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Veteran Producer kickstarts $15 Million Campaign To Combat Abortion Bans

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It’s no secret Hollywood is outraged over anti-abortion laws being passed on the state level, especially when the industry’s new film capital Georgia followed suit.

Veteran producer Peter Chernin is turning the boycott up several notches. Chernin has reportedly launched a multi-million dollar campaign to combat the new legislation and is calling for major backing.

Chernin is partnering with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero on the fundraising effort. The email seeks $15 million by July 1, according to Deadline.

“I am launching a campaign to contribute to the $15 million that is needed to fund the ACLU’s legal efforts to battle the national anti-abortion effort,” he wrote, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story. “We have a moral responsibility to act immediately.”

“We were conflicted about contributing to the health of an economy and a state that had declared war on the rights and freedom of its women. On one hand, if we chose the boycott route, thousands of jobs would be lost ultimately damaging workers who rely on production for livelihood, including many women. We also know that the only way to fight the massive, now national incursion on women’s rights is through a legal battle, a battle that needs funding and on the ground support via organizations like the ACLU who are powering up to overturn the law. So our choice became pretty clear we will stay in Georgia, stand shoulder to shoulder with the women of that state and the states under attack, and fight to win.”

Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Utah have implemented the new bill in recent weeks.

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Rihanna, Zendaya, Natalie Portman, and more attend World Premiere of Queen & Slim

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Lena Waithe, Writer/Producer, and Melina Matsoukas, Director/Producer, attend the QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere Gala Screening at AFI FEST 2019 in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Entertainment’s elite descended on the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night (Nov. 15) for the premiere of Queen and Slim starring Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith.

The film, written by Emmy winning screenwriter Lena Waithe, addresses police brutality, centering a black couple who, after a traffic stop gone-wrong, have to make the choice of escaping from the corrupt justice system or face incarceration.

See highlights from the premiere below:

Images courtesy of Eric Charbonneau.

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Kevin Hart makes first Public Appearance since Car Crash

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Kevin Hart made his first appearance last night in Los Angeles at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards after a long recovery from a nearly-fatal car crash.

 The American comedian and actor fractured his spine in September of this year. Hart later began intensive physical therapy following the incident. 

On Sunday (Nov. 10) the father of three took to the stage at the ceremony to accept The Comedy Act Of 2019 award.

“First and foremost thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here,” Hart said. “Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. I want to thank my wife and my kids. They really stepped up for me.”

 The comedian who attended the event with wife Eniko Parrish, 35, and his daughter Heaven Hart, 14 added:

“I also want to take the time to thank the People’s Choice Awards, just for this. This is amazing. But more importantly, the people, man. You have no idea the effect that you have on us as entertainers. Your energy, your support, it means the world and I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in my difficult time. This is special. They all are. I do not take them for granted. Thank you so much. God bless everyone in this room. Peace.” 

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Donald Trump Jr. lauds Kanye West’s ‘Jesus is King’ Album

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Kanye West onstage during his Jesus Is King album and film event at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES 

Donald Trump Jr. has publicly displayed his support for Kanye West’s new Christian album, Jesus is King via Twitter while simultaneously firing shots at the “Leftists.”

“Kanye is ‘cracking the culture code,” the politician asserted. “Jesus Is King is the ‘epitome of fearless creativity and “dangerous, unapproved” ideas,” he added.

He then slammed The Democratic Party for silencing “those who are speaking truth.”

Although Mr. West has made previous claims of being a reformed MAGA supporter, leaving politics beneath his tight-knit Yeezy’s. Perhaps, Trump Jr. will persuade the indecisive rapper to join forces with the red hat clan once more.

West, 42, has not yet responded. See the tweet below.

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