CELEBRITIES AMONG THOSE ATTENDING FLOYD MEMORIAL
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – More than a few celebrities were on hand for the memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Among those seen at the event yesterday were comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, along with actress Marsai Martin, singer-actor Tyrese Gibson, rappers Ludacris and T.I. Mourners gazed at a mural honoring Floyd projected above his golden coffin. Floyd died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee into his back for nearly nine minutes as the handcuffed man’s life ebbed away.
G. UNION MAKES BIAS CLAIM AGAINST NBC, “AGT” PRODUCERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gabrielle Union has taken her fight against NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent” a step further. She’s filed a claim with the state of California, saying she was fired because she complained about an on-set environment that tolerated racism. Her filing comes a week after a probe ordered by NBC concluded her claims of bias were unfounded. Union says she heard racist comments and jokes – and complaints about how she styled her hair. In the state filing, Union also claims NBC and the AGT producers undercut the investigation they launched. Both NBC and the producers deny wrongdoing.
MEGHAN MARKLE SPEAKS ON RACISM
LONDON (AP) – Meghan Markle says she thought carefully about what to say about racism to high school students in Los Angeles. But the Duchess of Sussex told students in a virtual talk Wednesday the worst thing she could do “is to say nothing, because George Floyd’s life mattered.” Meghan, who’s married to Britain’s Prince Harry, left royal life for the U.S. in part because of harsh tabloid coverage of the former American TV actress – criticism that some found racially biased.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RE-OPENS TO PUBLIC TODAY
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – For the first time since mid-March, a big Florida theme park is reopening. Universal Orlando reopens to the general public today, after a two-day dry run for those with annual passes. All visitors must wear face coverings and have their temperatures taken at the gate. SeaWorld Orlando opens next week, as do other SeaWorld-owned parks. And Walt Disney World plans to welcome back visitors next month.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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