, he qualified to join the ultimate fight in 2015.

Since then, he has been dominating in over champions like Michael Graves, Steve Carl, Haydar Hassan, Leaone Edwards all in 2015.

From 2016 t0 2018, he also won against ultimate fighters including Alexander Yakovlev, Warlley Alves, Sean Strickland, Sérgio Moraes, Emil Weber Meek and Rafael dos Anjos.

Usman defended his UFC welterweight title in 2020 but is set to have a rematch with his opponent Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship in April 24.

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The next to make Africa proud is Israel Adesanya, UFC Middleweight Champion. 

When he was a little above nine years his parents traveled to Ghana and he spent close to ten months with his family in Ghana.

At the age of ten, his family moved to New Zealand.  After completing tertiary, he was inspired by the Muay Thai film, Ong-Bak and began a training in kickboxing when he was 18years.

He became a professional fighter in china and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand to focus on MMA at the age of 21.

 

Photo credit: Israel Adesanya

There, he trained with upcoming UFC fighters like Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Alexander Volkanovski. His first fight as a mixed martial artist was in 2012 which he  won against his competitors.

He officially joined UFC in 2017 and fought for the first time in February 2018 with Rob Wilkinson and won. In February 2019, he faced UFC former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and won.

He became the second African to win UFC after a phenomenal win over Kelvin Gastelum

Adesanya has been able to defend his title as UFC Middleweight Champion till now. Nonetheless, for the first time, he lost to Jan Błachowicz in recent match for the UFC Lightweight Championship in March 06.

 

The third African born UFC champion and the current world champion is  Francis Ngannou.

He won against the long-time UFC defending heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic over the weekend in the second round of the main event.

The Cameroonian has been hailed by super stars across Africa for his immeasurable effort to bag the new title from his opponent.

Born September 05,1986 in Batié, Cameroon, Francis Ngannou realised his passion for boxing at a very young age.

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He then moved to France to develop his boxing skills but had to change to mixed martial arts after encountering MMA, Didier Carmont.  Ngannou was successful in almost all his fights when he started fighting as MMA in France…

Photo credit ; Kamaru Usman | Israel Adesanya | Francis Ngannou (Instagram) 

 

Meet Emmanuel Neba-Fuh and his PAN-African Memorial (PAM) Project

Project overview — PAN-African Memorial, also known as the Black Memorial, is an international memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world, terrorized and humiliated by colonialism and white supremacy.

Background Work on the memorial began on January 11, 2018 after President Donald Trump unleashed a vile word in reference to Africa that Americans aren’t accustomed to hearing from their president. “Shithole” entered the presidential lexicon, snatched the headlines, and sparked international outrage.

While much of the world was focused on rebuking the U.S President and insisting African countries are not “shithole,”

African enthusiast and award winning refugee rights campaigner, Emmanuel Neba Fuh argued that though it is easy to place the triumph of racism on Donald Trump‟s shoulders, he is just a manifestation of the ugliness of white supremacy.

Emmanuel began investigating the racial hierarchy white-supremacists-colonial-masters constructed with the loathsome word five centuries back that is still alive.

He was interested not only in how the word built a mysterious allure in an effort to paint Africa as a savage, untamed land for looting, dishonest acquisition of property and great human hunting, but in understanding how millions of black folks were massacred simply because they showed dignity, humanity, and just wanted to be respected as human beings.

Emmanuel Neba-Fuh pictured right with the Rt. Hon Nicholas Hurd MP, then British Minister for Civil Society and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the House of Commons (UK Parliament) / file photo

Racial terror by means of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Belgian genocide in the Congo, German genocide in Namibia, French genocide in Madagascar, Algeria, and Cameroun;

British Ethnic Cleansing in Kenya and Apartheid in South Africa, Portuguese massacres in Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique, the various wars of independence, racial segregation and Jim Crow in the U.S. (not exclusively), were especially effective because it allowed the entire black race to acknowledge their inferiority status, and know the consequence of not submitting to the white man.

It was intended to send a message that if Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world try to resist slavery, if they try to prevent the partition of their villages, if they insist on gaining independence, if they try to gain the right to vote, if they do anything that complicates white supremacy, white dominance and political power, they will be killed.

Intended to acknowledge centuries of racial terrorism, the research ultimately produced “Triumph of Racism:

The History of White Supremacy in Africa” an 800 page legendary classic book that is soon to be released. Beautifully written and expertly argued, the landmark in African studies documented racial terror genocides, massacres, and high profile assassinations (not exclusively) across the African continent, many of which had never been documented.

Purpose

1 – Commemoration:
Cognizance of the fact that there is currently no memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin in their ancestral homeland – Africa, Pan-African Memorial was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on Africa‟s history of racial inequality, commemorate the victims and advocate for social justice.

The memorial which is planned to set on a twenty five-acre site in Ghana will have a library dedicated to the history of Africa and the life stories and experiences of some of Africa‟s greatest sons and daughters.

The memorial will provide a sacred space (a Chapel and a Mosque) for visitors to pray and reflect about racial terrorism and its legacy.

