In a rare move of public political action (public anything really, other than Hanes commercials), basketball legend Michael Jordan published a statement on ESPN's Undefeated website addressing both police brutality and targeted murders of police officers.
M.J. also made large donations to two different organizations that support both causes.
Jordan opens his statement talking about his own upbringing as it relates to violence.
As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.
I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.
The statement is empathetic to both causes, and Jordan goes on to announce his contributions to two organizations.
To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.
Prior to this, Jordan's last bit of public engagement with politics was participating in a fundraiser for President Obama. Discuss
Authorities say that at least 80 people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two suicide bombers detonated blasts during a peaceful protest by a Shiite minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISIS, who regularly targets members of the Muslim group, has claimed responsibility for the horrific attack. According to CNN, another suicide bomber was identified by police, but was killed before he was able to set off his vest.
There’s already a lot of bad movies on Netflix, but at least now, there will be a show that’s dedicated to making fun of cinema’s worst creations. After Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson raised more than $7 million on Kickstarter to bring back the beloved ‘90s comedy series, Netflix has announced that it will be home to a new version of the show, which stars prisoners onboard a spacecraft, who bide their time by watching terrible movies, making jokes the whole time.
The series provides a lot to be excited about. Along with adding Patton Oswalt to the cast, Community’s Joel McHale and Dan Harmon are helping to write the new series. There’s no word yet on a release date. Discuss
One of the hosts of the talk show The Preachers has responded to a controversy after he seemed to endorse open marriage during a segment featuring actress Mo’Nique and her husband. The couple was being interviewed by Lakewood Church associate pastor John Gray and Jamal Harrison Bryant of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME Church, when they brought up their open marriage—essentially, they allow each other to sleep with other people.
In response, Bryant, who is divorced, said “I think that's amazing,” adding “A lot of people think that is novel and y'all 'church people' are going to have a heart attack. I believed in open marriage, I just forgot to tell my ex-wife about it.” He followed with it question a about how do they “find that balance” biblically.
Gray, went on to say that in his household, an open relationship would lead to a “100% divorce rate.”
The clip, and the conversation, ended up drawing criticism online from viewers, who saw Bryant’s response as sending an unclear message about open marriage.
In response (the clip starts about 2:20), Bryant address “all of [his] haters,” saying that he made “a jest, a joke about open marriages.” Addressing his own mother, who he said also questioned his statement, Bryant said, “Please know, that I still believe that marriage is between two people … While I believe in that, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to have conversations with people who don't share my beliefs, don’t share my faith, don’t share my theology. ”
Nickelodeon has debuted a first look at their upcoming TV-movie based on the classic ‘90s game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, and, we’re going to be honest: We are not impressed.
Look, we get it, Nickelodeon is a children’s network, but, with such a huge built-in audience of nostalgic millennials who were raised on the show, it would seem like they’d at least make an effort to keep the tone somewhat self-aware. There are plenty of examples of movies that remain kid-friendly, family flicks, while still being smart enough to appeal to grown ups.
But, come on, Nickelodeon. Lame special effects? Corny jokes? Fall Out Boy?! You’ve failed us. At least original host Kirk Fogg is back, but still, the Green Monkeys deserve better than this. Discuss
This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, audiences got an extended look at one of the latest edition’s to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film’s trailer has a distinctly spiritual tone and tells the story of a skeptical surgeon who is able to tapped into mystical powers in his quest to save lives.
And, from the looks of it, the movie will be a real mind bender and not your typical Marvel flick.