Arts & Culture

Rapper Mos Def Due in Court for Traveling on “World Passport”

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20  – Yasiin Bey, the American rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been charged with violating South Africa’s immigration laws after he was arrested last week trying to leave the country on an unrecognised travel document. Bey, who is free on bail, will appear in court on March 8, officials said on

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Celebrities Boycott Oscars for Lack of Diversity

By Ian Simpson Jan 18 – Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers

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Photographer Shows Life after Rape in India

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, Jan 18  – When Smita Sharma began photographing survivors of rape in India in December 2014, the experience was so intense that she developed post traumatic stress disorder. The condition worsened when Sharma’s cousin killed herself after being abused by a classmate. “For months I would get nightmares and I would

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UK PM Cameron Launches English Language Campaign for Muslim Women

LONDON, Jan 18 – Some migrants to Britain who cannot pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of arriving may not be allowed to stay, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a move aimed at fostering greater integration by Muslim women. Cameron said there were 190,000 British Muslim women who spoke little

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Hebrew Graffiti at Jerusalem Monastery Threatens Christians

JERUSALEM, Jan 17 – Israel ordered a high-priority police investigation on Sunday into anti-Christian messages scrawled in Hebrew on the walls and doors of a Jerusalem monastery, saying they marked an assault on religious harmony. “Idols will be extirpated” – a line lifted from the Jewish prayer service – and “Christians Go to Hell” were

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Veteran British Actor Alan Rickman Passes Away

LONDON, Jan 14 – British actor Alan Rickman, who played the role of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and portrayed memorable villains in Hollywood movies, has died aged 69, his agent said on Thursday. Rickman got his big acting break appearing the Broadway version of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” in the mid-1980s before making

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‘Friends’ Cast To Appear in NBC Tribute to Comedy Director

LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 – The cast of NBC’s hit sitcom Friends is scheduled to come together next month for the first time on the network since the series ended in 2004 for a tribute to TV comedy director James Burrows, NBC executives said on Wednesday. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew

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Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch Gets Engaged to Jerry Hall

LONDON, Jan 12 – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced his engagement to former supermodel Jerry Hall on Tuesday and gave details of plans for his fourth marriage in a classified advert in one of his British newspapers. Published in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the Times newspaper, the advert read: “Mr Rupert Murdoch,

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Singer David Bowie Dies After 18-Month Battle with Cancer

By Paul Sandle Jan 11, LONDON (Reuters) – David Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits “Ziggy Stardust” and “Space Oddity”, has died of cancer. He was 69. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with

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Denzel Washington Awarded Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Honor

By Nichola Groom and Piya Sinha-Roy BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan 11 – Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington joined the ranks of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro when he was awarded the Golden Globe for lifetime achievement on Sunday – only the third black actor to be recognized in the more than 60-year history

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