Atlanta’ Renewed for Season 4 On FX Ahead Of Season 3, Both to Film in 2020

‘Atlanta’ has been renewed by FX for a fourth season — and the third season hasn’t even started production yet!

via Shadow and Act:

The news was announced by FX on Tuesday. Joining the previously-announced Season 4, Season 3 of the Donald Glover series will also have eight episodes. Both will be shot in Spring 2020, presumably capitalizing on the schedule availability of its stars.

“What more can be said about Atlanta than the critical acclaim and accolades that Donald, Paul, Dianne, Stephen and Hiro have earned for two exceptional seasons of what is clearly one of the best shows on television,” said Eric Schrier, President, FX Entertainment in a statement received by Shadow And Act. “This group of collaborators and cast have created one of the most original, innovative stories of this generation and we are proud to be their partners.” 

In Atlanta, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.  Glover portrays Earn Marks, a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. Brian Tyree Henry is Alfred “Al” Miles, aka Paper Boi, is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Lakeith Stanfield is Darius, Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary and Zazie Beetz is Van, is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter. 

So ready for this !

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Toni Morrison, ICONIC Author Of ‘Beloved,’ Dead At 88

Morrison won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.

Via CNN
The trailblazing author Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, died Monday night at the age of 88, her publisher, Knopf, confirmed Tuesday.Her family also confirmed her death Tuesday in a statement, issued through Princeton University, where she had taught since 1989.She died at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, a spokeswoman for Knopf said in a statement. A cause of death was not specified.

It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.
While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life.

The Nobel committee honored her career and dedication to centering the lives and histories of African Americans, writing in its citation that Morrison’s work is “characterized by visionary force and poetic import” and “gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Morrison was best known for her 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” later adapted into a 1998 film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman to receive the honor.

Prior to becoming a legendary author, Morrison blazed trails at Random House from 1967 to 1983, becoming the first black woman editor at the storied publisher. In that role, she championed the work of many writers of color, publishing the work of black luminaries including Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, Huey P. Newton, Muhammad Ali and Angela Davis.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Toni Morrison’s working life was spent in the service of literature: writing books, reading books, editing books, teaching books. I can think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni,” Knopf Chairman Sonny Mehta said in a statement to HuffPost Tuesday. “Her narratives and mesmerizing prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers.”

Morrison also held teaching positions at Yale, Bard College, Rutgers and the State University of New York at Albany.

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, on Feb. 18, 1931, Morrison was the second of four children to working-class parents George and Ramah Wofford, who left the South during the Great Migration.

Morrison had two sons, Harold and Slade, with ex-husband Harold Morrison, whom she divorced in 1964.

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WTH? Galveston Police Apologize After Photo of Black Man Being Walked On A Leash Makes It Online

Police in Galveston, Texas, are apologizing after a photo made online and viral. Its showing horse-mounted officers walking a handcuffed Black man on a leash made of rope.

via Chron:

Police issued a press release about the photo on Monday, confirming that horse-mounted officers had “clipped” a “line” to a man’s handcuffs after he was arrested Saturday on a criminal trespassing charge.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale also issued a statement Monday in the press release. He apologized to the man, Donald Neely, 43, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge.

“First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” he said in the statement. “Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”

Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, commended the chief for immediately ending the arrest technique but hoped to see the officers disciplined.

“With the climate in the country today, I would hate to see, six months or three years down the road, what kind of judgment these same officers would make in a worse scenario,” Phillips said.

Phillips also worried about the lasting impact the photo could have on the city’s tourist-heavy economy and questioned why the officers didn’t wait on the scene.

“Stay there with him instead of humiliating him,” he said. “And now you’ve humiliated the whole city of Galveston because everybody who sees it is going to have an opinion.”

Phillips also said the image reminded him of racist images from the 1920s. He said he didn’t know the officers personally, but the optics of the photo was shocking.

“All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that’s doesn’t make sense, period,” he said. “And I do understand this —  if it was a white man, I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.”

James Douglas, president of Houston’s NAACP chapter, also responded to the photo, saying it showed a lack of respect for people of color.

“This is 2019 and not 1819,” he said in an email. “I am happy to know that Chief Vernon [Hale] issued an apology and indicated that the act showed poor judgement, but it also shows poor training. Even though the chief indicated that the technique would be discontinued he failed to address the lack of respect demonstrate by the officers in the episode.”

The police statement went on to say that the officers, identified only as P. Brosch and A. Smith, did not have malicious intentions during the arrest.  Hale said the department has changed the policy to prevent this technique from being used again.

“[We] will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods,” he said.

The release said Neely was arrested for criminal trespassing at 306 22nd Street in Galveston. Neely had reportedly been warned against trespassing at that location several times, the release said.

The officers were leading him to 21st and Market about eight blocks away, where the mounted patrol unit was staging. Body cameras were activated at the time, the release said.

Neely is free on bond. He has no listed telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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