“Cheers to 6 beautiful years of ‘Grownish.’ I won’t get too sappy now (because we still have a whole season left) but it truly took a village of super talented people to build Cal U and make it what it is! Thank you @kenyabarris for the vision and to everyone who stepped in to blossom it beyond our wildest dreams. Let’s go out with a bang,” wrote Shahidi on Instagram.
The show is available to stream in the Middle East on Disney+.
The news comes around two months after it was announced the show had been renewed for a sixth season. The final season of the series will air in two parts, with the first half premiering this summer, while the second will air in 2024. The show will also air its 100th episode during season six.
“We’ve spent nearly a decade telling our stories through the -ish series and to say it has been an amazing journey would be an understatement,” said series creator and executive producer Kenya Barris in a separate post on Instagram.
“To be able to watch Yara, Marcus and our entire ‘Grown-ish’ family grow up in front of (and in many ways alongside) us over these past several years has been both a joy and an honor. From the stories we’ve told to the talent we’ve fostered and, most importantly, the memories made, I could not be more proud of everything we’ve accomplished and the -ish family I’ve been a part of,” Barris added.
“Grown-ish” originally focused on Shahidi’s character Zoey Johnson, but fellow “Black-ish” alum Marcus Scribner joined the show in season five, reprising the role of Andre Johnson Jr., Zoey’s younger brother, who starts his first year at Cal U.
The show follows Junior as he attempts to transition out from under Zoey’s shadow and make his own mark on the campus.
Shahidi and Scribner star alongside Trevor Jackson, Diggy Simmons, and Daniella Perkins. Guest stars for season six include Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, and The Free Nationals.
Planning, prioritizing work tasks critical, says life coach
Breathing, light exercises can boost energy, momentum
Updated 11 April 2023
RIYADH: With lengthy nightly prayers, abundant family gatherings, and plethora of activities, it can be difficult to find time and energy to work during Ramadan.
Lina Cherry, a globally certified life coach, by the International Coaching Federation, spoke with Arab News recently about the best ways to balance work, spirituality and personal life during the holy month. Cherry is also the regional director of training for the Middle East and Gulf at Coach Masters Academy, an institution with branches in 40 locations around the world. She coaches several clients in Saudi Arabia on finding holistic balance in life.
When she lived in Jeddah for five years, the concept was fairly foreign to locals, but has recently becoming widely embraced, she said.
Explaining life coaching, Cherry said that it is based on positive psychology and takes a scientific approach. “It’s the process of triggering the brain to create something that is possible and positive. While psychologists or therapists focus on addressing the past, coaches generally counsel clients regarding career, personal and relationship challenges for a better future. When you focus on the past, you want to fix something, when you focus on the present and the future, you want to create something,” Cherry said.
This month, let us park our wants aside and focus on our needs ... I don’t want to ignore my red flags. I want to listen to my body.
Lina cherry, Certified life coach
A healthy work and personal life balance is based on defining wants and needs. Statistics show that seven out of 10 people struggle to balance their jobs and personal goals, Cherry said, and 90 percent of elderly people regret spending most of their lives working rather than nourishing relationships.
“It’s all about balance, exactly like we breathe. Today, how many balls am I juggling? Which balls are made of glass? Which ones are made of rubber? You don’t want to struggle to juggle,” Cherry said.
She advises her clients to create awareness around each task to determine what is urgent, important or neither.
During such a challenging period as Ramadan, individuals are more likely to point the finger at themselves for low productivity, and perhaps forget that this is a month centered on spiritual connectivity and growth, Cherry said.
“During this month we really want to finish everything. We have already been overwhelmed or physically and mentally tired because the routine has changed. So it’s very important, first of all, to plan your day ahead and prioritize your tasks so you keep your momentum going.”
Keeping tasks in line creates a clearer vision for what is ahead. It is key to also minimize subtasks. For example, instead of an in-person meeting, opt to have it online to diminish time and effort spent on transportation. This way, you can also get to your next task quicker, she said.
Cherry suggests doing the bulk of one’s work for the day in the morning, while the brain is still fresh and energized. But as the enthusiasm starts to wear off, there are simple ways to boost energy throughout the day.
