Dhaka, Aug 30 (AP/UNB)- Kanye West apologized Wednesday on a Chicago radio station for calling slavery a "choice," and he broke down on air over an old friend.
"I don't know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I'm sorry for hurting, I'm sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment," West told 107.5 WGCI radio in his hometown.
"And I'm sorry for people who felt let down by that moment, and also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through and what led me to that," he said.
West also addressed a question that left him speechless on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" about why he feels President Donald Trump cares about black people. He later tweeted he wasn't stumped by the question and didn't much appreciate how the show cut awkwardly to a commercial break after his extra-long pause.
He said he was just carefully considering his answer:
"I feel that (Trump) cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this," West told WGCI.
"He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he's got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can't be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community," the rapper added. "So it's something he's gonna work towards, but we're gonna have to speak to him."
Late Wednesday, Trump tweeted a link to a Breitbart News story about the interview.
As for the field trip to the Los Angeles offices of TMZ in May, when he wore the "Make America Great Again" red cap favored by Trump supporters and made the slavery remark, West said Don C — a former collaborator, tour manager and record exec — used to "have my back" and likely would have shut him down before things got out of hand.
"One thing that I got from the TMZ comment is that it showed me how much black people love me, and how much black people count on me and depend on me, and I appreciate that," West said.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - The 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city on Saturday (September 1).
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and BSA will jointly organise the largest fine arts festival of Asia at National Art Gallery of Shilpakala Academy, said the organisers at a press conference at the seminar room of BSA on Thursday.
President Abdul Hamid will inaugurate of the exhibition as the chief guest, said Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor while briefing journalists at the press conference.
BSA Director General Liaquat Ali said the festival will be a reunion of artists from different countries where Bangladeshi artists will be able to exchange views with them.
The Cultural Affairs Minister will be present as special guest while professor emeritus of the Tokyo University of the Arts Tetsuya Noda will also participate in the opening ceremony, he said.
Secretary Nasiruddin Ahmed of the ministry will preside over the inaugural session while BSA DG Liaquat Ali Lucky will deliver the welcome speech.
There will be two and three-dimensional artworks like painting, prints, photography, sculpture, installation, performance art and new media art.
A total of 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries will be put on display at the exhibition which will be open to all from 11 am to 8 pm every day.
A total 68 countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, The United States of America (USA), Mongolia, Peru, Stein, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, Moscow and Germany are participating in the event.
Earlier, a jury panel comprising five members with two from Bangladesh and one each from France, India and Spain were responsible for judgment of displayed artworks in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh as well as selected best artworks for three grand prizes and six honourable mention prizes.
President of the Jury Board prominent artist Shahabuddin will announce the names of winners at the inaugural session and later, awards will be given to winners.
Each of these awards will be accompanied by a medal and cash prize of Bangladeshi Taka 500,000 (five hundred thousand) and Taka 300,000 (three hundred thousand) for two categories of prizes respectively.
Four observers - Artist Jogen Chowdhury from India, Professor Tetssuya Noda from Japan, Dr Marek Bartelik from Poland and Deborah Frizzell from the USA will attend the festival.
The exhibition is the most prestigious and biggest art festival of Bangladesh as well as the oldest international art biennale event in Asia. From the beginning to 2014 the event was the platform only for artists of the Asian and Pacific region.
In 2017, the organising committee of the exhibition has decided to expand its glory throughout the world. As a result artists from 55 countries from around the world had participated in the 17th edition. And in this year participating countries number 67 including Bangladesh has broken the previous record.
Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Nasiruddin Ahmed and BSA Fine Art Director Ashrarful Alam Paplu were present at the press conference.
Nashville, Aug 29 (AP/UNB) — Chris Stapleton topped the list of finalists Tuesday with five nominations for the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards.
Stapleton is vying for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year, single of the year for "Broken Halos," album of the year for "From A Room: Volume 2" and song of the year for "Broken Halos." It was his third nomination for entertainer of the year and fourth consecutive for male vocalist.
Producer and musician Dann Huff received four nominations, including musician of the year, single of the year for "Drinkin' Problem," album of the year for "Graffiti U," and album of the year for "Life Changes." Huff has won musician of the year three other times.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban each received three nominations. This is Urban's 14th nomination for male vocalist of the year.
The year's biggest country song, "Meant To Be," by pop-country crossover artist Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line was nominated for single of the year. Other nominees in that category were Stapleton's "Broken Halos," ''Drinkin' Problem" by Midland, Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey" featuring Miranda Lambert, and D + Shay's "Tequila."
Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Chris Janson, Midland and Brett Young were nominated for new artist.
The nominations were announced from entertainer Luke Bryan's restaurant and bar in Nashville on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"Anytime you're nominated for entertainer of the year, it's so rewarding," Bryan said. "You get to share it with your fans."
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the show on Nov. 14.
Philadelphia, Aug 28 (AP/UNB) — Stevie Wonder has helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of a legendary Philadelphia gospel group.
Philly.com reports the African American Museum in Philadelphia hosted a celebration for the Dixie Hummingbirds Monday. The group was formed in Greenville, South Carolina, and eventually moved to Philadelphia in 1942.
Wonder couldn't attend the celebration but he called in to praise the Dixie Hummingbirds for its contributions to modern music.
Current member Ira Tucker Jr. says he's carrying on the legacy of his father, Ira Tucker Sr., who died in 2008. Tucker says his father and his groupmates were innovators in the '40s and '50s who helped usher in contemporary rhythm and blues music.
The Dixie Hummingbirds have three concerts scheduled this month. Members plan on rereleasing their 2011 album "Gospel Praise Songs — Powered By Quartets" this fall.
Dhaka, Aug 25 (UNB) - A German-Bangla movie night will be organised at Goethe-Institut Dhaka on Sunday.
Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) in cooperation with Goethe Institut will organise the film show.
The film screening is a regular collaboration between DUFS and Goethe Institut, held on the last Sunday of every month.
This edition will consist of a German feature film along with a short film made by a Bangladeshi director.
A 30-minute long Bangladeshi film ‘Ghraan’ (The Smell) directed by Kamrul Ahsan Lenin will be screened at 4 pm while a 108-minute German full-length film ‘Greetings from Fukushima’ directed by Doris Dörrie is scheduled to be screened at 4.40 PM.
The screenings are free of cost and open for all.