Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Adele Postpones 5 Tour Dates Due to Illness


31 May 2011 12:00 Africa/Lagos

Adele Postpones 5 Tour Dates Due to Illness

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 31, 2011

NEW YORK, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records -- British singer Adele, currently with the #1 album and single in the U.S., has been forced to postpone 5 dates on her current sold-out tour of North America due to laryngitis. The singer was diagnosed last Thursday in Minneapolis, MN, where doctors ordered immediate rest and postponement of that night's engagement at First Avenue (rescheduled for June 22nd). Adele performed on Saturday evening in Denver, CO (Ogden Theater) which proved too early a return to the stage. Adele's show last Sunday evening in Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot) was postponed last minute when her illness worsened. The Grammy-winning vocalist is also forced to postpone shows in Vancouver, BC (Orpheum Theatre) on May 31, Seattle, WA (Paramount Theatre) on June 1 and Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom) on June 3. The tour will resume on June 4 (Greek Theatre Berkeley) in San Francisco, CA.

SOURCE Columbia Records

CONTACT: Benny Tarantini, +1-212-833-5858, benny.tarantini@sonymusic.com

4 Facts about Adele

1. Adele has matched Madonna as the female solo act with the most consecutive weeks at No 1. 21,the record set by Madonna's greatest hits collection more than two decades ago.

2. Adele is the first act since the Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums in the charts at the same time.

3. Adele’s 21’s sales are over 1,496,588 so far.

4. Adele is 22 years old.

Friday, May 27, 2011

There are three different levels of guys for Nigerian girls

There are three different levels of guys for Nigerian girls

1. Big Men. The big men are mostly older men who are rich and can afford the vanities of the high life desired by majority of Nigerian girls who will date them or even be their other "wives". They are the Sugar Daddies and they are happy to buy a fancy car for their most favourite mistress.

2. Big Boys are younger than the older Sugar Daddies and often rich guys with high paying top flight jobs or successfully self employed and those who are still single are the most eligible bachelors in town. They can have their pick of the Nigerian girls who want to escape from poverty and enjoy a comfortable life. They pamper and spoil the girls with expensive smart phones, shopping, fun trips and parties. But they may never buy their sweetest babe a fancy car. They would prefer to impress and oppress her with their own fancy cars or jeeps.

3. The last, but not the least are the struggling "one day, e go better" guys are not rich, but can still manage to pamper and spoil the girls with some goodies, but they often complain of being broke since even their seven digit salaries are not enough to make ends meet living and working in an expensive city where dog eat dog and competing to catch up with the Joneses who are movers and shakers of the class conscious society. Most of them are from poor families and bear their liabilities. Wise girls bear with them, because in most cases they are going to end up better and richer than the Big Boys and Sugar Daddies.

These are main levels of the Nigerian guys. The outsiders are the poor and powerless guys who are at the receiving end of the main guys.

Nigerian girls should go for any guy who can make them happy and secure in life. Sentiments will not pay your bills. And life is worse for those who cannot pay their bills. So, go for the guys who can secure your future and the future starts with how you make your choices today. Have a lovely weekend.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nigerians in UK inspire British Author’s new book for Children

Nigerians in UK inspire British Author’s new book for Children

A new book Tópé Arrives is about a Nigerian orphan who was forced against his will to continue his life in England. It is a Nigerian story written by a new British author Wendy Hue who told me why she wrote this emotionally compelling children’s book that has been endorsed by Richard Damilola, the father of Damilola Taylor, the 10-year-old Nigerian child murdered on his way from Peckham Library on November 27, 2000, in south London in 2000. The book was on the long list of the The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Tópé is suddenly orphaned and against his will he has to leave Nigeria. Worried about starting a new life in England, he feels he is an outsider in his new school. It is a time of tears and tussles. Will his nimble football skills and precious wooden boat somehow help him to carve out a new beginning? Will he ever again be able to believe in himself and drum in with the dundun drums his renewed sense of fun and pride.

The book is specially for 7 - 9 year olds and already selected for Centre for Literacy and Primary Education book fair in London on the 24th June 2011.

Wendy Hue has a lot to say on her book, how Nigerians she has known for years in the UK inspired her literary genius in the writing and her unique multiethnic family among other important facts of her colourful life.

