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'Exceptionally Misleading': Morgan Wallen Pledged $500K to Black-Led Groups, But the Money Seems Largely M.I.A.

“Before this incident, my album was already doing well; it was already being well-received by critics and by fans,” he told host Michael Strahan, five months after the video surfaced. “Me and my team noticed that whenever this whole incident happened, that there was a spike in my sales. So we tried to calculate … how much it had spiked from this incident. We got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations, BMAC [the Black Music Action Coalition] being the first one.”
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Morgan Wallen’s $500K donations to black-led groups reportedly missing

Two months after promising $500,000 worth of donations to black-led groups in the wake of his racial-slur scandal, Morgan Wallen has yet to pony up most of the cash, according to a new report. Of 57 state, regional and national black-led or black-founded charities, only the Black Music Action Coalition...
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Greg Lipstone to Exit as President of Propagate Content

Greg Lipstone is set to exit as president of Propagate Content after three years at the company headed by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. Lipstone’s departure at the end of his initial three-year contract is said to be amicable. The longtime ICM agent who shifted to the executive ranks in 2015 aims to look for a new executive or entrepreneurial opportuny. Lipstone joined Propagate in 2018 after three years as CEO of All3Media America. At Propagate, he helped the company build out its production and support systems to better take advantage of the content boom. Lipstone worked closely on such Propagate projects...
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Eva Longoria Developing Sci-Fi Series Based On Carlos Hernandez’s Book, ‘Sal & Gabi Break The Universe,’ For Disney Branded TV

Eva Longoria and Ben Spector are set to develop Carlos Hernandez’s award-winning book Sal & Gabi Break the Universe as part of a deal between their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Disney Branded Television. Writer-producer Nelson Soler (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) is also attached to the project. The sci-fi story revolves around Sal Vidón, a teen who discovers he has the ability to reach into time and space to retrieve things from other universes as a result of his meddling with his father’s scientific experiments. He enlists the help of his friend Gabi to set off on a quest to find and bring...
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‘Caster’: YA Novel Getting Feature Take From Scribe Maggie Levin At Paramount

EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Levin is writing an adaptation of Elsie Chapman’s young-adult novel Caster for Paramount. We understand that the deal closed before the announced departure of Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and that the project is in very early development. Levin currently is writing the TriStar sequel Labyrinth, which Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson is set to direct. Caster is part of a YA franchise in the spirit of The Hunger Games meets Fight Club. It centers on Aza Wu, who knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. In fact, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For...
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How Dwayne Johnson’s Ex-Wife Saved His Career: ‘I’ve Always Been in The Background’

Dwayne Johnson epitomizes success. His dedication and hard work put him on the path to become the world’s biggest superstar and one of its most notable figures. Johnson, however, didn’t achieve his great success alone. His ex-wife, Dany Garcia, has her fingerprints all over Johnson’s incredible career. Garcia was able to offer both the emotional and business support Johnson needed to take his stardom to the next level. Without the help of Johnson’s first love, it’s possible Johnson’s film career would’ve gone on a much different trajectory.
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No Evidence Morgan Wallen Made Promised Donations to Black Causes

Morgan Wallen sat for a big “redemption” interview on Good Morning America in July. It was his first major interview after being caught using the N-word on video. “Before this incident, my album was already doing well; it was already being well-received by critics and by fans,” he told host Michael Strahan, five months after the video surfaced. “Me and my team noticed that whenever this whole incident happened, that there was a spike in my sales. So we tried to calculate … how much it had spiked from this incident. We got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations, BMAC [the Black Music Action Coalition] being the first one.”
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N.C. A&T Men’s Basketball Team gets selected for Legacy Classic showcase

It was announced this month that N.C. A&T’s Men’s Basketball team has been selected as one of the four HBCU teams for the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic showcase. This showcase will be held at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2021, in Newark, New Jersey. The match-ups feature Howard University vs. N.C. A&T and Hampton University vs. North Carolina Central University competing in a doubleheader. This event will also be aired on TNT.
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Jean Smart Wins Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy for ‘Hacks,’ Her Fourth Overall

The Jeanaissance is alive and well. She may not like the term to describe her latest career peak, but there’s no denying that legendary actress Jean Smart is on a roll, having won her fourth Emmy Award on Sunday night. Smart was named outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her critically acclaimed role as stand-up Deborah Vance in HBO Max’s “Hacks.” This is her first lead acting win following victories in the supporting comedy actress (for “Samantha Who?”) and guest comedy actress (for “Frasier”) categories. She was also nominated last year for supporting actress in a limited series or...
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