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'Glee' co-star Samantha Ware accuses Lea Michele of making her time on the show "a living hell"

Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) A tweet regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer led Lea Michele to sound off on it -- but then prompted her former female co-stars to sound off on her. 

In response to Lea's comment supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Samantha Ware -- who appeared with Michele in Glee's sixth season -- posted, "LMAO remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget. I believe you told everyone if [you] had the opportunity you would 'sh**in my wig! Amongst other traumatic microagressions that made me question a career in Hollywood…"

In response, Glee co-star Alex Newell, tweeted a series of sarcastic GIFs, including RuPaul peering into opera glasses.

Another Glee star, Amber Riley, for her part, posted a GIF of herself with a finger in the air, like she had something to add.

For the record, Michele also had a longstanding feud with Glee co-star Naya Rivera, one that show creator Ryan Murphy recalled with E!. "I think a lot of that was informed by their youth and being involved in a phenomenon," he explained, though he allowed, "There were many boys on our show that didn't get along. And you never hear about that...in our culture."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Mission: Accepted -- Simon Pegg says 'Mission: Impossible 7' will start shooting again in September

Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Production on Mission: Impossible 7 was moved from Venice, Italy to Rome to try to avoid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, before it was shuttered altogether in February. But Tom Cruise has a plan to get production back on track -- according to one of his co-stars.

Simon Pegg, who plays agent and tech genius Benji Dunn in the franchise, tells Variety the "plan" is to start shooting in September. "That will begin with the outdoor stuff. That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place."

Pegg joked that the franchise's trademark fight scenes would now have to be shot "five feet apart," but on a more serious note, explained, "People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don't know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they'll be able to be tested regularly."

Pegg's comments come just as Hollywood has submitted its guidelines for getting back to work post-COVID-19, including safety protocols regarding cleaning, social distancing, and virus testing for crew members.

By Stephen Iervolino
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JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot productions pledges $10 million to anti-racist organizations

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Bad Robot Productions, the TV and film company headed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, along with the Katie McGrath JJ Abrams Family Foundation, have pledged to donate $10 million over five years to a number of organizations “committed to anti-racist agendas.”

“Enough is enough. Enough police brutality. Enough outsized privilege. Enough polite conversation. Enough white comfort,” began the lengthy statement posted to Bad Robot’s Instagram page.

"In this fragile time, words matter, listening is critical and investment is required," it continued.

“The centuries long neglect and abuse of our Black brothers and sisters can only be addressed by scalable investment,” said the statement.  “Corporate and private philanthropy can never achieve the impact needed to address these systemic inequities, but companies and individuals who are able must do what we can until our political leaders lead.”

The first round of donations will include $200,000 each to Black Lives Matter LA, Black Futures Lab, Community Coalition, Equal Justice Initiative, and Know Your Rights Camp.

The pledge comes in response a week of nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police last Tuesday.

By George Costantino  
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Hollywood looks to start back up with post-COVID safety plan

iStock/oatjo(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood on Monday submitted its plan for restarting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down production in March. 

A copy of the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force guidelines, obtained by Deadline, include, among other things, limiting face-to-face contact with others and regular, periodic testing of the cast and crew.  Along with procedures of cleaning, protection and prevention that other industries have already began implementing as America reopens, the plan also calls for appointing at least one compliance officer to address workplace issues as they arise. 

The task force is now awaiting a response from governors and various state officials.

A similar set of rules were formally submitted more than a week ago by the state of Georgia, which is a hub of shooting activity for movies and TV shows. Its so-called Best Practices guide detailed many post-COVID changes, including forbidding crowded production vans, changing meal distribution, stressing virtual meetings where possible, and even placing limits on background extras and wardrobe.  

By George Costantino and Stephen Iervolino
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Jennifer Aniston's nude portrait is being auctioned off for COVID-19 relief

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- One of Jennifer Aniston's most famous portraits is heading to the auction block for COVID-19 relief.  So, if you're a fan of her black and white nude portrait that she shot in 1995, you're in luck.

Aniston revealed on Instagram over the weekend that the man who shot the renowned photo, Mark Seliger, is the one who organized the auction.  "My dear friend @markseliger teamed up with @radvocacy and @christiesinc to auction 25 of his portraits - including mine - for COVID-19 relief," the Friends alum announced. 

The picture was taken during the height of Friends mania, when Seliger was tasked to photograph the entire cast of the acclaimed sitcom, which he explained to Christie's.  The nude photograph, where Aniston was directed to try something a little more "provocative and edgy," was a product of that photoshoot and later became one of Seliger's most famous works. The actress, it should be said, has her legs and arms folded in such a way to completely protect her modesty.

While sharing a black and white video of Seliger developing the famed shot, Aniston added, "100% of sales proceeds of this portrait will go to @NAFClinics, an organization which provides free coronavirus testing and care nationwide to the medically underserved." 

She sweetly concluded, "Thank you again to Mark for allowing me to be part of this."

