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Chadwick Boseman has been posthumously nominated for a 2021 Independent Spirit Award.

People reports that when the nominees for the award show were announced on Tuesday morning, Boseman’s name was amongst the nominees for the Best Male Lead award. He was nominated for his role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final role.

Ma Rainey’s is based on August Wilson’s 1982 play about Ma Rainey, the “Mother of Blues,” and tells the story of her experience with white management. The film is set in 1927 Chicago and examines racial tension in the music industry. 

Boseman passed away at the age of 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer. 

The other nominees in the category include Riz Ahmed for The Sound of Metal, Rob Morgan for Bull, Steven Yeun for Minari, and Adarsh Gourav for The White Tiger.

The 36th Independent Spirit Awards are set to take place on Thursday, April 22, and will broadcast live on IFC at 10 p.m. EST.

 




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Missouri, Kansas Legislators Propose Anti-Transgender Bills That Would Make It Illegal For Doctors To Perform Gender-Reassignment Services To People Under 18; LGBTQ Advocates Fight Back

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LGBTQ advocates are trying to stop proposed anti-transgender bills from passing in Missouri and Kansas.

Legislators in Missouri and Kansas have proposed bills that would make it illegal for doctors in the states to perform gender-reassignment services, procedures, or surgeries for transgender children under 18, according to KSHB’s Sarah Place. The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBTQ advocates are pushing back against the move.

The bills called Kansas House Bill 2210 and Missouri House Bill 33 would also make it illegal to prescribe puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Currently, gender reassignment procedures are only available to people older than 18, according to NBC 52. The bill would also ban parents from helping or supporting their children who are undergoing medical treatments. If parents do support their children, they can be reported to the state children’s division.

While lawmakers claim they are protecting children, advocates say they are putting children in danger. “Our kids hear that,” Shira Berkowitz with PROMO Missouri says, “and we’re doing everything we can to make sure they’re supported by their parents, by the adults in their lives, and know there is a much larger support system for them than these bills set to attack them.”




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Texas school scraps ‘Rules for Chivalry’ lessons following public backlash

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Divorce rates have spiked in America during the Covid-19 lockdowns. The divorce rate, normally the highest in the world, is 34 percent higher from March through June compared to 2019, according to the NY Post.

One Texas school teacher hoped a new lesson would help change the relationship dynamics between males and females that lead to higher divorce rates.

Titled “Rules for Chivalry”, the class assignment teaches young students how to be proper ladies and gentlemen.

The rules for girls include “dress in a feminine manner to please men”, “address all men respectfully by title” and “obey any reasonable request by a male”.

Additionally, girls are instructed to “walk behind men”, not to “criticize men” or “complain or whine”.

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There were also a set of rules for boys, instructing them to “dress in jackets and ties or suits”, “treat ladies with respect”, “show courtesy and assist women”, assist ladies to seat themselves at a table, and “pay for all expenses during dates”.

These rules are routinely taught to children in other cultures where the divorce rates are significantly lower than in America.

Despite the fact that the rules have proven effective in other cultures, the class was canceled due to the fierce public backlash.

The Shallowater school district released a statement saying the assignment “does not reflect our district and community values. The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed.”

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Rep. Eric Swalwell Sues Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani And Others For Capitol Riot: “I Thought I Was Going To Die”

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, is suing former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks from Alabama, claiming that they all incited the violence that occurred on January 6th during the U.S. Capitol Riot.

According to the New York Post, Swalwell claims Trump and his cronies violated civil rights by attempting to block the political process and the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

The suit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and follows Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, who also sued Trump weeks ago, claiming he launched a drawn-out attempt to overturn the election results.

Swalwell’s suit alleges Trump and the other defendants violated local laws in D.C. by inciting the mob to storm the nation’s Capitol while his own Vice President Mike Pence was in the Senate chamber working to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol,” Swalwell’s suit stated.

The post Rep. Eric Swalwell Sues Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani And Others For Capitol Riot: “I Thought I Was Going To Die” appeared first on Baller Alert.


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