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Beyoncé Promoting Black-Owned Businesses Via Her “Black Parade Route” Initiative

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“Black Parade” (stylized in all caps) is a song by American singer Beyoncé. It was released as a single on June 19, 2020, also referred to as Juneteenth, a day that originated in Beyoncé’s home state, Texas, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. An online directory of black-owned businesses called “Black Parade Route” was launched alongside the single’s release.

Due to the release of “Black Parade” and the accompanying “Black Parade Route” initiative, Black-owned businesses have received increased attention. The Black-owned laundromat Celsious experienced “a massive uptick in online orders”.

The talented artist and philanthropist has also listed a directory of Black-owned businesses that was created and curated by @ZerinaAkers with @black.owned.everything on her website. The site lists several hundred Black-owned companies. The companies can be searched by category, including Art and Design, Beauty, Fashion, Home and Living, Lifestyle, Restaurants and Bars, Services, and Wellness and Health.

“Being Black is your activism. Black excellence is a form of protest. Black joy is your right,” the site states. “Black Parade” benefits BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support Black-owned small businesses in need.”

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Watch: Bibie’s Song ‘Tout Doucement’ Performed On The Voice Kids 2020 – France

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The Voice Kids – France resumed its seasonal auditions airing on Saturday, 13th, September on TF1(Television France 1) nationwide. A young contestant by the name, Chloè perfomed ‘Tout Doucement’ an iconic song originally wonderfully interpreted and made famous in the 80’s by Bibie also known as (Bibie Brew) a renowned Ghanaian, French international singer known to French audiences worldwide.

Bibie is reputed for making this very beautiful evergreen song ‘Tout Doucement’ a massively successful smash hit in France and French territories: Europe, Africa, Asia and the America’s (North and South). Her songs are known literally every where the French language and culture is spoken and lived. ‘Tout Doucement’ sold over 1 million copies in less than 3 months of its maiden release in 1985, remained top of the hit parade for weeks on the French International music sales and is still selling and played today.

Bibie is Ghana’s first female singer to be internationally recognized by her incredible success in record sales at the time and a natural popularity in France and Europe till now. She’s also the first Ghanaian female artist to sell a million copies of a song internationally. Bibie is a household name in France and loved by a very wide French audience worldwide. She is not only considered as a legend due to her iconic song and six French albums that followed over her 35 year career as a performing and recording artist in France – she is an outstanding contribution to the popular French music culture and also to the developing Creative Industry of Africa.

Since 2007 in Ghana, Bibie founded the New Morning Arts Café & Creative Centre where she dedicates her years of experience and gift of music mentoring, coaching and assisting in the development of African talents. Though very discreet about her life, Bibie’s contributions as a Ghanaian and African international artist in the music industry in general is very notable. Thank you Bibie for your amazing legacy to the creative arts and thank you France for celebrating our African music legend.

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Abeiku Santana, First National Bank And Others Join WWII Veteran Joseph Hammond On His Last Walk

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During the heat of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana, Abeiku Aggrey Santana and his partners Derrick Cobbinah, Africa’s Project Officer for the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and CEO of Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation supported and brought to light the activities of WWII veteran Joseph Hammond who recorded a walk of 14 miles in a week as part of a fundraiser to support Africa’s front-line workers.

The 95-year-old Ghanaian World War II veteran walked 3.2 kilometres (two miles) each day to reach his target on Africa Day in Accra and raised almost £43,000.

This gesture by this noble man went viral in the international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, DW, France 24 and Washington Post. It also attracted a number of corporations and individuals to reciprocated the goodwill and stretch their arm of support to the veteran. 

Today, the First National Bank that launched ASPIRE (Accelerated Support for Pandemic Intervention and Relief Effort) a fews months ago to assist government and its stakeholders in mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has donated an amount of Ghc 12,000 (Twelve Thousand Ghana Cedis) to Mr Hammond. Speaking to a session of the media, Mr Dominic Adu, the first Ghanaian CEO of the bank said they were proud to be a part of his last walk and to share in his story, it is their fervent hope and prayer that First National Bank will look back in the future and also tells their story as the best bank that ever existed in Ghana.

Consequently, Ghanaian Billionaire, Philanthropist and Prince of Africa, Nana Kwame Bediako proudly known as Freedom Jacob Caesar and his New Africa Foundation who has been showing a greater level of generosity amidst the covid19 pandemic also donated a fully furnished house to Veteran Joseph Hammond who lived 75years of his life in his family home in Accra to support him. 

WO1, Joseph Hammond who was inspired by the story of Captain Tom Moore becaming a national hero in the United Kingdom for raising 33 million pounds ($40m) to help NHS before turning 100 was full of praise to the Philanthropist and the First National Bank and thank them for leading the path, he admonished selfishness in the Ghanaian populace and urged us to continue to support the less privileged in anyway we can. 

Other veterans including Russia’s Zinaida Korneva(97) and British’ Dabirul Choudhury(100) also has bagged similar stories of success for their yeoman’s job.

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Art On The Beach – Weekly Art Exhibition Series Kicks Off

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Ozzies Beach Palace has teamed up with TIC Ghana to introduce a weekly art exhibition dubbed ”Art on the Beach”. The two-day exhibition will give artists all over the country the opportunity to exhibit their works on a regular basis.

Ozzies Beach Palace aims to give its customers the full cultural experience with the addition of art to its already existing vibe of great live music and good food. The first edition kicks off this weekend with an art exhibition by Courage K. Hunke.

The art exhibition will be open on Saturday & Sunday (12th & 13th of September) from 12pm to 7pm each day. Ozzie’s Beach Palace is located at South Labadi Estate, adjacent to the Sandbox Beach Resort.

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Ghana’s Most Beautiful: The 6 Contestants Representing Their Regions In The Grand Finale

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Greater Accra’s Naa, Zuzu from the Northern Region, Talata of the Upper East Region, Ahafo Region’s Abena, Volta Region’s representative, Kafui, and Afriyie from the Central Region have made it to the finale of this year’s edition TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful reality television show.

The weekly episode took place on Sunday 6th September 2020 and witnessed the last eviction before the grand finale slated for 20th September 2020. On the night, Eastern region’s candidate, Ofosua, was evicted despite winning the Most Innovative Contestant of the Night award.

Ofosua’s presentation was on blindness whilst Naa did an informative piece on dyslexia and Afriyie enlightened everyone one vocational training. Talata’s performance focused on early child marriage and Abena did an education on child abuse. Zuzu did an emotional presentation on obstetric fistula and Kafui was on helping needy but brilliant students.

Entertainment on the night was provided by the Ghana Dance Ensemble and a performance by the Ghanaian musician and “Jennifer Lomotey” hit maker, Kurl Songx with regular presenters, Johnnie Hughes Beresford and Anita Akua Akuffo.

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