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On this day in 1977, Rev Dr Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray was the first African American woman ordained to the Episcopal p...
01/08/2024

On this day in 1977, Rev Dr Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray was the first African American woman ordained to the Episcopal priesthood by Bishop William F. Creighton at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

She was an American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, a women's rights activist, and an author.

Are you a creative maestro with a passion for storytelling through video? FunTimes Magazine is on the lookout for a crea...
01/08/2024

Are you a creative maestro with a passion for storytelling through video? FunTimes Magazine is on the lookout for a creative Video Editor to join our innovative team.

If you've got the experience, passion, and creativity, we want to hear from you!

Send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to [email protected]

Let's bow down to the new Queen of Game Shows! Keke Palmer takes home the Emmy for Outstanding Host!🏆
01/08/2024

Let's bow down to the new Queen of Game Shows! Keke Palmer takes home the Emmy for Outstanding Host!🏆

Afrobeats is no doubt taking over African music as the leading genre, and Nigeria is the marketplace for music promotion...
01/05/2024

Afrobeats is no doubt taking over African music as the leading genre, and Nigeria is the marketplace for music promotions, concerts, and events. This has proven afrobeats dominance amongst other African music genres like Makossa, Amapiano, Ethio-jazz, Congolese Rumba, Bongo Flava, Bantu music, and many more.

Ghana, through the Ministry of Information in a stakeholder meeting with top music executives, has advised Ghanaians to reduce the use of foreign music being played in TV and radio stations, clubs, lounges, hotels, and other public places to foster and promote their own songs. This development is primarily targeted at reducing Afrobeats, which is Nigeria's genre. Recently, Spotify and Apple Music released the ten most streamed songs in Ghana, and they were all Afrobeats songs from Nigerian musicians. These charts by these music streaming platforms have caused a stir or small "vawulence" on X and Tiktok among music lovers and fans of both countries (Ghana and Nigeria) defending their favorites.

Amapiano has been under stress lately over the new ownership of this music genre. As you all know, it is always Nigeria versus... This time, it is Nigeria vs. South Africa.
South Africans are accusing Nigerians of invading their music space and claiming Amapiano as a Nigerian music genre. In the crossfire of this banter, concerned Nigerians are saying that Amapiano is made up of 95% instrumentals and 5% vocals, but the Nigerian version of Amapiano or Afrobeat-Amapiano has a balance of vocals and instrumentals. What broke the camel's back was when Nigerians said they had made Amapiano sound better than it used to.

Do you think the push for canceling foreign music in Ghana is a step towards preserving cultural identity or a hindrance to musical diversity? Share your thoughts!

“Canvas of Dreams” is a new art exhibit focusing on inspirational pieces by Individuals with disabilities. Join curator ...
01/05/2024

“Canvas of Dreams” is a new art exhibit focusing on inspirational pieces by Individuals with disabilities. Join curator and Norwegian-born professional artist and photographer Lene Dronen, director of the Cultural Arts Center of SpArc Philadelphia in North Philly, today, January 5, 2024, for an engaging “Artist Walk and Talk” tour.

The exhibit is organized by the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and the Cultural Arts Center of SpArc Services, which supports people with disabilities.

It's Free, but register in advance, 4 p.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST. City Hall (4th Floor, northeast corner), 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 215-686-8446 or [email protected].

Check out the link below for other exciting events in the Philly area!

Let’s swing open the door of 2024 (Yes, we have rhymes here at FunTimes). Here are a few entertaining ways to get the year started.

On This Day in 1938,  a renowned  African novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o (aka James Thiong’ o Ngugi) was born. He is a Keny...
01/05/2024

On This Day in 1938, a renowned African novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o (aka James Thiong’ o Ngugi) was born. He is a Kenyan author, educator, and playwright. His famous novel ‘Weep Not Child' was the first significant novel in English written by an East African.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a prominent Kenyan author and academic, widely regarded as the foremost novelist in East Africa. He started writing in English but later shifted to writing mainly in Gikuyu. His repertoire includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, covering various themes from literary and social criticism to children's literature.

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What are your travel dreams for the year? Please share in the comments!
01/05/2024

What are your travel dreams for the year? Please share in the comments!

From Wednesday Jan 3 through Sunday, January 21, 2024. AIN'T TOO PROUD – The Life and Times of The Temptations is in tow...
01/04/2024

From Wednesday Jan 3 through Sunday, January 21, 2024. AIN'T TOO PROUD – The Life and Times of The Temptations is in town. And for the record, the members of The Temptations are as interesting off-stage as they were on stage. A New York Times critic even called the show “pretty close to perfection.”

