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Egyptian Culture Ministry files complaint against Netflix film ‘Queen Cleopatra’

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The Egyptian Ministry of Culture has submitted an official complaint to the country’s Public Prosecutor against global streaming platform, Netflix, over the controversial documentary film, “Queen Cleopatra” following the depiction of the legendary queen as a black woman.

In the complaint filed by the legal advisor of the Minister of Culture, Essam Refaat Khalaf, the ministry cited several violations by Netflix including disobeying a court order against releasing the film.

This filing is the first official legal action from the Egyptian government after the documentary prompted a backlash of criticism and consternation in the North African country, with the authorities claiming the film had distorted its history.

Both political and academic authorities in Egypt have insisted that Queen Cleopatra was ‘light-skinned, not black’, with the belief that the documentary was “promoting Afrocentric thinking by distorting and erasing the Egyptian identity.”

The ministry also alleged that Netflix had produced a historical documentary without obtaining the needed approvals from the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture pertaining the embodiment of a historical Egyptian figure like “Queen Cleopatra.”

“In addition to not getting the license to shoot a documentary that contains the biography of an historical Queen who belongs to the whole world not just Egypt, Egypt in return has the right to preserve the biography of this historical queen for the world, not just for Egypt,” part of the filing said.

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer Charly Boy vows to divorce wife if Kamala Harris doesn’t win US presidential election

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has vowed to divorce his wife of 47 years if US Vice President, Kamala Harris, does not emerge victorious in the US presidential race in November.

Charly Boy, who is called Area Fada, made the vow in the wake of President Joe Biden’s recent decision to step down as the Democratic Party’s candidate and endorsement of Harris as the party’s flagbearer.

Charly Boy who posted the vow on his Instagram page, said he strongly believes that after Barack Obama became the first Black male President, the time is ripe for America to elect its first female President.

The activist described Harris as his “crush” and emphasized the significance of her potential presidency for both the U.S. and global politics.

Writing in Pidgin English, Charly Boy said:

“If dis my crush, Kamala Harris no win the USA presidential election, I swear, I go divorce my wife of 47yrs.

“After the first Black Male President, America deserves the first Black Female President. Sorry rednecks. Dats how we Roll,” he added.

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19th edition of Egyptian Book Fair attracts summer visitors to Alexandria

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The 19th edition of the Egyptian Book Fair currently holding in the coastal city of Alexandria has seen thousands of summer visitors flocking into the country for the two-week event which will run until July 28.

The event is held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern Library of Alexandria, an elaborate piece of architecture which opened in 2002.

Media reports say “stacks upon stacks of books are lined up on the shelves, tables and walls as over 77 publishers are participating at this year’s fair while an entire section is dedicated to children’s literature.

Mohamed Soliman who leads cultural outreach at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, told journalists that some visitors are bringing their children to the book fair for the first time.

“The two-week exhibition will feature 160 cultural events involving around 600 artists and intellectuals,” Soliman said in a statement posted on the library’s website said.

Ahmed Diouf, director of Koutoubia publishing house, also said there are increasingly more events in the book fair every year.

“The exhibition is growing. You see new events every year, along with new publishing houses.”

“The timing of the book fair is convenient for visitors from out of town who are already streaming into Alexandria,” said Yousef Shammah, who is touring the exhibition.

Shammah said he was impressed with the variety of books on display.

“As for the prices, I think that they are neither expensive nor cheap given that prices have generally gone up,” he added.

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