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HFPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Adviser Quits After Ava DuVernay, Publicists Reveal ‘Systemic’ Challenges in Group

HFPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Adviser Quits After Ava DuVernay, Publicists Reveal ‘Systemic’ Challenges in Group

The crisis around the Hollywood Foreign Press Association deepened significantly on Tuesday as two of the organization's diversity experts quit after a day of scandal in which a former president was exposed for writing a racist email. Shaun Harper, a professor at USC hired last month by the HFPA to serve as a diversity and inclusion adviser, quit following a meeting on Tuesday with representatives from Time's Up -- including Tina Tchen and filmmaker Ava DuVernay -- Color of Change and several heads of publicity firms who represent the group that recently boycotted the HFPA. His...

Apr 21
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70 Hollywood PR Firms Threaten Golden Globe Blackout in Mass Action

70 Hollywood PR Firms Threaten Golden Globe Blackout in Mass Action

Some 70 Hollywood public relations firms are organizing a mass action against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, warning that if the group behind the Golden Globes does not diversify, their celebrity clients will be off-limits to the group until at least May 6, TheWrap has learned. About 10 leading PR firms are leading the charge, but did not want to be identified before a letter is sent to the HFPA on Tuesday, two individuals involved in the mass action said. The individuals said that 70 PR and communication agencies worldwide have signed on to the action, with more joining every...

Mar 15
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Golden Globes Org Vows to Recruit Black Members ‘As Soon as Possible’

Golden Globes Org Vows to Recruit Black Members ‘As Soon as Possible’

The organization behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is vowing to do more to diversify its members in the wake of a scathing expose over the weekend in the Los Angeles Times. Just three days before its biggest event, the HFPA issued a statement that said, "We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work...

Feb 26
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Jon Stewart Joins Twitter to Call ‘Bulls–‘ on Robinhood for Shutting Down Reddit Investors

Jon Stewart Joins Twitter to Call ‘Bulls–‘ on Robinhood for Shutting Down Reddit Investors

Welcome to Twitter, Jon Stewart! The former "Daily Show" host ended his 14-year Twitter absence on Thursday to rail against the news that Robinhood and TD Ameritrade were restricting its customers from buying shares of heavily shorted companies like GameStop and AMC. "This is bulls--t," Stewart wrote in his first-ever tweet. "The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. Don't shut them down...maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!! We've learned nothing from 2008." Also Read: Robinhood Slapped With Lawsuit for...

Jan 29
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Sekou Smith, NBA Writer and NBA TV Correspondent, Dies at 48

Sekou Smith, NBA Writer and NBA TV Correspondent, Dies at 48

Sekou Smith, an award-winning NBA writer who also worked for NBA TV, has died, the league announced Tuesday night. He was 48. Turner Sports released a statement that read, "We are all heartbroken over Sekou's tragic passing. His commitment to journalism and the basketball community was immense and we will miss his warm, engaging personality. He was beloved by his Turner Sports and NBA friends and colleagues. Our deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones." The news of his passing was first shared by ESPN's Marc Jones, who tweeted, "Heavy heart today..We lost a good brother...

Jan 27
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Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Wrestler and Actor Who Starred in ‘Friday,’ Dies at 62

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Wrestler and Actor Who Starred in ‘Friday,’ Dies at 62

Tommy "Tiny" Lister, the professional wrestler-turned-actor perhaps best known for his turn as the bully Deebo in the "Friday" films, passed away on Thursday, his manager confirmed. He was 62. According to TMZ, Lister was found unconscious in his Marina Del Rey home on Thursday afternoon. He was pronounced dead on the scene and there is no word as of yet as to the cause of death. Lister -- who stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall -- started his career as a wrestler before moving on to films. His early roles included "Beverly Hills Cop II," "No Holds Barred" and the HBO football series "1st...

Dec 11
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Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz Sues American Girl, Says 'Luciana Vega' Doll Stole Her Likeness

Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz Sues American Girl, Says 'Luciana Vega' Doll Stole Her Likeness

Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz is suing the maker of American Girl dolls, saying the company stole her likeness to create their astronaut doll, “Luciana Vega.”Walkowicz is an astronomer and TED Senior Fellow at the Adler Planetarium and says she has spoken many times about Mars — including in a that was viewed over 2 million times — and about Vega, the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra and sits at Lyra’s center.In addition, Walkowicz says in her lawsuit she has adopted a “unique dress, look, and style,” which includes a purple streak in her hair and distinctive holographic shoes....

April 25, 2020
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