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Predictions and Bets Continue over Royal Baby Names

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With the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first baby nearing, speculations on the royal baby’s name are at its peak.

The betting companies and the punters are investing in the details of the birth of the royal baby.

At this time, the favourite names are Diana for the girl and Albert for the boy.  Apart from Diana, other names such as Allegra and Grace have also surged in the past days. Arthur and James are also in the top list.

From the past couple of months, there has been a prevailing state of excitement on the name of the royal baby. The excitement level had reached to a point where gifts from around the world were being showered prior to the birth of the baby. Prince Harry and Meghan urged their fans and well wishers to donate the gifts to charity instead.

The odds of the royal baby’s name have changed recently. For the girl, the name Allegra has rose from the odds of 100/1 to 8/1. While Diana is the most favourite with odds at 4/1, the name Grace follows at odds of 12/1.

For the boy, odds of Arthur are 8/1 and for Albert are at 16/1. The betting companies are even placing bets on the gender of the baby, its weight and the day of birth.

Recently, Meghan’s lookalike Sarah Mhlanga was sighted at William Hill shop in Partington Shopping Centre, Greater Manchester. This caused great excitement amongst the people.

One of the shoppers, Mark Kean said, “I was popping in for a bet when I saw this lady with a baby bump looking in the window, I was eating a sausage and egg barm and nearly choked when I saw her face.”

“It was amazing as you don’t see Meghan Markle, or even any girls that look like Meghan, knocking about Partington Shopping Centre,” he added.

On the other hand, Sarah finds the occurrence of being recognised as the Duchess of Sussex quite funny. She claims that her favourite name for the royal baby is either Diana or James.

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Brits 2020: The Musical Night Hits Unexpected Political Notes

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Brits 2020: The Musical Night Hits Political Notes

Brits 2020 brought a wave of entertainment, with speckles of political criticism and acute statements. The industry is growingly witnessing the emergence of dauntless and vocal artists, who are using global platforms to speak out against the social issues that need to be addressed.

Joining the pack, the award-winning rapper Dave used the stage in London’s O2 arena for a politically-loaded musical performance, where he rebuked the media over their conduct towards Meghan Markle and also accused the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of being a racist. The award-winning journalist and presenter at BBC, Anna Collinson called it “an unforgettable Brits moment”.

The 21-year-old performed a reworked version of his track “Black” from his debut album Psychodrama, which was released a year ago. The song originally talks about the perceptions of blackness, which celebrates the black excellence and highlights the experience of black Britons.

In his performance at Brits 2020, the Brixton-born rapper added new verses about the Windrush scandal and the treatment of Grenfell victims. However, there were these lines that took all the attention: “It is racist whether or not it feels racist, the truth is our Prime Minister’s a real racist.”

Moreover, he also highlighted the variance in media’s treatment of the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge. “Now if you don’t wanna get it, then you’re never gonna get it. How the news treats Kate versus how they treated Meghan,” he stated.

The political references invited the opinion of several politicians, where former co-Chair of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi defined Dave’s performance as “a necessary wake up call in the most provocative way”.

From the Labour party, Shadow chancellor John McDonnell wrote on Twitter, “Amazing. Dave telling it like it is.” Besides, Jeremy Corbyn also retweeted the rephrased lyrics.

However, the Home Secretary Priti Patel disagreed with Dave and said that Boris Johnson is not racist. “It’s the wrong assertion to make against our prime minister,” she added.

British rapper Stormzy also made a relatively subtle point, as he filled the stage with a mainly black or ethnic minority cast of dancers. At the 2018 awards, he had also criticized Theresa May over her handling of the Grenfell disaster.

“Artists like Dave and Stormzy don’t care what anyone thinks of their truths,” said Joseph Patterson, the founder of Trench magazine. He said that the artists of this generation are “fearless” and that they do “things their way and without puppet strings”.

Dave, or David Orobosa Omoregie, were among the big winners at the Brits 2020. He won the best British album for Psychodrama. Besides, Stormzy also took home the title for the best male solo artist. Among other winners at the 40th anniversary of the annual event was another young artist, Billie Eilish.

The “Ocean Eyes” singer held back her tears, as she accepted the award for best international female. “”I felt very hated recently,” said the 18-year-old. “And when I was on the stage and I saw you guys all smiling at me… It genuinely made me want to cry. And I want to cry right now. So thank you.”

Minutes earlier, she had performed the first live performance of the James Bond theme, “No Time To Die”, sharing the stage with brother Finneas O’Connell and a 22-piece orchestra, Smiths legend Johnny Marr and composer Hans Zimmer.