The show was nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Appropriate for ages 13 and older. Tickets start at $27. Show times vary—Academy of Music, 240 S Broad St., 215-893-1999 or https://ow.ly/Sw5Q50QnSRW.

Check out other exciting events in the Philly area below!
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Let’s swing open the door of 2024 (Yes, we have rhymes here at FunTimes). Here are a few entertaining ways to get the year started.

What is your fashion style? Tell us in the comments!
01/04/2024

What is your fashion style? Tell us in the comments!

On this day in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was established. The CBC is dedicated to addressing the concer...
01/04/2024

On this day in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was established. The CBC is dedicated to addressing the concerns of African Americans, as well as promoting the human and civil rights of all underrepresented people.

TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY 1. 🗓️ On this day in 2008 🎙️ Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech after winning the Iowa Demo...
01/03/2024

TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY

1. 🗓️ On this day in 2008 🎙️ Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech after winning the Iowa Democratic Caucus. 🇺🇸✨ A moment that echoed hope and change.

2. On this day in 1624, history made its mark! William Tucker, the first documented child of African descent born in America, took his first breath in Jamestown. 🇺🇸

On this day in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to a crowd of 700 people at Brown Chapel AME Church in Sel...
01/02/2024

On this day in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to a crowd of 700 people at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama.

He spoke about the importance of everyone having the right to vote in Alabama. It was the start of an extensive campaign to ensure everyone could vote.

Happy New Year, fam! How are the New Year resolutions coming? 😁😁 Let us know in the comments!
01/02/2024

Happy New Year, fam! How are the New Year resolutions coming? 😁😁 Let us know in the comments!

Cheers to a brand new chapter! 🎉✨ We wish you all a happy new year from FunTimes Magazine. May your days be filled with ...
01/01/2024

Cheers to a brand new chapter! 🎉✨ We wish you all a happy new year from FunTimes Magazine. May your days be filled with joy, laughter, and exciting adventures in 2024! 🥳📆

Are you looking for guides on navigating the December economic landscape for your business? Look no further; check out t...
12/29/2023

Are you looking for guides on navigating the December economic landscape for your business? Look no further; check out these guides on our website.

https://bit.ly/47fKfKX

Across Africa, Micro-Enterprise businesses are working round the clock to navigate the economic landscape.

Join the festive frenzy in Lagos and experience the best Black Friday deals! Indulge in amazing discounts and make unfor...
12/29/2023

Join the festive frenzy in Lagos and experience the best Black Friday deals! Indulge in amazing discounts and make unforgettable memories to bid farewell to this year. Here are some memories to cherish as we look down the lane of what to expect while shopping in Lagos markets this Christmas.

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Just like several cities across the world, Lagos, Nigeria, comes alive during the festive season.

Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller was the first African American woman dentist to practice in Washington. She was born on Decem...
12/29/2023

Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller was the first African American woman dentist to practice in Washington. She was born on December 29, 1925, in Waycross, Georgia.

Before the civil rights movement, Miller and her husband fought discrimination and Segregation in Nashville. She actively participated in the struggle for voting rights and spearheaded a voter registration movement among blacks in the city.

Episode 4: I AM COMING  The haunting "Koi Koi" sound had faded into the distance as Miss Koi Koi, her malevolent presenc...
12/29/2023

Episode 4: I AM COMING


The haunting "Koi Koi" sound had faded into the distance as Miss Koi Koi, her malevolent presence undeniable, had taken Nneka away. The realization that their argument had contributed to Nneka's disappearance hit Olumide and Tosin like a cold wave, extinguishing their anger and replacing it with shared panic.

"Olumide, I didn't mean for this to happen," Tosin confessed, his voice heavy with guilt. "We have to find Nneka and put an end to this."

Olumide, his anger now softened by concern, nodded in agreement. "You're right. Our first priority is Nneka's safety. We'll deal with the consequences later."


With heavy hearts and a newfound sense of urgency, they retraced their steps through the hallways of Olabisi Secondary School. The eerie atmosphere seemed to close in around them, as though the very walls held the secrets of Miss Koi Koi's malevolence.


As they ventured deeper into the darkness, the "Koi Koi" sound returned, growing louder and more unsettling. It led them to a dimly lit room at the heart of the school, a room where Miss Koi Koi's spirit seemed to be waiting.


They cautiously entered the room, their flashlights trembling in their hands. There, they saw Nneka, standing in a trance, her eyes vacant. Miss Koi Koi, her spectral figure towering over Nneka, was whispering words that only Nneka could hear.


