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Kenya lifts ban on Rafiki, making it eligible for Oscars - Dotemirates

Kenya lifts ban on Rafiki, making it eligible for Oscars

A Kenyan judge temporarily lifted a ban on an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian relationship on Friday, making it eligible to be entered for a Foreign Language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering the censor. “Rafiki” - “Friend” in Swahili - premiered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film to be selected by the prestigious festival. Hailed by critics as a “sweet” romance about two young women who live in the same Nairobi housing estate, it was banned at home on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality, which is a criminal offense a colonial-era law. Addressing a packed courtroom in Nairobi,...


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This new 'Game of Thrones' game kept me locked to my phone for hours, and I've yet to survive the winter.

Fan favorites Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Sandor Clegane as they appear in "Reigns: Game of Thrones." "Reigns: Game of Thrones" is a strategy game that lets players rule Westeros from the Iron Throne with one of nine rulers. Much like the show, the ruler's decision making is constantly put to the test, and mismanaging the kingdom could lead to death, or worse. With nearly 30 different endings, the game offers some fun ideas on where the series might be headed in its final season. The final season of "Game of Thrones" isn't due out until next year, so I've...
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A 16 year old just became the new world champion of 'Tetris' — see the remarkable video of the winning game right here

16-year-old Joseph Saelee is the new world champion of "Tetris." There's a new world champion of "Tetris": 16-year-old Joseph Saelee took the crown over the past weekend. Saelee had tears running down his face as he celebrated; he didn't expect to win the tournament. The new "Tetris" world champion unseats long-running champion Jonas Neubauer, who was swept by Saelee. Over 30 years ago, the first version of "Tetris" was created in the Soviet Union. In 2018, the new world champion is just 16 years old — a young man born long after the game was created. His name is Joseph...
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Freddie Mercury's complex relationship with Zanzibar

With the release of a new film about the British rock band Queen, the spotlight has fallen again on the life of its legendary lead singer, Freddie Mercury. His flamboyant stage presence, outlandish costumes, memorable hits, fluid sexuality, and death from an Aids-related illness at just 45 are defining memories of the British rock scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Less well-known - and barely mentioned in the film - is that he was born in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar to a family whose roots lie in India and Persia. Here are five things you should know about Freddie...

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Target is making an ambitious and unprecedented move to steal shoppers from Amazon

Target is trying to become a destination this holiday season. Target announced on Tuesday that it is removing the order minimum requirement for most items sold online during the holiday season. That means most items, regardless of price, will be given free two-day shipping with no membership or minimum purchase required. It's one of the most ambitious moves a traditional nationwide retailer has made to compete with Amazon to capture holiday sales. Target is taking the gloves off to compete with Amazon this holiday. Starting November 1, it's removing the order minimum requirement for most items sold online, the company...
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Wireless Festival artists told not to swear or wear offensive clothes

Wireless Festival has been given permission to remain in London's Finsbury Park, provided performers do not swear or wear "offensive" clothes.Haringey Council granted festival promoter Live Nation a licence after a review called for by campaigners.Friends of Finsbury Park had complained about noise levels, drug taking and anti-social behaviour at the festival.The council's licensing committee decided to amend conditions rather than revoke the licence altogether.Conditions include a "request that performers do not sing or play any vulgar, obscene or banned songs or carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks during the performance" and that performers...
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Amazon is growing a massive, foul-smelling 'corpse flower' at its indoor rainforest — and it just bloomed for the first time ever

Amazon welcomed visitors into its headquarters over the weekend to see a rare corpse flower named Morticia in bloom. The 6-foot-tall plant, which is technically called a "titan arum," sits in the rainforest inside of the Spheres on Amazon's Seattle campus. The Spheres opened earlier this year, and they're intended to serve as a relaxing place for employees. But Amazon let visitors into the dome-shaped buildings over the weekend to witness an event that only happens once every seven years (at least) for the corpse flower. The corpse flower's name comes from the plant's dank smell, reminiscent of rotting flesh....