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It took writer and director Aaron Sorkin fourteen years after the initial meeting with Steven Spielberg at his house on a Saturday back in 2006 to finally get “The Trial of the Chicago 7” made. And according to Sorkin, it finally came together thanks to former president Donald Trump. “I don’t want to give Donald Trump credit for anything, but he’s the one who got Chicago seven made,” Sorkin tells moderator Jimmie Briggs at The Wrap’s screening series of the film. “Because he would have these protests, he would have these rallies, and there would be protesters at the rallies, and he would start getting nostalgic about the old days when they ‘Carry that guy out of here on a stretcher,’ ‘I’d like to beat the crap out of him,’ ‘Let’s punch him right in the face.'” “Suddenly, American and Anti-American was being defined the old stupid way, if you’re protesting during the singing of the national anthem at a football game, if you’re silently kneeling, you don’t love America,” added Sorkin. Also Read: Aaron Sorkin 'Really Thrilled' at His First Golden Globes Directing Nomination for 'Chicago 7' “Not only that but — I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know — ‘You’re ungrateful.’ You’re ungrateful to America as if what they really mean by that is that we white people have given you a chance to make a million dollars playing football and this is how you treat us? As if Colin Kaepernick didn’t work his ass off every day of his life to become an elite athlete and he gave it up! Gave it up to do the right thing! That knocks me out.” Given the state of the country at time under Trump, Spielberg convinced Sorkin to go forward. “So Trump and his Trumpness made Steven Spielberg say now is the time to make this movie, and by then I had directed my first film, he said you’re gonna direct it, and now the riots of your problem,” Sorkin said. “We thought the film was plenty relevant last winter when we were making it, we didn’t need and certainly didn’t want it to get more relevant.” “But plainly it did in May, with the killings of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, protests breaking out and cities all across America, and in a number of those cities those protesters being met once again by riot clubs and tear gas. The grand finale on January 6th, Donald Trump stands at a microphone and does exactly what the Chicago 7 were on trial for doing.” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is based on a true story of a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard and sparked a riot and trial that transfixed the nation. The organizers of the protest-including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale-were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history. Sorkin both wrote and directed “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and it’s produced by Marc Platt, Stuart Besser, Matt Jackson and Tyler Thompson. The film boasts a cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins, Danny Flaherty, Ben Shenkman, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, John Doman, J.C. MacKenzie, Damien Young, Wayne Duvall and C.J. Wilson alongside Sacha Baron Cohen. Watch the full interview in the embed above. Read original story Aaron Sorkin on How ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Happened Thanks to… Donald Trump At TheWrap
Bill Maher went on an extended rant about the “depressing” lineup of Best Picture nominees at the Oscars this year, pinning blame on “virtue signaling” among Hollywood liberals. “You couldn’t have a worse time at the movies if there was an active shooter in the theater,” Maher says, during the six-minute segment on Friday’s episode of “Real Time.” “The 2021 Oscars, brought to you by razor blades, Kleenex, and rope. Please welcome our host, the sad emoji.” Maher ran through the list of nominees including Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” the Carey Mulligan revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman” and Minari, “the story of dirt-poor Korean immigrants in Arkansas who put all their food in a barn but then grandma has a stroke and burns it down. Now enjoy the show!” Also Read: Bill Maher's Got Some Shocking New Fun Facts About Matt Gaetz (Video) Maher also compared the nominated films to “traffic school at the Holocaust museum” and complained about the host-less Oscar ceremony where “the funniest part of the whole night” is the “In Memoriam” segment. “Academy nominations used to say, ‘What great movies we make. Now they say, ‘Look what good people we are,'” Maher said, bemoaning the fact that “Hollywood used to know how to make a movie that was about something, a movie for adults that was also entertaining and not just depressing.” “I keep asking myself why do so many liberals have the seeming desire to want to be sad,” Maher said. “Could it be because being sad allows you to feel like you’re doing something about a problem without actually having to do anything? Watch the clip above. Read original story Bill Maher: ‘Depressing’ Oscar Nominees Are ‘Like Traffic School at the Holocaust Museum’ (Video) At TheWrap
