Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal states he would never do a ‘Last Dance’-style documentary because Kobe Bryant is no longer here, and will never wear his championship rings again

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Shaq briefly discussed how his relationship with Kobe turned sour prior to O’Neal making the move to the Miami Heat. This is exactly what Shaq does not want to relive, and the very reason why he believes the documentary would be a bad idea.

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Video: Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal reveals why he would never do a ‘Last Dance’-style documentary

Dean of USC School of Dramatic Arts David Bridel Admits Improper Romantic Relationship with Student, Resigns

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The dean of USC’s School of Dramatic Arts has resigned after a woman publicly revealed that he had a romantic relationship with a student while she was attending the university more than a decade ago.

 

The relationship was revealed during a town hall meeting on Wednesday for faculty, students and alumni of the MFA in acting program, prompting Dean David Bridel to pen a letter to faculty admitting that he briefly dated an unnamed BFA senior in 2009.

 

USC Provost Charles Zukoski announced in a memo to the school on Thursday that he had accepted Bridel’s resignation, adding that the university was investigating the allegation. School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley was named interim dean.

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USC’s Dean of School of Dramatic Arts Admits Improper Relationship, Resigns

Protesters demand answers for why 18-year-old Latino man Andres Guardado was shot by a sheriff’s deputy

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Gardena earlier to demand justice for Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old Latino man fatally shot Thursday by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Authorities said Guardado was armed and had fled from deputies, but have not said what prompted the shooting.

 

“He ran because he was scared,” one of the protesters’ signs read. “Why’d you kill that kid?” the crowd chanted.

 

People in cars raised their fists in solidarity and honked their horns. Aztec dancers beat drums at the front of the procession.

 

Protesters marched down West Redondo Beach Boulevard, where Guardado was shot, filling the street as they headed toward the sheriff’s station in Compton more than three miles away.

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https://news.yahoo.com/protesters-demand-answers-why-18-022018959.html

Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Shares Racist Letter from Fan; ‘We All Must Do Better’

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Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss shared a racist letter sent to her by a fan in an Instagram post Friday.

 

The letter said: “Dear w—e, After 60 years as a huge Lakers fan, I now say to hell with the overpaid n—-r traitors and the NBA. Go to hell and join [redacted] Kobe Bryant.”

 

Buss explained she felt it was important to share the letter: “I have received letters like this over the years. The advice I always got? ‘Ignore it.’ I did. But not anymore. On this day, Juneteenth, I ask my white friends to join together, acknowledge the racism that exists in our country and around the world, and pledge to stop ignoring it. We all must do better.”

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https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2896856-lakers-jeanie-buss-shares-racist-letter-from-fan-we-all-must-do-better

Without any warning, Dave Chappelle releases new half-hour comedy special “8:46” for free on YouTube; talks George Floyd and takes aim at Don Lemon, Candace Owens, Laura Ingraham

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The special, a 27-minute set filmed on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Chappelle lives, is incendiary and brilliant — part sermon, part history lesson, part eulogy. Certainly compared to his most recent specials, where he has toyed with disappointing anti-trans rhetoric and refused to seriously contend with the ways in which he has downplayed Black women’s claims of sexual assault, 8:46 is a relief and a return to form. It is a heartening reminder of what Dave Chappelle does best: tell a great story. This story is one of unfathomable cruelty and injustice, but also resilience.

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/dave-chappelle-new-comedy-special-george-floyd

When the NBA returns it may use ‘NBA 2K’ for crowd noise to simulate fans in empty Orlando arenas

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The NBA appears to be back, as both players and owners have approved the league’s 22-team proposal to resume play in Orlando, Florida on July 31 — but the games we eventually see will be much different than anything we’ve grown accustomed to. There will be social distancing, masks and smaller, non-NBA arenas. The most immediately noticeable difference, however, will likely be the lack of fans in the stands.

 

So what will the NBA do? Well, the league is considering using crowd noise from the popular video game, NBA 2K, to simulate fans during games in Orlando, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. He added that the league and the NBPA are still discussing creative options.

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https://www.engadget.com/nba-2k-20-arena-sound-015031587.html

Washington Examiner fires Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin for taking a picture with a power drill in front of a boarded-up store in LA as part of ‘self-promotional’ stunt amid George Floyd protests

Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin was let go after video footage emerged of the the staged image taken Monday, drawing a backlash from people who blasted her over the self-promotional stunt.

 

The journalist has not addressed the video publicly and did not immediately return requests for comment from multiple media outlets.

 

Monday’s video marks the second time this week that Moriarty-McLaughlin has garnered negative attention on Twitter.

 

On Sunday she posted a since-deleted video of a Los Angeles protester spray painting an Ouai billboard with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’.

 

‘BREAKING: As if vandalizing all the buildings in LA wasn’t enough @Blklivesmatter has taken to the billboards as a crowd of rioters roars in approval. #GeorgeFloyd #LARiots,’ she wrote in the caption.

 

Ouai founder and celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin replied to the video with a message of support for the protesters.

 

‘Made our sign every better,’ Atkin wrote.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8385715/Washington-Examiner-fires-writer-self-promotional-picture-boarded-store.html