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Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure
UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded. Born in the poor neighborhoods of Kingston in the 1960s, reggae reflected hard times and struggle but could also be joyous dance music with its distinctive off-beat.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather and 'DJ Khaled' charged by SEC over token offerings
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a music producer known as "DJ Khaled" failed to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in initial coin offerings, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Thursday. Neither Mayweather nor Khaled Mohamed Khaled admitted or denied the regulator's charges, but agreed to pay a combined $767,500 in fines and penalties, the SEC said in a statement.
Citing racial bias, Jay-Z seeks to halt arbitration against Iconix
Jay-Z on Wednesday sued to halt his private arbitration with clothing company Iconix Brand Group Inc, saying the company's inability to find an African-American arbitrator to hear the trademark dispute was unfair. The multimillionaire rapper said in a petition filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that the lack of racial diversity among arbitrators at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) was discriminatory under New York's state constitution and a New York City human rights law.
Bobby Brown sues Showtime, BBC over Whitney Houston documentary
Whitney Houston's former husband Bobby Brown and the estate of their daughter Bobbi Kristina have sued Showtime Networks and the BBC over alleged unauthorized footage used in a 2017 documentary about the late singer, "Whitney: Can I Be Me." According to a complaint filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Brown, the R&B singer formerly of New Edition, and Bobbi Kristina's estate never consented to the airing of footage used in the documentary.
'I want world peace': Trump-Kim handshake inspires striking Singapore dress
When Singapore's Zahra Khanum takes to the stage for the Miss Universe contest, she will be wearing a dress portraying a historic handshake between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Inspiration for the striking design came from a summit between the old foes in Singapore in June, and the island nation's efforts to build world peace, not its UNESCO heritage site Botanic Gardens, its architecture or diverse culture.
Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas set to marry in royal style
"Quantico" star Priyanka Chopra and U.S. singer Nick Jonas are to marry this weekend in a two-day ceremony at a venue dubbed India's most opulent royal palace. Chopra, 36, and 26-year-old Jonas were engaged this year after meeting at an Oscars after-party last year.
Sandra Bullock plays against type in dystopian thriller 'Bird Box'
Best known for romantic comedies, Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock has to fight for survival in dark, dystopian thriller "Bird Box". Bullock, known for "Miss Congeniality" as well as dramas "The Blind Side" and "Gravity", plays Malorie, a woman desperate to keep her two children safe from an unseen threat that leads people to commit suicide.
Kites, dancing penguins and magic: 'Mary Poppins Returns'
Flying through the clouds with a black parrot umbrella and holding her signature carpet bag, whimsical British nanny Mary Poppins made her "practically perfect" movie comeback on Thursday, more than 50 years after first charming audiences worldwide. "Mary Poppins Returns," set some 20 years after the film that made Julie Andrews a star, had its world premiere in Los Angeles, featuring a new cast and new music but with a nostalgic nod to the original.
Oscar winner Cuaron pays personal tribute in new film 'Roma'
After winning an Oscar for space film "Gravity", director Alfonso Cuaron chose to tell a touching personal story for his next movie, "Roma", looking back on his childhood memories growing up in Mexico City. Set in 1970s Mexico and named after a neighborhood in the capital city, the black-and-white film in Spanish focuses on one household, namely the women who raised Cuaron.
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