50 Cent draws in celebrity friends’ star ‘Power’ to his show

Rapper-turned-producer 50 Cent is the executive producer behind ‘Power.’ (Photo supplied)
Updated 10 September 2018

50 Cent draws in celebrity friends’ star ‘Power’ to his show

  • 50 Cent will continue as the show's producer despite his character being killed off
  • The rapper has plans to bring in some of his other celebrity friends into the show

DUBAI: 50 Cent’s character was killed in the latest episode of his hit television show “Power,” airing in the Middle East on Starz Play Arabia, but that does not mean that he will be stepping away.

Before becoming a ratings winner and the flagship show of the network, “Power” attracted viewers through 50 Cent being heavily promoted as its executive producer. The rapper brought a sense of realism to the African-American-led crime drama, a role he will continue to hold.

As a producer, 50 Cent has assisted the show in more ways than one. In a recent episode, he brought in Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar for his acting debut on the show, a performance that garnered positive reviews from fans and critics.

“His response, just the general public’s response to his performance, was more encouraging than me. It was a huge response,” 50 Cent told Arab News.

50 Cent has plans to bring in some of his other celebrity friends as well. After their successful collaboration in the 2018 film “Den of Thieves,” 50 Cent and Gerard Butler have spoken about Butler potentially coming on the program. According to 50 Cent, “Den of Thieves” outperformed expectations because of how well the two of them got along, both on screen and off.

“With ‘Den of Thieves,’ we came in seven million over what they projected and they accounted that to my involvement and the things that we were doing marketing-wise during the promo. Me and Gerard, I think that also opened his interest and having the audience coming out to see him and me,” said 50 Cent.

Power’s audience overlaps strongly with Butler’s, 50 Cent said. “They love Gerard Butler, the same audience watching ‘Power,’ but they love when he’s playing aggressive characters like in ‘300’ or in ‘Law Abiding Citizen.’”

Who would be his dream guest star? 50 Cent did not hesitate to answer.

“Oh, De Niro. I’d bring De Niro. And he’s in New York! He’s always the dream guy to get.”


Dubai handbag brand gets royal approval

Creative director Hanna Ransjo with a HALM bag. (Supplied)
Updated 21 August 2019

Dubai handbag brand gets royal approval

DUBAI: HALM is the Dubai-based handbag brand whose discreet take on design has caught the eye of several of the region’s tastemakers including Queen Rania of Jordan.

Across fashion, there is a “new luxury” that you can see taking momentum, and nowhere is it more obvious than in the women’s go-to item, the handbag. HALM embodies that emerging trend.

With Swedish creative director Hanna Ransjo, who has lived in the Emirates over 25 years, and British project manager Hannah Louise Brewer, who came from womenswear label Temperley London, the company has gone from strength to strength.

The duo have merged the best of three cultures into their two-year-old brand: Scandinavian minimalism, British pragmatism and Dubai’s love for luxury. Theirs is a “Made in the Middle East” label that embodies global fashion’s move towards blending minimalism and maximalism. 

Their signature bag, Chilluxe, works as a perfect day to night accessory, and was given the ultimate seal of approval when Queen Rania carried it at her first official engagement of 2019. On a visit to the Children’s Museum — she stepped out in a checked buttoned top by A.W.A.K.E, paired with an asymmetric navy skirt — her hand firmly clutched a HALM bag.

“We see this bag as ‘relaxed understated luxe,’ elegant yet chilled, designed in such a way as to gently soften with wear, yet maintain its core signature structure,” said Ransjo. Another edition is set to follow in their next collection.  

Brewer added: “It was a very conscious decision to keep branding on the bag to a minimum — we want the customer to know that they will be buying quality and design, not just a name.” HALM is helping to change the notion that “Made in the Middle East” is about maximal design and shows how the region is embracing the new feel of luxury.