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Misogynist minister tenders apology for remarks about ‘Nargis sahiba’

PTI leader and Punjab Culture & Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, in a video message,  has tendered an apology over his derogatory remarks   he had passed against actress Nargis.

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LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, misogynist, and Punjab information minister Fayazz-ul-Hassan Chohan has apologized for his disrespectful remarks he barked against veteran actress Nargis.

Tendering an apology, in his video message, Chohan said that during a cultural show in Lahore he was very aggressively asked  to put an end to vulgarity in theaters, adding; “So while speaking with regard to that a word slipped my tongue about Nargis sahiba and a TV channel hyped it too much.”

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“I apologize to Nargis sahiba from the core of my heart. She is a very respectable person, a star of Pakistan film industry.”

Furthermore, the minister also sought suggestions from the showbiz celebrities for the improvement of the film and drama industry.

Chohan, who has recently been made the provincial information minister, was filmed passing highly controversial remarks at a mixed gathering in Lahore.

The firebrand Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader was discussing the ‘sad state of affairs’ in the film industry, however, his commentary took the worst turn when he started flaying Lollywood films, he deemed immoral.

While on a separate occasion, the minister lost his cool in a TV show on Wednesday and abused the crew and the anchor after he was grilled by the host over his previous remarks., inviting the wrath of social media.

Hitting back at Punjab’s Information and Culture Minister for his derogatory remarks, the former film and stage actress Nargis said; “Mr Minister, every individual has respect.” She warned the minister, saying; “Be careful next time or else every respectable person reserves the right to take a legal action.”

“You possess responsible post. Choose your words rightly. Such words are not used for any woman sitting back at home,” she added.

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Reacting to the attitude displayed by Chohan, another PTI leader Aleem Khan had  tendered an apology in a television show and condemned the comments passed by the lawmaker.

Khan explained that Chohan might have opted the attitude because he assumed the portfolio for the first time in his political career.

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U.S. burning products after Nike takes a stand against racism

American football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has become the new face of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ campaign after he knelt while the national anthem was played, in protest against racism.

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NEW YORK CITY, United States of America: Nike has made American football superstar Colin Kaepernick the new face of its famous ‘Just Do It’ campaign in its unique attempt to take a stand against the rising racism in the United States.

Following Nike’s announcement, Americans have started burning their branded trainers and clothing in a demonstration of their own.

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It should be noted that most of those protesting against Nike’s campaign are pro-Trump, white extremists, who are also sharing videos of them burning Nike products across social media, according to US media outlet MailOnline.

John Rich, one half of the country band Big & Rich, said their sound man, a former Marine, had cut off the famous swoosh logo from his socks. He threatened Nike in a tweet: “Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.”

Others are setting their belongings alight, throwing them in fire pits of dousing them in flammable liquid.

Who is Colin Kaepernick?

In 2016 former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the stance during the American national anthem, as a demonstration against the treatment of black Americans by authorities.

US President, Donald Trump heavily criticised the protest, claiming that NFL owners should ‘get that son of a bitch off the field’ when ‘somebody disrespects our flag’.

But now spokeswoman for Nike, Sandra Carreon-John, said: “Colin has been a Nike athlete since 2011. Colin is one of a number of athletes being featured as part of our 30th anniversary of Just Do It.”

Other athletes featured in the ad campaign include New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., skateboarder Lacey Baker and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who is an amputee with one hand.

According to ESPN, Gino Fisanotti, a Nike vice president of brand for North America, said: “We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward.”

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ESPN reported that the new ad, meant to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic ‘Just Do It’ motto, features the message: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Kaepernick’s protests of racial injustice launched a movement across the NFL. No team signed him as a free agent in 2017.

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Meet Pakistan’s first opera star Saira Peter

British Pakistani singer and songwriter Saira Peter has said that she created the genre of Sufi Opera to take the universal spiritual message of our Pakistani elders to a global western audience.

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LONDON, United Kingdom: British Pakistani singer and songwriter Saira Peter has said that she created the genre of Sufi Opera to take the universal spiritual message of our Pakistani elders to a global western audience.

During an interview with Geo News, the Sufi Opear singer said that she merged Pakistan’s rich Sufi poetry with western classical music and produced Sufi Opera signing by featuring Asian inflections in her singing.

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“When you look at it, the western opera is a powerful expression of western spiritual values. Opera examines the deepest issues of human existence through highly emotional music, so it is ideal for conveying our Sufi values of peace, tolerance and reconciliation. Yet western and Pakistani classical singing are very different in nature. Pakistani classical vocal style permits sliding (portamento or meend), which is completely banned in western classical music. If you slide between notes as a western classical singer. Your audience will think you don’t know how to sing in tune, but if you don’t slide when performing Pakistani classical, you omit all the beauty,” the singer explained at her home in London. She spends her time between London, Pakistan and touring for concerts.

When in London, Saira Peter works at Noor Jehan Arts Centre (NJ Arts London), opened by British legend Sir Cliff Richard OBE in 1998. This centre specialises in giving training to students interested in learning western and Pakistani classical music.

