Georgia Couple Sentenced to Prison Over Confederate Flag

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A Georgia judge sentenced a man and a woman to spend years in prison on Monday for their roles in a 2015 Confederate flag display that disturbed a group of black people attending a child’s birthday party, prosecutors said.

Defendants Jose Torres, 26, and Kayla Norton, 25, were convicted earlier this month of charges that include making “terroristic threats” during the confrontation in Douglas County near Atlanta, which occurred at a time of heated national debate about a flag that many consider a symbol of racism.

Georgia Superior Court Judge William McClain sentenced Torres to serve 13 years in prison, and Norton to serve 6 years in prison, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in a phone interview. Both face probation after their release, and were banished from Douglas County.

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Oscar Winning Moonlight Cast Star in Calvin Klein Ads

Calvin Klein revealed on Monday that the film’s stars AshtonSanders, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes and Alex Hibbert have landed another high-profile gig: The actors appear in a series of black-and-white photos for Calvin Klein’s Spring 2017 underwear campaign. 

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OSCAR 2017 WINNERS

VIA Telegraph

La La Land was announced as the best film winner at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday in what was the most dramatic moment in the history of the Academy Awards.

In extraordinary scenes, the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner.

“There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you won best picture,” Jordan Horowitz, La La Land producer, announced to the gasps of a shocked crowd. He held up the card clearly showing the winner was Moonlight.

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Take a look at the winners list:
Best Picture: “Moonlight”

Actor: Casey Affleck“Manchester by the Sea”

Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali“Moonlight”

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences

Animated Feature: “Zootopia”

Cinematography: “La La Land”

Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Direction: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”

Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”

Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”

Score: “La La Land”

Song: “City of Stars” from “La La Land”

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design: “La La Land”

Animated Short: “Piper”

Live Action Short: “Sing”

Sound Editing: “Arrival”

Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea”

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Season 2 It’s a New Chapter for The Real Housewives of Potomac

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The trailer for  season 2  Housewives of Potomac is going to be full of the drama we expect from our reality Housewives. The new seasons airs April 2 on “Bravo.”

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Rachel Dolezal White Woman who Identify as Being Black Is Homeless

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VIA FoxNews

Rachel Dolezal, the  white woman who for years passed herself off as African American and rose to become head of an NAACP branch, is now jobless, on food stamps and expects to soon be homeless.

Dolezal said she’s only been offered jobs in reality television and porno flicks. A friend helped her come up with the money for February’s rent and she doesn’t know how she’s going to pay for March.

And she still says she’s not white.

“I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary,” Dolezal told The Guardian. “I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white.’ Because, you know, I’m not white . . . Calling myself black feels more accurate than saying I’m white.”

Dolezal was exposed in June 2015 when a local television crew asked her the simple question: “Are you African American?”

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Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

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Actor Bill Paxton, whose  career included films such as “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.
“Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. … We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
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Floyd Mayweather 40th Birthday Bash

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Floyd Mayweather  clebtated his 40th birthday by, throwing himself a bash in Los Angeles.  Located in a ballroom downtown, the athlete welcomed celebrity guests like Bobby Brown, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey into a star-studded room decorated with disco balls and crystal chandeliers. Dressed to impress, Mayweather donned a black sequin blazer with black pants, a black shirt and dark aviators.

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Floyd Mayweather 40th Birthday Party

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Crucifixion Statue of Kanye West Unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard 

Via NBC   

Ahead of Oscars weekend, a gold-painted statue depicting Kanye West as Christ on the cross popped up for a short time Wednesday in Hollywood.

The life-sized crucifixion statue titled “False Idol”depicts the rapper as Jesus Christ, with nails in his hands, wearing a crown of thorns, gold chains, a cloth and Yeezy sneakers. 

The provocative work of art is by Plastic Jesus, a Los Angeles-based street artist who is known for his political and cultural art. 

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Trump Administration Lifts transgender bathroom guidance

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Via Yahoo

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

The administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach.

Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.

“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. “Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”

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Rihanna Named Harvard Humanitarian of the Year

_92779357_rihannapaRihanna has been named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. She’ll accept the honor on site at the university’s campus next Tuesday. The award recognizes Rihanna’s many humanitarian projects, such as her building a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment facility in Barbados, and creating a scholarship program for students attending U.S. colleges from Caribbean countries. Past honorees include Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai, and actor James Earl Jones. Read a statement from S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, below.

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