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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Boy, 15, executive produced Robert De Niro’s latest film

The comedy was number one at the box office on its opening weekend, bringing in $3.6 million.

One of the producers behind Robert De Niro’s latest film The War with Grandpa is a 15-year-old boy who pitched the project to the veteran actor after reading the classic young-adult novel of the same name. 

Tre Peart was in the third grade when he was assigned to read “The War With Grandpa” by Robert Kimmel Smith, first published in 1984. The story centers on a kid named Peter whose grandfather moves in with his family and takes over his grandson’s room. Peter responds by waging a war of pranks to get his room back, PEOPLE reports.

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Peart says he loved the book so much that he asked his parents to see the movie version and learned there wasn’t one.

“I realized my parents made movies,” Tre told The Times of Israel. “They were in the movie business. I asked, ‘Mom, can you make this into a movie?’”

The rest, as they say, is history.

The resulting feature film is executive produced by Marvin, Rosa and Tre Peart.

De Niro stars alongside a supporting cast that includes Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour and Cheech Marin. The comedy was number one at the box office on its opening weekend, bringing in $3.6 million.

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As in the book, in the movie, grandpa comes to live with his grandson’s family after the death of his wife.

“Grandpa was mourning his [wife], mourning his change of life, he did not want to let go of the fact he’s aging,” Rosa Peart said. “It’s the transition of life, and [De Niro] really captured that.”

Marvin Peart also recalled, “There were pranks [in the book] about Monopoly pieces,” he said. “Board games don’t happen anymore. We added a lot of technology to the movie … Grandpa has trouble keeping up with technology he doesn’t understand, like an iPhone or iPad, and drones.”

A sequel to the book is reportedly in the works titled “The War with Grandma.”

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Senate will vote Monday on Amy Coney Barrett court confirmation

‘Republicans are working urgently to turn back the clock.’     

The Senate has scheduled October 22 to vote on the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court.

“With regard to the Supreme Court justice … we’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during a weekly press conference, The Hill reports. 

“I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women that believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law,” McConnell added.

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Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a devout Catholic and has hard conservative leanings, theGRIO previously reported.

The mother of seven was once a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia who was a conservative bedrock on the High Court. Trump previously chose Barrett to serve on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Amy Coney Barrett meets Donald Trump’s two main litmus tests: She has made clear she would invalidate the A.C.A. and take health care away from millions of people and undermine a woman’s reproductive freedom,” said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, to The New York Times.

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Senate Democrats have warned that Barrett will take women back to the 1960s, by limiting their reproductive freedom. 

“Republicans are working urgently to turn back the clock,” said Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.    

An earlier report on theGRIO noted that Trump’s action in selecting Barrett is a transparent effort to tilt the nations’ highest court further to the right with a nominee who, if confirmed, would form a 6-3 conservative majority, and would potentially impact a generation of rulings on issues ranging from Obamacare to immigration to abortion.  

As Politico reported, Barrett is expected to receive broad support from Senate Republicans — who hold a 53-47 Senate majority — since she was in consideration two years ago for the seat that ultimately went to Brett Kavanaugh.

She is also hailed by Republicans for her conservative stance on issues like abortion. Barrett reportedly stated that “life begins at conception” during a 2013 speech on Roe v. Wade.

Like Trump’s two other appointees, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Kavanaugh in 2018, Barrett is young enough to serve on the Supreme Court for decades, and she is the youngest nominee since conservative Clarence Thomas who was 43 in 1991.

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Elections, are we there yet?

This week’s episode of the ‘Dear Culture Podcast’ Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson ask the question, “can the president still win this thing?”

In prep for Election Day as well as the aftermath, over the next few weeks theGrio political contributors Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson will be steering The Dear Culture Podcast ship with their political expertise. 

From Ice Cube, herd immunity, to the polls, unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. The global health pandemic combined with many folks reaching their wits end with voter disenfranchisement, there has been record amounts of early voter turnout and registration. And it’s got a lot of us and The Dear Culture Podcast wondering, “Dear Culture, can the president still win this thing?”

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The answer is neither a full yes or no. Though many folks are mobilizing to usher back a Democratic presidency, something Black people know all too well, is that “these polls cannot be trusted,” says Greer. As the polls say multiple things throughout the week, there are more horses in the proverbial game. Dr. Johnson reminds us that it is possible for Trump to win and “all he has to use is the courts” in his favor. 

