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Supermodel Aweng Ade-Chuol Kisses Wife On The January 2021 Cover Of Elle UK

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22-year-old Sudanese supermodel Aweng Ade-Chuol, known for her work with Fenty, Ralph Lauren, and singer Beyoncé, among others, can be seen on the January 2021 cover of Elle UK along with her wife Alexus. The two being on the cover together is a win, but what they’re doing is even more amazing: kissing,

It’s been a busy and rough year so far for many of us, Ade-Chuol included. A bright spot, however, was when the couple met in January of 2019 and then married in December of the same year. The cover features the former refugee kissing her nail entrepreneur wife, while editorial images inside features them in a variety of topless poses.

The interview with Ade-Chuol, though, is the real supporting star of the magazine’s issue (right behind the cover, of course). The model opens up about recent moments in her life, both the good and the bad.

“I’m the kind of person who has met many beautiful people, and it’s like, OK, cool, bye,” Ade-Chuol said of meeting now-wife Alexus. “But after I saw her, I annoyed the sugar out of her until she gave me her personal number.”

But the interview also touched on the darker sides of Ade-Chuol’s life and identity. In South Sudan, where the model originally hails from, same-sex marriage is still both illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In 2006, her family was granted asylum in Sydney, Australia. And though Ade-Chuol feels comfortable in her identity, she says she received overwhelming backlash from her home country when she announced her marriage to another woman. So much so that, earlier this year, she attempted suicide because of what she was hearing about herself and her marriage.

“We got married and the whole world, literally the whole of my community, were wishing that I passed, in a way,” Ade-Chuol told Elle UK. “A few months later, I attempt [suicide]. It was really absurd, because subconsciously I felt I was maybe drained by the fact we’d got married.”

But a setback, no matter how serious, wouldn’t stop Ade-Chuol from living her life freely and comfortably. When she spoke out about her experience in June, she received an overwhelming amount of love from both Sudanese LGBTQ+ women and others around the world. When she was approached by Elle UK to be on its January cover, the model said she took it as an opportunity to fight back against the bullies — as much as she could by herself.

“I wish I could say, ‘Let me hold the torch for the LGBTQIA+ Sudanese community,’ but it’s a lot for one person to handle,” she told the magazine. “I’m human at the end of the day, I’m very human, I’m learning myself.”

READ FULL FEATURE HERE: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a34805600/aweng-january-cover-interview/

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Afrodance Workshop Tour Is Coming To Ghana On Mar. 6th

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U Dance Arts International, USA is an independent entertainment U.S. based company that has been created by passionate dance enthusiast who has noticed the need for a support system for dance artist. The group has announced an Afrodance Baby BBoy Workshop tour to celebrate Ghana’s independence day slated for March 6th, 2021 at 2PM.

The Afro Dance Bboy Workshop Tour in Ghana begins with the Dance Artist Bboy Lyricx And ThatBoyPerbi. The event is part of UDAI’s journey in supporting International artiste and they chose to start in Africa because of the rich dance culture that has grown in popularity worldwide.

UDAI mission is to ensure dancers are respected and are acknowledged as professional artist. They are dedicated to offer opportunities for dancers to learn, network, promote their brand and develop a skill set to advance in their professional dance careers.

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Angola Officially Enacts Law To Make Homosexuality Legal

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Angola has recently enacted a new law decriminalising homosexuality which, as of yesterday, will now legally protect the rights of Angolans who are a part of the LGBT community. The new penal code, which was passed in parliament back in 2019, does away with the contentious “vices against nature” provision which targeted queer Angolans and hindered their access to healthcare, education and obtaining employment.

The former penal code which discriminated against same-sex relationships was a vestige of colonialism under Portugal dating back to pre-1975. The new law, however, comes after the country’s only formal LGBT organisation Iris Angola was recognized legally by the state in a historic move.

According to Out magazine, Angola’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, commented on the new penal code saying:

“This is an act of sovereignty by the Angolan State which, after 134 years of being governed in the criminal and criminal fields, with a code that has been in force since 1886, from the colonial administration, now has the penal code totally inspired by political reality, legal, cultural and social Angolan. Therefore, it is an aspect that must be underlined, this one of the consolidation of the national sovereignty.”

The new law states that individuals found discriminating against another on the basis of sexual orientation will face imprisonment of up to two years. While at least 70 other countries in the world still maintain that homosexuality is criminal, this is undoubtedly a huge win for the LGBT community in Angola whose collective groundwork has finally resulted in this historic moment. All we genuinely have to say is oh, happy day indeed!

