‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

Halle Berry at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 24 October 2018

‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Halle Berry is sharing shots from her stay in Morocco with her millions of Instagram followers, including one snap in which she is riding a camel.

Berry is in the North African country to film the third installment in the popular “John Wick” action franchise. She stars opposite Keanu Reeves as another gritty assassin in “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” which is set to be released next spring.

The plot follows hit man John Wick as he fights his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his head makes him a target.

The 52-year-old has posted a string of photos of her time in the country, including a snap of a souk — which she captioned “Khamssas in the Souk” — and one in which she poses with a cat while wearing a striped, traditional-looking dress that Vogue Arabia reported is from Spanish high-street retailer Zara.

“One with the locals,” Berry captioned the shot with her furry feline friend.

Proving she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to animals, Berry posted a photo in which she sits atop a camel, captioning it: “I’m free here, I’m me here.”


I’m free here, I’m me here.

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According to Vogue Arabia, quoting a local radio station, Berry is thought to be staying in the coastal city of Essaouira.

The upcoming film joins a long line of Hollywood flicks that have been filmed in the country, including classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” as well as modern-day favorites “Inception” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Morocco has also become a playground for the world’s rich and famous, with plenty of international celebrities flocking to its history-steeped cities for high-end holidays.

Madonna recently created quite a stir when she chose to celebrate her 60th birthday in Marrakech in August.

The pop superstar donned the attire of a “Berber Queen,” according to her caption, in the city on her birthday, wearing a fuchsia chiffon long-sleeved gown by Gucci with Berber jewelry and a headpiece by Marianna Harutunian.

She then posted pictures and videos on her Instagram of a fun photo shoot with British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech.”


R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards

Updated 16 January 2019

R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards

  • Alicia Keys will replace James Corden, British-late night comedian, who hosted two years in a row
  • Numerous female performers are contending for the awards this year

LOS ANGELES: American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys will host the Grammy Awards next month, she announced Tuesday, one year after the gala came under fire over diversity concerns.
Keys -- herself a 15-time Grammy winner -- will be the emcee for music's biggest night, which this year features a diverse slate of women and hip hop artists as leading contenders.
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you've put in and to be recognized for it," Keys said in a video posted on social media.
"I feel like it's the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back and lift people up -- especially all the young women that are nominated," she added.
"To me, it feels like sister vibes."
Keys replaces James Corden, the British-late night comedian who has hosted the awards the past two years.
Since releasing her blockbuster album "Songs in A Minor" in 2001, classically trained pianist Keys has sold more than 30 million records and become a successful film, television and Broadway producer.
Her appointment as Grammy host comes after the Recording Academy -- which organizes the event -- faced backlash that the show is consistently too male and too white.
Academy head Neil Portnow said in May he would step aside when his contract expires later this year, after he triggered outrage after saying women artists should "step up."
"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show," Portnow said in a statement.
Rap superstar Kendrick Lamar is leading the Grammy pack with eight nominations, propelled mostly by his work on the "Black Panther" soundtrack.
Women performers also boast a heavy presence in top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago.
Rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbed key nominations for the show, which will take place on February 10 in Los Angeles.