'Tópé Arrives' is just one of many, many stories that I have written.
The reason I decided to move with 'Tópé first was because he kept getting a lot of interest from mainstream publishers and also a literary agent I had about 5 years ago, however he never quite got published by them. Then the manuscript was long listed in The Times/Chicken House 2011 competition and I thought 'you know what - let me take this project in to my own hands' as from what I can see there is a real close net of who decides what books get published and end up on our shelves for all of our children. Children of different ethnicities are dispersed around the globe now and I believe we can no longer think insular, but must think wider because of this. We also have 4th, 5th etc generations of children now who are born and reared in different countries to that of their mother, father, grandparents, great grandparents and so on.

I also believe there is still a real under-representation of books for 'all of our children', where they can all be the main protagonist, the hero, or the fairy queen etc. I do not think we are quite there as yet in terms of having books that represent the complement of ethnicities in many countries, due party I suppose to the migration of peoples from one part of the earth to another today.

In terms of writing 'Tópé Arrives' about another culture, I felt confident enough because I have many, many amazing and wonderful Nigerian friends and worked in Peckham, South London for over 20 years (where there is an enormous and wonderful Nigerian community) so became very familiar with Nigerian culture. As the book, which was originally written, but not edited at that stage, is for young readers I did not want to force too much information about Nigeria in the book. I just wanted that information to trickle through with a light stroke of a paint brush. I hope I have done justice to this.

I can also let you know that I worked with two (not even one) excellent editors, one in particular who is an expert on diversity in children's publishing - Laura Atkins and she worked tirelessly with me to polish up the manuscript. I also commissioned a fabulous illustrator who has one some really wonderful line drawings inside and a beautiful front cover. Zara Slattery is the illustrator. All of this has and getting the book published has been at a total cost to me, but I am passionate about my writing and have persevered. I cannot wait for book number two to come out now, which is 'Ria - Sisterly Plaits' about a young black British Caribbean girl. I am of Caribbean ethnicity, but this story will not be autobiographical.

I have just left working in local government in London after almost 22 years and had been there for so long. I am a part-time university student in my final year, but finish next year as I have been also working fulltime. This year I have studied 'Global Politics and Postcolonial Worlds' and 'Cultures of Consumption'. As a family we also regularly have young children from all parts of the globe come and stay in our home on short stays when they are visiting England. I am a married mother of three children, my son Marlon is 23 and daughters, Hannah 19 and Emily 13. My father (who is part Chinese) came to this country (UK) when he was enlisted to fight in World War II for the British Royal Air Force when the Caribbean as were many other countries, part of the Commonwealth. He and my mother who came here in the 1950s remained thereafter. With my father's work we always moved around and lived for 3 years in Cyprus in the Mediterranean when I was growing up and also I was born in Germany because of this, amongst many, many places in the UK. As a family (I have 6 wonderful brothers and two lovely sisters) we have a multiplicity of ethnicities as we have African heritage in us as well as Scottish, Irish, Chinese and so on... - very global - one world!

On my literary ambitions, I have already paid with a publishing company for book number 2, but am now wondering if I should just try and set up my own publishing company to move with books thereafter. I am keen for far more representation and transparency in our world of children's books globally, and all of my books embrace inclusion and diversity...

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Click here to order "Tópé Arrives" from Amazon.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Justin Bieber and Eminem top 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez looked ravishing in a little black cut out dress

The glitz and razzmatazz of the 64th Cannes Film Festival took all my attention away from the 2011 Billboard Music Awards with Justin Bieber smooching his darling Selena Gomez in full glare of all the lights and excited audience. Well since she removed her Purity Ring last year your guess is as good as mine on her virginity. Her lover boy Bieber dazzled her with six awards he won last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He won the Digital Artist of the Year, Fan Favourite of the Year, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Pop Album.

Eminem also won six awards for the Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Albums, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song and Top Rap Album.


Katy Perry, Rihanna and Shakira won two gongs each and the Pop Diva Beyonce Knowles was given a Millennium Award to honour her for her career achievements so far.

46 award categories are based on Billboard data, which measures radio airplay, streaming data, social media consumption and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.


