Awkwafina: ‘Growing up, I latched on to strong Asian-American idols’

Nora Lum is the comic-turned-star of The Farewell. She talks China, family and diversity in the film industry Nora Lums voice is deep and distinctive a husky New York drawl that rings with both world-weariness and barely constrained mirth. That voice, which Lum who goes by the name of her outlandish rap alter ego Crazy Rich Asians and her poignant performance in this summers US box-office hit Disney property (The Little Mermaid, if you believe the rumours), the new Saturday Night Live opening monologue last year. And thats her underplaying the complexity of her trajectory. After an adolescent infatuation with the brass instrument, in 2012 she became a comedy-rap star, winning YouTube fame with her Girl Code and then suddenly …

How Trump’s TV obsession has defined his time in the White House

New York (CNN)New York Times chief television critic James Poniewozik asserts that Donald Trump’s evolution as a “TV character” was a critical aspect of his ascent to the presidency. There were, of course, many factors that helped Trump win the 2016 election. But Poniewozik’s book describes how the power of television was a pivotal factor. It wasn’t always the case “that you could go pretty much directly from hosting a reality game show in primetime on NBC to becoming the most powerful person in the world,” he said. That happened in 2016 “because of TV. It happened through TV.” Here are five takeaways from the podcast conversation: — Trump’s arc as a TV character “evolved in stages:” From “braggadocious New …

Did we make Nicki Minaj retire or is she pulling the biggest troll of 2019?

The musician has paved the way to fame for other female rappers but she has struggled to accept a changing industry wrote on Twitter. I know you guys are happy now. The early retirement seemingly comes out of nowhere. The rapper has been as prolific as ever appearing on popular tracks like Hot Girl Summer and BAPS this year and regularly hosting her Queen Radio show. There is the sneaking suspicion Minaj might be pulling the biggest troll of 2019. But theres an even worse fear: shes telling the truth. Minaj put a time limit on her musical career from the very start. As long as seven years from now Im taking my daughter to preschool, she rapped on her …

‘She Said:’ New book recounts the reporting that revealed Harvey Weinstein’s abuses

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. — Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s “She Said,” about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo — James Poniewozik’s “Audience of One,” about Trump and television — Garrett Graff’s “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” — Neil Gorsuch’s “A Republic, If You Can Keep It” — Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” Weinstein revealed Reviewers are saying you should run, not walk, to read “She Said.” The book is coming out ahead of the two-year anniversary of Twohey and Kantor’s original story about Harvey Weinstein’s abuses. …

Nazi design exhibition in Netherlands raises fears of glorification

Visitors have been asked not to share photographs of exhibits including Arno Breker statue An exhibition of Nazi design has opened in the Netherlands to protests and a request for visitors to the museum not to take and share photographs for fear of the exhibits being glorified on social media. The Museum of Design in Den Bosch is showcasing sculpture by Adolf Hitlers favourite artist, Arno Breker, a 1943 VW Beetle, photos and Leni Riefenstahl films from the era, in what is being billed as the first great exposition of the Design of the Third Reich. Running for five months, the exhibition has been criticised by the Association of Dutch Anti-fascists, which has called in vain for local authorities to …

Boston is giving every public school kindergartner $50 to promote saving for college or career training

(CNN)Saving for college isn’t easy, especially with the rising cost of tuition, so the city of Boston is giving students a head start on the first day of school this year. How Boston Saves works Boston Saves is intended to encourage families to engage in better financial planning. The money can be used for college or career training, officials said. Neither the student nor the family can access the money until the student enters college or career training. The school division’s website says the student must use the money before they turn 27 or the money will go back to the city of Boston. The program also offers incentives for families to earn and save what it calls “Boston Saves …

How ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ turned a house into a TV home

(CNN)Thanks to the magic of television, a charming but otherwise innocuous house in Studio City, CA, took on iconic status as the fabled residence where Mike and Carol Brady raised their mixed family brood over the course of five seasons (and many on-air reunions) of “The Brady Bunch.” Now, after HGTV purchased the house after the longtime owner died in 2018, the actors led by a team of the network’s popular remodeling hosts on “A Very Brady Renovation,” and the cleverly reworked and extended structure is an astonishingly perfect recreation, inside and out. “One of the reasons I thought that this HGTV deal was going to be big is because when the house first went on the market, long before …

Trevor Noah: ‘Trump has put a photo opportunity above peace’

Late-night hosts dissect Trumps recent beefs, from a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen to secretly planned and cancelled talks with the Taliban Trevor Noah Trevor Noah unpacked a week of presidential news that was already full and bizarre by Monday nights Daily Show, starting with the presidents Twitter beef with the singer John Legend and his wife, the model Chrissy Teigen. Trump lashed out after viewing an MSNBC segment in which Legend and the host Lester Holt discussed criminal justice reform for which the president wanted credit. He tweeted: Legend and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is but I didnt see them around when we needed help getting it passed. Legend responded, in part: …

