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Director Hiro Murai speaks after Grammy win

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 12:10 PM

Director Hiro Murai (R), Ibra Ake, Jason Cole at the Grammys | Reuters

Director Hiro Murai won a Grammy Award for best music video on Sunday (February 10) for ‘This Is America’ along with the video’s star singer Childish Gambino aka actor Donald Glover, and producers Ibra Ake, Jason Cole and Fam Rothstein.

The politically charged music video which was released in May 2018 touches on police brutality and racism.

When asked what he wanted to get across in the video, speaking after collecting his award, Murai said ”I think our approach was to try to make something that felt like all the things, you know, it’s not just about the injustice and the tragedy, but also there’s an ironic feel to the track and, you know, there’s joy in there. I think we were just trying to capture that tone of the song more than anything else.”

As well as working on music together, Japanese-American filmmaker Murai has also directed Glover in several episodes of TV show ‘Atlanta’ which he said was tough as ”I had no idea how to make a TV show and I just kind of had to learn it on the job but thankfully the whole team and Donald, you know, we’re a very collaborative crew.”

Childish Gambino’s hit ‘This Is America’ not only won best music video, it also scored the first big award – song of the year – as well as best rap performance. — Reuters

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Grammy winners applaud big night for women in music

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 02:38 PM

Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards | Reuters

Grammy award winners Dua Lipa, Kasey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile applauded on Sunday (February 11) the number of women winners, performers and nominees at this year’s awards.

British pop singer Dua Lip, who was named best new artist said she was honored so many women were nominated in her category.

“It’s a change we hope to see for many years to come. It’s a big difference from the previous years,” she told reporters backstage after the show.

Country artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for “Golden Hour.” She said both women artists and music industry executives should take responsibility for making women’s voices heard.

“It takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen,” she said.

Brandi Carlile, who won three awards in the Americana and Roots categories, said the past two decades had seen a ‘backslide’ from the female representation of the music industry in the 1990s.

“To watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. And tonight gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters,” she said.

This year’s Grammy nominees were dominated by women and the awards show, hosted by Alicia Keys, reflected that with rousing performances by Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry and Musgraves. — Reuters

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France commits to combat racist content on social media

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:08 PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the Elysee Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France will toughen restrictions against racism and anti-Semitism on the internet and will actively contribute to the fight on a European level.

This was assured by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Monday over the fact that illegal online broadcasts of football matches are more quickly blocked than racist or anti-Semitic remarks.

For this reason, internet hosts and social media sites should be required to remove hateful speech, Philippe said.

Philippe said French President Emmanuel Macron’s government plan to fight on a European level for a legislative project that would force operators to withdraw hateful, racist or anti-Semitic content as soon as possible.

While the number of recorded hate crimes in France has decreased by 16 percent in 2017, the number of violent hateful actions has risen, the premier said. — Reuters

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Stand up to racism, xenophobia ‘everywhere and every time’ – UN chief

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:39 PM

Thousands of people on Wednesday marched through the streets of Philadelphia in a rally dubbed “Philly is Charlottesville” to show support for the people who stood against white supremacist demonstrators during a deadly protest in the southern city last weekend.

A 32-year-old woman was killed on Saturday in Charlottesville when a car plowed into a rival protest to white supremacist demonstrators, where a 20-year-old Ohio man, said to have harbored Nazi sympathies, has been charged with murder.

The violence has prompted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to call for everyone to stand up racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism which he describes as “poisonous.”

“Well, I do not comment on what presidents say. I affirm principles, and the principles I affirm are very clear: racism xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are – as I mentioned yesterday – poisoning our societies. And it is absolutely essential for us all to stand up against them everywhere and every time,” said Guterres.

Guterres made the comments at the U.N., a day after a wide-ranging news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump that drew backlash for his insistence that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia City of Charlottesville. — UNTV News and Rescue

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