Take a few short breaks during the workday to reset between tasks. Increasing prayer during this month not only aligns with the spiritual side of Ramadan, but also increases positive energy. Meditation is also a great stress-buster, and a way to rewire the brain to think positively and set goals, she said.
“Breathing techniques are also very important. It can help get more oxygen into your thinking brain and when you do that, you are activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which in parallel helps the employee or person to reduce stress and relax,” Cherry said.
Light exercises like a short walk or a few jumping jacks can lift energy levels and momentum.
She urged people to declutter their minds from everything that does not serve them this month. Knowing that many tasks have to be completed, whether they are hours or days ahead, can be overwhelming. She said it is essential to practice mindfulness, which is a technique that involves focusing on the present moment, reducing stress and improving focus. “Stay with what’s familiar to you.”
People should not commit to new projects this month because so much energy and time are used to navigate new tasks. There should be a constant awareness that Ramadan is merely a month, and the priority is to engage spiritually, not professionally, she said.
In addition, to create healthy personal boundaries, all unnecessary activities and distractions should be eliminated including TV, social media, non-urgent calls or meetings. People should also avoid blue lights and screens. Spending copious amounts of time on phones can diminish serotonin levels and increase stress hormones, she said.
When the workday is done, then it is time to unwind and unplug, to reset and relax.
Cherry said people should be kind to themselves by defining what they are capable of at work. What is the state of one’s mental health? How is one’s body reacting to lack of sustenance?
For those working with non-Muslims or in a foreign country, they should communicate their experiences with their colleagues. They should create awareness around their state and how much progress they can expect.
Avoiding overcommitting is a tough but necessary action. Prioritizing can come with a lot of guilt, but recognizing human capability can be a fruitful process, possibly even achieving greater productivity, Cherry said.
“You need to be kind to yourself with zero self-condemnation … You need to be patient, flexible, and supportive with yourself and with people around you, in your community, at work with your employees and coworkers.
“Don’t punish yourself … We’re (fasting) for a beautiful reason. So why throw away these beautiful incentives for things you can park for a month?”
Finally, people should not be afraid to push the pause button.
Cherry said: “I need to set healthy boundaries during this month between me, myself, and the world around me. Who am I inviting into my life during the month? Know who you want to connect with. Sometimes people drain you.”
Changes in routine and mood are inevitable during Ramadan, so it is important to acknowledge space is required not denial of the stresses.
“This month, let us park our wants aside and focus on our needs … I don't want to ignore my red flags. I want to listen to my body,” she said.
Amal Clooney announced as inaugural contributor of Cartier Voices
Updated 10 April 2023
DUBAI: British Lebanese human rights lawyer and activist Amal Clooney has been chosen as the inaugural contributor of Cartier Voices, a community of individuals contributing to cultural, philanthropic, environmental and social initiatives.
The collective is a continuation of past charitable initiatives by Cartier and represents their commitment to humanitarian efforts, according to the luxury fashion house.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Amal as the first contributor of Cartier Voices,” said Cyrille Vigneron, president and chief executive officer of Cartier, according to a report by WWD.
“Her values and philanthropic efforts reflect Cartier’s longstanding commitment to driving change that impacts vulnerable communities on a global scale. We look forward to partnering with her in raising awareness of pressing issues with citizens around the world.”
The 44-year-old barrister, who is the wife of US actor and filmmaker George Clooney, is mother to their five-year-old twins and won the Woman of the Year award by Time Magazine last year for her work.
Ramadan recipes: A filling vegetarian take on Saudi margoog for iftar
Updated 10 April 2023
DUBAI: Ramadan is a special time to get together with family and friends and what better dish to share with your loved ones for iftar than the mouth-watering Saudi meal margoog.
The dish is typically made with lamb, but Chef Riccardo Pinna, the executive chef at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, shared an easy vegetarian version of the popular dish.
It may not feature meat, but Pinna’s recipe is well balanced, rich in fiber and lower in calories.
The chef was based in Saudi Arabia before he moved to the Maldives and it was there that he came to fall in love with Saudi cuisine.
1/2 cup onion, minced.
2 teaspoons of garlic, diced.
