The Quick Read: Michelle Obama Will Travel the Country to Help People Register to Vote

Niki McGloster Aug, 07, 2018

Let’s be honest: Tuesday can be more hectic than Monday. Before diving into the whirlwind of a busy 9-to-whenever, sis, dive into all the political and entertainment news you need to know.

Starting in September, Michelle Obama will travel the country to help people register to vote and commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Through the nonpartisan voter initiative When We All Vote, the former first lady, who is a cochair of the organization behind it, will “ensure that every eligible American casts their vote.” The Week of Action will take place from September 22 to 29 in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Houston, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Chicago continues to experience a deadly summer with 66 people shot, 12 fatally, over one weekend. Police officials say that in at least one incident, shooters opened fire into a street party. Elsewhere, 14 juveniles were shot, and an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old were killed. Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have called on community support and urge people who know something to come forward. (CNN)

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson are set to star in Passing, the film adaptation of the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen. Directed by actress Rebecca Hall, the feature follows two biracial childhood friends, Clare (Negga) and Irene (Thompson), during the Harlem Renaissance into adulthood, where one lives her life as a White woman married to a rich White man. (Deadline)

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson and wife Christina Evangeline have welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Gianna Michelle. The couple, who share a 4-year-old daughter named Georgia Marie, remained pretty tight-lipped about the pregnancy with Evangeline revealing the news just days before the baby’s delivery. (PEOPLE)

Kendrick Lamar has achieved another milestone. The Pulitzer Prize winner’s good kid, m.A.A.d city has become the fourth hip-hop album in history to spend 300 weeks on the Billboard charts. The rapper’s second studio album has only missed one week on the chart after its 2012 debut, falling off briefly in December 2014. (Billboard)