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Harvey Weinstein

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-Winning Weinstein Exposé Coming to Screens

It was the exposé  that shook both Hollywood and the world and society as we know it. Sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein took the media by storm when they first were revealed in October of 2017. His exposure prompted an avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations to be made against other people in power, finally sending the pendulum swinging in favor of victims of Hollywood’s culture of harassment. 
 
 
Thanks to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the New York Times and Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker, the movie mogul’s crimes were brought to the surface, and soon, will be brought to your TV screen.

 

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The three reporters worked continuously to contact victims and break past the walls that Hollywood put up. Now, after receiving a Pulitzer Prize for their research, their investigative articles are being picked up by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s company. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures will also be backing the work that still remains untitled.

 

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According to The Guardian, the show won’t be focusing on Weinstein’s crimes and victims so much as it will focus on the tireless reporting and collection of information by each journalist. Think Oscar-winners like Spotlight and All the President’s Men.

 

Weinstein is still under investigation for his misconduct while one of his most prominent victims, Rose McGowan, has published an autobiography, Brave, and is still working for justice for victims. I’m not sure what to expect from this movie, but I’d say we’re all hungry for some justice and equality.

 

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Jail Time for Librarian Who Stole and Burned Hundreds of Books

Elizabeth Macregor is a Welsh woman who has been jailed for twelve months for stealing hundreds of books from the library she works at in Hirwaun, Wales. Employees at the Pontypridd Library in Rhondda Cyon Taf said they had noticed many titles going missing over the course of a few months. When Macregor’s home was searched by police, they uncovered many hundreds of books that she was attempting to sell on eBay. Books were lying around the house in boxes, in recycling bins. Some were burnt, showing evidence that the librarian had attempted to obstruct the course of justice.

 

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The book that was stolen that angered her employers and Judge Twomlow the most was John Miller’s Aberfan: A Disaster and Its Aftermath. The judge described the book on the Aberfan disaster as “more valuable in historic and cultural terms than financial” and was glad it was “mercifully” undamaged. He also exclaimed that “any matter involving a breach of trust is treated very seriously.” Aberfan is so near and dear to the hearts of Welsh people because it was a disaster that happened in 1966. Over 116 children and 29 adults were killed. A National Coal Board (NCB) colliery spoil tip collapsed and slid down a mountainside in the form of slurry, which engulfed the local primary school and its surrounding buildings. 

 

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The 57-year-old woman is being made an example of by the courts for disrespecting her career. Did the judge get it right? What do you think?

 

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Essence Magazine

Essence Magazine Has Been Sold, Is Once Again Fully Black-Owned

Essence magazine will once again become a fully black-owned publication for the first time in almost two decades. Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Sundial Brands, a personal-care products company, is set to acquire the publication, though the sale has not yet gone through. Dennis intends to “serve and empower women of color. This will give Essence a platform and a voice to serve its consumers, which are women of color. They have allowed us to invest into the business so that we can bring in the infrastructure and resources.”

 

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According to a statement from the magazine, Essence will keep its executive team in place, which is entirely made up of black women, including president Michelle Ebanks. Dennis intends to give the executive team an ownership interest in the business as well. 

 

In the statement, Ebanks said:

 

The acquisition represents the beginning of an exciting transformation of our iconic brand as it evolves to serve the needs and interests of multigenerational Black women around the world in an even more elevated and comprehensive way across print, digital, e-commerce and experiential platforms.

 

Essence has been in publication for 48 years as a monthly lifestyle magazine focusing on fashion, pop culture, music, and black life, holding a majority-black audience. The magazine holds an annual music festival in New Orleans—Essence Fest—which was featured in 2017’s Girls Trip with Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish. It was headlined last year by powerhouse musicians Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, and Chance the Rapper. 

 

Melody Spann-Cooper, chairwoman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, welcomed Essence’s return to an all-black-owned company, saying:

 

I am a believer that when we own our media companies they represent an authentic voice. We have an opportunity to control our media and tell our own story and that is often muted when traditional media companies that represent the African-American culture are owned by someone outside of an African-American’s hands it loses something. This is historical.

 

Dennis was raised by a single mother who read Essence, and his four daughters also read it. “I’m very focused on giving back, investing and growing my community. This is a continuation of my quest to do that.” Essence‘s motto is “Black women come first,” and Dennis intends to live up to that motto.

 

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Boycott LA Weekly

‘LA Weekly’ Plays Scrooge and Fires Over Half Their Writers

You know what sucks? Not being paid for your hard work. You know what else sucks? LA Weekly recently obtained new ownership, and the new owners totally blow. They’ve fired their staff in favor of “unpaid contributors,” and things aren’t looking great for them.

 

 

Some might say that “all publicity is good publicity,” but this is definitely not good publicity. Semanal LLC, the mysterious company that formed last month in order to purchase the newspaper, closed their sale on Wednesday and promptly laid off nine of thirteen members of the editorial staff, shocking the industry. The secretive new owners have still not revealed their identity, and on Thursday, the Society of Professional Journalists condemned the company’s continued anonymity. 

 

 

“In an era of rampant misinformation and distrust, it’s especially important that we do not allow the owners and backers of news organizations to remain a mystery,” said Andrew Seaman, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee. “We cannot allow this to become the norm.”

 

 

Even more suspicious, LA Weekly posted a story on the site suggesting readers should question its new ownership.

 

 

Attempts to uncover information about Semanal LLC have returned very limited information. David Welch, a Southern California lawyer known for suing unlicensed cannabis dispensaries, is listed as the registered agent while Brian Calle, chief opinion writer for Southern California News Group will take over editorial management of the site, despite OC Weekly, LA Weekly‘s sister site, naming Calle one of “Orange County’s Scariest People of 2016”.

 

That’s not comforting.

 

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Wonder woman

Fans of “Wonder Woman” Rejoice: Gal Gadot Will Be Reprising Her Role In 2019

Though it’s only been two months since the release of “Wonder Woman,” Warner Bros. is already looking ahead. “Wonder Woman 2”, the sequel to this summer’s blockbuster will reach the big screen on December 13, 2019.

 

Leading actress Gal Gadot, who won the hearts of millions of viewers through her portrayal as the indestructible female superhero persevering through strife to save the world, is slated to reprise her role as Diana Prince.

 

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“Wonder Woman” has not only brought diversity to the screen by spotlighting female superhero’s, but has also brought the big bucks. The film grossed $100 million in its opening weekend, and a staggering $390 million in total.

 

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Though it is unclear whether director Patty Jenkins will return as of yet, “Wonder Woman 2” is likely to see packed theaters upon its release.

 

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