The union flag was seen flying at half-mast above Buckingham Palace following Prince Philip's death on April 9.
The union flag was seen flying at half-mast above Buckingham Palace following Prince Philip's death on April 9.
Three-time U.S. women's hockey Olympian Kacey Bellamy, a member of the popular 2018 gold-medal-winning team, announced her retirement on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Bellamy played 130 games over 15 years with the national team and had 11 goals and 38 assists. "Hockey has given me the most incredible memories, and as tough of a decision that this is, I know in my heart it is right," Bellamy said in her announcement.
Pro-Palestine demonstrators marched through midtown Manhattan on May 18, stopping in front of the New York offices of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).AIPAC is a lobbying group representing pro-Israel interests in the US, and is often the target of critics of the country’s policies. During Israel’s current campaign in Gaza, AIPAC has defended the military intervention, and said that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.”On Tuesday, health officials in Gaza said that at least 213 people have been killed and more than 1,400 injured inside the Palestinian enclave since the start of Israeli strikes on May 10. At least 12 people have been reported killed inside Israel after militants in Gaza began firing thousands of rockets.On Tuesday, protesters marched through parts of midtown Manhattan, stopping in front of AIPAC’s Third Avenue offices, where this video was taken. Credit: Jason Rosenberg via Storyful
“SNL” is now nearing the end of its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on April 10, was hosted by “A Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan, with Kid Cudi as the musical guest. It featured a cold open sketch about a local news broadcast discussing the Derek Chauvin trial, in which cast members Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim try to convince their white colleagues not to be so optimistic about how the trial will go. There hasn’t been much in the way of celebrity cameos in the new year, and, for now, cast member Alex Moffat will continue to play Joe Biden. He played the role for a second time on April 3 in a sketch that also saw Martin Short make a surprise appearance as Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff. The reception for Moffat’s Biden was not exactly enthusiastic, so it’s not hugely surprising that they haven’t used it much. It’s likely that “SNL” will just skip any further Biden sketches until they can grab a big celebrity for the role next season. This week we’ve got a new episode. The May 22 episode will be hosted by Anya Taylor-Joy, with Lil Nas X as the musical guest. It’s the first time either of them will be on “SNL,” though cast member Chris Redd did play Lil Nas X in a cold open sketch last month — it feels like a good bet we’ll see the rapper pop up somewhere in the episode beyond just his musical performances. This is the end of the road for season 46 of “SNL.” This week’s episode is the season finale. While it’s not an election year anymore, somehow the tense political situation in the U.S. managed to ramp up from the fever pitch early in 2021. And, well, it’s tough to pass up having Aidy Bryant play Ted Cruz as often as possible, which the show keeps doing. While the sketch show has certainly had a whiff of “just trying to return to normalcy” in the new year, politics remains at the core of the cultural discourse. And that Matt Gaetz story isn’t going away. Perhaps the biggest splash of season 46 was the addition of Jim Carrey as the show’s resident celebrity Joe Biden during the election cycle. But Carrey dropped out of the role after Trump lost, and “SNL” has now twice had Moffat play the part. Moffat’s Biden has been met with a pretty tepid response both from the studio audience and viewers at home, but that’s to be expected after only big stars have played Biden on SNL for years. It’s been a strange transition out of the Trump era for “SNL,” which has adopted a softer tone the last couple months. For example, the show has done three separate COVID-19 game show sketches in 2021, two of which were cold open sketches. And Moffat’s Biden has only made a single appearance since the real Biden was inaugurated in January. Read original story Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week? At TheWrap
Tyler Myers, Brock Boeser and Travis Hamonic each collected one goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames on Tuesday, as the clubs took one more step to finally ending their seasons. Nils Hoglander also scored for the Canucks (23-28-4, 50 points), while goaltender Thatcher Demko made 38 saves. William Lockwood, a 2016 third-round draft choice, made his NHL debut in the Vancouver win.
