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Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry made history becoming the first African American outright owner of one of the largest studio lots in America.
All the soundstages of Tyler Perry Studios were named after other members of the black community who have inspired him, including Spike Lee, Will Smith, Oprah, Denzel Washington, and Cicely Tyson.
The studio in Atlanta, Georgia has been operating for a couple of years, while still under construction. Marvel’s “Black Panther” was the first feature filmed there, followed by everything from HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, to Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage”, and Ryan Gosling’s “The First Man.” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is currently filmed on the lot.
Tyler Perry Studios will also build a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced.
The Kurdish-led forces who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group in Syria have accused Washington of reneging on its commitments by pulling out troops from the country’s northeast and clearing the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-controlled region.
The US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG), which spearheads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operations, played a key role in the removal of ISIL fighters after the armed group captured vast territory in Syria and Iraq in 2014.
The US military, which has pledged to protect the SDF from a Turkish attack, agreed to a “security mechanism” with Ankara, under which Kurdish forces would be pulled back from the Turkey-Syria border and a “safe zone” would be set up for the return of some of the 3.6 million refugees currently in Turkey.
The beginning of the US troops’ withdrawal came after a statement by the White House that the US would not intervene in the long-threatened Turkish operation. Turkey considers the Kurdish forces a “terrorist organization” linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long armed campaign for autonomy in Turkey.
The White House announced that it would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, calling it an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election”. In a letter to House Democratic leaders, the White House said the inquiry had violated precedent and denied President Trump’s due process rights in such an egregious way that neither he nor the executive branch would willingly provide testimony or documents.
Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel wrote, “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the executive branch and all future occupants of the office of the presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”.
House Democrats made clear that his failure to comply with their demands for information could form the basis for its own article of impeachment.
Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships as the United States retained their women’s team all-around title.
Biles’ 15th career gold medal brings her a total of 21 medals, breaking a tie with the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals by a woman at the world championships.
She’s now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record among men or women of 23.
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