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Coming 2 America: ‘The first black fairytale’ revisited

Coming 2 America: ‘The first black fairytale’ revisited

Entertainment
Amazon StudiosThe 2020s should be the decade of success for African women, according to a South African actress starring in the sequel to one of the most successful films ever with a black cast.Nomzamo Mbatha appears alongside Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America, the follow-up to 1988's Coming to America, which made $ 288m (£207m) at the box office.Murphy played the African prince Akeem from the mythical land of Zamunda, who finds an ordinary American bride in New York City. The actor called it "the first black fairytale", adding: "It was also the very first time you had a movie with black people where you had kings and queens."Quantrell D ColbertThe sequel reunites Murphy with many of the original actors, including James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall, as well a new cast that includes Blade's W...
Drop in CO2 levels helped herbivorous dinosaurs migrate from South America to Greenland

Drop in CO2 levels helped herbivorous dinosaurs migrate from South America to Greenland

Science
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Every year, the Arctic tern migrates from pole to pole, flying thousands of miles in a matter of weeks. Species as small as dragonflies and as big as gray whales swim and fly from continent to continent in just a few months. According to a new study, it took the world's largest herbivorous dinosaurs, Brontosaurus and Brachiosaurus, some 15 million years to trek the length of the supercontinent Pangea, from present day South America to what's now Greenland. Advertisement The new research, published Monday in the journal PNAS, suggests climate-related barriers were responsible for the sluggish pace. It was only with the assistance of a 2 million-year-long dip in atmospheric CO2 that the dinosaurs were able to complete their journey, researchers found. Scientists knew Bront...

Consumers are spending more in 2020 than they did in 2019, says Bank of America CEO

Finance
Consumers are spending more via Bank of America accounts this year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, than they did in 2019, according to CEO Brian Moynihan."When you look at what they're spending year-to-date, they've spent more in 2020 than they did in 2019, and that is now across $ 2.7 trillion in money moved by our consumers," Moynihan told CNBC's Wilfred Frost in a Wednesday interview.Moynihan's commentary is the latest indication that, despite a record level of infections and a mounting death toll, many Americans are showing a surprising financial resilience. Earlier in the pandemic, U.S. banks set aside tens of billions of dollars for loan losses, but defaults have yet to materialize. That's in part due to unprecedented federal actions to stabilize markets and inject money ...
‘Life-threatening storm surge’ warning as Hurricane Iota approaches Central America

‘Life-threatening storm surge’ warning as Hurricane Iota approaches Central America

World
Iota has rapidly strengthened into a "dangerous" category 4 hurricane as it heads towards Central America.Forecasters say it could reach category 5 status later today before making landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night with a 12-18ft storm surge. It comes just days after the countries were ransacked by category 4 Hurricane Eta which killed at least 200 people and left dozens more missing. Hurricane #Iota Advisory 12: Iota Has Continued to Strengthen Into a Dangerous Category 4 Hurricaneexpected to Bring Potentially Catastrophic Winds, Life-Threatening Storm Surge, and Extreme Rainfall Impacts To Central America. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 16, 2020 ...

One week in an America riven by politics and the plague

Health
On Nov. 1, as election week dawned, Dr. Juan Fitz lay dying in the same Lubbock, Texas, hospital where he had worked in the emergency room for nearly 20 years.Months before, he had told a professional journal of his fear that he would bring COVID-19 home to his two young children. But the Army veteran persisted: “Like I tell my students and residents, 'I am airborne, I am cavalry, I go into the thick of it and, challenged by the situation, find ways to improve and sort things out.’”Now he was on a ventilator, and his time was ticking away.On that same day, President Donald Trump sprinted across the country, trying to seal the deal on his reelection in the waning moments of the campaign. At his fifth rally of the day, in Opa-locka, Florida, he lamented that when “You turn on the news, it’s ...