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The extraordinary life of Hattie McDaniel

BY EDOARDO MESITI @EdoardoMesiti This year marks two milestones for the late actress and radio personality Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952). Firstly, were she still alive, June 10 would have been her 100th birthday. Secondly, it has been 75 years since she became the first African-American to win an Oscar. She earned the prize for her performance as Mammy, a housemaid, in […]

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Top 10 movies for a rainy day

BY AMJAD IBRAHIM (@Charles_Cain77), MATTHEW TRIPLEY (@mt3385) and MICHAEL TAOUK (@miketaouk) It’s a rainy day outside. You’re sick of the weather and bored with your reading material. Why not throw a movie on to kill the time? When it comes to choosing a flick that corresponds with the weather, some come to mind more immediately than others. […]

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Celebs with animal names

BY EDOARDO MESITI @EdoardoMesiti Whether by birth or by choice, these celebs are animals. 1. Jay Z Sean Carter’s stage name is actually a breed of bird. The “jay” is a medium sized bird part of the crow family.   2. Meagan Fox She’s as foxy as her name and yes, her surname is real. 3. […]

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Songs that make you go … huh?

BY EDOARDO MESITI @EdoardoMesiti Do you ever listen to a song and hear random lyrics that make you think … huh? Would you then continue to sing those dodgy words until someone points out what the artist is really singing? Here is a short list. 1. Ariana Grande: “Break Free” What it sounds like: “Fart on your body […]

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WA to close ‘unviable’ communities

BY TAMSIN DOCHERTY Last year the Federal government announced it would stop funding essential services in remote Indigenous communities, transferring responsibility to the states. WA Premier Colin Barnett said his state would have to close between 100 – 150 Indigenous communities as a result of lack of funding. Previously, the Federal government provided two-thirds of WA’s funding […]

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ISIL in Yarmouk, Damascus

BY MICHAEL TAOUK @miketaouk The Islamic state of Iraq and Levant group (ISIL) has taken over the west side of Yarmouk in southern Damascus, an area that harbours large numbers of Palestinian refugees. Director of Political Affairs Anwar Abdel Hadi said in an interview that fighters from ISIL launched an assault this morning on Yarmouk […]

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Joni Mitchell stable after collapse

BY CURREN RAJAN @currenrajan Joni Mitchell is in “good spirits” after she was rushed to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Los Angeles yesterday. The 71-year-old musician was found unconscious at her home in Bel Air. She regained consciousness during the ambulance ride to the hospital. The singer-songwriter’s official website released a statement declaring that […]