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It’s been confirmed that Janelle Monáe will receive the 2023 SeeHer Award at the upcoming Critics Choice Awards.

The trophy is presented to a person who “advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries.”

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Previous SeeHer winners include Kristen Bell, Zendaya, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy and Viola Davis. The 2022 award was received by Halle Berry.

According to SeeHer, the organisation’s mission is to “increase the accurate portrayal of all women and girls in marketing, advertising, media, and entertainment, so they see themselves as they truly are and in all their potential.”

The 2023 Critics Choice Awards are set to take place January 15 and during the ceremony, Monáe will be awarded the SeeHer Award by their Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery co-star Kate Hudson.

Glass Onion was released on Netflix at the end of last year and quickly racked up over 80 million viewing hours during its opening weekend. 

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‘Glass Onion’ introduced a whole new cast of suspects. CREDIT: Netflix

Speaking to NME about her role in the film, Janelle Monáe said that the “Number One rule” of Glass Onion was to be “entertaining”.

“This is a murder mystery whodunnit film that is meant to take people on a ride and an experience first,” said Monáe. “The other beautiful thing about it is because the characters are modernised, the audience members will take away from it who they are and what experience they know.

“I hadn’t done comedy. There are so many comedic moments in a specific tone that Rian has created. I think he’s been very innovative in this whodunnit space.”

They also teased a new album, joking that they had a “clone” for music who has been hard at work in the studio.

Monáe saw in the New Year by sharing a snippet of new music via a now-deleted Instagram post.

The post Janelle Monáe to be awarded SeeHer Award at Critics Choice Awards 2023 appeared first on NME.


By: Ali Shutler
Title: Janelle Monáe to be awarded SeeHer Award at Critics Choice Awards 2023
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‘American Fiction’ Star Jeffrey Wright To Receive Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs International Film Awards

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The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Jeffrey Wright is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award, for his performance in Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction. The Film Awards will take place on January 4, 2024, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 15, 2024. The event will be sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and […]


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Title: ‘American Fiction’ Star Jeffrey Wright To Receive Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs International Film Awards
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Should We Send Humans to Venus?

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NASA is preparing to send humans back to the Moon with the Artemis missions in the next few years as part of the agency’s Moon to Mars Architecture with the long-term goal of landing humans on the Red Planet sometime in the 2030s or 2040s. But what about sending humans to other worlds of the Solar System? And, why not Venus? It’s closer to Earth than Mars by several tens of millions of kilometers, and despite its extremely harsh surface conditions, previous studies have suggested that life could exist in its clouds. In contrast, we have yet to find any signs of life anywhere on the Red Planet or in its thin atmosphere. So, should we send humans to Venus?

“Yes, we should send humans to Venus,” Dr. Paul Byrne, who is an Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, tells Universe Today. “But first, let’s talk about what ‘sending humans to Venus’ actually means. The surface of Venus is hellish, so nobody would last long there nor volunteer to go. Above the clouds, the temperature and pressure are almost like a nice spring day here on Earth, so aside from tiny sulphuric acid cloud droplets you’d be okay (with a breathing apparatus).”

These “hellish” conditions that Dr. Byrne alludes to are the extreme conditions across the surface of Venus, including surface pressures 92 times that of Earth’s surface and average surface temperatures of approximately 464 degrees Celsius (867 degrees Fahrenheit). In contrast, Earth’s average surface temperatures are a calm 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). These extreme pressures and temperatures have made landing on the surface of Venus even more difficult, as the former Soviet Union continues to be the only nation to have successfully landed on Venus’ surface, having accomplished this feat with several of their Venera and Vega missions. However, the longest mission duration for the lander was only 127 minutes (Venera 13), which also conducted the first sound recording on another planet.

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Color images taken by the Soviet Union’s Venera 13 lander on the surface of Venus on March 1, 1982, with the lander surviving only 127 minutes due to Venus’s extreme surface conditions. (Credit: NASA)

“If we were to send humans to Venus, they’d be going in a spacecraft that would fly by the planet en route somewhere else,” Dr. Byrne tells Universe Today. “If we were to one day send humans actually to Venus itself for science and engineering purposes, then a cloud-based habitat is the way to go. Getting humans onto the Venus surface is going to require so much technology and expense that, for the foreseeable future, I don’t think anyone will think it worth doing.”

A 2015 study presented at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition outlined a NASA study for the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) mission that would involve a 30-day crewed mission using an airship equipped with solar panels within the upper atmosphere of Venus. This is because Venus’ upper atmosphere at approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) above the surface exhibits much more hospitable conditions, including temperatures between 30 to 70 degrees Celsius (86 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressures very close to that of Earth. However, Dr. Byrne refers to HAVOC as an “unbelievably expensive concept”.

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Artist rendition of proposed habitable airships traversing Venus’ atmosphere, which has been proposed as the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) mission. (Credit: NASA)

As for using Venus while en route to another location in the Solar System, Venus has been used on several occasions to slingshot spacecraft to the outer Solar System as well as for exploration of the inner Solar System, such as Mercury and the Sun. For example, NASA’s Galileo and Cassini spacecraft used gravity assists

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Oscars 2024: What to Make of the Gothams and Other Critics Awards to Come


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The Gotham Awards were held the other night, and the results were very Film Twitter-friendly. By that, I mean, no straight white men were awarded. In a lineup of names for Lead Performance, they have stuffed them all into a category together, almost as a dare. They’re daring voters to pick the straight white guy […]


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Title: Oscars 2024: What to Make of the Gothams and Other Critics Awards to Come
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