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It’s only been four years since Barry Jenkins emphatically put his stamp on Hollywood with “Moonlight,” and now he’s putting his stamp on the world of television with the Amazon series “The Underground Railroad,” adapted from the Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead. Jenkins directed all ten episodes of the series, and it shows — “The Underground Railroad” is a masterpiece. It tells the story of a young slave named Cora (Thuso Mbedu) who escapes a plantation in Georgia and makes a long, arduous journey across several states while being pursued by a dogged slave catcher named Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton). It is, in every single episode, thoroughly devastating — but Cora keeps going through it all, because what else could she do? You might be wondering whether “The Underground Railroad,” being set in the antebellum South, is based on a true story. The answer is a definite no. The story you see on this show, and in Whitehead’s novel, is a work of fiction. The big tell for those going in blind will be that the Underground Railroad in this story is an actual railroad that travels through a lengthy system of caves, rather than a metaphorical description of the series of safehouses and routes that escaped slaves would make use of to get out of the South. But, as was the case with another recent Amazon series, “Them” — which was inspired by the actual history of housing discrimination in the mid-20th century — “The Underground Railroad” is using its setting to illustrate a point. Or a series of points. At the end of the first episode, the man who runs the first station Cora encounters says something that I think kinda sums up the thematic bent of the show. “If you wanna see what this nation’s all about, you gotta ride the rails. Just look outside as you speed through and you’ll see the true face of America.” What we get from there is a series of chapters that put on display some of the different manifestations that racism against Black folks has taken in America, both historically and in the present. In South Carolina, for example, all the white folks appear benevolent as they claim to want to uplift Black folks by educating and housing them — though they’re actually pulling a long-term genocide with the help of local doctors. And in North Carolina they don’t bother with that pretense, embarking on a Nazi-ish campaign to straight up exterminate any Black person found in the state. The “Gulliver’s Travels” references in the early part of “The Underground Railroad” isn’t just a nod — it’s the story telling you that’s this journey is allegorical. It’s just that unlike most allegories, this one is actually about what it’s actually about, instead of veiling it in any way. So if you’re getting some YA fantasy kind of vibes from “The Underground Railroad,” it’s because you’re supposed to. This is essentially a journey through a heightened fantasy version of the world. It’s just a fantasy version of the world that is much closer to reality — and hits much closer to home — than something like “Harry Potter” or “His Dark Materials.” Read original story Is Amazon’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ Based on a True Story? At TheWrap
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(This article contains spoilers for the finale of “The Underground Railroad” on Amazon Prime Video) Throughout the ten episodes of Barry Jenkins’s “The Underground Railroad” on Amazon, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) often thinks about her mother, Mabel. Mabel (Sheila Atim) is out of the picture before the series begins. As the story goes, she ran away from the Randall plantation where she and Cora had spent their whole lives when Cora was young. And she got away, apparently — the slave catcher Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton) says Mabel was the only slave who’s run away from Randall that he wasn’t able to catch. In this way, Mabel drives much of the action in “The Underground Railroad.” Cora has some bitterness toward her mother for leaving her behind, and that bitterness does help sustain her at times during her arduous journey around the American South and beyond. And Ridgeway keeps up his pursuit through everything out of pride — Cora is a reminder of his past failure to catch Mabel. The punchline comes in the final episode of the series: Mabel did not use the Underground Railroad to escape. She didn’t even run away, not really. Shellshocked after a particularly horrendous day on the plantation, she just kinda ran off into the swamp because it was all just too much — and then, just as she was about to head back, she was bitten by a snake and died. Her body fell into the mire, and nobody ever found her. It’s a heartbreaking payoff, not just because of how it recontextualizes Cora’s story but also because Mabel’s death was an enormous tragedy. A large portion of the finale episode is spent with Mabel just before her death, and we see that she was a hugely compassionate person, skilled at navigating the incredibly fraught social dynamics of the plantation — and using that skill to try to help her fellow slaves whenever she can. The plantation was no doubt a worse place without her. There’s a lot to consider with this story beat. But “The Underground Railroad” novel by Colson Whitehead, which is the basis for the Amazon series, already explored this in more depth than the series. That’s by the nature of the two formats — a book can go places that a TV show or movie cannot. And the stuff we’re about to discuss would be difficult to translate in any case since it involves information that none of the characters on the show have. The “Underground Railroad” novel begins by telling the story of Cora’s grandmother Ajarry. Ajarry lived in Africa until raiders captured everyone in her village and sold them to slavers. We then get a brief accounting of her journey to America, and then eventually to the Randall plantation. But there’s a detail in there that I’ve never been able to get out of my head. Ajarry is separated from her family at the port of Ouidah in Benin — Ajarry sold to English slavers, and her family sold to Portuguese ones. Here’s how Whitehead described Ajarry’s attempt to look on the bright side: “For the rest of her life she imagined her cousins worked for kind and generous masters up north, engaged