SOCIAL MEDIA DARK IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a day on which many on the internet were “woke.” Black Out Tuesday saw many post all-black squares or shapes as their status. It was an effort organized by the music industry but celebs of all types – and ordinary people – bought into the idea to protest police brutality. Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Radiohead, Coldplay, Kelly Rowland and the Beastie Boys were among the stars who posted. But not all efforts were well-received. Emma Watson posted three white squares, followed by three black ones in her post. But the actress caught grief for adding the white borders – and for, as some critics said, being late to the Black Lives Matter movement.
TV WRITER FIRED FROM SHOW BECAUSE OF ONLINE POSTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – These days, you need to be careful about what you post online – or the internet will pounce. A TV writer who worked on “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.” has learned that the hard way. Craig Gore was fired from an “Law & Order” spinoff because of his posts about anti-racism protests in Los Angeles. In one post, Gore holds a firearm; in another, he suggests he’d shoot looters. In a statement, “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf said he won’t tolerate that during what he called “our hour of national grief.”
“TIGER KING” ZOO GOES TO JOE EXOTIC’S RIVAL
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) – A private zoo in the Netflix series “Tiger King” will be under new management. A judge in Oklahoma has flipped the zoo and the animals in it from Joe Exotic – to the Big Cat Rescue Corporation. The facility is run by Carole Baskin, Exotic’s rival. Exotic lost a $1 million civil judgment to Baskin – and the judge ruled that Exotic tried to transfer ownership of his facility to his mom – to avoid paying the judgment against him.
“JUST MERCY” TO BE MADE FREE DIGITALLY THIS MONTH
NEW YORK (AP) – It came out last year. But the themes of racial injustice and mass incarceration raised in the movie “Just Mercy” still resonate. Warner Bros. will make the movie free on digital platforms. The film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, is free through the end of June. In it, Jordan plays the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who helps an inmate played by Foxx.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel
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