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Watch: Martin Luther King Jr’s Granddaughter Speaks at March for Our Lives Rally [Video]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C. to demand common sense gun control laws in the United States.

via Complex:

“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” she said to a while referencing MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he also delivered in D.C. “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world. Period.”

The young activist also led the protestors in a chant: “Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.” Then, when they got the hang of it, she challenged them to “say it like you really, really mean it and the whole world can hear you.”

The D.C. rally, March For Our Lives, is just one of around 800 protests going on around the world. The protests were sparked by survivors of the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. One of the survivors is 17-year-old, Jaclyn Corin, who stood and held Yolanda’s hand on stage as she gave her powerful speech.

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Netflix Films No Longer Allowed to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

The director of the Cannes Film Festival said movies distributed by Netflix are no longer eligible to compete in future festivals.

Via NYDN:

“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours,” Thierry Fremaux said in an interview translated by The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix will still be allowed to screen movies, but the films are unable to score any awards, like the coveted Palm d’Or.

Cannes faced backlash last year after including “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” in its line-up, despite the fact that both films — which streamed exclusively on Netflix — received critical acclaim.

Fremaux — who also banned red carpet selfies from the festival — said he hoped he’d be able to show Netflix the error of its ways and get the platform to play by the rules for 2018, but had no such luck.

“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” he said.

According to THR, Netflix attempted to screen the films in France for a few days ahead of the festival, but were unable to due to the country’s “strict chronology laws.”

After the disagreement, Cannes now requires movies to have some sort of theatrical release in France, barring Netflix from eligibility.

“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple,” Fremaux said. “(But) Cinema (still) triumphs everywhere even in this golden age of series. The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”

Cannes isn’t the only one to give Netflix the cold shoulder as of late.

In a recent interview, Steven Spielberg brushed off the streaming service, saying its films should not be Oscar contenders, as they have made their television bed and now must lie in it.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” he told ITV News. “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Video Shows NYPD’s Failed Rescue of Grandma Who Died in Smoke-Filled Hallway

Newly released video captures the moment three Queens police officers carried a 91-year-old woman down a smoke-filled hallway — before they dumped her body and left her behind.

The footage is part of a legal notice of claim set to be filed by the family of great-great-grandma Ethel Davis, who died of smoke inhalation a day after the fire back in January.

via NYP:

The footage shows the feeble, bewildered woman, in a nightgown and socks, being hauled off by NYPD Sgt. Timothy Brovakos, who is aided by two other cops, at around 11:30 a.m.

But Brovakos is quickly overcome by smoke, and Davis gets abandoned on the floor outside a hallway exit door as his two comrades help him to a lower floor.

Firefighters are seen arriving on the floor about a minute later, although it doesn’t appear that they notice Davis because of the smoke.

It may have taken as long as five minutes for Davis to be taken to a lower floor to safety, the video shows.

“When you look at the video in a bubble, it looks like they’re being heroes,” Peter S. Thomas, the family’s lawyer, said of the cops.

“But you need to look at the big picture: They’re already violating protocol by attempting this evacuation.

“At each and every step, the officers on the scene did precisely the wrong thing.”

Cops responding to the blaze left open the stairwell door on the 12th floor where Davis lived, Thomas said.

That, he said, allowed smoke from the fire — ignited by a tipped-over halogen lamp in an apartment on the 11th floor — to fill the upper floor’s hall.

Cops also were forcing residents of the fireproofed building to flee. That is against NYPD and FDNY protocol, given the construction of the building.

Davis’ daughter Marcia has said she and her mom begged the officers to let them stay inside the apartment.

“I told them she’d been safer in the house with the door closed and that she wouldn’t survive in the hallway,” Marcia Davis told The Post on Monday.

“When I got to near the stairwell, I saw her on the floor. I said, ‘Mama, what you doing here? Why they leave you here?’ I stayed with her as long as I could. It got so black, I was choking.”
Marcia said she watched the video for the first time this past weekend.

“It was very sad. It was horrible,” she said.

Brovakos’ lawyer has said that when the sergeant recovered, he risked his life again to go back to get Davis.

The Davis family’s notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit and targets the NYPD, city and Brovakos and the other two cops, among others.

The NYPD has said it was conducting a “major investigation” into the incident.

Just sad.

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Pizza Hut to Replace Papa Johns as NFL Sponsor

Papa John’s is out and Pizza Hut is in.

Pizza Hut will take over the NFL pizza-sponsorship deal after Papa John’s pulled out in the wake of league controversy last season.

via Bloomberg:

Pizza Hut’s multiyear deal gives it collective use of all 32 teams logos, and the NFL will work closely with the chain on local team partnerships, according to a joint statement Wednesday.

Papa John’s — unhappy over declining ratings and the handling of players’ national anthem protests — said Tuesday it was ending its deal across the whole league that had been in place since 2010, and would focus on marketing with 22 specific teams. The opening provides an opportunity for Pizza Hut’s parent, Yum! Brands Inc., which has sought to burnish the pizza chain’s image after years of sluggish sales.

“The capacity for what’s possible is endless, and that’s going to make this league partnership great fun for Pizza Hut, the NFL and everyone who loves pizza and football,” said Artie Starrs, Pizza Hut’s U.S. president. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is “thrilled to have Pizza Hut.”

The NFL’s relationship with Papa John’s had been strained since the chain’s founder John Schnatter slammed the league in November, saying that declining ratings had hurt sales. He also said Goodell mishandled a controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Last year, the league generated about $14 billion in revenue.

Sadly I actually use to love Papa Johns pizza but hello to Pizza Hut and hopefully there is a lesson learned in this.

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