Free speech wars miss the point of college

(CNN)As the new school year gets underway and the presidential campaign heats up, it won’t be long before we hear once again critics bewailing that free speech is no longer a core value at colleges and universities. Through a well-funded effort by conservative political organizations, already more than a dozen state legislatures have passed so-called campus free speech bills. Along with appeals to free speech, we will also (paradoxically) hear calls for civility, for soft self-censorship in the name of decorum. In fact, we already have, with Cindy McCain’s Acts of Civility initiative and in the wake of Bret Stephens’ reaction to a tweet from a George Washington professor. At a time when violent racism has become ingrained in immigration …

Alabama is the newest front in Trump’s war on truth

New York (CNN Business)What story sums up our political and media worlds on 9/9/19? This one: Four new developments In an email to staff, NOAA’s acting chief scientist Craig McLean credited the National Weather Service’s Birmingham office with correcting “any public misunderstanding in an expert and timely way,” in other words, disputing the president’s misinformation. Per The Washington Post, McLean said he is “pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity.” Also on Monday, NWS director Louis Uccellini spoke at a conference and praised the Birmingham office and said “they did what any office would do.” When he asked the local staffers to stand up and be recognized, there was a long standing ovation, per attendees. …

Trolls Tell Woman Shes Too Ugly To Be Posting Pics Of Her Face, She Responds With 3 Selfies

‘So About What I Said,‘ where she gives inspiring personal insights into living with melissablake As well as her specialist subjects Melissa often makes forays into politics too, giving her thoughts and opinions on a variety of issues. Unfortunately, while her opinions are just as valid as anyone else’s, some people decided to cruelly make fun of her disability after she wrote an op-ed about the president. Sadly, Melissa has had to endure much of this kind of abuse throughout her career – some people are simply assholes. Despite the hurtful comments though, she refuses to let the cowardly bullies – hiding behind their fake names and profile pics – get her down. Her response to the latest round of …

Why 2 Of The Worlds Largest Fashion Companies Are Ditching Brazilian Leather

two of the world’s largest fashion companies — Sweden’s H&M Group and VF Corp., the American company behind brands like Vans and Timberland — have said they’re ditching Brazilian leather. “Due to the severe fires in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest, and the connections to cattle production, we have decided to place a temporary ban on leather from Brazil,” a spokesperson for the H&M Group H&M’s ban came on the heels of a similar announcement made the week before by VF Corp., which owns several apparel and footwear brands including Dickies, Eastpak, JanSport and The North Face. major devastating wildfires that have been burning there for weeks. Swaths of the Amazon ― the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink …

Tammy Abraham’s mother wept over racial abuse of her son

(CNN)Tammy Abraham had barely left the pitch and the racist abuse had started on social media. “For me, I’m always a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much. But saying that, it could affect people who don’t have my personality. It was a challenging moment for me, I went through a lot of emotions. Everyone misses penalties but to miss a penalty I was obviously devastated.” Prior to this season, Abraham had played on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa over the last three years, but Frank Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea manager has helped pave the way for the striker to start playing regularly for the London team. “I had a lot of abuse but Frank …

The Steady Cultural Demise Of ‘American Beauty’

“For The Love Of 1999” When “American Beauty” nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture in March 2000, its win seemed forward-thinking. The movie “dealt with sex and drugs, blackmail, homophobia, infidelity and suburban dysfunction,” producer Dan Jinks proclaimed during his acceptance speech. “And in the middle of all this was a character named Ricky Fitts, who at one point says, ‘Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it,’ and everyone in the audience knew exactly what he meant.”  Oh, how the mighty fall. How “American Beauty” declined is complex, and why it declined will vary based on whose perspective you hear. That’s often the case when something’s prestige shifts without a common denominator …

Comedian Joel Kim Booster Responds To Dave Chappelle’s Racist Asian Joke

Dave Chappelle’s homophobic and racist joke about Asians in his Netflix special “Sticks & Stones” did not go unnoticed.  NBC via Getty Images Dave Chappelle “used to have really interesting and prescient things to say,” says comedian Joel Kim Booster. Chappelle is “someone who has been rich for a long time now and no longer has that many interesting things to say, because they’re not really living in the same world you or I are living in, at this point,” he said in the interview. Many critics are panning Chappelle’s special as tired at best and offensive at worst. Once regarded as a comedian with edgy commentary on pop culture, Chappelle came under fire for taking aim at the subjects of …

The last thing my city needs is Woody Allen selling us to the world | Mikel Agirre-Maskariano

San Sebastin is already under strain from overtourism. With Allen shooting a film here, the city could become a victim of its success, says the geographer Mikel Agirre-Maskariano Summertime in San Sebastin rekindled the annual debate about the strains created by excessive tourism. This year, though, residents of the Basque provincial capital have also had to put up with our city being turned into the latest film set. The movie, Rifkins Festival, is about a couple who fall in love while in town for the San Sebastin film festival, drawing on the annual event (this years begins on 20 September) as the backdrop to a romantic comedy. At a time when Allen is being film, the veteran director has seemingly …