After a huge Democratic win in Alabama, there’s so much to discuss in the world of news and entertainment.
Check out all the news you need to know today:
1. We have another reason to rejoice! On Wednesday it was announced that Nina Simone will be inducted into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Bon Jovi and the Cars. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be honored with the Early Influence award for her contributions to gospel, rock and rhythm and blues. [Rolling Stone]
2. In other major music news, Tina Turner is releasing a second autobiography. Titled ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story,’ the book is said to be covering “finding love” to surviving a “life-threatening illness” she had not previously disclosed. [Entertainment Weekly]
3. There’s another plot twist to the Keaton Jones bullying story. According to reports, the child’s estranged father is a white supremacist who’s currently incarcerated. He’s been in the Knox Country Jail since May 2015. [TMZ]
4. Jeanine Pirro of Fox and Friends was just served with a defamation lawsuit from activist DeRay Mckesson. The issue stems from the 2016 protests of Alton Sterling, an unarmed Louisiana man killed by a police officer. Pirro went on air and claimed Mckesson had something to do with an officer at the protest being assaulted. [New York Daily News]
5. Marsha Warfield, the actress most known as the bailiff on the ’80s sitcom Night Court, recently defended Patti LaBelle for her What Happens Now interview with Andy Cohen. In a Facebook post, Warfield explains that her mother knew she was gay but asked for her to wait until he died to publicly come out. “I ain’t mad at Patti LaBelle,” Warfield said. “I’m mad at the people who are.” [The Root]
6. Saturday Night Live may have had Tiffany Haddish on as a guest host, but they may not be that progressive. While on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Haddish revealed that she encouraged the show to invite more Black entertainers to host for later episodes, but they only made the calls once she got there. “I told them weeks in advance that you have to call them and book them now because these are not just regular people,” she said. [Madame Noire]
7. Creed 2 has a new director. The film, starring Michael B. Jordan, will now be directed by Steven Caple, Jr. And Tessa Thompson is on board to reprise her role as Bianca. In the film, character Adonis Creed’s (Jordan) “life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new-found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.” [Shadow and Act]
8. The National Association of Black Journalists is asking for TV One to keep Roland Martin on air. Last week the network announced that Martin’s two-hour news program, NewsOne Now would be canceled. The organization for journalists believe TV One should reconsider in light of what Martin’s program brings to the Black community. [The Atlanta Voice]
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