“The WHO is the world’s early warning system for infectious diseases,” said U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, a Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations. “Now, during a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives, is not the time to put the country further at risk.” … [Read more...] about Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
These cases are notable because they are all easily avoidable. They’re evidence of a slow and peculiar shift in the relationship between fans and the musicians they love over the last decade, as maintaining a social-media presence went from being a novelty to a necessity for public figures, and saying the right thing at all times on social media has become the ground-level expectation of prominent internet citizens. Social media is a bucking bronco; you can make an educated guess what it’ll do ahead of time based on history and experience, but you can never know for sure until you hop on. In 2018, Kevin Hart thought defiance would get him out of hot water for dry gay jokes in old tweets when it was announced that he’d be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, and LGBTQ Oscar viewers balked. It did not. In 2018, Kanye West seemed blindsided by the passion in the reaction to a statement he made on TMZ saying African slaves in America may have chosen their captivity. These … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.
But travels to Lebanon so far have been stymied by passport delays and competing ideas about how to build his future. His father wants to go to Lebanon so Amr can try to break into the commercial music business. His mother wants Amr to continue to be mentored locally, so he can sing more often at weddings to increase the family’s income more reliably. … [Read more...] about Eight-Year-Old Yemeni Singer Enchants Arab World
"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram," she said. "It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. … [Read more...] about Madonna, Mocked For Her George Floyd Remarks, Has a Long History of Race-related Gaffes
The singer's acclaimed opus Lemonade was beaten by Adele's 25, prompting backlash from fans who felt she should have won. Both Adele and Beyoncé's sister Solange echoed those remarks. Onstage collecting her trophy, Adele said her category rival should have won instead. … [Read more...] about Grammys Boss Doesn’t Think the Awards Have a Race Problem At All