Several other actors of color have nabbed high-profile roles in recent weeks: Idris Elba is in talks to star in Fox’s romantic drama The Mountain Between Us in a lead role that originally was written for a white actor (Charlie Hunnam was in talks at one point); Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel as a character similar to that played by Dick Van Dyke in the original; and Michael B. Jordan will star in MGM’s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, playing a role previously inhabited by Steve McQueen and Pierce Brosnan. … [Read more...] about Hollywood Scrambles to Up Diversity in Wake of #OscarsSoWhite Controversy
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JPMorgan was the biggest lender in the Small Business Administration’s PPP program, which offered a lifeline to businesses reeling from shutdowns tied to the coronavirus pandemic but has caused headaches for banks. The $669 billion program was the centerpiece of the federal coronavirus relief package enacted in March and allowed small businesses to apply for a loans of as much as $10 million each. … [Read more...] about JPMorgan probing employees’ role in misuse of relief funds
But her grandmother suffered a heart attack and the family income shrank to about $2,000 a month, the sum total of her mother's and grandmother's disability checks. Home became a series of motel rooms. Rose celebrated her 15th birthday at the Duo Boutique Hotel. Her parents couldn't afford a present that year so her stepfather, an amateur tattoo artist, offered his services as a gift. "Don't get anything stupid, and don't get it where anyone can see it," Rose's mother warned. … [Read more...] about A pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future
Marcy Richardson is hanging on, but only barely, and she's both angry and illustrative of how the pandemic has upended artists' lives. A classically trained opera singer who lives in Brooklyn, she honed a second specialty as an acrobat and has worked steadily for years in variety shows and high-end burlesque, with avant-garde troupes such as Bushwick's Company XIV and event producers including Susanne Bartsch. Now, as the $75,000 she made last year as a singing aerialist goes to zero, Richardson, 40, doesn't understand why government aid has not been solidified to help sustain backbone-of-the-city steady earners like herself. … [Read more...] about New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.
“Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and uphold the integrity of our election system.” … [Read more...] about Charges, sanctions revive specter of Russian interference