Month: September 2021

Seljuk-era TV series reveals orphaned Turkish history

The devoted audience of Turkish historical drama series in Malaysia would have known “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” (“The Resurrection: Ertuğrul”), “Kuruluş: Osman” (“The Ottoman”), “Fetih 1453” (“The Conquest 1453”), or “Payitaht: Abdülhamid” (“The Capital: Abdülhamid”), all of which revolve around Ottoman history. Recently, a new historical drama series has premiered on state-run broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT). It is a series by Akli Film Production entitled “Uyanış: Büyük Selçuklu” (“The Great Seljuks: Guardians of Justice”), which tells the story of the rise of the Seljuk Empire in the Abbasid era.

I took an opportunity to watch this series during

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Beyonce, Jay-Z Partner With Tiffany’s for Scholarship Fund

Be good indeed. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, coming off the heels of their About Love campaign with Tiffany & Co., announced on Thursday (Sept. 9) that their charities BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation have partnered with the luxury jewelry brand to launch the About Love Scholarship program.

Together, they have pledged $2 million in scholarship funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universitites — also known as HBCUs — to help students who are pursuing studies in history, communications, or the arts. The scholarship will be award to five colleges that are both private and public. The selected schools are

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New monuments app aims to tell ‘full history of Richmond’

RICHMOND, Va. — Just days after the statue of Robert E. Lee was taken down from Monument Avenue, Richmond Public School launched a new augmented reality historic walking tour that aims to showcase untold stories of Black resilience in Richmond.

The “Monumental Conversations” app was a collaboration between RPS, various Richmond museums, local community members, and RPS students, who helped design the app. Although the launch event was scheduled prior to the date of the statue removal, officials said the timing was important to highlight the ongoing conversation about under-told stories of Richmond’s past.

“It’s about telling the full history

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Minnesota man killed on 9/11 honored with scholarship

Tom Burnett Jr. died fighting the hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93, and his family is honoring his legacy 20 years after the attack.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The family of a man born in Bloomington is honoring his life and remembering his death 20 years after he died on September 11, 2001. 

Thomas E. Burnett Jr. was on United Airlines Flight 93 when it was hijacked and eventually crashed into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

A sculpture honoring Burnett was dedicated on the first anniversary of 9/11, and is located inside the Nordstrom Court on Level

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The Polynesian ‘Prince’ Who Took 18th-Century England by Storm | History

Joshua Reynolds, Portrait of Omai, circa 1776
Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

In the painting, we see a handsome, barefoot young man from the South Pacific, garbed in a flowing robe and standing before a tropical arcadian landscape. Seemingly in his early 20s, he is strapping but fine-boned, his copper skin seemingly illuminated from within. His head is wrapped in a white turban. His hands are ornately tattooed, and he has a confident, regal bearing. He appears to be a member of the South Seas aristocracy, a man of distinction, affluence, and taste, gesturing grandly as he addresses a

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The Books Briefing: Sally Rooney, Stacey Abrams, Barbara Kingsolver

Sally Rooney’s novels have long been criticized as insufficiently political, but reconciling ideology and storytelling has always been a thorny issue for writers.

Erik Voake / Getty; Bettmann / Getty; The Atlantic

In Sally Rooney’s novels, idealistic college students espouse Marxism despite never having read any of the ideology’s foundational texts; they advocate for radicalism while keeping up their grades and wrestling with deeply traditional romantic desires. They are startlingly realistic—but their role as political actors is much fuzzier. Indeed Rooney has long been criticized as insufficiently political. Mentions of leftist politics suffuse her works (Conversations With Friends

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World wary of Taliban government as Afghans urge action on rights and economy

  • New Taliban government gets to work on Wednesday
  • Afghans urge leaders to address economic crisis, rights
  • Women protest again in Kabul after big rally on Tuesday

Sept 8 (Reuters) – Foreign countries greeted the makeup of the new government in Afghanistan with caution and dismay on Wednesday after the Taliban appointed hardline veteran figures to an all-male cabinet, including several with a U.S. bounty on their heads.

As the newly appointed ministers and their deputies set to work after they were named late on Tuesday, acting Premier Mohammad Hasan Akhund urged former officials who fled Afghanistan to return, saying their

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