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Discovery of Egyptian dignitary’s 4,000-year-old colorful tomb stuns archaeologists

Discovery of Egyptian dignitary’s 4,000-year-old colorful tomb stuns archaeologists

Egyptian officials announced a stunning discovery over the weekend: a 4,000-year-old tomb of a dignitary bedazzled in colorful paintings and inscriptions.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities unveiled Saturday the ancient resting place of the senior official named “Khuwy,” noting that he served during the reign of King Djedkare, a pharaoh who ruled Egypt during the Fifth Dynasty — from the late 25th century to early 24th century BC. The next day, the Egyptian government released footage that showcased what it called “exceptionally painted” limestone walls.

“The remarkable well-preserved colours on the inscriptions are considered royal colours,” the ministry said in an original video posted online.

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Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enani confirmed to the Egypt Independent that the ancient gravesite in Saqqara, which has a tunneled entrance resembling that of a royal pyramid, was uncovered last month while a team examined Djedkare’s vast collection of pyramids. A team of 52 foreign ambassadors, cultural attachés and popular Egyptian actress Yousra toured the site over the weekend.

Hieroglyphs found in the tomb indicate that Khuwy was a senior administrator who held a high rank in the court of pharaoh Djedkare Isesi.

Hieroglyphs found in the tomb indicate that Khuwy was a senior administrator who held a high rank in the court of pharaoh Djedkare Isesi.
(Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

“The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offerings table,” Mohamed Megahed, who led a team of archaeologists in digging up the tomb, told the Egyptian newspaper.

Every inch of the tomb is covered in markings, which archaeologists are carefully studying. So far, the inscriptions have raised questions about Khuwy’s impact on the ancient community as well as his specific relationship with the pharaoh — whose elaborate tomb sits just “a stone’s throw away,” per the ministry.

Since the tomb’s discovery in March, researchers have floated several possibilities that could explain Khuwy’s highly decorated tomb.

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A view inside the newly-dicovered tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman

A view inside the newly-dicovered tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman “Khuwy” dating back to the Fifth Dynasty.
(MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Some suggested Khuwy was a close relative of Djedkare, while others said it may have been used to make a political point.

“Others believe this unique design was part of the pharaoh’s reforms of state administration and funeral cults,” the ministry explained in a video.

Khuwy’s mummified remains were found “fragmented into several pieces” but researchers will still be able to use the bones to further examine the makeup of the Egyptian official, which will hopefully uncover secrets related to his role during that time period.

Mohamed Mujahid , head of the Egyptian mission which discovered the tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman

Mohamed Mujahid , head of the Egyptian mission which discovered the tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman “Khewi” dating back to the 5th dynasty.
(MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

In December 2018, archaeologists in Egypt uncovered another impressive gravesite in the Saqqara pyramid that belonged to a high priest more than 4,000 years ago.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, called the burial “one of a kind in the last decades.”

“The color is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old,” Waziri said in a statement at the time.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.

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Katy Perry apologizes for blackface shoe controversy and removes designs

Katy Perry apologizes for blackface shoe controversy and removes designs

Katy Perry and her brand-management company have officially removed her controversial ‘face’ shoes from her collection after the singer came under fire for their resemblance to blackface. 

Previously retailing for $129 per pair at Dillard’s and Walmart, as well as on the Katy Perry Collections website, the ‘Rue Face Slip On Loafers’ and ‘Ora Face Block Heel Sandal’ featured two eyes, a gold nose, and red lips. The slides came in black or beige while the sandals were available in either black or gold. 

Following fierce social media backlash over the design, Katy, 34, and Global Brands Group released a statement to DailyMail.com explaining that the two shoe styles were part of a larger collection and were never intended to ‘inflict any pain.’  

Courting controversy: Katy Perry has officially removed her controversial shoes from her collection after coming under fire for their resemblance to blackface 

Problematic: The ‘Rue Face Slip On Loafers’ came in black or beige and featured two eyes, a gold nose, and red lips

Double trouble: The ‘Ora Face Block Heel Sandal’ came in either black or gold and featured an identical design

‘The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in 9 different colorways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism,’ the statement said.