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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Mank,” “Rocks,” “Tenet” and “Sound of Metal” were among the winners at Saturday’s BAFTA Opening Night 2021 ceremony, the first of two ceremonies at which the EE British Academy Film Awards will be handed out. The Opening Night ceremony handed out awards in six below-the-line and two short-film categories. In the BTL categories, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” won for costume design and for makeup and hairstyling, “Rocks” for casting, “Mank” for production design, “Sound of Metal” for sound and “Tenet” for visual effects. The short-film awards went to the Oscar-nominated film “The Present” as the best British short and “The Owl and the Pussycat” as the best British animated short. The virtual ceremony was hosted by British radio and television presenter Clara Amfo and also included a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Speak Now” by “One Night in Miami” and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. Prince William was originally scheduled to host a panel discussion about filming during the pandemic, but he pulled out after the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip. Actor-screenwriter-director Noel Clarke was also honored with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award. The films with the most nominations in the below-the-line categories going into the Opening Night ceremony were “Mank” and “The Dig,” with three each, followed by “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “News of the World” and “Greyhound,” with two. The bulk of the British Academy Film Awards, an additional 18 categories, will be presented on Sunday in a separate virtual ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary. Winners are indicated with *WINNER. CASTING “Calm With Horses” “Judas and the Black Messiah” “Minari” “Promising Young Woman”“Rocks” *WINNER COSTUME DESIGN “Ammonite” “The Dig” “Emma.”“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” *WINNER “Mank” MAKE UP & HAIR “The Dig” “Hillbilly Elegy”“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” *WINNER “Mank” “Pinocchio” PRODUCTION DESIGN “The Dig” “The Father”“Mank” *WINNER “News of the World” “Rebecca” SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS “Greyhound” “The Midnight Sky” “Mulan” “The One and Only Ivan”“Tenet” *WINNER SOUND “Greyhound” “News of the World” “Nomadland” “Soul”“Sound of Metal” *WINNER BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION “The Fire Next Time”“The Owl and the Pussycat” *WINNER “The Song of A Lost Boy” BRITISH SHORT FILM “Eyelash” “Lizard” “Lucky Break” “Miss Curvy”“The Present” *WINNER OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA Noel Clarke Read original story ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Mank’ Win Awards in BAFTA’s Below-the-Line Ceremony At TheWrap
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(This article contains spoilers for “The Whole World Is Watching,” the fourth episode of the Marvel Disney+ series “The Falcon and Winter Soldier”) John Walker (Wyatt Russell), aka the new Captain America, showed us his true self on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” this week — in more ways than one. The new Cap has struggled to feel like he belongs in a world full of gods and aliens and super soldiers, and for good reason. He’s just a regular soldier the U.S. government decided to name the new Captain America without consulting so far as we know with any current MCU heroes. He hasn’t been trained to fight these battles, so of course he’s going to get whooped. Also Read: 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': Could Sharon Carter Be the Power Broker? And so we have this new Captain America, and he’s just trash at his job. He’s embarrassed, and certainly looks like he hasn’t been sleeping because of his frustration at being sidelined by actual heroes. There’s an easy remedy to this issue: Partner up with Sam and Bucky, and follow their lead. But this Toxic Masculinity Captain America can’t do that. He’s freaking Captain America. He’s supposed to be the lead. He can’t take orders from these…sidekicks. Even though they’re better than him at everything. Even though they’ve actually fought superhuman folks — and worse — before. Even though they have some idea how to operate freely like this, and John Walker doesn’t. The show is called “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” but this guy thinks it should be a Captain America show. For most of the episode, the new Captain America is just a huge clown, seething with rage about his numerous inadequacies. Like some kind of message board incel wondering when we’re finally gonna talk about MEN’s rights. Also Read: 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': Steve Rogers Really Screwed Sharon Over And then he gets a hold of the final vial of super soldier serum. And he puts that stuff in his body. And he graduates to Captain Clown. Way back in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the creator of the original super soldier serum, Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), said that ‘the serum amplifies everything that is inside. So good becomes great — bad becomes worse.” Steve Rogers was a “good becomes great” kind of situation, and it looks like John Walker is the other one. It’s been kind of a strange arc for John on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” He was originally presented as idealistic and excited to help people, but he so quickly went from that to being a tool without much of a devolution. He just was a good guy, and then he was yelling at the real superheroes for being so good at their jobs that they’re making him look bad. Also Read: Emily VanCamp Breaks Down 'Much More Cynical' Sharon Carter on 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier' But I like where we ended up. I like seeing this trash person angrily beat down bad guys because he just hates them so much, and then tarnish the uniform and the shield by beating a guy to death in front of a crowd of people to get revenge for his injured or dead partner. It’s disgusting and it felt so incredibly wrong, and it was also an absolute thrill to watch. I’d love for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” to go all the way with this deconstruction by having Captain America just become a cartoonishly evil, one-note villain. Normally the MCU likes to humanize its bad guys too much to do that, but we just got Agatha on “WandaVision” taking that exact path. Agatha had no layers whatsoever and had no motivation other than to get more power. Why not do the same with New Cap? Read original story Incel Captain America Is So Perfect At TheWrap
