The Quick Read has arrived! Check out this morning’s news and everything you need to know before stepping into the office.
1. The NAACP is warning Black passengers against traveling with American Airlines. On Tuesday, the organization issued a travel advisory warning passengers to “exercise caution” in booking and boarding flights with the company after a string of incidents involving African-American passengers. (NAACP)
2. Gabourey Sidibe makes her directorial debut with The Tale of Four, a short film that draws inspiration from Nina Simone’s 1966 song “Four Women.” The film spotlights the realities of mass incarceration, domestic violence, and police brutality. (Refinery29)
3. Regina King has joined Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation, If Beale Street Could Talk. King will play a key role in the film, which is currently shooting in New York. The story follows a newly engaged pregnant woman racing against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence after he is falsely accused of rape. (Deadline)
4. FKA twigs has launched an Instagram zine, AVANTgarden, which she explains as “a way for me to express myself without any rules or guidelines, with imagination and care.” The zine uses the social platform’s slide tool to allow users to flip through its pages. (Instagram)
5. Two men have been shot dead on Grambling State University’s campus. Police in Louisiana say the suspect fled the scene. The victims have been identified as Monquiarius Caldwell and Earl Andrews, both 23. Grambling State University Media Relations Director Will Sutton has called the shooting a “horrible tragedy,” extending condolences to the victims and their families. (The Daily Beast)
6. Naturi Naughton will host BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer concert, set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 22. The concert will include performances from Sevyn Streeter, Xscape, Keyshia Cole, and Alice Smith. And, celebrities will share their own personal stories of strength and survival. BET Her hopes to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Black community and put women’s health front and center.
7. Families are paying more out of pocket as tuition costs rise, surpassing grant aid. The average public school tuition and fees for a four-year college saw a 3.1 percent rise with average costs coming to $9,970. The average local student only received enough aid to cover 58 percent of the cost. All of this doesn’t include living expenses. And, tuition has risen much faster than family income, with median family income rising at an average rate of 0.3 percent between 2007 and 2016. (The Washington Post)
8. Newly released documents show that Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, may have had an interest in pedophilia. FBI documents show that Lanza was obsessed with mass shootings and found documents “advocating pedophiles’ rights and the liberation of children,” as well as a screenplay about a relationship between an adult male and young boy. (HuffPost)
9. Samuel L. Jackson is teaching an online acting class. The class is offered exclusively through MasterClass, which has featured classes taught by Shonda Rhimes, Martin Scorsese, and Steve Martin. (Page Six)
10. Colin Kaepernick has reportedly landed a million dollar book deal. The former NFL star will be working with Random House imprint One World, which has worked with JAY-Z and Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Page Six)
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