“These polls ain’t loyal.” Jokes Dr. Johnson to Dr. Greer


As the nation watches swing states, recently in Pennsylvania, Republicans sued to say that any vote that wasn’t received on Election Day cannot be counted, and that goes for mail too. It took a 4 to 4 tie ruling from TheSupremeCourt to say that states have to at least accept votes received by November 6th. The tie came from Justice John Roberts siding with the liberals. Mind you, there’s another right wing Justice on the way.

Not only can legal challenges potentially still allow Trump to win the election, the rhetoric of white American and Black celebrities very much adds to the noise. Recently many Black celebrities have come out of the woodwork stating that “they love the tax breaks” regardless of the xenophobia, anti-semitism, anti-Muslim sentiment, and so forth. From 50 Cent to Ice Cube, Greer and Johnson do not support the concept of Black capitalism. Which is the same as capitalism, but just exploiting your own people. Regardless if it’s right or left winged, Black capitalism does not help the conditions of our peoples, rather, it divides our communities. Which is the antithesis to Blackness.

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“If the Republican party is poop, then the Democractic party is asparagus. Both of them smell bad, but only one of them I’d want to eat.” Jokes Dr. Greer. 

As Greer effortlessly stated in her metaphor, voting for the Democratic Party is not the lesser of two evils. Our current elections have shown us that sometimes it’s about voting for who you think will do the work for your communities. The difference falls between which presidential candidate is more accessible to the demands, concerns, and desires of the Black community at large. And such a difference is key to the election. 

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Kelly Rowland shows off baby bump during babymoon: ‘6 months already’

The singer said she and her husband of six years had been talking about having another child.

Kelly Rowland is expecting her second child, and she shared a video on Instagram Tuesday of her showing off her baby bump.

“6 MONTHS ALREADY!! This time passed SO FAST!!! I’m enjoying every moment! #2021,” she captioned the clip of her glowing in a black bikini and fedora. 

“Here we are at six months. This is another angle at six months. This is another angle at six months,” Rowland shared. “I see you baby,” she said. Check out the post below.

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Rowland, 39, and her husband of six years, Tim Weatherspoon, have a five-year-old son, Titan. In a recent interview with Women’s Health, she announced that she is expecting her second child. 

The pop star said she was nervous about making her joyous announcement amid the pandemic, economic downturn and months of racial reckoning in the wake of police slayings, theGRIO previously reported. However, she said she wanted to “remind people that life is important.”

“I’m knocking at 40’s door in February,” she said. “Taking care of myself means a lot to me .”

“In the interview with Women’s Health, the former Destiny’s Child member said she drinks four liters of water a day, and has smaller and more frequent meals now that she’s pregnant. 

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She said her fitness schedule has been different during her second pregnancy, telling the magazine that with her new baby, she’s mostly sticking to yoga, walks and stretches aided by a physical therapist. 

Rowland said she and the hubby had been talking about having another child, and then the COVID crisis hit, now she has a quarantine baby on the way.

“We had been talking about it loosely, and then COVID happened, and we were just like….let’s see what happens,” she said. Rowland admits she got pregnant “right away.”

She has not yet revealed her due date or if she knows the sex of her baby.

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Chicago teen arrested for sexual assaulting girl, 7, during virtual class

The victim’s laptop microphone was muted but the camera was on.

An 18-year-old Chicago man was caught sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl during a remote learning session that was livestreamed to her first-grade class.

Catrell Walls has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault over the incident that occurred Thursday at relative’s home on the city’s south side.

Police say the child was attending a virtual Google Meets session when that assault unfolded, New York Post reports. The girl’s laptop microphone was muted but the camera was on. Her teacher was working on another computer when she heard students say: “What’s going on? What’s happening?,” according to prosecutors. 

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When the teacher looked at the computer with Google Meets running, she saw the victim performing a sex act on Walls. The teacher told the other students to “Log off, log off,” before she saw Walls pick up the victim’s laptop and close it, prosecutors said.

The teacher reported the incident to the school’s principal, who notified the child’s family, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the police. 

The girl initially denied the assault, telling investigators that Walls “just hit her.” She ultimately admitting to being sexually abused by him for over a year.

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“The victim disclosed, ‘He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don’t want my daddy to know, it’s a secret,’’’ Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano told the court.

Walls was arrested a day after the assault and admitted to the history of abuse. 

“I don’t know why, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Walls tearfully told officers. It’s unclear how he and the victim are related.

Walls was already facing a felony gun charge on an unrelated incident. He is being held without bail, the report said.

