London, Jul 13 (AP/UNB) — Ed Sheeran has confirmed for the first time that he and long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are married.
British media reported the pair wed before Christmas in front of about 40 friends and family.
In an interview with broadcaster Charlamagne Tha God to promote his album "No.6 Collaborations Project," Sheeran talked about how he wrote the song "Remember the Name," which refers to "my wife."
The 28-year-old British singer-songwriter said "I knew that we'd be married by the point that the song came out."
The album, released Friday, includes collaborations with Justin Bieber, Stormzy, Eminem, 50 Cent and Bruno Mars.
Sheeran and Seaborn, 26, met at primary school in eastern England and announced their engagement in 2018.
New York, Jul 13 (AP/UNB) — Following an outcry from celebrities and a Change.org petition with half a million signatures, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is pushing for the release of A$AP Rocky, who has been behind bars in Sweden while police investigate a fight involving the rapper.
Last week a Swedish court ordered Rocky to spend two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate the June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm. Quickly after the news broke, the movement #JusticeForRocky pushing for the rapper's release trended on social media. On Friday, Espaillat, a New York Democrat, said he was pushing to help Rocky come home.
"I will continue fighting until A$AP Rocky is released from Swedish prison and brought back. Everyone deserves to be treated equally and A$AP Rocky's rights continue to be violated. It is not a fair process," the congressman said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Currently, I'm speaking with the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Sweden and ask that everyone continues showing their support to help us in this process of getting justice for Rocky."
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was born in the Harlem borough of New York City.
The 30-year-old was allegedly involved in a fight before appearing at a music festival in Sweden. It was not clear who else was involved, but videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense.
Diddy, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kris Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and 2 Chainz are some of the celebrities who have publicly expressed support for Rocky. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Drake and Selena Gomez.
Rapper Tyga said he would not perform a scheduled show Sunday in Sweden as a result of Rocky's arrest.
"I have decided to cancel my show in Sweden this Sunday July 14. I will not be performing. #FREEASAPROCKY," he tweeted Thursday.
Tyler, the Creator tweeted : "no more sweden for me, ever." Jaden Smith replied to Tyler's tweet with: "Me Either #FreeFlackoNow."
The Change.org petition supporting Rocky has more than 560,000 signatures.
New York, Jul 13 (AP/UNB) — Barbie has been many things over the years. Now, she's dressed as Ziggy Stardust.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity," Barbie overseers at Mattel released a collectible version of the doll dressed as Ziggy Stardust, one of his most beloved alter egos.
Barbie wears the metallic Ziggy space suit with red and blue stripes, flared shoulders and cherry red platform boots. Mattel spared no makeup, featuring the astral sphere smack in the middle of Ziggy Barbie's forehead. The doll's hair is fiery red.
The $50, limited edition doll was created in collaboration with The David Bowie Archive.
The beloved rocker died in 2016 after battling cancer. He was 69.
Dhaka, July 12 (UNB) - It will be case closed next season for How to Get Away with Murder, with the show’s upcoming sixth season to be its last.
The series and its star, Viola Davis, are leaving behind history: In 2015, Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series.
In a statement on Thursday announcing the show’s end, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke praised Davis for her unforgettable portrayal of a female antihero.
Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant attorney and professor at a Philadelphia law school, where she teaches her no-holds-barred views of justice and life and enlists her students in her cases and misadventures
A three-time Academy Award nominee, Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for Fences.
Series creator and executive producer Pete Nowalk called ending the show a “brutal decision,” but said the story demanded it.
“For me, Annalise Keating’s journey has always had a clear ending,” Nowalk said in a statement. “Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings” is a rare gift.
He advised fans to “buckle up” for the show’s final twists when it returns on September 26.
The show’s ratings have softened, with viewership dropping from more than 10 million weekly in its early years to about half that last season.
How to Get Away with Murder debuted in 2014 as part of ABC’s hit Thursday night programming block from prolific writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, including the long-running Grey’s Anatomy and now-ended Scandal. Rhimes created multi-dimensional female characters and rare opportunities for actresses of color, including Viola Davis and former Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh, who became the first actress of Asian ethnicity to get an Emmy nod for best drama series actress (for Killing Eve).
Rhimes’ long partnership with ABC Studios ended when she signed a lucrative deal in 2017 to make series for Netflix, which became the new home for her Shondaland production company as part of the streaming service’s talent hunt. She retains an executive producer credit for How to Get Away with Murder.
Dhaka, 11th July (UNB) – The 83rd birth anniversary of the late poet Al-Mahmud, one of the finest Modernist poets in the Bengali language, was observed Thursday. The legendary poet was born 11th July, 1936 at Morail village of present day Brahmanbaria district.
It was Al Mahmud’s first birth anniversary since his death aged 82 last February.
Several organizations observed the legendary poet’s birth anniversary with commemorative programmes. Kobi Ebong Kabita, a poets’ collective, arranged a program titled ‘Al Mahmud Utsab’ at Kabita Café in the city’s Katabon, featuring a discussion among poets Md Nurul Huda, Zahidul Haque, Shahin Reza and others reminiscing on Mahmud’s life, legacy and literary prowess.
Meanwhile, his friends, family and well-wishers visited his residence in Maghbazar, where a dua mahfil was arranged marking the occasion.
One of the iconic poets of Bangladesh, Al-Mahmud started his career as a journalist, joining now defunct Ganakantha as its assistant editor shortly after the Liberation War in 1971.
By then though, he had already received widespread recognition with the success of his book ‘Lok Lokantor’ which was published in 1963. His prose and poetrywent on to be featured in several magazines including Chotushkone, Samakal, Mayukh, Krittibas and the Buddhadeb Bosu-edited Kavit, widely acknowledged as the leading journal for Bengali poetry at the time. It enabled Al Mahmud to command followings in both halves of Bengal – Bangladesh itself, and the Indian state of West Bengal. He was particularly popular among urban crowds of Dhaka and Calcutta.
The publication of Sonali Kabin in 1973 sealed Al Mahmud’s legend, and his place in the Pantheon of Bengali literature.
Mahmud’s unique skill of portraying and even conveying through words the essence of Bengali sensibilities, his embrace of the natural beauty of the region, as well as his use of regional dialects made him popular among the admirers. His successful literary creations include Lok Lokantor, Kaler Kalosh, Shonali Kabin, Mayabi Porda Dule Otho, Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bokhtiyarer Ghora, Pankourir Rokto etc.
During the crucial periods of the nation such as the Language movement in 1952 and Bangladesh’s Liberation war in 1971, Al Mahmud raised his voice through his poetries and writings which garnered widespread attention both nationally and internationally.
Mahmud served Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy which he joined in 1975 and retired in 1993 as director of the academy. As one of the most renowned poets of his generation, he received many prizes including Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1968 and Ekushey Padak in 1986.