The full list of winners of the 2011 Billboard Awards

Top Artist of the Year: Eminem

Top Hot 100 Song: Taio Cruz - Dynamite

Top Billboard 200 Album: Eminem - Recovery

Top New Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Touring Artist: U2

Top Duo/group: The Black Eyed Peas

Top Country Album: Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Top Rap Album: Eminem - Recovery

Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Digital Song: Taio Cruz - Dynamite

Top Radio Song: Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are

Top Streaming Song (Audio): Nelly - Just A Dream

Top Streaming Song (Video): Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris - Baby

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist: Katy Perry

Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna

Top Streaming Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Digital Media Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Male Artist: Eminem

Top Female Artist: Rihanna

Top Rap Artist: Eminem

Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga

Top R&B Artist: Usher
Billboard Music Awards 2011

Top Rock Artist: Train

Top Alternative Artist: Mumford & Sons

Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Latin Artist: Shakira

Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin

Top Pop Song: Taio Cruz - Dynamite

Top R&B Song: Usher feat Will.I.Am - OMG

Top Rap Song: Eminem feat Rihanna - I Love The Way You Lie

Top Country Song: Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Top Rock Song: Train - Hey Soul Sister

Top Alternative Song: Neon Trees - Animal

Top Latin Song: Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)

Top Dance Song: Edward Maya &Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love

Top Christian Song: Chris Tomlin - Our God

Top Pop Album: Justin Bieber - My World 2.0

Best R&B Album: Usher - Raymond V Raymond

Top Alternative Album: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Top Latin Album: Enrique Iglesias - Euphoria

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga - The Fame

Top Christian Album: Skillet - Awake

Viral Innovator of the Year: Cee Lo Green

Icon Award: Neil Diamond

Millennium Artist Award: Beyonce

The Tree of Life wins Palme d'Or at 2011 Cannes

Jury President Robert de Niro (L) shakes hands with producer Bill Pohlad (R) who receives the Palme d'Or award for the film ''The Tree of Life'', by director Terrence Malick, as they pose with Camera d'Or award winner director Pablo Giorgelli (2nd L) during the closing ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Eric Gaillard.

Sunday evening, American director Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life won the prestigious Palme d’Or of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

Provocative Danish director Lars Von Trier who was banned from the Cannes for his controversial comments that portrayed him as an apologist of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi proved that he could not be ignored as his apocalyptic film "Melancholia" got the Best Actress award for American actress Kirsten Dunst.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Actress Kirsten Dunst accepts her award for Best Actress at the Closing Ceremony at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

"What a week! My thanks to the Jury, this is a real honour. I'm grateful to the Festival for keeping the film in Competition. And I'm grateful to Lars Von Trier for letting me play the role with such freedom.," said the excited Kirsten Dunst who is famous for her romantic role of Mary Jane Watson the girlfriend and later wife of Peter Parker, the alter ego of Spider-Man in the Spider-Man trilogy.

The Films of Terrence Malick (MOMI, May 13-15) from Matt Zoller Seitz on Vimeo.

This is Malick’s fifth feature, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. The film story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.




• Prize of Un Certain Regard Ex-aequo
ARIRANG directed by KIM Ki-Duk


• Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
ELENA directed by Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV

• Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
BÉ OMID É DIDAR directed by Mohammad RASOULOF


• 1st Prize Cinéfondation
DER BRIEF (THE LETTER) directed by Doroteya DROUMEVA

• 2nd Prize - Cinéfondation
DRARI directed by Kamal LAZRAQ

• 3rd Prize Cinéfondation
YA-GAN-BI-HANG (FLY BY NIGHT) directed by SON Tae-gyum

The Jury
Robert De Niro
President of the Jury


Martina GUSMAN

Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN

Jude LAW

Nansun SHI


Johnnie TO


~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thank God she is black and beautiful

If your sweetheart is naturally black and beautiful,
Black and beautiful like Yonta
Yonta the naive
Yonta the suave
Yonta the brave
Please give thanks to the Almighty God who made her so.

She is hot chocolate and good for the heart.

Tell her not to bleach, tone or skin wash her natural endowment given to her by our maker and owner of our life.

I love my own black and beautiful woman.

I thank God for the black woman after my heart.

