Everyone wants to go see Black Panther, Marvel's latest superhero movie that is set to debut February 16th. The pre-sale tickets have set records and the anticipation is at an unbelievably high level, that's why Little Miss Flint wants to raise money to send less fortunate Michigan kids to the movie.
A number of GoFundMe accounts have been launched as part of the #BlackPantherChallenge in order to raise money for kids in various underprivileged communities around the country to go see the movie in the theater. The latest to join the movement is Little Miss Flint, who launched a fundraiser to helped students in Flint, Michigan.
The account was reportedly established by Little Miss Flint, formerly known as MariCopeny, and her cousins in order to raise their goal of $5,000 to buy tickets for students to see Black Panther in their hometown.
As has been documented over the past few years, Flint has been dealing with a lot of setbacks. Not only is their economy in a downturn, but they have been dealing with a water crisis for some time now. Although efforts have been made to fix the water issue, many families still are living day to day without access to fresh, clean water. While the fundraiser will not change the city’s circumstance, it will give a number of kids something to look forward to.
The #BlackPantherChallenge has already helped kids in Harlem and the Greater New York are getting tickets to see the premiere. The Flint campaign has already raised $640 out of its $5,000 goal. To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.
Leslie Jones, one of the top member's of the Saturday Night Live cast, is going back to the Olympics. Jones, who showed off her super fandom for Team USA on social media just before the 2016 Summer Games, has been rehired by NBC to be a special contributor to there coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
Jones more recently has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on Saturday Night Live, hosted the 2017 BET Awards and was included in the Time’s list of 100 most influential people for 2017.
NBC’s Live Primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8.
While there have been no reported illnesses, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes. This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.
Despite the finding in only one day of production, Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of all varieties of the 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese. The products included in the recall are all varieties (see below) of unexpired 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018. This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.
“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” says Blaine Hurst, Panera’s president and CEO. “Only one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”
According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.
Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.
Consumers in possession of these products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 5 AM to 10 PM. CST, or visit Panera.custhelp.com for a full refund. For any other questions, please visit www.panerabread.com/recall.
WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon stunned the sports media world by announcing he’s giving professional football a second try. Less than a week after making an appearance on the 25th anniversary broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw, McMahon announced the creation of the new XFL.
While the new XFL will use the same name of the league McMahon and NBC tried for one season in 2001, it won’t rely on flashy cheerleaders and antics as its predecessor did, he said. McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in January 2020.
Plans call for eight teams with 40-player rosters in cities to be determined, with four teams making the playoffs. The season will begin in late January or early February and run for 10 weeks. No broadcast or streaming deals are in place as yet.
He added that there would be no crossover of WWE talent into the league and that he would not be the frontman of the new league as he was with the original. He went on to say that XFL games would have a faster pace and his goal was to get them to two hours. In addition, McMahon stated that the league would be a single entity and would not use the franchise model.
A Major shakeup is coming to one of ESPN's most popular shows. Jemele Hill, who co-hosts SC6, the 6 PM EST edition of ESPN's flagship SportsCenter show, will be leaving the show. Hill's last night on the program is scheduled to be February 2nd, just two days before the Super Bowl. Her co-host, Michael Smith, will remain on the show and is set to host it solo.
While Hill, who has dealt with multiple suspensions for comments made on Twitter in the last year, will no longer be on the show, she will still work for ESPN. She will instead focus on writing for The Undefeated, the ESPN vertical dedicated to race, culture and sport. She'll also host issues-based town halls and she'll be free to do more field reporting and longer pieces, like her recent interview with Lynx forward Maya Moore.
While many will see Hill's departure from SC6 as a demotion or punishment, it is being reported that the move was initiated by Hill herself. Sources say Jemele never really felt comfortable in the role of SportsCenter anchor, feeling much more comfortable in a format similar her old show His & Hers, which she also hosted with Smith. Now she will be able to focus her time on piece that mean more to her, and, we assume, will allow her to be more free to share her opinion.
In addition to her role changing with ESPN, Hill is also working on a new major project, her own production company. She recently lunch the new venture with her friend and ESPN colleague Kelly Carter.
A state lawmaker on Thursday planned to unveil legislation that would ban children under age 12 from playing tackle football in Illinois, in an effort to reduce head injuries.
Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) has introduced the measure, dubbed the “Dave Duerson Act,” to the Illinois General Assembly. The bill is named after the late Chicago Bears defensive back, who took his own life in 2011.
Some youth football coaches argued the law would do more harm than good. Coaches with the Chicagoland Youth Football League came out adamantly against the proposal. They said, in pre-teen years, before hitting puberty, kids learn proper tackling and safety techniques.
Kids’ tackle football already is a thing of the past in the Park District of Highland Park, which canceled tackle football last year, due to sharply declining participation over concerns about head injuries.
Source: CBS Chicago
By Kevin Gray
Last year proved to be a year of reckoning for powerful and famous men who allegedly sexually assaulted people. Whether it was high powered film industry executives, politicians, actors, musicians or business leaders, the alleged victims of these people were finally heard and people finally started to do something about it. You would think with all the extra scrutiny, people wouldn't continue to put themselves in situations where accusations can be made against them, but old habits die hard, as they say, and in the beginnings of 2018 we find ourselves talking about yet another successful person who may be taken down due to his lack of control when it comes to sex. This time, the accused is St. Louis based rapper Nelly.
Nelly, born Cornell Hanes Jr., is already facing a lawsuit from artist by Monique Greene, a college student who claims the rapper raped her on his tour bus after a Washington D.C. concert in October. Now two more women have added their stories to the lawsuit. One new accuser claims Nelly stuck his hand up her dress at a concert after party in June 2016. The second woman claims Nelly masturbated in front of her in a dressing room after a show in December 2017 and forcibly grabbed her head in an attempt to demand oral sex.
Both allegations are included in an amended complaint filed Monday (Jan. 22) by Greene’s attorney Karen Koehler. Greene is seeking damages for defamation and emotional trauma. She has also requested an injunction against “Nelly (and his penis)” that prohibits him from sexually assaulting female fans in the future. The lawsuit attributes the new accusations to Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 under a section titled “Evidence of other acts of sexual assault.” Nelly has a “pattern of conduct” that demonstrates he “preyed upon his selected female fans,” the lawsuit argues.
The Auburn police department in Washington arrested Nelly after Greene reported her alleged assault in October. Prosecutors ultimately dropped a second-degree rape charge after Greene stopped cooperating with the investigation. Greene attributed the decision to public scrutiny.
Nelly and his attorney Scott Rosenblum have denied Greene’s allegations and threatened to sue her in response. “This type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,” Rosenblum said in December.
Looking to tackle a new genre of music, hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg is dipping his toe into the world of Gospel. For the first time ever, Snoop Dogg is releasing a full-length gospel album titled Bible of Love. The Grammy-nominated artist is also set to debut new music from the upcoming project at the 19th annual Super Bowl Gospel celebration, along with Faith Evans, Tye Tribbet, Erica Campbell, Shiela E. and many more.
The event takes place on Feb. 1 at the Benson Great Hall inside Minnesota’s Bethel University. BET is set to televise the show on Feb. 3 at 11:00 P.M. with an encore on Sunday (Feb. 4) at 11:00 AM. As part of Snoop’s exclusive set, he is performing a special medley with some very close friends.
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth Announces Pregnancy, Will Be First Senator To Give Birth While In Office
Congratulations are in order for Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. The junior senator is set to add to her family and she will make history doing so. The 49-year-old lawmaker has announced that she is pregnant with her second child, said to be a girl, and is due in the spring. Her first daughter, Abigail, is 3 years old.
While Duckworth won't be the first congresswoman to give birth while in office, 10 other female lawmakers have previously done so, she will be the first to do so as a member of the US Senate.
Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November of 2016.
Congratulation Senator Duckworth on your joyful news.
Vince Staples is the latest rapper to team up with a shoe company for an exclusive line. The rapper has announced an upcoming three-piece capsule collection with Converse, set to drop on Jan. 25.
The collab will feature remakes of two of the most classic Chuck Taylor silhouettes: the Chuck 70 Hi and the Chuck 70 Ox. Staples’ version of the shoes will come with orange accents, and are set to feature graphics from his 2017 album Big Fish Theory, as well as an aquarium print on the inside.
The colorway, and corresponding prints, are a nod to the rapper’s LP, which features a goldfish on its cover art. The partnership also comes with a hoodie with the “SEA” acronym on the back, a reference to Staples’ Section Eight Arthouse radio show.