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Oscars 2021: See all the stars on the red carpet

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The 93rd annual Academy Awards which celebrates the achievements in television and film over the previous year, held on Sunday night, April 25 with just 170 guests in attendance.

The socially distanced ceremony was broadcast from two locations in Los Angeles: The Dolby Theatre and Union Station, and celebrities stormed the red carpet in style.

Stars like Carey Mulligan, Zendaya Amanda Seyfried, Regina King,  Margot Robbie, Laura Dern, Maria, Viola Davis, Jena Friedman, Chloe Zhao, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Colman, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby,  Celeste Waite,  Emerald Fennell, Andra Day,  Tiara Thomas, Brad Pitt, and lots more all looked incredible on the red carpet.

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Jason Derulo and girlfriend Jena Frumes break up 4 months after birth of their son

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Jason Derulo is “ridin’ solo” once again. (more…)

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Melvin Van Peebles, ‘Godfather of Black cinema’ dies at 89

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Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work helped usher in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. (more…)

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World Peace Summit Calling for Concerted Action for Sustainable Peace in the New Normal Era

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On September 18th, 2021, the 7th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit was held online. This year’s event dealt with the progress of international efforts and the plans to promote the peace agenda in the ‘New Normal’ era shifting from the post-Covid to the with-Covid.

 

The organizer of the event, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has been conducting citizen-centered peacebuilding activities to create “a culture of peace” advocated by the UN and international community to set up an environment of peaceful coexistence since the World Peace Summit in 2014. 

 

This event presented the concerted action for sustainable peace with cases from various sectors such as international law, religion, education, and the media. Also, it addressed international cooperation to overcome the current crisis that threatens the coexistence and harmony of mankind, which has come to the fore during the pandemic.

 

Peacebuilding efforts led by HWPL to establish legal foundations and international norms for peace through connecting global actors are embodied with its effort to advocate the international law for peace by drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

 

“The DPCW Handbook enables us to systematically teach international law and the essence of peace to these students and others. It enables them to become lecturers in the following course,” said Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chief Advisor of Asian Association of Law Professors (AALP) as well as Former Chair of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC-BD), highlighting the need to encourage public discourse on peacebuilding by academia. 

 

In addition to the basic principles of peace assigned to nations to uphold, the DPCW has presented principles that should be dealt with in the present era, such as prohibiting the use of force, fostering religious freedom, and civic participation to spread a culture of peace. In particular, it states that efforts for peace come from all members of the global society by identifying not only nation-states but also international organizations and all citizens as the main actors of building peace.

 

“We know that it will be hard to achieve peace if we are not all working for it. This is why we need to encourage children, the youth, and adults to prevent verbal abuse and work towards reducing inequalities and eradicating disparities to achieve a more equitable, stable, and peaceful world,” said Former President of Ecuador, Dr. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano.

 

Hon. Octavia Alfred, Minister of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training, and National Excellence of Dominica, said that the students learn the necessity of mutual coexistence and cooperation through HWPL peace education and pass on to their friends, parents, and teachers what they have learned. She addressed it also deals with concepts that can develop psychosocial competency skills, such as respect for diversity, order, conflict resolution, and negotiation, so it is being used for teacher’s training.

 

“Our objective is to end wars in the global village and establish peace and make it a permanent legacy for future generations. Without peace, everything that we managed to build would be destroyed. … We should not let this happen. So, to achieve peace, shouldn’t we achieve our objective with the same spirit?” said Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL at the event.

 

 

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Dr. Dre ordered to pay $1.5M to estranged wife Nicole Young in legal fees

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Hip Hop mogul, Dr. Dre has been ordered to pay an ‘extra $1.55million’ in attorney fees to estranged wife Nicole Young. (more…)

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Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Jailed for 25 Years on Terrorism Charges

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Paul Rusesabagina at the Nyarugenge Court of Justice in Kigali, Rwanda. Photographer: Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP/Getty Images

A Rwandan court jailed Paul Rusesabagina, an outspoken critic of the East African nation’s government who gained international fame through the 2004 film ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ for terrorism.

The High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes sentenced Rusesabagina to 25 years in prison after finding him guilty of charges including terrorism on Monday.

“The court finds Rusesabagina guilty of being part of a terrorist group that conducted raids on Rwanda, claiming lives of civilians, wounding others and looting properties and sentence him to 25 years in prison,” Judge Beatrice Mukamurenzi said in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The sentence won’t be reduced because he refused to attend court, she said.

Rusesabagina, 67, has been detained since August 2020, when he “disappeared” after boarding a GainJet Aviation SA flight for what he believed was a speaking engagement in Burundi, according to a complaint filed in a San Antonio federal court. Instead, he was flown to neighboring Rwanda, where he was arrested on arrival in Kigali.

Rusesabagina was portrayed as a hero in the Oscar-nominated 2004 movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ for helping shelter more than 1,200 people from machete-wielding gangs during the 1994 genocide that left at least 800,000 people dead. His family has lived in exile in central Texas for several years after fleeing Belgium, where he holds citizenship. He has repeatedly criticized Rwandan President Paul Kagame for political repression and extensive human-rights abuses.

Rusesabagina, who denied wrongdoing, was tried with several accomplices. They were charged with nine counts, including forming an illegal armed group, financing terror activities, murder as an act of terror, kidnap as an act of terror, and arson as an act of terror.

Culled from Bloomberg

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‘Friday’ actor Anthony Johnson has died at age 55

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American actor and comedian Anthony “AJ” Johnson has died at the age of 55. (more…)

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