‘I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections.’ 

The shoes have also been removed from Dillard’s And Walmart’s websites.  

On Monday, TMZ was the first to report the shoes were about to be removed from retailers as Katy faced scrutiny for the shoes, which bear a likeness to blackface makeup. 

Sources told the site the two shoe styles are part of an entire line that she had designed and released and ‘were never intended to be offensive.’  

‘In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,’ the sources added. 

Stores: Both shoe styles retailed for $129 per pair on Katy Perry Collections, and at Dillard’s (pictured) and Walmart before they were pulled 

For real? Singer Masika Kalysha called Katy out for the offensive shoe design on her Instagram Stories Sunday 

Singer Masika Kalysha called Katy out for the offensive design on Sunday ahead of the Grammys, sharing a photo of a pair of the black ‘Rue Face Slip On Loafers’ on her Instagram Stories. 

‘So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?’ she asked. 

Others took to Twitter to slam the pop star, with many pointing out that Katy’s shoe design is representative of the fashion world’s problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation. 

‘@katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?? what is WRONG with you,’ one person tweeted. 

Someone else commented: ‘@katyperry so this what we doing now?!?! Blackface shoes to go with @gucci blackface sweater?!?!’

‘Now Katy Perry got blackface shoes,’ another Twitter user wrote. ‘All these different designs out here I have no other choice than to believe they doing this stuff on purpose.’ 

Backlash: Other critics took to Twitter to slam the pop star, who said in a statement that she was ‘saddened’ the designs were being compared to blackface 

Ongoing issue: Many pointed out that Katy’s shoe design is representative of the fashion world’s problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation

Fed up: One Twitter user sarcastically suggested the shoes are to go with the ‘blackface’ sweater Gucci recently apologized for selling 

Outrage: Kieren Boyce stressed that ‘ignorance is never a fashion statement’ while sharing images of other offensive designs 

The ‘Roar’ singer received similar backlash when she shared a photo of the shoes on her Instagram in August 2018, writing: ‘Face it – it’s always a good time to put your best foot forward.’

‘Why do you have black face [?]’ one person commented, while another added: ‘Y’all better get some black people looking over these designs pre-production.’

Over the years, Katy has also been called out for cultural appropriation on numerous occasions, most notably a 2013 AMAs performance in which she dressed as a geisha.

That same year, she was heavily criticized for wearing cornrows in her hair in her ‘This is How We Do’ video. 

Katy apologized for her history of cultural appropriation in a 2017 interview with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, saying she may ‘never understand’ the struggles of other cultures, but she will continue to ‘educate’ herself.  

Outrage: Katy received similar backlash when she shared a photo of the shoes on her Instagram in August 2018

Past behavior: Katy has also been called out for cultural appropriation after she dressed as a geisha for a performance (left) and wore cornrows in a music video (right)

Apology: ‘Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections,’ Katy and her brand-management company said in a statement 

The singer and her brand-management company pulled the two offending shoe styles less than a week after Gucci apologized for selling a sweater that many social media users said resembled blackface because of its design. 

The $890 black balaclava knit top from the label’s Fall/Winter 2018 season features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.

The controversial top has been discontinued after it sparked outrage on Twitter, with many claiming that it was a form of blackface.   

Searches on Gucci’s website revealed that the item is no longer listed, but archive searches indicate that the clothing item was last on the brand’s site in January.

Many speculated that the items were released for Black History Month, but all of the pieces had been showcased months prior in 2018.

A Twitter user named Rashida shared a screengrab of another mask-like item that Gucci showed off on the runway last year, writing: ‘They have a mask to match so you can have a chic classic black face moment without the mess of paint.’

Poor choice: Last week, Gucci was heavily criticized for its $890 balaclava knit top from the Fall/Winter 2018 season, which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red

Seriously? People slammed the brand for the sweater for the ‘blackface’ design 

Apology: Gucci took to Twitter to apologize for the sweater, insisting diversity was fundamental for the brand

The sentiment was shared by @stegotaurus, who added: ‘THIIIIIIIS is blackface guys. THIS. huge overdramatic red lips and a literal BLACK face. This is DISGUSTING. I don’t wanna see any of you with Gucci belts and slides after this.’

