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AMAZON’S BURNIN’ FINGERS R POINTING. Since mainstream media began running the story on the blaze thats engulfing the Amazon (an estimated 2,500 active fires), many have been asking questions and few are giving responses though a lot of finger pointing’s been going around. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who’s been referred to as Brazilian Trump has said that “measures to protect the rainforest as “obstacles” to economic growth” and “there is a “very strong” indication that some non-governmental organizations were setting the fires in retaliation for losing funding from his administration.” Now French President Emmanuel Macron is making a rally cry to world leaders to make the fires a top priority ahead of the G7 summit in the city of Biarritz starting this Saturday. Wonder if musings on Trump’s offer to buy Greenland will be entertained at the Summit..Read more
- LOCAL/CHICAGO: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be navigating a tight rope when she gets back from vacation as negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union is set to begin reports Politico Playbook. Also, did you know that Chicago has been sitting on $11.5 million in uncashed checks since 1987, run me that money, please and thanks.
- NATIONAL: A murder suicide in an Atlanta suburb has claimed the lives of three people. According to reports, Marsha Edwards, a divorced mother of two shot her two grown children and then took her own life just days after posting a glowing message on social media app Instagram. Following a welfare check by police Wednesday evening, the bodies were found in Edwards’ townhouse in the affluent Vinings Parc.
- WORLD: 80 people, many of them Nigerians were indicted by the The Department of Justice (DOJ) following months long investigation by multiple local and federal agencies into romance and business email compromise (BEC) frauds that totaled up to $46 million. About 14 of those named in the indictment have been arrested with authorities apprehending 11 of these defendants in the Los Angeles region this week. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California unsealed the 252-count federal indictment Thursday following investigation by the FBI.
- Missy Elliot is having a great year and she’s bringing the heat with new music. The artist, producer, honorary doctor, trend setter set to be given the MTV Vanguard award on the on Aug. 26 broadcast, released her new music video “Throw It Back” Thursday and dropped a new EP Iconology as well. This is Missy’s first project drop since 2005’s The Cookbook. Taylor Swift’s new album “Lover” also dropped Thursday.
- This Sony-Marvel-Disney divorce over Spiderman has gone off the rails with some connected to the MCU taking sides. Remember when Sony picked only Spiderman banking on it to be its marquee franchise but then Disney bought the rest of MCU and have been laughing to the bank? Negotiations had already began before the latest film Spiderman: Far From Home brought in $1.109 billion, to become “Sony’s biggest movie of all time” according to THR. Now the odd coupling partnership between Sony and Disney might be over since talks of “Disney seeking a co-financing arrangement on upcoming movies, looking for at least a 30% stake and Sony saying no” went public. Let’s hope they come to an agreeable solution.
- Fashion’s role when it comes to sustainability and its impact on the environment is still a polarizing topic and something that’s not so black and white in terms of solution but several are banding together to reduce the industry’s negative impact on climate, biodiversity and the oceans. Fashion conglomerate Kering is leading the effort that includes some 150 brands signing up for the “Fashion Pact” with details of the commitment to be outlined to world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz on August 26. According to Vogue UK, Kering chief executive François-Henri Pinault along with Burberry CEO, Marco Gobbetti, and president of fashion at Chanel, Bruno Pavlovsky will discuss the initiative at the Elysée Palace today August 23.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank
LOOK OF THE DAY
Nathalie Emmanuel in MiuMiu @ The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Europe premiere
Featured image credit: Getty images
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