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HEADLINER – Jan. 15

Fake News Awards & Jeff Flake.  President Trump is set to give out awards to media outlets he claims are producing “fake news” on January 17, the same day Jeff Flake will address the Senate floor in a speech in which he will plans to compare President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media to those made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” outgoing Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said this about President Trump, “When you reflexively refer to the press as the enemy of the people or fake news, that has real damage.” Speaking of the President, following his alleged shithole countries comment, in which he tweeted he did not say, he told reporters that he is not a racist….Read more

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•  The balcony inside the Jakarta stock exchange collapsed and dozens of people are injured. Police say 72 people were hurt and are being treated in three different hospitals in Jakarta.

 
• In Chicago news: There’s a possibility passengers and anyone that was in O’Hare Airport on Wednesday, January 10 might be exposed to measles. The Illinois Department of Health  confirmed a passenger, who flew in from another country, tested positive for the disease and was in multiple terminals (Terminal 1 and 5) of the airport on that day. A man, pronounced dead on the scene, was found with cuts on his head and limbs in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago reports NBC; a homicide investigation is underway. Several schools are closed as Chicago gets about 5 inches of snow which is expected to fall through Monday afternoon. Groupon will air an ad during Super Bowl and they’ve teamed up with a Grouponer Tiffany Haddish for the spot which will make the Chicago HQed company’s return in 7 years. 

 Over The Weekend: Residents in Hawaii were panicked after a false alarm text from state emergency management agency warned of a missile threat. The employee who sent the text has been reassigned as it’s being blamed on human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill. Actor Sam Rockwell who won the Golden Globes last week for the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” hosted Saturday Night Live and accidentally dropped the F bomb. A Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway and got stuck on the edge of a cliff in Turkey overlooking the Black Sea; watch the video.  Several H&M stores in South Africa are temporarily closed following protests. 

ENTERTAINMENT

• The non-televised portion of The 2018 NAACP Image Awards, honoring the excellence of black actors, writers and producers in the entertainment industry took place at the Pasadena Conference Center Sunday evening. Idris Elba, Marsai Martin, Naturi Naughton, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, SZA Kenrick Lamar were some of the almost 50 winners were announced during Sunday’s ceremony. The televised awards ceremony, where 10 other winners will be announced, is set to be hosted by Anthony Anderson and will be broadcast Jan. 18.
• Catherine Deneuve’s public letter which appeared in Le Monde last week condemning the #MeToo movement basically calling it a witch hunt has received backlash and now she’s apologizing to victims of “odious acts in a letter published in national newspaper Liberation on Monday. 

FASHION

• Following multiple allegations against photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, several fashion houses and publishing houses are giving them the Terry Richardson treatment by cutting ties. After a report by The New York Times on Sunday, Condé Nast released this statement, “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with them for the foreseeable future.” Testino, who is being accused of sexually exploiting models and assistants, will not be considered to photograph the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May. In other fashion news, Maison Margiela will present John Galliano’s first mens collection on Friday during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Target’s new inclusive denim based and inspired fashion line, Universal Thread, will launch in February.

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”― Martin Luther King Jr.


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