“SNL” is back, now deep into its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on April 3, was hosted by “Judas and the Black Messiah” star Daniel Kaluuya, with St. Vincent as the musical guest. The cold open sketch brought back a bit from earlier in the season in which Chloe Fineman’s Britney Spears has a talk show. Among her guests this time: Pete Davidson as Matt Gaetz, Chris Redd as Lil Nas X, Mikey Day as god and Kate McKinnon as Pepe LePew. Spoiler: Lil Nas X gave god a lap dance. It looks like, for now, cast member Alex Moffat will continue to play Joe Biden, as he played the role for a second time this past week in a sketch that also saw Martin Short make a surprise appearance as Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff. Though Moffat’s reception has not been enthusiastic thus far, it’s likely that “SNL” will stick with him in the role for the rest of the season. Also Read: 'SNL': Lil Nas X Gives God an Easter Lap Dance (Video) This week, on Saturday, April 10, there WILL be a new episode of “SNL.” This week’s episode will be hosted by “A Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan, with Kid Cudi as the musical guest. It’ll be Mulligan’s first time as host. And, as hard as it is to believe, it will also be Kid Cudi’s first time as the “SNL” musical guest. Though he did previously make an uncredited appearance during a Kanye West set on the show back in season 44. You can be pretty sure this season of “SNL” be pretty political for the full stretch. While it’s not an election year anymore, somehow the tense political situation in the U.S. managed to ramp up from the fever pitch early in 2021. And, well, it’s tough to pass up having Aidy Bryant play Ted Cruz as often as possible, which the show keeps doing. Perhaps the biggest splash of season 46 was the addition of Jim Carrey as the show’s resident celebrity Joe Biden during the election cycle. But Carrey dropped out of the role after Trump lost, and “SNL” has now twice had Moffat play the part. Moffat’s Biden has been met with a pretty tepid response both from the studio audience and viewers at home, but that’s to be expected after only big stars have played Biden on SNL for years. It’s been a strange transition out of the Trump era for “SNL,” which has adopted a softer tone the last couple months. For example, the show has done three separate COVID-19 game show sketches in 2021, two of which were cold open sketches. And Moffat’s Biden has only made a single appearance since the real Biden was inaugurated in January. Read original story Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week? At TheWrap
Texas Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw announced Saturday that he will be “pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks” as he recovers from emergency eye surgery. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye and sustained significant damage to his left eye after being hit by an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2012, explained in his statement on Thursday that after his vision was obscured by “dark, blurry spots,” his ophthalmologist confirmed that his left eye retina was detaching. Crenshaw said that the injuries he sustained in 2012 “caused a cataract, excessive tissue damage, and extensive damage to my retina. It was always a possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would resurface, and it appears that is exactly what has happened.” Also Read: GOP Rep Crenshaw Schooled by MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan on Immigration Numbers (Video) Crenshaw underwent emergency surgery on Friday at Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston and is currently recovering. During his recovery, Crenshaw said, he will “be effectively blind for about a month,” and will be “face down for the next week or so” as his eye recovers. The representative, a frequent Fox News guest who is very active on social media, said he “likely will not be conducting interviews and likely will not be posting on social media except to give updates on my health and recovery.” See Crenshaw’s full statement below or click here. pic.twitter.com/9laF7Gjfvo — Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 10, 2021 Read original story GOP Rep Dan Crenshaw Says He’ll Be ‘Off the Grid’ to Recover From Emergency Eye Surgery At TheWrap
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Australian dogs poo the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge each month. Where should it go?Pathogenic and methane-producing, poo is the worst part of pet ownership. But in South Australia, a group of enterprising pet owners are piloting solutions Lucie the Golden Retriever checks out a compost bag dispenser at Port Elliot dog park. Photograph: Natalie Parletta
How we stay together: ‘We’re the middle aged couple walking down the street holding hands’ . Angela Kitzelman and Don Jarmey joke their secret is having ‘no goals’, a philosophy that’s worked for the pair over more than three decades
Sea changes: ‘My 84-year-old mother knows architect-designed McMansions now’After retiring to her little beachside holiday shack, Stephanie Wood’s mother watched a millionaires’ row spring up around her ‘A mansion is never just a mansion.’ Photograph: Felix Cesare/Getty Images
"In light of The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, The Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend," the organization announced in a statement.
