Beyond the Return’s international Masterclass for creative industry to come off September 30


The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has collaborated with the Creative Arts Council, Beyond the Return Secretariat and The Bridge Zone Africa to present the biggest masterclass to hit the Ghanaian creative arts space.

The event, which is set to take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 is under the theme, ‘Black Stories Matter: Forging Collaborations for the Development of Ghana’s Creative Industry’.

The masterclass will empanel a legion of international speakers who are accomplished in their varied endeavors.

Professor Eleanor Earl, a Film Lecturer at the Hampton University and TV host, Ivy Prosper, would moderate a panel that would include Chris Roland, Vasall Benford, Lamman Rucker, Baron Davis, Etu Evans, Shelby Stone, Asante Bradford, RJ Bucaria and Philonese West.

The event would be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram on @beyondthereturn, @Ghanatourismauthority and @yearofreturn. It would also be broadcast live on Hitz 103.9FM at exactly 4pm GMT.

Background of speakers:

Lamman Rucker is an international actor, well-known for his roles in Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married’ and ‘Why Did I Get Married Too’ – as well his role in the Oprah Winfrey-produced series, ‘GreenLeaf’.

Vassal Benford III is a Grammy Nominated American Producer/ Record Executive/ Film Producer/ Music Mogul. He is regarded as one of the top music producers in the international music scene.

Chris Roland is an award-winning American producer, director, and writer. He owns ‘My Movies’, a sales and distribution company, and previously owned ZenHQ Films and The Imaginarium, both leading production companies, and the South Africa Film Finance Corporation (production financing), and Basecamp Logistics (unit equipment rentals).

As a consultant, Chris provides a wealth of experience that helps turn challenges into opportunities and ideas and dreams into realities.

Baron Davis is a former American professional basketball player, a two-time NBA All-Star, who is now a television pundit.

Asante Bradford is Project Manager for Digital Entertainment and Emerging Media for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the sales and marketing arm for the State of Georgia.

Referred to as the “Prince of Luxe,” Etu Evans has made a name for himself as a tastemaker to celebrities. He built his company, Etu Evans, LLC, into an international footwear, accessory, and interior design company that creates luxury items and one-of-a-kind footwear for the rich and famous.

Shelby Stone has produced over 80 hours of television, including the critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning ‘Bessie,’ ‘Lackawanna Blues,’ ‘Life Support,’ ‘Single Ladies’ and more. She is the recipient of over 60 awards and nominations, including Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards and many others.

RJ Bucaria Bucaria is the Co-founder and CEO f Prolific Media holdings LLC. Through his journey in the entertainment industry, Mr. Bucaria has held positions in A&R, Talent Management, C-Level Executive and Board of Directors level positions in both public and private corporations.


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