Tosin, his voice filled with determination, called out to Nneka, "Nneka, snap out of it! We're here to help you."


Nneka's gaze slowly shifted toward them, and she seemed to regain control of herself. Miss Koi Koi's grip on her had loosened, if only for a moment.


Olumide, his voice filled with concern, said, "We need to break the connection between Nneka and Miss Koi Koi. We can't let her take Nneka away."


Tosin, now determined to make amends, suggested, "We'll use the chalkboard with those symbols. Maybe we can disrupt whatever ritual Miss Koi Koi was trying to perform."


As they hurriedly etched random patterns over the symbols on the chalkboard, the room seemed to crackle with a sudden burst of energy. Miss Koi Koi's presence wavered, and Nneka's trance-like state started to break.


Nneka, her voice weak but filled with gratitude, said, "Thank you, guys. I don't know what happened, but it was like she was trying to take control of me."


The "Koi Koi" sound grew fainter, and Miss Koi Koi's form flickered. Her presence faded away, dissipating like mist in the morning sun.


The room fell silent, and the malevolent spirit of Miss Koi Koi was gone, at least for now.


As they left the room with Nneka, a sense of relief washed over them. They had confronted the vengeful spirit, rescued their friend, and put an end to the haunting that had plagued Olabisi Secondary School for so long.


In the days that followed, they shared their experience with the townsfolk, and the legend of Miss Koi Koi underwent a profound transformation. It evolved from a story of fear into a tale of bravery and friendship. With the vengeful spirit finally vanquished, Olabisi Secondary School was able to find peace once more.


However, there was a lingering uncertainty that Nneka couldn't shake. As they shared their story with the townsfolk, she couldn't help but sense a presence. When she listened carefully, she heard the faint, rhythmic footsteps of Miss Koi Koi, even though her friends claimed not to hear a thing. She felt a soft breeze brush past her, carrying with it whispers from Miss Koi Koi herself, saying, "I am coming."

What's are your overall feelings about 2023?
12/29/2023

What's are your overall feelings about 2023?

What was the SONG that made 2023 truly unforgettable?🤔🎵
12/29/2023

What was the SONG that made 2023 truly unforgettable?🤔🎵

‘The Color Purple’ Hits $25 Million After Two Days“The Color Purple” added $7.1 million on Tuesday, bringing its domesti...
12/28/2023

‘The Color Purple’ Hits $25 Million After Two Days

“The Color Purple” added $7.1 million on Tuesday, bringing its domestic box office tally to an impressive $25 million after two days of release.

The Warner Bros. film, an adaptation of the book-turned-beloved-movie-turned-hit-Broadway-musical, opened in theaters on Monday. It nearly set a holiday record with $18 million, marking the most significant Christmas Day opening for a movie since 2009 and the second-biggest Christmas Day opening of all time.

Blitz Bazawule directed “The Color Purple,” which is an encouraging start for a musical. Stage-to-screen adaptations have a spotty (at best) track record, with recent attempts like Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, “In the Heights,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Cats” failing to resonate at the box office. But it costs $100 million, so “The Color Purple” needs to remain the de facto choice for families through the new year to turn a profit. Positive reviews and encouraging word-of-mouth should help the movie — led by “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino and co-starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Colman Domingo — stick around on the big screen.

On this day in 1954, Actor Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York. Denzel Washington is a renowned America...
12/28/2023

On this day in 1954, Actor Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York. Denzel Washington is a renowned American actor, producer, and director with an illustrious career spanning over 40 years. He has won numerous accolades, including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Silver Bears.

New Year's Resolution
12/28/2023

New Year's Resolution

The Afro Culture Preservation Council’s 40th KWANZAA Children’s Festival is a grand celebration to teach kids about Kwan...
12/27/2023

The Afro Culture Preservation Council’s 40th KWANZAA Children’s Festival is a grand celebration to teach kids about Kwanzaa. Enjoy an afternoon of entertaining, educational, and interactive activities highlighting stilt-ballet performances, art-making, games, food, and a candle-lighting ceremony on Friday, December 29, 2023, from noon to 5 p.m. EST at Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

Follow the link below for more details.
https://ow.ly/SBxb50Qm94P

Hello, international students! Are you ready to embrace the holiday season in a foreign country? 🌍✨🎅 Here are some tips ...
12/27/2023

Hello, international students! Are you ready to embrace the holiday season in a foreign country? 🌍✨🎅 Here are some tips for enjoying this joyful time, even though you're miles away from home.

Check them out below!
https://ow.ly/IGwm50Qm5cp

We have some great tips to help make your Christmas away from home a delightful and memorable one.

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