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Welcome Raven Symoné to daytime, ladies and gents. The actress is now a permanent co-host of the daytime show, filling the spot left vacant by Rosie O’Donnell. [Deadline]
First Lady Michelle Obama returned to Chicago yesterday to deliver the graduation speech at Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School—the school where slain teen Hadiya Pendleton would have graduated from this year. FLOTUS told students that Pendleton’s life was an inspiration to her own. An empty chair marked the place where Pendleton would have sat. The chair was “adorned with a lavender cloth, purple ribbon and fresh flowers.”
“I know that many of you are thinking about Hadiya right now and feeling the hole that she left in your hearts,” said Mrs. Obama. “But graduates, tonight, I want you to understand that every scar that you have is a reminder not just that you got hurt — but that you survived.” [Chicago Tribune]
Cpl. David Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas police officer who was filmed assaulting a 14-year-old girl and pulling his gun out on teens this past weekend, has resigned. Casebolt remains under investigation for the incident. He will keep his pension and benefits. [NY Times]
You love Power, you really do! The season 2 premiere of the Starz original, starring Naturi Naughton and Omari Hardwick, earned the network the highest-rated episode of an original series ever with 1.427 million viewers. [Shadow and Act]
Jaden Smith will star in Baz Luhrmann’s hip hop music drama, The Get Down, coming to Netflix in 2016. According to Deadline, Smith will play Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx. [Deadline]