Rapper Nipsey Hussle was stopped by police in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (16Jul13) during a protest rally over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The hip-hop star, who has worked with Drake and Snoop Dogg, was handcuffed and questioned by police officers on suspicion of carrying a gun, but he was released shortly afterwards when cops determined he was not armed, according to TMZ.com.
Nipsey Hussle - real name Ermias Asghedom - was stopped during a demonstration in the city's Leimert Park over the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was cleared of murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday (13Jul13) after fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year (12).
The acquittal sparked numerous protests across the U.S. with stars including Beyonce, Rihanna and Stevie Wonder voicing their anger over the verdict.
Bruce Springsteen showed his support for the family of Trayvon Martin by dedicating a track to the slain teen during his show in Ireland on Tuesday night (16May13). The Boss took to the stage in Limerick as part of his Wrecking Ball World Tour and spotted a fan in the audience holding a sign requesting his song American Skin (41 Shots).
Later in the show, Springsteen took the banner from the gig-goer and told the crowd, "I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin," before playing the poignant track.
Springsteen wrote the song following the death of Guinea immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot dead by four police officers in New York City in 1999. All four were later acquitted.
Martin, 17, was shot dead by neighbourhood watch warden George Zimmerman in February (12). Zimmerman's acquittal last week (13Jul13) has sparked a storm of protest across the U.S., with stars including Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus expressing their outrage over the verdict.
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were back on the air last night after taking a two-week break, just in time for the hosts to voice their opinions on the George Zimmerman verdict. Jon Stewart’s temporary stand-in John Oliver was unsurprisingly appalled at Zimmerman’s acquittal, and attacked Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
“That is what makes this so much worse,” Oliver said. “That we can get a verdict like this not because the system is broken down, but because the system worked exactly as it’s designed.”
After suggesting that Florida change its motto to “The Worst State,” Oliver asked, “If Florida’s laws are so flawed as to let a tragic event like this go unpunished, what, I wonder, are they going to do about it?” This was followed by a news clip explaining that the Stand Your Ground law is unlikely to change.
On The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert’s right-wing character was satisfied with the verdict, “calling it a victory for the rule of law, in that Florida apparently no longer has rules or laws.”
He also stated that racial inequality was a thing of the past, and that white people and black people are now tied, having accumulated the same amount of points over the years. (“Jazz clearly a point for African-Americans, but white people get a point for smooth jazz.”)
Even though both hosts did a great job breaking down the decision, we're still curious what Jon Stewart would have to say about this whole thing.
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Daryl Hannah and Kelly Osbourne urged protesters in Los Angeles to remain peaceful as riots broke out in the city on Monday night (15Jul13) over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. A jury found the neighbourhood watch volunteer not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin in Florida last year (Feb13) after Zimmerman claimed he shot the teenager in self-defence, but Saturday's (13Jul13) verdict sparked outrage across America.
Several demonstrations have already taken place, with Solange Knowles leading a peaceful rally in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday (14Jul13), and on Monday evening, hundreds took to the streets of L.A. to protest against the ruling.
However, 13 people were arrested during the protest, in which a news crew was attacked, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The L.A. Times also reports cops became involved in a stand-off with protesters outside a Walmart store.
Hannah called for calm, writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Be peaceful out there - streets shut down in Compton. Justice for Trayvon!"
Osbourne added, "I'm all for the Trayvon Martin protests I just wish they were peaceful protests rather than riots don't let the message get lost to violence!"
Stevie Wonder has vowed never to perform in Florida again until a controversial self-defence law is abolished following the acquittal of the man who gunned down teenager Trayvon Martin. Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges by a Florida jury on Saturday (13Jul13) after claiming he shot the unarmed 17 year old in self-defence in February, 2012.
Although the state's 'Stand Your Ground' law was not used to sway the jury, it has come under renewed scrutiny as it allows a person to defend themselves with force wherever "they have a legal right to be".
