Seth Rogen movie ‘Good Boys’ under fire for putting child actor in ‘blackface’

The upcoming Seth Rogen-produced comedy film “Good Boys” is facing backlash after a child stand-in actor was photographed on set wearing apparent blackface. TMZ published photos of the light-skinned, black actor wearing dark brown makeup on his face and a “fat suit” while standing in on the Vancouver movie set for 11-year-old actor Keith L. Williams, who is black. Sources connected to the production company, Good Universe, told TMZ that it’s “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin

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Reunited, an Immigrant Family Tries to Put Their Life Back Together

Last Friday morning, I had breakfast with a Honduran woman named Wendy Santos and her two daughters, Valeria and Aleisha, in the kitchen of their new home in suburban Maryland. Aleisha, who is three, was playing a game she recently invented for herself. “Copy, copy,” she said, looking at us, expectantly. She slid off her chair and walked up to each person, waiting for an answer. “Copy, copy,” Santos, Valeria, and I replied in turn. Aleisha chuckled and moved on,

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Death threats and ongoing criticism force Cecchin to quit the NRL

“My son got hit, my partner got hit and my mum got hit with death threats,” Cecchin, 44, reveals. “I started thumbing through my phone and there were more than a thousand messages. They were vile. I’ve never had that before in my whole career, even after Origins and grand finals. When I got home to Sydney, our house was put on alert. I was picked up from the airport by the AFP. It was really, really serious. I don’t

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After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground

IN A glass case at the Diyarbakir Bar Association are a striped shirt, dark coat and coiled belt. They belonged to the former chairman, Tahir Elci, a lawyer who was murdered in 2015 amid clashes between the Turkish army and Kurdish separatists. He was standing by the Four-Legged Minaret, a 500-year-old landmark in the ancient city, calling for peace. Someone shot him in the head. No one knows who killed him. The government blames Kurdish terrorists. Many Kurds blame the

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Luke Bryan on Peyton Manning, Colorado hunting and skiing before his Broncos Stadium concert — The Know

Country singer Luke Bryan performs onstage during the ‘What Makes You Country’ tour stop at Dodger Stadium on July 28 in Los Angeles. ( Scott Dudelson, Getty Images) Luke Bryan is decompressing. The country-music heartthrob, currently in the midst of his super-sized “What Makes You Country?” tour, had just played a sold-out concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28 — the first-ever country artist to do so — before chatting with The Denver Post. “I’m back at

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‘The Darkest Minds’: Amandla Stenberg stars in Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s tepid adapation of the young-adult novel

Adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s book, the movie begins with a flurry of dystopia, as a pandemic kills a major percentage of the U.S.’s children, leaving those that survive with strange abilities. Color-coded to identify their level of power (in the same way mutants are rated in the “X-Men” universe), the kids are rounded up and held in camps, ostensibly to seek a cure, but clearly rooted more in fear than compassion. At the center of that depressing world is 16-year-old

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Trumka blasted by teachers union boss for keeping door open on Trump 2020 endorsement

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president, was not pleased with Richard Trumka’s comments on President Trump.  (Getty/AP) AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is getting an earful – on Twitter – from teachers union boss Randi Weingarten for reportedly keeping the door open to a possible Trump endorsement in 2020. Newsmax reported Wednesday that Trumka would not rule out a union endorsement for the president. “He will be looked at,” Trumka was quoted as telling the publication. “Every one [of the

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UK Jewish leader urges apology over Labour anti-Semitism

LONDON –  The president of one of the U.K.’s main Jewish groups called Thursday on the leader of the Labour Party to make an “abject apology” to British Jews for allowing anti-Semitism to fester in the left-of-center opposition party. Allegations of anti-Jewish prejudice within Labour have grown since veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader in 2015. Some in the party allege that Corbyn, a longtime critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, has allowed anti-Semitic abuse to go unchecked. Corbyn

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Possible new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods not ‘cataclysmic’: Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New tariffs that the United States is threatening to impose on nearly half the goods imported from China would have a small impact on the Asian nation’s economy and not lead to disaster, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday, as U.S. financial markets were set to open lower on the trade standoff. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attends a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis “It’s not something

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Colorado Springs officer, suspect injured in shootout

A male suspect has been hospitalized and a Colorado Springs police officer is in critical condition following a shoot-out early Thursday morning in Colorado Springs, authorities say. The officer who was shot has been identified as Cem Duzel, a five year veteran, according to media reports. The identity of the suspect has not been released. The condition of the suspect, who is being treated at a Colorado Springs, hospital is unknown, said Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby. Several

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