(Source: Okay Africa)

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Drumline Festival Launched In The Western Region

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Shocks Media limited on saturday 30th January 2021 launched Drumline Festival at the Takoradi mall, first of its kind ever to happen to the people of western region. The PRO speaking at the launch intimated that, this event is being organised to give detailed attention to the brass band family in the Western Region in order for them to show their God- Given talent to the world.

Patrons also took turns to encourage the players to put up a good show to put the west on the map with the tag that the best is in the west.

Audition comes off on the 20th of February at the forecourt of the Takoradi Mall.

It’s a 3 day event running from Easter Saturday, Sunday and the climax on Easter Monday. Forms are selling at a rate of 200.00 at Spice fm and Beach fm in Takoradi.

Alordia of Alordia Promotions, the Director mentions that winner of this competition takes home a cash prize of 10,000.00 plus and appearance in the UK for the Ghana Music Awards organized in the United Kingdom with 1st and 2nd runner ups taking home some cash prizes and set of instruments. He further asked for the support of the people to make the event a successful one. “This hasn’t happened anywhere in Ghana so I plead that you don’t leave this project just for the promoter but own it and make it yours as well, so that we can do this year in year out”

In attendance were the brass band players in the region, business men and women and media men.

Shocks Media limited on saturday 30th January 2021 launched Drumline Festival at the Takoradi mall, first of its kind ever to happen to the people of western region.

The PRO speaking at the launch intimated that, this event is being organised to give detailed attention to the brass band family in the Western Region in order for them to show their God- Given talent to the world.

Patrons also took turns to encourage the players to put up a good show to put the west on the map with the tag that the best is in the west.

Audition comes off on the 20th of February at the forecourt of the Takoradi Mall.

It’s a 3 day event running from Easter Saturday, Sunday and the climax on Easter Monday. Forms are selling at a rate of 200.00 at Spice fm and Beach fm in Takoradi.

Alordia of Alordia Promotions, the Director mentions that winner of this competition takes home a cash prize of 10,000.00 plus and appearance in the UK for the Ghana Music Awards organized in the United Kingdom with 1st and 2nd runner ups taking home some cash prizes and set of instruments. He further asked for the support of the people to make the event a successful one. “This hasn’t happened anywhere in Ghana so I plead that you don’t leave this project just for the promoter but own it and make it yours as well, so that we can do this year in year out”

In attendance were the brass band players in the region, business men and women and media men.

This event promises to be great says the CEO of Shocks Media in the person of Solomon Arthur and also thanks sponsors and the players for accepting this project.

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Dance Legends Honoured at the 1st Annual Ghana Dance Industry Awards

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It was a top-of-the-world dance experience at the Aviation Social Centre, on Saturday, the 30th of January, 2021, when the dance legends, Adjetey Sowah, Akosua Agyapong, Reggie Rockstone, Terry Bright Ofosu, among 20 other dance personalities and institutions, were honoured at the maiden edition of the Ghana Dance Industry Awards (GHADI Awards).

According to the CEO of Dancetera, Robert Klah, “the purpose of the awards is to honour the dance icons and stakeholders who have contributed to the development of dance over the years.” He added, however, that subsequent editions of the award scheme, “in addition to honouring other dance icons and industry stakeholders, will feature competitive categories to enable the recognition of the best dance artistes and celebration of excellence year on year.”

Honourees were picked from the various sectors of the dance industry, celebrating them for works done. From the couple dance community, James Parker of Apex Ballroom Dance with over 14 years of ballroom dance development and the inclusion of highlife dance; Lumo Bortei-Doku for dedicating 2 decades of his life to Afro-Latin dance in Ghana, operating Dancation International sessions; Ricci Boateng who operated Salsa in the City, Kumasi and more recently, Kizalsa in Accra, spanning 12 years of impact; the salsa duo performers Luumva Laryea & Beatrice Danquah for representing Ghana at several international festivals.

The street dance category also saw Heroz Dance Crew, 4Bent Dance Crew, High Spirit Dance Crew, and Kyses (all-female) Studios, honoured for projecting street dance culture at concerts, competitions, music videos, adverts, events, productions, coaching, workshops and more, over the last decade. The praise dance category had Worship in Motion and Divinity Blazers recognized for promoting urban gospel dance and inspiring many talents to dance in the church. Furthermore, the National Dance Company, Ghana Dance Ensemble, and the Dance Department of the School of Performing Arts (UG-Legon), were duly acknowledged for their roles in theatre dance. Malta Guinness was also recognized for their investments in street dance development; Shekoross for over a decade of organizing free annual street dance shows; Hon. Dzifa Gomashie for supporting dance over the years at the highest office ever.

