For some reason, there were a handful of stars not included in the portion of the Academy Awards that honors those who died in the 12 months leading up to Sunday night’s ceremony. For Black people, though, the omissions of Robert Guillaume and Della Reese were too glaring to ignore, especially with the dearth of diversity routinely on display at the Oscars year after year.
Bernie Casey and Chuck Berry were able to make the cut of more than 50 actors and other people who made a name for themselves in the movie business. But Guillaume and Reese’s inclusion were deserved based off their respective performances in “Lean On Me” and “Harlem Nights” alone.
On the same night that saw Back history being made with Jordan Peele becoming the first African-American to win for best screenplay – one of four Black people to be nominated in that category in the 50 years its ben a category, #OscarsSoWhite was still tough to ignore.
The Latest Deadly Disease Taking Africa By Storm
There has been an outbreak in Nigeria of Lassa fever in Nigeria, where people are suffering from symptoms and effect that rival the Ebola crisis from a few years ago, according to the BBC. The “viral haemorrhagic fever” has no vaccine and can be especially deadly for women who are pregnant as well as their babies.
Lassa fever has killed at least 72 people out of more than 300 cases reported across 18 states since the beginning of the year, according to the World Health Organization.
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Cosby Back In Court
Bill Cosby will be forced to focus his attention on his alleged tactics for seducing (and sedating) women with pills a little more than a week after one of his daughter’s died from complications surrounding a kidney disorder. The disgraced comedian who has mounted somewhat of a comeback with spot appearances around the Philadelphia area was scheduled to make a return to the same suburban Philly courthouse where a mistrial was called in the case of a woman who accused him or drugging and sexually assaulting her.
This time, Cosby is expected on Monday to make a play to block dozens of his alleged victims from testifying on behalf of the plaintiff, Andrea Constand. Prosecutors were seeking testimony from 13 women in addition to Constand, the Associated Press reported.