Number 1619 stands gold-fronted and 11 storeys high, looking out over the clatter of Broadway. Better known as the Brill Building, it occupied prime position in the few short blocks that constituted the heart of New York's music scene in the 1960s; there were 165 music businesses in the Brill Building alone, and yet more in the buildings at 1650 and 1697, just along the street. This building, and the small stretch between 49th and 53rd streets, changed not only popular music, but also the role of women in songwriting. Carole King, Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich – who died last week at the age of 68 – were three of the Brill Building's finest songwriters, and some of the first women to embed themselves in the pop machine. Writing alone or in partnerships, they were responsible for hits such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow? and The Loco-Motion (King), You've Lost That Loving Feeling and We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Weil) and Leader of the Pack and River Deep, Mountain High … [Read more...] about Simply Brill: the women who shaped rock’n’roll
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A middle-class childcare worker from Sydney's western suburbs says she was duped into travelling to Syria to become the wife of an ISIS fighter. Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim, but her life changed at age 22 when she married Kaled Zahab. The woman, who had been a childcare and migrant support worker in Sydney, went to the Middle East in mid-2015 with her husband and their 18-month-old child. Four years later, Ms Dabboussy, now a mother-of-three, is stuck at al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria where she lives with her children in 'fear', but tries to live a normal life. Scroll down for video A middle-class childcare worker from Sydney's western suburbs has claimed she was duped into becoming the wife of an ISIS fighter. Mariam Dabboussy (pictured) went to Lebanon for a holiday with her husband Kaled Zahab but ended up in Syria Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim but her life changed at 22 when she married Kaled Zahab … [Read more...] about From a middle class childcare worker to an ISIS bride: How young mother’s life was turned upside down when she was ‘tricked’ into entering Syria with her children – and why Australia won’t let her back in
By Rachel Metz, CNN Business Updated 1601 GMT (0001 HKT) November 21, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. San Francisco (CNN)Artificial intelligence doesn't know what to make of Os Keyes. The 29-year-old graduate student is dark-haired, tattooed and openly transgender, using the pronouns "they" or "them." Facial analysis software, however, typically assigns each face it analyzes one of two labels: male or female. The software literally can't categorize Keyes correctly. Yet for Keyes, who studies gender, technology and power at the University of Washington, this technology is not simply software that doesn't get it right. According to them, it's also representative of how companies are not thinking through how power is distributed and norms are reinforced by such software. And Keyes — like a number of other experts in AI and in gender issues who spoke with CNN Business — is concerned about how these AI … [Read more...] about AI software defines people as male or female. That’s a problem
Story highlights Simona di Silvestro is the only female to race a full season in Formula E But she lost her seat at the end of Season Two Ex-Formula 1 driver Susie Wolff is now its first team principal This season Formula E held its highest female participation event at a Saudi Arabia test (CNN)Should the "E" in Formula E also stand for equality? We may be in the 21st century but women are still a minority in motorsport, even in the futuristic world of electric racing. There have been three female racers in Formula E's five-year history -- but only Simona de Silvestro competed against her male rivals for a single full season. Katherine Legge and Michaela Cerruti drove just six races between them in the sport's inaugural campaign. This season, ex-Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff has become Formula E's first female team boss, taking the helm at Venturi -- and the calm and collected Scot is surprised she's still making headlines as a high-profile female in racing's … [Read more...] about Can Formula E drive forward a female future?
Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. She has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2002. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN)I was a very lucky girl. I grew up in Benin, West Africa, in the middle of a big family, filled with love. We were 10 children: seven boys and three girls. Even though we were not rich -- my dad worked at the post office -- our life was full of joy. As a child, I always felt a deep sense of security: The neighbors were friendly, and they would look out for us when we were out roaming the streets of Cotonou, our economic capital. Around that time, I started singing on stage in my mother's theater troupe. I was 6, and everyone thought it was cute. Then, everything changed when puberty kicked in. I suddenly felt that my fame as a singer was now a curse. Other kids in the streets would call me a prostitute and spat at me. One day, after such an episode, I came back home, running and crying. When my grandmother asked … [Read more...] about Female solidarity will change the face of Africa