Photo Credit: From the film THE BLUE EYES OF YONTA /UDJU AZUL DI YONTA by Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau, 1992; 90m

Yonta is a beautiful young woman growing up in the city of Bissau a generation after her nation has gained independence. She develops a secret crush on Vicente, a good friend of her parents and a hero of their country's struggle. Meanwhile, Yonta herself has a secret admirer, a shy young man name Zé who sends her love letters copied from a Scandinavian book (hence, her "beautiful blue eyes"). Gomes' film is a lovely, delicate work about youthful illusions--both personal and national--that powerfully demonstrates the director's talent for eliciting wonderfully nuanced performances from his actors.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Muslim Woman Who Saw Jesus!

The Muslim Woman Who Saw Jesus!

Millions of people are still perishing in ignorance of the Truth of Jesus Christ, because of their unbelief and being misled by false doctrine and false religion. That is why I have to remind them of the awesome testimony of Gulshan Esther, a Muslim girl, imprisoned by her religion and severe disability, but was healed and set free by Jesus Christ HIMSELF!

You should also read the book of her unforgettable testimony The Torn Veil: The Best-Selling Story of Gulshan Esther

A true story of freedom and miraculous healing as a Muslim girl finds faith in Christ

When Gulshan Esther, a devout Muslim girl, was six months old, typhoid left her a cripple. Her loving father took her from Pakistan to England to find a cure, but the only hope the British specialist could offer was prayer. Gulshan and her father made pilgrimage to Mecca and begged Allah for healing, but it was not until her father’s untimely death that Gulshan began to receive an answer. In her grief she wanted to die, but as she called out to God, for the first time in her life she sensed she was being heard. She heard a low, gentle voice say, "I won’t let you die. I will keep you aliveÖI am Jesus, son of Mary."

As Gulshan began reading the Quran, her interest in Jesus grew, until one amazing night he appeared to her in her bedroom in a blaze of light. He restored her crippled arm and leg and taught her The Lord’s Prayer. He told her to go to his people—now her people—and tell them what he had done. Since that time, and to this day, she has been a joyous, obedient disciple of Christ. The Torn Veil is an amazing story of faith and determination.

This moving autobiography was first published in 1984 and has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

Click on the Amazon image of the book cover below to order for this book of the extraordinary testimony of this Muslim woman who saw Jesus our Lord!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Barack Obama is also Irish and the Irish love him

As Queen Elizabeth 2 ends her own first visit to Ireland, President Barack Obama begins his own.

President Barack Obama

He will be one of eight hundred thousand Americans expected to travel to Ireland this year, but his is perhaps the most historic one, because he is actually going back to his ancestral roots. Yes, Barack Obama is also Irish. Most people know him as a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, whose mother Ann Dunham Stanley came from Wichita, Kansas of mostly English descent with the roots of her family tree going as far back as Germany, Wales and of course Ireland where Obama will be welcomed with open arms in Moneygall, County Offaly the birthpace of his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney (who emigrated to the US in 1850, because of the potato famine). Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was a descendant of one of Kearney's daughters, Mary Ann Kearney, and Jacob William Dunham. So, the Irish can also claim him and how amusing that would be to his kith and kin from his black African father Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang'oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya.

Obama's 24-hour visit to Ireland begins on Monday and will receive the warmest of Irish hospitality when he visits the Emerald Isle where hundreds of thousands of well wishers will line the streets to his ancestral village of Monegall in Co, Offaly where preparations to host him are already in full swing.

“We have huge connections with America and we look forward to deepening those in years to come and giving a warm Irish welcome to all the Americans that come here. There are 40 million people of Irish decent in America and we think they are going to be thrilled that President Obama is coming here and the genealogical connection is an indelible one and we are delighted that president Obama is coming here to discover his roots with us in Ireland,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland.

“Well, we traced back nine generations from the president, so we took Megan Smolenyak’s work and we took it back another four generations again, tracing it back to the late 1600s and that’s a real achievement in Irish Genealogy because so many of the records have been destroyed over the previous 300 years. The thing to remember as well, is that the president’s family, they weren’t rich, they weren’t anglo Irish, they were simply a regular family and to be able to trace them back was really quite something,” enthused Fiona Fitzsimons, Genealogist, Eneclann.

