Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host Over Past Anti-Gay Tweets
12/10/2018 9:52:24 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be a distraction. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” wrote Hart. Hart, who is in Australia for a comedy tour, also tweeted Friday morning: “The ultimate measure of a man is...

After a Long, Bumpy Journey, 'Mowgli' Settles in at Netflix
12/10/2018 9:51:11 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   LOS ANGELES (AP)—To say Andy Serkis has been through the wringer with his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book” is a bit of an understatement. It was always going to be an ambitious project for a first time director—dark, intense and more in the spirit of Kipling's stories, with a big studio (Warner Bros.) behind it, a blockbuster budget, A-list talent to match, from Christian Bale to Cate Blanchett, and all the high-pressure stakes that go along with that. But five years ago when he signed up to direct, Serkis...

Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Tops Golden Globes Nominations
12/10/2018 9:49:45 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” “Vice” topped all contenders in the nominations that were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best...

Alternative to EpiPen to Hit Market at Generic Prices
12/10/2018 9:44:31 PM

By Linda A. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—Generic drugmaker Sandoz announced plans Thursday to start selling an alternative to the EpiPen in the U.S. early next year. The EpiPen injector is used to halt life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites, nuts and other foods. Brand-name EpiPen, which dominates the market, has been in short supply since spring because of production problems. Sandoz will sell prefilled syringes with the same medicine, the hormone epinephrine, under the name Symjepi. The price will be $250 for two, without insurance. Two generic...

Don’t Let Small Dollar Loans Ruin Your Holidays
12/10/2018 9:38:04 PM

In this wonderful time of the year when family and friends gather in good cheer to celebrate the holidays, nearly everyone has a number of lists. From greeting cards to shopping for gifts, decorations and more, lists are made and reviewed to keep pace with the barrage of seasonal activities. But if holiday lists seem bigger than budgets, turning to a high-interest, “small dollar” loan can turn joy and merriment into a financial quagmire. The good news is that holiday financial hangovers that predatory lenders give, do not need to be a part of your celebrations. Just keep...

Remembering My Dear Friend and Freedom Fighter Dr. John Maguire
12/10/2018 9:36:24 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   My dear friend Dr. John Maguire readily admitted his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama and Jacksonville, Florida didn’t make him a likely champion of racial equality. But when he passed away recently at age 86, John—the president emeritus of Claremont Graduate University, former president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury, and recipient of many accolades and honors—was widely respected as an extraordinarily committed advocate for civil rights and social justice. His story is a powerful example of the power and...

Be Sure Your Grin Will Find You Out
12/10/2018 9:34:27 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and I appreciate it so very much. I recognize I’m difficult to purchase presents for because I have my books, my pens, what else do I really need? Once in a while I get a Christmas present to beat all Christmas presents. This year was one of those “once in a while’s.” It’s a pretty well known fact that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself differs when it comes to culinary likes and dislikes. How we got along for so many years is truly a miracle, I suppose. She, for...

Viola Davis to Portray Shirley Chisholm in Film by Amazon Studios
12/6/2018 5:01:49 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis will portray legendary politician Shirley Chisholm in a feature film for Amazon Studios. Chisholm was the first African American woman in U.S. history to be elected to Congress. The announcement regarding the film landed on the same day as news of a Shirley Chisholm statue in New York City’s Prospect Park was announced by New York’s first lady Chirlane McCray on the last day of November. November 30 would have been Chisholm’s 94th birthday. The film project is currently entitled “The Fighting...

Stevie Wonder Announces Plan to Help California Fire Victims
12/6/2018 5:00:58 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Stevie Wonder wants to raise money through his benefit concert for California fire victims impacted by the catastrophic wildfires. The R&B legend announced his plan Tuesday to also help firefighters and first responders who assisted with the fires through his 22nd annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert on Dec. 9. The charity billed as “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music” will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Concertgoers are being asked to bring an unwrapped toy...

British Director Anyiam-Osigwe Strikes a Nerve with No Shade
12/6/2018 5:00:01 PM

By Barrington M. Salmon   Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, a first-time director, is enjoying the type of success usually reserved for veteran filmmakers. Her film debut, ‘No Shade’ is a witty, wry romantic story that shines a bright light on the troubling issue of colorism. Anyiam-Osigwe, a Nigerian-British entrepreneur and an emerging talent in the film industry, wrote and directed the film, which she completed in six-and-a-half days. Produced by the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF), the film had successful premieres in Cannes, France; Washington, DC; London; as well as a...