DISNEY DELAYING CALIFORNIA RE-OPENING
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – People may be ready for Disney to reopen. But the company says it isn’t – at least not just yet. And because of that, it has postponed the reopening of its Southern California theme parks. Disney says it’s holding off on re-opening in California indefinitely, because it has yet to receive guidelines to do so from state officials. The re-opening was set for July 17. But the earliest California will issue new guidelines for reopening large venues will be after July 4. Meanwhile, Disney says it still plans to proceed with plans to reopen Disney World in Orlando on July 11, even though Florida, like California, is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases.
“LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA” STAR INDICTED IN MISUSE OF CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND
ATLANTA (AP) – The man who goes by the name of Arkansas Mo on “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” has another description now: indicted reality TV show star. Federal authorities say Maurice Fayne is accused of using coronavirus relief funds designed to help small business – to take care of personal business. The Feds say he applied for nearly $4 million under the Payroll Protection Program – and used it to do things like buy a Rolls-Royce and custom-made bling. He’s charged with bank fraud, money laundering and other offenses – and denies the allegations against him.
BRANSON CONTROVERSY OVER CONFEDERATE FLAG
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – Usually you don’t think of Branson, Missouri as a hotbed of controversy. But it has become part of the racial reckoning going on in much of the nation. At issue: a store called Dixie Outfitters, which specializes in Confederate flags, clothing and other gear. The store has drawn protests from both sides, those supporting Black Lives Matter and those who back the Confederate flag. The protests have become more heated lately. A video on social media shows a woman waving the Confederate flag and telling protesters she will teach her grandchildren to hate Black people. And after a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Sunday, the owners of Dixie Outfitters called to protesters as “thugs” on social media. The Kansas City Star reports Dixie Outfitters is co-owned by Nathan Robb, son of a pastor who was once the leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
DIXIE CHICKS CHANGE THEIR NAME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the word Dixie from their name, now going by The Chicks. The group made of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer posted a statement on their website saying they wanted to meet “this moment.” The group also acknowledged that there was an existing band in New Zealand that allowed them “to share their name.” The move follows a decision by country group Lady Antebellum to change to Lady A after acknowledging the word’s association to slavery. That band received criticism with their switch after a Black singer revealed she’d been performing as Lady A for years.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II