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Rapper DMX is 43 today

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Rapper DMX is 43 today

Rapper DMX is 43 today

*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Dec. 18: Actor Roger Mosley (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 76. Rapper DMX is 43. Singer Christina Aguilera is 34.

BLACK HISTORY

Dec. 18, 1865: The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, ratified.

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David Oyelowo on Parallels Between Selma and Ferguson

David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr. (Middle) and Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and Pathé.

David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr. (Middle) and Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and Pathé.

*The Christmas Day release of “Selma” caps off a year in which protests over the shooting deaths of unarmed black males by white police officers harkened back to the civil rights protests of the 60s.

“Selma” follows the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr., including the violent state trooper crackdown on the Edmund Pettus Bridge – a day that came to be known as Bloody Sunday.

David Oyelowo attends an Official Academy Members Screening Of SELMA hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International on December 15, 2014 in New York City

David Oyelowo attends an Official Academy Members Screening Of SELMA hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International on December 15, 2014 in New York City

For the actor playing Dr. King, the force that broadened the protests beyond race has parallels to the reason today’s protesters yelling “hands up, don’t shoot,” “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” are not just African Americans.

“When it was voting rights that was being asked for, it was a black problem. Once Bloody Sunday happened and the country saw those images, it became an American problem,” Oyelowo said during a recent press conference for the film in New York. “I think with Ferguson, when it was about Ferguson, it was a black problem. When the country saw the injustice of what happened to Eric Garner, it became an American problem.”

Oyelowo continues below:

“Selma” opens on Dec. 25 in select theaters. Watch the trailer below.

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Sony Cancels Planned Dec. 25 Release of ‘The Interview’

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Sony just announced that it would not release the controversial film “The Interview” as planned on Dec. 25, citing theater chains’ plans not to show the movie.

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome,” Sony said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear from Sony’s statement whether it would seek another outlet for the movie. Variety reported earlier Wednesday that the studio might the release the film for video-on-demand viewing in homes.

The decision came after the top five movie theater chains in the United States decided not to show the film.

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Bobby Shmurda Arrested in Gun And Narcotics Sting

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*Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda is among several people arrested in an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in New York City, reports the NY Daily News.

Authorities said Wednesday that Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office says Pollard, 20, is among a group of defendants named in an indictment that will be unsealed after their arraignments Thursday.

The Brooklyn-born rapper is best known for the song “Hot N**ga” and for a music video that popularized the “Shmoney dance.”

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NABJ Addresses Bill Cosby’s ‘Black Media’ Comment: ‘This Is Not a Color Issue’

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*The president of the National Association of Black Journalists had to clarify some things after Bill Cosby recently suggested that he expects the “black media” to give him a break.

On Friday, Cosby broke his silence over recent sexual assault allegations by telling a Page Six reporter, “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

TMZ hit up NABJ president Bob Butler, who countered: “You don’t go easier on a person with color. This is not a color issue, this is a journalism issue. Black people happen to be reporters.”

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Major Theater Chains Opt Out of ‘The Interview’ Amid Threats

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*Most of the country’s largest theater chains have decided not to show Sony’s “The Interview” following a warning Tuesday from anonymous hackers that people should avoid going to theaters where the film is playing.

The comedy, about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was scheduled to come out on Christmas Day. As of now, Sony is not planning to pull the film altogether, but the studio indicated it wouldn’t object if theaters decide not to show the film.

On Wednesday, the major chains did just that. However, some indicated they might show the film eventually.

According to sources familiar with the situation and statements by some of the companies, among the top chains that have decided to premiere the movie are AMC, Regal (RGC), Cinemark (CNK), and Carmike Cinemas (CKEC). Several smaller chains, including ArcLight, Bow Tie Cinemas and Southern, have also dropped their plans to show the film.

Bow Tie said in a statement that it was “saddened and angered” by the threats against the film. “It is our mission to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and employees,” it said.

Another chain, Cineplex, which is based in Canada, also confirmed that it would postpone its showing of the movie.
“Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our number one priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended,” the company said.

The film’s Los Angeles premiere went off without a hitch last week, but the New York premiere planned for Thursday was called off after the new threat on Tuesday.

The FBI is investigating the hack, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that “there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”

All the attention is causing some people to pledge to see the film.

“I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview,” screenwriter and director Judd Apatow wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.