In an effort to reshape the cultural landscape with monuments and memorials that more truthfully and accurately reflect the African history, the site will host a mega-memorial pool with a huge slave ship onboard to symbolize millions of African men and women that were transported to the Americas.

Artists will use sculpture, art, and design to capture African men and women at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean who were reportedly thrown overboard by European slave traders either because they were unruly or sick.

Overlooking the memorial pool at the center of the site will be a memorial structure in the shape of the African map. These fifty four space-structures will showcase genocides, Apartheid and massacres, detailing the various countries where the terrorism took place.

The memorial will have a special site for countless Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world who amid mortar burst, whining bullets and the pain of racism, died fighting for European colonial masters in the First and Second World Wars.

Emmanuel in the House of Commons, consulting with Hon Pauline Latham OBE MP, former UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Vice Chair, and Hon. Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng Ghana Member of Parliament / file photo

For the unsung pro-independence revolutionary heroes of Africa – Patrice Lumumba, Steve Biko, Thomas Sankara, Felix-Roland Moumie, Barthélemy Boganda, Mehdi Ben Barka, Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane, Amilcar Costa Cabral, Ruben Um Nyobe, and many others who stood up against European colonialism and were demonized as terrorist and brutally assassinated, soil will be collected in big bottles from either where they were born or buried, and transported to PAM, and public markers erected in their honor.

In honor of African-American leaders who sacrificed their lives for the black cause in the United States of America, and other parts of the world, including Harriet Tubman, Alexander Augusta, Abraham Galloway, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X (not exclusively), soil will also be collected in bottles from where they were buried and transported to PAM.

Key information about these leaders will be saved in the library and documented for future generations. Public Markers will also be erected in their honor.

The memorial will also have a remembrance wall with the names of selfless folks who shown exemplary leadership, and gone beyond their means to promote the black race.

In solidarity with African migrants who have died in the Mediterranean Sea, the jungles of Latin America, and other routes to Europe and America, in an attempt to escape a far-reaching network of state sponsored terrorism, endless civil wars, and extreme poverty/hardship, monuments will also be constructed in the honor.

2. Historical truth-telling and repair:

Research suggests that while racism had a psychological, multigenerational impact on the era  of slave owners, its imprint and the trauma it left – which was maintained by pathological stereotypes and misinformation about black people – became transferrable to subsequent  generations including those who never own slaves.

Built into power structures and institutions especially in America‟s Deep South, where white  people were taught to propagate racism and not to see it, white supremacy became a reaction to the feeling of white people‟s social status threatened by the advancement of black folks.

The disturbing reality is that racism did real psychic damage not only to black people, but to  white people too. In the circumstance of Mr Trump ‟shithole‟ remarks, it can be argued that the legacy that it created is the pattern of racial inequality and inferior status meted out on Africa and the usage of such profane language (shithole) on folks of color.

Publicly confronting the truth about history is the first step towards recovery and reconciliation. A history of racial injustice must be acknowledged and mass atrocities and abuse must be recognized and remembered, before a society can recover from hate. Public commemoration plays a significant role in prompting community-wide reconciliation.

Emmanuel during the Plenary of the Pan African Parliament in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt / fileModeled on important projects used to overcome difficult histories of genocide, apartheid, and horrific human rights abuses in other countries, PAM provides a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terrorism and its legacy in Africa and around the world.

PAM has been designed to promote a more hopeful commitment to racial equality and just treatment of all people.

The opening of PAM will be accompanied by several days of educational panels and presentations from leading international figures, performances and concerts from acclaimed artists, and a large opening ceremony to celebrate the launch of this important new African institution.

Besides the fact that Ghana was one of several West African territories at the heart of the Trans-Atlantic Trade, with a long history racial terror, the country was chosen home to PAM in honor of Kwame Nkrumah, its first Prime Minister and President.

A founding member of the Organization of African Unity, Kwame Nkrumah was an influential advocate of Pan-Africanism, and a courageous revolutionary hero who played a pivotal role in the independence of several African countries. Nkrumah also worked closely with many African-American Civil Rights leaders.

The name of the pre-independence colony Gold Coast was changed at independence to Ghana by Premier Nkrumah in honor of the once celebrated Ghana Kingdom in West Africa.

PAM library will liaise with major universities around the world to assist students with historical truth-telling about the black race. It will also host community events with internationally-acclaimed artists, writers, and scholars, films, and other programming to address a range of topics and issues relating to its work.

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Emmanuel Neba-Fuh

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Legendary songstress and TV goddess Dionne Warwick turns 80 today. The Grammy award winning and all-time favourite female vocalist revealed in a video her preparations for her 80th birthday celebration.

She stated with joy that since it’s Christmas and a season of love, marking her special day will come with a lot of charity works and entertaining her loved ones around the world.

Artists who will support the renowned veteran singer include, Johnny Mathis, Chance The Rapper, ChloeXHalle and several others.

According to the artiste who also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 

that often times she gets birthday gifts during her birthday but this time as part of her birthday celebration, she will rather give out to the needy by joining forces with a charitable organisation.