“We hope he will come and visit the school house behind me where his ancestors were educated. The ancestral home still stands in the village, that’s another important site, also Templeharry church. So there are three important sites within the area for anyone to come and visit, and of course it wouldn’t be a presidential visit to Ireland without a traditional stop off in the local pub for a pint of Guinness,” said Henry Healy, one of the 28 living Irish relatives of President Obama.
'The place is buzzing,' Majella Hayes, co-owner of Ollie Hayes bar in Moneygall, told the German Press Agency dpa.
'The atmosphere is electric. The bar is full of visitors and locals alike. There's nowhere to park your car in the village. There are hundreds of extra people around,' said Hayes, in whose bar President Obama is expected to sample a pint of Guinness on Monday afternoon. But a source at the White House doubts whether the president will drink it.

'There is a lot of work going on too with telephone lines and the likes being put in. This is not a tourist town, so we're not used to anything like this,' she added.

During his stay President Obama will also visit the capital city of Dublin where a huge celebration rally is planned according to Tourism Ireland.

Photo: The residents of Moneygall is in the grip of Obamania, because later this month Obama will be making a presidential pilgrimage here to discover his Irish roots. Photo: KIM HAUGHTON.

Photo: Dorma Lee Reese poses for a picture at her home in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Reese, 83, a retired EEG technologist, learned about a year ago that she is a third cousin to President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson.)

According to Monsters & Critics, souvenir shops are springing up along with an Obama café, residents painting their houses, with one even painting the front of his house in the colours of the US flag. US flags are on display and tourists can buy t-shirts proclaiming 'Is feidir linn,' which means 'Yes, we can,' in Irish and 'What's the crack, Barack?'. There's also high-fibre, low-fat Obama bread on sale in the grocery shop.

Villagers have also been treated to repeated visits from men in dark glasses, making preparations for the stringent security arrangements and a man was quizzed for making death threats.

US president is also scheduled to address a crowd of villagers and visitors and meet the Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Monday morning and later attend a concert in the evening before making a speech at central Dublin's College Green, where former US President Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of tens of thousands in 1995.

About 12 per cent of Americans claim Irish ancestry, and Ireland has welcomed several US presidents to their ancestral homes since the visit of John F Kennedy in 1963.

Monsters & Critics reported that some cynics pointed out that Obama is only 1/32 Irish. But in Moneygall at least, in the words of a song in his honour, 'There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.'

Barack Obama Is í an Ghaeilge agus an Ghaeilge grá dó sin.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

"Mr. Pink" A Hot Film For Global Universal

May 19, 2011 11:42 ET

"Mr. Pink" A Hot Film For Global Universal

LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB/BB: GBHL) announced today that its US Production subsidiary, Global Universal Entertainment, Inc. has optioned the motion picture and television rights to the recently published book, "Mr. Pink".

"Mr. Pink is one hot property,"stated Daniel Sherkow, COO of Global Universal Entertainment. "Mr. Pink" is the true story of four well off college students who pulled off one of the largest heists in the art world. The valuable art books are worth over twelve million dollars!"

Former Paramount Executive Sherkow continued, "The 'Mr. Pink' project is an exciting and compelling true story, which is featured on Google under The Transy Book Heist , and more info is at: http://www.whoismrpink.com/. It is timely, teen driven, yet bears a strong moral lesson."

Veteran writer and film producer Jackie Giroux has adapted the screenplay from Blake Allen and Allen Brothers Publishing. Giroux will produce the picture, along with Blake Allen, Sydney Allen, and Mike Markwell, as Executive Producers. "I read the book in one sitting," exclaimed Giroux. "It is very similar to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. If these four very different personalities had not met in college, the ingenious heist idea would have never come to fruition. They fed upon each other's talents. This will be the fascination for a great Hollywood cast, and a hit film!"

Global Universal expects to shoot a portion of the picture in Kentucky and has begun evaluating locations within that State. In addition, Global Universal is also in conversations with distributors as it explores various distribution options.

Gary Rasmussen, CEO of Global Universal, stated that "the 'Mr. Pink' project has the potential to add significant value to the company due to its potential 'box office appeal' and our ability to produce the picture at a comparatively reasonable cost." Mr. Rasmussen continued, "As an additional revenue stream, Global Universal will share in the proceeds of the book in addition to its participation in the motion picture".