Now Wonder has announced he will boycott Florida and the other 22 other U.S. states which carry similar laws until they are overturned.
Speaking to fans at a show in Quebec City, Canada on Sunday (14Jul13), the singer said, "I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.
"The truth is that... for those of you who've lost (loved ones) in the battle for justice... we can't bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That's what I know we can do."
Zimmerman's acquittal has sparked mass protests across America, with a number of stars including Beyonce, her sister Solange Knowles, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus speaking out against the verdict.
Veteran soul singer Lester Chambers was hospitalised on Saturday (13Jul13) after he was attacked by a woman at the Hayward Russell City Blues festival in California for dedicating a song to Martin.
Veteran soul singer Lester Chambers was admitted to a California hospital on Saturday (13Jul13) after he was attacked on stage for dedicating a song to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, shortly after the man accused of his murder was acquitted. The Chambers Brothers star was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues festival over the weekend when he decided to pay tribute to Martin with a cover of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions' track People Get Ready.
However, a female member of the crowd appeared to take issue with the dedication and launched herself at the stage, knocking down the 73 year old in the process.
Chambers was briefly hospitalised to treat a "bruised rib muscle and nerve damage", according to his son Dylan.
The woman has since been identified by police as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter and fans have rallied together to launch a Facebook.com campaign to charge the suspect with a hate crime.
A mission statement posted online reads: "Dinalynn Andrews Potter assaulted Lester Chambers on stage because he sang a song in tribute to Trayvon Martin, the victim of racist wannabe cop George Zimmerman and six white female jurors in Florida. Hate crime!"
Martin, 17, was shot dead in February, 2012, by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defence.
He went on trial for murder and manslaughter charges last month (Jun13), but on Saturday (13Jul13), a jury found him not guilty on both counts.
Chambers wasn't the only star to comment on the ruling onstage - Beyonce held a minute of silence for Martin during her concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
Solange Knowles staged a rally in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday (14Jul13) to express her outrage after a man accused of murdering tragic Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was acquitted. Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman claimed he shot 17-year-old Martin in self-defence in February, 2012, and on Saturday (13Jul13) a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder.
Several famous faces, including Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, took to their Twitter.com pages to complain about the verdict, while Beyonce even held a minute of silence during her Saturday night (13Jul13) concert in Nashville, Tennessee in honour of Martin.
A day later, Beyonce's sister Solange took to the streets of New York City to stage a protest.
The singer attended a rally outside Borough Hall in Brooklyn and held a plaque quoting Malcolm X's famous words: "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against."
Hundreds turned out to back Knowles, and she later took to her Twitter.com page to thank them for their efforts.
In a series of posts, she writes, "Thank you to everyone who came out to support Bklyn (Brooklyn) 4 (for) Trayvon rally! This was just a start to a long journey of justice and equality! Seeing & gathering with people today/tonight all for the same fight helped to restore my faith in humanity."
Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx, who led a candle-lit vigil in New York to remember Martin on the one-year anniversary of his death, has taken to his Twitter page to reach out to the teenager's family.
In a post, he writes, "I want to wrap my arms around Trayvon's parents and family during this emotional time. Trayvon will live in our hearts forever. We will make sure that he did not die in vain."
Pop superstar Beyonce held a minute of silence during her concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday (13Jul13) in honour of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin following the acquittal of a man accused of murdering him. Martin, 17, was shot dead in February, 2012 by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who went on trial last month (Jun13).
Zimmerman claimed he shot the teenager in self-defence and on Saturday (13Jul13) a jury acquitted him of murder.
Beyonce paid tribute to Martin during her show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, telling the crowd, "I'd like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon."
Zimmerman's acquittal has caused controversy in the U.S., and a number of stars took to their pages on Twitter.com to complain about the verdict.
In a post, Rihanna writes, "This is the saddest news ever!!! What's justice... Pray 4 (sic) the Martin family", Nicki Minaj added, "Our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy" and Miley Cyrus declared, "I feel sick."
