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RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Marries Mike Hill at Large Georgia Ceremony, Despite Pandemic

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Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill. (Credit: Media Punch/INSTARimages, Instagram)
Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill. (Credit: Media Punch/INSTARimages, Instagram)

Although the pandemic lifestyle is consuming our way of life, life must go on. Over the weekend, longtime Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) cast member Cynthia Bailey finally took the plunge with her fiancé Mike Hill on Saturday in front of a very optimistic crowd.

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  • With gatherings being banned in much of the country, it seemed like many people’s weddings have been on hold this year. However, this couple stayed committed to their Oct. 10th date while the marriage had a crowd of roughly 250 guests at a country club in Georgia.
  • 53-year-old model and actress was accompanied by her bridesmaids and other RHOA castmates Kandi Burress, Kenya Moore and former member Eva Marcille. The beautiful wedding took place at the Governors Towne Club, just 30 minutes north of metro Atlanta in the city of Acworth.
  • Since there was to be a large crowd during a time of the pandemic, Bailey carefully abided by health guidelines in order to avoid spreading COVID-19. All guests were provided with face masks and shields from Masks by Jill & Ally. This was a brand created by Jill Zarin, a Real Housewives of New York alum, and her daughter Ally Shapiro. Bailey also made a note on social media that she hired a sanitization team to ensure the venue was clean prior to the event.

  • Upon each guest’s arrival, they were all subjected to routine temperature checks. “Everyone has to wash their hands before coming inside and we will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue,” Bailey stated. “And everyone must be wearing a mask at all times, it’s not optional.”
  • The couple had obvious concerns over the pandemic and feared their wedding dream could be squandered or at least delayed. But in fact, it was the pandemic that ended up persuading Bailey that time is precious and when ahead with their marriage. The state of Georgia currently has health safety mandates which ban groups of more than 50 people “unless there is at least six feet between each person”.
  • It was reported that the ceremony was originally scheduled to take place outdoors, where it’s been said it’s safer for larger groups, but Mother Nature got in the way. Inclement weather conditions caused by Hurricane Delta made the event retreat back inside to continue their vows.

Before getting married, Bailey and Hill spent months together in self-isolation. In a year where divorce rates are at an all-time high and lockdowns have broken many couples, their devotion kept them eager for the next chapter of their life. “If we could survive that, we can survive anything together,” Hill has said jokingly.

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Javier Garay is Media & News SVCS Intern at UnmutedCo. He is currently enrolled in the University of North Georgia seeking a bachelor's degree in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. Javier writes for Black News Alerts (BNA) along with social media management for both BNA and BossFM, and is a part of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Kazakhstan Uses Borat Catchphrase To Promote Tourism: ‘Very Nice’

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The nation of Kazakhstan has changed its tune when it comes to Borat.

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  • Kazakhstan’s tourism board launched a new marketing campaign this week using Borat’s iconic catchphrase “Very nice!” as their slogan. They are using promotional videos where tourists explore Kazakhstan’s landscapes, cities, and local food, and say some variation of Borat’s line.

  • Kazakhstan’s tourism board put the promotional material together and timed their campaign to coincide with the release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. They hope this campaign can “celebrate Kazakhstan and show fans [of Borat] around the world why they should come visit this incredible country,” according to a press release.

“We would like everyone to come experience Kazakhstan for themselves by visiting our country in 2021 and beyond, so that they can see that Borat’s homeland is nicer than they may have heard.” – Kairat Sadvakassov, Deputy Chairman of Kazakh Tourism

  • The original Borat came out in 2006 and was a worldwide hit, except in Kazakhstan. In the satirical mockumentary, Sacha Baron Cohen takes on the character of Borat Sagdiyev, a fictional Kazakh journalist, to prank his way across America and expose a less flattering side of Americans.
  • Cohen’s portrayal of Borat was full of stupid and offensive stereotypes and behaviors, and the film was banned in Kazakhstan. Cohen reprised the character in the 2020 sequel, which takes square aim at American conspiracy theories and the presidential election.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It also recently stirred a national controversy for a scene involving Rudy Giuliani.

