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Popular Gozitan TikToker Rita turns 59

 - Local - Jul 17 SHARE ON:

Of all the Maltese TikTokers who have been posting content in the past months, the couple from TikTok account @salvuromp has become quite popular for posting genuine and hilarious content and today is one of the TikTokers’ birthdays!

Rita, one half of the beloved Gozitan TikTok couple turned 59 and the couple celebrated the momentous occasion in their typical fashion, by playing practical jokes on one another.

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♬ original sound – Salvu Romp

Here’s wishing Rita the happiest of birthdays and we can’t wait to see more side-splitting content and endless laughs from the couple!

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Mandatory vaccination for non-EU workers

 - COVID-19 - Jul 17 SHARE ON:
Mandatory vaccination for non-EU workers

Thousands of non-EU workers including individuals from multiple African and Asian countries must now present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to be able to renew their work permit.

The Health Ministry recently issued an update that third-country nationals working in Malta must include presentation of COVID-19 vaccination in their health screening paperwork, with only Malta-issued vaccine certificates being recognised as valid for such renewals.

This measure applies to anyone who was born or lived for a minimum of six months in a list of high-risk countries such as India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and more and also applies to all non-EU citizens working as food handlers, health care & child care workers, beauty therapists, tattooists, nannies and masseurs and masseuses.

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Lost and Found Festival postponed to 2022

 - Local - Jul 17 SHARE ON:

Lost & Found Festival organised by popular Irish DJ Annie Mac has announced that the festival has been cancelled and moved to 2022 due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The electronic music festival was set to take place between 1st and 4th September but the festival organisers announced that Lost & Found will have to be moved to 2022 due to uncertainty over travel arrangements.

To our AMP Lost & Found family, it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that AMP Lost & Found Festival won’t…

Posted by Lost & Found Festival on Friday, 16 July 2021

This is not the first cancellation of its kind, with Glitch Festival having announced postponement earlier this summer, announcing the line-up for their 2022 edition soon after.

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Black-fishing – The new blackface?

 - Celebrities - Jul 16 SHARE ON:
Black-fishing - The new blackface?

Back in the 19the century, a theatrical makeup practice known as blackface gained popularity… albeit not for positive reasons. The practice entails non-black performers portraying caricatures of Black people and has contributed to the spread and normalisation of racial stereotypes. Despite declined in popularity, blackface seems to have been replaced by an odd, just as problematic practice; black-fishing.

Black-fishing as a term came to prominence in a Twitter thread two years ago. It was highlighted by journalist Wanna Thompson who noticed that White celebrities and influencers were cosplaying as Black women on social media. She told CNN that Black-fishing entails white public figures do whatever it takes to appear Black – ‘whether that means to tan their skin excessively in an attempt to achieve ambiguity, and wears hairstyles and clothing trends that have been pioneered by Black women.’ 

The practice creates a paradox… and a dangerous one at that. It celebrates Black beauty and aesthetics but only when white people are highlighting said beauty. Instead of appreciating and acknowledging Black beauty, influencers are attempting to own it. 

Several influencers and celebrities have been accused of Black-fishing. Most notably, the likes of Iggy Azalea, Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande have all faced such backlash. Experts state that Black-fishing is done to create marketing opportunities for celebrities who appear to be mixed race or racially ambiguous through the practice. 

Professor Leslie Bow states that Black-fishing is a ‘racial masquerade that operates as a form of racial fetishism.’ Celebrities think, according to academics, that Black-fishing pays homage because it appears that it honours Black style. Instead, ‘it has the effect of reducing a people with a specific history to a series of appropriable traits or objects. Black-fishing is one form of racist love, how we appropriate otherness.’ 

Many artists accused of black-fishing deny these allegations, but it does not stop people from pointing out their appropriation and fetishism of ‘blackness.’ Black-fishing has also been linked to cultural appropriation as a whole. The phenomenon is widespread throughout most of media, with both being part of one systemic problem of appropriation. 

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