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Personalit­ies

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The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had amiscarria­ge in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.

Meghan described the miscarriag­e in an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday, writing that “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

The former Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have an 18- month- old son, Archie.

The duchess, 39, said she was sharing her story to help break the silence around an all-toocommon tragedy. Britain’s National Health Service says about one in eight pregnancie­s in which a woman is aware she is pregnant ends in miscarriag­e.

Former President Barack Obama, already a million-selling author, is also a prize-winning author.

PEN America announcedW­ednesday that Obama will receive its second annual Voice of Influence Award in recognitio­n of how his writings “have traversed political, social, and ideologica­l bounds and framed a self- reflective humanism that has marked his influence on public life.”

Obama, whose memoir “A Promised Land” came out last week, will be honored Dec. 8 at the literary and human rights organizati­on’s annual gala, to be held virtually because of the coronaviru­s.

TheWeeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nomination­s despite having multiple hits this year.

The three-time Grammy winner criticized the Recording Academy on Tuesday after he was snubbed despite having one of the year’s biggest albums with “After Hours” and being tapped as the Super Bowl halftime headline performer. He also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless.”

Harvey Mason Jr., the academy’s interim president and CEO, released a statement explaining that “unfortunat­ely, every year, there are fewer nomination­s than the number of deserving artists.”

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