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Comedian Kevin Hart honoured with Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for humour

Comedian Kevin Hart honoured with Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for humour

THE Kennedy Center honoured comedian Kevin Hart with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor with an evening that featured routines from fellow comics Dave Chappelle, Chelsea Handler and Jerry Seinfeld in tribute to Hart's career. In a recorded show that will air on May 11 on Netflix, Hart's peers celebrated him with a mix of humour, profanity and emotion. "You remind me ... why I love comedy so much," Chappelle, a previous winner of the award, told Hart from the Kennedy Center stage, quipping that he had given up a trip to Jamaica to attend. "I am honoured to…
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Ruth Weiss, journalist who fought apartheid, finally honoured in South Africa

Ruth Weiss, journalist who fought apartheid, finally honoured in South Africa

A prophet has no honour in their homeland, goes the biblical adage. But of the many places that journalist, author and activist Ruth Weiss has lived – Germany (where she was born), South Africa, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Britain, Zambia and Denmark – which is her home? On 28 April, South Africa’s president will bestow an Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo on Weiss “for her contribution to the liberation struggle” and shining “the light on injustices in South Africa”. Author MELANIE BOEHI, Chercheuse postdoctorale, Université de Lausanne, Section d'histoire, University of the Witwatersrand This award – a national…
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Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson to be honoured as MusiCares persons of the year

Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson to be honoured as MusiCares persons of the year

DANIELLE BROADWAY MOTOWN icons Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson will be honoured by the music industry in Los Angeles ahead of the annual Grammy Awards as MusiCares 2023 persons of the year, the organization announced. MusiCares, which is dedicated to supporting the music community, said the music world will celebrate the legacy of both songwriters during its 32nd annual persons of the year benefit gala. Berry Gordy, 92, and Smokey Robinson, 82, built the Motown record label in the 1960s and for several decades was the highest-earning Black American record label, nicknamed Hitsville USA for its dozens of chart-toppers. Gordy,…
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