What We Are Reading Today: Canyon Dreams by Michael Powell

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Updated 06 January 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Canyon Dreams by Michael Powell

Michael Powell, a New York Times sports columnist, spent months in northern Arizona in the US to follow the season of a high school basketball team from the Navajo reservation, where the game is a way of life.

The author “chronicles the lives of young native Americans men who play basketball under the coaching of an intense, perfectionist coach while reconciling their lives within the clans and communities they live in on the Navajo reservations. On that level, the book truly succeeds,” said a review in goodreads.com.

It said that Canyon Dreams “is, on its face, about the championship dreams of a high school basketball team from Chinle, Arizona, a school that is the largest high school on the Navajo Nation reservation that spans several states in the area.”

It said that the book details Powell’s “season-long immersion in the team, town, and culture, in which there were exhilarating wins, crushing losses, and conversations on long bus rides across the desert about dreams of leaving home and the fear of the same.”


Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to perform concert on TikTok

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Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to perform concert on TikTok

DUBAI: Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram announced on Monday that she will be hosting a live virtual concert on the viral social media app TikTok.

The “magical show”, which is set to take place on Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. (Saudi time), is to celebrate the star joining the application.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Last week, the “Ma Tegi Hena” singer teased a short creative video on Instagram with her daughters, Mila and Ella, who were seen nagging their mother, in the video shot at home, to create a TikTok account.

This is not the star’s first online concert. In May, during Eid Al-Fitr holiday, the music sensation streamed a widely-viewed virtual show on YouTube, shot on a building rooftop in Beirut.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Ajram recently released a new documentary entitled “The Full Story,” on Arabic streaming service Shahid VIP, that revisits the burglary that took place at the singer’s Beirut residence earlier in the year.

Back in January, Ajram’s husband, celebrity dentist Fadi El-Hachem, reportedly shot and killed an armed assailant who broke into the superstar’s property in the early hours of the morning while their three young children were sleeping.

The documentary features real-life footage from the night of the home invasion.