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Natalie Portman Boycottes Israeli Award Cermony

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The Jerusalem born Oscar-winning actress refuses to accept this year’s Genesis award at the ceremony that was meant to take place in Palestine in June, leading to the cancellation of the whole event, altogether. The dual Israeli-American passport carrier expressed her “distress” over the horrific abominations carried out by the Israeli army against the Palestinians through her representatives; “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.” Portman’s representatives added “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony”.

The Genesis prize aka the “Jewish Nobel Prize” awards a $1 million grant every year to those who “inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values.” Portman however, was set to receive $2 million. After the ceremony was cancelled, the foundation stated that it “remains deeply committed to this year’s philanthropic theme of advancing women’s equality” and that it intends to “start announcing our first grants to women’s rights organizations this spring.” adding that it still sees Portman as a “highly accomplished actress, a committed social activist and a wonderful human being.”

That wasn’t the end of it. Israel’s culture minister took to twitter to express her disdain over Portman’s decision “I was sad to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters” wrote Miri Regev “A Jewish actress, who was born in Israel, is joining those who see the story of the success and magic of the establishment of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness,” she added, referring to Portman’s 2015 film A Tale of Love and Darkness, which the actress both directed and starred in.

But what could’ve suddenly changed Portman’s mind after all this time? Could it be that she finally paid attention to the inhumanity & savagery that’s been taking place for decades? The actress didn’t explain at first, which lead to people assuming that she was referring to recent massacres happening along the border with Gaza; at least 30 dead Palestinians were left dead after they were shot by the IDF.

However, Portman later then elaborated “My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu.” The actress added “I am not part of the B.D.S. movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. Israel, was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.”

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After Months of Dispute, Assala and Ahlam Finally Reconciled!

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We have some uplifting news for you! After months of dispute and tension between Assala and Ahlam, both superstars finally made up following the interference of Ahlam’s son Fahed Mubark who tweeted that his mother actually listen to Assala more than he does.

Assala then replied to his tweet expressing her love to Ahlam despite everything that happened between them, she even joked with her and asked her which song she liked the most in the album.

النجمة أصالة وأحلام وتغريدات متبادلة على تويتر

The two superstars then started to exchange tweets, to which Lebanese star Elissa replied and expressed her happiness that they have finally made up, saying that she love the both of them and wishes them good. This isn’t the first time Elissa tries to make things better between them both.

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The story of this dispute first started when Ahlam congratulated Assala for her new song “Bent Akaber,” but when Assala didn’t reply on the post, Ahlam deleted it and the clash ended with her blocking Assala on Twitter.

We’re just glad that after all this time, they both admitted their love to one another and Ahlam even tweeted a reply to her son that she loves Assala more than he does.

We wish them both happiness and for things to remain peaceful between them both.

 

 

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The Phenomenal Women of Saudi Arabia

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Ever since Saudi women have been given the chance to shine, they didn’t fail to impress us with becoming the firsts in fields that were once thought of as male dominated jobs, Saudi women are incredible figures with the power and will to shape their future the way they want it to be.

Meet the following phenomenal women of Saudi Arabia, the leaders and business owners, the ones who inspire us all!

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan

Princess Reema is the first Saudi woman to head a multi-sports federation and the first female ambassador to the US! she is also an astounding entrepreneur who was once the CEO of Al Hama LLC- a luxury retail corporation.

The leading philanthropist and entrepreneur, has been the vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority (GSA) since 2016 up until her appointment as the ambassador. She was also appointed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August 2018, and was the president of the Saudi Federation for community sports in 2017.

Ameerah Al Taweel

Ameerah Al- Taweel is a philanthropist and women’s rights advocate. Ameerah is always visiting different countries to give speeches, educate, help and spread her valid opinions via twitter to more than 1.4 million followers, on matters she feels strongly about.

She is truly a strong representation of the females in the country!

Somayya Jabarti

Jabarti is one of the female pioneers in the Kingdom considering she is the first female editor of the leading newspaper; the Saudi Gazette! She is a bold journalist who constantly speaks her mind, in addition to fighting for women’s rights. She is a fearless reporter, and was the only Saudi journalist on the ground during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

When she was appointed editor in 2014, she said “a crack has been made in the glass ceiling, and I’m hoping it will be made into a door.” Amen to that.

Hanadi Al Hindi

The first Saudi female pilot who was able to actually fly in the Kingdom, after being granted this license by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

Lubna Olayan

She is the CEO of Riyadh-based Olayan Financing company, Lubna Olayan is a force to be reckoned with. She has been running her father’s company and contributed in making the company of the biggest investors in regional stock markets as well as in the Kingdom.

She was also named the #1 Most Powerful Arab Businesswoman by Forbes in 2017.

Lojain Omran

 

The Saudi TV presenter and prominent host who has a remarkable social presence and just yesterday, she announced that she is set to conquer yet another field that we’re sure she’s going to excel in it! The field of cinema and drama.

Basma Elkhereiji

The entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of The Social Group, and has launched her first restaurant, The Social Kitchen, in 2018 and then swiftly launched its follow-up; The Social Bakery, soon after, due to its success. She’s become such a high-profile trailblazer for the Saudi hospitality industry.

Happy International Women’s Day everybody and to all the leading women out-there, may we know you, may we be them, may we raise them!

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Meet DJ Cosmicat: The Kingdom’s First Female DJ Dropping Sick Beats

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Women of Saudi Arabia are capable! Women of Saudi Arabia are impressive! They keep proving it to us day by day, women of Saudi Arabia are fearless and they’re not scared to break stereotypes and dominate new fields, and here is another example!

Meet DJ Cosmicat, the Saudi female DJ spinning the hottest tunes and one of the DJs contributing greatly to the music scene in the Kingdom.

The Jeddah-based artist has successfully made it as one of the most talented acts in the Kingdom’s Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene. She rose to the surface after the region’s largest music festival MDL Beast that was just recently held in Riyadh, now thanks to the festival, she’s now on every favorite list of every EDM enthusiast.

“Things are changing really fast, for the better,” Cosmicat said in a statement released by the organizers. She also said, “It’s great for the locals and for local artists, it gives them such a huge platform to show the world what Saudi is capable of.”

Commenting on the social and entertainment reforms that have been happening in the Kingdom, Cosmicat told Gulf News, “a lot of talented Saudi musicians rose to the surface and are finally got the attention they truly deserve from locals and worldwide.”

Cosmicat is her stage name that is inspired from her love of cosmology and fondness for cats.

Not only is Cosmicat the first female DJ in Saudi Arabia, she’s also excelling as a TV host on MBC1! What’s even more impressive and shocking is that she originally was a dentist to be before she found her true calling in DJing.

Cosmicat is an example of what a determined woman can achieve, she’s a self-taught artist who worked on herself by researching online and now, she’s one of the DJs turning heads in the Kingdom and has been playing gigs for over two years! Even her inspiration is derived from other fellow female DJs like Charlotte de Witte, Peggy Gou and Nina Kravis. 

So, what about you? Would you shift your career to follow your dream and true calling?

 

 

 

 

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