EBONY Rundown: Viola Davis Cast as Michelle Obama, Suspect Apprehended in Murder of Delia Johnson and More

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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama

Viola Davis has been cast as Michelle Obama in Showtime’s “The First Lady,” which will profile America’s first ladies and their contributions to the political arena. “I feel very protective of Michelle,” Davis says of her latest role, according to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s our job as actors not to judge whoever we are portraying, but I ended up thinking she’s just dope.” The series is slated to premiere in Spring 2020.

Suspect in Delia Johnson Shooting Apprehended

Claudia Banton, the woman accused of executing Delia Johnson on a Brooklyn street last August, was apprehended Monday in Jacksonville, Florida, according to NBC 4. Johnson’s death drew national attention as the callous, execution-style slaying was captured by a surveillance camera and quickly went viral. Though the suspect has been identified as a family friend of the victim, no motive for the shooting has been revealed.

Rate of Americans Quitting Their Jobs Hit New Milestone in Sept.

As the Great Resignation forges ahead, September marked a milestone month. According to USA Today, the number of Americans leaving their jobs climbed to 4.4 million last month. This new milestone accounts for a total of 3 percent of workers who have parted with their employers, according to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey.

Pregnancy Test Sale Rates Surge, Signaling Millenial Baby Boom

Experts suspect that a Millenial baby boom could be on the horizon as pregnancy test sale rates surge, Today reports. Nielsen data and a recent report from Bank of America show that the sale of pregnancy tests grew by 13 percent since June 2020. Birth rates also increased by 3.3 percent in June 2021, which has been the greatest upwards trend since 2013.

Missing NJ Teen Jashyah Moore Found

Jashyah Moore, the East Orange teenager who went missing last month, has been located. According to ABC News, authorities located Moore, who had been hiding in New York at a shelter in Brooklyn after running away from home. The teen’s mother, Jamie Moore, has since been arrested and charged with child endangerment and faces accusations of physical abuse and neglect. Her teenage daughter and 3-year-old son have been removed from her custody.

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