Amy Schumer arrives at the world premiere of “I Feel Pretty” at the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Don’t look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She’s sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.The comedian and “I Feel Pretty” actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: “Otherwise how are you not complicit?”Of her plan to steer clear of Super Bowl ads, she said: “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.”Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered her support among more than 8,000 comments left on her post. It was not immediately clear whether she had been approached to appear in an ad during the big game.In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, “Raise One to Right Now,” during Super Bowl 50.“Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to hurt them,” Schumer wrote of her ban. “I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough …”
Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival is presented Dance and Music of Jammu and Kashmir from 5 – 10 November the Meghdoot Theatre – I in the capital. This presentation was initiative by Sangeet Natak Akademi to support the artists of Jammu and Kashmir after the recent floods. After the recent devastation in Jammu and Kashmir caused by the floods, the artists from the region Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’appealed to the Akademi seeking an opportunity to perform. They shared how the flood disrupted their lives and work. Besides losing their loved ones they also lost their costumes, musical instruments and their stage properties.This presentation, with a view to reinstate the spirit of the artists and to connect them again to the mainstream audiences, was an initiative by Sangeet Natak Akademi to support the artists of Jammu and Kashmir after the recent floods. There are four groups with over 50 artists presenting dance, music and theatre of Jammu and Kashmir. These groups presented the regional art folk forms such as Bach Nagma, Aramen Pather, Bakarwal Pather, Dardh Pather, Damali, Assan Pather and Chhakri. The Sangeet Natak Akademi specialises in the performing arts of the country and also renders advice and assistance to the Government of India in the task of formulating and implementing policies and programmes in the field. Additionally, the Akademi carries a part of the responsibilities of the state for fostering cultural contacts between various regions in India, and between India and the world.
Kolkata: Shooting of Bengali soaps came to a standstill in various city studios today in response to a ceasework call by the Artist’s Forum demanding regularisation of their payment. Forum General Secretary and actor Arindam Ganguly said, actors arrived on the call time, put up costumes and make-up required for the shoot but refrained from taking part in the shootings on the floor. “We demand an early solution to the issue of outstanding payments of several serial artistes which had been uncleared for months,” Ganguly said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A serial actress said the ceasework call was given by the Forum in a whatsapp message signed by Arindam Ganguly and actor Prosenjit Chatterjee yesterday night. Chatterjee who visited a studio said he was hopeful of a breakthrough. A spokesman of the producers said talks were on to resolve the issue and they were hopeful of an early breakthrough. Shooting came to a halt in 7-8 studios, located across different areas of south Kolkata, due to the ceasework, the producers said. The Forum, an organisation of actors and actresses, has 2200 members.
Practising Kundalini yoga – which involves meditation, breathing exercises, chanting mantras and adapting certain postures – may help improve the health and psychological wellbeing of children in care homes, a new study has claimed.Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK found that children in care homes have a higher degree of physical and mental health needs than their not-in-care counterparts, and in comparison to children who are in other forms of care, such as foster care. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study was carried out under the belief of ‘creative practice as mutual recovery’, and looked at the idea that shared creativity, collective experience and mutual benefit can promote resilience in mental health and well-being among communities that have been traditionally divided – for example children’s home staff and children.Researchers tested a 20-week Kundalini yoga programme in three children’s homes situated in the East Midlands.The programme was evaluated according to recruitment and retention rates, self-reporting questionnaires from the participants and semi-structured interviews. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study shows that yoga practice in children’s homes, especially when participation is high, has the potential to encourage togetherness and mutuality and improve health and psychological outcomes for children in care, as well as within the workforce.All the participants reported that the study was personally meaningful and experienced both individual – like feeling more relaxed – and social benefits – for example feeling more open and positive. Individuals reported that the yoga sessions helped to show them beneficial exercises that they could use in various contexts, such as before going to bed, or during emotionally challenging times at work as well as at home.The social benefits were also far-reaching with some participants reporting that they felt more positive, open to others and, as a consequence, had seen an improvement in their social lives and out of work.Some staff and residents noticed that other people also interacted more positively with them.“The findings are very exciting as they suggest that the practice of Kundalini yoga, involving both staff and children in care, is a plausible intervention that can lead to individual and social benefits,” said Elvira Perez from University of Nottingham.“This could have potentially huge, wide-reaching benefits for children in care as well as for all the staff working in residential settings,” said Perez.“The study has generated a number of valuable guiding principles and recommendations that might underpin the development of any future intervention for children in care and the staff working in these homes,” Perez added.The study was published in The Journal of Children’s Services.