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Kim Kardashian's Cryptocurrency Blunder

Monday, October 3, 2022
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The context
Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Kim Kardashian's Cryptocurrency Blunder

The context
Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
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Instagram oopsie

  • The SEC charged Kardashian for violating US rules after she was paid $250,000 to post on her Instagram about a crypto coin from EthereumMax.
  • She promoted the EMAX tokens without disclosing that she had been paid to promote them.
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Regulation violation

  • The SEC has consistently warned people not to buy products like cryptocurrency coins or invest in companies just because a celebrity promotes them.
  • The SEC defines crypto tokens as investment products and, thus, subject to the rules and regulations under their oversight.
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Celtics Speak Out

Friday, September 23, 2022
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The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Celtics Speak Out

The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Unprecedented

  • Suspending a sitting coach is an unprecedented move by the NBA.
  • Udoka joined the Celtics before the 2021-2022 season and led them all the way to the finals. He previously worked with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets.
  • Udoka was suspended for having an intimate relationship with a member of the Celtics staff.
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Leadership speaks out

  • The leadership of the Boston Celtics revealed that an outside law firm had conducted the investigation into Udoka's violation of team policies and that the decision to suspend him was made based on those findings.
  • The assistant coach, Joe Mazzulla, will become the head coach during Udoka's year-long suspension.
  • The Athletic reported that the relationship between the staffer and Udoka was consensual but that the woman had recently told leadership that he began making unwanted comments toward her.
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New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
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Guilty verdict

  • R. Kelly was convicted last summer in New York of sex crimes against minors. He was convicted again today by a jury in Chicago.
  • The key evidence in this trial was the recording of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter, alongside roughly 30 witnesses who testified about the abuse they suffered or watched others suffer at Kelly's hands.
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Key witness

  • The Chicago trial featured testimony from R. Kelly's one-time goddaughter, who testified that R. Kelly filmed himself sexually abusing her while she was 14-year-old and he was 30.
  • The tape in question was 27-minutes-long and showed Kelly abusing the woman, who used a pseudonym during the trial. She testified that she and her mother were sent out of the country, intimidated, and paid to deny that it was her in the tape during a 2008 court case against Kelly.
  • The woman and her mother were granted immunity for lying to a jury in the 2008 case about R. Kelly's sexual abuse of minors in exchange for their testimony.
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Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
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Since 1999

  • Hae Min Lee was murdered in 1999. Her body was found buried in Leakin Park in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend, Anan Syed, was found guilty in 2000 of her murder and has been serving a life sentence in prison ever since.
  • In 2014, the podcast "Serial" exposed inconsistencies in the case against Syed and ignited a nationwide obsession with True Crime podcasts.
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New developments

  • State prosecutors said in a court filing today that new evidence has been found that suggests two other suspects might be responsible for the murder of Ms. Lee.
  • One possible suspect threatened Ms. Lee and had a motive to kill her, while another possible suspect had attacked another woman in her vehicle.
  • The filing also cites inconsistencies in cell phone records and testimony from witnesses as justification for a new trial.
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Rodman Hopes for an Off-Court Miracle

Monday, August 22, 2022
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The context
The eccentric NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has gotten cozy with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, announced he had gotten permission to visit Russia to visit Vladimir Putin, who he's called a "cool guy," to negotiate for Brittney Griner's release.
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Rodman Hopes for an Off-Court Miracle

The context
The eccentric NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has gotten cozy with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, announced he had gotten permission to visit Russia to visit Vladimir Putin, who he's called a "cool guy," to negotiate for Brittney Griner's release.
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On a jet plane

  • Brittney Griner was recently sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.
  • Dennis Rodman made political waves years ago when he inserted himself into the continuing standoff between North Korea and the U.S.
  • Despite the U.S. having a do not travel advisory for Americans hoping to travel to Russia, Rodman announced that he intends to fly to Russia this week to negotiate for Griner's release.
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All good here

  • While Griner has appealed her nine-year sentence, Rodman hopes to fast-track her release by chatting with Putin himself.
  • The U.S. is negotiating to exchange Griner and fellow American detainee Paul Whelan for a Russian convicted arms dealer being held in the U.S.
  • Rodman told NBC that he is confident that he can help Griner's case by appealing to Putin.
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The Ezra Miller Dilemma

Thursday, August 11, 2022
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The context
The increasingly erratic behavior of The Flash's star, Ezra Miller, is reportedly causing Warner Bros. to reconsider the film's fate.
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Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Ezra Miller Dilemma

The context
The increasingly erratic behavior of The Flash's star, Ezra Miller, is reportedly causing Warner Bros. to reconsider the film's fate.
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Three choices

  • Warner Bros. caught significant flack online after they scrapped the release of Batgirl but are seemingly moving forward with the release of The Flash starring Ezra Miller.
  • Miller has been all over the news for their erratic behavior. They was arrested for felony burglary in Vermont, and state authorities are searching for a woman and her children who were last heard from while staying with Miller.
  • The parents of a minor whom Miller exerted their influence on also filed for a restraining order against the star.
  • Miller reportedly did reshoots for the film inbetween arrests and while Warner Bros. was well aware of their extremely problematic behavior.
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Backlash

  • Warner Bros. can either scrap the film entirely, limit Miller's press exposure, or prevent him from interacting with the press during the film's promotion.
  • The studio may be weighing an option where Miller returns home and seeks professional help, after which they could speak to the press explaining their behaviors.
  • The studio may choose to release the film without involving Miller in the promotion of the project and replace them in any subsequent sequels.
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The context
The family of Gabby Petito is suing the police in Utah for $50 million for failing to protect her from her boyfriend at the time, Brian Laundrie.
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Monday, August 8, 2022

Gabby Petito's Family Sues Police in Moab, Utah

The context
The family of Gabby Petito is suing the police in Utah for $50 million for failing to protect her from her boyfriend at the time, Brian Laundrie.
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Family files

  • Gabby Petito's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against police in Moab, Utah, for failing to investigate her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, after they responded to a report of domestic violence between the couple.
  • The officers involved in the suit are then-Chief Bret Edge, ex-Assistant Chief Braydon Palmer, and Officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins.
  • The officers responded to a report of domestic violence between the couple, in which Petito was filmed while in distress, and officers left after the two said they did not want to press charges.
  • The family is suing, alleging that if the officers had been adequately trained to respond to domestic violence incidences, they would have known that Gabby was a victim of intimate partner violence and would have taken her into protective custody.
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Telling footage

  • The body camera footage from the interaction between police and Gabby shows her in distress and crying. Officers left the scene without thoroughly investigating the couple's claims that they were fine.
  • The suit alleges that by neglecting to respond properly, the officers were complicit in Petito's death at Laundries hands.
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Brittney Griner Sentenced

Thursday, August 4, 2022
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The context
Russia delivered the verdict in the case of WNBA player Brittney Griner, sentencing her to nine years for drug possession and smuggling charges. Griner was detained after vape cartridges were found in her luggage while she was playing in Russia during the WNBA offseason.
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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Brittney Griner Sentenced

The context
Russia delivered the verdict in the case of WNBA player Brittney Griner, sentencing her to nine years for drug possession and smuggling charges. Griner was detained after vape cartridges were found in her luggage while she was playing in Russia during the WNBA offseason.
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Nine years behind bars

  • The presiding judge in Griner's case ruled that she intentionally broke the law by traveling with vape cartridges containing THC.
  • Griner and her legal team maintained that she had made an honest mistake and was unaware she was breaking the law.
  • The Biden administration released a statement about the sentence, saying it was unjust and calling for her release.
  • The Biden administration hopes to conduct a prisoner swap that would return Griner and fellow American detainee Paul Whelan home to the states.
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Griner caught in the middle

  • Griner was found to have a minimal amount of THC oil, but she has become a political pawn in the ongoing fallout between Russia and the U.S. over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • In addition to being sentenced to nine years in a penal colony, Griner must also pay a fine of about $16,000.
  • There is immense pressure on President Biden to negotiate the Olympians' return from her family and the WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury.
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Tiger Woods Turns Down Deal

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
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The context
As more and more players leave the PGA tour, enticed by massive sums of money to join the Saudi-backed league, LIV Golf, Greg Norman revealed that Tiger Woods turned down a $700-800 million offer to join the tournament.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tiger Woods Turns Down Deal

The context
As more and more players leave the PGA tour, enticed by massive sums of money to join the Saudi-backed league, LIV Golf, Greg Norman revealed that Tiger Woods turned down a $700-800 million offer to join the tournament.
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According to Norman

  • Greg Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf, a new tournament/league backed by Saudi Arabian investors. Norman himself is a former pro-golfer.
  • Norman has called LIV Golf the future of golf in the face of criticism from PGA Tour golfers.
  • Woods has been a vocal critic of the league, saying golfers who join are turning their back on the tournament that got them where they are today.
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Funky funding

  • Norman made the comments during an interview with Tucker Carlson, who attended the LIV Golf tournament hosted by former President Trump at his course in Florida.
  • In the new league, golfers are guaranteed payouts, regardless of their performance in the tournament.
  • Golfers Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson both received large sums as signing bonuses. Mickelson received $200 million, and Johnson received $150 million.
  • The funding for the league comes from Saudi Arabia, which some have criticized as an attempt to distract from the country's record of human rights violations.
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No Music at Atlanta Midtown

Monday, August 1, 2022
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The context
The Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, has been canceled after a court ruling made it impossible for the festival to ban guns on the premise.
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Monday, August 1, 2022

No Music at Atlanta Midtown

The context
The Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, has been canceled after a court ruling made it impossible for the festival to ban guns on the premise.
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Called off

  • In 2019, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that businesses that have a short term on publicly owned land cannot ban guns on that land while they have the lease.
  • The Music Midtown festival is held on public land at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The Georgia court's ruling means that the festival cannot ban weapons like guns on the premise during the festival.
  • Most companies who throw concerts like Midtown Music will not host festivals in places where concert-goers can bring guns to the premise.
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Unsafe for viewers

  • In response to being unable to ban guns and amidst rising gun violence in the US after mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, the concert organizer, Live Nation, canceled the upcoming event.
  • The concert has long banned guns on the premise, but in recent weeks their social media has been flooded with comments from pro-gun activists threatening to sue the company if they are denied entry for carrying a gun.
  • While Live Nation did not specify the exact reason for canceling the event, sources told Rolling Stone that Georgia gun laws were to blame.
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Deshaun Watson Suspended

Monday, August 1, 2022
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The context
The quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson, has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after inappropriately soliciting massage therapists.
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Monday, August 1, 2022

Deshaun Watson Suspended

The context
The quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson, has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after inappropriately soliciting massage therapists.
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See you in 6!

  • Deshaun Watson recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits that alleged that Watson solicited sexual acts from women whom he hired as massage therapists.
  • The women alleged that Watson hired them as massage therapists but soon began to make unwanted sexual advances during the massages, which he often requested take place at hotels.
  • The sexual misconduct suits put the NFL team, the Browns, in a tough spot since the misconduct occurred while he was with the Houston Texans.
  • The NFL pushed for a year-long suspension, but apparently, Watson's lawyers and the players union talked them down to a six-game suspension without pay.
  • Jacoby Brisset will take over for Watson during his suspension.