About Global Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (OTC: GBHL) is a publicly-held entertainment company. The Company's goal is to build a worldwide entertainment organization with a multitude of domestic and foreign production affiliates. GBHL, operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Global Universal Film Group, Inc., Global Universal Entertainment, Inc., and its partially-owned Canadian subsidiary Global Universal Pictures, is in the process of developing and producing a slate of motion pictures in Canada and the U.S., employing recognizable-named talent, for worldwide release. GBHL is focused on the financing and marketing of these feature-length films. GBHL, through another wholly owned subsidiary, You've Got The Part, Inc. (www.youvegotthepart.com), will attempt to capitalize on the current popularity of Hollywood and reality based programming by casting small roles online that anyone with a digital camera can apply for.

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For more information, please visit us at: WWW.GLOBAL-GBHL.COM , or contact the Company by email at: contact@globaluniversal.com or 818-527-5251.

SOURCE Global Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

Web Site: http://www.whoismrpink.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Tree of Life is a movie starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn

The Tree of Life is a movie starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It was written and Directed by a very talented Terrence Malick. This film is a favorite for the Palme d Or in Cannes this year. It certainly is destined for a number of awards and is a beautifully made motion picture. This film is rated a MUST GO SEE IT on Celebrity Wire Movie Reviews.

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18 May 2011

Annenberg Space for Photography Announces Support of BEAUTY CULTURE

Programming Includes Digital Films, a Virtual Makeover Salon and the IRIS Nights Lecture Series

Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — The Annenberg Space for Photography is offering additional programming to enrich the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit including digital films, which expand on the themes of the exhibit; the BEAUTY CULTURE Digital Salon, where guests can experiment with virtual makeovers; and the IRIS Nights lecture series, presenting top fashion, beauty and pop culture photographers and editors.

BEAUTY CULTURE is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The exhibit features works from iconic photographers such as Albert Watson, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Man Ray, Jean-Paul Goude, ORLAN, Guy Bourdin, Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, Ellen von Unwerth, Lillian Bassman, Matthew Rolston, Philippe Halsman, Lauren Greenfield, Susan Anderson, Tyen and Carrie May Weems. BEAUTY CULTURE encourages a social dialogue about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty, as well as the cult-like glorification and multi-billion dollar industries that surround it.

In addition to the 175 images on display in the Print Gallery, hundreds more images from the BEAUTY CULTURE photographers fill the Digital Gallery’s larger-than-life, high-resolution screens in a digital slideshow.

The exhibition is accompanied by a short documentary film directed by acclaimed photographer and award-winning documentarian Lauren Greenfield. The digital film brings the print exhibit’s themes to life and features interviews with well-known photographers, models, historians and beauty experts who guide visitors on a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty.

Voice of the Photographer video segments share interviews with the exhibit’s four featured photographers – Lauren Greenfield, Melvin Sokolsky, Tyen and Albert Watson.

The Photography Space has also created an interactive BEAUTY CULTURE Digital Salon. Guests can alter an image of themselves by changing their hair style, hair color and eye color and by applying cosmetics. They can explore the idea of the beauty of facial symmetry by applying a filter to average the two sides of their face. Visitors can then choose to email or upload to Facebook their “before” or “after” image.

The Photography Space continues its popular weekly IRIS Nights lecture series. Visitors can hear first-hand from photographers and other professionals about their experiences in the industry and their perspectives on photography’s role in the definition of beauty. Guest speakers include Jill Greenberg, Melvin Sokolsky, Susan Anderson, Lauren Greenfield and Davis Factor, among others. The IRIS Nights lecture series takes place Thursday evenings in the Photography Space and is free to the public with advance registration. The current schedule is listed below. Additional lectures will be announced later this summer.


