“Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] to life,” the statement reads. “The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast.”
These Arab Women Are Making Some Of The Fiercest, Funniest Videos On YouTube
April 28 2016
“YouTube is giving us a platform to express ourselves.”
Illustration: Rebecca Hendin / BuzzFeed News
When Al-Juhara Sajer first began posting videos on YouTube, the response from girls and young women in the Arab world was incredibly positive. “Finally an Arab girl is doing videos on the internet,” her fans wrote on her YouTube page.
In the past five years, a growing number of women in the Middle East have been making waves on YouTube. Between 2014 and 2015, the top four YouTube channels led by women in Saudi Arabia saw an increase in subscribers of more than 200%, according to numbers provided by YouTube. Across the Middle East and North Africa, content related to women has seen a 50% year-on-year growth — after Saudi Arabia, the countries within the region with most female-led channels are Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq.
BuzzFeed News spoke to Sajer and three other Arab women who are using YouTube to break down stereotypes.
Al-Juhara Sajer, 25, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 340,000 subscribers
When Sajer, who uses the nickname Jay online, started watching YouTube four years ago, she quickly became frustrated because she could not find any Arabic-speaking women from the Middle East. The women she found on YouTube, while fun and interesting, discussed a life that was unfamiliar to her. So she started her own beauty channel.
“A lot of girls told me they could relate to my videos,” she said in a Skype interview with BuzzFeed News. “I made them feel less alone because I was talking about a lifestyle they understood in their own language.”
But Sajer said she also had a lot of men telling her to quit because YouTube wasn't “the place for a girl.” “They said I should be focusing on being a housewife,” she said. “I don't want that life.”
1. You're the only thing that's going on in my mind.
2. She had a face straight out a magazine.
3. Babe, you look so cool.
4. I think I'm falling, I'm falling for you.
5. I'm so fixated on the girl with the soft sound.
6. I don't wanna be your friend, I wanna kiss your neck.
7. You rid me of the blues.
Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade can now be streamed on Pandora.
After a 24-hour exclusive streaming contract with Tidal for the 12 tracks and full Lemonade film ended Monday, the album was made available for purchase from the iTunes store or from Amazon.com for $17.99. The CD version of the album can also be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Tidal is owned by Beyoncé's husband, rapper Jay Z, and she is also a part owner. The hourlong album premiered Saturday on HBO and was exclusively available to be streamed on Tidal. Lemonade is now available to stream through Tidal and Pandora.
Beyoncé released her last surprise album in December 2013 exclusively on iTunes.
Rihanna's Anti was exclusively available on Tidal for a week after it was released in January, and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo was available for streaming on Tidal for nearly two months before being released on other platforms.
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