in more forgiving trades than her own, weaving or spinning, nothing in the field. In her stories, Isay and Sideoo and the rest somehow bought their way out of bondage and lived as free men and women in the City of Pennsylvania, a place she had overheard two white men discuss ones. These fantasies gave Ajarry comfort when her burdens were such to splinter her into a thousand pieces.” But these fantasies did not resemble reality. Whitehead explains the truth that Ajarry never learned: Everyone on that ship died of plague before it reached the New World. While Barry Jenkins’s version of “The Underground Railroad” does successfully communicate this same thing, I wanted to highlight this additional information from the book just to drive the point home. Slaves, subjected to any and every possible indignity, had to do something — anything — to maintain their spirits. This is what passed as a flight of fancy for a lot of slaves, who knew their chances at any sort of actually decent life were extraordinarily low. Imagining that somebody they cared about might be doing OK is the next best thing, and would perhaps have given them some small hope for themselves too. It’s a devastating thing to ponder, given the way Whitehead kinda uses Ajarry’s and Mabel’s stories as a frame for Cora’s tale. But, of course, both the novel and TV versions of “The Underground Railroad” don’t end on this note. After the massacre at Valentine, Cora makes her way through an unused railway tunnel, and manages to escape once more, this time heading west. Those Black folks who came before her, who bled and died at the hands of white men, who sacrificed so much to build these tunnels, who gave Cora an opportunity to have any sort of hope at all — they accomplished what they set out to do. No, they didn’t save everybody, or even close to everybody. But they saved enough that a glimmer of aspiration lived on. Read original story Mabel’s Powerful Story on ‘The Underground Railroad’ Is a Haunting Lesson At TheWrap
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Cricket Australia is hoping for packed stadiums for this year's Ashes series even if England's "Barmy Army" of travelling fans are unlikely to get into the country, interim chief executive nick Hockley said on Wednesday. The schedule for Australia's 2021-22 home season was confirmed on Wednesday with a maiden test against Afghanistan in November starting proceedings before five Ashes contests over five weeks around the New Year. Australia's borders are still closed to all non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, and the government said last week that might remain the case until the middle of next year.
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Marwa Raed Taha is a rarity: a single mother by choice in Iraq.She managed to wrangle a divorce from her husband, after he refused to allow her to work.Now, she cares for her two daughters while chasing after her dreams head on.But she says she's made to suffer for her independence."Society here has no mercy at all. It is merciless. It is not only a patriarchal society, it's not only that, but even the rights that we have in theory, as people who are part of society, they are not really granted to us."Taha did not question her future as a housewife when she got married at the age of 22.But as the years passed, she realised that she was starting to suffocate.Raising her two daughters had always been her priority, yet she also realised that she had ambitions of her own.As an engineering graduate, Taha carved out a path in-line with her skillset."So I got employed at the electricity directorate, first with a daily salary, but then I got a contract. But this does not generate me an income because we do not get our salaries. So I decided to develop myself and create a work opportunity that represents me, Marwa, and I am passionate about so that I can work in it and get an income. And this is 'GG', my waste recycling project."Taha's start-up is called Green Gold - and is dedicated to recycling organic waste and producing compost.Through a farm she established herself, Taha raises awareness on the importance of sustainable agriculture.Once her project grows, she wants to employ women who are unable to work outside of their home -inspiring others to carve out their own slice of independence, too.
"Ok, here we go. Are you ready?" U.S. President Joe Biden took his electric vehicle plan to the test track in Michigan on Tuesday, where he hit the accelerator of Ford’s new electric F-150 lightning truck, during a visit where he touted a plan to invest in American electric automakers. The electric Ford truck – still camouflaged ahead of its official reveal on Wednesday. “This sucker’s quick.” Biden was at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn to make the case for his $174 billion electric vehicle plan, calling for government grants for new battery production facilities. "We're going to set a new pace for electric vehicles." Biden vowed to reverse what he called the Trump administration's "short-sighted" rollback of vehicle emissions standards while pushing for passage of his ambitious $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill. “They announced ‘infrastructure week’, and they announced it, and announced it, and announced it, and announced it every week for four years and they didn’t do a damn thing.” Biden argued the United States is falling behind China, which is selling more electric vehicles. "The real question is whether we'll lead or we'll fall behind in the race for the future, or whether we will build these vehicles and the batteries that go in them here in the United States or rely on other countries." The centerpiece of Biden's EV plan is $100 billion in consumer rebates. Biden backs a further $10 billion in new tax credits for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty work vehicles. The White House also wants to encourage new battery production facilities, which are key to ramping up U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing, and to build 500,000 EV charging stations by 2030. Biden is pushing for electric vehicles in the auto industry's heartland, trying to win over auto workers worried that more electric cars and trucks will mean fewer jobs. But Biden faces resistance from congressional Republicans who are set to release a counterproposal to Biden's infrastructure plan this week.
