The Quick Read: Trump's Communications Director Hope Hicks Is Leaving The White House

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Sydney Scott Mar, 01, 2018

Here’s all the news you need to know.

Hope Hick, Trump’s communications director, will be leaving the White House in the coming weeks. Hick’s resignation comes just after she testified for eight hours before the House Intelligence Committee claiming she occasionally told “white lies” but only told the truth in regards to anything connected to the Russia investigation. (NY Times

Ta-Nehisi Coates is set to write Captain America for Marvel Comics. Coates made the announcement in a short essay, stating that he will be taking over writing duties on the series in a new No. 1 issue. (The Atlantic)

Barack Obama has revealed that if he played ball, he would sign with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent. The former president said the team is “smart, they’re well-run, they’re focused on team.” (Bleacher Report)

Omarosa recently made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she discussed her time in the White House. She claims she tried to be “the voice of reason” in the White House. And, while the TV personality remained tight-lipped about whether or not the country would be okay under Trump, she did add, “Watching him in this position has caused me to be excited sometimes and sometimes be very concerned. I think if you woke up tomorrow and your best friend was president, you’d have that same range of emotions.” (CBS)

Gucci Mane has really turned over a new leaf. The rapper has offered to foot the bill for his 20-year high school reunion. Gucci graduated from Atlanta’s Ronald E. McNair High School in 1998. He tweeted Tuesday, “This year marks my 20th year from graduating high school in 1998 I want to personally invite anybody who graduated from #McNair aka McNasty aka #BouldercrestHigh to v103 car and bike show to go with me and also I want [to] pay for our 20 yr reunion myself!” (Twitter)

Girls Trip‘s Will Packer is set to helm new action-comedy Fight Night. The film tells the story of Atlanta-based hustler Gordon “Chicken Man” Williams and Atlanta’s first Black detective, JD Hudson. It centers on a party thrown after Muhammad Ali’s comeback match, where some of Atlanta’s biggest gangsters were all robbed at gunpoint. The thief made off with more than $1 million and it’s one of the largest heists in Georgia’s history. (Deadline)

Comedian Retta has had some wild gigs, but none as crazy as performing at her friend’s artificial insemination. The Good Girls actress revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she performed standup for a couple who was having trouble conceiving after the husband read that laughing would help the couple’s surrogate conceive. (YouTube)

During a luncheon in Nashville, Tenn., hosted by the anti-abortion organization, Susan B. Anthony List & Life Institute, Vice President Mike Pence said he believed that legal abortion will come to an end in “in our time.” This is despite the fact that such a move would once again place women’s health in jeopardy. (The Hill)

Tisha Campbell-Martin is set to appear as a series regular in the pilot for a new CBS drama from Pam Veasey, Robin Roberts, Regina King, and ABC Studios. King will direct the currently untitled drama, which focuses on the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers for the NYPD, and the challenges they face at home and on the job. Campbell-Martin will play Sgt. Anise Kendrick-Morrison, a tough and witty officer, who patrols her childhood neighborhood in Queens. (Deadline)