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Impact of the games

  • All of the suits relate to Watson's behavior while with the Houston Texans. Watson was recently traded to the Cleveland Browns and is set to make $230 million over five years with the team.
  • The lack of fine means that Watson's salary from the Browns will be largely unaffected by the six-game suspension.
  • The player's union and Watson's lawyers said that because Watson hadn't been convicted of a crime, he shouldn't face a year-long suspension or a fine. A Texas grand jury declined to indict Watson on sexual misconduct charges.

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The context
Former late-night host and comedian John Stewart has long been a vocal advocate for veterans. So, today when GOP senators in the Senate blocked a veterans health bill that provided funding for medical care for veterans harmed by poisonous gas, John Stewart lashed out against the GOP.
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Thursday, July 28, 2022

John Stewart Reacts to Blocked Veteran's Bill

The context
Former late-night host and comedian John Stewart has long been a vocal advocate for veterans. So, today when GOP senators in the Senate blocked a veterans health bill that provided funding for medical care for veterans harmed by poisonous gas, John Stewart lashed out against the GOP.
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Anger from Stewart

  • The Senate failed to pass the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act after GOP senators prevented the bill from getting the 60 votes it needed to pass.
  • John Stewart has campaigned on behalf of legislation to provide medical aid funding for first responders to 9/11. He has campaigned on behalf of the act, which would extend benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits in the middle east and veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
  • Stewart took to Twitter to lambast Senator Pat Toomey, who encouraged other Republicans not to pass the bill.
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Stewart takes up the cause

  • John Stewart spoke in front of the press today, encouraging the Senate to reconsider the bill. He called out GOP senators for flipping after initially passing the bill a little over a month ago.
  • The bill failed to pass the Senate because of additions and changes made to the bill by the House that GOP senators called "budgetary gimmicks."
  • According to data from the Defense Department, the Veterans Association denies more than 70% of disability claims stemming from burn pit exposure. The bill would make it easier for veterans to get care by lowering the evidence requirement and extending the time to file for disability related to toxic exposures.
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A Tale of Two Billionaires

Monday, July 25, 2022
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The context
Elon Musk allegedly had an affair with Sergey Brin's (co-founder of Google) wife.
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Monday, July 25, 2022

A Tale of Two Billionaires

The context
Elon Musk allegedly had an affair with Sergey Brin's (co-founder of Google) wife.
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Musk denies report

  • According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk had an affair with his close friend, Sergey Brin's wife.
  • Brin and Musk have been close friends since 2008 when Brin helped Tesla through the recession with a $500,000 cash infusion.
  • Musk allegedly got on one knee to beg for forgiveness at a party earlier this year, according to the WSJ. Apparently, Brin also told his advisers to sell his investments in Musk's companies.

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Alleged "dry spell"

  • Elon Musk denied the report today, saying that he has been going through a "dry spell," so he couldn't have had an affair with Brin's wife, Nicole Shanahan.
  • Brin and Shanahan filed for divorce in January, and according to the report, her brief affair with Musk was at least partially to blame.
  • The affair also allegedly ruined Musk's friendship with Brin.

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McMahon Retires

Friday, July 22, 2022
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The context
Vince McMahon is retiring as the WWE chairman and CEO after taking leave amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations and alleged hush payments made to female employees.
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Friday, July 22, 2022

McMahon Retires

The context
Vince McMahon is retiring as the WWE chairman and CEO after taking leave amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations and alleged hush payments made to female employees.
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McMahon's out

  • After the Wall Street Journal broke the bombshell report that Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had paid millions to former female employees, McMahon announced he would be stepping back as the WWE conducted an investigation into the payments.
  • Now, the controversial CEO announced he is retiring. His daughter, her husband, and WWE president will step up to fill the hole he's leaving behind.
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Professional wrestling shake up

  • McMahon's daughter and Nick Kahn will serve as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of the WWE board of directors.
  • McMahon bought WWE from his father in the 1980s and transformed the wrestling empire into the entertainment force it is today. But, his empire was rocked when the Wall Street Journal allegations questioned his leadership.
  • His daughter Stephanie's husband, Paul Levesque, is returning to WWE as EVP of Talent Relations.
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Dave Chappelle Performance Moved

Thursday, July 21, 2022
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The context
A venue in Minneapolis canceled an upcoming Dave Chappelle show after online backlash, and Chappelle's controversial content led employees to call out.
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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Dave Chappelle Performance Moved

The context
A venue in Minneapolis canceled an upcoming Dave Chappelle show after online backlash, and Chappelle's controversial content led employees to call out.
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Hours before

  • Staff at First Avenue, a famous theater in Minneapolis, decided to call out, instead of work, Dave Chappelle's show over content in his shows that mocks trans women.
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community were frustrated at the venue's decision to host the comedian after his most recent Netflix specials were criticized as transphobic.
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Venue apologizes

  • The show was canceled last minute and moved to another venue.
  • In the venue's statement, they write, "To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry" and add that they want to make the venue one of the "safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission."
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Another Go for the Powerpuff Girls

Monday, July 18, 2022
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The context
Maybe the third time will be the charm for the Powerpuff girls! The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will be rebooted by Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network, and the original creator, Craig McCraken.
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Another Go for the Powerpuff Girls

The context
Maybe the third time will be the charm for the Powerpuff girls! The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will be rebooted by Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network, and the original creator, Craig McCraken.
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McCracken at the wheel

  • The two shows defined Cartoon Network during the 90s and 2000s, and they are both the brainchildren of the heavy-weight creator, Craig McCracken.
  • McCracken is returning to Cartoon Network Studios for the project after leaving to develop projects for Netflix.
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Beloved classics

  • Powerpuff Girls won two Emmys during its 78-episode run, while Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends won six Emmy awards during the six years it was on TV.
  • The president of Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, his excitement at McCraken's homecoming. "Along with his unparalleled sense of fun and imagination, he's bringing two of his greatest works in 'The Powerpuff Girls' and 'Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,' and we are so excited for these characters to be a part of the new legacy taking shape at the studio."
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Prince Harry to the Podium

Monday, July 18, 2022
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The context
Prince Harry spoke in front of the United Nations today to commemorate Mandela Day. He spoke candidly about his mother's love for the South African leader and encouraged the attendees to step up to lead through unprecedented times.
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Prince Harry to the Podium

The context
Prince Harry spoke in front of the United Nations today to commemorate Mandela Day. He spoke candidly about his mother's love for the South African leader and encouraged the attendees to step up to lead through unprecedented times.
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Legacy of a leader

  • Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and spouse of actress Meghan Markle, delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on International Nelson Mandela Day.
  • In the speech, Prince Harry called the present moment in history a "global assault on democracy and freedom" and encouraged the general assembly members to take action.
  • He also spoke about turmoil in the United States after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the threat of overturning other constitutional rights.
  • He called attention to the threat climate change poses to all nations as well, calling the present moment a "pivotal" time in which the United Nations needs to take action to ensure the protection of the citizens of the planet.
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Family ties

  • In his speech, Prince Harry told the assembly about a photo he keeps of his mother, Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela together.
  • He also touched on his connection to the continent, saying, "It's where I've felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife."
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The context
The hit show, Abbott Elementary, is already a favorite of fans for its heartfelt take on the hilarity that ensues between elementary school teachers. But now, it's also a favorite of the Emmys, earning seven nominations.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Abbott Elementary is the New Darling of the Emmys

The context
The hit show, Abbott Elementary, is already a favorite of fans for its heartfelt take on the hilarity that ensues between elementary school teachers. But now, it's also a favorite of the Emmys, earning seven nominations.
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Star casting

  • Abbott Elementary received an extremely rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Tyler James Williams, who starred in Everybody Hates Chris, and plays one of the teachers at Abbott, is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, who has starred in Dreamgirls on Broadway and has been a fixture in showbusiness for 50 years, was nominated for outstanding supporting actress.
  • Comedian Janelle James, who has a Netflix special and plays the school principal, is also nominated for outstanding supporting actress.
  • The show is nominated for Outstanding comedy series as well.
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Emmy Nominees Announced

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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The context
The 74th Emmy Award nominees have been announced. They feature some history-making nominations, like "Squid Game," becoming the first foreign language series to be nominated, and some surprising snubs like Sadie Sink and Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things."
Entertainment
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Emmy Nominees Announced

The context
The 74th Emmy Award nominees have been announced. They feature some history-making nominations, like "Squid Game," becoming the first foreign language series to be nominated, and some surprising snubs like Sadie Sink and Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things."
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Fight for the stage

  • The South-Korean thriller, "Squid Game," which features desperate people playing childhood games with a deadly twist, is nominated for best drama series.
  • The Netflix super-nova also scored 14 nominations for production designs and cinematography.
  • Four members of the cast were also individually recognized for their performances.
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History in the nominating

  • The HBO series "Succession" led the drama nominations, with Euphoria coming in second.
  • Ted Lasso led the comedy nods, followed by "Hacks" and "Only Murders in the Building."
  • "The White Lotus" scored 20 nominations.
  • The sleeper hit Abbott Elementary, which comedian and Buzzfeed Alumnus Quinta Brunson wrote, scored several nominations. Brunson is the first Black woman to receive three comedy Emmy nominations for her role as star, writer, and producer of the show. The 32-year-old is also the youngest Black woman ever to be nominated in the comedy category.
  • Zendaya, nominated for her work on Euphoria, is the youngest two-time acting nominee and the youngest producing nominee ever.
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Surprising snubs

  • Hit shows like "Reservation Dogs" and "The Boys" missed out on nominations this year.
  • Actresses Selena Gomez of "Only Murders in the Building" and Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink of "Stranger Things" were also not nominated for their impressive performances.
  • Chadwick Boseman, the late actor who starred in Black Panther, scored a posthumous nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance slot for his role as Star-Lord T'Challa in "What If."
  • "The Sex In the City" remake failed to score any nominations.
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Beanie Bows Out

Monday, July 11, 2022
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The context
Beanie Feldstein will end her tenure as Fanny Price in Funny Girl on Broadway sooner than anticipated. Actress Lea Michele will take on the starring role when Feldstein leaves.
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Monday, July 11, 2022

Beanie Bows Out

The context
Beanie Feldstein will end her tenure as Fanny Price in Funny Girl on Broadway sooner than anticipated. Actress Lea Michele will take on the starring role when Feldstein leaves.
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New funny girl

  • In a statement shared on Feldstein's social media, she writes, "Playing Fanny Brice on Broadway has been a lifelong dream of mine, and doing so for the last few months has been a great joy and true honor. Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated."
  • Feldstein has received mixed reviews for her take on the classic character.
  • Feldstein will be replaced by Leak Michele, who starred in Glee for years and starred in the debut cast of "Spring Awakening."
  • Lea Michele was heavily criticized for her actions towards the cast of Glee, being accused of bullying fellow cast members.
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Shake up

  • Lea Michele will take over for Feldstein after July 31st.
  • Jane Lynch, also a Glee alumnus, is leaving the show alongside Feldstein. Tovah Fedlshuh is replacing Lynch.
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Jen Shah Pleads Guilty

Monday, July 11, 2022
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The context
The "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to wire fraud in an alleged telemarketing scheme.
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Monday, July 11, 2022

Jen Shah Pleads Guilty

The context
The "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to wire fraud in an alleged telemarketing scheme.
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Will plead guilty

