Following legendary singer Prince‘s death, several people have come forward claiming to be related to him in an effort to get a piece of his fortune. So far, 30 individuals who have filed court documents claiming to be related to the singer have been denied. Judge Kevin Eide, who is overseeing the case, is now ordering that six of the possible heirs undergo genetic tests. Four of his siblings—Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John Nelson, and Tyka Nelson—and his alleged niece and grandniece will be tested. Prince died on April 21. His estate is now in the hands of the court since he didn’t have a will, wasn’t married, and didn’t have any children. Prince’s estate is reportedly worth upwards of $30 million. Read more.
Top DNC Staffers Resign
After Debbie Wasserman Schultz – chair of the Democratic National Committee – resigned, other top staffers have decided to make an exit as well. CEO Amy Dacey, CFO Brad Marshall, and Communications Director Luis Miranda were all ousted. The DNC made the announcement on Tuesday after letting staffers know about the changes. Although the three individuals were commended for the work they did within the DNC, their partings were highly recommended. “This election is the most important of my lifetime, and the DNC will continue to recruit top talent to help lead the fight to elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats across the country,” said Donna Brazile, the interim DNC Chair. “I am committed to adding to our team of skilled professionals who will make sure that Donald Trump is held accountable for his reckless rhetoric and harmful policies.” Read more.
New Documentary to Focus on Black Athletes Who Participated in the 1936 Olympics
Blair Underwood and Deborah Riley Draper have joined forces to create a documentary that focuses on African-American athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games. The film, titled Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, will examine the state of race relations during that era. It will recount the stories of 18 Black athletes. “They were just an interesting bunch of people,” said Draper. “They were very patriotic and heroic. When I look around at the world today, I think they kind of represent hope and optimism. We can look at them and see how they persevered during really tough, severe times. They worked very, very hard to represent their race, themselves and their country.” Underwood found inspiration in each one of the stories. “To go from Depression Era, Jim Crow America in the 1930s to Nazi Germany was an extraordinary dramatic conflict,” he said. “That was the inspirational message that I took away from the film. Then they all have their individual stories, which are quite compelling by themselves.” Read more.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected as Academy Awards President
Despite the controversy that swirled around the Academy Awards, Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected as president for the fourth time. The Academy board made the announcement during a meeting on Wednesday in Beverly Hills. Those who are elected to be president are allowed to serve four consecutive terms. Boone Issacs is currently the CEO of CBI Enterprises. She has also worked as an executive at New Line and Paramount in the past. Boone Issacs made history as the first African-American woman to lead the Academy and the third woman overall to hold her title. Back in June, in an effort to overcome the #OscarsSoWhite issue, the Academy invited 683 new members — 41 percent of them were minorities and 46 percent of them were women. Read more.
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