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Game Of Thrones Leads With 22 Nominations At The 2018 Emmys

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Game of Thrones leads the nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards, after being ineligible in 2017.

The HBO series has 22 nominations in total, followed by sci-fi series Westworld and comedy show Saturday Night Live, both with 21.

It is the first time in 18 years that HBO did not have the highest number of Emmy nominations.

Netflix leads with a total of 112 nominations, beating HBO, which received 108.

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale

Elisabeth Moss as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale

In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first show from a streaming platform to receive the award for best drama.

This year several actresses from the dystopian drama have received nominations, including Elizabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel.

Several British actors have received nominations for the awards also.

Millie Bobby Brown is up for the best supporting actress award for her performance in Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Actress Letitia Wright at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Black Panther star Letitia Wright is up for an award for the Black Museum episode of Black Mirror.

Claire Foy, from HBO’s royal drama The Crown, is nominated for the best actress award alongside her cast mates Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, who were nominated for the best supporting actor and best supporting actress awards.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Patrick Melrose.

The Late Late Show with James Corden is up for the outstanding variety talk show award.

Key categories:

Best lead actress in a drama series

  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Claire Foy – The Crown
  • Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best lead actor in a drama series

  • Jason Bateman – Ozark
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
  • Sterling . Brown – This Is Us
  • Ed Harris – Westworld
  • Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Best lead actress in a limited series or movie

  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult
  • Michelle Dockery – Godless
  • Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
  • Regina King – Seven Seconds
  • Jessica Biel – The Sinner
  • Laura Dern – The Tale

Best lead actor in a limited series or movie

  • Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
  • Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
  • Jeff Daniels – Looming Tower
  • John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
  • Jesse Plemons – U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror)

Best lead actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson – black-ish
  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
  • Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • William H Macy – Shameless

Best lead actress in a comedy series

  • Pamela Adlon – Better Things
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie
The Crown

The Crown received 13 nominations

Best drama series

  • The Americans
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld

Best comedy series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • black-ish
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • GLOW
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Silicon Valley
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best limited series

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Genius: Picasso
  • Godless
  • Patrick Melrose

Best TV movie

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Flint
  • Paterno
  • The Tale
  • USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Comedy show Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost are set to host this years awards, on 17 September.

The full nominations are on the Emmys website.

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The International Media Has Misrepresented Africa – American Rapper Diggy Simons Tells It All After Visit To Ghana

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American rapper, model, singer and actor Diggy Simmons known in real life as Daniel Dwayne Simmons III has poured out his heart about the continent Africa, the many misconceptions and misrepresentation the media in the west has given it, after his short visit to Ghana.

Taking to social media site instagram, Diggy who posted a picture of himself dawning some rich Kente fabric posted a very touching story about Africa from his eyes view.

He posted

“Peharps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for sometime now. Many of my perceptions of misperceptions rather, we’re overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame – SD one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria and other countries throughout the continent of Africa – that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands and somehow their praise gel upon deaf ears. In past due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a sense of violence, poverty and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my shaku shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in cape coast – small quarters where hundreds of my potential ancestors were held captive in any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own graces and urine. As heartbreaking and it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway – apart from feeling both inspired and deviated – was a galvanised sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight.”

The post received a lot of reactions from his follows with most appreciating him for his kind words and renewed perception.

Diggy has worked with the liked of Pharrel Williams and Lupe Fiasco and has had top acts like Kanye West commending his acts

Perhaps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for some time now. Many of my perceptions, or misperceptions rather, were overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame—as one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries throughout the continent of Africa—that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands, and somehow their praise fell upon deaf ears, in part due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my Shaku Shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in Cape Coast—small quarters where over a hundred of my potential ancestors were held captive on any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own feces and urine. As heartbreaking as it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway—apart from feeling both inspired and devastated—was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight. Thank you to @boriskodjoe @nicoleariparker @badassboz @thedebonairdisciple for the introduction to my truth. My year couldn’t have began with more clarity.

Perhaps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for some time now. Many of my perceptions, or misperceptions rather, were overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame—as one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries throughout the continent of Africa—that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands, and somehow their praise fell upon deaf ears, in part due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my Shaku Shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in Cape Coast—small quarters where over a hundred of my potential ancestors were held captive on any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own feces and urine. As heartbreaking as it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway—apart from feeling both inspired and devastated—was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight. Thank you to @boriskodjoe @nicoleariparker @badassboz @thedebonairdisciple for the introduction to my truth. My year couldn’t have began with more clarity. 📸@joshuakissi styling: @nana.kwasi.wiafe

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Unveiling The Top 30 Contestants For Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase

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It is finally here! In bold, elegant, and breathtaking shades, AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase unveils the top 30 contestants vying for the top spot at the NIGHT OF STARS. In an epic auditions where performing artistes pitched their passion, courage, and flair to a seasoned panel of judges and electrifying audience; the next generation of hit-makers have their feet in the door of the Creative industry.