“This ongoing history of assault, for approximately a year, according to the victim, leads me to believe this is not something that will just stop because I have ordered it to,” said Judge Charles Beach in denying his bail. This history and his actions from this case lead me to believe that he is a threat to an individual and the community as a whole.”

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Dallas police investigating murder of U.S. Air Force senior airman

Texas police opened an investigation into the death of Nick Slaughter after he came to a local emergency room with a gunshot wound.

Police in Dallas, Texas have launched an investigation after a U.S. Air Force Reserves senior airman died of a gunshot wound in a local emergency room.

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WFAA reports that on Oct. 19, employees at a local hospital informed the police department that 29-year-old Nicholas “Nick” Slaughter entered their emergency room shortly after midnight suffering from a single gunshot wound. According to the report, investigators later learned his injuries were related to an earlier alert about an active shooter on foot in a local lounge parking lot.

”He was just a good guy, a good kid. Loved life,” Marlo Obera, Slaughter’s brother-in-law, told the news outlet.

As the investigation continues, Obera said the family is unaware of many details around the circumstances of their loved one’s death.

The owner of The Chocolate Lounge nightclub says there was an altercation between a group of women outside of the venue, however, it is still not yet known whether the two incidents were related, according to the report. The Chocolate Lounge released an official statement reported by WFAA:

“On the behalf of Chocolate Lounge, we are deeply saddened by the recent events that took place after closing on this past Sunday evening. We at the moment want to be respectful to the family and friends of Nick Slaughter and allow the investigation by DPD to be fully conducted. Our CLX family is and will be in FULL cooperation.”

Obera, who described Slaughter to the news outlet as an “ambitious young man,” pleaded for a witness to come forward.

”Just please say something. I don’t care if it’s anonymous. Just say something so we can find out who would come and just shoot a gun in the middle of a crowd,” he said to WFAA.

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The Dallas Police Department has issued a call for information about the shooter or the incident. They have opened a Crime Stoppers tip line at 214-373-TIPS and offered a $5K reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the murder.

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Dave Chappelle shuts down call for celebrity activism

‘There’s no pension plan for leaders,’ said Chappelle

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, is returning to Netflix and Dave Chappelle will be one of Letterman’s guests.

The show is on its third season and will return this week. In a three-minute clip provided by Netflix, the two gentlemen discuss activism today, George Floyd and the late John Lewis. The clip opens up and Chappelle is heard discussing past political legends.

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“There is no pension plan for leaders,” said Chappelle. “Martin Luther King died penniless, Malcolm X died penniless, I don’t want to do that.”

The men go on to discuss George Floyd, with Chapelle exclaiming, “The commentary after it was very heavy and intellectual and I was shocked that nobody ever talked about what it feels like to watch a man get murdered that way by a man in a police uniform.”

Letterman begins to draw comparisons between Lewis and Floyd. Lewis sprung to action after a police officer struck him in the head and nearly killed him in 1965. He passed away almost two months after Floyd was killed by police officer, Derek Chauvin who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

“What a tragic footnote to a tragic culture,” says Chappelle, “it’s a lot to unpack.” But Chapelle believes that what he and Letterman are doing matters.

“Nights like this are important, just talking about it, we are countrymen, all of us we live in America, we all got our problems.”

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The clip ends with Chappelle saying he is hopeful.

“I’m very hopeful that there will be real change, and that traditionally from my experience, change is never a comfortable proposition, it’s uncomfortable before its comfortable again.”

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Bill Cosby seen looking disheveled in new mugshot

The prison says it is normal for them to update an inmate’s photo

Bill Cosby’s newest mugshot was released and despite all of the accusations thrown his way, he managed to crack a smile.

According to TMZ, the prison says it is normal for them to update an inmate’s photo if their appearance has changed. Cosby was sentenced in September 2018 and is set to serve three to 10 years in prison.

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The disgraced 83-year-old entertainer is being held at the State Correctional Institution – Phoenix in Pennsylvania for aggravated indecent assault against former basketball player Andrea Constand in his home in 2004.

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Constand says she saw Cosby as a mentor. She is the former Director of Operations of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby received an Honorary Doctorate. But the night she entered his home in 2004 changed both of their lives.

Constand said she had no qualms about trusting the actor because of his status, but when she entered the room she says he offered her three blue bills to help her relax. After she took them she says she fell in and out of consciousness as he molested her.

“My thoughts were that he was a well-respected Temple advocate and trustee,” she said in court per the Miami Herald. “He was also a community leader … and that made him a very well-respected person at Temple, and I was grateful for (him) helping me in any way that he did.”