Other winners at the Brits 2020 included – Mabel, British female solo artist; Foals, British group; Tyler, international male; Celeste, rising artist; and Lewis Capaldi, best song for “Someone You Loved” and the best new artist.

The night was undoubtedly entertaining, but the celebrities were seen raising issues that require global attention. So the next time you don’t know about such grave issues, we hope your favourite artists shed light on them for you!

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Gigi Hadid Declares the Love of Her Life in a Valentine’s Day Post

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Gigi Shares Zayn’s Picture for Valentine’s Day

They separated, but the world didn’t accept and neither did they. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are in a single news together, again!

The world-famous “Pillow Talk” couple couldn’t handle staying away from each other, and the fans couldn’t deal with it too. A reunion declaration through a sweet Valentine’s Day post left us all in awe. The American supermodel confirmed that she is back together with the former One Direction singer.

On Friday, Gigi shared a picture of Zayn Malik on her alternate Instagram account, @gisposable. The account is only used for the pictures that the 24-year-old takes from her disposable camera. The most recent picture displays her ex boyfriend posing in an empty pasture, in a black coat with a furry black collar and a ski cap.

“HEY VALENTINE,” Gigi Hadid wrote, adding, “Z on the farm ♡ Dec 2019.”

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HEY VALENTINE Z on the farm ♡ Dec 2019

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The picture is from the couple’s holiday trip to Yolanda Hadid’s Pennsylvania farm. Gigi’s mother had purchased the farm in 2017 to stay closer to her children, who spend most of their days in the New York City.

It probably is the one-true-love, where even the official declaration of separating didn’t seem like one. Recently, there have been reports that the two have been working to strengthen their relationship. However, both Zayn and Gigi didn’t want to rush into a relationship.

“They got back together very recently,” said a source. “They have been trying to make it work for three months but it has been slow and steady.”

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik first started dating in November 2015, and since then it has been quite an on-and-off relationship. After two years of giving some serious couple goals to the world, they split in March 2018. Despite that, there were moments of their rekindled romance over social media, before the two separated again in January 2019.

The two still managed to stay friends and by the end of that year, the reconciliation hints were there again. In December, Gigi left the fans curious, when she shared a picture of a meal she was cooking according to a recipe from Zayn’s mother, Trisha Brannan Malik. The two were also spotted walking arms-in-arms in the New York City on Zayn’s birthday, last month.

At last, the Valentine’s Day post by Gigi has confirmed that they are back together, and fans can’t have enough of them. The world has missed Zayn Malik next to Gigi Hadid on several occasions in past several months. Well, it still does, but now only in the Insta picture!

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Attempt to Improve Social Image Leaves Jussie Smollet with Six Charges

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Fabricating false stories for gaining attention seems to be an easy method for celebrities who do not see any harm in using ill methods for becoming successful. But things went a bit too far for former Empire actor, Jussie Smollet when he tried to put himself as the subject of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago in January 2019.

The American actor and singer was indicted with six charges by a special prosecutor, Dan Webb in Illinois yesterday. Authorities claim that Smollet had staged the whole attack on himself purely for publicity by paying two masked men. The actor claimed all these accusations to be false.

Speaking to the police, Smollet said that he had been punched in the face. Camera recordings revealed that the two men poured some “unknown chemical substance” on the TV actor. He added that the attackers referred to the MAGA slogan (Make America Great Again), which is often used by President Trump and his supporters.

Post investigation by the police, the two attackers were identified as Nigerian brothers – Abel and Ola Osundairo. On being probed, the brothers told the police that Jussie Smollet had paid them to attack him with the aim to boost his celebrity profile and earning. In response, Smollet has sued the city for malicious prosecution.

Post the incident, Smollet successfully gained support of Empire co-stars – Viola Davis, T.I. and Janelle Monae, who tweeted messages showing support. Celebrities all over the world showed concern for the actor and he became a household name almost overnight. In one way, Smollet did gain success by his hoax plan, but this lasted only for a while.

Further police investigation revealed that the incident did not actually happen as Jussie Smollet put it. Police Chief Eddie Gallagher accused him of wasting police time and aggravating race relations in Chicago. Based on his statements, Smollet leveraged the ‘attack’ for getting a pay hike.

Recent statements from the August assigned prosecutor Dan Webb reveal claim that the actor was charged with “making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime”. The next court hearing is scheduled for 24 February.

For compensating the overtime paid to officers who dealt with the investigation of his case, the city is seeking payment of more than $130,000 from Jussie Smollet, who in turn has filed a counter suit.

Hoax incidents like this one are a clear reflection of the importance that people levy on public image these days. Money-minded attitude and the wish to become increasingly popular oftentimes forces people to adopt illicit means in life. As its evident, spread of video and photos via social media are the most mainstream method used by celebrities to speed the process of success.