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
8 cups hot water
25 grams olive oil
Vegetables (eggplant, carrot, chili, pumpkin, zucchini), as desired
1/2 cup brown flour
1 cup warm water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon mixed spices
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
2 dried limes
In a large bowl, add the flour, salt and water, then knead. Rest the dough for one hour.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough and cut it into medium-sized squares.
In a deep pot, over high heat, add oil and onion. Stir until the onion is tender.
Add garlic and stir briefly, then add tomato paste. Stir for a few minutes. Next, add the can of chopped tomatoes and all the spices except salt. Give it a good stir, then add the vegetables and hot water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add salt to taste.
After 15 minutes, add the dough squares piece by piece to the simmering pot. Keep stirring for eight to 10 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through. Serve it hot and enjoy!
Egypt hopes Paris exhibition of ancient artifacts will boost French tourism
Around 10,000 people a day are expected to visit “Ramses and Gold of the Pharaohs” at the Lafayette showroom to view its 181 artifacts from ancient Egypt
Updated 09 April 2023
CAIRO: Egypt hopes that an exhibition of ancient artifacts in Paris will drum up interest and boost the numbers of French tourists visiting the country.
Around 10,000 people a day are expected to visit “Ramses and Gold of the Pharaohs” at the Lafayette showroom to view its 181 artifacts from ancient Egypt.
Egypt’s Tourism Ministry said that it expected the number of French visiting Egypt to increase by up to 20 percent due to renewed interest in the ancient civilization.
Mohamed Othman, head of Egypt’s Cultural Tourism Marketing Committee, said the exhibition uses virtual reality to highlight destinations in Egypt, and is a golden opportunity to promote Egypt to Europeans. He said that more than 140,000 tickets were sold before the launch of the exhibition.
Ahmed Al-Sheikh, an official in a large tourism company, highlighted the significance of similar exhibitions abroad.
He said they help build cultural bridges between Egypt and host countries, particularly France, where people have a great appreciation for ancient Egyptian civilization.
Mohamed Taher, a writer specializing in Egyptian tourism, told Arab News that there was a significant turnout at the exhibition’s opening day.
The exhibition spent a year on display in the US before moving to France. It is open in Paris until Sept. 17.
Saudi designer Razan Alazzouni collaborates with Disney on Snow White-inspired collection
Updated 09 April 2023
DUBAI: Saudi fashion designer Razan Alazzouni has partnered with The Walt Disney Company to launch a special edition collection inspired by Disney princess Snow White.
It is the first collaboration between Disney and an Arab designer and features a number of looks for boys and girls aged 2-8, as well as for women. The line, which was handmade in the Middle East, was inspired by nature, wildlife and Snow White herself.
The children’s line marks a relatively new route for Alazzouni, who released her first-ever children’s collection in March 2020 in collaboration with Kuwait-based kids apparel label Moonchild.
The new Disney campaign images feature models holding a red apple in a visual tribute to the much-loved 19th century fairy tale which got the Disney treatment with the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
The collection was launched in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary and will be available on the Razan Alazzouni website, as well as through select retailers.
“It is such an honor to collaborate with Disney on this collection. Working with this iconic character is a dream. Disney to me has always been a beacon of creativity and imagination. To be able to create clothing that will give RA the opportunity to be part of people’s occasions and share in these memories is a privilege,” the designer said in a released statement.
Born in Alkhobar, the designer launched her brand in 2008 and is known for her silks, free-flowing fabrics and decorous embroidery.
Alazzouni studied Art and Sculpture in Boston at Tufts University before setting up her design studio, alongside sisters Salwa and Raya, in AlKhobar and later in Riyadh. In the designer’s bid to keep her business as local as possible, all manufacturing and operations happen in the label’s two studios in Saudi Arabia, while the fashion house sources materials from Europe and Japan.
Her creations are known for merging premium materials such as silk and chiffon with embellishments, including beading, floral details and delicate sequin work with a focus on the garment’s sculptural form.
The designer has dressed the likes of US actresses Elizabeth Banks and Emma Roberts, US socialite Paris Hilton and US model Kendall Jenner. Alazzouni also recently launched her Ramadan 2023 collection, complete with a number of delicate kaftans boasting playful details like scalloped sleeves and pearl detailing.