For those whose works promoted Ghana dance beyond borders, Fuse ODG was acknowledged for his global promotion of Azonto Dance; Incredible Zigi for creating dance steps such as ‘Pilolo’ & ‘Kupe’ which were performed by global stars including Janet Jackson; Ezuntey Flex for promoting Azonto Dance through his ‘I am Azonto’ dance project, creating the Azonto A to Z tutorials, and for using dance to support young lives in his neighbourhood; DWP Academy for rising to become the most influential dance academy in Ghana, with branches in the USA and Asia, whose icons are Dancegod Lloyd, Afrobeast, Mr. shawtyme and Yoofi Greene.

To acknowledge the importance of DanceSport, medals were presented to winners of the of the various dance competitions held; Battle in the Ring Competition from season 1 to 4 i.e. Dynamic Duo, Soljaz, Militantz and ABM crews; Dance of Ghanaian Origin Battle for seasons 1 & 2 i.e. Lwarencia Akua Kuorkpe and Lucy Akua Noamesi respectively: and Praise Dance Battle Season 1 winners, Unto Thee Crew (Afro Steps).

The night came alive with numerous performances from the best talents Ghana has to offer. Humble Stars opened the show with a spectacular performance, narrating the evolution of dance. Mr. Kirts and Poimano Flames took us to church with unusual and refreshing praise dance ministrations. Abena Larbi & Twitches gave us a spell-bounding contemporary piece and Lawrencia Akua Kuorkpe of United African Dance Theatre gave a myriad of traditional dance forms in minutes demonstrating her versatility. Dance With Love displayed extra ordinary talent, using crates as props, while Incredible Zigi and his Afrozig group showed their authority in Afrodance.

Sammy & Gigi brought it with a Kizomba-fusion performance, and James Parker, with Apex Ballroom team gave us a Highlife and Rock n Roll dance treat. Then came the dance marathon featuring Sinclair in a solo dance exhibition; ABM, the reigning winners of the street dance battle from 2020 Ghana Dance Festival, with lyrical and afro dance moves; Hiphop vibe from the Arenees led by Illyboy; HnH Powerpack Crew with a blend of Breaking, Krump, House, and jaw dropping stunts; Militantz with a clean and well-executed Hiphop performance, and DWP Academy with an exciting Afrodance performance.

The girls-power magic was felt with Queen Bees, Afrygirls, Flawless, and Abigail, Naa Dollar & Gaza of DiAsa Fame. From costuming, concept, energy, to execution, these ladies lit the dance floor with complete passion and professionalism. The ‘Sika’ hit song was performed by Dancegod Lloyd, amidst onstage dancing from team DWP, and an exciting audience cheer. The icing on the cake, was the freestyle sessions by the dance legends – Akosua Agyapong, Terry Bright Ofosu (1989 National Dance Champion), and Adjetey Sowah (1986 World Dance Champion).

The program was graced by Mark Okraku Mantey (President of the Creative Arts Council), Nana Fredua-Agyeman Ofori-Atta (acting Board Chair of the National Theatre), Nii Tete Yartey (former Artistic Director of the National Dance Company and son of the legendary Professor F. Nii Yartey of blessed memory), Head of Dance Department of the School of Performing Arts, Mr. S. Kuwor, Vivian of Vivie’s Dance Factory, Petra Peterson of Salsa Ghana, and other industry stakeholders from the various dance communities as well as the media.

Dolly Dove of the Flawless Dance Studio hosted the red-carpet session, and the main awards ceremony was hosted by IB, the presenter of Red-Carpet Show on Joy Prime TV.

Catch all the excitement of the maiden edition of the GHADI Awards on Saturday, 6th February, 2021, at 9pm on GhOne TV, and on Facebook and YouTube at Ghana Dance Industry Awards. For more information, visit GHADI Awards on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 1st version of the Annual Ghana Dance Industry Awards is brought to you with the support of the Dancers & DanceSport Association of Ghana (DDASPAG), Rhythms Africa, Multimix Media and powered by Dancetera, your dance channel.

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