Meet Amanda Gorman, America’s First Youth Poet Laureate

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Amanda Gorman (Pictured with Hillary Clinton)

Amanda Gorman, a 19-year-old Harvard University sophomore is the United States’ first National Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman was reportedly named America’s Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate in April, 2017 by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

While growing up Amanda Gorman struggled with a hearing impairment and speech impediment but it was never going to hinder her from becoming the poet, activist, author and brand ambassador that she is today.

@amandascgorman | via InstagramGorman is the first youth to become Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, prior to her becoming the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the West (Western USA). The OZY Genius Award winner was subsequently brought to the attention of Michelle Obama and now, Gorman is a HERLead Ambassador for Vital Voices, a global women network founded by Hillary Clinton.

Amanda Gorman, according to the New York Times, “writes poetry with a cleareyed mix of autobiography, social issues and historical motifs”. She read her poem ‘An American Lyric’ at the inaugural reading of her friend, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, at the Library of Congress — the first time a youth poet ever opened for a Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant.

Gorman’s 1Pen1Page organization helps “students storytellers to change the world”. Despite all of her achievements at such a young age, Amanda Gorman told the New York Times that she would love to run for the office of the President of the United States (POTUS) someday. In fact, her Instagram bio reads “President 2036” and she wants you to “put that in your iCloud calendar”.

 

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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele Makes History with Best Original Screenplay Win

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“This is history in the making right here”, host Jimmy Kimmel opened the 90th annual Academy Awards with a monologue. Hollywood’s biggest and most glamorous night held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

There was indeed a couple of historical moments at the 90th Academy Awards and one of such moments was when comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele collected the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ award for his film Get Out. The movie was nominated in four categories, however, its single win reportedly makes Jordan Peele the first African-American recipient of a ‘Best Original Screenplay’ Academy Award.

Meanwhile, Frances McDormand who won the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri delivered a speech, which seemed to be in support of women in Hollywood, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. This saw the women stand up to applaud her after she said “If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees stand with me. All the filmmakers, the producers, the writers, the composers”.

Furthermore, the New York Times has a detailed report on how Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani made an appeal on behalf of “Dreamers” before introducing the ‘Best Production Design’ award. The “Dreamers” are undocumented immigrants in the US, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which was reportedly ended by the Trump administration in September, 2017.

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Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture

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Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape of Water was a big winner at the 90th annual Academy Awards considering its four wins, including ‘Best Picture’.

The movie was nominated in the ‘Best Picture’ category with Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out, The Post, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins (as Eliza Esposito), Doug Jones (as Amphibian Man), Michael Shannon (as Strickland), Octavia Spencer (as Zelda), Lauren Lee Smith (as Elaine Strickland), among others.

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Bill Gates to Appear as a Guest Star on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates will make a guest appearance in an upcoming episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Warner Bros and CBS revealed to CNN that Gates will appear as himself in an episode of the series, to be aired in March 2018. The Big Bang Theory has reportedly had iconic figures from different fields, such as Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Stan Lee and Tesla’s Room Musk, as guest stars.

However, this will not be the first time that the philanthropist appears as a guest star in a sitcom, considering he has previously appeared as himself on Frasier in 2001.

The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Kacey Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, among others and is reportedly set to return to small screens, in its 11th season on Thursday, March 1, at 8PM on the CBS network.

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‘Black Panther’ Director Pens Open Letter to Fans as Movie Keeps Breaking Box Office Records

Black Panther

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The director of Black Panther Ryan Coogler has reportedly written an open letter of appreciation to lovers of the superhero movie.

According to a news article on CNBC’s website, Coogley reveals how he is “struggling to find words to express” his gratitude to fans of the movie who “bought out theaters”, posted about the movie on social media and even picked Wakanda-themed costumes to wear. In the emotional letter, published on the social media accounts of Marvel Studios, the director confesses: “To see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”

Meanwhile, Variety.com reports that Black Panther has added $21 million to its box office earnings on Tuesday, making the highest Tuesday gross for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
The superhero film which has grossed $462.3 million worldwide, reportedly recorded $263.1 million in the first week of its debut in US movie theaters. Variety predicts that the movie could be one of over 30 films with $1 billion worldwide earnings, by the end of its run.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya.

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Shawn Mendes, DaVido and Lil’ Kleine are the 2017 MTV EMAs’ Biggest Winners

MTVEMA.com/ghanadat.com/SpotifyCanadian singer Shawn Mendes, popular Nigerian artiste DaVido and Dutch rapper Lil’ Kleine were the biggest winners at the 24th annual MTV European Music Awards (EMAs), held recently at the SSE Arena in London.

Eminem, who picked up the ‘Best Hip-Hop’ award and the UK’s Stormzy, performed at the ceremony hosted by Rita Ora. There were also performances by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes was presented with not less than four prizes including awards in the ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Canadian Act’ and ‘Biggest Fans’  categories. The teenager was also the winner of the ‘Best Song’ award for There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.

Pere crooner DaVido picked up the award for ‘Best African Act’, as well as, ‘Best Worldwide Act’  prize. Similarly, actor and rapper Lil’ Kleine (from the Netherlands) won the ‘Best Dutch Act’ and ‘Best Worldwide Act’ awards.

Other winners include America’s sweetheart Camila Cabello (‘Best Pop’), Coldplay (‘Best Rock’), Fifth Harmony (‘Best US Act’), Ed Sheeran (‘Best Live Act’), Anitta (‘Best Brazilian Act’) and Dua Lipa (‘Best New Act’).

Camila Cabello | via InstagramCompton rapper Kendrick Lamar won in the ‘Best Video’ category, while Zayn Malik picked up the ‘Best Look’ award. Taylor Swift had six nominations but did not leave with any award. However, the ‘Global Icon Award’ went to U2.

Evidently, DaVido could not contain his excitement in a series of social media posts. After he was presented with the ‘Best Worldwide Act’  award, he posted an image with the following caption in upper case letters “AHHH ANOTHER 1!!!! 2 EMA’S !!!! THIS SHIT EMOTIONAL !!! SAY HELLO TO MTV EMA’S 2017 BEST AFRICAN ACT AND BEST WORLDWIDE ACT”.

Davido | via InstagramThe official website of the MTV EMAs says the awards are “about the fans just as much as they are about their favorite artists.” adding that “Fans determine the night’s winners by voting for their favorite artists in the weeks leading up to the show”.

 

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Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ Becomes Longest Reigning Hip-Hop Track on Billboard Hot 100 in 2017

Post Malone | via Cloudinary.comPost Malone’s hit track with 21 Savage Rockstar has reportedly stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for 4 weeks in 2017, making it the longest reigning hip-hop track on the chart this year.

This news comes after earlier reports of Post Malone’s being named the Most Streamed Artiste in the world. Rockstar reportedly racked its 5th week at number one on the Streaming Songs chart with about 46 million streams in the U.S.

According to Billboard, Rockstar which concurrently tops both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, has reigned the longest on the Hot 100 chart out of all the 5 hip-hop tracks that notched up to number one this year, including Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, Migos’ Bad and Boujee and Kendrick Lamar’s Humble.

 

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