June 2, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Jill Greenberg
Jill Greenberg will be speaking on her photographic work as it relates to the range and history of practices of aggressive feminine bodily transformation, restrictive clothing and even corporal punishment of women.
June 9, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Melvin Sokolsky
The prerequisites of beauty have changed over the ages. Melvin Sokolsky, one of BEAUTY CULTURE’s featured photographers, will give his personal insights on how the press and media have influenced the concept of beauty over the ages.
June 16, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Susan Anderson
Specializing in fashion, portraiture and conceptual/narrative work, Susan Anderson delved into the world of child beauty pageants for her book High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants. Her work is displayed in the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit.
June 23, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark Laita
Mark Laita has built a reputation for producing award-winning commercial work for clients including Adidas, Apple, Mercedes-Benz and MINI. Mark’s non-commercial work urges viewers to reconsider or reinforce their perception of American archetypes by exploring themes such as beauty, career, age and wealth.
July 14, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Andrew Southam
In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Andrew Southam has gained an international reputation for his images of beautiful women, including some of the definitive photographs of Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Jewel. His work has also garnered such accolades as a Dove Award and honors from the Society of Publication Designers.
July 28, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Paul Lange
Photographs by New York-based photographer Paul Lange have been featured in scores of distinguished national and international publications such as Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, British Vogue, and the New York Times. His work is displayed in the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit.
September 1, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Davis Factor
Davis Factor, based in Los Angeles, has had a varied career photographing celebrities and models for prestigious fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair; advertising campaigns such as Mercedes Benz, Cartier and Maybelline; and movie studios and television networks including Paramount and Warner Bros.
September 15, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Leonard Nimoy
Actor, writer and photographer Leonard Nimoy has possessed a love for photography since he was a child. BEAUTY CULTURE features images from his “The Full Body Project” which uses photographs of non-classical models in a hope to foster discussions about beauty, social acceptance, culture and health.
September 22, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Kwaku Alston
Kwaku Alston will show a selection of his celebrity and personal portraits, as well as discuss symbols of beauty in our culture and how he responds to or draws influence from them. Alston, who is also a sought-after advertising photographer, will reflect on his experiences with how beauty is defined in the creative industry.
September 29, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark McKenna and David Fahey
Mark McKenna, Executive Director of the Herb Ritts Foundation, helps support and direct the Foundation’s two main objectives: continuing Herb’s longstanding support of HIV/AIDS research and supporting Herb’s deep passion for photography.

David Fahey, co-owner and partner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery, wrote the introduction to Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, a book celebrating the work of his colleague and personal friend.
October 6, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Peter Fetterman
Peter Fetterman has been deeply involved in the medium of photography for over 30 years. Initially a filmmaker and collector, he set up his first gallery over 20 years ago. The Peter Fetterman Gallery has one of the largest inventories of 20th century photography in the country.
October 20, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mona Kuhn
Mona Kuhn's photographic work has been exhibited, and is included in public and private collections, both internationally and in the United States. Her figurative work is focused on redefining ways of looking at the body, as a residence to ourselves.
October 27, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Elaine D’Farley and Philip Gefter
As SELF Magazine’s beauty director, Elaine D’Farley researches the hottest brands and latest trends to create quality beauty editorial. She will be joined by photo critic David Gefter.
November 3, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Lauren Greenfield
Named as one of the 25 most influential photographers of our time by American PHOTO, Lauren Greenfield was commissioned to create the BEAUTY CULTURE documentary film due to her extensive work capturing youth culture, body image and the effects of consumerism.
November 10, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Frank W. Ockenfels
Over nearly two decades, Frank Ockenfels has photographed musicians, celebrities and corporate leaders. His images have graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Esquire, Premiere, Blender, Newsweek, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Magazine, and Gear and have also appeared in W, Outside, and UK Condé Nast Traveler.

BEAUTY CULTURE runs from May 21, 2011 through November 27, 2011.

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: 213.403.3000
Wednesday through Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM; Closed Monday and Tuesday.
General admission is free.
About the Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting compelling photography. The Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned and emerging photographers. The exhibits change three times a year. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.
About the Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a private family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, and the Metabolic Studio. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lindsay Lohan , Woody Allen opens Cannes and memories of Bob Marley

The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including Lindsay Lohan pleads no contest, Woody Allen opens Cannes and Bob Marley remembered.

© 2011 Reuters Entertainment

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nollywood missing as Hollywood and Bollywood shine at 64th Cannes Film Festival

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Sleeping Beauty", in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 12, 2011. Twenty films are competing in the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase, with a roll call including major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

As Hollywood and Bollywood stars shine at the premiere of the sexual drama "Sleeping Beauty" the toast of the Cannes Film Festival, nothing to show from Nollywood the so called second largest movie industry in the world.

The celebrated movie stars from Hollywood, Bollywood and other notable film industries from other countries are participating and competing for the coveted prizes and other attractions of the film festival. Nigeria has a pavilion at the festival, but no Nollywood movie is in competition or even out of competition.