We think there's a lot to love about yogurt, from the calcium, probiotics, and high protein to the sheer ease of grabbing a scoop when you need something healthy, filling, and fast. One ongoing concern about dairy yogurt is that like some other products made from animal milk, it had been thought to cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to some infections, diseases, and disorders. Now, a study out of Israel has discovered that the probiotics in yogurt products may actually reduce inflammation to make the immune system stronger—including against COVID-19.There are certainly plenty of people who are sensitive to dairy or who have to avoid it entirely. For others, who can eat and enjoy it, there's been some debate in parts of the medical community in recent years. Some professionals have followed the debate in some literature about whether consuming dairy can lead to a wide range of ails that include arthritis to depression, and even acne and more.RELATED: 7 Healthiest Foods To Eat Right NowWhile there are studies that have found reason in some of this, it's no good for those who look to a food like yogurt for its role as a healthy, reliable diet staple. For that audience, now there's exciting news: two researchers who conducted a university study in Israel have found that molecules from the probiotics in kefir (a liquid drink that's very similar to yogurt) significantly reduced the contagion level of the agent that causes cholera.In a follow-up study, the scientists found that the same molecules also acted as an anti-inflammatory force against some viral disease models. This included the "cytokine storm," which is the immune response that has been discovered as a leading cause of death in COVID-19 patients. "Our research illuminates for the first time a mechanism by which milk fermented probiotics can protect against pathogenic infections and aid the immune system," said Professor Raz Jelinek, the Vice President of Research and Development at Ben Gurion University at the Negev.This is likely to lead to more research for greater understanding… but in the meantime, this study's findings could be one more reason to grab a spoon. If you use yogurt in some of the ways we do, then you love your smoothies. Be sure to check out the unhealthiest way to make one. Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the nutrition news you need.
Nikki Grahame, a former reality TV star and “Big Brother U.K.” contestant, has died at the age of 38 after a long and public battle with anorexia. According to a GoFundMe page set up in Grahame’s name earlier this year after she was hospitalized due to her condition, Grahame died early Friday. No other details were provided. “It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age,” the page reads. “Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.” Also Read: 'Big Brother 22' Winner Revealed in Season Finale Grahame first appeared on the seventh season of “Big Brother U.K.” in 2006, later returning for “Ultimate Big Brother” and “Big Brother Canada.” She also starred in her own “Simple Life”-esque reality series, “Princess Nikki,” which ran on E4 for six episodes in 2006. Grahame has spoken publicly about her battle with anorexia nervosa in the past, including authoring two books on the subject, “Dying To Be Thin” in 2009 and “Fragile” in 2012. She first developed the eating disorder as a child and was hospitalized multiple times throughout her youth. Grahame’s mother told the Evening Standard that her daughter’s condition deteriorated in the last year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms in the U.K. Also Read: DMX, Legendary Rapper of 'Party Up (Up in Here),' Dies at 50 “This last year has just about floored her… From the first lockdown, it was hellish,” she said. “Then in December she fell down and cracked her pelvis in two places and broke her wrist. I stayed with her for three or four weeks because she couldn’t do anything.” Funds from donated to the GoFundMe to help pay for Grahame’s treatment will now be held “until we have established an organisation supporting those suffering from anorexia to which we will make a donation in Nikki’s memory,” the page now reads. The page has raised more than 69,000 British pounds, about 94,600 U.S. dollars. “I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham,” Davina McCall, host of Grahame’s season of “Big Brother,” wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “My thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl.” Read original story Nikki Grahame, ‘Big Brother UK’ Contestant, Dies at 38 At TheWrap
With the arrival of 2021 have come the premieres of many new and returning broadcast TV shows that normally would have been part of networks’ fall slates if it weren’t for the pandemic. And the fact that we’re now a few months into the new year means we’re seeing more and more announcements about which series will be renewed, canceled and ordered for the 2021-2022 broadcast season. But with production delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcasters are faced with some unprecedented problems while making these annual decisions over the coming months. Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far for the 2021-2022 broadcast TV season, along with those still awaiting their fates. Also Read: Spring TV 2021: All the Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows - So Far (Photos) Check back with TheWrap regularly for updates. NBCRenewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.” (entire “Chicago” franchise renewed for two more seasons each), “Law & Order: SVU” (renewed through Season 24), “Mr. Mayor,” “New Amsterdam” (renewed through Season 5), “This Is Us,” “Transplant” Canceled/Ending Series: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Connecting,” “Superstore” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Debris,” “Good Girls,” “Kenan,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Manifest,” “Young Rock,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “American Auto,” “Grand Crew,” “La Brea,” “Ordinary Joe” Also Read: Fox Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Animated Comedy 'Housebroken,' 'Lego Masters' and More ABCRenewed Series: N/A Canceled/Ending Series: “Stumptown,” “United We Fall” Series Awaiting Decisions: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “Big Sky,” “black-ish,” “Call Your Mother,” “The Conners,” “For Life,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Home Economics,” “mixed-ish,” “Rebel” “The Rookie,” “Station 19” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “Women of the Movement,” Untitled Alec Baldwin-Kelsey Grammer Comedy Also Read: Here Are the Premiere Dates for Broadcast TV's New and Returning Spring Shows (Updating) FoxRenewed Series: “Bob’s Burgers,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North,” “The Simpsons” (for Seasons 33 and 34) Canceled/Ending Series: “Bless the Harts,” “Filthy Rich,” “Last Man Standing,” “Next” Series Awaiting Decisions: “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Call Me Kat,” “The Moodys,” “Prodigal Son,” “The Resident” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Housebroken” Newly Ordered Series: “Fantasy Island,” “Our Kind of People,” “This Country” CBSRenewed Series: “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “The Equalizer,” “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “The Neighborhood,” “Young Sheldon” (renewed for Seasons 5, 6 and 7) Canceled/Ending Series: “MacGyver,” “Mom,” “NCIS: New Orleans” Series Awaiting Decisions: “All Rise,” “B Positive,” “Blood & Treasure,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Clarice,” “Evil,” “Magnum P.I.,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “SEAL Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Unicorn,” “United States of Al” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “CSI: Vegas,” “FBI International,” “Ghosts” The CWRenewed Series: “All American,” “Batwoman,” “Charmed,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark,” “Legacies,” “Nancy Drew,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Superman & Lois,” “Walker” Canceled/Ending Series: “Black Lightning,” “Burden of Truth,” “Supergirl” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Bulletproof,” “Coroner,” “DC’s Stargirl,” “Dead Pixels,” “Devils,” “Kung Fu,” “The Outpost,” “Pandora,” “Trickster,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Republic of Sarah” Newly Ordered Series: N/A Read original story 2021-22 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating) At TheWrap
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(This article contains some light spoilers for the new Amazon horror series “Them”) Amazon’s “Them,” from creator Little Marvin, tells the story of a Black family from North Carolina who moves to Los Angeles in 1953 after they suffer an unimaginable tragedy. The Emorys have family out there, and they’re hoping things will be better for them out there in Southern California. Unfortunately, troubles arises when they move into what was otherwise an all-white neighborhood — and the white folks who live there are extremely unhappy about having Black neighbors. And so they do a lot of bad stuff to the Emorys, who also have some other literal demons to deal with since this is a horror show. The Emorys that we see on “Them” are not real people, and this is not a true story. But it is firmly rooted in actual history. “Them” puts a horror lens on stuff like racist covenants, predatory lending, redlining — it is, in a lot of ways, a big picture examination of the shape of institutional racism in America in the 20th Century. It’s got a focus on housing in particular, but it’s certainly not limited to that topic. Also Read: 'For All Mankind': Margot Really Needs to Stop Talking to Aleida Like That As we see at the very beginning of the first episode, the Emorys’ move across the country was part of a major trend in the mid-20th Century, when millions of Black families moved out of the South and into other parts of the country. But while things may have been overall better in general in California, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still plenty of racism to go around out there. The beginning of the fifth episode, dubbed “COVENANT I,” gives you a partial overview of the racist mid-20th Century housing situation. In this scene, a bunch of bankers discuss the way they use dramatically unfair policies to create neighborhoods full of Black people who are paying outrageous interest rates on their homes. Interest rates that are much, much higher than what the white people have to pay. The country was still a long way away from the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — though that hardly put an end to racist housing discrimination. This scene is just part of the story. The Federal Housing Administration in the first half of the 20th Century enacted overtly racist policies with the specific goal of segregating neighborhoods and keep people of color out of white neighborhoods. Though they tried to use what they presumably thought was well-meaning language — “incompatible racial groups should not be permitted to live in the same communities” — it’s