Rihanna has confirmed that she stood up for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick by declining an offer to play the Super Bowl halftime show last February. The 31-year-old was asked about the once coveted gig in her new interview with Vogue magazine. 'I couldn't dare do that,' Rihanna said. 'For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn't be a sellout. I couldn't be an enabler. There's things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.' 'I just couldn't be a sellout': Rihanna confirmed in her new Vogue cover story that she stood up for Colin Kaepernick by declining an offer to play the Super Bowl halftime The now-former San Francisco 49ers QB became a controversial figure in 2016, when he began protested inequality and racist police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem. Kaepernick, 31, has remained unsigned since March of 2017, … [Read more...] about ‘I just couldn’t be a sellout’: Rihanna confirms she declined NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show offer in solidarity with free agent QB Colin Kaepernick as her ex-collaborator Jay-Z continues his consulting gig with the league
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Radio 3 is launching a new weekly programme dedicated to video game soundtracks. Running from Saturday 26 October, the hour-long show will be presented by composer Jessica Curry, who won a Bafta for her work with UK studio The Chinese Room and created and presented Classic FM’s video game music programme, High Score. “[BBC presenter and journalist] Tom Service and his producer Brian Jackson came to interview me for Radio 3 at Chinese Room a couple of years ago, and we all really hit it off,” said Curry. “Tom’s an avid gamer and there was a definite feeling of excitement about the gaming scene and the music that’s being composed for games. “Lots of people think that it’s all battle music and aggression. The show will prove that that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Video game music has undergone a boom in interest and appreciation in the past five years, as the art form has grown and matured. The Distant Worlds concert, … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a new golden age’: Radio 3 launches video game music show
Imagine a world where babies are stored in life-support jars, humans are stalked by oily ghosts, and the American president is played by Lindsay Wagner, the helter-skelter-haired star of 1970s cult TV show The Bionic Woman. This is the dystopian milieu of Death Stranding, which will hit shops soon, just in time for the hectic Christmas period. In this epic video game, by far the most controversial of 2019, players must traverse a future America to reconnect its “chiral network” (a posh internet), while dodging mysterious BTs (beached things). For reasons unknown, the living and dead coexist, with the protagonist able to connect to the “other side” via a “jar baby” in an artificial womb. One recent demo focused on such gimmicks as urinating to create mushrooms. Wagner is not the only star to feature. Acclaimed video game director Hideo Kojima and his team have also created incredible likenesses of The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, who takes on … [Read more...] about Death Stranding: will Hideo Kojima’s mystery project redefine gaming?
So did she or didn’t she? Jennifer Arcuri is still not saying if she had an affair with Boris Johnson. Not exactly. But she doesn’t want you to think, not for one minute, that she wasn’t someone special in his life. Mistress, girlfriend, lover, courtesan? Pray do tell, Jennifer, what was the exact nature of your role? We are all dying to know. ‘I was Boris’s Anne Boleyn,’ says Arcuri in her first print interview since the scandal broke. You were? ‘I sure was,’ she insists. ‘Anne Boleyn made Henry VIII literally crazy for six years because she wouldn’t give him her virtue. She never gave away too much of herself because she knew that if she did, what happened to her sister would happen to her.’ 'I was Boris’s Anne Boleyn,' says Arcuri (pictured) in her first print interview since the scandal broke. You were? 'I sure was,' she insists Mary Boleyn had an adulterous relationship with the king and was later banished … [Read more...] about Boris was my Henry VIII – and I was his Anne Boleyn: Californian Jennifer Arcuri insists SHE was the one to bring the ax down on her ‘unique connection’ with Britain’s PM in her most revealing interview yet
Parents have been given a helping hand in selecting this year's must-have gadgets thanks to the annual toy awards. UK parenting site MadeForMums has curated an extensive list of this year's most coveted toys across 35 categories, as chosen by nearly 500 children of varying ages. From a Harry Potter coding kit to a 'my first drone', the awards reveal the best toys for newborns and toddlers, up to pre-teens. Each toy was assessed for its play potential, value for money and the children's scores, combined with the verdicts of expert (grown-up) judges from the site's editorial team. Joining the panel were specially invited influencer judges, including YouTube stars Beau, from Beau's Toy Farm, and ZiZi's Kailem and Isaiah, along with UK family vloggers The Howarths and parent-led campaign group Let Toys Be Toys, and the editor of toy industry magazine and website Toy News. Hitting the top end of the price list was a £349.99 climbing frame, … [Read more...] about Santa take note! Parenting site MadeForMums reveals the toys ALL children will want for Christmas – from a Harry Potter coding kit to a £35 drone