by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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San Diego ComicCon@Home 2020:
From YouTube: ComicCon's YouTube channel.
From YouTube: Dispatches from Middle-earth: What’s New for Tolkien Fans.
MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment: There is a possibility of a musical collaboration between Big Boi, the rapper of the Grammy-winning OutKast, and reclusive and beloved British singer-songwriter, Kate Bush.
TYLER PERRY - From Deadline: The first season of a TV series produced entirely during COVID-19 is almost in the can. Filming is scheduled to conclude today, July 25th, on Season 2 of Tyler Perry’s BET series, "Sistas."
SPORTS - From NFL: Trailblazing Pittsburgh Steelers scout, Bill Nunn, deserves spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, says NFL.com columnist Jim Trotter.
STAR TREK - From Variety: "Star Trek’" Universe’s Comic-Con Panel Teases New Shows and Champions Diversity
TELEVISION - Variety: Is Hollywood slowly killing cable television?
MOVIES - From Variety: Universal Pictures wants the planned "shot-in-outer-space" Tom Cruise movie that will be directed by Doug Liman. Elon Musk's SpaceX and NASA will fully cooperate with this film's production.
MUSIC - From Variety: Taylor Swift has announced that she will release a new LP, "Folklore," Thursday (July 23rd) midnight.
POLITICS - From YahooFinance: Media mogul Byron Allen shares his thoughts on President Trump. "... he's nothing more than temporary hired help."
DISNEY - From THR: Disney animation pioneer, Ruthie Tompson, has turned 110-years-old. Shis is a pioneer both in animation and at Walt Disney. She first joined the Ink and Paint Department. During the next four decades, Tompson worked in various capacities, including reviewing animation cels before they were filmed and scene planning on films such as "Fantasia," "Dumbo," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Mary Poppins."
MUSIC-CULTURE - From TheAtlantic: Grammy-winning recording artist, Dave Grohl, writes, "In Defense of Out Teacher."
BLM-CULTURE - From Truthout: A New Wave of Pan-Africanism Seeks to Combat Global Anti-Black Racism
POLITICS - From TheHill: On Mon., July 20th, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a "fucking bitch" during a heated confrontation that he initiated.
COMICS - From CNN: Keanu Reeves is writing a comic book - BRZRKR - which is coming out in October.
NETFLIX: From Deadline: Netflix has won the rights to a movie star-cast package featuring Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, and director Sam Esmail, creator of the USA TV series, "Mr. Robot." Entitled "Leave the World Behind," it is based on the upcoming novel by Rumaan Alam.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Warner Bros. has delayed the release of director Christopher Nolan's upcoming film, "Tenet," indefinitely, but could also announce a new release date in the very near future. Warner also announced that the film's theatrical role out will not be "nontraditional."
MUSIC - TheGuardian: The remarkable story of Olivia Records, a California-based, lesbian-feminist record label launched in 1973, that was owned and operated by women.
BOX OFFICE - From THR: At the foreign box office, the South Korean film, "Peninsula," is the top film with an estimated debut of between 19 and 20 million dollars.
TELEVISION - From BlackEnterprise: After ABC parted ways with "Dancing with the Stars" hosts, Tom Bergeron (with the series for 15 years) and Erin Andrews, the network made supermodel and businesswoman, Tyra Banks, the new host of the long-running reality competition series. She will also be an executive producer of the series.
MUSIC - From Variety: What would happen if Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Drake, decides to become an independent recording artist?
From THR: The actor John Saxon has died at the age of 84, Saturday, July 25, 2020. Saxon may be best known for his role as the indebted gambling addict, "Roper," in the legendary Bruce Lee film, "Enter the Dragon." He also played law enforcement officials in some noted horror films, including "Black Christmas" (1974) and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984).
From Variety: The Japanese actor and singer, Haruma Miura, has died at the age of 30, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Miura was best known for his role on the live-action TV series, "Attack on Titan" and "Kimi no Todoke."
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 IReadsYou: A review of the first volume of John Lewis' autobiographical graphic novel trilogy, "March: Book One."
From Medium: President Barack Obama issues a statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis.
From Variety: Celebrities and politicians remember Civil Rights Movement icon, Congressman John Lewis, who died on Friday.
From RSN: Rev. Jesse Jackson says "John Lewis Is What Patriotism and Courage Look Like."
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."
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 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 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.
7/19 - From YahooFinance: Harvard Public Health professor Dr. Howard Koh says the U.S. "needs to regroup" to find COVID-19.
7/22 - From YahooNews: A public health employee predicted Florida's coronavirus catastrophe — then she was fired.
7/22 - From YahooLifestyle: Florida mom loses son, 20, to coronavirus, and then days later, her daughter.
7/23 - From TheWrap: The site has a list of movie and TV stars, entertainment and sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19