Lebanese dance group Mayyas stun ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ audience 

Mayyas won 2019’s “Arab’s Got Talent.” (YouTube)
Updated 17 September 2019

Lebanese dance group Mayyas stun ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ audience 

The winners of 2019’s “Arab’s Got Talent” competition once again wowed TV audiences at “Britain’s Got Talent” with their superb synchronized moves during the third round of auditions this week.

The Lebanese dancers are a group of 31 all-female performers aged 13 to 25.

“The fact that we are female is something big, especially that we come from the Middle East,” one of the group members said in a pre-recorded back stage interview that was aired as the troupe took their place on stage. “It was very cool to see people from our country appreciate dance.”

The dance crew performed to the classic Arabic song “Enta Omry” by the renowned Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

“We are super excited to be here. It’s such a huge honor for us to be able to perform in the UK,” one of the group members added in the video.

The group’s show-stopping dance earned them a lengthy standing ovation from the judges.

“It was absolutely magical… I can totally see why you won ‘Arab’s Got Talent’,” judge and actor David Walliams told the group.

“You are a fantastic representation of ‘Arab’s Got Talent’,” judge Amanda Holden added. 


US celebrities Janelle Monae, Seth Rogen and more donating to Minneapolis protesters’ bail

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US celebrities Janelle Monae, Seth Rogen and more donating to Minneapolis protesters’ bail

DUBAI: US stars Seth Rogen, Steve Carell and Janelle Monae are among the high-profile celebrities donating money to help Minneapolis demonstrators who have been arrested make bail.

This week, protests erupted across the United States after a video, circulated online, showed a Minneapolis police officer  kneeling on an African American man’s neck and ignoring his pleas of “please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.” 

The man, George Floyd died on Monday, while pleading for air as the officer kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes.

People have been posting screenshots across Twitter and Instagram  showing donations made to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization which pays bail for low-income citizens who can’t afford it.

Writer Lincoln Michel recently started a chain on Twitter asking people to match his donation to the organization where it eventually gained the attention of high profile celebrities, including Steve Carell, Seth Rogan, Ben Schwartz and many others who are donating in response to Michel’s Tweet. 

Musicians like Kali Uchis, Noname, Kehlani and Unknown Mortal Orchestra also posted screenshots of their donations to the freedom fund, too.

Floyd's death and subsequent demonstrations sparked a considerable amount of debate and outrage online, with celebrities like half-Palestinian models Bella and Gigi Hadid, part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik and musician Beyonce demanding justice for Floyd online.