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Actor Lupita Nyong’o Calls For Justice For Breonna Taylor Murder

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With the death of the Black Panther lead actor Chadwick Boseman who played King T’Challa in the movie that popularised the ‘Wakanda forever’ slogan across Africa, it is evident that the film industry has sunk into mourning.

Most affected – in a moment that has everyone now using the fallen star’s photos as their profile pictures on their social pages – is Lupita Nyong’o. This award-winning Kenyan-born Hollywood star played Nakia in the award-winning superhero movie. She had a soft spot for the star, which was evident from her previous sentiments to him, and her reaction after the confirmation meant that T’Challa had succumbed to a four-year battle with colon cancer. She blanked her social media profile photos and left her profile picture spots black that to show she was mourning.

But that is not all Lupita is crying about. As the death of T’Challa captures global attention, the 12 Years a Slave actress seemed more perturbed by the ongoing racial justice campaigns going on in the USA, that after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 26-year-old from Silver Lake, Wisconsin – last week. And in this wave, the influential actress and fashion icon is reminding the world of the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed in her apartment some months ago.

“It has been 160 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered in her sleep by Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, and they still have not been charged. Too often, Black women die from police violence and are forgotten. Keep demanding justice for Breonna and her family…,” Lupita wrote on her Instagram page.

The 26-year-old Taylor, an American-African emergency medical technician, was fatally shot – eight times – by the Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13 during a gunfire exchange between her boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers.

And closer home, Lupita’s fans have praised her for speaking boldly about social injustices.

“I am so glad you are using your name and influence to highlight the injustices. Please also use your contacts to highlight the killings in East Africa…,” wrote on @Cathya914. She highlighted an alleged saga where police officers are said to have killed a student at Makerere University.

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Daniel Kaluuya Shares Motivation Behind Upcoming Live-Action ‘Barney’ Film

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Daniel Kaluuya shared an interesting take on Barney, and the motivation behind his up-coming live-action adaptation of the children’s series. The 31-year-old British actor is producing what will be a sobering interpretation of the lovable purple T-Rex, one that Kaluuya says is “really needed” at the moment.

“Barney taught us, ‘I love you, you love me. Won’t you say you love me too?’ That’s one of the first songs I remember, and what happens when that isn’t true? I thought that was really heartbreaking,” Kaluuya told Entertainment Weekly in an interview promoting his upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah. “I have no idea why but it feels like that makes sense. It feels like there’s something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that’s really, really needed.’’

Mattel Films is co-producing the live-action Barney film alongside Kaluuya’s production company, 59%, and Valparaiso Pictures.

Barney & Friends originally aired on PBS from 1992-2009. The purple dinosaur and his sidekick, B.J. and Baby Bop, taught legions of young viewers educational messages through songs and dance.

Aside from Barney, Kaluuya opened up to EW about portraying Black Pantry Party member Fred Hampton in Judas and The Black Messiah, co-starring Lakeith Stanfield.

“One of my aspirations was to show how brilliant these people were in every way, and what they were really doing, to show the full picture, away from the narrow narrative that has been portrayed. Show what they were really doing in this time, and how revolutionary their ideas were. It didn’t necessarily mean destruction. They were actually about healing and loving and taking care of your community. These activities do not feel like they’re associated with the Black Panther party but that’s the foundation of it, which is why it spread.”

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“I Did A COV¡D-19 Test; It Came Out Positive” – Naa Ashorkor Confirms Her Status

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Naa Ashorkor also known as Nisirine Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku; Ghanaian actor and a media personality who currently works at Asaase Radio, Accra, has become the latest Ghanaian broadcaster to succumb to Coronavirus. After testing positive for the virus, “the actor’s health is gradually being restored, following her doctor’s instructions, and currently self isolating at home”, according to a statement posted on her official Instagram account.

Admonishing Ghanaians on the state of the virus, Naa Ashorkor confirmed that, the global pandemic is real. She urged that, there is every need to observe the prescribed social distancing and good personal hygiene to prevent community spread.

“Hello Family, After not feeling “like myself”, on Thursday night , I did a Covid test and it came out positive. I am feeling okay, following my doctor’s instructions, and currently self isolating at home. The virus is real.