not difficult at all to see what they were doing. Also Read: Incel Captain America Is So Perfect In the scene I mentioned above, we see maps of Los Angeles with the neighborhoods assigned a color based on “residential security.” Areas in red are “hazardous” — and red areas, not at all coincidentally, also represent Black neighborhoods. This is something called “redlining,” and it had a larger tangible effect than just what we see here. That’s because that map doesn’t belong to the banks represented in this scene. It was an official government map. And the FHA would not insure mortgages for homes in the areas shaded in red. Which, in essence and function, meant Black people had (and still have) a much harder time getting mortgages than white people, and when they were able to, they paid much higher interest rates to offset the increased risk of uninsured loans. Without insurance on the loan, the bank would issue a predatory mortgage with interest so high that the standard monthly payments won’t even cover the interest, locking them into a lifetime of debt because they’ll never be able to afford to actually pay down the loan at all unless they start making a whole lot more money. Which isn’t too likely given all the other ways American racism manifests. And then on top of all that, the banks themselves were racist and just generally favored white people, and were happy to exploit Black folks. The story of the Emorys on “Them” appears to actually be something a little bit different, and an example of another racist trick the banks used to pull. When Lucky (Deborah Ayorinde) goes to the bank to try to get the ball rolling on selling the house because the neighbors are so racist, the woman there tells her it isn’t possible. “It’s not a lease in the technical sense. There’s no bank mortgage, and the debt is amortized without any accrual of equity,” she tells Lucky. What the Emorys bought is a contract. The bank buys the house from another bank, keeps the deed, and then basically rents it out under awful, unforgiving terms with the promise that the family will only own it once the debt is paid in full. Which, as mentioned above, probably won’t ever happen because the terms have that same high-interest provision that is intended to prevent them from ever being able to. And also the Emorys don’t get any of the wealth accrual benefits of owning a home, because they don’t actually own it. This is basically a rent-to-own scheme, but much worse. Also Read: So Who Actually Won in 'Godzilla vs Kong'? On top of that, we have the covenant. In the Emorys’ agreement with the bank, there’s a pretty weird provision: “No lot in said tract shall be sold, rented or leased to any persons whose blood is not entirely that of the Caucasian race. No persons of Negro blood or heritage shall occupy the premises, notwithstanding domestic servants actually employed by a person of the Caucasian race.” These racist covenants were also a thing, and they were made illegal in 1948 in the court case Shelley v. Kraemer when the Supreme Court declared such nonsense as violations of the 14th Amendment, which claims to guarantee equal protection under the law. So the woman from the bank isn’t just messing with the Emorys when she says those covenants aren’t enforceable. And, yes, Compton had some of these covenants in place back in the day. In the present, Compton is quite ethnically diverse. But, as it is on “Them,” it wasn’t always the case. In the early days of the 20th Century the town was actually an enclave of Japanese-American folks — but the government put them all in concentration camps during World War II, leaving the neighborhood mostly white. The demographics began to change in the 1950s. To the north of Compton is Watts, already a predominantly Black neighborhood in the early 1950s. As the Black population of Los Angeles grew, some families moved into nearby West Compton. East Compton was much slower to change, and it stayed mostly white for a couple more decades. So while “Them” is not “based on a true story” in the traditional sense, it is definitely has its basis on many, many real things that many Black people have in the past experienced and still experience to this day. Creator Little Marvin and co. crafted an original horror tale, but it’s a tale rooted in real suffering. Read original story Is the Amazon Series ‘Them’ Based on a True Story? At TheWrap
The FBI have arrested a man who was allegedly planning to blow up an Amazon data center in an effort to”kill of about 70% of the internet.” Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested on Thursday after attempting to purchase an explosive device from an undercover FBI agent in Texas, according to the Department of Justice. The operation came about after the agency was tipped off about Pendley’s online behavior and statements. Pendley had previously bragged about attending the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building and claimed he “brought a sawed-off AR rifle to D.C., but left the weapon in his car during his movement to the Capitol,” according to the DoJ. Also Read: Chris Pratt's 'The Tomorrow War' Picked Up by Amazon, Sets July Release Under the screen name “Dionysus,” Pendley said he was planning something “dangerous” that would “draw a lot of heat,” the DOJ said. Pendley later responded to another user, telling them his desired outcome was “death.” He later told undercover FBI agents that he would target an Amazon data center he believed to be providing services to government agencies. He met with the undercover agent on Thursday for what he believed to be an explosives