- Tony Rodd would have Emma as one of his guest
Tony Rodd, who was among the 3 finalists of this year's Masterchef UK edition, was asked what would be his ideal dinner party guests.
I would invite Sandy Toksvig for her wit and encyclopaedic knowledge, Stewart Lee for his dry sense of humour and the late Nina Simone for her musical talent. Renzo Piano would be there for his architectural magnificence and film star Emma Watson would round off the guests.
- Emma was doing "305 Fitness" when at Brown University
Relative newcomer to the scene 305 Fitness is a triple-threat concept of fun, high intensity, and a spirited 55-minute rave-dance-aerobic-cardio.
The concept originated from 305 Fitness’s 25-year-old founder and mastermind, Sadie Kurzban. The Miami native was inspired by a trip to a club on South Beach: “I looked around the floor and witnessed people dancing, moving, and sweating, surrounded by the wild lights and the DJ’s music pumping through their veins,” says Kurzban. Why not evolve this into a studio concept? What commenced as a series of pop-ups morphed into a brick-and-mortar after the fitness enthusiast won partial funding from an entrepreneurship competition from her alma mater, Brown University (where Emma Watson also took Kurzban’s classes).
The New York City West Village studio (with an outpost in Washington, D.C.) is a mix of Miami Beach-meets-Warhol, decked with poppy decor like flamingos hugging the wall and a sign reading “No Turning Back.” A hidden DJ booth provides the pulsing electric jams and light shows as attendees sweat it out to the likes of Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris, Beyoncé, Tiësto, and Ludacris. Don’t be intimidated by lack of dance experience. Kurzban is first to add, “305 is for everyone—former dancers, people who have no clue how to dance but want to improve, athletes and nonathletes, women and men.”
The 305 motto is “make sweat sexy” and with a ripped set of instructors, this mantra is easily met—especially the sweat. A class of around 32 commences with a quick warm up and quickly segues into a series of dance moves, jumps, squats, twists, and turns. Mid-class, a quick water break is followed by a toning session for arms or legs, more dancing, and a closing stretch. Expect to burn a hefty 800 calories, and for the best results, make sure to mix it up—every class is different.
- Obiageli Ezekwesili mentions Emma
Nigerian activist and Bring Back Our Girls champion Obiageli Ezekwesili has called on President Obama to do more to help find the girls abducted by Islamist group Boko Haram.
“If he could get Osama bin Laden, he could get our girls,” she said.
Ezekwesili, who was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in TIME’s annual issue this year, met with Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who runs a school for former child soldiers in Uganda, at the TIME 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday.
“It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters,” Ezekwesili said. “These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls, that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you.”
She lamented the fact we live in a world where “a child is forced to choose between being alive and being educated.”
Ezekwesili cited some other TIME 100 recipients in her remarks at the gala. “Emma Watson got it right, my father was a he for she,” she said, referencing Watson’s United Nations HeForShe campaign. “Those [kidnapped] girls, their fathers are crying.”
She added, “Who says that out of those 219 girls [there could have been] three Malalas?” (Malala Yousafzai, another recipient, is an activist for women’s education.)
Power said the U.S. was looking at ways to bolster the fight against Boko Haram, which has killed and kidnapped thousands in Nigeria over the past few months. “We’ve been looking at how to throw our weight behind an international force.”
Nyirumbe, who wrote on Ezekwesili for the 2015 TIME 100, said that the meeting between her, Ezekwesili and Power reminded her of “the power of women.”
“I would like to see a lot of people more involved in practical solutions to practical problems,” she said. “Women have got to the point where we can turn the world upside down.”
Ezekwesili shared similar sentiments in her closing remarks. “There’s absolutely nothing that the God I believe in cannot do,” she said. “But the same God has given man and woman the power of choice. Whatever we choose to do, we can accomplish. Let’s choose to bring our girls back, please?”