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Ghana is now requiring visitors to prove they’re fully vaccinated, officials recently announced.

As of Dec. 12, travelers 18 years and older will have to provide proof of being fully vaccinated from Ghana’s approved list, which includes AstraZeneca’s, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna.

This comes after health officials noticed a more than 40 percent increase in cases when comparing the numbers from November 2020 to November 2021. Data shows that a majority of new cases in Ghana are from the unvaccinated, who are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, health officials stated.

Ghana is cracking down as it gears up for a busy and festive season as the world simultaneously deals with the new Omicron variant, which scientists believe to be more transmissible.

“The new variant, Omicron, which is said to be more transmissible has been detected at our airport,” a statement from Ghana’s Health Service, reads. “Of the 34 cases detected, 75% of them were unvaccinated. Over the last weeks, cases from the airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country.”

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There is an exception for unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents living outside out of Ghana, as they will be exempted from providing proof until Dec. 26. Health leaders, however, say they will be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.

Other arrival requirements that are still in effect include a 72-hour negative PCR test before departure and completion of the health declaration form three days before arrival.

The form asks travelers more about the countries they visited before landing in Ghana, including any layovers. Other questions include your reason for traveling to Ghana, if you’ve been around anyone who recently tested positive for COVIV-19, and if you’re currently experiencing any symptoms.

Ghana also requires all visitors to undergo Antigen testing.

The country has recorded just over 131,000 cases and 1,200 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Come spring 2022, Afro-fusion superstar Burna Boy will become the first Nigerian artist to headline Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Grammy-winning artist will take the stage on April 28, 2022, marking the first time a Nigerian artist has ever headlined at the iconic New York venue. Find an announcement video and concert poster below.

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Last year, Burna Boy released Twice as Tall. Since then, he’s stayed busy by dropping new songs like “Kilometre,” “Question,” “Want It All” with Polo G, and his Headie One collaboration “Siberia.” And, earlier this year, he featured on Black Sherif’s “Second Sermon (Remix),” which you can hear below.

Fans can begin registering for early pre-sale access to tickets here starting Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon ET through Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m. ET. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, Dec. 14, at noon local time until Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m. local time through Citi Entertainment. Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon ET on Friday, Dec. 17, at Ticketmaster.com.

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An Afro-Colombian journalist worked behind-the-scenes for Disney to ensure its “Encanto” film told the story of her native Columbia in all of its rich Afro heritage and culture.

Edna Liliana Valencia, who’s focused her career and personal life on highlighting the importance of Afro representation, brought her expertise with her to Disney when they reached out for her help with the 2021 animated story.

According to Travel Noire, she shared her contributions to the animated movie in an interview with Infobae. While working with Disney; she supported directors, producers and animators to create the most accurate representation of the Afro-Colombian people.

“Colombia is an extremely diverse country, where there are Afro, indigenous, and peasant farmers. Even between Afrocentric regions, there are differences, because there is no homogeneity in Afro-descendants in Colombia,” Valencia told Infobae.

In the film, a family lives in a magical home in the hills of Colombia. Each of the family members has a super power—except for one child.

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“For me, it was important that the Afro-Colombian characters not be caricatured in an exaggerated or stereotyped way,” she shared. She also stated that Columbia is an extremely diverse country where no Afro-descendant is exactly like the other.

Over the year and a half process, Valencia contributed to the characters’ costumes, as well as hair and other features. For her, “Encanto” is historical because Colombian children now have a movie of their own to look up to.

“The people of my generation grew up with the reference of a distant Disney princess, who did not look like us, who lived a life of queens that we could not have,” she said. “Now, the girls of this generation are going to grow up with a Disney character that looks just like them, dress just like them, with curly, wavy hair, who eats arepa and plays shuffleboard … it gives us the chance to believe that we are the protagonists of history and feel that we are part of that international narrative.”

Other Colombian-inspired details in the film included Chocó, the region where Valencia was born, and chonta marimba, African braids with colored shakiras. Valencia said she’s seen the movie many times with the team, as well as with loved ones.

“In the end, I could take each character of the Madrigal family and compare it with someone in my family and I think it is something that can happen to all Colombians.”

Belize model Destiny Wagner, 25, made history last weekend after being crowned Miss Earth 2021. In addition to bringing the first major international crown to the Caribbean country, she also broke a 19-year record without a Black woman winner.

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Before her, the last Black woman to be crowned in the competition was Kenya’s Winfred Omwakwe in 2002.

The Miss Earth 2021 crown comes after a succession of Black queens recently in major nternational beauty contests. At the end of 2019, South African Zozibini Tunzi and JamaicanToni-Ann Singh won, respectively, the Miss Universe and the Miss World. Ghanaian-born American Abena Appiah won Miss Grand International earlier this year.

“I am very excited to begin my journey as Miss Earth 2021 and promise to do my best to fulfil my reign with gratitude and love,” Wagner posted on her social networks after the announcement.

Even the country’s Prime Minister Johnny Briceño mentioned Wagner’s victory on social media.

“I congratulate Ms. Destiny Wagner on winning Miss Earth 2021. We look forward to your stellar representation of our beautiful country over the next year,” he posted.

Wagner succeeds American Lindsey Coffey on the throne, elected in 2020 also through an online competition. The format, adopted for the second consecutive year, was the solution adopted by the organization, while still navigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miss Earth is known for having the environment at the forefront. Candidates are usually linked to sustainability practices and the winner supports and promotes causes, in addition to ecotourism, around the world.

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Who is Destiny Wagner

Born in 1996, Wagner is a an author, poet, television presenter. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York.

She published her first book in New York City entitled ”So You Need Advice” which discussed several issues including sex, love, school, and work that women experience that are frequently considered taboo. After the success of her first book, she knew that she wanted to use her voice to not only uplift others but to amplify their voice.  During the pandemic, Destiny hosted virtual poetry nights on her Instagram live @Destinyewagner. People from all over the world tuned in and participated to showcase their great talent and love for poetry.

For this week, we have picked a biopic drama ‘King Richard’ as our movie of the week.

The movie, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, looks at how the sisters from Compton, California, became two of the greatest athletes in tennis history and the role that their domineering dad played in helping them get there.

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Armed with a clear vision and a brazen, 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, California, Richard shapes the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them.

Over the course of nearly three decades, the Williams sisters have gone from being teen phenoms to sport icons, winning 30 Grand Slam titles between the two of them. However, Serena said her father was the driving force behind her and Venus’ success — which is why the film is named after him.Will Smith King Richard Everything We Know So Far

The Louisiana native didn’t play tennis himself, but “he stayed up many nights watching films so he could teach us,” Serena said in a 2003 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “He taught our mom and then they taught us. … Our father doesn’t get enough credit. He showed us how to serve, and we have the biggest serves in women’s tennis.”

The film covers a seven-year period in the ‘90s when Richard was trying to get his daughters noticed by elite coaches — but Serena admitted that the things happening on screen still felt real to her now.

“There’s a scene where my dad says…” she said in a November 2021 interview with Smith before catching herself. “Well, Will says that you’re doing this for every Black girl. And that really hit me in a different way because obviously at the time we didn’t know.”

Check out the trailer below to get started: