“The culture of silence around menstruation has become even more evident in the pandemic. Millions of women and girls from economically disadvantaged sections of the society are finding it difficult to manage their periods safely, hygienically and with dignity,” she said. … [Read more...] about Menstrual Hygiene Day: Culture of silence around menstruation has become even more evident in pandemic, says UNICEF
This year’s fresh lump of unreconstructed fossil fuel being lobbed into the music industry’s spluttering furnace is critics’ choice winner James Bay, the latest in an endless stream of lowest-common-denominator trad singer-songwriter money-spinners, with an inexplicable 8m YouTube views, but this time – crucially – in a hat. The hat, let’s make no bones, is magnificent, a charcoal Panama worthy of the latter years of Razorlight, but its resplendent brim hides a chronic deficiency of personality, presence and ideas. From the redneck dustbowls of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, and via the hard knocks of Brighton’s BIMM school, James Bay’s formulaic shtick is vaguely soulful MOR Americana driven by a firebrand intensity measuring somewhere between the top end of Foreigner and the bottom of Bryan Adams. … [Read more...] about James Bay review – the sound of UK pop culture grinding to a halt
"It's hard for us to get a full picture and fully quantify the impact for them, but let's think about when Covid hit. We had two arts festivals going at that time, a comedy festival about to kick off, a number of events cancelled, a number of screen productions suspended ... It is about supporting, just like we did with tourism, those sectors that have been decimated." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Government pledges $65m arts and culture recovery package
If Found … is, in short, beautiful, vibrant, and sad, suffused with wonder and tragedy and hope for the future. Published by Annapurna Interactive, it's also one of the most mainstream titles in recent history created about a particularly queer experience from actual queer creators. It's easy to chafe at the types of stories that get told about LGBTQ people in games, easy to criticize how they often seem tragic and overwrought, telling only the most painful parts of the queer experience. But If Found … isn't tragedy porn, despite how painful it sometimes is, nor is it a Hallmark coming-of-age tale. It's a story that feels grounded in real wisdom about the loss that creates change, about the way finding yourself can mean letting a lot of other things go. If Found … knows how important it is to see yourself and to be seen plainly, and it shows that sometimes the best way to see an image clearly is to erase it and start from scratch. … [Read more...] about Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past
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Instead of a bland confected studio band, Fallon is supported by the hip-hop band the Roots. Instead of a faintly sycophantic guest interview with Barack Obama, Fallon persuaded the president last April to “slow jam” the news to the Roots’s R&B backing, notching up another 8m views on YouTube . Instead of reciting a list of hit-or-miss jokes in the comfortable mould of his competitors, Fallon will perform a “history of rap” with Timberlake that is, depending on your taste, either strikingly accomplished or remarkably childish. Or both. … [Read more...] about Jimmy Fallon takes the Tonight Show baton: can he save late-night comedy?