Category Archives: Entertainment

Bill O’Reilly Out of Fox News

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Bill O’Reilly

Fox News has let go of Bill O’Reilly, one if its most popular and controversial hosts. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the statement read.

The pitted host issued a statement, suggesting innocence, remarking that it was “tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

O’Reilly was known for his antagonistic, racist, and

Jill Scott and Queen Latifah Reunite for Film on Flint Water Crisis

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Jill Scott & Queen Latifah.

Jill Scott & Queen Latifah.

According to The Huffington Post, The Lifetime network has announced new details in the developing of an original film examining the Flint water crisis.

On Thursday, the cable network revealed that Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland will star in the Craig Zadan and Neil Meron-produced film, which is inspired by writer Josh Sanburn’s 2016 Time magazine cover story “The Toxic Tap.”

“Flint” will depict the true story of three activists from the city ― portrayed by Scott, Brandt and Ireland, with Queen Latifah playing a fourth resident ― who are fighting to expose and bring justice to the events surrounding their lead-tainted water supply, according to a press release.

For more on “Flint,” click here.

 

 

Marvel Exec Walks Back Comments Stating Diversity Hurt Sales

By S. Christopher Emerson

David Gabriel

David Gabriel

A Marvel Studios executive is feeling the heat after implying that diversity caused a drop in sales for the media giant.

Strong reactions followed comments by David Gabriel at the Marvel Retailer Summit, when he suggested that diversity had contributed to a sales drop. Gabriel is Marvel’s senior vice president of print, sales, and marketing.

“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” Gabriel answered at iCv2 when asked what contributed to changes in consumer tastes that led to a drop in sales in October-November. “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not.”

“We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against,” Gabriel added, according to vaiety.com. “That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.”

Sources also indicate that he attributed declines to other reasons such as a release of “too much product.”

According to Variety, Gabriel later

NFL Players Testify on Improving Community/Police Relations

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Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles was one of two who spoke at a congressional forum as a means to seek was to improve police relations within minority communities

On Thursday, active and retired NFL players traveled to Capitol Hill to articulate criminal justice issues to elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Among other activities, they attended a Congressional forum titled: “NFL Players Speak Up: First-Hand Experiences and Building Trust Between Communities and Police.”

Anquan Boldin, a free agent who has played with the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, Johnson Bademosi of the Detroit Lions and retired NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth were among the players to testify about the tensions between communities of color and the nation’s police and how