The Quick Read: Black Lives Matter Activists Protest $95 Million Chicago Police Academy

Scott Olson

Niki McGloster May, 24, 2018

Here’s all the news you need to know:

Black Lives Matter protests at Chicago’s city hall on Wednesday thwarted a hearing on a $95 million police academy. Activists are accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of ignoring the city’s budget struggles and growing tensions surrounding police shootings. Many Chicagoans also feel the City Council is rushing to approve the academy without hearing citizen feedback. (Twitter)

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are seeking $150,000 from The Weinstein Company over an optioning deal for their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Fulton and Martin have filed court papers alleging that the series has been filmed and they are seeking money owed for “executive producer services.” A version of the show, co-produced by JAY-Z, has a July premiere date, but the Weinstein Company will not appear in the credits. (Shadow and Act)

A body camera video of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown’s January arrest has surfaced. The 30-minute footage shows Milwaukee police using unnecessary force over a parking violation, including the use of a stun gun. The Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales declared the arresting officer’s actions inappropriate and says he will be punished for his conduct. Brown says the situation has forced him to “tell my story so that I can help prevent these injustices from happening in the future.” No charges against the police department have been filed. (New York Times)

Human rights group Amnesty International claims women and girls who fled Boko Haram have been raped by Nigerian soldiers who rescued them. According to the report titled “They Betrayed Us,” thousands of these women are dying due to starvation and are forced to exchange food for sex. (CNN)

Regina King will play the lead in Watchmen, HBO’s dark TV adaptation of DC Comics superhero title. Written by The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof,  the series will feature King as Angela Abar alongside Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard. (Deadline)

Strayer University has partnered with all-around mogul Queen Latifah to provide its students with an 11-week online program on confidence and perseverance, skills the university finds are integral to success in any industry. The award-winning actress will appear to motivate and host live one-on-one Q&A sessions for individualized guidance. “Strayer has been helping busy working adults go back to school for over 125 years and I’m honored to add to that legacy and support the students who are working so hard to further their careers.” Latifah will also serve as the college’s commencement speaker on Jun. 23. (Vibe)

In an interview with Fox & Friends, President Donald Trump told reporters that NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.” His comments follow the newly implemented NFL policy that will fine players who kneel or sit during the game-opening song. The vote was unanimous. (Twitter)

Idris Elba is set to wear many hats for a The Hunchback of Notre Dame-based movie coming to Netflix. Elba will direct, produce, star in and create original music for the film. This will be his second directorial gig as his debut, Yardie will release later this year. (Shadow And Act)

ABC cancels The Chew after seven seasons. The cancellation of the Emmy award-winning cooking show hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Michael Symon follows Chef Mario Batali’s departure amid sexual misconduct allegations. Good news for fans, the hour-long segment will finish out the rest of its season. (Twitter)

Ray J and Princess Love welcome a baby girl. The proud new father shared his joy by debuting his song, “Blessed,” and a visual montage of the couple’s wedding and pregnancy journey. This is their first child together. (Page Six)

Jamie Foxx will host this year’s BET Awards. The Beat Shazam executive producer and host announced the news on Instagram. “This year’s @betawards are gonna be a party and celebration all in one cuz your boy is hostin and I’m #backonmyfunnyshit so get ready,” he wrote. “We’re just gonna celebrate greatness and have a phuckin goo time.” This will be the Academy Award winner’s second time handling emceeing since he first graced the stage in 2009. (Instagram)