EBONY Rundown: R. Kelly Accused of Sexually Abusing Underage Boy, Whoopi Goldberg to Star in Film About Emmett Till, and More

R. Kelly Accused of Sexually Abusing Underage Boy

As federal prosecutors prepare for the upcoming sex trafficking trial of R. Kelly, they’ve introduced new allegations that Kelly also had sexual contact with an underage boy, The Associated Press reports. While they do not intend to bring additional charges against Kelly in connection to the allegations, they have requested that jurors in the sex trafficking trial hear those claims. Jury selection begins August 9 in New York federal court.

Whoopi Goldberg Tapped to Star in and Produce Movie About Emmett Till

Whoopi Goldberg has been cast to play Emmett Till‘s grandmother, Alma Carthan, in Chinonye Chukwu’s Till, a film about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice after the murder of her son, Variety reports. Goldberg will also serve as a producer for the project.

“We have waited a very long time to bring this historically necessary important film to people,” Goldberg said. “And as we watch the repression of American History when it comes to people of color it makes it even that more important.”

Former Surgeon General Blames Unvaccinated Americans for Alarming COVID Spikes

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In a Sunday interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” former surgeon general, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams reasoned that the COVID-19 pandemic is spiraling out of control again as a result of unvaccinated Americans. Further, he warned that if we don’t get a better grasp on things, stricter mask mandates, virtual learning, and closures will be imposed again. “It’s coming because this pandemic is spiraling out of control yet again, and it’s spiraling out of control because we don’t have enough people vaccinated,” Adams admonished. “So get vaccinated because it helps your neighbors, but get vaccinated because it’s going to help every single American enjoy the freedoms that we want to return to.”

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