Other photos Seliger is auctioning for Red Carpet Advocacy and Christie's is Julia Louis-Dreyfus' nude shot in which the Constitution is written on her back, Amy Schumer can-canning with stormtroopers, Keith Richards' 2011 cover for GQ Magazine and over 20 others.  

You can bid for the portraits up for auction on RADArt4Aid's website.  As of late Monday, the current bid on Aniston's portrait is at $6,500.

The auction ends June 12.

By Megan Stone
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Judge awards ownership of Joe Exotic's zoo to Carole Baskin

Netflix(OKLAHOMA) -- If you thought the Tiger King drama was over, think again.  A judge ruled on Monday that Joe Exotic's nemesis Carole Baskin is now the owner of the zoo he founded.

TMZ obtained copies of the court ruling where a federal judge ruled that Exotic's attempts to transfer ownership of his Oklahoma sanctuary to his mother and Jeff Lowe in 2016 was fraudulent. In order to satisfy a previous $1 million ruling in favor of Baskin, in which she was never compensated, she was granted control of the property.

The judge is giving Lowe 120 days to vacate the premises, which he recently renamed Tiger King Park to cash in on the hit Netflix docu-series.

When approached for comment about losing the property, Lowe told TMZ, "We have long anticipated that the judge would eventually undo the 2016 land transfer. We are thankful that he dragged out his decision this long and allowed us time to complete the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville Oklahoma, behind the World's largest casino."

Lowe added that, overall, it's Carole who lost out in the end, "Considering she spent approximately 2.5M chasing her 1M judgment, we congratulate her on her new acquisition of 16 acres in rural Oklahoma."

He also took a shot at Baskin by nodding to a fan theory that she killed her husband and fed him to the tigers, "The possibility of human remains being buried on this land should make her feel right at home."

Baskin's first husband disappeared without a trace in 1997. Police have since ruled she is not an official suspect in the case.

Netflix's bizarre series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness was a breakout hit this spring with 34 million people binging the series in the first 10 days of its release.

By Megan Stone
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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively feel "ashamed" for being unaware of their white privilege

ABC, ABC/Lou Rocco (LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have spoken out about how the Black Lives Matter movement opened their eyes about their white privilege.  Specifically, how their worries regarding their children's safety pale in comparison to that of black and minority parents.

In an open letter to fans on Sunday, the parents of three confessed that they're "ashamed" to have only noticed their privilege recently.

"We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car," Reynolds and Lively penned. "We don't know what it's like to experience that life day in and day out.  We can't imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger."

The Deadpool actor furthered that he and his wife are "ashamed that in the past we've allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systematic racism is."

The couple vowed that they will raise their three children to "never grow up feeding this insane pattern" so that they "never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously."  He added that is the bare minimum they can do as parents to end the cycle of hate.

The two also declared themselves allies of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to which they contributed $200,000.  However, Lively and Reynolds admitted that the gesture is "just a start"

"We also pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election," They vowed, saying that they will be sure to learn about all those running for political office, even school board nominees.  

"We want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally," the two conclude in their joint-announcements, saying their goal is to "play a part in easing the pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them."

By Megan Stone
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George Clooney calls racism "America's greatest pandemic"

Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hulu(NEW YORK) -- Forget COVID-19, George Clooney thinks America’s greatest pandemic is racism; and the cure is to vote.

In response to nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police, Clooney wrote an essay published by The Daily Beast on Monday.

"How many times have we seen people of color killed by police?" he began. "Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Laquan McDonald.  There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered.  We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers.  Now we see another defiant reaction to the systemic cruel treatment of a portion of our citizens like we saw in 1968, 1992, and 2014."

"We don't know when these protests will subside," he continues. "We hope and pray that no one else will be killed. But we also know that very little will change."

"The anger and the frustration we see playing out once again in our streets is just a reminder of how little we've grown as a country from our original sin of slavery," he adds.  "The fact that we aren't actually buying and selling other human beings anymore is not a badge of honor.  We need systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system.

"We need policymakers and politicians that reflect basic fairness to all of their citizens equally.  Not leaders that stoke hatred and violence as if the idea of shooting looters could ever be anything less than a racial dog whistle,” he declares.

"This is our pandemic.  It infects all of us, and in 400 years we've yet to find a vaccine," the 59-year-old actor concludes.  "And there is only one way in this country to bring lasting change: Vote."

By George Costantino
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In speech at San Francisco "kneel-in," Jamie Foxx calls on "Hollywood friends" to take action

ABC/Lou Rocco(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Jamie Foxx delivered an impassioned speech Monday at a “kneel-in” demonstration at San Francisco City Hall to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The Oscar-winner called on his “Hollywood friends” to take action, advising them to get out of the comfort of their homes and let people see their faces.

“You gotta get out here,” he implored. “You can't sit back. You can't tweet. You can't text. You got to get out here.”

He added, “When you’re here, and you see how people are hurting, you can understand what it is as opposed to being in your bedroom or your living room and saying, 'Hey, I don't like this.'”

