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The Tragedy We Will Never Forget

The night “The Dark Knight Rises” viewers expected to be just another night at the cinema turned out to be the worse night of their lives. At 12:38 A.M on July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes allegedly opened fire on the audience with tear gas grenades, a shotgun, a rifle, and two handguns. He killed…

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The night “The Dark Knight Rises” viewers expected to be just another night at the cinema turned out to be the worse night of their lives. At 12:38 A.M on July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes allegedly opened fire on the audience with tear gas grenades, a shotgun, a rifle, and two handguns. He killed 12 people and injured 58 people. Those who lost their lives were Gordon Cowden, Rebecca Wingo, Jesse Childress, John Larimer, Matt McQuinn, Alex Sullivan, Jessica Ghawi, Jonathan Blunk, Alexander C. Teves, Micayla Medek, Alexander J. Boik, and Veronica Moses-Sullivan.
Officials reported when James was unresistingly arrested, he called himself “The Joker,” a character from its preceded, “The Dark Knight.” Some described James as “bizarre, weird, a loner.” His profiles on social networks such as Adultfinder and Match, he asked the viewers, “Will you visit me in prison?” James didn’t have a criminal record, a degree in neuroscience, and was a member of several honor societies prior to 2012. Now he’s being charged with 24 counts of first degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, causing violence, and possession of explosive devices.
So what drove him over the edge?
A motive still have yet to be determined. But what possible motive could the catalyst for this reprehensible crime be? The lives that were taken and their families, the victims that survived, all of Aurora, and the whole world are still shell-shocked and grieving.
There aren’t any words or answers that can explain this travesity—none that would ever solve or contain the heartache, pain, and sorrow that we are feeling. But the question that still remains and should be raised—will the violence, the gun control, ever stop? Should the world be confined to metal detectors, more detailed security in cinemas and such? Have our community gotten to the point where we should be imprisoned in our own homes, afraid to come out and just step out onto the porch?
Robert F. Kennedy said it best, “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion towards one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country whether they be white or whether they be black.”
As Americans and as a nation we owe it to ourselves, our families and communities to unite and try to rectify this so it can’t happen again. We owe it to ourselves, our families, and communities. Love, compassion, and wisdom are the essentials to life and America desperately needs that. All the hatred, violence, cruelty towards our fellowman or fellow-woman because of their ethnicity, sexual preference, religion or whatever it may be is not the answer to the problem. Love is the only solution.
In closing, the lyrics of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” should ring true in our hearts—“Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.”
Please keep the victims and their families in your prayers as well as our nation as a whole.
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Johnny Depp splits from girlfriend Polina Glen

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Johnny Depp has reportedly split from his girlfriend Polina Glen.

Polina, 24, has ended her relationship with the 56-year-old Hollywood actor and fled back to her Russia after finding the attention surrounding her “scary”, according to friends.

The Pirates of the Caribbean who was previously married to actress Amber Heard and Lori Anne Allison and has children Lily-Rose and Jack, with ex-partner Vanessa Paradis began dating the Russian dancer Polina Glen earlier this year.

However the dancer has ended their relationship and returned to her homeland Russia after becoming overwhelmed by the attention their relationship received.

According to a source, Polina is now keeping her head down in Russia and told Johnny plans to get married were madness.” The source further added that Polina had no interest in Johnny’s stardom or connections. She rather made efforts to ‘keep her head down while living him’ and instead chose to focus on her dance job.

The 24-year-old beauty also felt the actor was too “distracted” by his ongoing legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he sued for defamation for her allegations of domestic abuse against him

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MO’NIQUE SUES NETFLIX FOR DISCRIMINATION

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Mo’Nique is finally taking her accusations against Netflix for discrimination to a court of law … she’s filed a lawsuit.

In the suit, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian accuses Netflix of race-based discrimination for how it negotiated a comedy special with her. She says Netflix offered Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special (she eventually got $13 mil), but only offered Mo’Nique $500,000 for her stand-up special.

Mo’Nique never accepted their offer, and went on a public campaign … which included coming on “TMZ Live” and calling for a boycott against the company.

According to the suit, she claims Netflix has a severe lack of diversity, which contributes to their discriminatory practices. Specifically, she claims one Netflix exec. — the Chief Communications Officer — used the n-word in a meeting with 60 people in 2018. Mo’Nique was not present for that meeting.

She also claims Netflix allowed Kevin Spacey to use the n-word while on the set of “House of Cards” without any consequence. In the suit, she alleges Spacey complained to his personal security guards, “I don’t want [n-words] on my set anymore.” She’s not suing Spacey.

Mo’Nique also used a major pay gap on the Netflix hit, “The Crown,” to illustrate alleged discrimination. She says the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth II was paid $14k per episode less than the actor who played Prince Philip — and it only righted the wrong after there was a public outcry about it.

She’s suing Netflix for unspecified damages, and for an injunction forcing the company to change its discriminatory policies.

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Beverly Hills Cop’ Sequel With Eddie Murphy Jumps to Netflix in Licensing Deal With Paramount

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Netflix has acquired the rights to shoot a new sequel to “Beverly Hills Cop” from Paramount, with star Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer attached, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish announced Thursday.

The original 1984 action-comedy film, starring Murphy as a quick-witted, trash-talking Detroit cop who investigates his friend’s murder in Beverly Hills, was a huge hit for the studio — and spawned sequels in 1987 and 1994. The three films grossed $736 million worldwide.

Paramount had been developing “Beverly Hills Cop 4” for years — but pulled the project from its release slate in 2016.

In recent years, the studio has made deals with Netflix for completed films, selling “Cloverfield: God Particle” to the streamer for an early 2018 release and offloading overseas rights to the Natalie Portman sci-fi film “Annihilation” after a 17-day U.S. theatrical window. But it’s an unusual move for a studio to license its own IP for an unfinished film.

In recent months, Paramount parent company Viacom has shown an increasing willingness to make revenue-generating deals on its library of content rather than hoard those rights for its own internal streaming services as rivals like Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia have done.

This week, Viacom’s Nickelodeon announced a multiyear output deal for films and TV series with Netflix. And last month, the company sold the exclusive streaming rights to Comedy Central’s “South Park” to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max in a deal worth at least $500 million.

The “Beverly Hills Cop” deal also comes as Netflix has helped to revive Murphy’s career with its new release “Dolemite Is My Name,” which has generated awards season chatter. The star is also shooting the sequel to another Paramount comedy hit, 1988’s “Coming to America,” that’s due for theatrical release next year.

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