A tragic school bus accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killed at least five elementary school students on Monday. According to reports, the bus – which had 35 students on board – flipped over and hit a tree. Emergency officials were notified of the crash around 3:30 p.m. Twenty-three children on the bus were taken to Erlanger Hospital for injuries. Woodmore Elementary School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, has been apprehended and charged in the incident for reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and vehicular homicide. Walker is being held on $20,000 bail. A court date is slated for November 29. Law enforcement officials have obtained a warrant for the black box on the bus and video footage from the cameras on the bus to further their investigation. “Taking care of the children that are injured is our No. 1 priority. Taking care of the families who are looking for, caring for and grieving for children is our second priority,” said Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. “Our thoughts, our prayers and all of our efforts are with the families of these children and others impacted by this tragedy.” Read more.
White Supremacists Celebrate Trump Win
Members of the alt-right group—a collective of White nationalists — gathered in Washington on Saturday to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s win. Video footage that captured comments made by Richard Spencer, president of the alt-right National Policy Institute, circulated around the web on Sunday. “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” said Spencer. “America was, until this last generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation and our inheritance, and it belongs to us.” He also made outlandish remarks about Hillary Clinton, Blacks, and Latinos. Trump’s camp issued a statement on Monday claiming that he has condemned racism. “President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American,” said Trump spokesman Bryan Lanza. “To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.” Read more.
Kanye West Hospitalized
After going on rants and cutting his Saint Pablo Tour shows short, rapper Kanye West has canceled the rest of his tour and checked into a hospital. According to reports, West admitted himself into UCLA Medical Center on Monday. The LAPD responded to a “disturbance call” that became a “medical emergency.” West is reportedly suffering from exhaustion. His hospitalization comes days after he made statements about voting for President-elect Donald Trump and bashed Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Hillary Clinton on stage. “The remaining dates on the Saint Pablo Tour have been canceled,” said one of his reps. “Tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase.” Read more.
Dave Chappelle Inks New Deal With Netflix
After making a successful return to television while hosting Saturday Night Live earlier this month, comedian Dave Chappelle is on to his next project. Chappelle has inked a deal with Netflix for three comedy specials in 2017. All of the specials will be directed by Stan Lathan. One of the shows will be an original stand-up special and the other two will feature unaired footage of shows that he performed at the Hollywood Palladium and Austin City Limits. “Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy—searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Lisa Nishimura, head of original documentary and comedy at Netflix. “Dave’s three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy, and we are honored he will mark his global return on Netflix.” The specials will be Chappelle’s first shows since 2004. Read more.
Angela Bassett Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’
Actress Angela Bassett has signed on to be part of Marvel’s Black Panther project. Bassett will play the role of Ramonda, the mother of Black Panther. Other cast members include Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke. It’s being directed by Ryan Coogler. “I’m excited. I grew very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something I’m this passionate about again,” said Coogler. The film is slated to hit theaters in 2018. Read more.