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PHOTOS: Glam Africa Magazine Releases Actor Juliet Ibrahim’s Shoot for Big Beauty.

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Leading lifestyle magazine on the African Continent, GLAM Africa Magazine has featured beautiful Ghanaian accomplished Actor, producer and philanthropist, Juliet Ibrahim as the face of its periodic publication containing pictures, stories and articles of interest to patrons.

In Glam Africa’s latest edition titled ‘Big Beauty’ Juliet Ibrahim discusses balancing motherhood, philanthropy, acting and how she looks fabulous doing it all. This Ghanaian A-lister; award-winning producer, actor and philanthropist made her mark in the Ghanaian movie industry nearly 15 years ago.

Her journey to stardom began in 2004 when she won a beauty contest and was called in for an audition that she aced for her first role in the movie, Crime to Christ.

In the interview, Juliet shares her struggle being in a male-dominated industry and her inspiration to set up the Juliet Ibrahim foundation which helps people suffering from kidney related diseases and Ebola. With everything she has going on she also talks about how she manages family time with her son Jayden.

Other highlights in this edition of Glam Africa magazine include the latest fashion and beauty trends for a fresh summer look, the best makeup palettes for that pop of colour this season as well as a hard-hitting discussion on colourism and what it means to be a dark-skinned woman, especially in the media industry.

Glam Africa is a dynamic media platform that connects readers to African style and trends. We deliver live, online and print news to keep you updated on the the latest in African fashion, beauty, expert knowledge, celebrities, entertainment and inspirational videos.
With teams operating in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana as a multi-platform.

GLAM AFRICA is fast making its mark as the first source ensuring readers and viewers all over the world, keep updated with what’s new on the African scene.

Glam Africa magazine is available at W H Smith, Shoprite, Checkers or online at www.glamafrica.com/magazine . Follow Glam Africa on social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube @GLAMAFRICAMAG

Watch the fun video of Juliet behind the scene of her cover shoot on the Glam Africa Youtube Channel;

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The Unexpected Art Of Ghana’s Hand-painted Movie Posters.

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In the late 1980s, mobile cinema businesses were burgeoning in Ghana, bringing film screenings to villages and rural areas without theatres or electricity. These makeshift “video clubs” — usually made up of a diesel generator, a VCR and a TV or projector loaded onto a truck — would travel around the country showcasing Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters, as well as West African films.

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To attract viewers, the video clubs needed to advertise their offerings. But they did not have the original movie posters or the means to print alternatives — the country’s military rulers had even restricted the import of printing presses.

So they made their own, commissioning local artists to hand-paint them on used flour sacks. They were large, usually 40 to 50 inches in width, and 55 to 70 inches in height.

The posters have since made ripples in the art world, with early originals commanding high prices from collectors.

The works are famous for their garish, exuberant style, full of muscles, blood and exaggerated features.

“They were designed to sell movie tickets, it was all about getting people through the doors,” said Brian Chankin, a dealer and collector, on the phone from Ghana. “So the vibe really was to try and make each poster as unique as possible, not to mention as crazy as possible.”

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Occasionally, artists took creative license by depicting events that weren’t in the films. “I sometimes watched the movies and picked some actions from it,” said Heavy Jay, an artist who owns a studio in Teshie, near Ghana’s capital Accra, in an email. “But if the movie was so boring, then I had to do it by my own imagination, which mostly features some images and actions that (were) not in the movies, to attract more people to go watch them.”

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Artist Heavy Jay poses with a poster for “Kill Bill.” Credit: Courtesy Brian Chankin

By the 1990s, the height of the movie club business, several dozen artists were employed to produce the posters. Some of the most popular artists — or their pseudonyms — included Joe Mensah, Nyen Kumah, Leonardo, Socrates, Death is Wonder, Frank Armah and D.A. Jasper.

Brian Chankin began collecting the posters about 10 years ago, just as global interest started building around them. He displayed them on the wall of a video store he owned in Chicago.

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“People started wanting to buy them off the wall, so we ended up selling quite a few,” he said. “I was able to gain a little following with them, so I started buying more and more with any money I had. Over the years, hundreds and hundreds of posters have come through my hands, and many of them I keep for my collection.

“There’s some that would go for well into the thousands if I decided to sell them, but those are the ones I am certainly not interested in selling. I know that other people have sold these posters for upwards of $50,000. Anything from the 1980s is just incredibly scarce and incredibly hard to find at this point.”

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Brian Chankin with artist Leonardo. Credit: Courtesy Brian Chankin

Demand for video club posters in Ghana started dying out in the mid-2000s when home viewing became more widespread and printing became more practical than commissioning original artworks, which took days to make. Since then, many artists have quit the trade, Chankin said. But some have kept the tradition alive and are now working on commission, either making copies of original posters or painting entirely new ones of both old and new movies.

