To the mother who was also a father, who took on a role that wasn’t hers to fill but she did anyway and excelled at it, the mother who wanted to scream and cry but didn’t have the time to do so and so wiped the tear and carried on with her mother/ father duties.
She is a woman who showed persistence, who against all odds raised kids who didn’t sense the void that a father has left. She is an incredible woman, who stood against societal stereotypes of single moms and widows.
Stereotypes that often tried to break her, looks of individuals that often sting. Whether they are sympathy looks, or astonishment, they always held questions that she never really wanted to answer.
How does she do it?
She must be miserable.
Well, she is not. She has beautiful children who make it up to her and how does she do it? Using the power of a mother. That power that pushes her day by day, to keep going, to not breakdown. But let me tell you this, many times she does, she breaks down, she doubts herself a lot but what truly matters is that she stands up again, every. single. time.
To the mother who was also a father, a sister and a friend. To all the things you have sacrificed for the sake of your kids and to all the feelings you have kept inside. One day, your kids will mature and you will be able to share the burdens you hid. You’re raising the kids, who one day, will help ease these burdens.
I know that it is so hard for a husband to leave you, whether he left on purpose or he passed away. It is hard to maintain his role, but trust me, you can and I know sometimes you think the worse of yourself, that you can do more and can do better, but trust me, you’re doing just fine, you’re doing the very best you can.
So to the mother who was also a father, Happy Mother’s/ Father’s day. You rock your children’s world.
Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’
Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.
Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.
The final segment of the album, introduces “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad, showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.
“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.
Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.
We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”
Artwork stills from ‘Mouharrami” and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.
Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.
Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.
The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.
Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant, and always a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.
“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.
During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”, where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.
The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.
The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.
As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.
For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.
The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.
As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.
We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.
The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually
According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.
“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.
“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.
The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.
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