  • Jen Shah is expected to plead guilty Monday at the start of a trial in which she is accused of participating in a telemarketing scam that defrauded hundreds of people.
  • Shah and her husband are famous for their lavish lifestyle on the show, so it was shocking to viewers that they have built their wealth through a fraudulent scheme that preys on vulnerable people.
  • In the plea, Shah acknowledged that what she was doing was fraudulent and apologized for the harm she'd caused the scheme's victims.
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Reverse

  • Shah initially pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. As part of her plea deal, she agreed to forfeit $6.5 million to the court.
  • Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, ran the telemarketing scheme where they targeted elderly or computer-illiterate people with "non-existent services" and then fought their efforts to obtain refunds.
  • The scheme lasted from 2012-2021.
  • Shah faces 14 years in prison and must pay up to $9.5 million in restitution.
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McMahon's Millions

Friday, July 8, 2022
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An investigation into WWE's Vince McMahon has revealed he agreed to pay $12 million to four women who worked for him at the wrestling entertainment company.
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Friday, July 8, 2022

McMahon's Millions

The context
An investigation into WWE's Vince McMahon has revealed he agreed to pay $12 million to four women who worked for him at the wrestling entertainment company.
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WSJ breaks the story

  • The Wall Street Journal broke the news today that the WWE's longtime leader, Vince McMahon, has paid out more than $12 million to four women who all worked at WWE for sexual misconduct.
  • All four signed agreements with McMahon which would prohibit them from discussing the actions that led to the payouts from the 76-year-old.
  • The investigation into McMahon was precipitated by a anonymous emails that WWE directors received about the conduct of McMahon and WWE execitve John Laurinaitis.
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Settlements

  • One of the emails sent to WWE directors claimed that one female WWE employee's salary increased after she began a sexual relationship with McMahon.
  • One of the settlements included a $7.5 million sum to a former wrestler McMahon coerced into giving him oral sex and then demoted.
  • The settlements have been paid out over the last sixteen years.
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Minion Mania

Thursday, July 7, 2022
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The context
A new Minions movie is out, and thanks to a viral Tik Tok trend, people are wearing suits and ties to see the latest film in theaters, leaving other moviegoers scratching their heads for an explanation.
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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Minion Mania

The context
A new Minions movie is out, and thanks to a viral Tik Tok trend, people are wearing suits and ties to see the latest film in theaters, leaving other moviegoers scratching their heads for an explanation.
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Got your suit and tie

  • The new Minions movie, "The Rise of Gru," has made more than $125 million so far.
  • Under the hashtag, "GentleMinions" teens are posting videos of large groups of friends dressing up in suits and ties or even dressing up as minions to attend showings of the new movie.
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Not on my watch

  • Some movie theaters have reacted to the trend by banning large groups of teens dressed up as minions or in formal wear.
  • Some teens have posted videos of themselves smuggling bananas into the theater and throwing them at the screen.
  • One of the posted videos has gathered 24 million views.
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Raiders Hire Sandra Douglass Morgan

Thursday, July 7, 2022
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The Las Vegas Raiders, formerly of Oakland, California, have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their new team president in a historic hiring decision.
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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Raiders Hire Sandra Douglass Morgan

The context
The Las Vegas Raiders, formerly of Oakland, California, have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their new team president in a historic hiring decision.
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History maker

  • The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as the team president, making her the first Black woman to hold the title of an NFL team president.
  • Morgan was raised in Las Vegas and joins the ranks of Kristi Coleman (Panthers) and Kim Pegula (Bills) as the only women to be team presidents.
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Experienced leader

  • Morgan was formerly the chairwoman and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
  • Raider's coach, Josh McDaniels, and General Manager Dave Zeigler released a statement about Morgan's hiring, writing, "We congratulate Sandra Douglass Morgan on her historic hiring as team president and are excited to welcome her into the Raiders family. Sandra brings impressive leadership experience to the organization, and we are thrilled to work with her as we continue to build a championship-caliber culture and team.''
  • In the press conference announcing Morgan as the new team president, she emphasized her excitement to lead the team and desire to maintain full transparency with fans of the Raiders and within the team.
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Biden Calls Griner's Wife

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife to reassure her they are prioritizing freeing Griner from Russia.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Biden Calls Griner's Wife

The context
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife to reassure her they are prioritizing freeing Griner from Russia.
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Biden is on it

  • Cherelle Griner has consistently spoken out since her wife's imprisonment in Russia to express her frustration that not enough is being done to free her wife from Russia.
  • Brittney Griner wrote an impassioned letter to Biden asking him not to forget about her and other American detainees abroad.
  • Biden called Cherelle Griner to reassure her that he and his administration are doing everything they can to free her wife, even though fewer than 1% of Russian trials result in acquittal.
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Put her on speaker

  • According to a statement released by the White House, "The President called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney's release as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other U.S. nationals who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world."
  • Biden also directed his team to maintain regular correspondences with Griner's family to provide updates and keep them informed about her case.
  • Biden also shared a draft of a letter he intends to send to Brittney Griner.
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Nipsey Hussle's Killer Found Guilty

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
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The context
A jury has found Eric Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Nipsey Hussle's Killer Found Guilty

The context
A jury has found Eric Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
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Long last

  • The conviction ties up a legal case that has lasted more than three years, thanks to the pandemic.
  • Eric Holder Jr. and Nipsey Hussle had been acquaintances for years, both growing up in Los Angeles.
  • In the events that preceded his murder, Hussle allegedly confronted Holder about a rumor that Holder was acting as an informant for the police.
  • Holder's lawyers allege that the accusation enraged Holder into shooting Hussle and accidentally hitting two bystanders.
  • Prosecutors responded that the murder was premeditated based on footage of the shooting and Holder's calm demeanor when he shot Hussle.
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Premeditated murder

  • Hussle was beloved in his Southern California neighborhood for using his fame to buy property and invest in the community he grew up in.
  • Holder fired shots from a semiautomatic weapon and a revolver and hit Hussle with 10 or 11 bullets.
  • The prosecutors argued that the nine minutes after the confrontation with Hussle about Holder being an informant and when Holder shot Hussle constituted more than enough time for the shooting to be classified as premeditated and, therefore, first-degree murder.
  • Hussle was killed in 2019 at age 33. He left behind a wife and young son.
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The context
Britney Spears might be a free woman, but the truth of the conservatorship she was subjected to is still unraveling. The pop star's attorney exposed her former business manager's involvement in the conservatorship scheme.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Britney Spear's Business Manager Implicated

The context
Britney Spears might be a free woman, but the truth of the conservatorship she was subjected to is still unraveling. The pop star's attorney exposed her former business manager's involvement in the conservatorship scheme.
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Exposed via email

  • New emails have surfaced, which are part of an ongoing case by Matthew Rosengart, who represents Spears against her former business manager Lou Taylor.
  • The emails show correspondence between Lou Taylor and Jaime Spears' then-attorneys before the conservatorship was issued.
  • The correspondences also show that Taylor, who is part of Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, and Spears and his lawyers, who controlled Britney's finances, worked together to find a judge who would sign off on giving the power to force Britney to take "psychotropic" drugs.
  • Tri Star allegedly made $18 million off the conservatorship, contrary to Taylor's claims in 2021 that Tri Star had no role in Britney's conservatorship.
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More to come?

  • The emails also show that Tri Star agreed to be a part of the star's conservatorship management team alongside Andrew Wallet, who Jamie Spears hired to manage Britney's finances.
  • Tri Star loaned $40,000 to Jamie Spears just before the conservatorship was issued.
  • Britney Spears's attorney requested more information about whether Tri Star financially benefitted and contributed to the maintenance of the conservatorship, so more information about Tri Star's role could be forthcoming.
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Anti-Trump Roar from Rogan

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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The context
Podcaster Joe Rogan shared on the Lex Fridman Podcast that he rejected offers to interview Donald Trump on his show, The Joe Rogan Experience.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Anti-Trump Roar from Rogan

The context
Podcaster Joe Rogan shared on the Lex Fridman Podcast that he rejected offers to interview Donald Trump on his show, The Joe Rogan Experience.
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Not interested

  • The controversial podcaster revealed that he had rejected multiple offers to interview the former president.
  • He described Trump as "such a polarizing figure" and that he was not "interested in helping him" by having him on his show.
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Clarifying position

  • Joe Rogan also revealed that he is not a Trump supporter.
  • He called the Trump-era one of the "weirder" times in U.S. history and one where people abandoned morality and ethics to attack the former president and his supporters because he was an "existential threat to democracy itself."
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Adele Shares Vegas Residency Story

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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The context
In a radio interview with BBC Radio 4, superstar singer Adele defended her decision to postpone her Las Vegas Residency.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Adele Shares Vegas Residency Story

The context
In a radio interview with BBC Radio 4, superstar singer Adele defended her decision to postpone her Las Vegas Residency.
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Tearful decision

  • Adele announced to fans that she was postponing her Las Vegas Residency just twenty-four hours before the first performance was scheduled to start.
  • She tearfully told fans in January that the show wasn't ready yet, and insisted that the decision had not been made lightly.
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Brutal backlash

  • Adele told the radio show that the backlash from fans was brutal. Many ticketholders had already arrived in Las Vegas in anticipation of the show.
  • She acknowledged that the backlash from fans was justified since many had taken time off of work and spent money on travel and accommodations to see the show.
  • There has been no follow-up announcement since the postponement with new dates for the performances or refunds for ticket holders.
  • Adele told the radio show, "You can't buy me, you can't buy me for nothing. I'm not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we're going to lose loads of money. I'm like, 'The show's not good enough."
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Griner Pens an Open Letter

Monday, July 4, 2022
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The context
WNBA star Brittney Griner penned an open letter to Biden, asking him to commit to helping free her from Russia instead of forgetting her.
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Monday, July 4, 2022

Griner Pens an Open Letter

The context
WNBA star Brittney Griner penned an open letter to Biden, asking him to commit to helping free her from Russia instead of forgetting her.
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Here forever

  • Britney Griner is currently being detained and tried in Russia for drug possession charges. The basketball superstar's trial began last Friday, but she has been detained in Russia since February.
  • In the letter, Griner reveals she fears she will be detained in Russia indefinitely as a political pawn in the ongoing and escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
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Don't forget about me

  • The Phoenix Mercury player wrote to Biden, "Please don't forget about me," in the letter shared by the talent agency that represents her WNBA team.
  • An Arizona state Senator and the Biden administration have called Griner's case a top priority.
  • Griner's wife and her team have called upon the Biden administration and the State Department, asking them to do more to free her.
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Negotiation tactic

  • Griner writes in the letter that she is terrified she might be detained in Russia "forever."
  • U.S. officials maintain that Griner has been wrongfully detained, adding that the tactics displayed by the Russian side seem to point toward Russia wanting to exchange Griner via prisoner swap for one of their own detained in the U.S.
  • Griner has yet to enter a plea in her case.
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The context
The long-awaited follow-up to Avatar will turn Sigourney Weaver into a teenager in a surprise twist that will delight Avatar fans.
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Friday, July 1, 2022

Teenage Sigourney Weaver Becomes an Avatar

The context
The long-awaited follow-up to Avatar will turn Sigourney Weaver into a teenager in a surprise twist that will delight Avatar fans.
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Growing pains

  • Sigourney Weaver's character, Dr. Grace Augustine, died in the first film, so fans were surprised to hear that she would be returning to the franchise in the sequel "Avatar: The Way of Water."
  • Weaver will play a teenage girl who is adopted by the original film star-crossed couple Jake and Neytiri.
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Turn back time

