Saturday, June 13, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from June 7th to 13th, 2020 - Update #27

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

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Warner Bros. has moved the release of Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" from July 10th to July 31st.

TELEVISION - From YahooEntertainment:  The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has said that TV writer Jas Waters ("This is Us"), who was found dead Tues., June 9th died by suicide.

POLITICS - From YahooSports:  Basketball superstar and legend and NBA champion, LeBron James, has joined other Black athletes and celebrities to form a voting rights group, "More Than a Vote."  The group will be organized as a "501(c)(4) nonprofit."

BLM - From ProPublica:  The Police Have Been Spying on Black Reporters and Activists for Years. I Know Because I’m One of Them. by Wendi C. Thomas

BLM - From YahooNews:  In May 2019, when the late Derrick Scott told Oklahoma City police officers that he could not breath, one of them, Jarred Tipton, said, "I don't care."  Scott was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

CELEBRITY-NFL - From YahooEntertainment:  "How can I do better as a white man," asks Matthew McConaughey.

BLM - From YahooNews:  Basketball legend and NBA and NCAA champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not surprised by the NFL's apology to Black NFL players, nor is he surprised by President Donald's reaction to it.

OLD-TIMEY RACISM - From DeadlineHBOMax is removed the classic film, "Gone with the Wind," from its streaming library.  The film will return to with a "discussion of its historical context."

From YahooEntertainment:  By the way, the Walt Disney Company is not making it controversial live-action/animation film, "Song of the South," available on Disney+.

MOVIES - From LATimes:  Once upon a time, the FBI destroyed the career and life of a young actress (Jean Seberg) because of her association with the Black Panther Party.

BLM - From YahooEntertainment:  Actress Niecy Nash (TNT's "Claws") says that her 28-year-old son, Dominic, had a scary run in with cops after he rolled past a "Stop" sign.

TRAILER - From THR:  "Bill & Ted Face the Music" drops its first trailer.  The film is due August 21st.

BLM - From WashPost:  Newly released video shows N.J. trooper, Sgt. Randall Wetzel, fatally shooting unarmed black man, Maurice Gordon, during traffic stop tussle

PRINCE - From YahooEntertainment:  The estate of the late recording artist, Prince, shares a note from him concerning intolerance.

CULTURE - From NYMag:  Frank Rich: America’s Eternal Battle With Itself - there is no rock bottom.

TELEVISION - From YahooEntertainmentMarta Kaufman, who created NBC's beloved sitcom, "Friends" (with David Crane), apologizes for the series' lack of diversity.

BLACK ACTOR - From Deadline:  British actor Noel Clarke ("Bulletproof," "Star Trek Into Darkness") reveals that a "high-profile agent" recently mistook him for another Black actor.

GRADUATION 2020 - From VarietyMichelle Obama’s Graduation Speech Encourages Activism Beyond Hashtags and Posts.

From VarietyBarack Obama Urges Graduates to Fight Conspiracy Theories, Use "Fact-Based Debate."

COVID-19 From Deadline:  California Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Guidelines For Restarting Film & TV Production On June 12, If Local Conditions Permit

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Arsenio Hall Looks Back On Hosting A Talk Show During 1992 L.A. Riots, Details Run-Ins With Police & Donald Trump

POLITICS - From THR:  Vice-President Joe Biden formerly clinches the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Friday, June 5th.

OSCARS-RACE - From People:  Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo said that their film, "Selma" was snubbed at the 87th Academy Award because cast and crew wore "I can't breathe" T-shirts at the film's 2014 premiere.


From Deadline:  The television series writer and journalist, Jas Waters, has died at the age of 39, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Waters worked on the second season of NBC's "This is Us" and recently on Showtime's "Kidding."  As a journalist, Waters worked for "Vibe" magazines.

From THR:  R&B and pop singer, Bonnie Pointer, has died at the age of 69, Monday, June 8, 2020.  She was a founding member of the vocal group, "The Pointer Sisters."  She was with the group from its founding in 1969 to 1977 when she departed for a solo career.  With her sisters, Bonnie won a Grammy for the song, "Fairytale," but she only managed a few moderate hits in her solo career.

From CNN:  The contemporary artist, Christo, has died at the age of 84, Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (2009), were known for their monumental environmental artworks which often involved massive installations made of fabrics.


From RSN:  George Floyd buried today, June 9th, 2020.

From YahooEntertainmentSpike Lee has released a new short film that connects the dots from his iconic film, "Do The Right Thing" to the police killings of Eric Garner and George Floyd.

From NBCNews:  (5/26) - A Minneapolis black man, George Floyd, dies after pleading with a police officer that he could not breathe.

From BET: - George Floyd died of asphyxiation says autopsy.

From LATimes:  Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge.

From MediumPresident Barack Obama tells young people "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change."


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.


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