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Squid Game’s O Yeong-su becomes a first-time Golden Globe winner at 77

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South Korean actor O Yeong-su won the country’s first Golden Globe award on Sunday for his role in Netflix hit Squid Game, drawing cheers at home and abroad despite criticism for the ceremony’s organizers over a lack of diversity.

O, 77, won best supporting actor in television for his portrayal of Oh II-nam, also known as The Host or Player 001, becoming the first South Korean ever to snatch a Golden Globe.

He beat more globally renowned competitors including Billy Crudup and Kieran Culkin, who were respectively nominated for their performances in The Morning Show and Succession.

This year’s ceremony was held privately without the usual glitzy fanfare after many actors, directors and film studios refused to attend amid criticism that its organiser, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, lacked decent ethics policies and ethnic diversity.

“After hearing the news, I told myself for the first time, ‘you’re a nice dude,'” O said in a statement released by Netflix.

“It’s no longer us within the world, it’s the world within us. Embracing the scent of our culture and the love for my family, Thank all of you in the world. I wish you a beautiful life.”
O’s achievement came after Youn Yuh-jung won best supporting actress at last year’s Academy Awards, the first South Korean to win an Oscar, for her role in “Minari,” a heartfelt Korean immigrant tale.
Squid Game, in which cash-strapped contestants play childhood games with deadly consequences in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38.1 million), had triggered a worldwide sensation and became Netflix’s biggest original series launch.

In the nine-part show, O posed as a frail, harmless old man, before eventually revealing his true identity as the sinister orchestrator of the games.

The dystopian drama has inspired countless real-world recreations and social media memes in South Korea, including his use of the term “kkanbu”, which roughly translates as “friend”, propelling his popularity as a hippy “kkanbu grandpa”.

Born in 1944 in what is now a North Korean border town of Kaepung, O is regarded as one of the greatest stage actors in South Korea, appearing in more than 200 stage productions since 1963 and winning a number of major awards.

He has also played many charismatic supporting characters in film and television, including in “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring” released in 2003 by late award-winning director Kim Ki-duk.

O’s portrayals of a Buddhist monk in that 2003 movie and others won him the nickname “monk actor” and several television commercials.

He said during a TV appearance in October that he had decided to join Squid Game out of appreciation for the director’s insight over social irregularities. “Our society goes by as if only No. 1 survives. No. 2 lost to No. 1, but beat No. 3. After all, everybody is a winner,” he said then

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Social audio platform Stationhead launches new web interface, a first for live social audio

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Live social audio platform Stationhead is now accessible via its new web interface, making it the first entry in the social audio space to allow users to broadcast their own streaming audio shows—fully integrated with streaming music—directly from the web without using an iOS or Android app. In the wake of the new web interface launch, host engagement has increased by 50%.
Stationhead’s new web platform provides users with the ability to integrate premium recording hardware, giving professional creators even more options. With over 3.5 million active users and 20k+ active hosts spending an average of more than two hours on-platform per day, Stationhead continues to expand and improve its capabilities for all users.
“Stationhead has exploded in popularity this year. Our exponential organic growth is a testament that radio needed to be reinvented for the world we’re living in today,” Ryan Star, CEO and co-founder of Stationhead, tells Billboard. He goes on to explain about the new web interface, “As we continue to grow, it is critical to give our users even more ways to stay connected with each other and for our hosts to be able to take it to the next level.”
Stationhead continues to see extensive adoption by top tier artists since its launch, with Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Megan Thee Stallion, Brandi Carlile and Raekwon all making live appearances on shows. Coldplay is now using Stationhead as their primary radio outlet, featuring broadcasts from members of the band, and Ed Sheeran and Halsey have also held listening parties via Stationhead while The Maine and Vanessa Carlton have established their own artist stations on the platform. Most recently, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak joined guest host D-Nice for a listening party debuting their new record as the superduo
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2022 Grammy Awards rescheduled to April 3 in Las Vegas

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The 64th annual Grammy Awards have a new air date. (more…)

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Actors, Keith Powers and Ryan Destiny split after dating for 4 years

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Ryan Destiny and Keith Powers are calling it quits. (more…)

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T.I. says no one can outrap him

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T.I. is laying claim to the throne. (more…)

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Did insurance agency owner, Stephen Ira Adams lie about Ghanaian scamming him?

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Stephen Ira Adams, who owns an insurance agency in central Louisiana, has gone viral since a feature on his unlikely relationship with a young Ghana was broadcast on CBS Mornings.

According to him, in 2016, he got a call that unexpectedly moved him. He heard a pain that he knew all too well. “Something in that young man’s voice, I felt like I could hear him through the phone that he was a broken person,” Adams told “CBS Mornings” lead national correspondent David Begnaud.

The man on the other end was at a call center in Ghana, Africa. He asked Adams to purchase a gift card.

“I said to him, ‘What you’re doing right now is a scam. You know, you are targeting elderly Americans and it’s not right,'” Adams said. “And I said, ‘When you get off, call me.'”

The man called him back. “He did not ever ask me for any money ever again. Nope, he did not. He asked me for mosquito nets, malaria drugs, educational things,” Adams said.

That man was Prince Anderson, who is from a small village in Ghana. As the oldest son in the family, he took on the duty of caring for his sick mother and supporting his younger brother through school after his father died.

It’s now been five years since Adams and Anderson first spoke and they still keep in touch via FaceTime.

“The kind of love he showed me, the things he sends me, the money, and the care and love with my mom and everything — the love he showed me, it’s overwhelming,” Anderson said.

Adams, a 41-year-old father of two boys, said he sees himself as a father figure to 25-year-old Anderson.

“I told him to quit that call center, and he never went back because he found out what it was about,” Adams said. “Some of the people working there, I found out, don’t even know what’s going on. His next job after he quit that call center, he was washing windows at the airport.”

But it seems there is a different account to the story that has gone viral, and Stephen Ira Adams may be on to something deceitful.

After we shared the video from CBSMornings on Instagram, an account under the name “Bossc_hairman” commented on the post denying Adams’ story. The account went ahead to post the conversations that ensued between Prince and Adams via social media in 2016.

According to the screenshots, Prince reached out to Adams after seeing details of him on the website of Northwestern State University. There was no phone call to scam Adams as he suggested in the interview.

 

 

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Rapper Vic Mensa arrested for carrying a stash of mushroom on his return to US from Ghana

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According to a TMZ report, rapper Vic Mensa’s return to the United States is not going well because U.S. Customs Agents have arrested him for allegedly returning with a stash of mushrooms. (more…)

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