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Actress Nichelle Nichols, ‘Star Trek’ pioneer Uhura, dies at 89
Nichelle Nichols, whose portrayal of spacecraft communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the 1960s science fiction television series “Star Trek” and subsequent films broke down color barriers and helped redefine the roles of black actors, died at 89, his family said. Nichols, whose fans included Martin Luther King Jr. and a young Barack Obama, “succumbed of natural causes and passed away” Saturday night, his son, Kyle Johnson, wrote on Facebook.
Box Office: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Debuts at No. 1 with $23 Million
“DC League of Super-Pets,” an animated adventure about the four-legged friends of superheroes, opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from 4,313 theaters. Although the Warner Bros. sold enough tickets to dethrone Jordan Peele’s “Nope” on the North American charts, it’s a lackluster start considering the film’s $90 million price tag. Sure, the Legion of Super-Pets isn’t as recognizable as Superman or Aquaman, but “DC League of Super-Pets” might have resonated a little more with audiences given its affiliation with DC Comics and its his high-powered voice in Dwayne. Johnson and Kevin Hart.
K-pop’s BTS may still be able to perform while doing military service – minister
K-pop boy group BTS may still be able to perform overseas while serving in the military, South Korea’s defense minister said on Monday, as the country debates reducing the compulsory military service for K-pop stars at three weeks compared to around two years. The question becomes increasingly clear with the oldest member of the group, Jin, who turns 30 next year. Under a 2019 law review, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to defer service for up to 30 years.
At 75, the Edinburgh Festival more determined than ever to heal divisions
Self-proclaimed working-class playwright Kieton Saunders-Browne used to think the Edinburgh Fringe wasn’t for people like him – until a fund set up to attract a more diverse cast of performers to the largest art festival in the world steps in to help. The 24-year-old Londoner, of Irish and Caribbean descent, is using a Generate Fund grant to direct his play ‘Block’d Off’, which runs at the city’s Pleasance Theater from August 3 and breaks the cycle of deprivation which is at the center of the work.
Inspired by ABBA, digital popstar Polar aims for real-world debut
After headlining a festival in the metaverse, virtual singer and influencer Polar has ambitions to perform in the real world – taking inspiration from avatar gigs pioneered by Swedish pop giants ABBA, said the digital team behind it. The creation of media company TheSoul Publishing, Polar currently only exists in virtual world environments and on social media.
(With agency contributions.)