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Did #OscarsSoWhite work? Looking beyond Hollywood’s diversity drought

With Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences in the running, Hollywood appears to have responded positively to last year’s protests. But is it just lip service? And could measures to promote diversity go too far? At a stroke, the 89th Academy Awards appear to have laid the ghost of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite furore. In 2016, no actors of colour were nominated, for the second year running. This year, seven of the 20 acting nominees are from ethnic minority backgrounds, topping the previous record of five. That’s not all. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, one is an Asian story and read more

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Pippa Middleton plans a bridal BIKINI with designer

Pippa Middleton has enlisted the help of swimwear designer Melissa Odabash, whose favourite clients include Kate Moss, Beyonce and the Kardashians The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister unexpectedly found herself centre stage at the Royal Wedding thanks to that famously figure-hugging bridesmaid dress. And I can reveal Pippa Middleton is taking no chances when it comes to her own nuptials to hedge fund manager James Matthews. read more

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