JANELLE MONAE ON THE MAKING OF “ANTEBELLUM”
NEW YORK (AP) – Janelle Monae says she hopes her latest movie role will be a catalyst for getting people to talk about systemic racism – at a time the nation is politically divided. In “Antebellum,” Monae plays a modern-day author who ends up being transported to different time periods, including one where she exists as a runaway slave. That was a emotional blow for the socially active pop star turned actress. Monae says filming on a former slave plantation left her full of “rage and anger.” She says people need to realize African Americans had their ancestors “stolen” – and that slave owners, quoting here, “didn’t steal slaves or servants. They stole doctors. They stole lawyers. They stole musicians. They stole mothers, fathers. Humans that mattered.” “Antebellum” will be released tomorrow.
CANADIAN YOUTUBE STARS DRAW IRE OF N.J. GOVERNOR FOR BASH AT “JERSEY SHORE” HOME
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – “Knuckleheads.” That’s how New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is describing people like the ones who crowded into a party held at the house where the “Jersey Shore” reality TV show was taped. The governor is irked that some Canadian YouTube stars known as the Nelk Boys rented the seaside house for a promotional event Monday – and about 1,000 people showed up. Murphy says most of those who attended ignored social distancing rules like staying at least six feet apart and wearing masks. Murphy says all of those who attended should be tested for COVID-19.
CRITIC, RENAISSANCE MAN STANLEY CROUCH DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Stanley Crouch has died. His wife says the influential and often contentious critic died at a New York City hospice yesterday at age 74. Crouch had been in poor health in recent years after suffering a stroke. He was a self-made Renaissance man who seemed as at ease speaking with powerful politicians as he did hanging at a music venue, listening to a new artist. Crouch was passionate about what he liked – and what he disliked. His penchant for speaking his mind led to clashes with artists like Spike Lee, Toni Morrison and Amira Baraka, all of whom he often severely criticized.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ SUING CNN
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN – and it isn’t a case to be handled in small claims court. The veteran attorney is suing the news network for $300 million for slander and libel. At issue are comments Dershowitz made to defend President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial in the Senate, comments he says were taken out of context. Dershowitz claims CNN quoted only part of his claim that a politician who believes winning an election is in the public interest can engage in a quid pro quo – provided it isn’t illegal. Dershowitz says by isolating only that part of his statement, CNN made it seem he “had lost his mind.” CNN didn’t return a call seeking comment yesterday.