  • Weaver filmed the sequel as she was turning 70.
  • She consulted with teenage girls to hone and perfect her character and was excited by the challenge of portraying an awkward teen.
  • While filming, Weaver managed to hold her breath for six minutes.
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Splash Mountain is No More

Friday, July 1, 2022
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The context
Disney announced that the ride Splash Mountain will be turned into Tiana's Bayou Adventure by 2024.
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Friday, July 1, 2022

Splash Mountain is No More

The context
Disney announced that the ride Splash Mountain will be turned into Tiana's Bayou Adventure by 2024.
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Transformation underway

  • Disney first announced they would transform Splash Mountain in 2020 after a petition on Change.org encouraging Disney to add more diversity to its park offerings.
  • The new ride is a tribute to New Orleans, where the movie The Princess and the Frog takes place.
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Well researched

  • The petition that sparked the move to Tiana's Bayou Adventure called out a song used in the Splash Mountain ride with racist ties.
  • In the announcement, Disney says they traveled to New Orleans to research the ride, speaking with chefs, musicians, and academics alike to ensure they did the city justice in the new ride.
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New Baymax Series Warms Hearts

Friday, July 1, 2022
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Baymax, the inflatable best friend and a medical assistant robot from the movie Big Hero 6, has its own series on Disney that's captivating audiences.
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Friday, July 1, 2022

New Baymax Series Warms Hearts

The context
Baymax, the inflatable best friend and a medical assistant robot from the movie Big Hero 6, has its own series on Disney that's captivating audiences.
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Season one

  • In the six mini-episodes, Baymax patrols the fictional neighborhood of San Fransokyo, looking for citizens in need of medical and emotional help.
  • One episode features Baymax helping a man with a crush, while another helps a girl with her first period.
  • The episodes center around citizens of San Fransokyo needing emotional assistance as well as medical.
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Inclusive storylines

  • The series has caught the attention of many after some viewers were upset that one episode features Baymax helping a girl who gets her first period before a talent show.
  • Baymax goes to a store and gets advice from all kinds of people about what kinds of menstrual products to buy, including a trans person, which drew fire from some conservatives on Twitter.
  • In another episode, Baymax helps someone ask out their same-gendered crush. The episodes have drawn praise from members of the LBTQIA+ community online and viewers who are excited about the diversity showcased in the episodes.
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Ezra Miller Story Continues

Friday, July 1, 2022
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The star of the Flash was accused of harassing women abroad amidst claims they are abusing their influence.
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Friday, July 1, 2022

Ezra Miller Story Continues

The context
The star of the Flash was accused of harassing women abroad amidst claims they are abusing their influence.
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Victims come forward

  • During the spring of 2020, Miller was in Iceland, where they were involved in two violent altercations at a Reykjavik bar.
  • In one of the altercations, they assaulted a young woman by placing her in a chokehold and throwing her to the ground.
  • Another woman came forward to describe her interactions with the star when he grew incensed with her and tried to break into her house after she threw them out.
  • The parents of a young person filed for a restraining order against Miller after they used their influence to isolate and abuse their child.
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Fuel to the fire

  • The new victims coming forward only added to the embattled star's reputation.
  • Miller was arrested twice in Hawaii for assaulting bar patrons in April 2022.
  • Warner Brothers still intend to keep Miller in his role as the Flash in a blockbuster film about the superhero due to debut in 2023.
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Victoria Beckham Reflects

Thursday, June 30, 2022
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The context
After giving birth to her son Brooklyn, Victoria Beckham was forced onto a scale on live TV in 1999, and she's now publicly reflecting on the experience as the video goes viral.
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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Victoria Beckham Reflects

The context
After giving birth to her son Brooklyn, Victoria Beckham was forced onto a scale on live TV in 1999, and she's now publicly reflecting on the experience as the video goes viral.
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Video footage

  • A video of Victoria Beckham being interviewed on live television by Chris Evans in 1999 went viral this week.
  • The video shows Chris Evans badgering Beckham with questions about her post-baby weight. He asks her whether she is back to her pre-baby weight and if she has been going to the gym.
  • The video culminates with Evans forcing Beckham onto a scale when he reads her weight aloud.
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Beckham responds

  • Beckham responded to the viral video in an interview with Vogue Australia, saying of the instance, "Can you imagine doing that nowadays?!"
  • She also commented on the media's obsession with her weight over the years, whether headlines called attention to her looking thin or heavy, and the impact it has had on her self-esteem.
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Halsey Calls Out Concert-Goers

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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The context
During Halsey's recent concert, some audience members walked out of their performance after the star shared their pro-choice beliefs.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Halsey Calls Out Concert-Goers

The context
During Halsey's recent concert, some audience members walked out of their performance after the star shared their pro-choice beliefs.
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Good riddance

  • Halsey was performing at a concert in Arizona on Sunday when they advocated for reproductive rights as part of their set.
  • Halsey addressed the crowd, saying, "The truth is that my heart breaks looking out into this audience, because I see so many people ... who deserve the right to healthcare that they need. Who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice."
  • Halsey said when they began to walk out, "If you don't like it, you can go home."
  • Halsey has been vocal about their struggles with endometriosis and experience with a miscarriage before having their son this past year.
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Don't let the door hit you

  • Halsey responded to a tweet about people leaving the show with "downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out."
  • Halsey also took to their Twitter account to express their views on the subject once more, writing, "Honored to have my audience. Proud they cultivate a space where emotion and action meet. Love doing what I do. And expect me to always tell the truth when I get up there. Show must go on."
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The context
55-year-old Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking and racketeering.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years Behind Bars

The context
55-year-old Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking and racketeering.
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Paying for his crimes

  • The R&B singer had been convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering for using his star power to lure and subject young fans to systematic sexual abuse, even holding some hostage in his home in a quasi-cult-like arrangement.
  • The case featured testimony from several survivors of Kelly's abuse that were lured into his sphere by managers and aides and then forced to be obedient to his whims.
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Defense argues

  • R. Kelly's defense argued that the judge should be lenient because Kelly had a difficult childhood and grew up in a home where he was sexually abused.
  • They also argued that Kelly was subject to the whims of his team, which orchestrated the abuse and imprisonment of young boys, girls, and women.
  • The trial saw testimony from 45 witnesses who detailed his abuse's impact on their lives.
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Underage abuse

  • The judge who sentenced Kelly addressed him, saying, "These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years," she said. "You taught them that love is enslavement and violence."
  • The youngest girl that R. Kelly was accused of sexually abusing was singer Aaliyah who was just 13 or 14 years old. Kelly married Aaliyah when she was 17 years old, and Kelly was 27.
  • Kelly was finally charged after the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" was released and caused massive public outrage at the singer's apparent ability to get away with decades of sexual abuse.
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Elmo Gets His Covid-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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The context
Beloved childhood puppet Elmo got his first Covid-19 shot in a Sesame Street Workshop PSA, encouraging parents to vaccinate their young kids against Covid-19 now that the FDA approves it.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Elmo Gets His Covid-19 Vaccine

The context
Beloved childhood puppet Elmo got his first Covid-19 shot in a Sesame Street Workshop PSA, encouraging parents to vaccinate their young kids against Covid-19 now that the FDA approves it.
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Elmo's safe

  • In a new public service announcement from the Sesame Workshop, Elmo got his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Elmo recently turned three and a half years old, and now that the vaccine has been approved for children aged five and under, he got the shot to encourage families to vaccinate their kids.
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Louie approved

  • The short features commentary from Elmo's dad, Louie. He says that after talking to a pediatrician, he decided that it's the best thing to do for Elmo to get him vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, said, "We hope that Louie and Elmo will inspire parents and caregivers across the country to speak with their healthcare providers and seek out information to learn about how the COVID-19 vaccines can keep young children and their families healthy."
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The context
Lead singer of Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong, announced in front of the audience at London Stadium that he plans to renounce his American citizenship over Roe v. Wade being overturned in an expletive-filled performance.
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Monday, June 27, 2022

Billy Joe Armstrong to Renounce U.S. Citizenship

The context
Lead singer of Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong, announced in front of the audience at London Stadium that he plans to renounce his American citizenship over Roe v. Wade being overturned in an expletive-filled performance.
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Goodbye for good

  • Singer of hits like "American Idiot" Billy Joe Armstrong spent a large portion of Green Day's show at London Stadium criticizing the U.S. after the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
  • Armstrong even performed in front of a graphic that read "F*** Ted Cruz."
  • He told the audience he plans to renounce his American citizenship and move to England.
  • Other celebrities have also declared they would leave the country over the Supreme Court ruling, but who ultimately follows through remains to be seen.
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\"American Idiot\" no more

  • Armstrong was born in Oakland, California, and is considered one of the greats of punk music.
  • Armstrong told the crowd, "F America... There's just too much fi studid in the world to go back to that miserable fi* excuse for a country."
  • The band Green Day consistently engages with the political world in performances from 9/11 to the Trump presidency.
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The context
Musicians and celebrities like Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae spoke out against the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the Glastonbury festival and the BET awards.
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Musicians and celebrities like Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae spoke out against the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the Glastonbury festival and the BET awards.
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Kendrick Lamar's debut

  • Rapper Kendrick Lamar played Glastonbury for the first time this year, pulling from his Pulitzer Prize-winning music catalog, which is intensely personal and captivated the audience with its political and personal message.
  • At the end of his set, he chanted, "Godspeed for women's rights. They judge you, they judge Christ" over and over until leaving the stage.
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Onstage opinion

  • In addition to Kendrick, other artists at Glastonbury took the opportunity to blast the Supreme Court.
  • Lily Allen and Olivia Rodrigo dedicated a rendition of "F*** You" to the Supreme Court.
  • Phoebe Bridgers asked the audience of her set, "who wants to say f the Supreme Court" and the audience joined in chanting "f the Supreme Court."
  • Artists Kasey Musgrave and Olly Alexander also expressed their outrage, saying women deserve access to abortions.
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BET on this

  • Host Taraji P. Henson opened the show with a callout to the Supreme court decision, saying it was a sad day for women in the country.
  • While presenting an award, singer Janelle Monae directed her middle fingers toward the court and called for action, which earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
  • Jazmine Sullivan also asked the men in the audience to support women in their fight for reproductive rights saying, "we need you now more than ever."
  • Latto, who later performed her hit "Big Energy," also called out the decision while accepting an award.
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The context
Tik Tok star Khaby Lame, famous for his exasperated expression, surpassed Charlie D'Amelio in followers, making him the most followed star on the platform.
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Sorry, Charlie, Khaby Lame Is Now the King of Tik Tok

The context
Tik Tok star Khaby Lame, famous for his exasperated expression, surpassed Charlie D'Amelio in followers, making him the most followed star on the platform.
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Number one

  • Khaby Lame is a 22-year-old creator who was born in Senegal. Lame joined the platform in March 2020 after losing his job.
  • Lame took off on the platform last year, getting tons of likes for his frustrated reactions to nonsensical DIY videos.
  • Lame now has 142.7 million followers.
  • He's famous for his pained expression and body language, highlighting the absurdity of the videos he duets.
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Not so lame

  • Lame's rise to the top of Tik Tok is especially impressive in the context of other black creators expressing their frustration that the platform highlights and rewards white creators over them.
  • Many trends started by black creators go uncredited and white creators blow up on the platform using the trends without acknowledging the creator.
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Going forward

