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Alessia Cara on Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’: ‘She Just Laid It All Out’

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This piece is part of our ongoing coverage of Rolling Stone’s newly updated 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black topped Alessia Cara’s personal ballot and landed at number 33 on the overall list. Here, Cara reflects on how the album comforted and inspired her during a formative time. (Go here to read the complete list of 500 Greatest Albums voters and learn more about how the current ranking was assembled.)

I remember seeing the music video for “Rehab” on MTV when I was nine or 10 years old and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the song, with her voice, with her. She just really captivated me. When the record came out, it was everything to me. I loved it so much. I remember I downloaded all of the songs on this little hot pink iPod Nano and I listened to it on the bus ride to and from school almost every day. I was probably too young to even be listening to that music because she swore a lot and the subject matter was super heavy, but for some reason I still identified with it. I identified with the loneliness and the certain types of vulnerabilities and fears and pain that she was experiencing. Even though she was a lot older than me, I still identified with it and loved her. 

There was a period of time in school where I didn’t have a lot of friends and I was sort of just a recluse. I had that feeling all throughout high school — that sense of solitude, and feeling discomfort in that. Amy Winehouse is one of the reasons that I wanted to become a musician in the first place. I remember watching her acoustic performances before she became, you know, Amy Winehouse. She was just up there with her guitar and she never sang the same way twice. That was something that I loved about her, that I’m still trying to do. She is one of the most honest songwriters I’ve ever listened to in my life. She was exclusively herself at all times. She was never afraid to say anything. She just laid it all out. She just went there and sat in the discomfort, invited her pain in and sat with it. 

The things that she’s saying are not pretty things. They’re not sugarcoated. And sometimes they’re ugly. Sometimes your feelings are ugly. Your days are going to be ugly. Your pain is ugly. But when you talk about it so openly, I think that’s where you find your real strength and that’s where it becomes beautiful. An album like Back to Black opened so many doors for all young women after her to be able to say what they wanted to — unapologetically. And she definitely did that for me. So that’s why it was my number one — because not only is it just a masterpiece in itself, because she changed everything for young women in this industry. 

I think Amy definitely took lot of blows that we don’t have to take nowadays — because she took them all. I remember some headlines while she was still alive that were just brutal. It’s crazy that now, after she passed, people just took all that back and were like, “Oh, never mind. She was a legend.” Why couldn’t you see that when she was around? People just mistreated her so much. 

As told to Brenna Ehrlich

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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