Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from June 21st to 30th, 2020 - Update #41

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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ACADEMY AWARDS - From YahooUSA:  Academy exceeds inclusion goal after #OscarsSoWhite: New voters are 45% female, 36% diverse.

CELEBRITY-BLM - From YahooEntertainmentJohn Wayne was not a racist says the late actor's son, Ethan Wayne.

MOVIES - From Collider:  The site has several images from David Ayers' upcoming thriller, "The Tax Collector," starring Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto.

BLM-CRIME-HISTORY - From Alabama.com:  16th Street Baptist Church bomber Thomas Blanton dies in prison.  The bombing, which occurred in 1963, is known for the "Four Little Girls."

MOVIES - From YahooMoviesUK:  "John Wick" director, Chad Stahelski, says that a reboot of the 1980s action-fantasy movie cult classic, "Highlander," is "in heavy development mode."

CELEBRITY-POLITICS - From TheDailyBeast:   How Mary Trump (President Donald's niece) Found Herself in the Hot Mess of a William Faulkner Novel

MUSIC-STREAMING - From Variety:  The streaming service, Disney+, will releases Beyonce's new visual album, "Black is King," July 31st.  The LP is inspired by "The Lion King," and its released date is just after the one-year anniversary of the 2019 release of Disney's live-action version of "The Lion King."

LGBTQ - From YahooLifestyle:  Gay ER doctor who survived COVID-19 says he can't donate plasma because he’s sexually active

POLITICS - From RSN:  "Saint Donald and the Dragon" - Donald Trump and the China!

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Bubba Wallace on Confederate flag ban protests: 'We won’t see cops pepper-spraying them and shooting them with rubber bullets'

MOVIES - From THR:  Actor Margot Robbie and writer Christina Hodson, who teamed up on "Birds of Prey," are reunited on a new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.  It is separate from the other reboot being developed "Pirates" scribe, Ted Elliot," and "Chernobyl" writer Craig Mazin.

MOVIES - From THR:  The release date of Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" has been delayed again, from July 31st to August 12th, 2020.

MOVIES - From THR:  Inside "Hollywood's nastiest producer feud," the story of Roy Lee vs. John Middleton.

POLITICS - From TheGuardian:  How the US military has failed to address white supremacy in its ranks.  This is in the wake of an alleged plot by a young solider to coordinate with a neo-Nazi group to attack and kill members of his own army unit.

BLM-ANIMATION - From TVGuideJenny Slate will no longer voice Missy on Netflix's "Big Mouth": 'Black Characters on an Animated Show Should be Played by Black People'

From BuzzFeed:  Voice actor Mike Henry has retired from providing the voice of "Family Guy" African-American character, "Cleveland Brown."  He is the latest white voice performer to announce that he is exiting the voice role of a Black character, following Jenny Slate leaving Big Mouth and Kristen Bell shifting to a different role on Central Park.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") and Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") have united to make a film adaptation of the documentary, "Virunga," about rangers who risk their lives to protect an African national park and its endangered gorillas.

BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  27 years after it first hit movie theaters, "Jurassic Park" was the #1 movie at the Father's Day weekend box office.  Steven Spielberg, who directed "Jurassic Park," had a big weekend as his 1975 classic, "Jaws" was a close second.

TRAILERS - From Deadline:  Disney+ releases the first trailer for the live-action version of the Broadway smash, "Hamilton."  The film arrives on Disney+ July 3rd, 2020.

CULTURE-BLM - From THR:  African-American Hollywood attorney, Nina Shaw, writes a guest column on being "the Only Black Person in the Room" for 30-plus years.

CELEBRITY - From YahooDailyBeast:  Actress Bryce Dallas Howard talks about having Oscar-winning producer-director, Ron Howard, as her father.  The interview is done in conjunction with Bryce's new documentary film, "Dads," which debuted on Apple TV+.

MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  An acoustic guitar belonging to the late Kurt Cobain of the band, Nirvana, sold for a record 6-plus million dollars at auction.  That is the highest auction price ever paid for a guitar.  The 1959 Martin D-19E is the guitar Cobain played for the entirety of his "MTV Unplugged" performance.

CELEBRITY-COVID-19 - From ABCNews:  Comedian D.L. Hughley passed out while performing on stage in Nashville TN.  Afterwards, he tested positive for COVID-19 at a local hospital.

MOVIES - From YahooGMAJamie Foxx shows off his body transformation for his starring role in a biopic of champion boxer, Mike Tyson.


From Deadline:  Pioneering television comedy writer and director, Carl Reiner has died at the age of 98, Monday, June 29, 2020.  Reiner is best known as the creator and writer-director and actor on "The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66).  Five of the 9 Primetime Emmy Awards Reiner won were for his work on the show.  He first came to big TV fame and acclaim working on Sid Ceasar's TV series, "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) and "Ceasar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57).  Reiner was also famous for being the son of television and film writer, director, and actor, Rob Reiner.

From Variety:  Animator and director, Kelly Asbury, has died at the age of 60, Friday, June 26, 2020.  Asbury co-directed "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002) and directed "Shrek 2" (2004).  He began his career with Walt Disney Feature Animation and, he worked on such films as "The Black Cauldron" (1985) and "Toy Story" (1995).

From Deadline:  Noted film director, Joel Schumacher, has died at the age of 80, Monday, June 22, 2020.  Schumacher was known for a number of films, including "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Flatliners" (1990), "The Client" (1994), and "A Time to Kill" (1996).  He caused ire among comic book fans with his two contributions to the Batman film franchise, "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Batman and Robin" (1997).

From Deadline:  American businessman and film financier, Steve Bing, has died at the age of 55, Monday, June 22, 2020.  In the film business, Bing invested in two animated films by director Robert Zemeckis, "The Polar Express" (2004) and "Beowulf."  He founded Shangri-La Entertainment, which had interests in property, construction, entertainment, and music.


From RSN:  The four corners of police violence

From TheIntercept:  Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further.

From YahooNews:  "The Confederacy of California": life in the valley where Robert Fuller was found hanged

From CNN:  Colorado police officers involved in the death of Elijah McClain reassigned for safety reasons.

From Truthout: " Three North Carolina Police Fired for Racist Rants, Threats to Kill Black People" - and what they said is crazy and scary

From Truthout: Bryant Gumbel Gives Powerful Commentary on the 'Black Tax,' the 'Added Burden' of Being Black

From YahooEntertainment:  Oscar-nominated songwriter and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Ray Parker, Jr., may be best known for writing the theme to the film, "Ghostbusters," but when he was a teenager, Parker was beaten by Detroit police officers.

From RSNewYorker:  Jelani Cobb: An American Spring of Reckoning.

From NBCNews:  Baton Rouge, LA activist, Gary Chambers, makes an impassioned speech about changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Baton Rouge.

From YahooNews:  Racial violence and a pandemic: How the Red Summer of 1919 relates to 2020

From DemocracyNow:   Fear Grows of Modern-Day Lynchings as Five People of Color Are Found Hanged


From CDC:   The Centers for Disease Control has a "COVID Data Tracker."

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 JuanCole:  Remeber when President Donald went crazy and suggested that we ingest household cleaning supplies and UV light to fight COVID-19.  Here is the video and commentary from Juan Cole.

From TheIntercept:  The federal government has ramped up security and police-related spending in response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, including issuing contracts for riot gear, disclosures show. The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves...

From NPR:  A sad milestone: over 100,000 American have died due to COVID-19.

From TheAtlanticThe Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying. The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.

From ProPublica:  Hospital's Secret COVID-19 Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns

From Truthout:  Trump Moves to End Federal Support for Testing Sites Amid Record COVID Spikes

From TheGuardian:  More than 20 million Americans could have contracted COVID-19, experts say.

From RSN/WashPost:  The COVID-19 mutation that has taken over the world.


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