Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, physician, feminist, secular humanist and human rights activist Taslima Nasrin is known for her writing on women's oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas for her death. Her works are translated into 30 languages. She is blacklisted and banished from Bangladesh and Bengal region.
American filmmaker and film distributor Ava Marie DuVernay celebrates her birthday today. She has won directing award in U.S. dramatic competition at 2012 Sundance Film Festival for Middle of Nowhere, and became the first black woman to win the award. She also became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
Founder of Svatantra Microfin, CuroCarte and co-founder of Mpower, Ananya Birla is a singer, entrepreneur and mental health advocate. She signed up with Universal Music India in 2016 and is the first Indian artist with an English language single to go platinum. She has received the ET Panache Trendsetters of 2016 award for Young Business Person.
English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa, which means “love” in Albanian, celebrates her birthday today. She was a model before she signed with the Warner Music Group in 2015 and released her first song, "New Love." Her single "One Kiss" with Calvin Harris reached number one in the UK in 2018. She has won three Brit Awards and two Grammy Awards.
German film director and writer Angelina Maccarone made her directorial debut with the coming-out comedy Kommt Mausi raus?! In 1995 and was nominated for the Telestar award. But it was Alles wird gut in 1998 that won an award. In 2005, her feature-film Fremde Haut was released. It won Jury Grand Prize at International LGBT Festival in Montreal.
American singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato turns 26 today. Having acquired a place in the top 5 of Billboard 200 with all her 6 albums, she has received a "Mental Health Award" at National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day annual event in 2013. She was also honoured with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her services to LGBT activism.