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Natalie Portman Boycottes Israeli Award Cermony



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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The Phenomenal Women of Saudi Arabia




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




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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Meet Sawsan Al Bahiti: The Kingdom’s First Opera Singer




Meet Sawsan Al Bahiti: The Kingdom's First Opera Singer

This March, we’re shedding the light on the remarkable women of Saudi Arabia who are the firsts in something or doing something out of the norm. Their achievements are considered for their tremendous efforts and the pride they fill us with.

Let us introduce to one of Saudi Arabia’s women, Sawsan Al Bahiti, the one and only, the first Opera singer!

Sawsan Al Bahiti, the Kingdom’s fist Opera singer has put the cultural development in Saudi Arabia in the spotlight with a remarkable national debut performance, that she gave alongside Teatro Alla Scala Academy orchestra.

Her soulful and outstanding performance had the audience of around 3,000 people on their feet, amazed with her soaring rendition of the national anthem in Riyadh.

Al Bahiti sings with such confidence, given that she has been performing for over 10 years now. Her journey in the opera stated during her studies at American University of Sharjah when she first started taking singing classes.


It was the conductor of the choir who had an eye for her talent and was quite impressed with her singing, he told that she can potentially be a soloist.

She spent months training before being able to give her first performance at a university concert and with that, kicking start her journey.

Al Bahiti is now a certified voice coach. She has put her knowledge to good use by coaching students at her own studio in Jeddah, the Soulful Voice.

She has been able to take many great parts in the opera, with her ability to perform in French, Italian, German and English, her repertoire includes Habenera from Carmen, and All I Ask from You from the Phantom of the Opera musical.



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