MonthAugust 2017

Chloe Bennet was right to call out Hollywood racism but wrong to change her name | Arwa Mahdawi

I don’t blame stars for whitewashing their names to get on – lots of minorities do it in the jobs market. But there is a moral case against this It’s hard to become a superhero when you have a super-ethnic name. Just ask Chloe Bennet, who stars in the TV series Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Bennet, who was born Chloe Wang, recently made headlines for defending her decision to anglicise her name. The actor made it clear it wasn’t a lack of pride in her Asian heritage, but rather industry prejudice that prompted her to trade Wang for Bennet. “Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable,” Bennet announced on Instagram this week. “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half-Chinese,” she wrote. “It means I had to pay my rent.” Bennet isn’t the first celebrity to have whitened their name in the pursuit of fame; there is a long history of entertainers adopting anglicised public personas. Sir Ben Kingsley, for example, was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji. “As soon as I changed my name, I got the jobs,” he said in a Radio Times interview. Related: White actors must stand up to whitewashing. Ed Skrein shows how | Vera Chok Continue reading… [hmp_player]

I can’t tell my best friend I’m gay as he is a straight man who has romantic feelings for me

I value our friendship but it worries me that I can’t be honest with him because of our history I am a woman in my mid-20s and my best friend is a straight man. In the past, he has expressed a romantic attraction to me and I’ve turned him down (on three occasions over four years). The final time was quite blunt; I said I was not attracted to him and that wasn’t going to change. Recently, I have been going to gay bars alone, and talking to women online, and I think I may be gay. I feel I can’t talk to him about it because of our history. I value our friendship and don’t want things to change, but it worries me that I feel I can’t be honest with him. Are my feelings more important in this situation? • When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Posh lemonade taste test: which supermarket fizz is the biz?

Lemonade has come a long way since R White’s, with the sugary drink undergoing a radical ‘premiumisation’ in recent years. But which store’s is the pick of the bunch? Furtive as his late-night fridge-raiding may have been, 40 years later, R White’s “secret lemonade drinker” embodies a more innocent age. Back then, and for decades after, lemonade was a cheap, if not always cheerful drink, necked by thirsty kids on hot summer days with zero thought given to its frequently vile synthetic aftertaste. Now, things are very different. Invigorated by a new foodie culture and encouraged by declining alcohol sales – according to the latest ONS figures, 27% of 16-to-24 year-olds do not drink – the last decade has seen a wholesale “premiumisation” of soft drinks. Manufacturers are digging out traditional recipes and reverting to real ingredients in order to appeal to more sophisticated adult palates. Even R White’s now does its own (rather poor) traditional cloudy lemonade. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

The Farthest review – Nasa documentary voyages to the outer limits

A witty, fascinating film about the Voyager I and II probes, launched in 1977 and now carrying their golden records beyond the solar system and into deep space This exquisite, exemplary science documentary, directed by Irish editor turned helmer Emer Reynolds, recounts the rich and fascinating story of the Voyager mission, arguably Nasa’s finest, noblest contribution to scientific understanding. Launched in 1977, Voyager I and II were sent billions of miles to the outer limits of our solar system to gather information about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and then into deep space. In 2012, Voyager I slipped through the heliopause and officially became the first human-made object to reach interstellar space, and it’s still going today, to infinity and beyond. Related: 40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Sallah: Borno bans vehicular movement

The Police in Borno State say there will be restriction of vehicular movements on Friday, being Sallah. A statement signed by the Pubic Relations Officer of the command, Victor Isuku said the restriction will remain in force till the end of Eid prayers. Restrictions will include the use of motor vehicles, tricycles, bicycles and animals, […] Sallah: Borno bans vehicular movement [hmp_player]

Akeredolu assigns portfolios to commissioners, special advisers

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has announced the portfolios of the newly appointed State Commissioners. Speaking at a brief meeting with the commissioners at the Council Chambers in the Governor’s office, Arakunrin Akeredolu enjoined members of the State Executive Council to hit the ground running in their respective Ministries. The commissioners are: Rt. […] Akeredolu assigns portfolios to commissioners, special advisers [hmp_player]