Her aim is to help solve the issue of hunger by feeding people known as “Hunger ;Not Impossible” to carry out the charitable event as well as putting smiles on peoples’ face during this festive season.

 

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Dionne Warwick started her career in music officially in 1961 when she was discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David song writing team.

With the young music team, she was able to release her first hit single, “Don’t Make Me Over.” The following year.

Fuelling the success of her music profession, she continued to record many singles and in less than a decade later, she had released over 18 singles that received massive airplay at the time.

They include; “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” “Promises Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Reach Out For Me,” and the theme from “Valley of the Dolls.”

She and her team made close to 20 chart-topping albums and over 30 hits songs working with them for the first 10 years.

In 1968, she grabbed her first Grammy award for her hit single, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and two (2) years later she bagged home another award for her successful album, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

She has been featured and performed on several prestigious platforms as well as hosted programmes like the all-star benefit concert for World Hunger Day in London in 1984.

In addition, her phenomenal talent in the world of music has granted her a lot of honours including the prestigious 2011 Steve Chase Humanitarian Arts & Activism Award by the Desert Aids Project and was recognized for her stellar career by Clive Davis at his legendary Pre-GRAMMY Party in Los Angeles.

Join us in wishing  Dionne Warwick an awesome 80th birthday

 

Simon Fuller | GUBA Winner Is Looking For A Mega Talented Ghanaian To Join Now United

The talents must be young Ghanaians with an incredible voice and dancing moves, between the ages of 14 and 18years living in any country.

Simon fuller is a prominent entertainment executive and entrepreneur, he’s well-known for overseeing the works of celebrities and several TV reality shows including, Pop Idol in the UK and American Idol in the US.

He has also produced TV shows like, American dancing TV series, “So You Think You Can Dance” and Q’Viva which means, the chosen. His management skills have seen him worked with many top-notch celebrities and managed several talents and music groups.

They include, professional English footballer, David and his wife, Victoria Bekham, Scotish vocalist, Annie Lennox, American singer, Steven Tyler, Amy Winehouse, Lewis Hamilton, The Spice Girls and S Club 7 pop group in London among many talents.

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In 2017, the celebrity manager and producer officially launched Now United, The group began with 14 talented youngsters representing different countries around the world.

The group since its creation has worked on many projects. From touring around the world to performing live concert and television shows etc.

Due to the diverse background of the members, some of the songs produced by the group are in different languages like French Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish but English is the main language used for their songs.

The kind of music the group is familiar with include, teen pop, contemporary R&B, and dance-pop. The group is also inspired by the music genre known as electropop.

Songs and videos produced by the members of Now United include “Summer in the City”, “What Are We Waiting For”, “Who Would Think That Love?”, “You Give Me Something”, “Wake Up”, “Come Together”, “By My Side”, “Better” and a lot more.

With regards to the process of application, the talented Ghanaian is required to record a video recording of themselves singing and dancing and send it to singghanaonline@gmail.com.

Source: Dentaa Amoateng MBE | Simon Fuller

 

 

“BEYOND THE YEAR OF RETURN”, “THE DIASPORA DIVIDEND” INITIATIVE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY GHANAIAN PRESIDENT NANA ADDO DANKWAH AKUFFO-ADDO.

“Beyond the year of return”, “The Diaspora Dividend”, is an initiative, by the government of Ghana.

The president of Ghana took to his social media page to announce that he’s got more lucrative plans ahead of the year of return since it’s about to end as 2019 also ends soon.

The year of return had a lot of events organized and many visitors including stars from the diasporas such as, Steve Harvey, Rick Ross, Ludicrous, June Sarpong

 

Micheal Jal White, Dijon Hounsou, Anthon Anderson, Tarrus Rilley, Ebro Darden, Morgan Heritage and Idris Elba, visiting the African continent in their numbers.

The year of return has been very successful  and boosted the Ghanaian economy a lot.

Never in the history of Ghana has been such flood of visitors seeking their roots and also wanting to know more about their ancestors and where their journeys original began.

It has been an exciting and fun moments for the celebrities for their stay in Africa especially those who visited Ghana.

On Friday 27th December 2019, a short ceremony was held at Kempinski hotel in Accra where Nana Akuffo- Addo officially inaugurated the post

“Year of Return” initiative dubbed “Beyond the Year of Return”, “The Diaspora Dividend”.

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He explained that, this idea is to positively help all individuals from a black background and Africans to participate in activities in the trading and investments sectors, new skills and knowledge acquisition for development.

Furthermore, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that,

‘The Beyond Year of Return initiative will bring together Africans, help Africa with technological advancement,

recognition of Blacks worldwide through a strong bond between all stakeholders in order to strengthen blacks, which Ghana will serve as the center.’

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Therefore, he encourages African Americans to change the story solely on diseases, hunger, poverty and illegal migration of the masses immediately Africa comes to mind.

This will help erase the racist belief yielding to building of new nations of optimism and in

novation, making the dream of Africa a reality.

Photo Credit: The Presidency, Republic of Ghana| President Nana Akufo-Addo