LIB Life Half-year Report: Who’s In?

first_imgAs the end of the year fast approaches, LIB Life, a component of the Daily Observer newspaper, is now releasing its first half of the year report on artists and their artistic achievements, bloggers and fashion promoters that are doing well in their respective fields.This first half of the report highlights six outstanding artists, a blogger and fashion promoter, retelling their record-breaking moments and other personal achievements.At the end of the list, we will acknowledge some people that may likely appear on the year-end list.8. Let’s get the ball rolling in eighth place with popular female blogger Berenice Mulubah for giving us juicy entertainment news on Liberian artists in the Diaspora.A few weeks ago the Diaspora Entertainment Awards nominated her for the Blogger of the Year award.In the early part of this year Berenice published her second book, a collection of poems called Purple Honey Lips. Lately, she has been added to the writing team of the new web-based series Daughters in America, produced by fellow Liberian, Love Weah.7. In the seventh spot is Quincy B. It would seem that this year holds great prospects for the 21 year-old singer and producer, evidenced by his recent unveiling as Lonestar Cell MTN’s new Brand Ambassador, in what is believed to be a mouthwatering endorsement deal.His deal makes him the second Liberian artist to be named Brand Ambassador of Lonestar Cell MTN, after Takun J.While the terms of the deal have not been revealed, however, it puts the artist on a higher path for success depending on the eventual outcome.6. Sitting comfortably in sixth place is Junda Morris-Kennedy, owner of Runway Liberia, an annual fashion event held in the U.S. and aimed at promoting and supporting Liberian fashion designers.The event featured some of the best models from around the world, and attracted classical fashion designers unveiling distinct western and African pieces.In the audience was former advisor to President Barrack Obama, Dr. Jamal Bryant, founder of the Empowerment Temple Church in the U.S.Well-known international Liberian fashion personalities Dolly Barnes, Abraham Pelham, US based and renowned makeup artist and hairstylist Lewina David, and upcoming fashion designer Tarloh Sayeh were honored for their contributions to the fashion industry.Also present was Giovanni Francisco from Italy, who represented the Logo Store.5. In fifth place is none other than celebrated rapper Jon Bricks, who a few months ago returned home from China with Chinese superstar Zhang Zhang and held a successful three-day concert.The Diva Dream Alive concert, which was held at different locations, pulled in thousands of people, with Bricks rumored to having grabbed approximately half a million Liberian dollars.Also, the rapper completed a successful five-nation European business tour, which allowed him to meet top music executives and promoters in Europe.While in Europe, Bricks shot a banging video, produced by Catia Productions in Milan for his new single Conqueror.Still on Bricks, the rapper runs a charity organization called Zama Plus Foundation International, aimed at providing support to the less fortunate in Liberia.4. Since his travel to Nigeria looking to etch his name on the African music landscape, things have been moving in the right direction for F dot A. For this, he comfortably sits in fourth place.A few weeks ago, the Afro pop artist was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the African Male Artist (non-Nigerian) category.Few months ago, F dot A returned home with a two-day successful concert with Naija cutie Chidinma for his hit single Desire.On June 22 of this year, F dot A’s single Desire went Number 1 on Soundcity West African Music and Video Chart after gaining over 300,000 views on YouTube. 3. At third place is visual artist Leslie Lumeh, who recently participated in the Lumieres d’Afriques (The Enlightened Africa) art exhibition where several artists used a variety of artistic presentations to highlight Africa’s latent creative talents.Lumeh, who has been profiled on CNN and other international media networks, ably represented Liberia at the historical event, which featured 54 African artists displaying works in a wide variety of creative media that brought the continent’s problems to the fore.Lumeh’s presentation, which was widely admired, was an acrylic on canvas piece titled The Light Within.2. In second is Scientific, and his inclusion is simple. The hip-hop artist became the first Liberian artist to have his song Rotate, featuring Quincy B, picked up by Vevo, one of the world’s biggest streaming services.Scientific also became the first rapper to win the hip-hop category of the LMA three years in a row.1. In first place is sensational singer Dash Coleman.This guy, who is not yet an A-list Liberian artist, has set one of the greatest records in the Liberian entertainment industry by winning four awards during a single awards night.He won the awards from the just ended Liberia Music Awards (LMA).Though K-Zee holds the record for being the first person to win three LMA awards during a single awards night, however, it was Dash who broke the record by win four awards at the just ended LMA.Artists like Eric Geso, Sweetz, Kobazzie, DenG and producers like Lorenzo Loveland and Infectious Michael are all doing well, and we hope they keep it up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea banned from signing new players for next two transfer windows

first_imgSarri’s Chelsea have been breaching rules in relation to the international transfer and registration of under age players (Agency Photo)BBC Sports – Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, Fifa has announced.They have also been fined 600,000 Swiss francs, while the Football Association has been fined 510,000 Swiss francs.The ban does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams.More to follow.Comments Tags: Chelsea FCpremier leaguelast_img read more

49 Voices Charla Kouadio and Theresa ColeyKouadio of Kotzebue

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Charla Kouadio and Theresa Coley-Kouadio in Kotzebue. The married couple have lived in Kotzebue for just over two years. I’ve lived in other places, Massachusetts and Florida, and bigger cities like Boston, and I don’t believe that anybody would have stopped to help me. But once I did get to the road, within a few minutes, somebody came by and they were able to call 911 for me. It’s a big deal. Because we don’t have a car, we walk to work, obviously. We walk to the post office, we walk to the bank, we walk to the grocery store. Some much so, that when I’m out of here and kind of back in a more traditional U.S. experience, I say, “Gosh! We’ve been indoors too much. We need to go for a walk. I don’t want to be in the car anymore.” And I think the fresh air is healing and wonderful. So I really like that. I had an accident on my four-wheeler; I hit a patch of black ice. And the four-wheeler spun around and it went one way and I went the other way. I ended up going face down in the tundra. I went unconscious, and when I woke up, there was blood everywhere. I drove myself to the road because I believed with my whole heart that if I could get to the road, and somebody could see me, somebody would help me. CHARLA: I love living here because I believe that this is a community, a real community that’s full of good Samaritans, so that people are willing to help each other here. I’ve seen that happen more than on one occasion, and it’s also happened to me personally. center_img Charla Kouadio (left) and Theresa Coley-Kouadio in Kotzebue. (Photo courtesy of Charla Kouadio) THERESA: And it’s a community, so folks were checking in on Facebook, “I heard Charla was in an accident. How’s she doing? Is she okay, do you need anything?” And so it wasn’t just a personal incident. It was a community incident and everybody won’t be better until everybody’s better. I work for Maniilaq (Association). We both work for Maniilaq, and I’m a provider, and I really love the health system and how we have a seamless communication with Alaska Natives. And I really do feel that the kinda health care that folks get here, the rest of the United States deserves wherever they are. last_img read more