ACADEMY DELAYS 2021 OSCARS CEREMONY
UNDATED (AP) — For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held on April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the movie industry. The Academy’s Board of Governors also decided to extend the eligibility window beyond the calendar year to Feb. 28, 2021. Other entertainment industry awards shows are also in flux, like the Tony Awards. The 74th Tony Awards, originally set for June 7, has been postponed indefinitely.
SAINTS’ JENKINS JOINS CNN AS SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMENTATOR
ATLANTA (AP) — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is joining CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice. Jenkins says he believes he can “be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives" to promoting equality through legislation and other reforms. Jenkins is an 11-year NFL veteran out of Ohio State who has won Super Bowls with both New Orleans and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins says his motivation to join CNN stems from his experience addressing inequalities in criminal justice and educational systems affecting members of "marginalized communities.”
BEYONCÉ WANTS OFFICERS CHARGED IN BLACK WOMAN’S DEATH
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Beyoncé has joined the call for charges against officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black woman gunned down by officers who burst into her home in Kentucky. Beyoncé said in a letter Sunday to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron that the three Louisville police officers must be held accountable. The officers have been placed on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated. Taylor was shot eight times by officers conducting a narcotics investigation on March 13. No drugs were found at her home. After days of protests and calls for reform, the city of Louisville last week banned the used of controversial no-knock warrants.
QUEEN LATIFAH: LET ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ BE GONE
NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah plays Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel in the Netflix series “Hollywood.” And she has a simple reaction to HBO Max's decision last week to pull “Gone With the Wind” from its service temporarily: good riddance. Some have been conflicted about removing the problematic Civil War epic that made McDaniel the first African American to win an Oscar from the service. Latifah says McDaniel's treatment before and after the win removes the luster of her achievement. Latifah also spoke about her reaction to protests in the wake of George Floyd's death, saying the worldwide outpouring is like nothing she's seen before.
DRAKE TOPS BET AWARD NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the leading nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month. BET announced Monday that Drake is nominated for six honors, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. For both best collaboration and the viewer’s choice award, Drake is nominated twice thanks to the hits “No Guidance” with Chris Brown and “Life Is Good” with Future. The 2020 BET Awards will air live on June 28 across ViacomCBS networks, including CBS for the first time. The show, which will be a virtual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic, will also air on BET and BET HER.
BRANDI CARLILE, BRITTANY HOWARD LEAD AMERICANA AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The multi-talented Brandi Carlile leads the Americana Honors and Awards with seven nominations across the board as a solo artist, a member of The Highwomen, a producer and a songwriter. It was a busy year for the Grammy-winner, who produced and wrote Tanya Tucker's comeback album and performed with The Highwomen. Also leading in nominations for the Sept. 16 awards show is rocker Brittany Howard, who is up for five nominations including artist of the year and album of the year for her solo record “Jaime.” The late John Prine, who died in April from COVID-19 complications, is nominated for artist of the year.