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Can K-pop bridge the divide between the two Koreas? South Korea’s unification minister thinks so

Can K-pop bridge the divide between the two Koreas? South Korea’s unification minister thinks so

“Especially emphasising hostility in inter-Korean relations is seen as serving the purpose of deflecting internal discontent arising from economic hardship and food shortages in North Korea outwards,” said Mr Kim, an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in North Korea. “Furthermore, emphasising this hostility is also for the purpose of justifying North Korea’s distortion of resources to develop nuclear weapons and missiles.” He noted that within Pyongyang, there seems to be discord after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced in January that he is abandoning reunification, which had been the goal of Kim Il Sung – his grandfather and the founder of North Korea – and his father Kim Jong Il. “The North Korean regime is moving to erase the legacies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The Kim Jong Un regime is a hereditary dictatorship, standing on the achievements of the previous leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,” said Minister Kim.  “However, if they decide to dismantle the three great principles of national reunification and simply treat them as …

Take Crossword Puzzles Seriously – The Atlantic

Take Crossword Puzzles Seriously – The Atlantic

This past December, I threw a party to celebrate a major milestone in my life: the 1,000th day of my New York Times crossword-solving streak. My friends, none of them fellow cruciverbalists, poured in wearing their black-and-white best, armed with outsize praise for my presumed intelligence: How smart I must be to complete the Times puzzle every day! Their comments affirmed that the crossword—and particularly the Times one—carries a certain mystique. For 1,000 consecutive days, I had passed this bourgeois aptitude test, proving my linguistic and cultural acumen in my guests’ eyes. Since its invention in 1913, the modern American crossword puzzle has undergone something of a reputational shift, from frivolous distraction to status symbol. In reality, the crossword is many things: a site of play, a cultural forum, a daily pleasure. And, because it traffics in language—the stuff people use to form identity, signal belonging, and ostracize others—it’s also a political entity. The writer and crossword constructor Anna Shechtman knows that casting such a pastime as political might sound ridiculous. As she writes in …

Take Crossword Puzzles Seriously – The Atlantic

Take Crossword Puzzles Seriously – The Atlantic

This past December, I threw a party to celebrate a major milestone in my life: the 1,000th day of my New York Times crossword-solving streak. My friends, none of them fellow cruciverbalists, poured in wearing their black-and-white best, armed with outsize praise for my presumed intelligence: How smart I must be to complete the Times puzzle every day! Their comments affirmed that the crossword—and particularly the Times one—carries a certain mystique. For 1,000 consecutive days, I had passed this bourgeois aptitude test, proving my linguistic and cultural acumen in my guests’ eyes. Since its invention in 1913, the modern American crossword puzzle has undergone something of a reputational shift, from frivolous distraction to status symbol. In reality, the crossword is many things: a site of play, a cultural forum, a daily pleasure. And, because it traffics in language—the stuff people use to form identity, signal belonging, and ostracize others—it’s also a political entity. The writer and crossword constructor Anna Shechtman knows that casting such a pastime as political might sound ridiculous. As she writes in …

Guide to Sneaker Con SEA 2024 in Singapore: Hiroshi Fujiwara, limited edition sneakers, activities and more

Guide to Sneaker Con SEA 2024 in Singapore: Hiroshi Fujiwara, limited edition sneakers, activities and more

An artisan in sneaker customisation, Singapore’s very own Mark Ong will also be showcasing his exclusive Kintsugi Air Jordan 1 Highs. Inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi – the traditional process of repairing ceramics using lacquer and gold, these shoes are given a new life using Hermes scarves and vintage bandanas. There are only 22 pairs of these limited-edition sneakers available, each numbered and personalised with the buyer’s initials. But that’s not all. Ten pairs will come boxed in luxurious trunks bearing SBTG’s bandana prints while the remaining 12 will be housed in Louis Vuitton Speedy bags. And in support of the local arts scene, RWS and Mr Sabotage will be auctioning off two pairs during the event, with all proceeds going to Temasek Polytechnic, where Ong studied. 2. ZOOM IN ON COLLABS, LIMITED EDITIONS AND EXCLUSIVE DROPS Thinking to add to your growing sneaker and streetwear collection? With over 200 international and local brands and collaborations, there’s no better time to browse and shop the latest kicks, limited editions and exclusive drops from …

