by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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BLACK AMERICA AND COVID-19 - Crisis or... :
From YahooNews: A tale of two parks: Enjoying the sun in wealthy Manhattan, social distancing under police scrutiny in the Bronx
From YahooGMA: (4/28) - Rana Zoe Mungin, a 30-year-old teacher from Brooklyn, died on Monday, April 27th for COVID-19. She had twice been denied a test for the coronavirus after showing symptoms. Her family and friends blame racial disparity in the health care system.
From RSNWashPost: How COVID-19 is a perfect storm for Black Americans.
CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 NEWS - Hollywood and Beyond:
From YahooNews: Why does COVID-19 kill some people and hardly affects others?
From YahooNews: Yahoo has a dedicated page of links updating news about COVID-19.
From Deadline: The news site "Deadline" has a dedicated page for news about coronavirus and the film, TV, and entertainment industries.
From TheNewYorker: The venerable magazine has a dedicate COVID-19 page free to all readers.
From YahooNews: Re: the federal government's response to COVID-19: What if the most important election of our lifetime was the last one - 2016?
From YahooLife: What is "happy hypoxia?" And do you have this COVID-19 symptom?
From YahooNews: The U.S. Secret Service has 11 positive cases of COVID-19.
From CNN: One of President Donald's personal valet has test positive for COVID-19.
From YahooNews: Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, has written a letter to top officials in the U.S. Congress asking them to increase SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in the next coronavirus legislation. She said many children are going hungry due to job loss and not being in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From YahooNews: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Laurie Garrett, who has been predicting the global spread of contagious pathogens for decades sees dark times ahead of us because of COVID-19 and no medical miracle arriving anytime soon.
From YahooNews: As states push ahead with reopening, CDC warns coronavirus cases and deaths are set to soar
From Deadline: (4/30) - Broadway actor, Nick Cordero, has taken a turn for the worse in his battle against COVID-19, including having tremendous lung damage.
From YahooFinance: Sixteen prominent health officials have proposed giving American $50 a day to self-isolate until testing and treatment for COVID-19 is under control.
From YahooNews: Anti-vaccination activists (or anti-vaxxers) have joined and in some cases have led the protests against COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
CULTURE - From PulitzerPrizes: The 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.
DISNEY+ - From Deadline: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on a TV series reboot of his Disney hit film series, "National Treasure."
STREAMING - From BleedingCool: Director Spike Lee's next film, "Da 5 Bloods," will debut on Netflix June 12th.
POLITICS - From HuffPost: Veteran Democratic strategist and political consultant, James Carville, warns President Donald about his "grifter campaign.
MOVIES - From RottenTomatoes: Neve Campbell, who played the central character "Sidney Prescott" in the first four "Scream" films, may return for "Scream 5."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: CBS has renewed 18 more of its TV series, bringing the total of renewed series to 23. The network has cancelled four including Patricia Heaton's "Carol's Second Act."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has named former Netflix executive, Sarah Bremner, as president of her ARRAY Filmworks.
MOVIES - From Deadline: NASA, Tom Cruise, and crazy rich guy Elon Musk are working on a project that would be the first movie (an action-adventure) shot in outer space.
STREAMING - From Deadline: The streaming service, "Peacock" (Universal), has chosen a showrunner for its reboot (the second) of "Battlestar Galactica." It's Michael Lesslie, who was the lead writer and showrunner of AMC's "The Little Drummer Girl."
MOVIES - From Deadline: MGM has won an auction for a production commitment to director Ron Howard's film, "Thirteen Lives," 2018 Thai cave rescue true story.
MOVIES - From Variety: Because you asked for it... I guess... Paramount Pictures and Hasbro are rebooting the "G.I. Joe" film franchise. This new film would be a follow-up to "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins," which is still due October 23rd.
CELEBRITY - From YahooE: Legendary actor Harrison Ford is once again the subject of an FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) investigation over his actions as pilot of a airplane. He has been investigated several times, the most infamous being after he crashed a World War II era plane in 2015 that left Ford with a head wound.
ANIMATION - From THR: Fox claims this is the real reason they fired TV music composer, Alf Clausen, from his job composing music for its long-running animated series, "The Simpson."
From RollingStone: One of the founding fathers of rock and roll music, Little Richard, has died at the age of 87, Saturday, May 9, 2020. He combined blues and gospel music to create a thrilling new sound, and his flamboyant and gender-bending persona helped to create the sound and spirit of a new art form, rock and roll or rock 'n' roll music. His best known recordings included "Tutti Frutti" (1955), "Long Tall Song" (1956), and "Good Golly, Miss Molly" (1958). In 1986, Little Richard was among the first inductees of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
From RollingStone: Music executive and record label founder, Andre Harrell, has died at the age of 59, Friday, May 8, 2020. In 1986, he founded the highly influential music label, "Uptown Record," which was the home of artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Heavy D & The Boyz, and Jodeci, to name a few. Although they would eventually fall out, Harrell was also instrumental in the development of the career of Sean "Diddy" Combs.
From ESPN - Legendary NFL coach, Don Shula, has died at the age of 90, Monday, May 4, 2020. Shula was the coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1969, where he lead them to the 1968 NFL Championship (now called NFC Champion), before losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. He is best known for his stint as head coach of the Miami Dolphins (1970 to 1995), where he lead them to victories in Super Bowls VII and VIII and appearances in Super Bowls XVII and XIX. The 1972 Dolphins finished the regular season 14-0 and won all their postseason games, including the Super Bowl, finishing 17-0, the only NFL team to finish the season with a perfect season.
From THR: The actor Sam Lloyd has died at the age of 56, Friday, May 1, 2020. Lloyd was best known for playing the role of "Ted Buckland" on the NBC-ABC sitcom, "Scrubs" (2001o2010), for 95 episodes. Lloyd was also the nephew of actor Christopher Lloyd.
From Deadline: The film and television director and writer, John Lafia, has died at the age of 63, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, reportedly by suicide. Lafia was best known for co-writing the classic horror film, "Child's Play " (1988) and for directing its sequel "Child's Play" (1990). He also wrote and directed the popular NBC disaster miniseries, "10.5" (2004) and "10.5: Apocalypse" (2006).