Serena Williams' father Richard defends Will Smith over Oscars slap and says he doesn't feel sorry for Chris Rock: 'It's time for everyone to forgive Will Smith'
Richard Williams told UK TV show "Good Morning Britain" that Smith was justified in slapping Chris Rock for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.news.yahoo.com
Chris Rock declining to file police report over Oscars incident: LAPD
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that Chris Rock is declining to file a police report after being struck by actor Will Smith in a shocking altercation during the Oscars broadcast."LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another," a statement obtained early Monday by ITK said following the awards show in Los Angeles."...news.yahoo.com
Will Smith confronts Chris Rock, then wins best actor Oscar
Chris Rock made a joke. Will Smith quickly took offense. Smith — moments before winning best actor honors for his portrayal of tennis dad Richard Williams in “King Richard" — marched on stage and appeared to smack Rock during Sunday night's Academy Awards after the comic made a joke about the appearance of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.news.yahoo.com
New this week: Will Smith, 'Tick, Tick... Boom!' and Adele
This week’s new entertainment releases include a much-anticipated album from Adele, a documentary about Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show and Will Smith playing father and tennis guru to Venus and Serena Williams.
San Antonio-area Rep. Tony Gonzales upsets some with photos of maskless Uvalde livestock show
San Antonio-area Rep. Tony Gonzales left many folks upset after posting photos of a maskless livestock show in Uvalde. The Texas Republican uploaded the images to his Facebook page on Saturday, writing "Great time at the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show." The photos showed crowds of people standing and talking to each other with no masks on, including Gonzales himself. Richard Williams, President of the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show, told MySA.com masks were not required due to them keeping the doors open at the Uvalde County Fairplex Building, which is 171,00 square feet. Mayor of Uvalde Don McLaughlin told MySA.com he was told by livestock show officials that social distancing was enforced.mysanantonio.com
Group seeks to combat misleading information online
(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project they say will combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration, supporters announced Friday. The newly formed National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter fake social media accounts and Twitter trolls that often discourage Black voters from participating in elections or seek to turn Black voters against other communities of color. The effort isn't meant to silence groups that are behind any hashtag but counter “bad actors” who are using the hashtags to disseminate false information, Aiwuyor said. The founders also took issue with the National Black Cultural Information Trust on Twitter after the announcement that the project would monitor the #ADOS hashtag for xenophobic comments and false information. But also to measure the plunder of the ADOS community from 1619 to today.”Members of the National Black Cultural Information Trust plan to monitor social media posts and flag those spreading misleading and fake stories.
Will Smith's Production Company Sued Over Film Based on Serena and Venus Williams' Father
News broke last year that Will Smith would be playing Venus and Serena Williams' father, Richard Williams, in an upcoming biopic, King Richard -- but a new lawsuit claims that the tennis coach had already sold his life rights to someone else. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi Media claim that the upcoming film, produced by Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, and Warner Bros., is based on a multi-million dollar breach of contract. The plaintiffs are seeking "an injunction requiring all profits for any project using the Richard Williams Rights to be placed in trust for Plaintiffs benefit." King Richard -- starring Smith, Saniyya Sidney as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena -- is set to hit theaters in 2021. ET has reached out to Williams, Lesane, Smith, Overbrook and Warner Bros. for comment.
Cassin named firefighter of year at UVFD event
Mayor lauds Howards, more for longevityJulye KeebleStaff writerThough he was home with pneumonia, Will Cassin was named Firefighter of the Year for 2019 at the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet. Cassin, a UVFD member for seven years, was credited for putting his life on the line to protect and save the life of Rodney Reagan, attacked by bees in 2018. We were dispatched, the EMS was dispatched, said Richard Williams, of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department. The award was made Thursday night at the banquet, held at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Cassin was previously named UVFD firefighter of the year for 2014.uvaldeleadernews.com
Britain's last tin mine could reopen
Tin mining and smelting in this southwest corner of rural England dates back thousands of years. And the last mine to close South Crofty could be the first to reopen. "So you're going to see a growing demand for the use of tin," Williams said. Mark Wills, owner of Blue Hills Tin, a mining visitor's center and tin jewelry shop, said his father was the last of four generations to work underground. Today, Blue Hills Tin attracts visitors from all over the world who are interested in the history behind 4,000 years of tin production.
Richard Williams, 'Roger Rabbit' animator, dead at 86
BRISTOL, United Kingdom (CNN) - Richard Williams, the animator known for his work on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and two "Pink Panther" films, is dead, his family told PA Media, the UK national news agency. Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, died Friday at his home in St. Andrews, Bristol. His daughter Natasha Sutton Williams told the PA that her father had been suffering from cancer. "He really was an inspiration to everyone that met him," Williams' daughter said. Some of Williams' other work is featured in the movies "The Return of the Pink Panther," "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," and 1967's "Casino Royale," as well as the 1971 TV short "A Christmas Carol."