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Get Up, Stand Up! the music of “oppressed” now officially protected by UNESCO

Get Up, Stand Up! the music of “oppressed” now officially protected by UNESCO

Arts, culture, Entertainment, Music
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, honoured the Jamaican reggae adding it to the list of intangible cultural institutions worthy of recognition. The genre now joined a list of over 300 cultural traditions, many of which come from African regions, including Mwinoghe, a joyous dance from Malawi and the traditional art of hand puppetry, from Egypt. Earlier this year, the Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport submitted, in a video message, the request to consider reggae music as cultural heritage of humanity saying: “The world has embraced it already, what we want is to get the seal of approval from UNESCO and recognise reggae music as the creative output of Jamaicans”. To celebrate the achievement, UNES
“An ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey” – Becoming by Michelle Obama

“An ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey” – Becoming by Michelle Obama

Arts, Celebrity, Comment, culture, Entertainment, literature
Michelle Obama's autobiography came out this month and it’s already a global success. The book follows Michelle’s story from her childhood to the end of her husband’s presidency of the United States. What makes it peculiar, though, is the voice who takes the reader to the uncommon story of Mrs Obama: not just that of a First Lady, but that of a woman, too. In her own words, as written at the very end of the story, she feels like an “ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey”. By means of this 400-pages, we can for a moment catch a glimpse of this journey. The book is divided into three parts: Becoming Me is about her childhood and the way she started shaping herself as a young woman; Becoming Us is dedicated to her love story with Barack Obama; Becoming More is
Game of Thrones prequel book is here, but does anyone want it?

Game of Thrones prequel book is here, but does anyone want it?

Arts, culture, Entertainment, literature
Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin has just released his new book, Fire & Blood and it’s not what you’d expect. Written in cooperation with Elio García and Linda Antonsson, it follows the reign of house Targaryen and takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. https://twitter.com/GRRMspeaking/status/1064884879480037381 The wait for the latest chapter of Martin’s saga, The Winter Winds, has been as long as only the winters in Westeros can be - and it doesn’t look like it'll end anytime soon. During Thursday's interview with Stephen Colbert, the award-winning author admitted that The Winter Winds remains his top priority, even though the original release was dated for 2015. It’s quite clear by now that we’re not going to get the book this year either. Wh
Penguin is launching a pop-up shop in occasion of Michelle Obama’s Becoming release

Penguin is launching a pop-up shop in occasion of Michelle Obama’s Becoming release

art, culture, Entertainment, Featured
Today, November 23rd, publisher Penguin Bookshop is opening a pop-up shop in collaboration with gal-dem and Waterstones in occasion of the launch of Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming. The shop, located on 2 Bury Place, is a temporary venue and will close down a week from now, on November 30th. In the next seven days, a number of talks, parties, workshops and events will be hosted. The focus is, as well as on the former first lady’s book, will be on women and non-binary Afro American writers, activists and journalists. Visitors will also get the one-off chance to see an exhibition showcasing unseen photographs portraying Michelle both as a young girl with her family and as the successful woman we’re accustomed to. On November 3rd, Obama will be in conversation with novelist
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