“GENERAL LEE” OF “DUKES OF HAZZARD” FAME TO REMAIN ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM
VOLO, Ill. (AP) – An auto museum in Illinois says “cancel culture” won’t doom “General Lee.” The “general” in this case isn’t the ex-Confederate army leader – but the famed Dodge Charger from the old “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show. The car’s on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois, about 50 miles from Chicago. And museum director Brian Grams vows the car will stay, despite having the Confederate flag painted on it. Statues of Confederate generals and soldiers are being taken down across the country, NASCAR has banned the flag from its races and the Confederate emblem has been dropped from the Mississippi state flag. But Grams says the General Lee “is part of history and people love it.”
BROADWAY ACTOR NICK CORDERO DIES AFTER CONTRACTING COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) – Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has died – a victim of COVID-19. He was 41 when he died yesterday at a hospital in Los Angeles. His wife says Cordero suffered severe complications from the disease, including mini-strokes, blood clots and septic infections. During his career, Cordero specialized in playing tough guys in shows like “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” the last of which earned him a Tony nomination.
FAMED BRITISH BLACK ACTOR, EARL CAMERON, DIES
UNDATED (AP) – One of the first Black actors in mainstream British movies has died. A newspaper in Earl Cameron’s native Bermuda says the actor died over the weekend at his home in England. He was 102. Cameron played supporting roles to screen icons like James Bond. He also played the title character in “Doctor Who.” Cameron stumbled into acting to earn money during World War II. His work in the movies broke barriers for British cinema. For example, he starred in a 1951 movie that was the first British film portraying an interracial relationship.
BRITISH TV HOST DRAWS OUTRAGE OVER COMMENTS ABOUT BLACKS
LONDON (AP) – A British historian and TV host is out of a job because of comments he made about slavery. David Starkey gave up his honorary fellowship at a University of Cambridge college because of comments in an interview posted on YouTube last week. In it, he denied slavery was genocide because if it was – quoting Starkey here – “there wouldn’t be so many damn Blacks in Africa or Britain.” When the head of Frizwilliam College at Cambridge heard about the comments, he got in touch with Starkey, who resigned from his position Friday.