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Takeaways from the Oscars red carpet

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Here are a few key looks and trends from the A-list fashion parade at the Dolby Theatre:

– Belle of the ball –

Sweden’s Alicia Vikander has taken both the acting and fashion worlds by storm in the past year. On Sunday, she looked like the princess of Hollywood ready for her Oscars close-up. And she took home a golden statuette.

A best supporting actress winner for her role in “The Danish Girl,” Vikander floated onto the red carpet in a strapless pale yellow Louis Vuitton gown with silver accents and an asymmetrical hemline. Her brown tresses were in a half up-do, most of it hanging loose and curly down her back.

On Twitter, some compared her look to that of Belle in the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” Not a bad call.

– Shades of blue –

Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted Tinseltown’s elite. And they responded by embracing blue as the color of the moment.

Best actress winner Brie Larson, who earned the Oscar for her searing performance as a kidnap victim in “Room,” wowed in a bright blue Gucci gown with a floating skirt full of pleats and a silvery belt.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old,” she told E! television, referring to just being an Oscars nominee.

Sofia Vergara, the star of television’s “Modern Family” and a presenter on Sunday, stunned in a sweetheart-neckline navy blue Marchesa gown that showcased her oft-talked-about curves.

Best actress nominee Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) flashed some cleavage in her romantic, blue-green Armani gown with flower petal accents.

Patricia Arquette and Naomi Watts also graced the carpet in shades of blue.

– White hot –

White is not the easiest color to wear for most women. But Hollywood’s A-listers are fearless.

Rooney Mara, competing against Vikander in the best supporting actress category for her role opposite Blanchett, looked edgy in a long-sleeved white Givenchy lace gown with a diamond midriff cut-out.

Pop diva Lady Gaga — nominated for an Oscar for her song “Til It Happens to You,” from the campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground” — stunned Oscars fashionistas with her white gown-pantsuit combo by Brandon Maxwell.

– Plenty of jewels –

The dresses are often the focus on the red carpet, but the jewelry is also worth a look.

Eye-catching earrings are de rigueur. Saoirse Ronan, a best actress nominee for “Brooklyn,” paired her emerald green slinky sequined Calvin Klein gown with — mismatched earrings, one green and one white!

Britain’s Daisy Ridley, the heroine of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” wowed the crowd in a silvery Chanel gown — suitably sparkly for the star of the latest chapter in the intergalactic space saga — and an eye-catching chunky ring-bracelet combo.

And Charlize Theron, the statuesque star of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” looked stunning in a red Dior gown with a plunging neckline — and a long head-turning Harry Winston diamond necklace.

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– Don’t forget the gents! –

Sylvester Stallone, whose loss to Mark Rylance in the best supporting actor category was one of the surprises of the night, looked slick in a blue dinner jacket with black and blue lapels, and a black shirt and bowtie.

“It’s been a most memorable year,” the “Creed” star, who reprised his iconic role of boxer Rocky Balboa, wrote on Instagram.

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and was a nominee again this year for “The Danish Girl,” looked sharp in an Alexander McQueen tux with a velvet jacket.

But he said he misjudged the warm weather.

“I thought it would rain this year so I wore velvet, and I’m sweating like a fiend,” he told ABC on the red carpet.

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Court Case: The Deafening Silence Of Black Sherif And His Investor

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What is the latest on Black Sherif’s court issue with his investor, Shadrach Agyei Owusu (Chavis)?

Well, Ghana Weekend has been following up on the matter. At least we need to get our audience updated on the issue since it is of great interest to many.

The case

On 11th April 2022, a writ of summons by the plaintiff, Shadrach Agyei Owusu, requesting that Ghanaian artiste Black Sherif be prevented from performing at events without his consent, was sighted by the media.

Shadrack requested an order for the preservation of all funds accrued from Black Sherif’s online streams.

Shadrach Agyei Owusu, the Chief Executive Officer of Waynes Chavis Consult, wanted a receiver to be taking the proceeds of all funds that would be accrued from the activities of the defendant.

This happened at a time when Black Sherif’s latest song ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ was topping global charts, making him the most sought-after artiste in Ghana in recent times.

Why was Black Sherif sued?

This suit came on the back of claims that Black Sherif had neglected his investor after he had injected funds into his career.

Black Sherif was reported to have signed a distribution deal with Empire Music without the consent of his investor, who purportedly had a business management contract with him.

The contract required that Black Sherif conducted all his activities through the investor who came on board to help the artiste.

Court day: May 9, 2022

This was the date set for the court hearing on the matter. So far, little information has been gathered about what became of that particular hearing.

While some of our sources say the case was not called at all, others say, it was deferred to a later date.

Ghana Weekend has tried scooping some information from both sides of the issue, but they are unwilling to really give details of the current situation of this suit.

Our interest

Ordinarily, this should be none of our business, but Ghana Weekend, as a media organisation, is interested in streamlining all facets of the entertainment industry. We saw this matter as a test case of many cracks in artiste-manager deals in the country. We are not on a mission of waking up sleeping dogs. We want precedence to be set for posterity.

Currently, Black Sherif is minding his music business, making money for himself, and growing his music career. Shadrack on the other hand is going about his work. They are both silent about the issue like nothing happened.

Maybe they have squashed their matter in private. Maybe Ghana Weekend is impatient with the outcome of the court hearing.

Maybe, our dear readers need to keep their eyes glued to our platforms as we nose out all details on this matter in our subsequent episodes.

We’ll be back!

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Feli Nuna’s “Towel” Hits 100K Views On YouTube

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Feli Nuna, Off Da Ground signed artist, released a top-charting song on May 11, 2022.

Shawerz Ebiem produced the song “Towel,” and R.Dee shot and directed the video.

Since its release, the song has become a trending topic in Ghana, with over 100,000 views on the global video platform YouTube.

Watch below.

The video has since featured well-known celebrities such as Efya, Jackie is everywhere, Nadia, Shatta Michy, Christable Ekeh, and others.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of one’s self. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Follow Feli Nuna on these social handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter: @FeliNuna

Instagram: @FeliNuna

Tiktok: @FeliNuna

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Gospel Singer Mercy Chinwo Is Engaged

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Mercy Chinwo, Nigerian gospel singer, is engaged.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the music star announced the exciting news on her Instagram page.

“I am blessed to be blessed with @theofficialblessed ❤️ The thoughts of doing the next phase and the rest phase of my life with you makes the blessing more real💃 I love you Sweet❤️,” she wrote.

The music star’s soon-to-be husband, Blessed, also shared the big news via his Instagram page.

“I’M THE MAN THE LORD SHOWED MERCY! @mercychinwo thanks for saying YES! I LOVE YOU DEARLY !😍😍😍😍😍 Ecclesiastical 9:9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your REWARD for all your earthly toil. #Mercyisblessed,” he captioned their pre-wedding photos.

Blessed is a pastor at the WaterBrook Church and The Upperroom. He is also an IT professional.

Chinwo is a Nigerian gospel musician, singer and songwriter.

She won the Nigerian Idol Season 2 in 2012.

Chinwo released her first single, “Testimony“, in 2015, and “Igwe” a year later.

She has also had a stint in acting.

She landed her first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s film, House of Gold where she acted as Lucia, starring alongside Yvonne NelsonMajid Michel and Omawumi among others.

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