November 12, 2013 |
M.I.A. had cautioned them, but her fans hadn't listened. “iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government,” went a claim in her song “The Message.” Released in 2010, the track seemingly foreshadowed Edward Snowden's recent revelations about digital surveillance by the National Security Agency. Yet seconds after the singer-rapper came onstage Monday night to the sound of chopping helicopter blades, her audience at the Belasco Theater had transformed into a sea of glowing smartphones, each capturing a stream of data to be beamed into cyberspace -- and possibly intercepted by Big Brother.
November 6, 2013 |
When M.I.A. flipped the bird during her Super Bowl performance last year alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, there was the typical water cooler outrage, which led the news cycle for a few days before some other pop star grabbed our attention. But the battle between the politically charged Sri Lankan rapper and the NFL raged on as the two have been at odds. Earlier this year news broke that the conflict between M.I.A. and the league had gotten quite messy and now she's finally speaking out about it. The league had been reportedly pursuing a $1.5-million fine and a public apology from M.I.A.
November 4, 2013 |
The Mozambican novelist and poet Mia Couto is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the biennial award that's often referred to as the “American Nobel.” “Mia Couto” is the nom de plume of the writer António Emílio Leite Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955. He published his first novel, "Terra Sonâmbula" (Sleepwalking Land) in 1992. The novel unfolds during Mozambique's 16 year civil war and uses “magic realism to turn its harsh reality into an exceptionally beautiful nightmare,” the New York Times wrote in 2006 , when the novel was published in English by the British house Serpent's Tail. Couto, 58, was the first African author to receive the Latin Union Award of Romance Languages and also won Brazil's prestigious Camões Prize for Literature in 2013.
October 7, 2013 |
Cheap is becoming chic in a different way. British pop star M.I.A.'s upcoming capsule collection for Versus Versace brings street style's current love of twisting designer logos and prints to a high fashion brand. For this 19-piece collection, which hits stores Oct. 16, M.I.A. created prints inspired by bootleg Versace merchandise she found in London markets as a teenager. Gold medallions galore, and versions of famous Versace emblems such as the Medusa head and interlocking Greek key, are blown up and spliced together on T-shirts, printed jeans, silk shirts, jersey dresses and military-inspired outerwear for Versace's lower-price brand with a rotating cast of designers.
October 3, 2013 |
Barbara Sinatra has replied to the bombshell comment by Mia Farrow that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father of Ronan Farrow, heretofore known as Mia's one biological child with Woody Allen. Her take on the situation? "It's just a bunch of junk," Barbara Sinatra told the Desert Sun on Thursday. "There's always junk written - lies that aren't true. " Farrow, in a new interview with Vanity Fair , said she and Frank Sinatra "never really split up" after their two-year marriage, which ended in 1968.
September 20, 2013 |
The politically volatile singer M.I.A. has never shied away from a fight, but now she's taking on a particularly imposing American institution -- the NFL. During her 2012 Super Bowl performance alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, cameras briefly captured M.I.A. raising her middle finger at the cameras. There was a minor hubbub, and you probably forgot about it within days (if not seconds). The NFL, it seems, was less quick to forget. As new documents published in the Hollywood Reporter show, the league has quietly been pursuing a $1.5-million fine and a public apology from M.I.A.