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Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 1:22 PM
— Springfield native and Grammy Award winning artist John Legend is apparently gearing up for a music video shoot that will tackle some serious social issues.
According to TMZ, Legend put out a casting call, courtesy of Casting Networks in Los Angeles, for a music video shoot Sept. 9. The listing asks for several groups of performers, including African American males and females to play Black Lives Matter protestors, Caucasian males, ages 18-35 to fill the role of “white male protestors,” and a Caucasian and Hispanic woman to “show that there is no segregation in love” for a kissing scene.
What’s gotten the bulk of the attention, is what’s listed as protestors who will play “Trump supporters.” The listing calls for Caucasian men and women, ages 35-65 who are “preferably out of shape.”
Legend has been widely critical of Donald Trump, including a candid, yet scathing interview in the New York Times in February.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:16 AM
BOISE, Idaho — President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness."
According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association – were Democrats, while 13 percent were Republicans and 27 percent were Independents. Respondents gave each president a score of 0-100 for "overall greatness," then each president's scores were averaged.
So who took the No. 1 spot? Abraham Lincoln led the pack with a score of 95.03, followed by George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Those presidents' ranks remained unchanged from 2014.
2018 Presidential Greatness Survey— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 19, 2018
4. T. Roosevelt
41. A. Johnson
43. Wm Harrison
Among recent presidents, Barack Obama fared the best, placing eighth with a score of 71.13. Ronald Reagan took the No. 9 spot, while Bill Clinton came in at No. 13, George H.W. Bush at No. 17, Jimmy Carter at No. 26 and George W. Bush at No. 30.
Trump ranked No. 44 – last place – with a score of 12.34. Among Republican respondents, he fared slightly better, coming in at No. 40.
Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:07 AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to weigh in on Republican Roy Moore's stunning loss in the Alabama Senate race.
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:13 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65.
Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
ATLANTA — 12:27 a.m. EST Wednesday: Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares a victory in the Atlanta mayor's race.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by just 759 votes. Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, declared victory as she spoke to her supporters, but Norwood said the race isn't over yet.
"This is about Atlanta. We stand here today believing all things are possible." Keisha Lance Bottoms says as she claims victory at her watch party. Norwood has called for a recount.#ATLMayor #ElectionOn2— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 6, 2017
WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/rnYybYUUlO pic.twitter.com/d8nJr5785B
ORIGINAL STORY: Today is the day Atlanta will decide which woman will become its next mayor.
Polls officially opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood spent Monday at City Hall doing the people’s business, but they also did some campaigning before Tuesday’s election. And with the race coming to an end, some people are now deciding whom they plan to endorse.
Outside City Hall, more endorsements came in for Bottoms. Prominent attorneys and progressives stood with her.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Ms. Bottoms will surround herself with a team of compassionate and thoughtful people with the political savvy to make this city better,” said assistant professor Maurice Hobson.
But across town, a civil rights activist said he’s endorsing Mary Norwood.
“Dr. King said it best: 'People want to be judged based on their character, not the color of their skin.' That works not just for white people but for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Markel Hutchins.
Hutchins said he supports Norwood because of her decades of public service.
“What Atlanta needs now is not just someone who is desiring of the office of mayor but someone who legitimately wants to serve the public,” Hutchins said.
Both candidates were at Monday’s City Council meeting after the Tuesday’s election, and it will be one of their last; one will become mayor and the other will become a private citizen.