Accommodating a broad blend of performing arts in Music, Dance, and Drama; Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase has raised the bar by asserting a template for discovering and developing the capacity of the teeming creative talents in Akwa Ibom State. As a significant component of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s roadmap to accelerate the development of key sectors of the state, AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase is strategic in revitalizing the entertainment subsector, and exploring the possibilities that abound in our active youth population.

Beyond the NIGHT OF STARS, where 30 top emerging performing artistes will deliver top-of-the-rung performances in MUSIC, DANCE and DRAMA. The entertainment industry is guaranteed a boost from the groomed and tested skills of these artistes. Another interesting phase will be screening the new series of Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase which hits the scene, December 9, 2018. Veteran judges 2baba Idibia, Kaffy, Uche Jumbo, will be blind screening as coaches; for the talented, for the courageous and for posterity; the stage is set, the spotlight is warming it’s glow for our best new performing artistes to chart the course to their future.
Here is AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase Fantastic 30 (top ten in each category):

MUSIC CATEGORY
1. Aniekan Akpan
2. Favour Elijah
3. Gabriel Ettah (Sax Angel)
4. Glory Ceepee
5. Iniobong Edet
6. Nsidibe Etok (Sidi)
7. Omormusic
8. Precious Edem
9. TREF Community Choir
10. Valentine Uko (Heaven’s Pride)

DANCE CATEGORY
1. Space Robort
2. House of Stylez
3. The Elite Kings Dance Crew
4. G and E Dance Duo
5. Famous Dance Crew
6. Princess and Blessed
7. Golden Entertainers
8. Brown Jay
9. Vortex
10. Tetris Nation

DRAMA CATEGORY
1. Edward Francis
2. Jane Mark
3. Akaninyene Amos
4. Ekaette Umoituen
5. Akpabio Junior
6. Otobong Francis
7. Emmanuel Inyang
8. Ubong Ekiko
9. Mkpóuto Johnny
10. Imeobong Akpan

These are our gem for the future of the creative ecosystem. Among the overflowing turnout at the auditions, and through a cautious verification process, these artistes brought their game, and were impressive in ticking all the boxes in Stage Presence, Costume, Interpretation, Intrigue, Aptitude, and Showmanship. They are fantastic in every sense of it, make it a date at the NIGHT OF STARS- December 9th, 2018.

Follow the AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase train at www.akstalentshowcase.com

#AksTalentShowcase

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R2Bees And DopeNation Take Over Nigeria In Style

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R2BEES and DOPENATION, Ghanaian multi-talented smart musicical group known for their well composed songs have taken over Nigeria in style.

Recent released songs “Supa” and “Naami” by the two musical groups has been welcomed very well by the Nigerians.

Shortlisted for their music poll, “Supa” by R2bees which got Wizkid featured on hit number while “Naami”which got Olamide and DJ Enimoney featured hit number 4.

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Wizkid Apologises For Performing In Slippers At GLO Concert

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Nigerian superstar musician, Wizkid, wrapped up performances for the Glo Mega concert in Accra on Saturday night in a rather casual fashion.

He came on stage in a black hoodie over a pair of jeans. Underneath it was his pair of slippers over a pair of his socks.

However, minutes into his performance, he paused to render an apology to the fans and respectable people in the audience, asking them to forgive him for wearing a pair of slippers on stage.

He explained he meant no disrespect; rather it was because he arrived in Ghana an hour to his performance. That, he revealed, prevented him from wearing something else.

“Ghana… I like to take this opportunity to apologise for performing in slippers,” he added briefly.

The Glo concert was held at the Fantasy Dome on Saturday night and it ended Sunday morning with all the glitz and glamour.

There were great performances from some of Africa’s celebrated artistes like Patapaa, Stonebwoy, Flavour, Yemi Alade, Sarkodie, Davido and Wizkid.

The MCs were Juliet Ibrahim and Gordons from Nigeria.

Stonebwoy had a great show. He performed most of his popular songs and the crowd cheered him throughout the performance.

Intermittently, he paused and engaged the crowd while they sang along with him. After him was Flavour, who entered the stage with the beautiful rhythms of his ‘Ada Ada’ song and also thrilled with his other hits. Flavour wrapped his performance at 12:44 am and then Gordon took over for almost 20 minutes doling out jokes to pave the way for Sarkodie, whom he described as Africa’s number one ‘rap god’.

Sarkordie performed most of his songs to the satisfaction of the crowd. He also brought social media viral video star, Supa, on stage to join him at a point. After him was Davido, who was also great on the night.

Wizkid wrapped up the performances of the night. During his performance, he introduced King Promise on stage for a short performance, suggesting the two of them may have something coming up.

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