President Barack Obama is slated to travel to Florida on Thursday to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the president is taking the trip to “stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery.” On Monday, Obama expressed his grief for the tragedy, which is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country,” said President Obama. “We feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.” He believes that the attack was an example of “homegrown extremism.” Obama is slated to talk about the massacre again after meeting with the National Security Council at the Treasury Department on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Read more.
Prince Inducted Into The Apollo Theater’s Walk Of Fame
The late legendary singer Prince has been inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame in Harlem, New York. When news spread about his death on April 21, scores of people gathered outside of the venue to mourn. On Monday, fans went to the Apollo on a celebratory note to honor the musician. During the induction ceremony, a plaque that bared Prince’s name was uncovered by the president and CEO of the Apollo Theater, Jonelle Procope, and members of his Next Generation collective, Meli’sa Morgan and Maceo Parker. The ceremony was held prior to the Apollo’s Spring Gala, which was hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by Andra Day, The O’Jays and Leon Bridges. Prince held several concerts at the Apollo Theater over the course of his career. Other stars featured in the venue’s Walk of Fame include Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Ella Fitzgerald. Read more.
John Singleton’s Latest Project Will Focus On Police Brutality
Director John Singleton is known for creating films that reveal truths about important issues within our society. His latest project, Rebel, will focus on police brutality. The series, which is being produced for BET, will be centered on an African-American woman cop who has a strained relationship with her White colleague after he shot and killed her brother. Actress Danielle Moné Truitt, best known for her roles in A Raisin in the Sun and Aida, will play the cop. Mykelti Williamson will play the role of her father. Rapper Method Man has been cast as her ex-boyfriend, and Brandon Quinn will play the role of her partner. Singleton will serve as the executive producer, director, and co-writer of the project. Filming is slated to kick off in Los Angeles this week. Read more.
Lil Wayne In ‘Good Spirits’ After Suffering A Seizure
After suffering a seizure on Monday, rapper Lil Wayne is reportedly in “good spirits” and stable condition. His private jet made an emergency stop in Nebraska so he could receive medical attention. He reportedly passed out when the plane landed. According to his rep, he’s on the road to recovery. “Under the guidance of his own doctors, he is now in stable condition and good spirits. He thanks his fans for their everlasting support, prayers, and well wishes,” said his rep in a statement. This isn’t the first time Lil Wayne has suffered from a seizure. The incident marks the fourth time it has happened over the past four years. The rapper revealed that he’s epileptic back in 2013. Read more.
Trump Bans The Washington Post From His Campaign Events
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is calling out The Washington Post. He took to Facebook to share that he is revoking the publication’s access to his campaign events because they are “dishonest and phony” and gave him “incredibly inaccurate coverage.” Post Executive Editor Marty Baron responded to Trump’s remarks. “Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press. When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along – honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it,” said Baron. The Washington Post isn’t the only media outlet that has been banned from Trump’s campaign events. BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Politico, Univision, and The Huffington Post have been blocked as well. Read more.
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