Jane and Ezekiel Akpan Lagos Wedding

The Omenye and Akpan families of Nigeria gathered at Canaanland Ogun State to witness the wedding between Jane Omenye and Ezekiel Akpan. The Solemnization of holy matrimony took place in the youth  chapel while the reception followed immediately at the Convenant University Multi-Purpose Hall. Family of the couple arrived from distant locations including the United Kingdom and the United States.

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It was just the perfect day for a great out door celebration. Anthony Nwabueze Jegbefume could not have wished for a better day to celebrate his first birthday at the City of Allen Celebration Park, Texas. Proud parents; Osalem and Busola had invited close family and friends who turned out to add beauty to the their second son’s colorful day.

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If Money Was No Factor, What Cause Would You Fight For?

Being a celebrity has its perks from countless adoring fans, a lavish lifestyle, padded paychecks and, for some, the opportunity to support a worthy cause. At the 3rd annual Champions for Choice event which celebrates the work professional athletes are doing to improve and provide a quality education for our at-risk youth, Trendy Africa’s entertainment editor Samantha Ofole-Prince caught up with several celebrities to find out what other worthy causes they would pledge their support for if money was not a factor.

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“I would fight tirelessly for the elimination of racism,” says Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. who is best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”  “It’s a poison that was planted and it has run its course. We all deserve to be joyous, happy and free from prejudice and to teach that to our younger generation.”

WNBA player Lisa Leslie and Laila Ali If Money Was No Factor, What Cause Would You Fight For?

WNBA player Lisa Leslie and Laila Ali

“Educating people about how to take control of their health will be my focus,” says retired professional boxer Laila Ali. “We have a big epidemic right now when it comes to food and we have all these diseases and most of them are coming from the way that we eat and not taking care of ourselves.”

For Teisha Brown, a member of the female R&B group Brownstone, supporting domestic violence groups would be her focus. “I went through it and I don’t have a problem with saying that I did. I love encouraging and motivating women and whoever is in an abusive relationship and letting them know that you can get out and regain self-confidence.”  Best known for their 1995 hit single “If You Love Me,” Brownstone was popular during the mid-1990s and are scheduled to release a reunion album this fall.

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Actress Antonique Smith

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Actress Cocoa Brown

TV One RB Diva Kelly Price If Money Was No Factor, What Cause Would You Fight For?

TV One R&B Diva Kelly Price

“My son had open heart surgery when he was just a year old so all of my money would really go to making people more aware of the different heart diseases that are out there,” says ‘Basketball Wives” reality star Sundy Carter.

Rapper Chef Sean who hails from Chicago would stop the violence back home. “It’s pretty bad and something has to be done. I have kids that are still there so that would be the cause I would fight for.”

“I would spread my money around as there are so many things we all need help with,” says actress/singer Antonique Smith who played Faith Evans in the film ‘Notorious.’ “Education is very important and elimating poverty also.  My sister is special needs so I would bring awareness to that. My aunt is also fighting a tirelessly battle with cancer so there are so many causes I would pledge support for.”

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‘R&B Divas’ star Kelly Price would aim to finding a cure for breast cancer. “It’s been such a thief in my family that I really want to see a cure for breast cancer,” says the seven-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter whose mother-in-law died from the disease.


Trendy Africa’s Samantha Ofole-Prince caught up with several celebrities to find out what worthy cause they would fight tirelessly for if money was no object.

 

Tyler James Williams stars in ‘Dear White People’

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, “Dear White People” is a satire of race relations in the age of Obama.

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The cast of Dear White People – Photo credit Ashley Nguyen

Writer/director Justin Simien follows four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African-American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America.

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“Dear White People” stars Tyler James Williams (“Peeples”) who is best known for playing the title role on the Emmy Award winning series “Everybody Hates Chris,” a performance that earned him the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

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Tyler James Williams – courtesy of Royalty Image

Set for release in theaters on October 17, the film also stars Tessa Thompson (“For Colored Girls”), Teyonah Parris (“Mad Men”), Brandon P. Bell (“Hollywood Heights”), Kyle Gallner (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”), Malcolm Barrett (“The Hurt Locker”) and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” Far From Heaven).