  • Lame is based in Italy, and his new role as the most followed on Tik Tok will bring him lucrative brand deals and massive fame.
  • Tik Tok is sponsoring this year's VidCon, and it's slated to be a big one since the last two were virtual due to the pandemic.
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Bill Cosby Found Liable

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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The context
A jury ordered Bill Cosby to pay Judith Huth $500,000 in the conclusion of a civil case that found him liable for sexually abusing Huth when she was 16 years old at the playboy mansion in 1975.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Bill Cosby Found Liable

The context
A jury ordered Bill Cosby to pay Judith Huth $500,000 in the conclusion of a civil case that found him liable for sexually abusing Huth when she was 16 years old at the playboy mansion in 1975.
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At the Playboy Mansion

  • The actor and comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
  • The civil case against Cosby was the first to go to trial since his criminal rape conviction was overturned last year.
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Trial details

  • The jury had to evaluate whether Cosby could have reasonably thought that the defendant, Judy Huth, was under the age of 18 at the time of the assault and whether he did commit acts of violence against her.
  • Huth testified that she and a friend met Cosby while he was filming on location in LA. She described that Cosby made her drink alcohol earlier in the night and then took her to the Playboy Mansion, where he assaulted her.
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Another round of trials

  • Since Cosby's criminal conviction's been overturned, he faces numerous civil suits from the defendants who accused him of assault, the first of which is Judy Huth.
  • The disgraced comedian was not in attendance at the trial but appeared in a video deposition from the original criminal case, which took place six years ago.
  • Cosby was ordered to pay Huth $500,000 in damages, which his team calls a victory since the sum is relatively low.
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Harry Styles by Gucci

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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The context
Harry Styles and Gucci are collaborating on a new collection capitalizing on his style icon status.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Harry Styles by Gucci

The context
Harry Styles and Gucci are collaborating on a new collection capitalizing on his style icon status.
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No joking here

  • The new collection is titled "HA HA HA" which is a play on Harry's and the Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele's initials.
  • Styles is notorious for his seventies-inspired, gender-fluid clothing, which he has often caught the eyes of more conservative commentators.
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Vintage for a new era

  • The collection debuted at Milan Men's Fashion Week and features items like newsboy caps, sweater vests, and suits decorated with fun patterns and bright colors.
  • The collection featured twenty-five pieces and was displayed at a vintage store in Milan.
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Jazzed up

  • Harry Styles and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele have been longtime friends and collaborators since 2015, and the collection is a playful homage to their friendship.
  • The suits are the real star of the "HA HA HA" show, with heavy tailoring that Styles has helped to popularize featuring prominently. While Styles is known for incorporating womenswear into his style, the collection is focused on classic menswear items that are jazzed up with color and patterns.
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Beyoncé, Drake, and Kid Cudi, Oh My!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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Beyoncé and Drake dropped new surprise music, and Kid Cudi is going on tour.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Beyoncé, Drake, and Kid Cudi, Oh My!

The context
Beyoncé and Drake dropped new surprise music, and Kid Cudi is going on tour.
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Break My Soul

  • After announcing a new album, Beyoncé dropped the first suprise single from her upcoming album, act i Renaissance. It's a house track that features artist Big Freedia a choir and is a whopping five minutes long.
  • The track is an ode to quitting your job and finding happiness, featuring lyrics about releasing your job, anger, stress, and time. It's essentially a call out to the great resignation. The opening lyric is "I just fell in love and I quit my job."
  • If the first single is any indication, the album will lean into the themes of pandemic uncertainty and the reshuffling of priorities many people experienced during the last two years. Her dance-focused beats will also bring out the euphoria of leaving the pandemic behind.
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Honestly, Nevermind

  • Drake and now Beyoncé; this summer is all about dance music. Drake dropped a surprise new album titled, Honestly, Nevermind.
  • Honestly, Nevermind is listed as a dance album which is a departure for the hip-hop artist but a logical progression nonetheless, and features longtime collaborators alongside new house music producers like Black Coffee.
  • Social media is divided on the new album, but Drake is unbothered, reassuring critics that it's okay if they don't get it yet.
  • The album is dedicated to the late designer Virgil Abloh.
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To the moon

  • Music fans are celebrating the return of Kid Cudi to the road. He announced a global tour that will play in twenty-seven cities.
  • The tour, To the Moon World Tour, begins in Vancouver in August.
  • Fans will also be treated to Entergalactic, Kid Cudi's new album, which will go hand in hand with a television event streaming on Netflix in September.
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Vince McMahon is Stepping Aside

Friday, June 17, 2022
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WWE CEO and majority shareholder Vince McMahon announced he is stepping down from his role amid an investigation into payments made to former female employees.
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Friday, June 17, 2022

Vince McMahon is Stepping Aside

The context
WWE CEO and majority shareholder Vince McMahon announced he is stepping down from his role amid an investigation into payments made to former female employees.
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Move aside

  • McMahon is under investigation for payments he made to a former female employee he had an affair with.
  • He is fully cooperating with the investigation and will still contribute to WWE's creative content while he momentarily steps aside.
  • The alleged affair occurred with a paralegal hired in 2019 at WWE.
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More information

  • Vince McMahon is already a controversial CEO and has received criticism for his management tactics both for the wrestlers he employs and people working for the company. McMahon has helmed WWE for 40 years.
  • In his absence, his daughter and Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will take over as CEO and chair of the board of directors.
  • She has worked at WWE since 2006.
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Cooperation's the word

  • In an official statement, McMahon says of his decision to step aside as CEO, "I have committed to doing everything in my power to help the Special Committee complete its work, including marshaling the cooperation of the entire company to assist in the completion of the investigation and to implement its findings."
  • The WWE board is investigating John Laurinaitis, head of talent relations, for "alleged misconduct" as well.
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Warriors Win in 6

Friday, June 17, 2022
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The Bay Area Warriors are four-time NBA champions, beating the Celtics in Boston last night.
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Friday, June 17, 2022

Warriors Win in 6

The context
The Bay Area Warriors are four-time NBA champions, beating the Celtics in Boston last night.
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Game six

  • The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions again, beating the Boston Celtics in six games.
  • Steph Curry won the Finals MVP trophy and absolutely obliterated the Celtic's defense in the game.
  • The Warrior's defense managed to hold off the Celtics while Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thomspon, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins sunk shot after shot.
  • The team had a slow start to their season and was not expected to make the finals, much less win. While it was an unlikely win, it was an epic conclusion.
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Steph's reaction

  • Commentators spent much of the Warrior's season questioning whether the team would achieve the heights they did from 2015 to 2018, especially after injuries sidelined players like Klay Thompson.
  • Steph Curry has the memory of an elephant and, in post-game interviews, referenced a few specific comments made by professional basketball commentators. Specifically, some commentators had mocked Curry's decision to extend his contract with the Warriors, saying he would win zero championships during the contract extension.
  • He also wore a shirt with "Ayesha Curry Can Cook" (Steph is married to Ayesha Curry) emblazoned on the front in response to a bar in Boston that hung a poster saying "Ayesha Curry Can't Cook."
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Coach Steve Kerr's career

  • Steve Kerr is the head coach of the Warriors and has been since 2014. Kerr now has nine championship rings, both as a player and as a coach.
  • Kerr called this championship win "The most unlikely yet."
  • Curry scored a whopping 34 points during the game.
  • Curry, Green, and Thompson have now played in four Championships together, which is an NBA record. The three won their first title in 2015 when they joined Steve Kerr in his first year coaching the Warriors.
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Did She Rip the Dress?

Thursday, June 16, 2022
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Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's dress to the Met Gala this year, and now photos are circulating online claiming she permanently damaged the historical dress.
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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Did She Rip the Dress?

The context
Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's dress to the Met Gala this year, and now photos are circulating online claiming she permanently damaged the historical dress.
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From red carpet to social media

  • Kardashian caught flack for wearing the dress both because many see the dress as a part of history and because she revealed she lost sixteen pounds in two weeks to be able to fit into the dress.
  • Kardashian only wore the dress on the red carpet and changed into a replica once she was inside.
  • Social media blazed this week when photos showing an alleged before and after of the dress went viral. In the before picture, there is no damage to the dress. After the back zipper is strained and some of the crystals have fallen off.
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Damage to the dress

  • The gown was famously worn when Marilyn Monroe performed at John F. Kennedy's birthday celebration as she sang "Happy Birthday."
  • A dedicated Marilyn Monroe historian posted the photos on Instagram, writing, "the damage is significant."
  • The original side-by-side photo is from 2016 before the museum purchased the dress, Ripley's Believe It or Not.
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Ripley's wades in

  • The dress was purchased via auction by Ripley's and displayed in a temperature and light-controlled case.
  • Ripley's denies that Kardashian caused any damage to the gown. They pointed to a report about the dress when they purchased it in 2017 that notes several seams looking "pulled and worn."
  • Many people took to social media to express their dismay that Kardashian was allowed to wear the dress because it is such a precious historical object and is so delicate.
  • Kardashian did not pay Ripley's to wear the dress. Instead, she made two charitable donations to organizations in the Orlando, Florida, area.
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Brace Yourself for New Beyoncé

Thursday, June 16, 2022
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Beyoncé is the July British Vogue Cover star, and she revealed that she's releasing a new album next month.
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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Brace Yourself for New Beyoncé

The context
Beyoncé is the July British Vogue Cover star, and she revealed that she's releasing a new album next month.
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Get ready

  • Beyoncé revealed to British Vogue that she spent most of the pandemic working on and perfecting a new album that comes out next month.
  • Her next album, which she describes as powered by all the artillery of the American 20th-century music landscape, is her first since 2020.
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Renaissance coming

  • The internet is losing its collective mind over the possibility of new music from Beyoncé, ending what some are referring to as the "drought."
  • Tidal, the streaming service owned by her husband Jay-Z, tweeted about the album, saying, "Beyoncé RENAISSANCE July 29."
  • Beyoncé's last full-length album, Lemonade, came out in 2016. She released a companion album to The Lion King titled Black is King in 2020 and a collaborative album with her husband, Everything is Love, in 2018.
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Hit the dance floor

  • The upcoming album contains sixteen songs and is titled "act I," which could mean that more acts are coming after the July release.
  • In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the singer spoke about working on the new album, telling the interviewer- "With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible."
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WWE Board Investigates CEO Vince McMahon

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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The context
The WWE board is investigating million dollar payments from CEO Vince McMahon to former female employees.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

WWE Board Investigates CEO Vince McMahon

The context
The WWE board is investigating million dollar payments from CEO Vince McMahon to former female employees.
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What's the deal?

  • Chief Executive Officer of the WWE is under investigation for a $3 million dollar payment he made to a former employee.
  • McMahon allegedly had an affair with the woman and has other non-disclosure agreenments with women who've worked at WWE.
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Hush money

  • McMahon agreed to pay the departing employee $1 million upfront and then $2 million in additional payments.
  • Preliminary findings show that McMahon paid the former female employees who signed non-disclosure agreements with personal funds.
  • McMahon controls the company both as CEO and as the owner of the company's shares.
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Just him?

