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Civil-Rights Groups Express Disappointment With Facebook Meeting

Civil-rights advocates came out of a meeting Tuesday with Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg saying they didn’t make progress on their demands over how the social-media giant polices the platform. The lack of headway, one week into a boycott by some of the company’s top advertisers over the issue, …

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Tom Hanks says wearing a mask should be so simple

“The idea of doing one’s part should be so simple,” the 63-year-old actor said on the “TODAY” show Tuesday in his first TV interview since recovering from Covid-19. “Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, …

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Justin Timberlake says all Confederate monuments must come down for the US to 'move forward'

(CNN)Justin Timberlake has become the latest public figure to call for the removal of Confederate monuments across the US. The musician and actor, who is from Tennessee, shared his thoughts regarding the monuments in an Instagram post on Monday. “There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US,” he …

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All signs look good for 'Mucho Mucho Amor,' Netflix's fond look back at Walter Mercado

Raised in Puerto Rico, Mercado started as a dancer and actor in telenovelas before basically stumbling onto his astrological forecasts shtick in 1969, wearing flowing robes and jewelry that made Liberace look positively modest. His gender-nonconforming exuberance proved scant impediment to wild success even amid an era of rampant homophobia, …

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Comedian Rickey Smiley's 19-year-old daughter shot multiple times

“I’m so mad right now, I don’t know what to do,” said Smiley, who hosts the “Rickey Smiley Show Morning Show” and is one of the stars of “DISH Nation.” “The reason I’m on Facebook Live is cause I just want you to see that it’s raw and it’s real. …

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Halle Berry apologizes and is no longer considering a transgender role in upcoming film

Berry apologized after discussing the role over the weekend in an Instagram Live video. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am …

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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to 'Hamilton' slavery criticism

While it boasts a diverse cast including creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda who is of Puerto Rican descent, “Hamilton” has been criticized by those who believe it doesn’t accurately portray the horrors of slavery and glosses over the role in it played by America’s founding fathers. It’s a discussion which …

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Charlize Theron says being passed over for 'Mad Max' prequel was 'a little heartbreaking'

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Theron talked about her role as Imperator Furiosa being recast with a younger actress for a planned Furiosa prequel. “Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure,” Theron said. “I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part …

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Amanda Kloots pays tribute to late husband Nick Cordero with one last virtual vigil

The former Radio City Rockette-turned-fitness instructor has been doing live videos each day at 3 p.m. ever since Cordero was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March. In them, Kloots shared updates about Cordero and sang his song, “Live Your Life,” along with fans from all …

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Palantir, One of Silicon Valley's Oldest Startups, Files to Go Public

Palantir Technologies Inc. said it has confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public, ending an extended wait that made the data analytics company one of Silicon Valley’s oldest private startups. Palantir had teased the market with plans to list shares for at least half a …

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Danny Trejo explores his unlikely rise from prison to stardom in 'Inmate #1'

Now in his mid-70s, Trejo turned to a life of crime early, wound up going to prison and emerged in 1969 in his mid-20s. With a history of drug abuse, he turned that into becoming a sought-after speaker and counselor before being “discovered” by Hollywood, starting out by playing an …

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Dalai Lama marks his 85th birthday with his first ever album release

The Tibetan spiritual leader, who celebrates the milestone Monday, hopes “Inner World” — an album of mantras and Buddhist teachings — will provide some tranquility amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic and global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. “Music has the potential to transcend our differences,” …

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Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan quits rock band over 'personal issues'

The British rock group — formed in 1997 in the English city of Leicester — announced the 39-year-old musician’s sudden departure on Monday in a statement posted to its social media channels. “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent,” the statement read. It went on to say …

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Pharrell Williams is producing a gospel docuseries for Netflix

The singer has teamed up with Netflix for an upcoming docuseries, “Voices of Fire,” about finding talent in the gospel choirs of his hometown of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The show will follow Pharrell’s uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, on their quest. The singer announced the news on Sunday during the Essence …

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P.F. Chang's, Girl Scouts, Boies Law Firm Among PPP Borrowers

WASHINGTON—The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small businesses weather fallout from the coronavirus pandemic helped a broad swath of organizations, including prominent restaurant chains, law firms and non-profits. Among the recipients the Trump administration disclosed Monday: Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, the law firm headed by antitrust litigator …

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