The biggest movie release this weekend isn’t in the United States. It’s in China. With the Asian box office largely recovered from COVID-19, Universal will send its biggest blockbuster franchise, “Fast & Furious,” back to theaters overseas with the release of “F9” this Friday — a full month before it hits U.S. theaters. That marks a big bet for Universal on one of its most lucrative franchises. With the world reeling from the pandemic this past year, only a small handful of new Hollywood films have attempted a release in China. So far in 2021, the only Hollywood film among the top 10 highest grossing films has been Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which grossed $189 million since March 26. Other pandemic releases have performed more modestly in China, including “The Croods: A New Age,” ($53.6 million), “Tenet” ($66.6 million) and “Soul” ($58 million). But “Fast & Furious” is the perfect film for Hollywood to test its post-pandemic potential in China, as the country played a major factor in the franchise’s transformation from a street racing series into a global blockbuster behemoth. Dating back to “Fast Five” in 2011, the last five films in the “F&F” series — including the...Read original story Will ‘F9’ Become the First Hollywood Film to Top $200 Million at China’s Box Office in 2 Years? At TheWrap
The week in music sees key moves in top labels’ A&R camps as both Capitol Music Group and Arista have made key hires in their upper ranks. + Edgar “Edd Grand” Machuca has been appointed to the newly created position of senior VP of A&R for both Capitol Records and Virgin Music Label & Artist […]
“Give us your money. You might as well, we’re Disney. We’re going to get it one way or the other, right? How about this? Give us your money or we’ll kill Baby Yoda,” quipped ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at the end of Disney’s extensive upfront day, which spanned nearly four hours in total, between […]
River Plate may be forced to use an outfield player in goal for their next Copa Libertadores tie after all four of the club's registered keepers tested positive for COVID-19. River said in a statement they had asked the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for special dispensation to include goalkeepers Leo Diaz and Agustin Gomez in their squad for Wednesday’s game against Independiente of Santa Fe. Diaz made his debut on Sunday in River’s league defeat by Boca Juniors.
The United States on Tuesday made it easier to pass citizenship to children born through surrogates or in-vitro fertilization, a move sought by the LGBTQ community after resistance under former president Donald Trump.
“Transparent” star Alexandra Billings is not here for any more of Caitlyn Jenner’s comments that put down other transgender women. After Jenner reposted a meme originally shared on Donald Trump Jr.’s Instagram page that made fun of Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine‘s looks, Billings fired back with her own post that was several paragraphs long and basically read Jenner for filth. “It seems to hold true no matter what!!!! Conservative girls are just better looking… maybe that’s why the libs are always outraged for no reason,” Trump Jr. said, sharing a meme that put a photo of Dr. Levine next to Jenner on a red carpet. Jenner deleted the meme from her Instagram stories (she’d just reposted it with the laughing/crying emoji) but gossip blogger Perez Hilton managed to grab a screenshot. Billings, who starred as Davina Rejennae during all five seasons of “Transparent,” didn’t stand for Jenner’s apparent endorsement of Trump Jr.’s critique of Levine’s looks and accused her of pandering to Republicans. “With your private airplane hanger full of lies and your million dollar shoes, you have as much in common with us, as we do with you. It isn’t your Transness people are bothered by, it’s your behavior as a human, Caitlyn. Your profound need to be liked is sadly backfiring,” Billings said. “You are fearful of both yourself and any kind of newness and you navigate with a well of anger in your heart that is deeply disturbing. And apparent to all of us.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexandra Billings (@therealalexandrabillings) Billings was referencing the interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Jenner gave from her airplane hanger in southern California. Jenner caught heat after the interview for sharing an anecdote that a fellow private hangar owner told her he was packing up and moving to Arizona because he couldn’t stand looking at homeless people in California. Billings took a slightly warmer tone towards Jenner at the end of her post and said: “I cannot tell you those terrible voices will ever go away, they haven’t for me, but every day that I am able to navigate that ache of self harm born of my own denial of my divine light, I am just a little bit freer.” “Free yourself, Caitlyn. By doing that, you may set the greatest example of your life. And that might turn out to be the most beautiful way you can serve both our State and our community,” Billings said. Jenner hasn’t responded to Billings’ critique, but that’s probably because she’s busy mounting a campaign running for California governor in the upcoming recall election against Gavin Newsom. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 🧿 Perez Hilton 🧿 (@theperezhilton) Read original story Caitlyn Jenner Slammed for ‘Blatant Transphobia’ After Reposting Donald Trump Jr. Meme Mocking Dr. Rachel Levine At TheWrap
Thomas Tuchel said his Chelsea side had taken a big step towards ensuring a top-four finish in the Premier League but offered a note of caution after his team's crucial 2-1 revenge win over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The win, three days after they lost to Leicester in the FA Cup final, lifted Chelsea above them into third place with 67 points and if they win their last game away to Aston Villa on Sunday they will guaranteed a Champions League berth.
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