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From Poverty to Oscar Gold, Viola Davis Shares New Details of Her Incredible Journey: ‘I Cannot Believe My Life’

Viola Davis doesn’t mince words about her childhood. “I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” she says. “We had nothing.”
As she celebrates her historic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, Davis, 51, reflects on her journey to the pinnacle of Hollywood success in PEOPLE’s new cover story.  “‘I cannot believe my life,'” she says. “I just can’t. I’m so blessed.” 
The first black woman to ever be nominated for three Academy Awards, Davis has been paving her own way for more than 30 years, with powerful performances in films like 2011’s The Help and on TV, where she currently stars in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder.
Growing up in Central Falls, R.I., Davis and her five siblings endured harsh living conditions as their parents, Dan and Mae Alice, struggled to make ends meet. “I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry,” the actress says. “I nev…

Video: Oprah Winfrey is rethinking her chances of becoming president

Oprah Winfrey might be warming up to the idea of running for president. In a new interview on Bloomberg Television’s David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations, the TV icon reveals that she has thought about a Winfrey candidacy for commander-in-chief. 
“Have you ever thought that given the popularity you have, we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women, that you could actually run for president and be elected?” Rubenstein asked.
“I actually never thought that that was, I never considered the question even a possibility,” said Winfrey, 63.

 Watch Winfrey’s new interview on Bloomberg Television below.

Despite her decades in the spotlight, Winfrey abstained from endorsing a presidential candidate until then-Sen. Barack Obama’s successful bid for the White House in 2008. She endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race and said in an October interview with T.D. Jakes, “You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like this country? You better get out there…

Photos: Cargo truck falls from Circle interchange; several injured

An articulated cargo truck loaded with salt has dramatically fallen from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange injuring several passengers in a 207 Benz Bus in the process. The truck en route to Kaneshie lost its balance as it climbed the interchange and fell from the newly constructed bridge onto a moving 207 Benz Bus which had stopped to load passengers.
Some of the passengers who were critically injured have been rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment. According to an eye witness, the driver of the articulated truck cannot be found but personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service are at the scene trying to bring the situation under control.  See more pics after the cut.......

Photo of president Trump's armoured limousine in its final stages as it undergoes testing

President Trump was meant to have his presidential limos ready by Inauguration Day, but the date was pushed back to March 30th. As the date draws close, new photos showing the camouflage prototype of the armored limousine which is in its final stage has emerged.

In the photo, the presidential limo, popularly called The Beast can be seen parked between two SUVs. There are unconfirmed reports that the vehicle is built on a medium or heavy-duty truck chassis. It is unclear what type of engine the car has though its filler door gives reason to believe it is diesel. The plans for the car are a state secret, however, it is believed that it would be an improved model of the former beast which was believed to be armed against ballistic, IED and chemical weapons attacks, as well as fitted with a communications suite and emergency medical equipment.

The contract for production of the new line of presidential limos was awarded to General Motors at $15.8million and they are believed to …

1,500 people, 2 elevators and 500 tons of luggage -- here's how the Saudi king travels

In the first visit by a Saudi ruler in almost half a century, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud arrived in Indonesia today for a nine-day tour of the world's most populous Muslim nation.  The King will spend a few days in Jakarta and West Java before heading to the popular tourist island of Bali on the Indonesian leg of a month-long Asia tour that's already taken him to Malaysia and which will also see him going to China, Japan and the Maldives.  Now here's the gist! Adji Gunawan, the president of airport services company PT Jasa Angkasa Semestar confirms that the King will be traveling with 459 metric tons of luggage. According to Indonesian news agency Antara, King Salman is traveling with no less than 1,500 people including 10 ministers, 800 delegates and 25 princes who traveled to Indonesia in 36 different flights over a period of three weeks.

Shatta Wale (shattawalegh) and wife (@ShattaMichy) celebrate their 7th love making anniversary

Ghanaian musician, Shatta Wale and wife, Diamond Michelle Gbagonah, took to twitter to celebrate their 7th love making anniversary. Shatta Wale wrote; "@ShattaMichy do u remember today marks exactly 7 when we first made love" and his wife replied saying; "I knoooow ,we've come a long way, you've been great the whole time"

Beauty and the Beast to feature Disney's first gay character and love scene

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney's first ever gay character and love scene. US actor Josh Gad plays LeFou, a sidekick of the film's main antagonist Gaston.
LeFou tries to come to terms with feelings for Gaston that swing between lust and admiration, as a side-plot to the main story.
When the first Beauty and the Beast trailer was released last year it had almost 130 million views in 24 hours. Disney are calling it their first ever "exclusively gay moment" on film.
Speaking with Attitude Magazine , director Bill Condon believes LeFou's role breaks new ground when it comes to LGBT visibility on screen.
'It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it," he said.
"And that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away. "But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
Emma Watson plays Bell…

