Janet Yang makes history as first Asian president of film organization that hosts the Oscars
BTS J-Hope makes history with Lollapalooza headlining set
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Janet Yang makes history as first Asian president of film organization that hosts the Oscars — The 66-year-old Hollywood veteran, whose film and TV credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “Shanghai Calling” and “High Crimes,” was elected to her new post on Tuesday.
Film and TV producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With her election, she became the first Asian and only the fourth woman to be elected as president of the film organization since its establishment in 1927.
The 66-year-old Hollywood veteran, whose film and TV credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Shanghai Calling” and “High Crimes,” was elected by the organization’s Board of Governors during a meeting on Tuesday. The Board also voted several other officers into key roles.
Yang, who is of Chinese descent, is set to start her first term as president and her second term as a Governor-at-Large. As prescribed by the Academy’s bylaws, presidents are elected for one-year terms and cannot be elected for more than four consecutive terms.
“Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer was quoted as saying. “I am thrilled that she is taking on the esteemed role of Academy President and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of motion pictures, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”
Yang has been an active member of the Academy’s Producers Branch since 2002. She recently served on the Board as vice president and chair of the Membership Committee.
BTS J-Hope makes history with Lollapalooza headlining set — J-Hope of K-pop mega group BTS became the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago, over the weekend.
J-Hope’s setlist was flanked by BTS songs such as “BTS Cypher Pt. 1,” the tropical remix of “Dynamite,” “Trivia: Just Dance,” and “Outro: Ego.” Singer Becky G joined J-Hope onstage for their 2019 collaboration “Chicken Noodle Soup.”
In an interview with Vulture, J-Hope discussed his decision to perform at Lollapalooza and his thought process regarding the setlist.
“When I chose to perform at Lollapalooza,” he said, “it was actually a very bold resolution, but I don’t regret making that decision because that ambition, that thirst to perform here, led me to where I am right now.”
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