by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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NETFLIX - From Variety: Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling are set to star in "The Gray Man," a 200 million dollar thriller from Netflix. "Avengers" filmmakers, brother Joe and Anthony Russo, will direct from a script by Joe and “Endgame” screenwriters. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The goal is to create a franchise and create a universe from that.
COMIC BOOKS - From USAToday: A-list actor Keanu Reeves is now a superstar comic book creator. He is writing "BRZRKR," which Alessandro Vitti will drawn and BOOM! Studios will publish. This article has some preview art from the series.
TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct: NBC has set "Home Sweet Home," an unscripted "social experiment" series from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. TV.
POLITICS - From MotherJones: Senator Jeff Sessions political career goes out in a blaze Ku Klux Klan glory.
CELEBRITY - From VanityFair: Oscar and Emmy-winning actress Viola Davis is the cover feature on the new issue of "Vanity Fair." For the first time in the venerable magazine's history, an African-American photographer photographs an African-American cover subject (Viola Davis).
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Fox New personality Tucker Carlson expressed some fury on the Mon., July 13th edition of his show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Carlson is angry that people are happy that his head writer, the African-American-hating, LGBTQ-hating, woman-hating Blake Neff, resigned from the show after Neff's penchant for anonymously posting his hate online was revealed by CNN.
BREAKING NEWS - From TMZ: The body of former "Glee" actress, Naya Rivera, has reportedly been found and removed from Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. She had been missing since a Wed, July 8th boat outing with her four-year old son.
From YahooNews: Naya Rivera "Mustered Enough Energy: to Get Son on Boat but 'Not Enough to Save Herself': says Police
STAR TREK - From Deadline: There is key art and a trailer for the animated comedy "Star Trek: Lower Decks." The series debuts August 6, 2020 on the streaming service, CBS All Access.
TELEVISION - From EW: Matthew Cherry is turning his Oscar-winning animated short film, "Hair Love," into "Young Love," a 12-episode animate series for HBO Max.
LITERATURE - From Deadline: Stephen King’s latest bestselling four novella collection, "If It Bleeds," has quickly garnered three option deals. A fourth option needs some extra deal-making because it involves a preexisting character htat just starred in an HBO series adaptation.
From CNNPolitics: Iconic American Civil Rights Movement leader, Congresmman John Lewis (D-Georgia), has died at the age of 80, Friday, July 17, 2020. Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and he was one of the "Big Six" leaders of the groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis played many key roles in the movement, including being one of the original 1961 Freedom Riders.
From CNN: Iconic American Civil Rights Movement leader and minister, C.T. Vivian, has died at the age of 95, Friday, July 17, 2020. Among the many important things he did and in which he participated, the images of him being beaten by Alabama sheriff, Jim Clark, helped galvanize wider support for the Civil Rights movement. In 1961, Vivian also participated in the "Freedom Rides."
From THR: The TV and film actress, Galyn Gorg, has died at the age of 55, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. George appeared in a number of TV series as a star and as a guest star, including "Twin Peaks," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Star Trek: Voyager" and "M.A.N.T.I.S," to name a few. She has memorable supporting role in the 1990 film, "RoboCop 2" as "Angie" an ambitious bad girl addicted to the drug "Nuke."
From THR: Roboticist, electrical engineer, and TV personality, Grant Imahara, has died at the age of 49, Monday, July 13, 2020. Imahara was known for TV series, "MythBusters" and "White Rabbit Project." He also worked for Lucasfilm for over a decade.
From Deadline: The body of actress, model and singer, Naya Rivera, has been found. She has died at the age of 33. Rivera began her television acting career on the short-lived series, "The Royal Family" (1991-92, CBS). Rivera was best known for the role of "Santana Lopez" on the FOX TV series, "Glee" (2009-15). The "Deadline" link connects to the site's page dedicated to articles about Naya Rivera.
From Deadline: The film and TV actress Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57, Sunday, July 12, 2020. She was best known for her roles in such films as "Twins" (1988) and "Jerry Maguire" (1996). Preston was also married to Oscar-nominated actor, John Travolta.
BLACK LIVES MATTER NEWS:
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 NYPost: Caramel, Indiana Catholic priest suspended for comparing Black Lives Matters activists to maggots.
From NBCNews: NYPD is disbanding a unit that is the 'last chapter' of stop-and-frisk
From YahooLifestyle: A history of the "Karen."
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 TheAtlantic: The 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.
7/13 - From YahooSports: Maybe a pandemic means that there will not be college football this fall.
7/13- From YahooNews: The CDC adds four new symptoms (including nausea and purple or blue lesions on feet and toes) to the list of COVID-19 symptoms.
7/15 - From Truthout: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) becomes the first governor known to test positive for COVID-19, a pandemic he initially treated with skepticim.
7/16 - From YahooInsider: This California woman's actions inside a Starbucks concerning wearing masks is indicative of a particular side of the American character.
7/17 - From YahooNews: A 37-year-old U.S. Army veteran who went viral for not wanting to wear a mask... has died of complications of COVID-19.