Gucci took to Twitter to apologize for the sweater, insisting that diversity was fundamental for the brand.

‘Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper,’ the label tweeted last Wednesday, just hours after DailyMail.com asked the brand for comment.

‘We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.’  

The controversy came just a week after images emerged showing a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. 

The Democrat politician apologized for the photo but then later claimed neither man is him. However, he did admit to having ‘darkened’ his face with shoe polish while dressing up as Michael Jackson around the same time. 

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Ahead of Gully Boy, Alia Bhatt turns into the brightest shining star of the fashion galaxy – see photos – Times Now

Ahead of Gully Boy, Alia Bhatt turns into the brightest shining star of the fashion galaxy – see photos – Times Now

Alia Bhatt promoting Gully Boy

Alia Bhatt promoting Gully Boy&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspInstagram

Alia Bhatt might be one of the youngest leading actors of the present generation but the actor has carved a special place for herself not just in the hearts and minds of cine-buffs but also at the box office. Her next film Gully Boy, co-starring Ranveer Singh, has already created the right noise and with the hefty promotions the cast is occupied, it seems the fans can hardly wait for the film’s release. 

But almost two weeks ahead of the film’s release, Alia has turned into the brightest shining star of the fashion world with her latest sartorial choice. The actor, who is busy with the promotion of Gully Boy with Ranveer, had to appear on The Kapil Sharma Show tonight. Alia decided to sport a sequin cropped jacket paired with matching pants with sheer grace and elan. 

She was styled by Garima Garg while her makeup was done by Puneet B Saini. The actor opted for minimalist makeup and kept her tresses open. She struck just the right poses for the camera and well, Alia’s fashion choice definitely deserves a thumbs up from the fashion connoisseurs across the country. 

If her outfits are class and her photos a treat for sore eyes, so are Alia’s captions. While she captioned one of the photos as “palat”, she borrowed Coldplay’s much-loved song “Up & Up” as the caption for the other!

Check out her latest photos:  

Post Gully Boy, Alia Bhatt will star in Kalank co-starring Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy Kapur. She will then feature in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra alongside her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. Alia also has Karan Johar’s multi-starrer Takht alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in key roles. 

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Meet the Two Los Angeles Rams Male Cheerleaders Set to Make History at Super Bowl LIII

Meet the Two Los Angeles Rams Male Cheerleaders Set to Make History at Super Bowl LIII

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Napoleon Jinnies

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The Super Bowl is always a big deal for the two teams competing, and everyone involved in the organization, but this year is different.

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field in Atlanta, Georgia to compete against the New England Patriots all eyes won’t only be on their players…their cheerleaders will demand some serious attention.

After two male dancers made the squad for the 2018 season, the LA Rams will continue to make history when Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies appear as the first male cheerleaders to ever perform at a Super Bowl this weekend.

Super Bowl LIII will be full of firsts beginning with the fact that it’s the first Super Bowl played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the first time the Rams have been in the big game in 17 years.

Plus, this year’s game will feature the oldest starting quarterback (Tom Brady for the Patriots) and youngest head coach (Sean McVay for the Rams) in Super Bowl history.

When Peron and Jinnies take the field with the 38 other cheerleaders on their team however this game filled with firsts will go down in history for breaking the stigma that cheerleading is a female sport. 

In 2018, both the Rams and the New Orleans Saints (who lost to the Rams in the NFC Championship) welcomed the first ever male cheerleaders to their squads and now thanks to their killer football team two of the three OG male NFL cheerleaders will be on the sidelines in the biggest football game of the year.

So, what do we know about Peron and Jinnies?

For starters, they are totally ready to represent for all the men out there who want to perform as a part of the NFL.

