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OWN drama ‘David Makes Man’ to land on HBO Max July 16

OWN drama ‘David Makes Man’ to land on HBO Max July 16

Entertainment
June 29 (UPI) -- HBO Max announced Season 1 of David Makes Man, a drama series from Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, will be available to stream starting July 16. The streaming service said it has obtained exclusive streaming rights for the drama series, which earned a Peabody Award after it premiered on cable network OWN in 2019. Advertisement The Florida-set series was inspired by events from the life of McCraney, who won an Academy Award in 2017 for his screenplay for the film Moonlight. The show stars Akili McDowell as David, a 14-year-old prodigy seeking to help his mother find a way out of poverty while also dealing with the fallout from the death of his closest friend. The series also stars Alana Arenas, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Travis Coles, Cayden K. Williams, Na...
Bob Dylan’s 39th album Rough And Rowdy Ways makes UK chart history

Bob Dylan’s 39th album Rough And Rowdy Ways makes UK chart history

Entertainment
Bob Dylan has become the oldest artist to reach number one in the UK charts with an album of new material.The singer-songwriter's 39th album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, made its debut at the top with 34,000 chart sales, including 29,000 purchased on CD.At the age of 79, Dylan surpasses Paul Simon, who was 74 when his album Stranger To Stranger went to number one in 2016.The oldest artist overall to reach the summit was the late Dame Vera Lynn.The Forces' Sweetheart was 92 when she hit the top spot in 2009 with her greatest hits collection We'll Meet Again. Her centenary album 100 has now re-entered the top 20 following her death last week. UK albums chart - 26 June 2020Rough And Rowdy Ways is Dylan's first batch of new ...
TikTok makes moves into education market

TikTok makes moves into education market

Technology
Social media giant TikTok has announced plans to commission hundreds of experts and institutions to produce educational content for the platform.Universities and charities are among those who will be paid to create bespoke content for the social media giant.The new focus could appeal to the trend for micro-learning, said one expert.TikTok has been downloaded more than two billion times on iOS and Android since it was launched globally in 2017. It allows users to make videos up to 15 seconds long, with music in the background.With its success built on user-generated entertainment videos, the move to incorporate professionally produced learning content marks a significant shift, as the company attempts to diversify its content.At l...
Reni Eddo-Lodge: Author makes book chart history

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Author makes book chart history

Entertainment
Reni Eddo-Lodge has become the first black British author to top UK's best-seller list since the official book chart was launched in 1998.Last week, Eddo-Lodge's book Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race topped the paperback non-fiction chart, following protests about racism.The 2017 work has now become the best-selling title in the UK overall, according to Nielsen BookScan.The author said it felt "absolutely wild to have broken this record"."My work stands on the shoulders of so many Black British literary giants," Eddo-Lodge wrote on Twitter. "Bernadine Evaristo, Benjamin Zephaniah, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Stella Dadzie, Stuart Hall, Linton K Johnson, Jackie Kay, Gary Younge - to name a few."Fellow author Nike...
Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Europe's Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe makes its first close pass of the Sun on Monday, tracking by at a distance of just over 77 million km.SolO was launched in February and is on a mission to understand what drives our star's dynamic behaviour.The close pass, known as a perihelion, puts the probe between the orbits of Venus and Mercury.In the coming years, SolO will go nearer still, closing to within 43 million km of the Sun on occasions.As it stands today, only five other missions have dived deeper into the inner Solar System: Mariner 10, Helios 1 & 2, Messenger, and Parker Solar Probe.Earth orbits 149 million km (93 million miles) on average from the Sun.SolO is a European Space Agency (Esa) cr...