JAMIE FOXX PROTESTS IN S.F., CALLS ON CELEBS TO DO SAME
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jamie Foxx has a message for his fellow celebrities: you can’t just tweet about police brutality. The performer who has won both an Oscar and a Grammy says stars should step out of their cul-de-sacs – and join protesters on the streets and courthouse steps. Foxx spoke out yesterday at what was called a knee-in in San Francisco. He says police officers who brutalize people of color must be held accountable for their misdeeds.
CELEBRITIES JOIN PROTESTERS IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS
UNDATED (AP) – It isn’t the usual meet-and-greet between celebs and their followers. These days, a growing number of stars have taken to the streets alongside those protesting police brutality. In Chicago, John Cusack says police screamed at him as he tried to get video of a burning car. And in Los Angeles, pop star Halsey and “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson were hit with rubber bullets during a stand-off with police. The death of George Floyd has spurred many celebrities to do more than tweet or issue statements; many have attended protests, raising their voices for change.
CBS/VIACOM GOES DARK AS PART OF FLOYD PROTEST
NEW YORK (AP) – Those tuning in to CBS/Viacom cable stations got a dose of reality before they got to see their regular programming. All the outlets under the network’s umbrella went dark yesterday at 5, p.m. eastern. The stations aired a black screen – and the sound of a person breathing. The blackout lasted 8 minutes, 46 seconds, the same amount of time a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground, pleading for air. The screens were on channels including MTV, Comedy Central, BET and CMT.
“TWILIGHT” ACTOR DIED OF DRUG USE: CORONER
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Drug use killed an actor from the “Twilight” movie and his girlfriend. The coroner’s office in Las Vegas says Gregory Boyce and girlfriend Natalie Adepoju died from cocaine and fentanyl intoxication. Their deaths are ruled accidental. Their bodies were discovered May 13 after police were called to a condo east of the Vegas Strip. Officers reported finding a white powder on a dresser and no evidence of foul play. Boyce appeared as Tyler Crowley in the 2008 movie version of “Twilight.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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