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Quinton Peron

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“I think we can both say we have both been reached out to by so many men that are so excited to try out, and not just men our age but young men trying out for their junior high school dance team or cheer team and high schools, and it’s exciting to see society change a little bit,” Peron said on Good Morning America on Thursday.

“We are extremely excited to see what is going to happen next year,” Jinnies added ahead of the big game this weekend.

Even though there have been male stuntmen in the NFL before and there are male cheerleaders at the collegiate level, this is the first season there have ever been male dancers on one of the NFL cheer squads and it’s both a major accomplishment and breakthrough.

Discover what these two game changers have done to get to where they are in their professional cheer and dance careers below and maybe learn a few things about what make them two men to watch not only on the field, but in the entertainment world in general as well.

Plus, check out both Peron and Jinnies during the 2019 Super Bowl which airs at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 3. They’ll be on the sideline kicking butt and dancing up a storm!

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Napoleon Jinnies

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Napoleon Jinnies

California or Bust:

Napoleon Jinnies was born in Santa Barbara, California and later attended Orange Coast College. He has also worked in California throughout his adult life.

Dancing Is in His Blood:

Well, maybe not, but he has been dancing for 12 years on teams including San Marcos Dance Team, Esperanza Song Team, West Coast School of the Arts, Pace Elite and more.

Diehard Disney Fan:

In addition to frequenting Disneyland, Jinnies was a performer and numerous characters at the Anaheim theme park over the years. He’s been one of Andy’s Toy Soldiers, appeared in the Mickey and the Magical Map show and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade on Main Street.

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Napoleon Jinnies

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Makeup Guru:

When he’s not performing, Jinnies is a freelance makeup artist and beauty blogger. He does wedding makeup and his online tutorials are simple, informative and exactly what you want to know.

He Has Thick Skin:

“I felt like, this is the year. This moment in the world, it feels more accepted. If you have the talent and work hard, why not?” Jinnies told Fast Company about trying out this year. “If someone laughs at you, I mean, this is not Carrie: the Musical. My skin is so thick.”

Halloween Lover:

It might be the fact that he is in costume a lot as a dancer or the fact that he can do scary makeup better than most professional makeup artists, but when Halloween comes around Jinnies goes all out. Just look at some of his skeleton makeup here.

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Napoleon Jinnies

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All-American Dancer:

The Rams cheerleader might be dancing on the sidelines for American football, but before he took the field he was on an even bigger American team…Team USA. He even won gold with the team.

His Favorite Food Is Totally Trendy:

When asked to reveal his favorite food, Jinnies said, “Aaah SUSHI!” according to his Rams’ profile

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Quinton Peron

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Quinton Peron

California Guy:

Quinton Peron is from Rancho Cucamonga, California and went to college at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California making him the perfect fit for the newly-moved Rams team.

Disneyland Regular:

In 2017, the now-Rams cheerleader was a staple at Disneyland. He performed as a part of the Christmas Parade and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade on Main Street.

Professional Dancer:

Peron doesn’t only dance on the football field, he has been a professional dancer for years and been a part of the sport for 10 years dancing in both high school and college. He was also part of the Aladdin cast at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach.

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Quinton Peron

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He Can Sing Too:

In 2014, Peron appeared as a part of the choir in Carrie Underwood’s music video for “Something in the Water.”

He has a Choreographer Alter Ego:

When he’s not dancing himself, Peron is creating routines for all sort of competitive teams as Mr. Q. He’s been a guest choreographer for the USC Trojan Dance Force Dance Team and Santa Margarita Catholic High School Dance Team in addition to his continuous work with different age levels from dance studios in California.

He Once Worked at Starbucks:

So, basically he would be able to remember your crazy drink order with no problems. 

Male Cheerleaders on the RAMs, Quinton Peron

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Dancing Is His No.1 Passion: 

“Yeah, you get to put on the uniform, but for us this is just another stage,” Peron told Fast Company about why he tried out for the Rams. “As a performer, you will do anything to get on another stage.”

His Guilty Pleasure Is So Relatable:

According to Peron’s LA Rams profile, he is all about getting In-N-Out and watching the Food Network.

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