Celebrities including Diplo, Playboi Carti and PnB Rock paid tribute to slain Florida rapper XXXTentacion during the week of parties surrounding Art Basel Miami.
Hundreds of fans gathered at a posthumous album release party Thursday night to be the first to hear XXXTentacion's Bad Vibes Forever. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Noah Cyrus and Tory Lanez appear on the album.
Some fans camped out for hours to ensure entrance to the party. At midnight, the album played as emotional videos of the slain rapper played on a screen behind the stage. XXXTentacion's mother stood onstage, hugging family and friends and occasionally dancing to the music. She said she was trying to stay positive.
Earlier in the night, Diplo took to the DJ booth as fans lined up for free tattoos and perused an outdoor museum filled with XXXTentacion memorabilia, including three wax statues, family photos and hand-written notes.
The car that XXXTentacion was last seen alive in was also on display. The 20-year-old was gunned down while leaving a motorcycle shop in 2018. His sudden death shocked fans, many of whom unleashed praise for him. Others were more critical of the troubled rapper and pointed to his multiple arrests, including charges that he severely beat and abused his girlfriend.
Four suspects were arrested in connection with his death.
Little Arthur crawls out of bed in his red Marvel Comics pajamas, brushes his teeth and strolls outside after breakfast to his day job: helping out at the family hardware store in Rhayader, Wales. It's Christmas and Arthur, nearly 3, has his work cut out for him wrapping presents, hanging ornaments and helping customers.
But the cute video with 1.3 million views on YouTube - and counting - comes with a larger larger message. Don't forget the little guy.
"The small little family owned businesses still exist out there,'' said Arthur's dad, Thomas Lewis Jones, 30. ''If you can afford to shop locally, do so. If you can't. I hope you just enjoy the video.''
Big Christmas ads have become a tradition in Britain — an opportunity usually for much larger companies to pull out all the stops to woo holiday shoppers and stamp their brands firmly on the consumer brain. These are usually mini movies, similar to Super Bowl showstoppers in the United States, that feature warm and fuzzy characters like lovestruck penguins and mythical creatures who reveal the true meaning of Christmas.
These ads don't normally originate in a town 200 miles from London and have a budget of 100 pounds ($130).
Yet this simple, day in the life of Arthur promotional video has drawn attention to much larger problems of bricks and mortar U.K. retailers this Christmas, struggling as they do with issues ranging from the steady losses to internet retailers to a controversial local tax system whose reform is constantly discussed.
Despite initiatives, such as Small Business Saturday, stores really are facing challenges. They are often dwarfed by the bigger stores that can offer better prices and more selection. Many have a tough time getting through each year.
"What this video has done is throw into the spotlight the very real challenges that smaller firms throughout the U.K. are actually facing,'' said Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses. "They are facing spiraling business rates, high rents and online competition, expensive town center parking and the loss of bank branches and ATMs. All of these issues make for a perfect storm that is putting many small businesses at risk."
Jones, who runs Hafod Hardware, simply made Arthur his go-to star to promote the store. Arthur's supporting cast is his grandfather, John, his great-grandfather Alan and his great-grandmother Pauline. The filmmaker, Josh Holdaway, is a family friend and has a cameo appearance.
Since being posted Monday, Jones' phone has not stopped ringing. At the time he was speaking to The Associated Press on Friday, he noted with some degree of astonishment that the video was popular in Japan. It's also big in Australia. And Morocco - and so on.
But for Jones, it was a movie for his neighbors, too.
"People have been coming in this morning saying congratulations... they've been bringing in bottles of champagne for us to say well done," he told Britain's Press Association. ""The locals are incredible, they're our bread and butter. We're very lucky to have the community we have here in Rhayader."
The ad ends with Arthur transforming into his father in the act of putting the Christmas tree on his shoulder. It urges everyone to to "#Be a Kid this Christmas.''
"You get an experience when you go into a shop like ours,'' Jones said. "You get personal service.''
Actress Rafiath Rashid Mithila and Tollywood director Srijit Mukherji have finally tied the knot.
The marriage was solemnised through registry at Sujit’s South Kolkata flat on Friday evening, reports Anandabazar.
Some friends and close relatives were present at the marriage ceremony.
It was learnt that the couple will fly for Geneva on Saturday for honeymoon.
Mithila and popular singer and actor Tahsan married each other in 2006. However, they got divorced in May 2017 ending their 11-year conjugal life.
Srijit had been in a relationship with Mithia for the last one year. Srijit first introduced Mithila to his friends at a private bash at the start of the year, reports Times of India.
Mithila, who began her modelling career in 2002, did her Master’s in political science from Dhaka University and completed her second Master’s in Early Childhood Development.
A theatre artiste and painter, she also carved a niche for herself in Bangladeshi television and has a considerable body of work in child development.
Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), a unique event featuring cinema from around the world, begins at the BIAM Foundation in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
International Organisation of Migration (IOM) organised the event which will on December 10- 18.
The GMFF is to inform and entertain about the promise and challenges of migration, and the contributions migrants make to their communities, said a press release.
Held in 90 countries, the GMFF features over 30 documentaries and films from different countries.
The event includes The Birth Land – a film by Bangladeshi director ProshoonRahmaan that tells the story of a pregnant woman’s identity crisis in Cox’s Bazar.
“We are thrilled to host the GMFF in Cox’s Bazar this December. The festival is a major international event that testifies to this city’s importance as a frontline for migration issues. We hope that audiences will come out to enjoy the films on [display] over this 8-day event,” said Chief of Mission Giorgi Giguri.
The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history.
The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August, conducting Beethoven's "Fidelio" when the 2020-21 season opens, the company said Thursday.
"From my very first moments at San Francisco Opera, I felt this was home," Kim said in a statement. She said she found "an unusual feeling of open collaboration" across the company and was honored to take on the new role.
Kim's appointment marks the latest change in musical leadership at a major American opera house. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Yannick Nezet-Seguin took over as music director in the 2018-19 season, following James Levine who held the position for 40 years and was fired in 2018 over allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine has denied the allegations.
At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Andrew Davis will retire as music director at the end of the next season after more than 20 years and be replaced by conductor Enrique Mazzola.
Kim succeeds Nicola Luisotti whose nine-year tenure as music director ended in 2018. She will lead the orchestra, chorus and music staff and conduct concerts and up to four productions each season in her initial five-year contract, the company said.
Born in South Korea, Kim began her career in Europe and made her U.S. debut in 2017, leading a production of "La Traviata" at Houston Grand Opera, where she was subsequently named the company's first principal guest conductor in 25 years, the statement said. She made her Washington National Opera debut last month and has upcoming performances scheduled at Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other companies.
The company's general director, Matthew Shilvock, said that Kim brings a unique energy to San Francisco Opera and praised her as a thoughtful leader who is artistically skilled, compassionate and has "an incredible respect for everyone in the theater."
"She leads with great vision on the podium, but also welcomes each and every person into the creative process, inviting them to do their very best work," Shilvock said in a statement. "The resulting art is spectacular."