#SaveOurGirls: 200 Nigerian Girls Kidnapped, Missing For Nearly Two Weeks
There is fear, worry, concern and outrage across Nigeria as more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school dorms in Chibok nearly two weeks ago. Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, is a mixed Christian and Muslim town in the part of the country that is predominately Muslim. Many suspect that the attackers and kidnappers belong to an Islamist extremist group named Boko Haram. Though the mass kidnapping has dominated national news conversations, there are many who feel as if the government and military are not invested in freeing the teenage girls and crushing an increasingly dangerous insurgency. Read more.
FBI Director James Comey Calls For Better Hate Crime Tracking
State and local law enforcement need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes so that the public can “fully understand what is happening in our communities, and how to stop it,” FBI Director James Comey said Monday. Comey told an Anti-Defamation League summit that some jurisdictions fail to report hate crimes in their communities, while others say that none occurred — “a fact that would be welcome if true.” Read more.
The Story Of The Black Count Will Finally Make It To The Screen Courtesy Of Sony Pictures & John Legend
On fire since the success of HBO‘s True Detective this year, director Cary Fukunaga has lined up his next project I’ve learned. Teaming with John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson, Fukunaga will adapt and helm a big-screen version of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo for Sony. Get Lifted have optioned the Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography written by Tom Reiss that chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will 2014 Winter TCA Tour – Day 12014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivalsproduce the pic with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls. Legend, his manager Troy Carter and Sony’s Josh Bratman will serve as executive producers. Read more.
Paul Robeson Jr., Activist and Author, Dies at 86
Paul Robeson Jr., who worked to preserve the legacy of his father, the actor, singer and civil rights advocate, since his death almost four decades ago, died on Saturday in Jersey City. He was 86. The cause was lymphoma, his daughter, Susan Robeson, said. Mr. Robeson wrote two books about his father and created an archive of his writing and films. He aimed to teach new generations about his father’s radical politics and criticized those he thought misrepresented his life, including a 1978 Broadway play starring James Earl Jones, which he protested. Read more.