Kim Kardashian shared, "My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin's family & loved ones. Thought & prayers being sent their way. No justice", Ellen Page exclaimed, "Well that was a horrible and devastating decision", while Mandy Moore lamented, "My heart is heavy... for all who knew and loved Trayvon Martin. His life mattered. This is shameful".
Chris Brown simply declared, "Bulls**t!" and will.i.am added, "There are black people in prison serving 10 to 20 years for petty drug crimes... and Zimmerman walks for killing a younge (sic) black man??? Ouch."
Olivia Wilde, Kat Dennings, Sophia Bush and Whoopi Goldberg also admitted they were shocked by the verdict, while Russell Simmons called for a change to gun laws in the U.S.
With puckered-red lips and blonde curls, Demi Lovato stopped by Good Morning America early Thursday to not only promote her latest single "Made in the U.S.A." but also to announce that she is launching a mental illness scholarship fund.
Despite a rocky relationship with her father, Lovato says of her father's death, "My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day, he's still my dad and I grew up with him and he was a wonderful person and it's difficult. I'm handling it okay."
In memory of her biological father, Patrick Lovato, who passed away this past Saturday, Lovato revealed to Robin Roberts that she is creating the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program to benefit those struggling with mental illness, from which both her father and Demi herself have suffered. Lovato addresses how her estranged father grappled with functioning well in society, which happens to many people who battle with mental illnesses. Lovatio aims to help one person at a time with the assistance of Cast Recovery, a treatment center that Lovato has intimately worked with and has faith in.
Throughout the interview, Roberts applauds Lovato for always being so candid with the strifes she's faced over the years. And we agree, we have the utmost praise for Lovato using her voice and influence to foster change. You go, girl!
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Before Hollywood's biggest stars deliver their acceptance speeches at Sunday's Academy Awards, the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have honored the folks who supply A-list actors and actresses with words. The 65th annual ceremony kicked off Sunday, celebrating the best and the brightest behind the scenes — and behind the pen — in television, film, and beyond in 2012.
But there were few surprises at the awards — Mark Boal picked up his second WGA win for Zero Dark Thirty (he won his first for Hurt Locker in 2010) while television's critical darlings, Breaking Bad and Louie proved to be victorious.
Who else was a big winner at the WGA awards? See below to find out!
MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures
Argo, screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX
Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
Mad Men (AMC), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "The Other Woman"
LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel), Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann, Nights Two and Three
LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Game Change (HBO), Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
Modern Family (ABC), Written By Elaine Ko; ABC, "Virgin Territory"
COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) — SERIES
Portlandia, Written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley
COMEDY/VARIETY — MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS
66th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS
CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS
Sesame Street (PBS), Written by Christine Ferraro, "The Good Sport"
CHILDREN'S — LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
"Girl vs. Monster," Story by Annie De Young; Teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel
The Simpsons, Written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox, "Ned and Edna's Blend Agenda"
The Young & the Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS
Frontline, Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS, "Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One"
DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
Nova, Written by Randall MacLowry; PBS, "The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time"
NEWS — REGULALRY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
"Tragedy in Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre," Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News
NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT
"World News This Year 2011," Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio
NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY
"Dishin Digital," Written by Robert Hawley, WCBS-AM
PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION CATEGORIES
ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
"Partners," Written by Dan A. Greenberger, CBS
TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION
Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Animation by Bob Pook; CBS, "The Oscars"
NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGAME CATEGORIES
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA
The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, Written by John Esposito (amctv.com) – “Hide And Seek,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “The Chosen Ones,” “Parting Shots”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA
Jack In A Box, Written by Michael Cyril Creighton (jackinaboxsite.com) – “The Compromises, Episode 1,” “The Pest, Episode 3,” The Snake, Episode 4,” “The Bonding, Episode 6,” “The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft
What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments!
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