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Loss of a Legend…Civil Rights Icon & Comedian, Dick Gregory, Has Passed…

Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

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“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

Dick Gregory dead

Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Surprising Twist! Jussie Smollett’s Criminal Case Has Been DROPPED!

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When it comes to Jussie Smollett’s criminal case, a roller coaster would be the perfect way to describe the twists and emotions tied to it. Now in a surprising twist of fate, Jussie’s case has been officially dismissed by an Illinois state judge!

Via TMZ

Jussie Smollett will not be prosecuted for allegedly faking a racial attack, because all charges have been dropped!!!

Jussie and his lawyers ran to court Tuesday morning in Chicago, where he was facing 16 felony counts of lying to police in the alleged racial and homophobic attack.  

Jussie will surrender his $10,000 bond.  We’re told he has agreed to perform community service.  But that’s it.  The case is over. 

Jussie’s lawyers say, “Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.  Jussie was attacked by 2 people he was unable to identify on January 29th.  He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public, causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”

The lawyers go on … “Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions.  This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.  That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect.  Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”

A source close to Jussie says the prosecution’s case “disintegrated.”  As we reported, there were issues with the $3,500 check the 2 brothers received from Jussie.  The Police Superintendent had said the money was payment for the fake attack, but it appears it was actually for physical training.

The Police Superintendent also said during a news conference that Jussie wrote that threatening letter 6 days before the attack when in actuality the FBI had not concluded who wrote the letter. 

This is definitely good news for Jussie, but the real question is what REALLY happened? There are still so many questions left unanswered. The story is still developing, we will keep you posted!

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“Family Sticks Together!” “Fuller House’s” Candace Cameron Bure Stands By Lori Loughlin Amidst Scandal

“Family sticks together!” That is what Candace Cameron Bure is saying in regards to her former cast mate and TV Aunt, Lori Loughlin. Candace, known for her role of “DJ Tanner-Fuller” seemingly made her support of Lori at this year’s Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards after her hit series, Fuller House, won an award for favorite funny tv show. 

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“Family sticks together!” That is what Candace Cameron Bure is saying in regards to her former cast mate and TV Aunt, Lori Loughlin. Candace, known for her role of “DJ Tanner-Fuller” seemingly made her support of Lori at this year’s Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards after her hit series, Fuller House, won an award for favorite funny tv show.

via People

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The Fuller House cast is focusing on their “loving family” amid Lori Loughlin’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal.

While accepting the award for favorite funny TV show at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, Fuller House stars Andrea BarberCandace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin seemingly offered a message of support for their costar Lori Loughlin, who has been embroiled in scandal since her alleged role in the college admissions scandal was revealed.

“Thank you for voting Fuller House as your favorite funny TV show. You have been laughing alongside of our family for four seasons and this family has a lot of heart,” Barber, 42, said.

“And where there’s a lot of heart, there’s a lot of love,” Cameron Bure, 42, added. “And a loving family sticks together no matter what.”

We are not surprised that Candace is standing by her Lori, she has after all known her since she was an adolescent. For all intents and purposes she is a member of her extended family after decades of interaction. We really hate that Lori is embroiled in this scandal. She’s “Aunt Becky” still, and we are hoping she gets through this. Kudos to the cast for sticking together through thick and thin. Fuller House is set to end after its next and fifth season. Let’ enjoy one more round with the Tanner-Fuller Clan!

 

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Nice! Jordan Peele’s “Us” (@UsMovie) $70 Million Opening Weekend Sets Records!

Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

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Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

via Rotten Tomatoes

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Let’s lay out some pretty amazing facts about Us’ $70 million weekend. That is the highest opening ever for an original “R”-rated film. The 11 “R” films to open higher were either sequels or adapted from popular books. Us is also the biggest opening ever for an original live-action film in March and an original horror film in any month. Only It and last year’s Halloween opener higher. But…can it outgross Get Out‘s $176 million?

Us has already doubled Get Out’s $33.4 million opening. A good start indeed. It is the 142nd film to open with $65 million or more. Of those previous 141 films, do you know how many failed to reach the $176 million earned by Get Out? Six. (Fifty Shades of Grey, Halloween 2018, Fast and FuriousQuantum of Solace,X-Men: Apocalypse2012). That is already 95.7% in favor of Us besting Get Out’s total. The number to watch next week when Dumbo knocks Us back to second is whether its second weekend is over or under $28 million.

We are clapping all the way to the bank for Jordan Peele! Yet again, movie trackers are bad at predicting what will be a hit or not. Social media indicated just what a buzz this film had around it, thus we are not surprised! What do you guys think of Us? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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