Here are the winners of Vasantham’s Pradhana Vizha 2024

Here are the winners of Vasantham’s Pradhana Vizha 2024

Guest of Honour Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance, and Second Minister for National Development presented the esteemed Lifetime Achievement award to the legendary L Vijayandran. A virtuoso in both song and dance, he built a legacy with his profound contributions to the industry and continues to pave the way for aspiring performers. “Pradhana Vizha continues to be the definitive award ceremony for Singapore’s Indian entertainment, and we are extremely proud to be able to celebrate the brilliance of all the talents and content today,” said Angeline Poh, Chief Customer & Corporate Development Officer at Mediacorp. The night closed to the upbeat tune of Velicham Paravum Ulangengum, a track composed by Shabir Music Asia, and performed by talented homegrown musical maestros Suthasini, Vishnu Balaji, Subashini, and Vasantham Star 2023 winner Navein Gunasekaran. Relive the best moments of Pradhana Vizha 2024 on-demand on mewatch. Visit mediacorp.sg/pradhanavizha for more information. Source link

Seth Meyers is in his comfort era as ‘Late Night’ turns 10

Seth Meyers is in his comfort era as ‘Late Night’ turns 10

Time flies when you’re hosting a late-night show four times a week. But Seth Meyers admits it took a while to feel comfortable as host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, which is marking its 10th anniversary. “It’s a journey everyone takes when you get a show like this,” he said recently in an interview over Zoom. It took about six months to establish “a baseline of confidence.” Over time, he also decided to skip the late-night tradition of standing for an opening monologue in favour of sitting at his desk the whole show. “Once people stopped seeing my legs, we turned a corner,” he jokes. He also wears more casual clothing instead of suits. In the last decade, Meyers has launched signature segments, including A Closer Look, the in-depth comedic take on current events. He also embarks on day-drinking excursions with celebrities like Rihanna and Dua Lipa and gives his writers the opportunity to explain a joke they wrote that didn’t land. “It’s fun to talk about jokes that go badly because, any writer …

Rod Stewart shows no signs of slowing down, with a new swing album with Jools Holland

Rod Stewart shows no signs of slowing down, with a new swing album with Jools Holland

They make you tap your feet. They make you smile. Both of us (Holland) were brought up on this music. I did The Great American Songbook, so for me this was a natural progression. And one thing I said to Jools was, I’m not going to do any slow songs, I want all upbeat, happy (claps his hands) which we need in these grim times that we live in. WHAT WAS IT LIKE DOING THIS RECORD? I love the whole process of doing live shows. I love recording. I loved when we put this album together. It was such a joy. We didn’t have any arguments or fights or anything like that. It was pure pleasure and I think that comes across when you listen to it. The whole thing was recorded live in Jools’ studio, which is not a big studio. We had 18 people crammed in there, so all the solos were played live. WAS IT FREEING TO PERFORM SONGS FROM AN ERA WHERE SONGWRITERS WERE A SEPARATE ENTITY? I’ve always found songwriting …

Shinsadong Tiger, prominent K-pop composer who created T-ARA, EXID, Momoland’s hits, found dead

Shinsadong Tiger, prominent K-pop composer who created T-ARA, EXID, Momoland’s hits, found dead

Lee Ho-yang, a prominent K-pop composer and producer better known by his professional name of “Shinsadong Tiger,” was found dead on Friday (Feb 23), South Korean police said. The Seoul Metropolitan Police said Lee, 40, was discovered dead at his Seoul studio. Police gave no further details and there was no word on the cause of death. Local media reported that one of Lee’s acquaintances found him collapsed on the floor at the studio and called local emergency services. Lee created a slew of hit K-pop songs such as T-ARA’s Roly Poly, Apink’s NoNoNo, EXID’s Up&Down and Momoland’s Bboom Bboom. In 2011, he also established AB Entertainment, which later debuted the girl group EXID. Source link

What If Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate?

What If Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate?

A lot of the language we use to describe the crucial phases of friendship is borrowed from romantic relationships: friend “crush,” for example, or friend “break up.” A friend can stick around longer than a spouse and be the key to your daily sanity, and still lack a satisfying title. “Best friend”? “Buddy”? “BFF”? All of those fail to convey the weightiness such a relationship deserves. And what if you do “break up” with a best friend? Where do you put your grief? What are the rituals of mourning? In her new book, The Other Significant Others, Rhaina Cohen imagines how life would be different if we centered it on friends. She explains the extremes of friendship—situations in which pairs describe each other as “soulmates” and make major life decisions in tandem. We talk with Cohen about the lost history of friendship and why she cringes when couples at the altar describe each other as their “best friend.” Listen to the conversation here: Subscribe here: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube | Google Podcasts | …