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Transgender Boxer Wins First Professional Fight

A 33-year-old boxer entered the history books Saturday. Pat Manuel is the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. In a unanimous decision, Manuel was declared the winner in a fight against Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar in Indio, California. “I’m a professional boxer now,” Manuel told the Los Angeles Times. Saturday was …

IOC Eases Off Support for Electronic Gaming as Olympic Event 

The International Olympic Committee has slowed its support for recognizing electronic gaming as a sport.    After an Olympic leaders’ meeting on Saturday, the IOC said “discussion about the inclusion of esports/egames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”    Enthusiasm has seemed to dim since the IOC hosted a July conference with esports …

Rome Opera Hires Gatti, Who Lost Job Over #metoo Allegations

Rome’s opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations. Teatro dell’Opera di Roma spokesman Renato Bossa said that the theater signed Gatti this week to a contract running through December 2021 as musical director because, in a country with “rule of …

Drake, Lamar Lead but Women Shine Through in Grammy Nods

Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year’s top prizes in the music industry. Ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello were among the biggest snubs in top …

Comedian Steps Down as Oscars Host After Outcry Over Tweets

Just two days after been named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a distraction. “I sincerely …

Responding to Homophobic Tweets, Kevin Hart Draws More Ire

Kevin Hart’s response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets on Thursday further inflamed a backlash to the comedian two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy Awards.  On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should “stop being negative” after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used gay slurs. In an accompanying …

Political Comedy ‘Vice’ Leads Golden Globe Film Nominations with 6 Nods

Political comedy “Vice” led movie nominations for the Golden Globes on Thursday with six nods, followed by musical “A Star is Born,” historical comedy. “The Favourite” and road trip movie “Green Book” with five nods apiece. Limited FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won the most nominations in the television category with four nods. …

Enter the Bull: Fighters Mix Kung Fu and Bullfighting in China

Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren’s mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never been hurt. Besides, he says, grappling with a snorting bull is exciting. …

Cuba Softens New Law on Artistic Expression 

Cuba is softening the impact of a heavily criticized new law that would have given government inspectors power to shut down any exhibition or performance deemed to violate the country’s socialist revolutionary values, according to the country’s vice minister of culture in an interview with The Associated Press.      The law known as Decree 349, …

Egyptian Actress Questioned Over Revealing Dress at Gala

It’s a dress that has shaken Egypt and the uproar continues — prosecutors on Wednesday questioned actress Rania Youssef for at least four hours on accusations of public obscenity over a revealing dress she wore to a cinema gala last week, her lawyer said. Youssef was allowed to go free after the questioning, pending the …