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Back in November of 2019, Cosby did his first prison interview and at the time he had no remorse.

“I have eight years and nine months left,” said Cosby in an exclusive interview with Black Press USA . “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”

He also told the outlet, “I am a privileged man in prison.”

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NASCAR driver Kyle Larson reinstated after suspension for using N-word

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson is reinstated after a suspension was issued this spring when he used a racial slur during a virtual race.

In April, NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was suspended after using the N-word during a virtual race. Now, the association has decided to reinstate his driver privileges.

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theGrio reported the 27-year-old professional driver was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing and suspended indefinitely from NASCAR after saying the N-word while competing in an eNASCAR iRacing Pro.

“As we’ve said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization. As we continued to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take,” Ganassi said, according to the report.

Larson issued an apology from his now-deleted Twitter account.

“I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said and there’s no excuse for that.”

In a big step for the predominantly white organization, NASCAR banned Confederate flags from any venue there is a sanctioned race this summer. Driver Bubba Wallace, who is biracial, openly supported Black Lives Matter after the killing of George Floyd. For his efforts, a noose was then found hanging in his garage stall before a race. Though some fans at first doubted his story, saying it was a rope pull used to open garage doors, a photo circulated by NASCAR showed it appeared to be a newly hung noose.

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Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet, wears a “I Can’t Breathee – Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under his fire suit in solidarity with protesters around the world taking to the streets after the death of George Floyd on May 25, speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, 2020 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Larson’s suspension highlighted the seriousness of NASCAR’s newfound racial sensitivity and its expectation that its drivers follow along.

Larson can begin racing again early next year.

“NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport,” the sanctioning body said in an official statement.

“Kyle Larson has fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country. Larson’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021.”

Before his reinstatement was made official, Larson gave an interview with CBS This Morning where he expressed his desire for a second chance.

“What I said was extremely hurtful and I would fully understand if I was never allowed to race another NASCAR race again, but I hope will get the opportunity to race with them, and with that platform. I think i could do some good things.”

He also released a personal essay titled My Lessons Learned in an effort to again apologize and take accountability for his behavior.

“The first lesson: The N-word is not mine to use. It cannot be part of my vocabulary. The history of the word is connected to slavery, injustice and trauma that is deep and has gone on for far too long. I truly didn’t say the word with the intention of degrading or demeaning another person, but my ignorance ended up insulting an entire community of people who, in the year 2020, still have to fight for justice and equality. When I look back at these last few months and see all the protests and unrest in our country, and the pain Black people are going through, it hurts to know that what I said contributed to that pain,” he wrote.

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The essay detailed his hiring of a diversity coach, Doug Harris, his volunteer work, a visit to the Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, and connecting with Black athletes about the Black experience.

“I spoke with Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and toured her community center in St. Louis. I’ve had conversations with Black athletes like Harold Varner III, race car drivers like Bubba Wallace, J.R. Todd, and Willy T. Ribbs, and corporate executives like Kevin Liles (formerly of Def Jam) and Perry Stuckey (of Eastman). We didn’t just talk about the Black experience – we discussed the importance of having empathy and considering the struggles of people who don’t look like me.”

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Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele endorses Biden: ‘We are blinded by our partisanship’

Despite being a leading Republican, Michael Steele has been open about his feelings about the Trump presidency.

The support for Joe Biden is pouring in on both sides of the aisle.

The former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has decided to vote for Biden. On Tuesday, Steele told CNN why Biden is getting his vote over Donald Trump.

Steele said one major characteristic he is looking for in a Presidential candidate is character.

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“The country right now is evaluating what kind of leadership it needs right now to move into the future,” Steele said, adding, “the individual who brings the character to the table and is willing to take a risk on behalf of the American people.”

Steele was the first African American elected as the chair of the RNC and the first African American to hold a statewide office as lieutenant governor in Maryland in 2003.

He says he and Biden disagree on a lot but when it comes to values, they are on the same page,

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“Although vice president Biden and I disagree on some policy points, I believe he will earnestly pursue options that work towards healing the divide exacerbated by Trump and his administration,” said Steele. “My support for Biden is because we share an everlasting loyalty to what is ultimately best for our nation.”

In August, Steele joined the Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans and like-minded individuals working to remove Trump from office.

