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Secaucus Students in New Jersey breaths Life into Antiquity through Dynamic ‘wax’ Figures

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Students created a docket of the person's life and major accomplishments, and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event through living wax figures, VOA.
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  • The students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks
  • The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person
  • Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way

New Jersey, June 3, 2017: Adorning the attires of living ‘wax’ figures, the third graders at Secaucus’ Huber Street School helped in resurrecting the bygone times.

Various students from schools like Kelly O’Connor, Anna Critelli, Stephen Mastro and Karen Celebrano’s classes impersonated the historic figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana in the second annual Living Wax Museum.

The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person they illustrated with the push of a “press here” button, mentioned nj.com report.

Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way by playing a pivotal role in the history.

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Intense dedication of the students to the project impressed Mastro and won his heart. He said, “the students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks.”

Students created a docket of the person’s life and major accomplishments and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event. These speeches were made with the help of a display board and props that contained photos and information about the current or historical person they were portraying.

“The students put a lot of effort into this project and it shows,” Celebrano said.  “This interactive learning made a big difference in the children’s interest level.”

The wax museum was visited by many visitors that day including the student’s Parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and other non-participating students. It is interesting to note that there were more than 76 lifelike displays to view.

Apart from being an entertaining and amusing activity, it imparted knowledge to the students and the visitors. Praise Malapile who portrayed Oprah Winfrey said that it was a lot of fun to work on that project. He further added: “I learned that Oprah Winfrey best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.”

Jadan Toribio was enthusiastic about portraying Einstein because “I got to dress like him and found out he discovered the theory of relativity.”

Some of the other historical figures depicted at the Living Wax Museum included Helen Keller, Michelle Obama, Lionel Messi, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln.

O’Connor concluded the event saying: “Over the years children have learned about history, but it’s never been real to them.”

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104

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Apple Confirms It’s Deal With Oprah Winfrey For Digital Entertainment

Winfrey and Apple will create original programs

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Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London, March 13, 2018.
Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London, March 13, 2018. VOA

Apple Inc on Friday announced a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programming, a coup in the battle for A-list talent and projects in the booming digital entertainment market.

“Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” Apple said in a statement.

Apple gave no details of the type of programming that Winfrey would create, the value of the deal, or when it might be released. Winfrey had no immediate comment.

Winfrey, 64, an influential movie and TV producer who also publishes a magazine, is expected to appear on screen, a source familiar with the deal said.

Apple has not said how it plans to distribute its programming, to which it has committed an initial $1 billion. The partnership is the biggest original content deal struck by Apple so far as it aims to compete with Netflix Inc,

Amazon.com Inc and Time Warner Inc’s HBO. Netflix, which has said it will spend up to $8 billion on programming this year, in May struck a multiyear deal with former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce films, documentaries and other content.

Harpo Inc. Chairman Oprah Winfrey
Harpo Inc. Chairman Oprah Winfrey, flickr

Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment provider, has also lured prolific television producers Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes away from broadcast television.

Amazon said in November it had bought the global television rights to “The Lord of the Rings” and would produce a multi-season series that explores new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Earlier this week, Amazon also announced a development deal with
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman’s production company for movies and television.

For its part, Apple in November ordered two seasons of a dramatic series with Hollywood stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, looking at the lives of people working on a morning television show.

Other projects Apple has announced include a remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” based on Isaac Asimov’s influential “Foundation” science fiction novels, and a drama from “La La Land” movie director Damian Chazelle.

Under the deal with Winfrey, she will remain chief executive of cable channel OWN, which she launched in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Inc. Winfrey in December extended her contract with OWN through 2025, OWN and Apple said.

Under her contract with OWN, Winfrey can appear on camera on other platforms on a limited basis.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey, flickr

Known in the United States by millions on a first-name basis, Winfrey rose to fame as the host of her own television talk show, using it to build a media empire that spans magazine publishing, movie and television production, cable TV and satellite radio.

Born into poverty, she is one of the world’s wealthiest women and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

A rousing speech by Winfrey at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in January triggered an online campaign to persuade her to run for U.S. president in 2020.

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She dismissed the notion, telling InStyle magazine in an interview, “It’s not something that interests me.” (VOA)