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a California based Entertainment Editor/Writer for Trendy Africa. Trendy Africa is an award winning media that exhibits a niche at qualitative presentation and professional reporting. Contact; info@trendyafrica.com

Marlon Brings Humor to TBS

Best described as a comedy boot camp, it’s a show where comedians compete against one another for a big cash prize. Each week, several comedians who have been handpicked by Marlon will learn a different comedy style and get a chance to test what they’ve been shown in front of an audience, with one person being eliminated until only one remains. The winner will receive a cash prize of a $100,000 and an online series for Wayans’ site; WhatTheFunny.com.

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“It’s a gritty, edgy show and every week there will be brand new material so it’s not just about stand-up comedy for there are digital shorts, musical parodies and we do animation, vines, viral videos and character challenges. It’s a variety show but a reality show also,” adds Marlon who serves as the host of the show and executive producer along with Rick Alvarez (“A Haunted House” movies).

“We picked from a large group of people and I tweeted it out as I am really active on social media and there are a lot of people on social media that wanted this opportunity. We looked at the best and that was it,” he adds on the selection process.

For Marlon who comes from a long lineage of humorous guys and was nurtured well in the business of comedy, the show offers an opportunity to help aspiring comedians. “All comedians are so different and with the show people get to see some of the behind the scenes of what it takes to make that magic happen.”

With different guest judges each week, he’s called on some of his comedy friends that include Affion Crockett, Billy West and David Alan Grier to come and help out so expect to see these three in an upcoming episode.

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Marlon with Funniest Wins contestants Matt McManus, Manon Matthews and Key Lewis 

The youngest of 10 siblings, Marlon who is scheduled to embark on a comedy tour this summer with his brothers, (Damon, Shawn and Keenen) is a successful actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director who is well known for his unapologetic humor and the ability to poke fun at literally anything.

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“I hope freedom progresses in comedy. You shouldn’t be afraid to try and find the light in any dark corner. You should say whatever you feel. I want to be known for just being real. Love me, hate me, I don’t care, as long as I am real that is all I care about.”

“Funniest Wins” airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a California based journalist and movie critic. She serves as the Entertainment Editor for Trendy Africa.

Cecilia Ragsdale at 40 in Houston

Cecilia was definitely ecstatic as observed by her mood among guests who had great fun as she celebrated her 40th birthday. She acknowledged special friends who made everything possible for her success and celebration.

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They include; Oby Marcel,a friend indeed, Anthony Eke, chairman C.C.C. ILERI- OLUWA Parish. Mr. Henry Ubi, CEO, Embassy Health care services as well as committee of friends including Chinyere Agonsi, Miriam Hedges,  Chidima Onyeheilam,  Elizabeth Mebawodun, Elizabeth Osaade, Emilade Elizabeth, Henrietta Ononye, and Yinka Adebayo.

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Wedding: Joshua and Nikki Ebadan in Houston

Houston – Joshua and Nikki wished for their  nuptial to be a private family affair.  They got just what they wished for as immediate family members gathered to witness the exchange of vows and the pronouncement of Marriage.

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Wedding: Mark and Joni Opara in Kansas City

My mindset was set on a cool 5 hour journey to Kansas where I had photographed a wedding for the Opara family a few years back. As a precaution, whenever I have such out of state assignments, I cross check my coordinates on Mapquest to be sure. On this occasion, I got the shock of my life when I realized that I was actually destined to Kansas City in Missouri; a 9 hour journey and not Kansas State.

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Well, I arrive Kansas City after a pretty interesting and captivating road trip which by wind assist and speed ratio, I was able to cut off 2 hours. The Opara’s in their usual hospitality fashion had organized a rehearsal dinner and guest welcome reception; many of whom had arrived from distant locations including Africa.  (to be continued).

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