It is still out there. Don’t forget all the safety protocols. Wear your mask at all times. Wash your hands with soap under running water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Stay safe. Covid is still out there.” She posted on instgram

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Naa Ashorkor after publicly announcing her contract termination by the Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) where she hosted the Strong and Sassy and Rhythmz A-Z radio programmes on Joy FM, joined Asaase Radio in June to host “Between Hours” music radio show. The radio show interspersed with live listener interactions, games, sing-along sessions and according to her it is meant to put the target audiences at ease whilst ensuring they are prepped up for the rest of the day’s work.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman Died Without A Will

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Nearly two months after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, star of films including “Black Panther” and “42,” his wife has filed documents in probate court, according to reports by Market Watch.

The celebrity, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 43 in August, died without a will. His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, asked to be named an administrator of Boseman’s estate, according to TMZ, which obtained the probate documents. Ledward married Boseman earlier this year after being together for five years. She listed his estate as almost $1 million — $938,500, to be exact, according to Page Six. The documents state Boseman is also survived by his two parents.

The actor, who continued to work even after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2016, is far from the first celebrity to die without a will. Prince died without a will — also known as intestate — which caused chaos when numerous people began claiming family ties to the performer. Guitarist Jimi Hendrix also died without a will.

There are also instances when celebrities haven’t done enough, or the proper, estate planning. Late singer Aretha Franklin allegedly wrote three wills, but some were outdated or had illegible handwriting. The months following the death of Stan Lee, the creator of the Marvel Universe that Boseman played in, were also challenging because of a messy estate plan.

Only a third of people said they had a will in 2020, 24% less than in 2017, according to a Caring.com and YouGov survey of 2,400 people. Older and middle-aged adults were 20% and 25% less likely to have a will this year than last, they said. The reasons? They hadn’t gotten around to it, they didn’t have enough money to leave anyone, it was too expensive to set up or they didn’t know how to go about the process.

While it may seem like a daunting task, creating the right estate plan and filling out the proper documentation is crucial — not just for an individual’s assets after she dies, but also for loved ones left behind. It’s possible to create, improve or update these forms, even during a pandemic — which is yet another example of how important it is to have the right paperwork in place in the event of an unexpected emergency.

Boseman’s death devastated fans around the world, many of whom took home videos and photos of themselves and their children doing the “Wakanda forever” sign, a tribute to the actor and his role in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The star was beloved for his other films as well, such as when he played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” musical sensation James Brown in “Get on Up” and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said after announcing his death. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

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“I Will Invest 50% Of My Salary As MP In The Youth” – John Dumelo Pledges As He Launched His Campaign

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Held at the Bawaleshie School Park on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 3:00 pm, actor and politician, John Dumelo, has successfully launched his campaign ahead of the December 2020 elections. Mr Dumelo is contesting for the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary seat on the ticket of the biggest opposition party, National Democratic Congress – NDC, against the incumbent MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan of the ruling New Patriotic Party.

With over thousands of part footsoldiers, supporters and sympathizers who inundated the venue in their numbers, Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, who canvassed support for the party’s candidate against incumbent, the entrepreneur shared his forecast for the constituency in the next four years, should he represent the constituents in parliament. John also made available some sewing machines which he distributed to some women in the constituency just to help them ply their trade.

Speaking at the launch he said;

“When I enter Parliament, I’d give half of my salary to Ayawaso West Wuogon. The first thing I’ll do with that 50% [of my salary] is to establish a football team in Ayawaso West Wuogon,” he pointed out.

It’s time to create the West Wuogon Football Club so that the footballers here can also get the opportunity to play in the [Ghana] Premier League and also go abroad.” He promised

He also promised on establishing a factory in the constituency when elected as the MP.

“Last year, when I won the primaries, I got to work and I can confidently tell you that things are happening in Ayawaso West Wuogon. We are sharing laptops; not that when we come, we will share, we are already sharing laptops.

We are already creating jobs. They claim that One District One Factory. I don’t see any factories in Ayawaso West Wuogon. I will make that factory and produce that factory in Ayawaso West Wuogon.” John Dumelo added

During the National Democratic Congress (Ghana) NDC Party’s Campaign In 2016, Dumelo was one of the most influential and outstanding celebrities who were seen campaigning for the NDC Government. Rumours have spread that, as an appreciation for his engagement and patriotism to the Party, he was called and appointed by the former president of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama, to serve his Party as a Director of Operations for pro-NDC youth group for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

John Dumelo on the 19th of July 2019, picked up a nomination form to contest in the NDC primaries as a parliamentary candidate . On August 24th 2019, he won the NDC parliamentary primaries to represent the NDC in Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency in the 2020 general elections.

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