Noma dishwasher becomes part-owner of 'world's best restaurant'

A kitchen porter has been made a co-owner of the four-time winner of the world's best restaurant.
Ali Sonko, 62, is now a partner at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant where he has been working since it opened.
Mr Sonko, from the Gambia, was unveiled as one of three new partners, alongside two of its managers.
The two-Michelin starred restaurant closed its doors after 14 years at the current location, and will reopen in December as an "urban farm".
"Ali is the heart and soul of Noma," chef Rene Redzepi explained to friends gathered to celebrate the restaurant at the weekend, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.
"I don't think people appreciate what it means to have a person like Ali in the house. He is all smiles, no matter how his 12 children fare. 
"And, by the way, my own father was also named Ali, and he too worked as a dishwasher when he came to Denmark."
Posting a picture of Mr Sonko and fellow new co-owners restaurant managers Lau Ri…

Rihanna dazzles in grey dress as she receives her Humanitarian of the Year award from Harvard University (Photos)

Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University for her inspiring charitable cases and the 29-year-old singer was present at Harvard on Monday to receive her award.

Dressed in a grey off-the-shoulder dress and matching over-the-knee boot, the Barbados beauty looked ravishing as she accepted her award plaque from Allen Counter, the director of the Harvard Foundation.
Rihanna, who never made it past high school, could not hide her excitement at receiving an award from a prestigious university and she made it known during her speech.
"So I made it to Harvard," she began and received cheers from the audience. She went on to inform her audience that one did not need to have too much in order to help others. 
"You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated. I mean, I wish I was … especially today."
Earning the Humanitarian of the Year …

Ghanaian banker, Bernard Adjei launches first online marketplace for black businesses

The UK’s Young banker of the year, Bernard Adjei, has launched an innovative online platform for black businesses in the UK. Densu is a black marketplace where people around the world can connect to buy and sell products they wouldn’t otherwise find easily on places like Amazon or EBay.
More than 100 black businesses have so far registered to be part of the initiative.
Launching the platform, Founder, Bernard Adjei said: “This is long overdue for a community that plays a significant role in Britain’s economic vitality.
The UK has a significant black population that plays a crucial role in the country’s economy. Densu will therefore help them trade with each other and benefit from the knowledge of a shared heritage through online trading. Mr Adjei adds that:“Living in the UK and seeing the lack of an online space where black people can showcase and share their skills and talents, and also inspire a new generation, drove me to create Densu. My dream is for Densu to provide a plat…

‘Hidden City’ with DJ Vyrusky (@djvyrusky) set for March 3

Legend has it that years ago, a bunch of students decided they wanted to party like no one’s business, redefine fun and challenge the normal order of announcing your venue way ahead of the event. And that is what came to represent the finest event ever organized in Accra with the signature of constantly wowing and impressing party lovers every single time.
This party, became ‘Hidden City’, the place where you get to unleash your fantasies and experience life as it is in the other cities that come to life without a hustle. With a track record that defined the lives of the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there are a thousand possibilities from drinks to music to experiences beyond your wildest dreams.
After demands and request from the class of 2017, the party is making a comeback that is poised to make a statement, establish an order and tell the stories of those who came before the class and the jams that made their lives at the tertiary level more than fun.
If fun is …

130-years after, Harvard Law Review elects its first black female president, ImeIme Umana

In it's 130 years of existence, the Harvard Law Review never elected a black woman as president.  Now, 24 year old ImeIme Umana has changed that as she becomes the first African-American to lead a journal that has the largest reach of any law journal in the world.
The Review elected its first black man as president 27 years ago. That was former President Barack Obama. It has had other minorities as presidents. And it has had female presidents, the first of whom was elected 41 years ago. But until now, never a black woman.

Umana was chosen by the Harvard Law Review's 92 student editors in what is widely considered the highest-ranked position that a student can have at the law school. The difficult election process required a thorough dissection of her work and application, and a 12-hour long deliberation of her portfolio.

In a chat with the Harvard Crimson, the school's newspaper, Umana said "I didn't realize civics could be so personal and so alive for a …

Donald Trump calls for 'renewal of American spirit'

US President Donald Trump has struck an optimistic tone in his first address to Congress, declaring the "renewal of the American spirit" and pointing to the US role on the world stage.
Opening his speech on Tuesday evening by condemning recent threats against Jewish community centres, vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and the deadly shooting of an Indian man in Kansas last week, Trump said he took the podium to deliver a message of "unity and strength".
The Republican had received criticism for not reacting strongly enough to the acts and he had not yet commented on the apparently racially motivated murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
Trump then went on to the core issue of his election campaign and his presidency so far: immigration reform.
He pledged again to build a "great, great wall" on the Mexican border and said that "by finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed," and save billions of dollars.
He also …

