Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wear a White Rose @ Grammys













Image credit: http://ew.com/awards/2018/01/28/white-roses-grammys/ 

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on January 28, 2018 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA also saw stars turning up to send another powerful message to the world – with one very special accessory. 

After the success of the black dress initiative at this year’s Golden Globes, the music awards show followed suit to show support for the Time’s Up movement by inviting attendees to wear white roses at this year’s award ceremony. 

[Note: Time’s Up is an initiative created by more than 300 female Hollywood actors, executives, writers and directors to “counter systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business”. The campaign has also started a legal defence fund to provide assistance to women in other industries]. 

Rita Ora was among the stars showing solidarity on the red carpet – she sported a larger rose on the lapel of her black dress. Camila Cabello made her support known with a bunch of small white roses on a ring on her finger. Kelly Clarkson carried a stemmed rose and Lady Gaga pinned hers to her shoulder. 

Voices in Entertainment, a group formed by Meg Harkins, SVP of Marketing at Roc Nation and Karen Rait, Rhythmic Promotion, Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records and made up of 15 women in the industry – initiated this action. 

The two women penned an open letter to music stars before the event. 

"We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance", they wrote. "The world is listening. Wear a white rose". 

The momentum keeps going!













On Wednesday, Liverpool marked their first Champions League knockout game for nine years when they routed Porto 5-0 in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie. 

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute when home goalkeeper Jose Sa failed to hold his placed strike. Mohamed Salah followed this up for Liverpool’s second when he steered the ball home in the twenty-ninth minute – his 30th of an incredible debut season at the club. 

Even with the two goals in their pockets, they did not slow down. They were hungry for more. 

A quick Liverpool counter-attack ended with Sa spilling Roberto Firmino's shot into Mane's path and the latter hit home in the fifty-third minute – before the former scored from James Milner's cross in the sixty-ninth minute. 

And finally, Mane got his third with a driven strike in the eighty-fifth minute to become the first Liverpool player to score a hattrick away from home in Europe since Michael Owen in 2002, and the second ever. 

This was the game that illustrated Liverpool's unstoppable forward line. 

The Reds will expect to complete the job when they host Porto in the return leg at Anfield on Tuesday, March 06.

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