Saturday, December 5, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 1st to 5th, 2020 - Update #24

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

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BLM - From TheNation:  51 years ago today (Dec. 4th, 1969), the police, the FBI, and the pigs murdered Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton. 

CELEBRITY - From ShadowandAct:   How did the late Chadwick Boseman ("Black Panther") and his wife-now-widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, meet?

MOVIES - From Collider:   Alex Winter talks about his Frank Zappa documentary and the possibility of he and Keanu Reeves returning for "Bill & Ted 4."

STREAMING - From Variety: Hollywood and movie theater owners sound off on Warner Bros.’ bold HBO Max move: "They’re Playing With Fire."

MOVIES - From ScreenRant:   The site has a list of every Warner Bros. movie that is scheduled to be released on HBO Max in 2021.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  In the Season 11 debut episode of CBS' long-running cop drama, "Blue Bloods," Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as "City Council Speaker."

TELEVISION - From THR:  HBO gets "Nice White Parents" from producers Issa Rae and Oscar-winner Adam McKay.

MOVIES - From THR:  Oscar Isaac to star as "Solid Snake" in Sony Picture's film adaptation of the "Metal Gear Solid" movie.

CULTURE - From YahooNYT:  A Kamikaze pilot tells his story 70 years later.

CELEBRITY - From People:   John Boyega ("Star Wars") and Letitia Wright ("Black Panther") talk about their decade-long friendship and about breaking barriers in Hollywood.

POLITICS - From CookPolitical:   The popular vote count is President-Elect Joe Biden: 81,264,673; President Donald: 74,210,838.  The lead is over 7 million votes.

STREAMING - From Deadline:   Lenny Henry, Peter Mullan, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson are among 20 cast members added to Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings" TV series.

MOVIES - From Deadline:   WarnerMedia is sending its entire 2021 theatrical slate to its streaming service, HBO Max.  Each film will be released on HBO Max and to the international markets concurrently.  After a month, each film will leave HBO Max and move to U.S. theaters...

MOVIES - From Deadline:   Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman 1984") will headline "Heart of Stone," a spy thriller in the mold of "James Bond 007" and "Mission: Impossible."

CELEBRITY - From YahooPeople:   Tyrese Gibson says his feud with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has ended.

MOVIES - From WeGotThisCovered:  Horror fiction legend Clive Barker has won the legal battle to retrieve the film rights to the story and characters from his beloved 1987 film, "Hellraiser," which was based on one of his short stories.

CELEBRITY - From Deadline:   Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has signed with M88 to represent.

MOVIES - From Collider:  Universal Pictures will apparently reboot its 2004 film, "Van Helsing" (starring Hugh Jackman), with director Julius Avery ("Overlord")

DISNEY+ - From Collider:  Disney+ has announced new cast members of its TV series sequel to the 1988 fantasy film, "Willow."  Among the new cast is Erin Kellyman, the British actress who appeared in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

ANIMATION - From SmallScreen:   Disney XD has reportedly cancelled "DuckTales" the 2017 revival of the popular 1987-90 original series.  The current series reportedly ends after the third season.

LGBTQ - From Deadline:  The actress formerly known as Ellen Page has announced that he is now know as "Elliot Page," a non-binary, transgender person.

MOVIES - From Deadline:   Emmy Award-winning actor, Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") will star in the reboot of the cult superhero comedy, "The Toxic Avenger" (1984).

MOVIES - From TheAtlantic:  In the new horror movie, "The Nest," wealth is the demon.


From Deadline:   The English-Australian actor, Hugh Keays-Byrne, has died at the age of 73, Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  Keays-Byrne was best known for the role of "Immortan Joe" in Oscar-winning film, "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015).  He also appeared in the original 1979 "Mad Max" film and in the Sci-Fi TV series, "Farscape."

From Variety:  The American television actress, Abby Dalton, has died at the age of 88, Monday, November 23, 2020.  She was best known for her role as "Julia Cumson" from 1981 to 1986 on the CBS evening soap opera, "Falcon Crest."  In 1961, Dalton received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on the CBS sitcom, "Hennesey" (1959-62).


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:  Remember 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 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 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

From Bloomberg:  Will the COVID-19 pandemic turn Millennials into socialists?

7/27 - From CNN:   Chief of critical care at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Costa, passes away due to Covid-19 complications... after treating the hospital's sickest COVID-19 patients.  He was 56 and leaves behind family, including a husband of 28 years.

7/31 - From Slate:  COVID-19 is airborne - for reals!

8/9 - From YahooAFP:  According to the real-time tally kept by John Hopkins University, the United States has hit 5 million cases of COVID-19.

8/16 - From Truthout: COVID Deaths Continue to Surge in Countries Led by Far Right Authoritarians

9/19 - From WashPost:  U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 200,000

9/23 - From CNBC:  Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC's "Shark Tank," suggests that every household in American get a $1000 check every two weeks for the next two months.

11/7 - From YahooNews:  "It's a slaughter," doctors say of new coronavirus wave.

11/13 - YahooNews:  "We blew it": U.S. reaches 'explosive' COVID-19 spread as virus is nearly impossible to control, experts say.

11/29 From LATimes:  California sets record with most COVID-19 hospitalizations since pandemic began


From RSN:   Judge's Blistering Opinion Says Courts Have Placed Police Beyond Accountability

From TheGuardian:  Yusef Salaam, one of the "Central Park Five," says in an interview, "Trump would have had me hanging from a tree in Central Park."

From NPR:  Prosecutors' plea deal required drug suspect to name Breonna Taylor a "co-defendant."

From ChicagoSunTimes:  Rev. Jesse Jackson: America has millions of people in poverty because Americans choose not to demand the policies that would lift them out of poverty.

From APNews:  No one will be held accountable for the killing of Louisville African-American resident, Breonna Taylor.

From Channel4:  Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016

From GuardianUK:  California is going to consider paying reparations to the descendants of African slaves after adopting a landmark law to study and to develop proposals around the issue.

From TheRoot:   What to Do When Your Country Turns Into a Dumpster Fire

From Vox:  It's True: 1 in 1,000 Black Americans Have Died in the Covid-19 Pandemic

From CBS:  Breonna Taylor's boyfriend certain cops didn't identify themselves

From DonaldTrump:  Well, because it has been in the news a lot lately (via Ice Cube and Li'l Wayne), here is "The Platinum Plan."  It is impressive, but no Republican Congress would go along with even 10 percent of this plan which is basically a long list of promises to the Black Americans - individually and as a group.

From Truthout:   Yes, 55 Percent of White Women Voted for Trump. No, I’m Not Surprised.

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