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Few Optimistic as Prince Charles Makes Katy Perry Ambassador for British Asian Trust

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35-year old American singer and songwriter, Katy Perry has been appointed as the ambassador of the British Asian Trust by Prince Charles. The charity, founded in 2007, supports programs related to education, poverty, inequality and human trafficking in South Asia.

The announcement, made at a black tie reception in London on February 4, has received extended criticism from many people as Katy Perry is neither South Asian nor British. She is looking forward to “help shine her light on the work that the British Asian Trust will be doing in South Asia”.

After witnessing a good success rate in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Trust recently made its entry into Bangladesh. Some people expressed their dejection about the decision by Prince Charles.

Fashion Director of SuperSuper magazine, Namalee Bolle wrote on Twitter that this is colonialism at its finest. “Of course we want to help on the biggest platform possible. But can’t we find a South Asian worldwide representative instead of someone renowned for cultural appropriation and tone deafness?”

Some people have accepted Prince Charles’ decision with great regard. TV presenter, Anila Chawdhry said that seeing Katy Perry as the ambassador of British Asian Trust was a bit of an eye roll as “the charity clearly thinks no-one from the charity is big enough from the minority community to get their message across into mainstream.”

Chawdhry said, “But it is important to have diversity in charities to reach different communities and get the message out there.”

British Indian musician-producer-composer, Nitin Sawhney stressed, “I think as long as there is desi representation, which there is, then it’s good to have non-desi ambassadors too.” He emphasised that anyone having a profile with a different demographic following can surely help a cause. Moreover, “It’s important to be inclusive as Asians as well as the other round.”

Seen from another light, many people think that criticising the decision of Prince Charles is switching to the lane of racism. BBC presenter Sonali Shah said, “Supporting those in need in South Asia isn’t just the job of British Asians. She cares. And so should you”.

British Asian Trust is optimistic about Katy Perry joining them as one spokesman said, “We are delighted to have Katy raising awareness of the shocking crime of child trafficking and child exploitation.”

Prince Charles’ love for plants and his “eccentric” trait of conversing with them has always raised questions about his sanity. An African author-educator-conservationist-journalist is seen as the driving force behind Prince of Wales dire love for plants.

The criticism showered on Prince Charles and Katy Perry surely has undertones of racism in it and is certainly not nice considering the agenda behind it.

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2020 BAFTA: Joaquin Phoenix Drops a Thought to Ponder Upon

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2020 BAFTA: Joaquin Phoenix Drops a Thought to Ponder Upon

The 2020 BAFTA came with an all-whites acting nominees and distributed awards, but Joaquin Phoenix couldn’t leave the stage without pointing out the flaws behind the fab!

Acing every single award show this year, the new face of Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is receiving love from across the world for his impeccable performance in Todd Phillips’ movie. After winning titles in three shows, the actor won hearts at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) with his acceptance speech.

As he won the 2020 BAFTA Best Leading Actor award for Joker on Sunday, Phoenix used the platform to “dismantle” the “system of oppression”. He was heard denouncing BAFTA’s closed doors for “people of color”, stating that the issue calls for attention and cannot be neglected.

Although he appreciated the support from the BAFTA organization and was “honoured”, the actor also was “ashamed” as “so many of my fellow actors who are deserving don’t have that same privilege”.

“I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from,” Phoenix said.

Controversies around 2020 BAFTA emerged last month, when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed that in the four film acting categories, no people of color were nominated. Fears of a boycott against this year’s ceremony heightened as the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite began to trend following the all-white acting nominees’ announcement.

However, Joaquin Phoenix also counted himself as “part of the problem” saying that he didn’t do “everything in my power” and that “not all sets I’ve worked on are inclusive”.

“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year,” he continued. “I think people want to be appreciated and respected for their work.”

While most of the winners usually take it as an opportunity to thank those who helped them in their journey, Joaquin Phoenix is mostly seen leaving the viewers and fans with food for thought. Even during his acceptance speech at the 2020 Golden Globes on winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category, the actor spoke about Australia wildfires and climate change.

“It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards,” the 45-year-old had said.

In his closing remarks, BAFTA’s President Prince William expressed his “frustration” and said, “We find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and the awards process. That simply cannot be right in this day and age.”

While one award show, 2020 BAFTA has left with a single criticism speech, world’s greatest ceremony is yet to come following a similar line. The 2020 Oscars will be held this month, and are being viewed as the next stain on the industry of this era. The nominees list of Oscars was dominated by male and whites, and also earned reprimand by many.

A messenger of better society, the film industry is required to spread information for a better global future. The award shows in 2020 are definitely raising issues, but all in the wrong direction.

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