SWV On RBs Resurgence New Jack Swing Nicki Minaj More

first_imgThe iconic ’90s vocal trio talk about the high they get from watching their fans sing along with them and give props to today’s hip-hop infused R&BNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm Reuniting in 2005, GRAMMY nominees SWV — aka Sisters With Voice — returned triumphantly to an R&B scene that owes much of its modern swagger to the influence of their early career hits in the ’90s such as “Weak,” “Right Here,” “You’re The One,” and more. Facebook SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, New Jack Swing, Nicki Minaj & More News SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, Nicki Minaj & More swv-rbs-resurgence-new-jack-swing-nicki-minaj-more Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 17, 2018 – 2:04 pm SWV Talk Today’s R&B, Nicki Minaj & More Twitter We caught up with the trio from the Bronx, N.Y., backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear how R&B’s resurgence looks from where they sit, their thoughts on the legacy of new jack swing and Teddy Riley, and how hip-hop’s impact on the music world — specifically Nicki Minaj — has affected them.  Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Chernobyl was bleak brutal and absolutely necessary

first_img Comments 4:09 12 Almost all of the Chernobyl miniseries is this bleak. But given the subject matter — the worst nuclear disaster in history until 2011’s Fukushima — the tone is absolutely necessary. When potential additional catastrophes like the thermal explosion are averted, the show’s characters greet the successes with weary resignation rather than joyous celebration. Because Chernobyl is like a disaster Pez dispenser delivering a continuous stream of terrible news. Even after the tanks are drained, coal miners are drafted to stop the meltdown from contaminating the groundwater and eventually poisoning the Black Sea.chernobyl-hbo-3Emily Watson is riveting as a nuclear physicist who aids the investigation and the responses.  HBO The series is more than enough reason to keep your HBO subscription following the end of record-breaking hit Game of Thrones. The drab Soviet interiors reinforce a sense of gloom, and the gripping, accessible script by Craig Mazin doesn’t get bogged down in nuclear jargon. I like that the first episode opens with the explosion itself rather than the events leading up to it. A deeper dive into the cause comes only in the fifth and final episode. Chernobyl tells the story of an extraordinary event, but the series is also about something ordinary: people doing their jobs. Following the explosion, some do them well, and others do them poorly. Chernobyl is also grotesque. We see how acute radiation rots the bodies of plant workers and firefighters from the inside, we watch children play near the reactor as it burns and we witness the plant’s arrogant and abusive chief engineer refuse to believe the reactor has exploded at all. Then there’s a lumbering Soviet bureaucracy struggling to respond. In a scene from the first episode almost as disturbing as the one in the basement, a bumbling group of local Communist Party officials deflect responsibility and debate what to do. Rather than evacuating the area immediately, they decide misinformation will only distract residents from “the fruits of their own labor.” (Despite alarmingly high radiation levels, the now ghost town of Pripyat wasn’t evacuated until the day after the explosion.)chernobyl-hbo-4Paul Ritter is Anatoly Dyatlov, the inept chief engineer at the time of the Chernobyl explosion and the main villain of the story. HBO Later in Moscow, as officials in Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s inner circle brief him on the news. They say there’s nothing to worry about as the radiation released amounts to a “chest X-ray.” It takes Valery Legasov, a nuclear expert with the Science Academy of the USSR, to break through the stonewalling and explain to Gorbachev just how dire things are. Onlookers are shocked at Legasov’s gall, but Gorby sends him and Minister of Energy Boris Shcherbina to Chernobyl to evaluate the situation manage the government response. The two are an odd couple — a party loyalist and a skeptical truth-teller — but they begin to work together to control the fallout, all the while dodging KGB minders bent on stopping the spread of news that will embarrass the nation. No one says “fake news,” but the debates about what’s true and not, are uncomfortably familiar in 2019.Legasov and Shcherbina, real people who are now deceased, are brilliantly played by Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård, respectively. Harris’ best moments happen when his simmering exasperation suddenly erupts as he contradicts a government or military official with cold, hard facts. He’s there not to downplay things. He’s there to tell like it is. Meanwhile, as Skarsgård’s confidence in the Communist system slowly erodes, he speaks with a barely decipherable mumble that belies his fatigue (thankfully, all actors speak in English in their natural voices).chernobyl-hbo-2It was hard not to be a bit distracted by the birthmark on David Dencik’s Mikhail Gorbachev. HBO But the performance that stole the show was Emily Watson as Ulyana Khomyuk, a Belarusian nuclear physicist who detects the fallout 250 miles away and rushes to Chernobyl to find out what happened. Watson’s character is a composite of several scientists who investigated the disaster, but she comes across as totally convincing. She works tirelessly to contain the damage and find the cause of the explosion, in the process getting arrested by the KGB for talking too much about what happened. When she’s freed at the end of the third episode, Legasov tells her that despite the stupidity and lies surrounding them, she’ll continue her work. Because like those three workers who drained the tanks, she really has no choice.Chernobyl concluded Monday, June 3. You can catch all episodes on HBO.com and the channel’s other platforms. In the UK, you can watch it on Sky Atlantic, HBO’s production partner. Share your voice More on nuclear disasters TV and Moviescenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Inside Fukushima: Standing 60 feet from a nuclear disaster There were a ton of gut-wrenching moments in Chernobyl, the five-part miniseries on HBO and Sky Atlantic that recently concluded on Monday. But the one that left me squirming in my seat, barely able to watch, comes at the end of the second episode. A few days after the April 26, 1986 explosion at the nuclear power plant in then-Soviet Ukraine, three workers volunteer for an insanely dangerous mission to drain water held in tanks beneath the damaged reactor core. The enormous stakes if they fail are made fervently clear: Burning nuclear fuel will melt through the reactor floor, hit the water and produce a radioactive thermal explosion that will kill the population of Kiev and render Ukraine and Belarus uninhabitable for a century. Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård deliver excellent performances as a scientist and a Communist Party official coming to grips with the scale of the disaster. HBO I’m not spoiling anything here because what happened is history. Ukraine is not a radioactive wasteland today so we know the workers succeeded. But how they did it is told in horrifying, utterly compelling detail. (Reportedly, the workers did not die right away, but the real Chernobyl death toll remains a topic of heavy debate).We watch them enter a pitch black basement, stumbling through knee-deep water so radioactive the clicks on their Geiger counters merge into one continuous buzz. You feel their fear and claustrophobia and hear their labored breaths through their scuba equipment. Their flashlights dim, but they labor on. With millions of lives all over Europe at stake, it’s the only thing they can do. Tags VR brought me inside a scary-real radioactive Fukushima reactor Fukushima’s underground ice wall keeps nuclear radiation at bay For Fukushima’s nuclear disaster, robots offer a sliver of hope HBOlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra unfollows Siddharth Chopras bridetobe Ishita Kumar deletes Instagram pictures