Nollywood stars are simply unknown here.
Just appearing on the CNN or being mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey Show will make Nigerians go gaga, but what really counts is breaking the ice and making heads turn at the Cannes or Oscars and not at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos city, Nigeria. Our Nollywood stars need to aim at shattering the highest glass ceiling as South African stars have done for decades by winning Oscars. Cinematographer Ted Moore (1914–1987) was the first South African to win an Oscar in 1967, when he also won the BAFTA for Robert Bolt’s magnificent film, A Man for All Seasons. He was from Benoni, the same town as actress Charlize Theron the first South African actor to win an Oscar in 2004 for Monster and her gripping role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos was described as "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema" by the highly esteemed American film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The other Oscar winning South Africans are Ronald Harwood who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the multiple award winning The Pianist in 2003 and his other screenplay The Diving Bell and the Butterfly had four Oscar nominations in 2007, and Gavin Hood who got the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film with Tsotsi in 2005.

In fact no Nigerian TV knows what is going at the Cannes, except few of the notable Nigerian journalists/film critics like Shaibu Husseini of The Guardian, Victor Akande of The Nation and Steve Ayorinde. The others are the veteran Nigerian filmmaker and scholar Afolabi Adesanya, who is the MD/CE of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) with his delegation at the Nigerian pavilion where some of the Nigerian movie makers Like Faruk Lasaki, Kunle Afolayan, Madu Chikwendu, Fidelis Duker and others can meet and receive visitors. Today, the European media partner of Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF), Mr. Bruno Chatelin was at the pavilion to receive an important message from Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, the President of EKOIFF. The other Nigerians here are not different from the tourists. The only Nigerian online news media reporting the Cannes Film Festival since 2005 is International Digital Post Network (IDPN) Limited publishers of 24/7 Nigeria and other niche websites. See it all only on www.247nigeria.com and get the juicy news of the red carpet in audio, video and photos.

Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning, is one of 20 films up for the coverted Palme D'or. 64th Cannes Film Festival video © 2011 Reuters Entertainment.

Jury member Uma Thurman poses during a photocall at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on Wednesday, May 11.

You can follow the events from the opening day on 11th to the closing day on 22nd May.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the Founder/Festival Director of Eko International Film Festival and Publisher/CEO of International Digital Post Network (IDPN) Limited,

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John Jay's report on Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in America

Victims of sexual abuse by priests calling for justice

The cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have done collateral damage to the church and exposed the clergy to public condemnation and mockery making millions of people to lose their faith in the Catholic Church and the rest of Christendom.

Cases of have been confirmed in Canada, Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, France, and Germany, while cases have been reported throughout the world.

Pope John Paul II declared in 2001 that "a sin against the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue by a cleric with a minor under 18 years of age is to be considered a grave sin, or delictum gravius."

With the approval of the Vatican, the hierarchy of the church in the United States claimed to institute reforms to prevent future abuse including requiring background checks for Church employees and volunteers, while opposing extensions of the statutes of limitations in sex abuse cases.

Additional information from the Wikipedia

The following is the news release on the John Jay's report on the various investigated cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in the U.S.

13 May 2011 20:12 Africa/Lagos

Release of John Jay's report on The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

PR Newswire

May 13

What: Release of John Jay's report on The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

When: May 18, 2 p.m. ET (Media should be in place by 1:45 p.m.)

Where: USCCB, 3211 4th St. NE , Washington, DC 20017-1194 (USCCB is located on 4th Street, between Michigan Ave., NE and Lincoln Rd. NE, and a short walk from the Brookland Metro stop.)


Karen Terry , Ph.D., John Jay College and principal investigator for report

Diane Knight, ACSW, Chair, National Review Board, USCCB Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection

Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, Chair, U.S. Bishops' Committee on Protection of Children and Young People

Media who wish to attend must pre-register by calling USCCB Office of Media Relations, 202-541-3200 or e-mailing media-relations@usccb.org by Tuesday, May 17, 3 p.m.

Registrants should indicate beforehand if they wish to do a brief individual TV, radio or print interview with Ms. Terry, Ms. Knight or Bishop Cupich following the media conference.

Media who cannot attend in person can participate in the conference through Adobe Connect and/or listen via telephone. To register for this and to receive a password, please e-mail media-relations@usccb.org . After the presentations, media can submit questions via e-mail as time allows.

The report and related information will be available at www.usccb.org after the media conference.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- May 13, 2011/

SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Web Site: http://www.usccb.org