YouTube Unveils Live TV Service With Broadcasters Signed On

After over a decade propping up the homegrown creators that have emerged on its platform, YouTube is taking a big step into the legacy television business. 
The Google-owned streamer has unveiled its plans for YouTube TV, a new live television service that will include a mix of broadcast and cable programming. The new service will include content from all four broadcasters as well as some cable channels, all for $35 a month, the company announced Tuesday at an event for press and partners at YouTube Space LA. The package of about 45 channels will also include Showtime as an add-on for an additional fee. Further, YouTube TV will include access to shows from YouTube creators, top trending videos and all of the original programs it features on its YouTube Red subscription service. 
It's a project that was more than a year in the making. Rumblings about the service first began to surface last spring, and over the summer signed up its first major broadcaster, CBS.

YouTube TV e…

Vodafone Foundation Saves Over 3000 Pregnant Women

Vodafone Ghana Foundation, in partnership with Divine Mother and Child Foundation (DMAC) has brought relief to over 3000 distressed pregnant women through a free community ultrasound scan project designed to provide timely maternal health care solutions to deprived communities in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The 2-year piloting project, which begun officially in May 2015, is currently being implemented in the Akuapem South, Ayensuano, Suhum, and Atiwa district in the Eastern region of Ghana, saving women from many complications and death whilst increasing antenatal coverage and improved maternal and child health.

Speaking on the intervention, Ebenezer Amankwah, Corporate Relations Manager at Vodafone Ghana, said; “In the Atiwa District, for example, a middle-aged woman who came for a scan, was startled with the news that her foetus has apparently died and was decaying in her womb. We quickly referred her to the Engirisi Hospital for further expulsion.

This was done success…

Barack, Michelle Obama get book deals

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that it has signed both Barack and Michelle Obama to book deals.
The publishing giant, in a news release, said it will publish “forthcoming books” by the former president and first lady, but gave very few details.

According to a report in the Financial Times, bidding for the two books topped $60 million and multiple publishers were in the hunt. The former president made no secret of the fact that he planned to write a book when he left office, admitting as much to David Axelrod on CNN.
Imprints of Penguin Random have published other books by the Obamas, including Michelle Obama’s best-selling cookbook, American Grown.
The former president, of course, has written previous best sellers, including the memoir Dreams From My Fatherand The Audacity of Hope, both top 10 USA TODAY best sellers.
Most recent presidents have written memoirs when they leave office, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bush’s Decision Points and Clinton’s My Life

South Africa to become first African country to legalise Cannabis

South Africa will soon become the first African country to legalise cannabis sativa, popularly known as marijuana for strictly medical purposes. In a letter sent to Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), who have been championing the legalisation of the Medical Innovation Bill, the Medicines Control Council (MCC) revealed that the proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use would soon publish.

'I wish to confirm that our office is working on a number of guidance documents to be shared with the public relating to the manufacture of cannabis for medicinal purposes'.

The Medical Innovation Bill was first tabled by late MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini who died of lung cancer in 2014, the same year he introduced the bill in Parliament seeking for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, due to his health.

When the guidance documents are ready and approved, South Africa will be the very first African country to legalise the use of Cannabis for medical purposes…

Lady Gaga to Replace Beyonce at Coachella

According to Billboard, Lady Gaga will headline both weekends of Coachella, Billboard has learned, replacing Beyoncé, who postponed her performance after announcing she was pregnant with twins.
Gaga will fill in for Beyoncé on consecutive Saturday nights (April 15 and  22) at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. Officials with festival organizers Goldenvoice and AEG Live are finalizing plans to bring Gaga's huge stage production to Coachella and will make the announcement in the coming days, say sources.
The high-profile replacement comes just five days after representatives for Beyoncé informed AEG's Goldenvoice that the "Formation" singer would not be performing at North America's highest-grossing annual festival based on her doctor's advice; Beyoncé could have been in the third trimester of her pregnancy during the double-weekend billing. Beyoncé will instead perform at Coachella in 2018.
Lady Gaga will add the double Coachella slot to her already …

Floyd Mayweather's mansion in Las Vegas reportedly burglarized

Retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Las Vegas mansion was burglarized over the weekend, while he partied in Los Angeles to celebrate his 40th birthday. 
According to a statement issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, there was forced entry into his home on Wood Creek Court through a rear office door sometime between Friday and Monday.

Officer Danny Cordero of the LVMPD office of public information, said items of value were taken, but “we still don’t know what exactly was taken. We haven’t gotten a list from the victim of what items were taken.”

Cordero said it was still an active investigation, and detectives were trying to get with the victim to see what exactly was taken. The statement said suspects have not been identified at this time. The police also did not identify the address as Mayweather’s residence.
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions and a longtime close friend of the former boxer, said he had no comment on the incident.
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