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Enhle Mlotshwa Wins Her First International Award For Her Apparel

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CALIFORNIA, USA, Wednesday March 11, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Celebrity fashion designer and actor Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa is on top of her game after her newly founded fashion label Essie Apparel that launched in October was awarded Best Designer Collection at the weekend by Fashion Community Week in San Francisco, US.

In 2019, actress launched her fashion line which debuted at the South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Autumn/Winter and her fashion line made quite a stir. The collection featured faux leather dresses, catsuits, skirts, puffy jackets and faux fur coats. Earlier this year, her collection was featured in Vogue Italia and now Essie Apparel has collected its first international award.

Mlotshwa told Sowetan that, the win gives her the stamp of approval that she has been waiting for as a fashion designer. According to her, she had put a lot of work and heart into the collection that would be appreciated by fashion lovers, especially the local fashion community, who would go on to consider it as a formidable emerging brand onto the scene. However, the actor confirmed that she will debut her second collection at SA Fashion Week at the end of April

Fashion Community Week is being held in conjunction with retailers, designers, buyers, artists, small businesses and non-profit organizations. The intention of Fashion Con is to bring the Fashion Community together while utilizing this opportunity to give back and make a difference in the community we live in. This week is bringing together everyone from our Fashion industry, creating most exciting week of Fashion.

Fashion Community Week is a fabulous force for good. Twice a year, the nonprofit hosts events typical of an international fashion week. There are fashion shows and fancy cocktail parties and industry conferences — all at high-profile venues like The Clift Hotel and the Fairmont San Francisco. But the difference lies in who is putting the shows on and who is benefitting.

Instead of established marketing machines, FCW is organized by students of Hult International Business School in San Francisco. And instead of well-known fashion labels and supermodels strutting the cat walks, the student coordinators recruit emerging fashion designers and models, providing them a platform to shine.

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BET Awards To Celebrate 2 Decades Virtually On June 29

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The BET Awards will move forward with its 2020 edition this year, albeit virtually. Celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary, and the Awards’ 20 years on the air, top stars in black entertainment, sports and philanthropy will appear on Sunday, June 28 via “innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” BET revealed on May 20.

The three-day BET Experience, which has taken place in Los Angeles as a lead-up to the big night, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return in 2021. Refunds are available with the cancelation.

Nominations will be announced on a later date. Overseeing the BET Awards is Connie Orlando, evp specials, music programming and music strategy at BET, who also serves as executive producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“The BET Awards are a seminal event – the biggest celebration of Black culture, Black accomplishment, Black excellence, and Black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community, and the many millions who love Black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment.  Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”

“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,“ added Orlando. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”

The 2019 awards featured appearances by Cardi B, Lil Nas X (pictured), Migos and Tyler Perry, among others, and was hosted by Regina Hall.

BET is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc.

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Avance Media partners Woodin & Verna to Release 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers Ranking

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GREATER ACCRA – Monday, May 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Leading PR and Rating agency in Africa, Avance Media is poised to announce the second edition of its popular list of top Ghanaian Bloggers, dubbed the 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers. As part of this year’s release, Avance Media will be partnering Woodin to award the Top 10 Bloggers on the list with special products from the premier fashion brand.

The announcement will be made via WatsUp TV channel which will be aired on Tuesday 26th May, 2020 on EBN Channel at 11 AM and will characterized by a discussion with some of the honouree bloggers. The announcement will also be made via a video broadcast on Social Media by Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah.

Speaking about the upcoming ranking, core member of the research team, Felix G Korku, intimated that this year’s list will be a true reflection of the hard work of Ghanaian bloggers and their contribution to the development of journalism in Ghana. The 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers ranking is supported by Woodin, Verna Natural Mineral Water, McBerry Biscuits, WatsUp TV, Asuavo Security and ICS Africa.

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BET To Host Annual Award Show Virtually.

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COV!D-19 has forced the cancellation of many events, festivals, and celebrations, but not The BET Awards. The annual award show will be hosted virtually amidst the COV!D-19 pandemic. BET will join a number of live shows such as American Idol, which have continued to run their broadcast under quarantine.

The week of the BET Awards is typically an entire extravaganza, celebrating Black excellence in entertainment, sports, tech, and entrepreneurship, culminated by the award show, called the BET Experience. The network continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary and 20th year anniversary for the BET Awards. What are you looking forward to at the first virtual BET Awards?

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Ethiopia’s First Female Superhero Comic ‘Hawi’ Nominated for ‘Best Graphic Novel’

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Founder of Etan Comics and Ethiopian writer,Beserat Debebe, has been been nominated for this year’s NOMMO Awards for African Speculative Fiction for his Hawi comic in the category of “Best Graphic Novel”. The Nommo Awards are presented in four categories namely “Best Novel”, “Best Novella”, “Best Short Story” and “Best Graphic Novel”. Hawi is the first female comic to ever come out of Ethiopia. Additionally, Debebe’s Jember, which was the country’s first ever comic, made it onto the long-list in the same category.

Hawi, as described in OkayAfrica’s interview with Debebe, “centers a female superhero, a young Ethiopian woman named Ement Legesse, who is tasked with having to rescue her mother after she’s abducted. The colorful visuals are stunning and showcase Debebe’s talented team of African artists and their unique ability to capture the vibrancy of Ethiopia. A story about returning to one’s roots and having the courage to rise above the challenges that come with seeking reconciliation and belonging, it’s one we can all relate to whether literally or figuratively.”

Following its wildly successful kickstarter which covered the remaining costs of production, Hawi has become a beloved work of art not just for Ethiopians but Africans across the continent and the diaspora.

Speaking about the recent nomination, Debebe says, “This is incredible.” He adds that, “I loved fantasy stories but I’d never considered myself as a writer. All I wanted was to see a story with places I recognize and characters that think like me. To see this journey balloon from a simple “what if” into a community of passionate fans is exciting and motivating. Last year, Nnedi Okorafor took this award for writing Shuri (Marvel’s Black Panther). She is a Hugo-Award winner. To be recognized as a finalist in the same category as her means so much.”

Writers who have been nominated for the NOMMO Awards in the past include Akwaeke Emezi, Biram Mboob and T.L. Huchu among several others.

– Rufaro Samanga/Okay Africa

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