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      Great teams have great benches. So strong was the musical squad assembled for Kobe Bryant’s send-off at Los Angeles’s Staples Center on Monday, that even Hall of Famer Jennifer Lopez didn’t rate any playing time. All the megastar got was a couple of call-and-response notes in the massed sing-along to Beyoncé’s XO, claimed by that singer to be Bryant’s all-time favorite song. Beyoncé called the tune, not JayLo.


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      vulture.com

      Photo: Spotify


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      mercurynews.com

      Saldate, Nwachukwu, Pereira, Abushi are No. 1 seeds at the California Interscholastic Federation championships


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      billboard

      From his eye-popping visuals to his global streaming strategy, J Balvin has always been the captain of his career. Now, with a new album, label deal and management team, he’s showing there are no limits for Spanish-language artists.


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      indianexpress.com

      These frantic searches have fueled a lucrative business for Indian designer Anita Dongre, who opened a 5,000-square-foot store in SoHo in Manhattan in 2017 to sell a variety of clothing.


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      Benzinga

      San Francisco, CA, Feb. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), which include the de Young and the Legion of Honor Museums, announced today that groundbreaking showrunner/producer/writer Jill Soloway will take the stage at its inaugural On the Edge benefit on Friday, March 27, 2020. They will present to pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, who is being honored alongside Oakland-based, artist and landscape designer Walter Hood (recently awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant), and technologist and designer, John Maeda for their extraordinary achievements and commitment to the arts community. Grammy Award-nominated artist GoldLink will provide entertainment at the On the Edge \ Late Night celebration.


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      variety

      Ken Ehrlich produced his final Grammy telecast Jan. 26 … and, through the sad fluke of Kobe Bryant dying the day of the show, there was a direct segue to the first live broadcast of Ehrlich’s post-Grammys career, when his company was asked to assist with the memorial Feb. 24.


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      The New York Times

      Spoiler alert: Things generally haven’t gone well for women who married King Henry VIII.


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      The New York Times

      TEL AVIV — Who is the ultimate Israeli of 2020, the personification of this country’s soul? Is it the sunburned soldier? The shaggy tech hustler in Tel Aviv? The hilltop fanatic? The correct answer was revealed to me and 9,000 others a few weeks ago in Tel Aviv: the apparition in a glittering crystal minidress rising from beneath the stage on invisible hydraulics to a burst of strobes and smoke and a teenage shriek into my ear: “Nasreeeen!”


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      The New York Times

      In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein explores coping with grief by talking with the Yankees great Reggie Jackson, a Kobe Bryant fan whose teammate died in a plane crash in the 1970s.


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      vice.com

      The Netflix show doesn’t reveal whether love is blind to looks, but it does show how many of us are blind to massive red flags.


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      The Irish Times

      Taylor Swift and I go back a while. I remember the first time I heard her name. I was giving prizes to secondary students on stage in a school hall in Dublin. During a break in proceedings, a teenage girl with a guitar in the audience sang a song called Best Day.


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      The Guardian

      With a voice adored by Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and millions across the Arab world, Umm Kulthum rejected gender norms with her powerful, political music. But can her 90-minute songs work in a new stage musical?


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      timesnownews.com

      International celebs who have worn outfits by desi designers&nbsp


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      businessinsider.in

      “This is an opportunity for fans to remember their hero by owning memorabilia from his remarkable career,” auctioneer Nate Sanders said in a statement, cited by The Hollywood Reporter.


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      harpersbazaar.com

      There is no denying that Blackness influences culture on a global scale, whether it’s through the worlds of beauty, style, and even social media. And in recent years especially, it’s become customary for Black artists — from the realms of fashion, music, and beyond — to take their most intimate and formative life experiences and turn them into socially stimulating art. This common process is how select artists have shaped themselves not just as creators, but also as bona fide international influencers.


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      ibtimes.com

      KEY POINTSMeghan Markle and Prince Harry’s rhetoric against Queen Elizabeth II was despicable and unacceptableMeghan Markle and Prince Harry said the Queen has no jurisdiction of the word “royal” overseasPrince Harry spotted at Edinburgh station looking not so well sans Meghan Markle


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      7news.com.au

      Back in 2007, Steve Jobs had just announced the first iPhone, and John Howard was in his final year as Prime Minister.


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      dailymail.co.uk

      Lewis and Paige dated for over a year after meeting in college, but things are said to have ended on a sour note


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      dailymail.co.uk

      Kanye West remains a man of the people.


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      timesofindia.indiatimes.com

      INDIAN SUIT: Ivanka Trump wore an elegant bandhgala designed by a Mumbai-based designer, teaming it with polki…Read MoreStyle watchers weren’t exactly enthralled the last time Ivanka Trump came to India with a wardrobe that was India inspired but the handiwork of western designers. The only tenuous desi connection was a dress by Bombay-born, London-based designer Saloni Lodha. This time around, she’s pacified everyone who cried cultural appropriation by wearing a sharp sherwani designed by Anita Dongre, who’s become the go-to designer for visiting dignitaries. Dongre’s impressive celebrity client list includes Kate Middleton, Beyonce, and Priyanka Chopra.


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