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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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Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham over alleged battery on police officer

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Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is potentially in legal trouble over an incident that took place in LSU’s locker room after Monday night’s national championship game.

Video appears to show Beckham slap the butt of a police officer who was in LSU’s locker room. NOLA.com reports that New Orleans police obtained an arrest warrant accusing Beckham of simple battery in connection with the incident.

The report said authorities originally wanted Beckham charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, but a judge denied that request.

Beckham, who played at LSU, was celebrating with the team on the field and in the locker room after they won the national championship. Beckham has already been under scrutiny over potentially breaking NCAA rules by handing cash to players, but this legal scrutiny is potentially much more problematic for him.

After Beckham appeared to slap the officer, the officer turned around and exchanged words with Beckham, but he was not arrested at the time.

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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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