VIDEO: Lebanese voters enjoy hookah outside of Michigan polling station

Some Lebanese American voters are turning election day into a ‘Sunday Fun-day!’

The What’s Up digital media network spotted a group of guys smoking hookah outside a polling station Sunday in Dearborn.

WATCH HERE:

Thousands of Lebanese Americans are expected to cast their ballots in the Lebanese parliamentary elections. This is the first time Lebanese citizens are allowed to vote abroad.

About 10,000 Lebanese citizens are registered to vote in the United States, officials said.

READ MORE: Lebanese Americans vote in parliamentary elections.

To see more videos from the What’s Up team, visit their Facebook page.

Audiences are not digging ‘Beirut’ movie, reviews show

Audiences don’t seem to be digging the new movie ‘Beirut,’ which hit the silver screen on April 11. The film has a rotten 56% score on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Several movie buffs have complained the plot follows a stereotypical action sequence. One user wrote, “Pretty generic [movie], but at least Jon Hamm is easy on the eyes.”

The film follows the story of a former American diplomat who returns to service in Beirut in order to save a colleague from a group responsible for the death of his family.

John Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris and Shea Whigham all star in the espionage thriller film.

Social media users have complained the film dehumanizes Arabs and Muslims and ignores the political complexities of the Lebanese Civil War.

In a New York Times article, culture reporter Sopan Deb called the film offensive and dehumanizing. He says there are no Lebanese actors featured in the film, and cites the hashtag #BoycottBeirutMovie as evidence of the trailer’s reception in Lebanon.

Critics also say the film wasn’t shot in Lebanon, and has no Lebanese actors, directors, or cast members.

Daniel Schindel of The Film Stage writes, “Beirut has zero character as a setting, reduced to a generic backdrop of rubble and sand.”

The movie was released on April 11, 2018 and is currently playing in theaters in the U.S. and around the world.

VIDEO: Comedian compares Lebanese and Japanese driving

A Lebanese-Canadian comedian compared Lebanese and Japanese driving styles in a hilarious new YouTube video.

The video titled “How Lebanese People Drive Vs. How Japanese People Drive” is the newest in his series called “FRAJALICAN,” which are skits of comedian Mike Hachem and his French-Japanese friend.

Hachem creates and uploads comedic videos about Lebanese culture on his YouTube channel.

Watch his newest skit here:

To watch more of Mark Hachem’s videos, check out his Facebook page by clicking here.

Lebanese beauty blogger Maya Ahmad lives it up at Coachella

Lebanese Instagram star and beauty blogger Maya Ahmad partied hard at the Coachella music and arts festival in Indio, California.

The YouTube and Instagram star, who has more than half a million subscribers and 1.1 million followers, posted a photo on her Instagram page dressed in denim shorts and a cropped neck top.

The Coachella festival is one of the largest, most profitable music festivals in the world. It features artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop and electronic dance movement.

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Maya’s Instagram post said, “#Coachella Day 2. Still not over Beyonce.” Beyonce was one of many well-known performers at the festival.

To see more of Maya’s page, click here.

WATCH: Elissa music video hits 3 million views in first week

Lebanese superstar Elissa is breaking new records after the music video of her new song “Aaks Elli Shayfenha” hit more than 3 million views in its first week.

The song was posted on July 19 by Rotana Records, the Arab World’s largest record label, which has 4.5 million subscribers.

WATCH: “AAKS ELLI SHAYFENHA”

The hit music video is directed by Lebanese director Angy Jammal, who collaborated with Elissa for the fourth time after music videos for “Ya Merayti,” “Hob Kol Hayaty,” and “Saharna Ya Leil,” according to a press release.

“Aaks Elli Shayfenha” is composed by Amir Teima and with lyrics by Walid Saad. The song comes from Elissa’s album, “Saharna Ya Leil.”

Elissa, whose real name is Elissar Zakaria Khoury, is a popular Lebanese recording artist, and the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 2006.

She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

WATCH: Egyptian friends add oriental beats to ‘Despacito’

Road trips are probably a blast with Egyptian duo Adel Nabil and Peter Gabra.

The friends posted a Facebook video of themselves rocking out to the Puerto Rican single “Despacito,” and the Internet is loving it!

The video has nearly 2 million views and counting.

Nabil posted the video with caption, “Because we have a different Flavor! 😎 #Despacito.”

“Despacito,” which means slowly in Spanish, has already broke records as the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion streams, according to Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

WATCH: Egyptian friends add oriental beats to ‘Despacito’

George and Amal Clooney welcome birth of twins

George and Amal Clooney have welcomed the birth of twins Ella and Alexander Clooney.

