Dear Class of 2020: Heartfelt Speeches From A-Listers to Future Change-makers
Due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, graduation ceremonies have been taking place virtually and in order to support those students who have been denied the fun part of their final year, celebrities and public figures have given them inspiring virtual commencement speeches during live streams instead.
The latest event, YouTube Originals “Dear Class of 2020,” featured appearances from Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Billy Porter, Kerry Washington, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.
They all joined together yesterday to celebrate the next generation and speak on some of the unfortunate events that have recently taken place.
The event was a partnership between the Reach Higher initiative, which Michelle Obama started at the White House, and YouTube.
The four-hour graduation ceremony was supposed to take place on June 6, but was postponed to honor George Floyd’s memorial service, and thus took place yesterday instead and here are some of its highlights…
The queen Beyoncé delivered a beautiful speech during the broadcast. She spoke on her fears when she started her own company and how she managed to trust herself.
She also discussed the current global crisis and her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter protests that are taking place all over the world.
“Thank you President Obama and Mrs. Obama for including me in this very special day. And congratulations to the Class of 2020. You have arrived in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic, and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being. And you still made it. Thank you. We’re so proud of you, for using your collective voice and letting the world know that Black Lives Matter.” She said.
Alicia Keys praised the younger generation for “inspiring the world to see our collective humanity” through protests, calling on everyone to “empathize with those who seem different on the surface.”
Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama congratulated students for their ‘long journey.’
“Today is the culmination of a long journey,” Barack said. “Just as you were rounding the final turn, the world threw a pandemic your way. … That’s a lot to ask of anybody, but despite all that, here you are.”
“What’s happening right now is the direct result of decades of unaddressed prejudice and inequality,” Michelle said. “For too many people in this country, no matter how hard they work, there are structural barriers for them that just make the road longer and rockier. … If you can’t even approach the police without fearing for your life, well, then how do you even begin to chart your own course?”
And as always, Lady Gaga also made an appearance to deliver a heartfelt message to the graduates.
#DearClassOf2020, you are the seeds of our future, and you have the power to make this world a better place. Join me, @BarackObama, @MichelleObama and many others with @YouTube in honoring your accomplishments today at 12PM PT https://t.co/gExT3J51zJ pic.twitter.com/HlPSVQxpPy
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 7, 2020
Gaga said there is “much to be sad about, there is much to be celebrated. You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this country’s evolution. You’re watching society change in a deeply important way.”
If you’re in the mood to be inspired, click here to watch the entire thing and see who else had something to share with the future change-makers.
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In celebration of the New Year … Socialista hosts distinguishable designers at La fête de Noel
Saying goodbye to a very remarkable year in the fashion industry and approaching a new aspiring one, Socialista Events blends the sparkling trendy fashion vibes with the most wonderful time of the year at la fête de Noel, the fashion exhibition held from Dec 18th – 20th at Park St. in Sheikh Zayed in partnership with the Arab African International Bank.
Bringing our beloved designers and celebrities from Egypt and Lebanon to celebrate and define the latest fashion trends of 2021, highlighting the means to master winter season, in the presence of Ayman Fathy, Katia, Diala Makki, Dina Ragheb, Hanady Mehana, Marzouk, Illyas, and Aisha El shabrawy.
The event showcased over 30 prominent Egyptian and Arab exhibitors for ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories, in addition to home accessories to provide all what you are looking for in the holiday season under one roof. On top of the exhibitors are; the diva Dalida Ayach, le Petit Chato, Dina Shaker, Koukla, Dalia Sabet, El Kasr Jewelry, Noha Abassi, El Baz Jewelry. Besides, Posh Shades, which brings the latest in the world of sunglasses and eyeglasses.
During the event, the Algerian-London based designer, Ilyes Quali held one-of-a-kind Trunk Show that presents contrasting sharp, structured tailoring with dramatic frills & pleats, mastering the art of creating pieces that imbibe the street style essence.
The serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Socialista Events, Yasmine Sarwat, highlighted how fashion is a core in the human well-being, how it impacts our mental health and encourages positivity and productivity. She stated, “The way we dress radiates outward to the surroundings, it also moves inward to speak what we feel and even affect our moods”. She explained that there is science behind fashion and stressed on the link between psychology and fashion, which puts great responsibility on the industry’s players especially during the times of different occasions of the year.
Sarwat added, “We are delighted to be hosting and celebrating the new year with our distinguishable partners of success and we always work to share the joy with our clients and present what they aspire for”.
For an unforgettable closing, the mega star Ruby was the main guest at La fête de Noel, who filled the night with her equisetic voice and wished happy beginnings for all the Arabs in the new year.
THE GOLDEN PARADE
In a spectacular display of cultural revitalization and preservation, Egypt stunned the world with her Golden Parade. The royal procession rivaled those of centuries past in extravagance and the awe it left in its wake. The official transference of 22 mummies, 18 pharaohs and four queens from The Egyptian museum in heart of Cairo to the next nucleus of Egyptian history and culture, The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. This momentous event came to being after a year long preparation in which the efforts of key individuals led to an unparalleled display which captivated millions across the globe. The colossal effort behind the scenes owe its thanks to several companies and individuals.
The phenomenal production by Kokoro Agency heads Production Designer and Art Director Mohamed Attia and partner Shady Ezz, oversaw the process to ensure the visually distinct nature of the Golden Parade. Following the event Mohamed Attia “The happiness and pride of the people come from how we as Egyptians are capable. That we’re capable of meeting the international standard, with it being accomplished yesterday before the eyes of every Egyptian and the world.” This substantial work stands as an example of Egyptian creativity and attention to detail which Shady Ezz remarked “after a year and a half worth of preparation, I’m delighted with the domestic and international reception”. Having successfully captured the grandiosity and awe inspiring spectacle of the Ancient Egyptians Kokoro and everyone involved in the production of the Parade have forged work that has earned the pride of Egyptians everywhere.
The visual journey that was embarked upon by every viewer who witnessed the parade was one guided by the hand of DOP and Director Mazen El Motagawel. Responsible for the vision of the event, his efforts ensured a spectacle that offered viewers a unique glimpse into the past, which he says “will never be repeated in a lifetime”. Through intricate rehearsals and preparation, he ensured that every second that was viewed on air deserved to be cemented in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. The parade necessitated a delicate touch and a carefully orchestrated sequence of events, which presented substantial challenges which required an unmatched creativity to ensure such a vision comes to fruition. He stated that “the lighting design was extremely technically demanding regarding how to manage lighting on such a grand scale, especially the coordination between the parade and the visual elements”. Mazen El Motagawel’s work was complemented by Ahmed El Morsi’s remarkable directing and filming the retelling of ancient Egyptian history by prominent Egyptian actors as well as the official anthem by the acclaimed artist Mohamed Mounir. All theses elements came together to mark a new chapter in modern Egyptian history in which it solidifies its identity. One that embraces the legacy of its past and its optimistic path towards achieving its potential.
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