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Janine Sherman Barrois *CBS is teaming with “Criminal Minds” executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois for a new crime drama titled “Jigsaw,” reports Deadline.com. Written and executive produced by Barrois, “Jigsaw” follows the intersect...
Janine Sherman Barrois *CBS is teaming with “Criminal Minds” executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois for a new crime drama titled “Jigsaw,” reports Deadline.com. Written and executive produced by Barrois, “Jigsaw” follows the intersecting lives of homicide detectives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the media and the mayor’s office as they work to solve the most scandalous crimes San Francisco has seen in decades. The project hails from “Criminal Minds” producer ABC Studios and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire. Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire President of Television Len Goldstein also executive produce. Both Fake Empire and Barrois are in the first year of overall deals at ABC Studios. Barrois serves as executive producer on “Criminal Minds,” where she has been since 2010, and recently penned the veteran drama’s ninth-season premiere. Barrois, was previously an executive producer on the final season of “ER” and a co-executive producer on “Third Watch” where she worked for five seasons.
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The federal government shutdown is entering its ninth day today and Americans from all walks of life have expressed their disapproval.  The shutdown has had a crippling affect among communities nationwide leaving thousands unemployed and...
The federal government shutdown is entering its ninth day today and Americans from all walks of life have expressed their disapproval.  The shutdown has had a crippling affect among communities nationwide leaving thousands unemployed and without benefits. The negative impact these neighborhoods face has been particularly troubling for big-city mayors who are front-line witnesses to the damage the political stalemate has wrought. “We have to do our work every single day, there’s no time for fights about ideologies. We have to get the work done and I don’t think it’s too much to ask of Republicans in Congress to do the same,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a phone conference Wednesday. “In my mind, it’s pure foolishness and how out of touch Republicans are,” she added. Rawlings-Blake also stressed the importance of the Head Start program, which she says has been put in jeopardy and affects the education of millions of children nationwide. If the shutdown continues, it could have drastic effects on the WIC program and SNAP benefits, which disproportionately serve people of color. “The American people should be outraged about all of this. We need to get back to the business of governing and end the nonsense,” Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter said. For Rawlings-Blake, her concerns lie with her constituents and the many African-Americans in Maryland, and beyond, who are currently undergoing severe stress as a result of the shutdown. “The main thing I hear is the anxiety it causes for our community when you depend on benefits an see everyday a dysfunctional government,” she said. “There is an insecurity that builds because our livelihood is vulnerable and at jeopardy. People are afraid.” Follow Lilly Workneh on Twitter @Lilly_Works
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*Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who earlier this year vowed never to change the name of the team despite it being offensive to Native Americans, wrote an open letter to season-ticket holders defending his decision. Below, the t...
*Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who earlier this year vowed never to change the name of the team despite it being offensive to Native Americans, wrote an open letter to season-ticket holders defending his decision. Below, the text of the letter dated Oct. 9: To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation: As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization — our players, coaches and staff — are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise. That’s why I want to reach out to you — our fans — about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on this issue. As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe and why I believe it. Like so many of you, I was born a fan of the Washington Redskins. I still remember my first Redskins game. Most people do. I was only six, but I remember coming through the tunnel into the stands at RFK with my father, and immediately being struck by the enormity of the stadium and the passion of the fans all around me. I remember how quiet it got when the Redskins had the ball, and then how deafening it was when we scored. The ground beneath me seemed to move and shake, and I reached up to grab my father’s hand. The smile on his face as he sang that song … he’s been gone for 10 years now, but that smile, and his pride, are still with me every day. That tradition — the song, the cheer — it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation. Our past isn’t just where we came from — it’s who we are. As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago — in 1932 — with the name “Boston Braves.” The following year, the franchise name was changed to the “Boston Redskins.” On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor. In 1971, our legendary coach, the late George Allen, consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and designed our emblem on the Redskins helmets. Several years later, Coach Allen was honored by the Red Cloud Athletic Fund. On the wall at our Ashburn, Virginia, offices is the plaque given to Coach Allen — a source of pride for all of us. “Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect — the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans. I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.
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*TLC has dropped a new single ahead of its biopic on VH1. “Meant to Be,” co-written by Ne-Yo, appears on the group’s forthcoming album “20,” due next week. The mid-tempo track features original members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas...