Steele addressed his alliance with the group in a statement that read:

“Many of Donald Trump’s supporters bring legitimate concerns to the table. During my time leading the GOP, I endeavored to address these and other grievances through the lens of unity and growth. But Trump has energized the party through the exact opposite means — by focusing on stoking division and eroding our core principles.”

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Steele left his position at the RNC in 2011 and since then, he’s been vocal about his disdain for Trump. In April, per the The Washington Post he said, “America, in some respects, has been abused by this president.”

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Commission to mute Trump, Biden mics during next debate

Their Sept. 29 debate devolved into a shouting match, with Trump frequently interrupting Biden.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that it will allow the microphones of each participant to be muted during some portions of this week’s final debate.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will spar on Thursday night during their second debate, set for 9 p.m. EST at Belmont University in Nashville, moderated by NBC News’ Kristen Welker. The decision is likely to anger the president, who backed out of what was their second scheduled meetup after being treated for coronavirus and refusing to participate in a virtual debate against Biden.

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the Sept. 29 presidential debate, moderated by Chris Wallace, a chaotic event described by CNN’s Dana Bash as “a sh*tshow.” (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

When asked about the change, Trump confirmed that he would participate. “I just think it’s very unfair,” he added.

Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s campaign communications director, called the decision an “attempt to provide an advantage to their favored candidate.”

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However, in a statement announcing the decision, the commission wrote, “We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today.”

“One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough,” it continued. “We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.”

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The first presidential debate on Sept. 29, moderated by Fox News veteran Chris Wallace, devolved into a shouting match, with Trump frequently interrupting Biden.

The chaotic event was described by CNN’s Dana Bash, as “a sh*tshow.”

According to CNN, during Thursday’s final face-off, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question. During that portion, the opposing candidate’s microphone will be muted.

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That segment will be followed by “a period of open discussion.”

“During the times dedicated for open discussion, it is the hope of the Commission that the candidates will be respectful of each other’s time, which will advance civil discourse for the benefit of the viewing public,” the group’s statement reads.

The six topics for the final presidential debate are slated to be “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.”

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Woman in her 30s died from COVID-19 on airplane

She experienced shortness of breath while waiting to depart for Texas from Arizona back in July.

A Texas woman died on an airplane before a flight in July due to complications from coronavirus, officials revealed this week.

The woman, who had underlying health conditions, experienced shortness of breath while waiting to depart for Texas from Arizona on July 25. She was administered oxygen but died on the plane. 

A worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans the passengers cabin of an airplane. In July, a Texas woman died on an airplane before its flight due to complications from COVID-19. (Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images)

It is unclear if the unidentified woman, a resident of Garland, Texas in her 30s, knew she was sick upon boarding. 

A news release from Dallas County, where positive COVID-19 cases in the county are on the rise, reported the woman’s passing. According to the release, “of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age.” 

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The county added more than 550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday. The death of this woman and two other COVID-19 victims, a man and woman in their 50s, were added to the roster following autopsies. 

The newly reported cases bring the county’s count to 89,987, with a death toll of over 1,000. 

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins expressed concern over the rising case count. He noted that while cases are rising, restrictions are being loosened in the state. 

“What happens with that is people hear that, they may not be going to a bar but they think it’s now safe to have friends over to watch the Cowboys game or do something else they want to do,” he said. “We keep jumping the gun, and it puts us back in a situation which hurts public health and businesses and schools.”

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The county is also reporting that between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10, 390 school-age children tested positive for the virus, an increase of 32 percent. 

Dallas County is the second-most populous county in the state, home to more than two million residents. 

Texas has reported 823,779 positive coronavirus cases and more than 17,000 fatalities. 

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Naomi Campbell lands Vogue cover, talks Black model mentorship

‘I never used to say the word racism; I just used to say, it’s territorialism.’

Naomi Campbell stuns in a white dress by Dior Haute Couture for the cover of Vogue’s November 2020 issue.

The supermodel opens up to the publication about using her platform to tackle racial disparities in the fashion industry and advocating for Black models.

“I never used to say the word racism; I just used to say, it’s territorialism,” she tells Vouge. “I never wanted people to say that I used that as an excuse, that I was throwing that word out. Now I’m happy that everyone’s all on the same page, that everyone feels comfortable to come out about their experiences without feeling some stigma. But for me, nothing’s changed. I’m going to speak the same way.”

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As a fashion icon, Campbell is still dealing with the challenges of being misunderstood. When it comes to the “angry Black woman” label, Campbell says “I am quite over it.” Adding, “Is it now that we have permission to speak? Well, I have always spoken.”