In 2015, Chankin opened Deadly Prey Gallery, a Chicago-based studio that works with Ghanaian artists. Prices for commissioned posters vary from $300 to $600, and the most requested are from the big 1980s action blockbusters that made the posters famous. “Predator, Terminator, anything with Kurt Russell, anything with (Jean-Claude) Van Damme,” said Chankin, adding: “Horror is arguably the most popular genre.”

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With interest seemingly on the rise, the posters are now easy to find online. But, Chankin warned, buyers should beware of modern copies masquerading as old originals.

“There are always bootlegs — they usually try to make the posters look older than they actually are,” he said. “Those ones I could spot in a second, but other people might not be able to.”

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(Source: CNN)

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Nike To Cease Distribution Of It Merchs By 2021.

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With plans to implement a more direct-to-consumer approach, Nike will reportedly cease their supply of product to select independent retailers by 2021.

According to The Sunday Times, the bosses out in Beaverton have notified a handful of independent sneaker retailers that access to products will be ending within the next two years, stating that the current distribution approach is ‘no longer aligned’ with the brand’s future aspirations. Nike’s independent retailer cull is expected to roll out at the start of 2020, and is expected to be complete by year’s end.

Many fear other brands – like adidas – could follow in the Swoosh’s footsteps, leaving the future of many of these independent retailers up in the air. By scaling back their approach, Nike hopes to generate 50 per cent of their sales through their own stores and e-commerce platforms like SNKRS.

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Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.

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It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.

One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.

She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.

His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.

On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”

Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.

The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.

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Ghanaian Superstar, King Promise Covers 25th Issue Of Tush Magazine.

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Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter, and Legacy Life Entertainment record Label front-liner, Gregory Bortey Newman, who performs under the stage name, King Promise has been featured as the cover personality for Tush Magazine’s Silver Jubilee issue.

Photographed by Emmanuel Boateng, King Promise discusses with entertainment, music journalist, Joey Akan on his journey so far and his determination to live up to the expectations required of him, as a new leader in African entertainment.

Born Gregory Promise Bortey Newman, the 24-year old Nungua Native is one of Ghana’s most exciting young voices redefining the soundscape of West Africa. First gaining recognition as a collaborator on The Ghanaian Vision DJ’s ‘Double Trouble, released in July 2017, Promise embraced the limelight with a string of local releases. But it wasn’t until his work on ‘Oh yeah’, a sappy romantic ballad where he began to come into his own.

Other songs such as ‘Selfish’ and ‘CCTV’ elevated him beyond Ghana to other parts of the continent, including neighbouring Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, where his music has found new homes. His stock has grown, paid performance requests have come from some of the most distant places. In 2018, he toured the USA, playing sets across venues in Washington D.C, Ohio, Philadelphia and Worcester.

In December, his headline concert in Accra, titled “Promise Land” was soldout, with supporting performances from a handful of local stars including Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, La Meme Gang and Sister Deborah. “I’m sorry I keep mentioning King Promise’s name, he is my best artiste of the whole Ghana,” Afrobeats superstar Mr. Eazi disclosed in an interview on Hitz FM in 2018.

It’s a praise that has been echoed in many corners which promise processes as necessary inspiration rather than external pressure. “It means more motivation to keep growing because it means we are doing something great,” Promise explains. “And you know, to be acknowledged as one of the best is a big thing, so it therefore gives me inspiration to keep going because it means people love what you’re doing. So it can only get better.”

Tush Magazine is a Nigerian-based glossy full colour magazine which is released quarterly both in print and digital versions of the magazine. It targets the youth market and its contents include articles, coverage and interviews which focus on music, fashion, movie, art, technology, events, relationships, and business.

Published by Tush Kingdom Media, Tush Magazine has 24 issues, is printed in English language and is distributed all over Nigeria and on the internet. Tush Magazine also has a Meet and Greet events where personalities featured in each issue give out free autographed copies of Tush Magazine alongside other gifts.

This issue of the Magazine also features cover stories and interviews on TG Omori – the wave making video director, amazing radio personalities – Sheye Banks and Charity Owoh. Other personalities featured in the magazine also include Evans Akanmo, Bad Boy Timz, Kojo Mesante amongst other interesting articles and reviews.

Tush Magazine has built a strong relationship with several media and music related companies within and outside the shores of Nigeria, it also hosted a session at the Social Media Week where it talked about the benefits of combining digital and print publishing for publishers. So far, Tush Magazine has witnessed two Meet and Greet events featuring Emma Nyra, Endia & OD Woods and also another event featuring Praiz, Goddess of Skillz & DJ Lo.

Its digital magazine is also available for subscription and downloads across major African blogs and on Magzter - the largest digital newsstand in the world.

Tush Magazine is available for free in digital and print versions; you can download and enjoy the digital version of the Magazine at your comfort using this link – bit.ly/tmdownload25

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