  • The investigation kicked off when the board discovered the agreement between McMahon and a paralegal at WWE he was having an affair with. They then found more nondisclosure agreements and payments totaling millions of dollars.
  • Some of the payments were made in response to allegations against WWE's talent relations chief, John Laurinaitis.
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The context
If you have been watching Season four of Stranger Things, the Kate Bush classic "Running Up That Hill" is stuck in your head. But the story of the song is even catchier.
The context
If you have been watching Season four of Stranger Things, the Kate Bush classic "Running Up That Hill" is stuck in your head. But the story of the song is even catchier.
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TV to charts

  • Kate Bush's 1985 hit "Running Up That Hill" features in Stranger Thing's fourth season in a pivotal scene. The song brings one of the characters out of a trance.
  • Fans of the show and Bush have flooded social media with memes and reactions to the song, asking what song would bring me out of a potentially deadly trance?
  • Bush is notoriously stingy with who she permits to use her songs, but the team at Stranger Things made a very compelling case.
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Race to the top

  • The song is taking over the U.K. singles chart, cracking the Top 10 on the Billboard hot 100, and even going No. 1 for the first time in Australia.
  • The song is also taking over Tik Tok, with users propelling it to even higher heights on the charts.
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Kate Bush reacts

  • "Running Up That Hill" is currently the most streamed song in the U.K.
  • It's averaging 700,000 plays per day on Spotify.
  • Kate Bush reacted, writing It's hard to take in the speed at which this has all been happening... So many young people who love the show [are] discovering the song for the first time. The response to Running Up That Hill is something that has had its own energy and volition. A direct relationship between the shows and their audience and one that has stood completely outside of the music business. We've all been astounded to watch the track explode!"
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The context
When fans pointed out that Lizzo used an ableist slur in one of her new songs, Grrrls, she responded by rerecording the song.
Entertainment
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Lizzo Earns Praise from Fans for Response to Song

The context
When fans pointed out that Lizzo used an ableist slur in one of her new songs, Grrrls, she responded by rerecording the song.
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Take notes

  • Fans quickly responded to Lizzo's new song, Grrrls, calling out the singer's use of the term sp*z, which many were offended by.
  • Instead of ignoring fans or doubling down, Lizzo rerecorded the song and omitted the term.
  • She also posted a message on social media apologizing for using the term.
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Fan response

  • Fans of Lizzo were upset as the term sp*z has been used to make fun of people with cerebral palsy or other disabilities which cause spastic movement.
  • Disability advocates took to Twitter to encourage the singer to change the lyrics.
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Be the change

  • In the message posted to Lizzo's Instagram, the singer writes: It's been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song "GRRRLS". Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in American, I've had many hurtful words used against me so I undertsand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally).
  • She goes on to say that her re-recording is a "result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I'm dedicated to being part of the change I've been waiting to see in the world."
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BTS to Take a Breather

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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The South Korean superstars are taking a hiatus to recharge their creative batteries and pursue solo projects.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

BTS to Take a Breather

The context
The South Korean superstars are taking a hiatus to recharge their creative batteries and pursue solo projects.
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Break not a break-up

  • During a pre-taped special released as part of the group's anniversary celebration, BTS announced they are taking a break to pursue solo projects and recoup from eight years of non-stop music creation.
  • The band reminisced over almost a decade together at the top of the KPOP genre in the special.
  • One of the band members, Jimin, spoke about the grueling pace of working in KPOP and the pressure the band has faced to perform.
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Vocal in more than one way

  • Suga, one of the band members, clarified that the band wasn't disbanding, just taking a hiatus.
  • The band has been vocal about social justice issues like violence against Asian-Americans during the pandemic, even meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the subject at the White House.
  • The band's reputation for its dedication to social justice has made them even more beloved by millions of fans.
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Going solo

  • Band members Rm, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, will be pursuing solo projects and taking the time to reconnect as a band.
  • BTS was formed in 2013, and its rise to fame has been meteoric.
  • Fans of BTS call themselves the BTS army.
  • The band sold out London's Wembley Stadium in just 90 minutes. Tickets for their most recent tour average at $452, and sales have crashed the Ticketmaster website before.
  • Fans are understandably upset, but the band urged them to be supportive of their decision.
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Philip Baker Hall's Final Honor

Monday, June 13, 2022
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The context
Philip Baker Hall, star of "Secret Honor" and other classic films, passed away peacefully at age 90.
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Monday, June 13, 2022

Philip Baker Hall's Final Honor

The context
Philip Baker Hall, star of "Secret Honor" and other classic films, passed away peacefully at age 90.
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Gruff but sincere

  • Actor Philip Baker Hall was known for his gruff charm and the ever-present, impatient scowl on the silver screen.
  • Hall was born in Ohio and didn't start acting until he was 30, after serving as a translator in the army and as a teacher in his home state, before moving to the big apple to pursue acting.
  • Hall passed away on June 12th at his home in Glendale, CA.
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Lovable grump

  • Hall is best known today for his role as a library investigations officer on "Seinfeld," as a network executive in "The Truman Show," and for his work in films by the infamous director, Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • He is one of the most recognizable character actors out there, often playing a somewhat sincere, absurdly grumpy character.
  • Hall's final role was in the 2020 hit show "Messiah" on Netflix.
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Prolific career

  • Hall's career took off much later in life, but it was prolific. He had starring or guest-starring roles in almost every sitcom imaginable. He was in blockbuster movies like "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and even portrayed Richard Nixon in "Secret Honor."
  • A longtime friend of Hall, LA Times reporter Sam Farmer, broke the news of Hall's death. The actor's wife, Holly Wolfe Hall, confirmed his death on Monday
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The context
Multi-millionaire author James Patterson gave an interview describing a new kind of "racism" facing older white men in the entertainment industry.
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Monday, June 13, 2022

James Patterson Makes the Internet Cross

The context
Multi-millionaire author James Patterson gave an interview describing a new kind of "racism" facing older white men in the entertainment industry.
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Off to a tough start

  • 75-year-old James Patterson is the author of the Alex Cross series and has sold about 450 million copies of the 300-some books he's written. He recently wrote a series of thrillers with Bill Clinton. Though, there is speculation now that he employs ghostwriters.
  • The author is currently on tour promoting his memoir "James Patterson: The Stories of My Life." As part of the tour, he gave an interview with The Sunday Times about the career that's inspired the book.
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Content of the interview

  • In the interview, Patterson laments that it is getting harder for white men to be published, calling the lack of interest in older white male writers "another form of racism."
  • He continues, saying, "Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It's even harder for older writers. You don't meet many 52-year-old white males."
  • Patterson currently has two books on the New York Times bestseller list; Run Rose Run, which he co-authored with Dolly Patron, and another installment of the Women's Murder Club written with Maxine Paetro.
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Backlash erupts

  • The reaction to Patterson's comments from the literary world was swift.
  • Authors and publishers alike were quick to condemn Patterson's comments, especially since white authors still dominate the publishing world.
  • Recent industry diversification efforts have made little headway. At Hatchette Press, which is publishing Patterson's memoir, seven out of ten authors and illustrators signed for the first time in 2020 were white.
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The context
Actress Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram that she'd found her Disney princess, but the story behind the post is causing controversy.
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Monday, June 13, 2022

Rebel Wilson Comes Out On Her Own-ish Terms

The context
Actress Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram that she'd found her Disney princess, but the story behind the post is causing controversy.
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Who needs a prince when you can have a princess?

  • Australian Actress Rebel Wilson revealed that she was dating designer Ramona Agruma last Thursday, captioning an Instagram photo of the two, "I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince... but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess."
  • The post comes during pride month, and commenters expressed their support for the actress for coming out.
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The story behind the post

  • The Australian publication, The Sydney Morning Herald, published a column in their section "private Sydney" where author Andrew Hornery revealed that the paper had given Wilson two days to comment on a story they were going to run revealing that Wilson was in a relationship with another woman.
  • In the column, Horney claims that Wilson then went on to "gazump" their story by posting her own coming out on Instagram. He called her decision to come out on her own terms instead of letting the paper break the news "underwhelming."
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Can we rewind?

  • The publication removed Hornery's column and published a new one in which the journalist writes that he did not try to "out" Wilson and claims that all stars in the column receive the same notice before something is published about their private life.
  • In the column, he writes, "To say that the Herald 'outed' Wilson is wrong... Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and included a deadline for a response. I had made no decision about whether or what to publish, and the Herald's decision about what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson supplied."
  • He also apologized for getting it "wrong" and for seemingly calling out Wilson for her choice to come out before the piece would have run.
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Rebel responds

  • Wilson thanked supporters for their reaction to her coming out, adding that she was "still reeling from the fact that a publication gave someone a deadline to out them in 2022."
  • She also revealed that she decided to come out in response to the paper planning to out her.
  • The editor of the Herald, Bevan Shields, defended the column on Twitter but wrote that the paper had "made mistakes" and would "learn from them."
  • Several writers at the Herald have written emails that are now public, saying that the column written by Hornery and Shield's response has "trashed" the publication's credibility.
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Jennifer Hudson Gets the EGOT

Monday, June 13, 2022
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Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson won a Tony Award this weekend, completing the elusive EGOT.
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Monday, June 13, 2022

Jennifer Hudson Gets the EGOT

The context
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson won a Tony Award this weekend, completing the elusive EGOT.
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Historic addition

  • Very few stars have collected all the awards necessary to join the EGOT club, which now has seventeen members.
  • Hudson is the second Black woman to join the EGOT club. Whoopi Goldberg was the first.
  • She is the third-youngest EGOT winner and the first American Idol alumni to achieve the honor.
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Win for A Strange Loop

  • Jennifer Hudson won a Tony Award on Sunday as a producer for the musical, A Strange Loop, which won best musical.
  • The award completed the EGOT, including an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
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All the way to EGOT

  • Hudson began her career on the reality show, American Idol.
  • She won an Oscar in 2007 for her role in the hit "Dreamgirls" alongside Beyoncé. She has won two Grammys for two albums and an Emmy for the animated short "Baba Yag," which she co-produced and voiced.
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The context
Superstar Justin Bieber announced he would pause the Juice World Tour due to complications from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Justin Bieber Diagnosed With Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

The context
Superstar Justin Bieber announced he would pause the Juice World Tour due to complications from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
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Tour difficulties

  • The diagnosis is the latest in a series of setbacks for Bieber's Justice World Tour, which is now on pause.
  • The tour was initially set to start in 2020 but was delayed until 2022 because of the pandemic.
  • In the announcement, Bieber reassured fans that he would rest up and return to the stage soon.
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Announcement online

  • Popstar Justin Bieber announced he is taking a break from performing because he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
  • Bieber took to social media to break the news and explain that performing was not an option because the condition had paralyzed half of his face.
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The context
Popular Tik Tok star Cooper Noriega passed away on June 9th at the age of 19.
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Friday, June 10, 2022

Tik Tok Star Cooper Noriega Passes Away

The context
Popular Tik Tok star Cooper Noriega passed away on June 9th at the age of 19.
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Who is Cooper Noriega?

  • Cooper Noriega was a Tik Tok star with 1.7 million followers. Noriega uses the platform to post about his struggles with mental health and drug use.
  • Noriega had posted a Tik Tok one day before his death about thinking he would die young.
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What happened?