The pair was born Tuesday morning at a hospital in London, according to Clooney spokesperson Stan Rosenfield. Both are “happy, healthy and doing fine,” he said.

Clooney, 56, and British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 39, married in 2014. Ella and Alexander are the first children for both.george-amal-clooney-twins-2

“I didn’t know that we’d have kids,” Clooney told reporters after announcing Amal’s pregnancy. “I was very happy that we were going to get married and then (children) seemed like the next step.”

The twins are British citizens by birth, but can apply for dual citizenship, according to immigration expert Atousa Saei. However, the children cannot legally become Lebanese citizens.

A nearly century-old Lebanese law restricts Lebanese women from passing citizenship to their spouse or children. According to Reuters, more than 77,000 Lebanese find themselves in a similar situation.

Photos of the babies have not yet been released. A publicist said no other details were immediately available as of Tuesday afternoon.

A publicist joked, “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

WATCH: George Clooney is a Father of Twins!

Melhem Zein releases new single composed by late Melhem Barakat

(BEIRUT) – Lebanese singer Melhem Zein released a new single composed by legendary composer and singer Melhem Barakat, who died last week at the age of 71.

The single, “Marti W Ana,” was set to release later this year, but Zein wanted to honor Barakat’s legacy by releasing the song early.

“Marti W Ana” which translates to “My Wife and I” was just one of the songs Barakat was composing before his death. Reports say he was also working on “Albi Al Walhan” or “My Heart That’s in Love.”

Barakat’s music career started in the 1960s and hit its peak when he joined the Rahbanis’ musical theater. He later grew into one of the most popular stars in Lebanon, and toured in Australia, South America, Canada and the U.S.

He died Oct. 28 at Hôtel-Dieu de France hospital in Achrafieh, Lebanon.

LISTEN to ‘Marti W Ana’:

Lebanon elects new ‘Miss’ but still no president

(BEIRUT) — Oh, the irony!

A new Miss Lebanon for 2015 was elected on Monday, proving that some elections do actually exist in Lebanon!

While the presidential palace in Baabda remains empty, a panel of judges somehow managed to appoint a new Miss Lebanon to represent the country in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

Clearly, representation at these pageants is far more important than representation at international security meetings and among world leaders.

The beauty is Valerie Abou Chacra, a 23-year-old student at the Lebanese American University, who received the crown from Sally Greige, Miss Lebanon 2014.

Abou Chacra beat out 13 other women with the judges’ votes, including Josline Mosleh and Cynthia Samoeil, who were first runners-up. Nour Nasrallah and Maria Tannous came in second and third place, respectively.

Greige presented Abou Chacra with the Miss Lebanon crown during a live pageant broadcast on LBC. Unlike Lebanon’s own leaders, Greige cannot extend her own term.

Political quarrels have created a stalemate in Lebanon, which has left the country without a president for over a year. President Michel Sleiman’s term expired in May 2014.

So here’s an idea — elect Valerie as president! You don’t have enough women in politics, anyway.

Once again, Lebanon proves to be the land of irony.

Abou Chacra earned a majority of points from the judges. Josline Mosleh and Cynthia Samoeil were first runners-up, and Nour Nasrallah and Maria Tannous came in second and third place, respectively. (Photo via LBCI)
Abou Chacra earned a majority of points from the judges. Josline Mosleh and Cynthia Samoeil were first runners-up, and Nour Nasrallah and Maria Tannous came in second and third place, respectively. (Photo via LBCI)

Myriam Fares announces pregnancy but doesn’t reveal ‘min mekhde’

(BEIRUT) — Lebanese superstar Myriam Fares announced on Instagram she is pregnant! The songstress posted a photo in a long black dress exposing her baby bump for the first time.

Fares married Lebanese-American businessman Danny Mitri last year, but never revealed photos of the mystery man. The wedding hosted only 14 close family members and friends.

Fares first spoke of Mitri in detail on the Lebanese TV show “Al Mutaham,” when she revealed he lived in Miami and traveled often to see her.

“Danny was very close to me,” Fares said. “Every time he came to Lebanon he knew that he had another home in Lebanon.”

Speculations of Fares’ pregnancy started months ago, but she immediately dropped rumors and said it was something she “dreamed” of.

Fares has insisted that Mitri did not want to be in the public limelight. She said hotel security banned cell phones and cameras at her wedding last year.

Lebanese diva Amal Hamadeh is understandably angry with the news. She, along with millions of fans, have been eagerly waiting to see a photo of Mitri.

The new mystery: will Fares reveal photos of the baby?

WATCH Hamadeh’s PSA:

Myriam Fares: Min Mekhde?Hey Myriam Fares – min mekhde? We want to know. 🙂

Posted by Lebanese Examiner on Saturday, October 3, 2015

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