REALITY TV STAR BUSTED FOR MISUSING FED BIZ LOANS
ATLANTA (AP) – A reality TV star is facing charges of misusing a federal loan program designed to help businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities say Maurice Fayne took out an emergency loan from the feds to protect his trucking business. But he’s charged with using the money he got to do things like lease a Rolls Royce, make child support payments and to buy $85,000 worth of jewelry. Fayne appears as Arkansas Mo on the VH1 show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” He’s facing a charge of bank fraud.
COMMON SEEKS TO HELP PRISONERS IN COVID-19 AGE
NEW YORK (AP) – Common has a launched an effort to help prisoners protect themselves from the coronavirus. The actor-activist says it’s “a troubling time” for inmates because they can’t maintain social distancing – or practice the kind of rigorous hygiene needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Common’s criminal justice reform group has launched a campaign called (hash)WeMatterToo – which urges the immediate release of those who have served most of their sentences. He says that’s especially important for inmates with existing health conditions that put them at greater risk of getting the coronavirus.
MICHAEL JACKSON BROADWAY PLAY DELAYED
NEW YORK (AP) – A Broadway musical based on the life and music of Michael Jackson was due out this summer. But now it’s been delayed until next year. Producers say previews of “MJ” are set for next March. It’s unclear when it will make its official debut. Broadway has been closed since March because of the coronavirus – and isn’t due to reopen until after Labor Day.
KEVIN HART, NICK JONAS FOCUS ON COVID-19 HEROES
NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas are helping to put a spotlight on those in the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus. Hart and Jonas will appear on the eight-episode documentary series, “Regular Heroes.” The series has been running on Amazon Prime Video since May 8 – with new episodes available every Friday through June 26.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II