  • A passerby saw Noriega unconscious in his car outside an LA mall and called the police. He was declared dead upon emergency responders' arrival.
  • Along with posting about skateboarding and fashion, Noriega also used the platform to foster conversations about mental health.
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Details

  • The Tik Tok community is mourning the loss of the star who was dedicated to creating spaces for conversations about drug abuse and mental health.
  • Noriega had created a community on Discord where anyone could log on and talk about their struggle with addiction or mental health, according to a fundraiser established to help pay for funeral costs.
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Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle

Friday, June 10, 2022
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Britney Spears's wedding to Sam Asghari is off to a dramatic start after a crashing attempt by her ex-husband.
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Friday, June 10, 2022

Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle

The context
Britney Spears's wedding to Sam Asghari is off to a dramatic start after a crashing attempt by her ex-husband.
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Background to the crash

  • Alexander was ultimately arrested for trespassing and was tackled by police. He was also arrested for an existing out-of-county warrant.
  • Spears and Alexander were briefly married while Britney was still under her conservatorship. Alexander claimed that Spears's team forced him to annul their marriage.
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Ex into wedding crasher

  • Britney Spears was briefly married to Jason Alexander in 2004.
  • She is set to marry her fiancé Sam Ashgari in an intimate service today.
  • Jason Alexander went live on Instagram, streaming his attempt to get into the wedding and her home.
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Who is Sam Asghari?

  • Spears and Asghari got engaged in 2021, shortly before she was released from her 13-year conservatorship in November.
  • The pair met on set for one of Spears's music videos in 2016.
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Betrayed By BET: Lil Nas X Snubbed

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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The context
Rapper Lil Nas X took to Twitter to call out BET after he received no nominations for the upcoming awards, despite releasing new music that was wildly successful within the nomination window.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Betrayed By BET: Lil Nas X Snubbed

The context
Rapper Lil Nas X took to Twitter to call out BET after he received no nominations for the upcoming awards, despite releasing new music that was wildly successful within the nomination window.
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No nominations

  • In a tweet posted last week, Lil Nas X called out BET for his lack of nominations.
  • The rapper, who is openly gay, was nominated for "best new artist" in 2020 but lost to Roddy Rich.
  • "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, is the second longest-running number-one song on the Billboard rap charts. He called attention to the song's success while explaining his frustration at being passed over for a nomination. Harlow received a nomination for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
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Grammy or not

  • Lil Nas X has won a Grammy but received no nominations for his music in 2021 or 2022 from BET.
  • The rapper called out a lack of support and acknowledgment when asked why he cared about BET if he has a Grammy: “how can i get acknowledged by the most acclaimed award show in the world and then not even just 1 nomination from my own people? is that not crazy? am i really tripping”
  • He also posted: Black gay people have to fight to be seen in this world. Even when we make it to the top, mfs try to pretend we are invisible” in response to the lack of nominations.
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Bigger than the nomination

  • The rapper chose to voice his frustration on Twitter about the lack of nomination to call out "the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community... this not over a bet award. This is about a bigger problem."
  • BET responded by saying they "love" Lil Nas X and that BET itself does not determine nominations. A voting body of industry professionals decides who is nominated for the different awards.
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Black Adam Trailer Drops

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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The context
DC Comics' latest addition to their universe, the movie Black Adam, featuring Dwayne Johnson, dropped its first official trailer.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Black Adam Trailer Drops

The context
DC Comics' latest addition to their universe, the movie Black Adam, featuring Dwayne Johnson, dropped its first official trailer.
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Expanding DC

  • The film represents an expansion of the DC universe as they follow in Marvel's footsteps into the multiverse space.
  • The movie cast includes Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate.
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When can you see it?

  • The film will be released in October 2022.
  • The release was delayed due to the pandemic and other production setbacks.
  • On Instagram, The Rock called the movie a "passion project" that had become a part of his "DNA."
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Villan or Hero

  • In the comics, Black Adam was enslaved in the fictional nation of Kahndaq. After he dies, he is reborn with superpowers bestowed by a wizard—the same wizard who granted fellow DC character Shazam his powers.
  • Black Adam's story will be that of an anti-hero, and the spinoff will set him up as an upcoming adversary of Shazam.
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The context
Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered an impassioned plea for gun control from the White House.
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Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered an impassioned plea for gun control from the White House.
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McConaughey shares his thoughts

  • McConaughey is a Uvalde-native, and in an address to the press from the White House, he spoke about the lives lost in the shooting. He memorialized the lives of the students killed in the shooting by talking about the children's interests and dreams.
  • McConaughey is a gun owner and was there to advocate for common-self gun legislation and reform.
  • In his remarks, he said, "These regulations are not a step back. They're a step forward for a civil society and the Second Amendment" in his remarks.
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Window of opportunity

  • Before calling for reform, McConaughey displayed artwork from the shooting victims and even brought one of the victim's pairs of green converses to the podium.
  • McConaughey called the present moment a "window of opportunity" for lawmakers to pass gun control and added that the victims' parents want their children's deaths to impact change.
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Gun responsibility not control

  • McConaughey published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman where he outlined his position as a father and as a gun owner himself.
  • In the op-ed, he calls for gun responsibility which includes implementing common-sense reforms like raising the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle and instituting a waiting period to foster responsible gun ownership.
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Real change is coming

  • The actor called for several specific measures to be passed. They included background checks on all purchases of guns, raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, implementing mandatory waiting periods after gun purchases, and creating a national red flag system that would flag potentially dangerous buyers.
  • He also met with Biden and other lawmakers in Congress before and after his appearance.
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A new Predator Prequel launching on Hulu, set in 1719, will be scaring you soon.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Predator Prequel is Coming to a Screen Near You

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A new Predator Prequel launching on Hulu, set in 1719, will be scaring you soon.
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Predator or prey

  • Predator franchise fans have enjoyed plenty of sequels to the original movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The latest addition to the Predator universe promises to be an addition you won't want to miss.
  • 'Prey' is set in 1719 and features a warrior from the Comanche Nation who is deadset on defeating the futuristic, high-tech-equipped alien.
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Dedicated portrayal

  • One of the producers, Jhane Meyers, is a member of the Comanche nation and has received praise for her previous work, which features portrayals of Native Americans.
  • The cast of the spinoff features actors who are First Nations or Native Americans, which represents a remarkable commitment to portraying the Comanche accurately and respectfully, something that Hollywood is not always known for.
  • Prey will be available to stream on Hulu on August 5th.
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In the shadows

  • Hulu dropped the trailer, which kicks off with a warrior named Naru hunting a bear when she discovers a much more advanced enemy lurking in the dark; the Predator.
  • The prequel is directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
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Alec John Such Passes Away at 70

Monday, June 6, 2022
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The context
On Sunday, the rock band Bon Jovi announced that their founding bassist, Alec John Such, had passed away at age 70.
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Monday, June 6, 2022

Alec John Such Passes Away at 70

The context
On Sunday, the rock band Bon Jovi announced that their founding bassist, Alec John Such, had passed away at age 70.
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From the beginning

  • Alec John Such was the founding bassist of Bon Jovi, and in the statement released by the band on their website, he was credited as the man who brought the band together.
  • In the statement, the band writes: "He was an original. Alec was always wild and full of life. We'll miss him dearly."
  • Such passed away at the age of 70.
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History with the band

  • Such played the bass on Bon Jovi's first five albums, from their LP Bon Jovi to Keep the Faith, released in 1992. He played on hits like "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name."
  • Such was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 alongside the band.
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Bringing the band together

  • Such was the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayerville, New Jersey, when he booked John Bon Jovi to perform. After recognizing their potential, Such joined the band and brought Ritchie Sambora (songwriter) and Tico Torres (guitarist) aboard.
  • Such was 31-years-old when he joined the band but would lie about his age because he was so much older than the rest of the band. He left the band after he turned 43, citing his age and feeling burnt out.
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Depp Versus Heard Finally Concludes

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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The context
The public sensation of the Depp versus Heard trial finally concluded after the jury announced that Depp was indeed defamed by Heard.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Depp Versus Heard Finally Concludes

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The public sensation of the Depp versus Heard trial finally concluded after the jury announced that Depp was indeed defamed by Heard.
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Damages awarded

  • Heard countersued Depp for defamation over statements made by his attorney. However, the trial concluded when the jury found that Heard and Depp had defamed each other.
  • Depp was awarded $15 million in damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in damages.
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Defamed Depp

  • The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finally reached its conclusion after six turbulent weeks of testimony.
  • After deliberating, the jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in the 2018 op-ed published by The Washington Post and co-authored by the ACLU. Heard refers to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse in the op-ed.
  • Heard testified that Depp had been physically violent with her on several occasions, while Depp testified that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship.
  • The trial also revealed a series of text messages between Depp and friends where he uses disparaging and violent language about Heard. They also watched footage of Depp, drunk and belligerent, in their kitchen.
  • Depps' agent testified that he had lost out on a deal to be in a sixth "Pirates of the Carribean" due to fallout from the op-ed.
  • Heard's lawyers contested that she had the right to express her experience with spousal abuse and domestic violence freely. In 2016, Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp after reporting that he'd assaulted her to law enforcement.
  • Depp lost a suit to the U.K. publishers News Group Newspapers over a headline calling him a "wife beater" after a judge ruled the statement to be "substantially true."
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The breakdown

  • Judge Penney Azcarate, who presided over the trial, reduced Depp's damages to $10 million overall, in accordance with Virginia law.
  • Depp's lawyers argued that Heard had fabricated the entire narrative that Depp had been abusive towards her, going so far as to stage paparazzi shots.
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Behind the public opinion

  • A Vice News investigation found that The Daily Wire, which conservative commentator Ben Shapiro owns, spent between $35,000 and $47,000 on ads promoting articles about the trial which largely favored Depp.
  • The ads were promoted on Facebook and Instagram. The site also promoted videos on Facebook, alleging that Heard is entirely at fault and that her allegations caused Depp to lose his career.
  • The online reaction to the trial has primarily favored Depp's side and demonized Heard.
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RIP Ray Liotta

Thursday, May 26, 2022
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The context
The actor, best known for his starring role in Goodfellas, died at 67.
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Thursday, May 26, 2022

RIP Ray Liotta

The context
The actor, best known for his starring role in Goodfellas, died at 67.
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Rich career and life

  • Liotta played Henry Hills in Goodfellas, a classic film that made audiences fall in love with his impish charm. Liotta also starred in "Field of Dreams" and other classic films.
  • He reportedly passed away while working on a new film, "Dangerous Waters" in the Dominican Republic.
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From New Jersey to the big screen

  • The actor was born in New Jersey. Liotta always thought he would go into construction, but he was encouraged to try out for a school play by a pretty girl, and then his love of acting was born.
  • He received a Golden Globes nomination for his role in "Something Wild."
  • His daughter, fiancée, and ex-wife survive Liotta.
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Remembered as a star

  • Liotta's career had undergone a recent resurgence. He starred in "Marriage Story" as Adam Driver's character's lawyer and had a recurring role in Jennifer Lopez's cop drama, "Shades of Blue."
  • Even before his career resurgence, Liotta influenced the gangster genre and won an Emmy and Golden Globe.
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The context
The K-Pop superstars will visit The White House next week to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes as part of AAPI month.
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The K-Pop superstars will visit The White House next week to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes as part of AAPI month.
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Set to discuss Anti-Asian hate crimes

  • Biden invited BTS to talk about the rise in Anti-Asian crime, which surged in the U.S. after the pandemic started. BTS is known for being politically active and for speaking out about the racism they've experienced while touring.
  • BTS has made significant donations to several social justice organizations like Black Lives Matter and raised funds to support musicians during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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What's on the table?