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar.InstagramIt must be a difficult time in the Chopra household right now, with speculation going on about the wedding of Siddharth Chopra that was supposed to take place in April 2019. We had told you Priyanka Chopra’s brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding had been postponed because the bride-to-be, Ishita Kumar had to undergo an emergency surgery on the day of the wedding.Priyanka Chopra was in Mumbai to attend her brother’s wedding, but it never took place. The actress-producer cast her vote in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and also inaugurated her mother Dr Madhu Chopra’s clinic in Mumbai, after which she left for the US. Priyanka Chopra was seen just a day ago at the Billboard Music Awards 2019, looking stunning on the red carpet.But she is hush-hush about her brother’s wedding. Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas were in Delhi on February 27, 2019 for the roka and engagement of her brother Siddharth. Even as there were reports that the bride-to-be Ishita Kumar has deleted all the pictures of Siddharth and her from her Instagram, the lady seems to have deleted her entire account from the social networking application.Mumbai Mirror reports that Ishita Kumar had posted a picture from the hospital after her surgery, saying, “Recovering from surgery. Very painful but glad it’s over.” Ishita later posted another picture of hers at a resto-bar, with the caption, Cheers to new beginnings. With a goodbye kiss to beautiful endings.” Ishita Kumar last Instagram post.InstagramApart from the positive comments on her last post, Ishita Kumar also got a lot of questions from concerned people about her wedding. Read some of the comments here, one of which she liked before going off radar. Ishita Kumar likes comment against Siddharth Chopra.Instagram Comments on Ishita Kumar’s Instagram post on her wedding to Siddharth Chopra.InstagramNow, Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is nowhere to be found and we can only show some support to the girl. Siddharth Chopra’s account on Instagram has also gone private. Update: Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is back and she has posted new pictures with her friends. Ishita Kumar’s Instagram pictures deleted.IBTIMESIn 2014, Siddharth Chopra was engaged to Kanika Mathur and they were to get married in 2015. But the wedding that was to take place in Goa was called off. At the time, Siddharth had posted on Facebook, “Single. Ready to mingle. Go Goa Gone. Wish everyone a very happy 2015.”We hope things turn out well for Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar. To new beginnings!last_img read more

Sprint and OneWeb Say the 8000 Jobs Announced by Trump Are Part

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said telecommunications group Sprint Corp. and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will bring 8,000 jobs to the United States, and the companies said the positions were part of a previously disclosed pledge by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.SoftBank holds stakes in both companies and its chief, billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son, earlier in December said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs.Sprint in January said it had cut 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to cut $2.5 billion in costs. On Wednesday it said it would create 5,000 jobs in areas including sales and customer care by the end of its fiscal year ending in March 2018.Sprint spokesman Dave Tovar said the jobs were part of the pledge made by Son but would be funded by Sprint.SoftBank and OneWeb had announced on Dec. 19 that the Japanese company was leading a $1.2 billion funding round.OneWeb plans to use the funds to build a plant in Florida to produce low-cost satellites, creating almost 3,000 jobs at the company and its suppliers.SoftBank described its $1 billion share of the funding as the first tranche of the $50 billion promised by Son in a meeting with Trump.It is not clear whether the $50 billion SoftBank investment would be part of a $100 billion tech investment fund that the head of SoftBank and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had announced earlier in the year.”I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States, they are taking them from other countries,” Trump told reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.”And also OneWeb, a new company, is going to be hiring 3,000 people. So that’s very exciting,” he added.Shares of Sprint Corp., which is 82 percent owned by SoftBank, were barely changed in after-hours trading.(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Heather Somerville; Writing by Ayesha Rascoe and Peter Henderson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Register Now » December 29, 2016last_img read more