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Grammys 2021: Megan Thee Stallion wins big

Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner at the 63rd Grammy Awards, winning three trophies in a night when Beyonce broke the record for most number of Grammy wins. Scoring an individual haul that stands at 28 Grammys, Beyonce has now surpassed the record previously held by Alisson Krauss.

Taylor Swift also entered the record books. With her Grammy for Album of the Year for “Folklore”, she became the first singer-songwriter to win the prize three times, and overall fourth musician to achieve this feat.

Megan won three Grammys — Best New Artist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance — at the in-person live/virtual ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah that had as a highlight an extended in-tribute section honouring those who died in the last one year.

“There’s going to be stages that are intricately designed to be socially distanced but at the same time engaging with the people, so it’ll feel like you’re there at some sort of music-festival-meets-awards-show-meets-special-concert just for you at home,” Noah said in his opening monologue.

Wearing an open jacket and boa, drawing a joke from host Noah about the same, Harry Styles opened the ceremony with his hit, “Watermelon sugar”, which also saw him win the Best Pop Solo performance category this year.

The opening act also included performances by Billie Eilish, joined by her brother and collaborator, Finneas, who performed “All I ever wanted”. Haim performed “The steps.”

Following the first award, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s performance of their song “Rockstar”, joined by a choir of older white people in what looked like judge’s robes, laid the foundation for what was going to be a vocal night for Black musicians.

Perhaps the strongest voice at this year’s Grammy Awards was that of Atlanta-based rapper Lil Baby who once again raised the issue of treatment of the Blacks in the US, with a powerful performance of his song, ‘The bigger picture,’ which was released amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year.

Three awards presented during the telecast went to protest songs. “Lockdown”, released by Anderson .Paak, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, won for Best Melodic Rap Performance. “I can’t breathe”, by H.E.R. won Song of the Year. “Black parade,” Beyonce’s own release, from her “Black Is King” film, won Best R&B Performance and saw her become the singer with the most number of Grammys.

Beyonce’s record-breaking win came after her wins in the Best Music Vdeo category for “Brown skin girl”, which she shared with daughter Blue Ivy, and Best Rap Performance, which she shared with Megan Thee Stallion for their song “Savage (remix)”. Apart from sharing the award with Beyonce, Megan also won the inaugural award of the night — Best New Artist.

“I don’t want to cry.  It’s been a hell of a year, and we made it,” said Megan while accepting her award.

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Kamala Harris on Vogue cover, photoshoot sparks controversy

Kamala Harris will be sworn in as Vice President on January 20 and her new Vogue cover made a splash this week. The February cover, which features the Vice President-elect standing in her signature Converse sneakers in front of pink and green drapes (the colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the sorority she was a member of while at Howard University), is being skewered online, with many saying the styling is underwhelming, unflattering and certainly not fitting of the nation’s first Madam Vice President.

“I’ll shoot shots of VP Kamala Harris for free using my Samsung and I’m 100-percent confident it’ll turn out better than this Vogue cover,” writer and speaker Wajahat Ali tweeted. Vogue’s Instagram account was also flooded with criticism for the cover image, with commenters calling it “horrendous” and “disrespectful” to Harris. Some saw it as a cultural misstep for the magazine, which has long been accused of white-washing and using unflattering images in the rare moments that it does feature Black women on the cover.

According to reporter Yashar Ali, sources confirmed the cover photo was not the one Harris’s team expected. “In the cover that they expected, Vice President-elect Harris was wearing a powder blue suit. That was the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team and the Vogue team, including [editor in chief] Anna Wintour, mutually agreed upon,” Ali tweeted

The cover featuring Harris in a powder blue suit is now being used as the magazine’s February digital cover.

Both photographs of Harris were taken by photographer Tyler Mitchell, who in 2018 became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover when he photographed Beyoncé. 

The accompanying article inside the magazine tells the story of Harris’s career, and reminds readers of all the remarkable firsts she has achieved.

“I always say this: I may be the first to do many things — make sure I’m not the last,” Harris says in the magazine. “I was thinking of my baby nieces, who will only know one world where a woman is vice president of the United States, a woman of color, a Black woman, a woman with parents who were born outside of the United States.” (Source: YahooLife)

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Hasan Minhaj tears into anti-black racism among South Asians

New York: Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj through a video on June 4 called out anti-black racist attitudes prevalent among South Asians.

Taking on the hypocrisy of South Asian communities the Patriot-Act host summed up how racism is not just related to black people but to other minorities as well.

In the 12-minute long video on YouTube titled ‘We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd which has now gone viral, he talks about the stigma prevalent in the community.

Minhaj expressed his solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement across the globe.

The political commentator received a significant number of reactions on social media where many thanked him for addressing this particular brand of racism. “I can’t speak on what it’s like to be black, but I know how we talk about black people,” said Minhaj.

Minhaj adds, “Asians, we love seeing black excellence, Barack (Obama), Michelle (Obama), Jay Z, Beyonce… how could we be afraid, we love black America. Yeah, on screen, in our living rooms. But when a black man walks into your living room and god forbid wants to date or marry your daughter, you call the cops.”

Minhaj urged people to join the movement and ended his message by saying “Millions of people around the world have taken to the street to afford us this moment.”

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