  • BTS is set to discuss "Asian inclusion and representation" and address "anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination."
  • Biden signed the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021. The bill allocated resources to the Justice Department to curb and address the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • The invitation of BTS is in line with previous times that Biden has invited young performers to The White House for their take on social issues.
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Ambassadors for the youths

  • BTS has also partnered with UNICEF to launch Love Myself, an anti-violence campaign in the pandemic.
  • In the press release, Biden calls the BTS boys ambassadors "who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world."
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K-pop in the house

  • BTS is a Grammy-nominated boyband that hails from South Korea and is famous for hits like "Butter" and "Dynamite." Though the band is from South Korea, they are beloved in the U.S.
  • The visit will be featured as part of Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. The group will also meet with Obama after meeting with President Joe Biden.
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Josh Duggar Sentenced

Thursday, May 26, 2022
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The context
Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, was sentenced today after being convicted on child pornography charges.
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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Josh Duggar Sentenced

The context
Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, was sentenced today after being convicted on child pornography charges.
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Officially Sentenced

  • Josh Duggar was convicted for knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography found on his work computer in December 2021.
  • Duggar appeared on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, alongside his siblings and parents, who promoted an ultra-Christian lifestyle. He also admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna.
  • The 34-year-old was sentenced to 151 months in prison which totals a little over 12 years behind bars.
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Details of the possession

  • Duggar was found to be in possession of videos of pre-pubescent girls being violently assaulted and threatened. He also possessed a video of a toddler being violently assaulted.
  • His defense attorney asked the judge to proceed with "mercy" as he said that "If ever there were a defendant standing before this Court who is as committed to never finding himself anywhere close to this situation again, it is Duggar."
  • One of the victim's mothers in the child pornography possessed by Duggar spoke to the court, saying, "My daughter is a real person. She was horribly victimized to provide this source of 'entertainment,'" the woman said. "She is exploited anew each and every time an image of her suffering is copied, traded, or sold."
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Bad actor or reality star

  • The show "19 Kids and Counting" was canceled in 2015 after allegations surfaced that Josh had molested four of his sisters, which he admitted to.
  • Josh is the oldest child of the ultra-conservative Baptist couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Michelle and Josh's wife Anna were present at the sentencing.
  • Duggar will be required to register as a sex offender, will not be able to access an internet device, and cannot have unsupervised contact with his children and minors.
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Steve Kerr On the Uvdale Shooting

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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The context
Warrior's coach Steve Kerr called for action to prevent gun violence during a pre-game interview after the Uvdale shooting. His comments have gone viral and are being shared by celebrities and politicians alike.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Steve Kerr On the Uvdale Shooting

The context
Warrior's coach Steve Kerr called for action to prevent gun violence during a pre-game interview after the Uvdale shooting. His comments have gone viral and are being shared by celebrities and politicians alike.
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Kerr demands action and accountability

  • Hours after the news of the shooting broke, Warriors coach Steve Kerr dedicated his pre-game interview to speaking out against gun violence.
  • He condemned senators for failing to pass gun control legislation, saying," When are we going to do something about the violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings - are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our churchgoers?"
  • Kerr also referenced the shooting in Buffalo and an attack on Asian churchgoers in Southern California.
  • He expressed frustration at senators for failing to pass a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.
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Pass that bill!

  • In the pre-game interview, Kerr referenced H.R.8, which died in the Senate.
  • Federal law does not require unlicensed gun sellers who sell online or at gun shows to perform background checks before selling arms. But, background checks are an effective measure to block people from buying guns.
  • Democratic Senator Joe Manchin voted against the bill, calling it "too far reaching." He opted to promote a narrower approach, which he crafted with input from the National Rifle Association.
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‘When are we gonna do something?’

  • Kerr, who lost his father to gun violence, slammed his hand down on the table- challenging the 50 senators who failed to pass gun control legislation to do something about the unending violence impacting Americans.
  • He also expressed his anger at the disconnect between what Americans support and what passes in the Senate, saying, "We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington, who refuse to even put it to a vote."
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Travis Scott Under Fire Again

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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The context
Rapper Travis Scott is once again facing a lawsuit for inciting violence, but this time it's for causing a stampede at 2019's Rolling Out Loud festival in Miami.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Travis Scott Under Fire Again

The context
Rapper Travis Scott is once again facing a lawsuit for inciting violence, but this time it's for causing a stampede at 2019's Rolling Out Loud festival in Miami.
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2019 Rolling Out Loud stampede

  • Marchelle Love filed a suit against Travis Scott, Live Nation, and Rolling Out Loud organizers for unsafe conditions at his performance in 2019.
  • Love alleges that police warned Travis to stop his set because of the dangerous conditions in the crowd.
  • Love also claimed that fellow attendees lost consciousness and couldn't breathe during several waves of stampedes toward the stage.
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Onstage behavior

  • Marchelle Love described Scott's actions onstage as recklessly and incendiary.
  • Even after Scott stopped performing, Love remembers that he continued to incite the crowd to "enage in a mosh pit and other hazardous activities," which caused attendees to panic.
  • The suit is seeking $30,000 in damages.
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Is Travis to blame?

  • A representative for Scott said that the suit has no basis, claiming that any panic in the crowd or stampedes were caused by false reports of an active shooter.
  • The rep also claimed that the photos provided in the suit of Scott speaking to the police show Scott being informed of the false active shooter situation.
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Adding on to Houston

  • Scott is also being sued for a stampede on November 5th, 2021, where ten people died, and many others suffered injuries.
  • During the Astroworld festival in Houston, 25 people were hospitalized, and 300 were treated for injuries.
  • This latest suit joins the other combined suits from the Astroworld festival.
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The context
Ricky Gervais's new Netflix special is igniting the internet today for jokes he makes about transgender women.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Backlash Grows Over Ricky Gervais's Comedy Special

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Ricky Gervais's new Netflix special is igniting the internet today for jokes he makes about transgender women.
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Gervais draws criticism

  • Ricky Gervais's newly released comedy special "SuperNature" has only been on Netflix for a few hours, but he is already in hot water for a series of jokes in the special about trans women.
  • The special seems specially calculated to cause controversy as he also references "cancelled" comedians like Louis C.K.
  • Paul Husband, a comedian with an upcoming special on Netflix, cancelled his special altogether in response to Gervais's jokes.
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GLAAD calls the special dangerous

  • GLAAD responded to the special, calling the rhetoric "dangerous" and referred to the jokes he made as "anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes."
  • Netflix is also in hot water over Dave Chappelle's special "The Closer," in which he also makes anti-trans jokes which appalled many viewers.
  • Chappelle's special led to staff walkouts and protests at Netflix.
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Swift public response

  • The comedian follows up the jokes by saying, "Full disclosure: In real life of course I support trans rights. I support all human rights, and trans rights are human rights. Live your best life. Use your preferred pronouns. Be the gender that you feel you are."
  • Some users are sharing their decision to cancel their Netflix subscriptions on Twitter.
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Confusing messaging

  • Gervais's messaging is muddled. Early in the special, he says that he supports trans rights but then makes disparaging jokes at the expense of trans women.
  • Gervais explains that the series of jokes is purely for shock value.
  • During an appearance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the comedian said that the special was designed to give "smart" audiences something to chew on.
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Fan Favorites Say Farewell to SNL

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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The context
As the show said goodbye to its 47th season, it also bid farewell to four of its longtime stars.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Fan Favorites Say Farewell to SNL

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As the show said goodbye to its 47th season, it also bid farewell to four of its longtime stars.
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A finale fit for stars

  • Pete Davidson, Kate Mckinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney all departed the show on Saturday during the finale hosted by comedian and actress Natasha Lyonne.
  • Davidson will be in upcoming films "Bodies," and "Meet Cute" and a few others.
  • You can find Mckinnon in the upcoming Greta Gerwig-directed "Barbie" film.
  • Bryant is the star of Hulu show Shrill and voices a character in Netflix's Human Resources.
  • Mooney's future plans are unknown.
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Final sketches

  • Historically, SNL hasn't always allowed cast members dedicated sendoffs. But, Kate Mckinnon, Pete Davidson, and Aidy Bryant all had victory lap sketches that showcased their contributions to the show.
  • Kate Mckinnon started the show with one of her famous characters "Ms. Rafferty" who exepriences an alien abduction.
  • Aidy Bryant returned to Weekend Update alongside Bowen Yang to do some trend forecasting. Spoiler: expensive tiaras are out.
  • Pete Davidson also stopped by the Weekend Update desk, paying hommage to his first apperance as a rookie cast member.
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Pete's got thanks to give

  • Of the departing cast members, Pete Davidson is the only one who has shared a statement about exiting.
  • In the statement, he thanked fans for watching and for "sticking by my side even when it seemed comical."
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Gunna behind bars

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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The context
It's a bad day to be in YSL. Rapper Gunna, who is signed to the label, was denied bail and will have to wait in jail until he is tried for the charge of criminal conspiracy.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Gunna behind bars

The context
It's a bad day to be in YSL. Rapper Gunna, who is signed to the label, was denied bail and will have to wait in jail until he is tried for the charge of criminal conspiracy.
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Bail swiftly denied

  • Rappers Young Thug and Gunna are being held in jail after being indicted for criminal conspiracy.
  • Prosecutors alledge that the record label, YSL (Young Stoner Life or Young Slime Life) which was started by Young Thug, is actually a "street gang" responsible for a long list of crimes including murder, carjacking, armed robbery, drug dealing, and illegal firearm possesion.
  • The original indictment of several YSL members is 88 pages and the charges are of alleged criminal conspiracy.
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Six months behind bars

  • Gunna could be looking at a long time behind bars before his trial, a judge just denied the rapper bond and set his trial date for January 2023.
  • Gunna was in Fulton County Court in Georgia Monday where a judge ruled he be held without bond... meaning it's possible he could sit in a cell for the next 6 months.
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Gunna pleads not guilty

  • Gunna, who is charged with a single count of criminal conspiracy, was denied bail by an Atlanta judge who expressed that his release could endager the lives of potential witnesses.
  • The judge set the eventual trial date for January 2023, which would leave the rapper behind bars for six months.
  • In their arguments, prosecutors cited lyrics from Gunna's music they felt proved his guilt.
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Commander or Command-ee

  • The indictment swept up 28 defendants who were involved in YSL and charged them with a total of 56 counts of racketeering and illegal gang activity.
  • Prosecutors argue that Gunna was in a "command position" of YSL.
  • The charges include alleged theft by receiving a stolen firearm, possesion with the intention to distribute, and participation in gang activity.
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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

Thursday, May 19, 2022
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The context

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is alledgedly about her marriage to Depp.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

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Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is alledgedly about her marriage to Depp.

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Amber Heard’s Testimony Continues.

  • Heard returned to the hot-seat today after a week-long recess. Heard was questioned by her lawyer, discussing the instances of physical violence she had previously mentioned.
  • Cross examination by Depp’s lawyer will occur later this week. 

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Did the Dogs Do It?

  • Heard’s lawyer questioned her on the stand about an alleged prank where Heard left fecal matter on her and Depp’s bed. 
  • She called the act “disgusting” and denied pranking Depp. 

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Is Heard Going to Jail?

  • It is extremely unlikely that Heard could end up in jail, especially since it is a civil case.
  • Heard is counter suing Depp for $100 million for defamation.

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Clapton on Hold

Monday, May 16, 2022
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The context

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Clapton on Hold

The context

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19.

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