*The United States is not the only place on the planet erupting with racist warfare. Other countries have had enough and are fighting back as well.
France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) alerted Twitter to racist messages that were Tweeted through their service and asked that they be removed.
The social media giant acquiesced to their requests and thought that the matter had been tactfully resolved, but when the UEJF and four other anti-racist groups asked for identifiable details of those sending the racist messages, Twitter declined.
The organizations then took Twitter to court in March and sued them for $50 million for their refusal. The lawsuit helped Twitter’s little blue bird sing like a canary and give up the identities.
(from left to right) Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam, also known as the Central Park Five await their fate in court in 1989.
*New York City is still reeling over a heinous crime committed in the city’s sacred Central Park in 1989.
But this time around, the political crusher that came down on five youth and sent them to jail in a crucial part of their development is on trial.
Five youth that became known as the Central Park Five consists of Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Antron McCray.
In the new Ken Burns’ documentary, you take an unbelievable ride through the true story of the falsely accused boys’ lives as they were locked in jails for more than a decade and proven to be innocent 13 years after the crime.
*The truth has come to light about the “Independence Day” sequels. The original blockbuster brought in $817 million and continued to grow in popularity long after its premiere.
And because of its demand, Will Smith is asking for $50 million to be a part of the new films. But that asking price might just keep the actor from appearing in the sci-fi action movies.
Vulture reports that the impasse first came up back in 2009 when Fox began to seriously enter the development phase, but that both parties agreed to wait until the screenplays were completed. The two scripts, which are expected to tell one, two-part story, are due to be completed at the end of the year, bringing Will Smith’s involvement back into the equation.
Although for most of us, a $50 million check is quite ridiculous, it isn’t any different than Johnny Depp’s price tag for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels, $56 million for Pirates 4.
But it’s been over 16 years since “Independence Day” debuted on the big screen and there’s no telling how much Smith is worth over a decade later.
No final decisions have made to include the movie star, but in the meantime, the script will be divided into two flicks and is to be completed by the end of the year.
Along with the big money Smith is asking for, he’s also requested to film close to home and have his family in the movie as well.
Asking for a lot eh.
*Verizon Wireless was charging its customers with bogus charges on their bills for web and/or data use that didn’t come with their contracts.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got one too many complaints about Verizon’s billing and now, two years later, here we are at a settlement for 15 million of their customers. (more…)