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Kanye West donates $2 million, pays college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

Kanye West donates $2 million, pays college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

Kanye West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, a representative for West told CNN. The donation includes funding for legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago and other cities. West’s representative said he…

Stars support John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech

Stars support John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech

Filmmakers and actors including Jordan Peele and Olivia Wilde are standing by John Boyega after he delivered a rousing speech at a Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday. The “Star Wars” actor rallied crowds at the large demonstration in London’s Hyde Park following the death of George Floyd, telling activists that “now is the time”…

‘Dear…’ and ‘2040’ look for rays of hope amid dark times

‘Dear…’ and ‘2040’ look for rays of hope amid dark times

Amid dark times, a pair of projects premiere this weekend that offer elusive rays of hope. Apple TV+ introduces “Dear…,” a series profiling famous people and their positive impact on the lives of others, while the documentary “2040” explores the possibility of achieving progress on climate change in time to benefit the filmmaker’s four-year-old daughter,…

Dwayne Johnson makes powerful plea for leadership

Dwayne Johnson makes powerful plea for leadership

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a video calling out President Donald Trump in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The actor stated in a video post on his social media channels that the United States is “crippled” and “on its knees begging to be heard and pleading for change.” The video message which was posted…

Mary Pat Gleason, ‘Mom’ actress, dies at 70

Mary Pat Gleason, ‘Mom’ actress, dies at 70

Mary Pat Gleason, a prolific film and television actress, has died, her manager, Todd Justice, announced in a statement Wednesday. She was 70. “For those of you that were unaware, Mary Pat had been fighting the most heroic battle with cancer after being in remission for quite some time. She continued to work on shows…

Beyoncé urges fans to remain ‘focused’ in fight for justice for George Floyd

Beyoncé urges fans to remain ‘focused’ in fight for justice for George Floyd

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is encouraging her fans to remain “focused” in the fight for justice for George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes during his arrest. His death has sparked demonstrations in the United States…

Chris Trousdale, former member of Dream Street, dead at 34

Chris Trousdale, a singer best known for his years as a member of the boy band Dream Street, has died, according to his manager. He was 34. “It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Chris Trousdale on June, 2, 2020 from an undisclosed illness,” said a statement from Trousdale’s manager,…

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ cast donates $100,000 to bail relief fund for protesters

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ cast donates $100,000 to bail relief fund for protesters

The cast of the television show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has made a 100,000 donation to the National Bail Fund Network. Dan Goor, co-creator of the show, took to Twitter to make the announcement and to “condemn” the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. “The cast and showrunner of…

Keke Palmer asks National Guard members to ‘march with us’ during protest

Keke Palmer asks National Guard members to ‘march with us’ during protest

Keke Palmer was on the frontlines of a peaceful demonstration in Hollywood Tuesday. The actress spoke passionately to several members of the National Guard who were at the scene, asking them to march alongside protesters and telling them to “be the change” in the fight against racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd. “We…

Wanda Sykes calls on white people to ‘step up’ to stop racism

Wanda Sykes calls on white people to ‘step up’ to stop racism

In a powerful video posted to Instagram on Monday, Wanda Sykes called on white people to “step up” and take on systematic racism Captioning it “#blacklivesmatter I’ve been drinking…but that’s when the truth comes,” Sykes addressed her feelings in a nearly 14-minute video about the nationwide demonstrations against ​police brutality, following the arrest and death…

Jay-Z takes out full-page ads across the country in dedication to George Floyd

Jay-Z takes out full-page ads across the country in dedication to George Floyd

Jay-Z has partnered with families who have lost sons to police violence, along with fellow activists and attorneys, to take out full-page ads in newspapers across the country to honor George Floyd. The ad is captioned, “in dedication to George Floyd. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd,” and quotes a passage from a speech made by Dr. Martin Luther King…

Entertainment leaders release Covid-19 production guidelines

Entertainment leaders release Covid-19 production guidelines

Hollywood is inching closer to getting back to work, with the entertainment industry’s guilds and unions signing off on a 22-page guideline document designed to establish safety protocols for producing movies and TV in the age of coronavirus. The agreement comes after a protracted period of negotiation among the various constituencies — including actors, directors…

Jimmy Fallon reflects on his blackface mistake in ‘Tonight Show’ monologue

Jimmy Fallon reflects on his blackface mistake in ‘Tonight Show’ monologue

Jimmy Fallon used “The Tonight Show” to have a discussion about racism in America on Monday night. Fallon began the episode by saying it would be a “different kind of show,” and readdressed his participation in a “Saturday Night Live” skit from 2000 in which he appeared in blackface to impersonate Chris Rock. “I had…

‘The Betty Broderick Story’ gets a fresh look from ‘Dirty John’ miniseries

‘The Betty Broderick Story’ gets a fresh look from ‘Dirty John’ miniseries

Betty Broderick was the subject of high-rated TV movies in 1992 — back when women who killed their ex-husbands, as she did, found notoriety on major networks, not Lifetime. A new limited series under the “Dirty John” umbrella, “The Betty Broderick Story,” offers a much more nuanced approach to the tale — a welcome makeover…

Roger Ailes leaves Fox News

Roger Ailes leaves Fox News

By Brian Stelter, cnn Fox News chief Roger Ailes has resigned from the network following sexual harassment allegations, 21st Century Fox confirmed Thursday. Ailes’ departure is effective immediately and Rupert Murdoch himself is now the cable news channel’s chairman and acting CEO. Ailes said in a letter to Murdoch, “I am proud of our accomplishments…

Americans drink more when merry, polls shows

Americans drink more when merry, polls shows

By Lauren Booker, Special to CNN (CHICAGO) As countless revelers will prove on St. Patrick’s Day, drinking and being merry go hand in hand. Now a poll is backing up that truism. The Harris survey found that Americans who are 21 and older more often choose to drink alcohol during good times instead of when facing a…