Inspiration for Generations Chadwick Boseman Dies & Global News

by Debra Brown

Chadwick Boseman

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Inspiration for Generations Chadwick Boseman Dies

Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).

Although Chadwick Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis, according to the statement, he worked through his treatment for much of his career, starting when he played another Black American icon, NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, in 2017’s “Marshall” — a year before the premiere of “Black Panther.” Boseman most recently appeared in Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama “Da 5 Bloods,” and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play, directed by George C. Wolfe.

The “Black Panther” film, Chadwick Boseman starred in, was the first superhero movie ever nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Picture, earning six other nominations and winning three.


Portland Shooting Amplifies Tensions in Presidential Race 

A man affiliated with a right-wing group was shot and killed as a large caravan of supporters of Mr. Trump drove through downtown Portland, where nightly protests have unfolded for three consecutive months. No suspect has been publicly identified.

The man who was shot and killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in the Portland area that has clashed with protesters in the past. 

The shooting came in the same week that a 17-year-old armed with a military-style weapon was charged with homicide in connection with shootings during a protest in Kenosha, Wis., that left two people dead and one injured.

Portland police are still investigating possible shooters and motives.


California Approves Extension Of COVID-19 Moratorium On Evictions 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a five-month extension to measures aimed at preventing millions of tenants from being thrown out of housing for missing rent due to hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom signed Assembly Bill 3088 into law after last-minute wrangling in the California Legislature that tried to balance the demands of both landlord and tenant advocacy groups.

In March, Newsom issued an executive order placing a moratorium on evictions through the end of May. He twice extended the order, which California’s Judicial Council voted to end on Sept. 1.

Under the new legislation, which goes into effect immediately, tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent from Sept. 1 through Jan. 31 will be protected from eviction. However, those who fail to meet the minimum rent payment could be removed beginning Feb. 1.

The extension also gives tenants a reprieve on unpaid rent between March and August but allows landlords to sue for the back rent during that period beginning in March 2021.

To qualify for the protections, tenants are required to sign a declaration affirming a COVID-19 hardship.

According to the latest analysis of weekly US Census data, as federal, state, and local protections and resources expire and in the absence of robust and swift intervention, an estimated 30–40 million people in America could be at risk of eviction in the next several months.

Here’s what to do if you can’t make your rent or mortgage payments because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Hurricane Laura Floods ICE Jails in Louisiana

People held in immigration jails in Louisiana report horrific conditions and continued mistreatment after Hurricane Laura devastated the area. Immigrants detained at the LaSalle and Jackson Parish jails say that after the storm, the two facilities have flooded with urine and feces and lack electricity, clean food, or water. Many of those protesting the conditions are from Cameroon, and refugee rights groups, including the Cameroon American Council, are demanding an investigation into conditions.

Louisiana has quietly become a hub for immigration detention during the Trump administration, holding thousands of asylum seekers who have been denied bond by immigration authorities as well as others seeking to remain in the United States or awaiting deportation. At least eight new jails have opened in recent years, including some former prisons converted into immigration detention.

LaSalle Corrections has been accused of mishandling the coronavirus and not following ICE regulations elsewhere in Louisiana.


Breonna Taylor’s Ex Offered Plea Deal to Implicate Her

Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, says Louisville prosecutors wanted him to implicate the slain 26-year-old Black woman when they offered him a plea deal in his ongoing drug case four months after her fatal shooting.

Taylor had no involvement in drugs, and signing the deal would have falsely incriminated her, Jamarcus Glover told USA TODAY/The Courier Journal in a phone interview from Louisville Metro Corrections.

Taylor was shot and killed as Louisville Metro Police officers attempted to serve a signed no-knock search warrant for her apartment after midnight on March 13. The controversial raid was part of a drug investigation that focused on Glover.

Taylor’s family and lawyers have insisted she had nothing to do with Jamarcus Glover’s alleged crimes.

Louisville prosecutors offered Glover a plea bargain, one that could turn a possible 10-year prison sentence into probation, that said Taylor had participated in his “organized crime syndicate,” according to records first reported by WDRB television

Prosecutor Wine denies offering a plea to suspect naming Taylor co-defendant.

The prosecutor Wine says it was a draft as part of preindictment negotiation. It was never part of the court record, Wine said, and it’s not a court document. 

Glover disputed Wine’s claims, however, saying his attorney presented him the document for consideration, and he took a picture with his cellphone. He told his current girlfriend to release the picture after learning Wine’s office had pulled the plea deal. “How is it a draft and they wanted me to sign it?” Glover asked in Monday night’s interview. “You don’t put no draft in front of nobody. How would I get it if it’s just a draft?”


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