*TLC has dropped a new single ahead of its biopic on VH1. “Meant to Be,” co-written by Ne-Yo, appears on the group’s forthcoming album “20,” due next week. The mid-tempo track features original members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T Boz” Watkins. Listen below. The new album will be a compilation of the band’s previous hits such as “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls,” “Unpretty” and “Creep.” The band played live for the first time in four years at Pennsylvania’s Hershey Festival in July, with rapper Lil’ Mama filling in for the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Lil’ Mama also plays Left Eye in VH1’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. Watch an extended promo below. Get More: TLC, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Watch CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Coming October on VH1, Music News
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You can’t make ratchetness like this up even if you tried. A man in South Carolina recently learned that turning down a lapdance from…
You can’t make ratchetness like this up even if you tried. A man in South Carolina recently learned that turning down a lapdance from…
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Kerry Washington is currently featured on a blazing hot cover of Essence in a gold ensemble shot with captivating photography. The November cover features Washington in a gorgeous Rafael Cennamo Couture dress. Washington graces the lates...
Kerry Washington is currently featured on a blazing hot cover of Essence in a gold ensemble shot with captivating photography. The November cover features Washington in a gorgeous Rafael Cennamo Couture dress. Washington graces the latest issue of the black women’s style bible to coincide with her many fascinating life changes — including her recent marriage — and her continuing ascendance in the Hollywood hierarchy. Both achievements make her a modern icon for African-American women. Kerry Washington on the cover of Essence. (Photo: Essence) “All eyes are on Kerry Washington! Our ESSENCE audience has always had a strong connection to Kerry whenever we’ve featured her on our cover before,” Vanessa Bush, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine stated in an email to theGrio. “Now, with her new marriage and the red hot success of Scandal, we knew it was the perfect time to put the spotlight on Hollywood’s ‘it girl.’ Kerry is absolutely owning this moment. ESSENCE is excited for her and will continue to follow her every step of the way.” The storied magazine is not the only glossy granting Washington much-deserved attention. “The 36-year-old star has graced a string of major magazine covers in recent months – Elle, Vanity Fair and Glamour, to name a few — but we’ve got to say this is our favorite,” opines Julee Wilson of The Huffington Post about the June Ambrose-styled image. In the November Essence issue, Washington details how her style — however fabulous — is far different from that of the character of Olivia Pope on Scandal. “Olivia has three [fashion] modes: Work Olivia, Black-Tie Gala Olivia and At Home Olivia,” Kerry told the magazine. “My fashion is more eclectic: There’s Going to Work Kerry, which is gym clothes and Nike kicks. That’s the Bronx girl. There’s also Red Carpet Kerry and Out to Dinner With Friends Kerry.” Washington also discusses her relationship with God. “I believe in surrendering my life over to my Creator,” she said. “I feel as if my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. If I can get that relationship right, it helps me to understand how to negotiate every other relationship.” What do you think of Washington’s latest Essence cover? Follow Alexis Garrett Stodghill on Twitter at @lexisb.
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*Lamar Odom has pleaded not guilty to one charge of driving under the influence, stemming from his Aug. 30 arrest. Odom himself was not present for the court hearing, which took place in Los Angeles, but his attorney Rich Hutton entered ...
*Lamar Odom has pleaded not guilty to one charge of driving under the influence, stemming from his Aug. 30 arrest. Odom himself was not present for the court hearing, which took place in Los Angeles, but his attorney Rich Hutton entered the plea on his behalf. As of now, a pretrial date has been set for Nov. 8 and Lamar was “ordered to obey all laws until his next hearing.” The 33-year-old athlete’s license has been suspended for one year, Public Information Officer Leland Tang told E! News over the summer. According to Tang, the procedure for the post-DUI license suspension is as follows: officers take the license and give a receipt form detailing the suspension. In one year, Lamar will have to reapply and take a written test.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that in Janet Yellen he’s found a tough and proven leader to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Yellen currently is No. 2 at the nation’s powerful central bank. She wou...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that in Janet Yellen he’s found a tough and proven leader to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Yellen currently is No. 2 at the nation’s powerful central bank. She would succeed outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at a pivotal time for the economy and the bank’s monetary policies. If confirmed by the Senate, the 67-year-old Yellen would be the first woman to head any country’s major central bank. She emerged as the favorite for the post after former treasury secretary and White House favorite Lawrence Summers withdrew from consideration in the face of mounting opposition to him being Obama’s choice. Bernanke will serve until his terms ends Jan. 31. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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