She said: “The aim of NJ Arts is to promote social cohesion through creativity. I also happen to be its Director and NJ Arts is where I train students and organize cultural and educational events. We have done everything from hosting talent events for 10+ local schools at a time, to running the 3-day NJ Arts festival where winners received Noor Jehan awards, to launching Sufi Peace Fest at London City Hall [headquarters of London Mayor] which featured British celebrity artists and British and Pakistani ministers as guests.

I teach both western classical and Pakistani classical singing, depending on what students want. Some prefer pure classical while others are interested in becoming pop singers; some like jazz, but others specifically want ghazal or another Pakistani style.”

Saira explained that classical training is always the key to learning music because it helps singers develop their stamina. “Once you know classical singing technique, then no matter what the genre is – be it jazz, ghazel, classical, thumri, etc – you will be at ease. Having a science background [Saira holds MSc Physical Chemistry], whenever I teach I draw attention to the fact that physiologically we sing through our body and organs, so it’s important that a singer knows the roles our organs play in producing sound, such as how we use the respiratory system, or how our bones resonate, to name just a few. Our body plays a big role in producing high or low notes, or in singing loudly or softly, or singing something fast or slow.”

The singer said that peace and reconciliation and unconditional love are what the whole world seeks, especially in times like these. “Our great spiritual leaders Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Baba Bulleh Shah and many others delivered this message centuries ago, and I am passionate about promoting these values through Sufi Opera. In fact, I am currently working on full-length Sufi Operas [dramatic and musical productions] based on the heroic stories of Mirza Sahiban and Umar Marwi (Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai).”

She recalled how at a recent concert in America the audience loved Sufi kalaam of Pakistani saints.

“I recently presented Latif’s spiritual message in Urdu “tairay ishq may jo bhi dhoob gaya” for thousands of university students during a US university lecture tour, the whole audience rose to their feet with a shout, and many jumped onstage and danced! There is just so much spirituality in our music, it surpasses language and goes straight to the heart.”

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After hearing one of her live performances, the British Government’s Office for Nationality, Marriage in Hastings recently asked her to record the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen”.

“I was honoured to be the first British-Asian bestowed with this privilege and I happily accepted, creating a special soprano version. It felt strange to discover soon after that my recording is being used for every British Citizenship ceremony in the 700 square mile East Sussex region. I was so privileged to record “God Save the Queen”, as every national anthem is the heart and soul of its nation. Some national anthems express the pain and struggle of their people, some even use four or five different languages, but the British national anthem, like that of Pakistan’s, is a unique prayer for peace and wellbeing. I have had so much encouraging feedback about this recording.”

The article first appeared on The News International.

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Lady Gaga breaks down on the set of ‘A Star Is Born’

Lady Gaga admits feeling ugly, lonely and insecure. The singer has opened up, for the very first time about her feelings to the LA Times.

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Lady Gaga admits feeling ugly, lonely and insecure. The singer has opened up, for the very first time about her feelings to the LA Times.

The ‘Bad Romance’ singer had been busy shooting a movie with co star and the director of their upcoming film, Bradley Cooper. In the movie Gaga plays the roll of a girl named Ally who is struggling with her music career. Ally is a singer and a songwriter but feels uncomfortable in playing her songs. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (played by Bradley Cooper) recognizes Ally’s talent and cajoles her into coming in the spotlight. Both of them fall in love with each other but the personal side of their relationship keeps on breaking down because Jackson has to fight an ongoing battle with his own internal demons as he is addicted to alcohol and drugs while Ally has to fight her insecurities.

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Poster of ‘A star is born’ starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

During a scene in the film, Lady Gaga has a line where she talks about the criticism she has been getting on her looks, “Almost every single person have told me that they liked the way I sounded but they didn’t like the way I look.”

Which pretty much explains the bizarre outfits of the pop star throughout the history. She had been basically trying to cover her insecurities.

One thing the critics have noticed that in the trailer, how different Lady Gaga looks with her dark brown hair and no make up face at all. According to Gaga, it was exactly how she had to audition. The singer said, “When my character talks about how ugly she feels, that was real….I’m so insecure. I like to preach but I don’t always practice what I preach.”

She also admitted having a break down and had to repeat her scripted lines over and over again. She told the LA Times that when Bradley asked her if she was okay off set, she just started crying.

The singer also said, “It’s very lonely being a performer. There’s a certain loneliness that I feel, anyway-that I’m the only one that does what I do. So, it feels like no one understands…”

When asked what makes her feel beautiful, Gaga gave the answer which will thrill her fans, “To be honest, I think what makes me beautiful is when I see happiness in my fans. When I see or hear from them that the music that I’ve made has changed their life in some way, that’s what makes me feel beautiful…”

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The movie had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018.

The film will be released in most of Europe, including the UK, and the USA on October 5, 2018. Those in Canada will have a chance to see it at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018, and fans in Japan are the last to get the movie-musical, with a release date of December 21, 2018.

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