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‘Borat’ Sequels Drops Early As Rudy Giuliani Slams Sacha Baron Cohen Over Controversial Scene

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The Borat sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, dropped on Amazon Prime just moments before the final 2020 presidential debate kicked off. It was initially scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 23rd.

What We Know:

  • NBC News has reported that as they previewed the mockumentary prior to its release, the politician emerges in the film, having fallen for a humiliating joke created by Sasha Baron Cohen, who of course, we all know as Borat.
  • In the film, Giuliani is seen reclining on a bed, putting his hand down his pants and moving it around for what seems to be a few seconds as the actress playing Borat’s teenage daughter, Maria Bakalova (24), pretending to be a television reporter, stands in front of him. Cohen, costumed as Borat, then walks in the room and offers himself to the politician, who replies, “I don’t want you.”
  • NBC News noted that it’s unclear what occurred before or after the event supposedly took place in the movie.

  • Giuliani has spoken out about the questionable scene. On Wednesday, October 22nd, the former mayor of New York City tweeted that the scene in which he appears is a “complete fabrication”.

“I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.”

  • Giuliani also stated that “the NY Post today reports ‘it looks to me like an exaggeration through editing”.

“As soon as I realized it was a setup, I called the police, which has been noted in the THR article on July 8th.”

Cohen responded to Giuliani’s claims as Borat in a video posted to Twitter.

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Quibi is Shutting Down

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Meg Whitman is without doubt one of the founders of Quibi. (Image via Robyn Beck / AFP)
Meg Whitman is without doubt one of the founders of Quibi. (Image via Robyn Beck / AFP)

You might have heard about Quibi, a short form mobile-focused streaming service, at some point this year, but you won’t be hearing from it anymore. Quibi recently announced it is closing house after only six months of operation, making it one of the shortest-lived streaming services to date. The announcement came from a Medium post.

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  • The post by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman said, “We feel that we’ve exhausted all our options. As a result, we have reluctantly come to the difficult decision to wind down the business, return cash to our shareholders, and say goodbye to our colleagues with grace.”
  • Several factors could have gone into the platforms of premature death, but one stands out the most. The new streaming service was mobile-only, and it was already at a disadvantage compared to other services. During a pandemic such as this, everyone at home seemed to choose other services as Quibi didn’t offer enough to tempt subscribers. With many free platforms such as Youtube and Tik-Tok, the new service fell flat in an already saturated market.
  • Quibi has stated that much of the failure to launch off the ground was with itself and the idea “wasn’t strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our timing”. The company said they will notify what subscribers they did have of the final time they can access the service.
  • Quibi marketed a seemingly resilient and well cast original programing before and after the shutdown. In an effort to save that work, Katzenberg reached out to Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook to acquire them, but to no avail. When that plan failed, Katzenberg attempted to get Facebook and NBCUniversal to at least pick up its content, again with no success.
  • The streaming service officially launched on April 6th earlier this year with two plans to choose from: $4.99 a month (ads) or $7.99 a month (ad-free). The mobile-only gimmick was an attempt to separate itself from its competitors. They even threw in an interesting system where all their content was produced to accommodate portrait and landscape formats for a unique viewing experience. Aside from a free trial, there was no free option and TV apps weren’t released until this week for platforms such as Apple, Android, and Fire TV.
  • It was reported that both Katzenberg and Whitman raised a whopping $1.75 billion in order to create Quibi, but having money doesn’t always equal success. Despite promising content, which even landed them two Emmy wins, the subscriber base which helps a streaming service run, left as fast as it came.

Sensor Tower, an app tracking firm, reported that Quibi allegedly lost about 90 percent of its subscribers after the three-month free trial promotion in July. After the trial ended, the platform’s users dropped from 900,000 to only 72,000 that stuck around and became paid members. Quibi has argued those figures are incorrect but have yet to release actual statistics.

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