sale and was arrested by the FBI. He has been charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive and faces up to 20 years in prison if conviced. Also Read: Naomi Watts to Star in 'Goodnight Mommy' English Remake at Amazon “We are indebted to the concerned citizen who came forward to report the defendant’s alarming online rhetoric. In flagging his posts to the FBI, this individual may have saved the lives of a number of tech workers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “We are also incredibly proud of our FBI partners, who ensured that the defendant was apprehended with an inert explosive device before he could inflict real harm. The Justice Department is determined to apprehend domestic extremists who intend to commit violence, no matter what political sentiment drives them to do so.” “The FBI’s highest priority is ensuring public safety and we thoroughly investigate all credible threats,” said Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “We continually ask the public to report suspicious or threatening behavior to law enforcement, and in this instance, that vigilance may have prevented injuries and the destruction of property.” Read original story FBI Arrests Capitol Riot Attendee Who Planned to Bomb Amazon Data Center At TheWrap
When Dustin Diamond died of lung cancer at age 44, it was shock—because he was so young, but also because it happened so fast. "Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer," says the CDC. "Some people have symptoms related to the lungs. Some people whose lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized) have symptoms specific to that part of the body. Some people just have general symptoms of not feeling well. Most people with lung cancer don't have symptoms until the cancer is advanced. Lung cancer symptoms may include" the following. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 1 You May Have Coughing That Gets Worse or Doesn't Go Away "Anyone who has a cough with the following symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible:blood or rust colored mucus or phlegmshortness of breathchest paininfections such as bronchitis or pneumonia that recur or do not go awayA cough that occurs with lung cancer can be either dry or wet. It can occur at any time, and it can interfere with sleep at night," reports Medical News Today. "Most people who develop lung cancer have a history of smoking. Smoking can also irritate the lungs and cause a short term cough." 2 You May Have Chest Pain You may have "chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing," says the American Cancer Society. 3 You May Have Shortness of Breath "Dyspnea is the medical word for difficulty breathing. It's a common symptom in people who have lung cancer or have cancer that has spread to the lungs. Dyspnea happens when you have trouble moving air in and out of your lungs. You can also have dyspnea if your lungs aren't getting enough oxygen," reports the University of Rochester Medical Center. "People who have dyspnea describe it as difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath. They often compare it to feeling like they are suffocating or being smothered. In many cases, you may feel anxious or panic if you think you can't breathe. Often your anxiety and fears can make the dyspnea worse. By panicking, you can become more breathless and begin a cycle that is hard to stop." 4 You May Have Wheezing "Inflammation and narrowing of the airway in any location, from your throat out into your lungs, can result in wheezing," says the Mayo Clinic. "The most common causes of recurrent wheezing are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which both cause narrowing and spasms (bronchospasms) in the small airways of your lungs." Lung cancer can also be a cause. 5 You May Cough Up Blood The medical term for coughing up blood "is hemoptysis, the presence of blood in the sputum (spit or phlegm) coughed up from the lungs. It is estimated that 7-10 percent of lung cancer patients present (when seen by a medical professional) with hemoptysis and approximately 20 percent experience it through the course of their illness. Lung cancers account for 23 percent of hemoptysis in the United States," according to LungCancer.net. 6 You May Feel Tired All the Time "Fatigue is the most frequently reported symptom in lung cancer patients throughout the entire course of disease, and all international guidelines recommend early screening for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and symptoms that can affect patients' quality of life," says a study in Dove Press. "In patients with lung cancer, fatigue belongs to the symptom cluster of pain, depression, and insomnia, which are commonly observed simultaneously, but are typically treated as separate although they may have common biological mechanisms." 7 You May Have Weight Loss With No Known Cause "In patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma, weight loss is common at presentation and a frequent cause of patient concern," reports the British Journal of Cancer. "Weight loss is the result of an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 8 You May Also Have These Symptoms "Other changes that can sometimes occur with lung cancer may include repeated bouts of pneumonia and swollen or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) inside the chest in the area between the lungs," says the CDC. "These symptoms can happen with other illnesses, too. If you have some of these symptoms, talk to your doctor, who can help find the cause." And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.