Arts & Culture

6 Reasons Mansplaining Should Stop

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘mansplain’: (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.   Notice the key word there, woman, that is right. Interestingly enough it happens more often than most think. Perhaps you haven’t actually REALISED that you have been ‘mansplained’ to yourself. I have been one of the lucky few that ...

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Fresh Prince in the house: Will Smith to return to rap with tour

Will Smith, one of the first mainstream rappers who has since become an Oscar-nominated actor, is returning to music with a tour. Smith has announced that his former duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, will reunite for a first-of-a-kind tour. “We never actually had a chance to go out and do a full tour,” Smith told talk show ...

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Mauboy apologises for Cup anthem no-show

Jessica Mauboy has apologised for not singing the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup, but still hasn’t explained her absence. The pop diva took to Twitter late on Wednesday to say she was sorry. “I was really looking forward to it and of all the days for things to go wrong, unfortunately this was the one,” she wrote. “I am ...

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Arabic language classes for adults a gateway to opportunities

For many of us the idea of learning another language as adults is daunting and even deemed impossible. But for a group of adults enrolled in Arabic language classes at the University of Sydney, learning a foreign language is exciting and within reach. Led by enthusiastic Arabic teacher and renowned ethnic Journalist Chadia El Hage, the small dynamic group of ...

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Book Talk: Do You Talk to Strangers?

From a young age, many of us are cautioned against the dangers of talking to strangers. But according to Australian author Kerrie Phipps there are many benefits to talking to people we don’t know. In her second book, ‘Do Talk To Strangers,’ Kerrie explores how success can be inextricably linked to making a solid connection with others. In an interview ...

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Odom, Kardashian call off divorce

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have decided to stay married as the former NBA star continues his recovery a week after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. Kardashian’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed a petition on Wednesday to dismiss the reality star’s divorce filing from December 2013. A clerk granted the request in such a way that the divorce papers can ...

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I visited the Central Perk pop up store when it was in Sydney

To celebrate the launch of Friends becoming available on Internet streaming subscription service Stan, a real-life Central Perk cafe popped up in Sydney’s Hyde Park for two weeks. From Monday October 5 to Sunday October 18, fans of the show had the opportunity to visit the Friends cafe replica and enjoy a free cup of coffee in Central Perk-branded paper ...

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Behind the scenes with Helen Chebatte: Actress and Author

  She is most known for her stellar performances depicting strong female characters in feature films like Cedar Boys and I wish I were Stephanie V,  but Australian actress Helen Chebatte is also a writer, teacher and mother with a whole lot more to offer. Raised in Sydney’s western suburbs after her Syrian parents migrated to Australia from Lebanon in the ...

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The Verdict bombs, The Bachelorette booms

Karl Stefanovic’s new panel show The Verdict may not be around for long after it only just out-rated afternoon soapie The Bold and the Beautiful. The second episode of The Verdict was a lacklustre 24th on OzTAM’s overnight ratings with only 369,000 viewers – just 9000 more than US soapie The Bold And The Beautiful which was 25th. It was ...

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‘Homeland is racist’ jibe sneaked on set

Three graffiti artists hired by producers of hit US television drama Homeland to give its sets more realism have instead caused embarrassment by using their artwork to accuse the show of racism. Artists Heba Amin, Caram Kapp and Stone were asked to mark up the walls of a set depicting a Syrian refugee camp for episodes of the show’s fifth ...

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