Continuing, “There were a few things that I would do when I was younger that I was told were bad for my race… Now the things I do are not just for me anymore. I think more of my culture and my race, as opposed to thinking about just me.”

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For her Vogue feature, she also makes time to condemn the British media and calls out her country for not addressing its racism problem. 

“They haven’t learned how to be not-racist, period!” Campbell tells Vogue. “I’d rather have racism be right in front of my face and know what I’m dealing with, than to have it suppressed. No disrespect to the country I was born in, but we need to dig it up and bring it up and deal with it. No more chucking it down the sides.”

As for her hope for the future… “I think as a generation, as a whole, can we get reparations for our culture, for what we’ve been through? I absolutely believe we are going to get the positive outcome we deserve,” Campbell said. 

“But we have to do our work in making sure we get it. I think reparations are important for the people to really see that this is something that’s been taken seriously,” she added.

Vogue’s November issue is available on newsstands on Oct. 27.

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Taraji P. Henson, former NFL star Kelvin Hayden call off engagement

Earlier this year, the actress put the wedding planning on hold amid the coronavirus crisis.

*Taraji P. Henson and her fiancé Kelvin Hayden have called it quits nearly two years after the former NFL star proposed.

The actress confirmed their break up during an appearance on The Breakfast Club, noting that they just couldn’t bounce back after hitting a rough patch, PEOPLE reports.

“I haven’t said it yet but it didn’t work out,” said Henson, 50, of her romance with Hayden, 37. “I tried, I said, ‘let’s do the therapy thing’ but if you’re both not on the same page with that, then you feel like you’re taking it on yourself and that’s not a fair position for anybody to play in a relationship.”

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Henson did not go into details about the reason behind the breakup, she simply stressed the importance of self-care. 

“My happiness is not his responsibility and his is not mine. We have to first learn how to make ourselves happy, to make each other happy. So when one person is taking on the weight of the entire relationship, it’s never going to work,” she added. “You have to show up, yes you want to be understanding but you can’t lose yourself in that understanding. You have to still stand up for yourself and be there for yourself but it’s hard to do if the other person isn’t doing that either.”

Earlier this year, Henson put the wedding planning on the backburner amid the coronavirus crisis, theGRIO previously reported.

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The actress also revealed at the time that she was mourning the death of her uncle whom she suspected suffered from coronavirus complications. 

“I’m pausing because there’s so much to take into consideration now. We’ve all been changed after this. There’s so much to consider — my grandmother who is 96, his grandmother who is 86, my mother he’s now 70, my aunts and uncles who are up there,” she told Access Hollywood.

“I just lost an uncle who we think may have had complications of corona. It’s a lot to think about, and I just think we should pause, stop, and just think this thing through. Humanity will be forever changed after this!”

Henson and Hayden’s nuptials were originally set for April, but had to be rescheduled due to personal and professional commitments.

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Niecy Nash on possibly losing fans due to marriage: ‘I’m happy’

‘I didn’t stop being great at my craft because of where I lay my head.’

Niecy Nash is not losing any sleep over fans feeling bitter about her marriage to soul singer Jessica Betts

The actress and comedian surprised fans with her secret wedding to Betts in late August, months after her divorce was final from her second husband Jay Tucker. The former couple wed in 2011 and announced their divorce in October 2019.

“I was asked, ‘Is this your official coming out?’ and I was like, ‘Coming out from where?’ I wasn’t anywhere to come out of,” Nash explained in a recent interview with Good Morning America. “I never lived a sexually repressed life. I just love who I love when I love them.”

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On Instagram, the star of Claws and Reno 911 posted an intimate photo of her and her wife, under which a fan commented, “Just wondering have you noticed you have lost a lot of fans that was loyal to you before you came out?”

Nash fired back with, “If I lost a fan because of who I love then that wasn’t a real fan. Who/how I love has nothing to do with my art. I’m still a skilled, Emmy nominated, award-winning actress. I didn’t stop being great at my craft because of where I lay my head.”

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Nash went on to say that she’s “happy” and all her current Hollywood projects are lit.

She shared with People in September that her marriage to Betts has “nothing to do with gender.”

“It has everything to do with being an amazing person and she is the most beautiful soul I have ever met in my life,” she said. “I love who I love. At one point in my life, I married twice and I love those people. And today I love this person,” she explained.

“I’ve done everything I wanted to do on my own terms and my own way. So my choice now in a partner has nothing to do with who I’ve always been. It’s a matter of who I am in this moment,” Nash added.

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