TIFFANY HADDISH – GEORGIA BOYCOTT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – As the old saying goes, “reading is fundamental.” And Tiffany Haddish says her fundamental reason for joining a boycott of Georgia – came after reading the state’s new anti-abortion law. She says once she did, she decided to cancel her scheduled show in the state. And she says if others took the time to read the law, they’d understand why she made the decision she did. The new law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That could be as early as six weeks along in a pregnancy. Opponents note that six-week period could well pass before most women even know they are expecting.
DENZEL WASHINGTON TRIBUTE AIRS TONIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – By now you probably have heard that there was a big tribute to Denzel Washington a couple of weeks ago. Now, you have the chance to see what happened when Washington was presented with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. Among those who paid tribute to Washington during the event included Julia Roberts, Spike Lee and Chadwick Boseman. The AFI tribute airs tonight on TNT.
DAD WHO POSTED CHAT WITH TODDLER NOW HAS A TV AD
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – You knew it had to happen. The father-son duo whose video of a gibberish-filled conversation spread like wildfire over the internet has landed a TV ad. Denny’s posted the nearly two-minute ad on Twitter on Sunday for Father’s Day. In it, comedian DJ Pryor and his 19-month-old son Kingston conduct a conversation as they sit at a booth in front of plates of breakfast food. The original conversation surpassed a million views in two days when it first went online earlier this month.
HEAD OF CULT-LIKE GROUP THAT ATTRACTED HOLLYWOOD TYPES CONVICTED
NEW YORK (AP) – The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses has been convicted of turning his female devotees into his sex slaves. A jury in New York took less than five hours to convict Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of sex-trafficking and coercing women into sex. Testimony during the trial said the women were kept in check through such means as shame, punishment and nude blackmail photos. He could get 15 years to life in prison when sentenced Sept. 25. Raniere’s lawyer says he plans to appeal.
DAVID ORTIZ SHOOTING PROBE
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – A case of mistaken identity? That’s what the lead prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says led to the shooting of retired baseball slugger David Ortiz. The nation’s attorney general says the former Boston Red Sox star was not the intended target of the June 9 shooting at a nightclub in the capital, Santo Domingo. Jean Alain Rodriguez says the bullet was meant for another man, who was wearing clothes like those Ortiz wore that night. Rodriguez says the shooting was orchestrated by a member of a Mexican cartel – but he didn’t describe a motive.
Ortiz meanwhile, remains hospitalized in Boston after taking a bullet to his back. Doctors have upgraded his condition from “guarded” to “good.”
AUTHOR GOES ON CAPITOL HILL TO DISCUSS REPARATIONS
WASHINGTON (AP) – For the first time in more than a decade, members of Congress are considering whether the U.S. should compensate African Americans for the nation’s history of slavery and racial discrimination. One of the most striking moments came from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of a widely read 2014 essay making the case for reparations. He challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that no one alive today is responsible for the past treatment of black Americans. Speaking to a House Judiciary panel, Coates said, “it’s impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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