Foxx promised the crowd he would continue to show up for whatever they needed.

“I don't preach or anything like that,” he said. “But I just want to be here to let you know that you got somebody that you can call anytime.”

He concluded by encouraging protesters to remain steadfast.

“Let's not forget that they may try to pull one on us,” he said. “Even now they say we didn't see what we saw. And I continuously say, how can we see it as a murder and they see it as a misunderstanding? The work is still here.”

The actor was joined at the peaceful protest by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Shamann Walton, officials from the NAACP and other leaders. 

By Andrea Tuccillo
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After playing dad to Chrises Evans and Pratt, JK Simmons has his eye on Pine and Hemsworth

AppleTV (LOS ANGELES) -- In the latest installment of PeopleTV.com's quarantine show Couch Surfing, actor JK Simmons says he wants in on what's become a running Hollywood joke: the number of superstars who happened to be named Chris. 

Simmons, who appeared both in the original Spider-Man films and in the most recent, Spider-Man: Far From Home as muckraking newsman J. Jonah Jameson, plays Chris Evans' dad in the AppleTV drama Defending Jacob

While he admitted he was a fan of Captain America's alter-ego, saying he thought he'd be "a good guy to work with," Simmons said working with Evans sparked an idea.

"My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris," the Whiplash Oscar-winner laughed.  "So I checked off my Chris Evans box, and I just finished a film [The Tomorrow War] with Chris Pratt where I play his father, so that's number two."

Simmons says, "So if you're casting out there I'm looking -- Chris Pine, I'm available, and Chris Hemsworth -- in either order, I mean, we don't have to go alphabetical."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Broadway On Demand cancels Tonys celebration over deaths of George Floyd, others

iStock/helivideo(NEW YORK) -- Broadway On Demand, the newly launched streaming platform for theater devotees, has announced that it will will postpone the Tony Awards celebration that was scheduled for this Sunday, June 7, out of respect for the Black Lives Movement. 

The organization is currently taking part in nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis a week ago today after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck.  

In a statement, Broadway On Demand President and CEO Sean Cercone said, "We are collectively saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, [and] Breonna Taylor and disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustices that continue to permeate our society."

The statement continues: "We at Broadway On Demand do not tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind. The continued violence against Black Americans is inexcusable. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter."

Calling this a "a pivotal moment in our nation's history," Cercone says his company's, "priorities at this time are to listen, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to do our best to enact real change in our industry and in our nation."

Cercone says, "We truly believe theater has the power to educate, inspire, develop empathy, bridge cultural divides and ultimately unite under the banner of humanity. Broadway On Demand recognizes that we have the power to influence and change the world through art. Our goal as an organization is to create a platform where underrepresented voices can be amplified and uplifted. That is why it is of the utmost importance that the programs we deliver adhere to these beliefs and reflect the world in which we live."

The postponed Tony Awards celebration will be rescheduled.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for the "moral failure" of not speaking out about George Floyd's death

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to apologize for what he called a "moral failure" of not speaking out soon enough about the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, was killed one week ago today in Minneapolis after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck during an arrest, while Floyd repeatedly declared that he couldn't breathe.  His death sparked ongoing protests nationwide. 

"We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting," Miranda said. "We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election. And that we have not yet firmly spoken inarguable truth of Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official Hamilton channels is a moral failure on our part."

He added, "As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure. I'm sorry for not pushing harder and faster for us to speak these self-evident truths under the Hamilton banner, which has come to mean so much to so many of you...Literally, the idea of the show doesn't exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew, and production team who breathe life into the story every time it's performed."

Miranda concluded. "It's up to us in words and deeds to stand up for our fellow citizens...and have each others' backs."

He closed with, "History has its eyes on all of us."

By Stephen Iervolino
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One Zoom to rule them all: Josh Gad reunites entire 'Lord of the Rings' cast in epic "Reunited Apart" segment

Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As part of his ongoing Reunited Apart series, Josh Gad pulled off an epic reunion befitting an epic trilogy: the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings films. 

The get-together was meant to help support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America. 

While Gad has already brought together the much smaller casts of movies like Splash and The Goonies, Gad's latest event left no stone unturned for the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's beloved books.

Starting with Sean Astin, who claimed he was hoping for a Rudy reunion, one by one, the fellowship is joined, until the entire cast -- Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellan, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Miranda Otto, and director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer Phillipa Boyens -- pop up on screen.

"I remember when we all said goodbye 30 years ago, we said we'd have reunions," McKellan noted. "Have you been having reunions without me?"

For over 50 minutes, the group reminisces about what it took to make the beloved trilogy, shows off their matching tattoos they got on set, reenacts scenes and divulges secrets -- like Rhys-Davies' contract mandating that he have a La-Z-Boy recliner near him on set, even if the set was on the side of a mountain.

Eventually, Jackson's fellow New Zealander, Taika Waititi, joins the fun with trivia questions.

Bernard Hill, King Theoden himself, gets the last laugh. He joins the call after everybody had left. "Bugger," he says, realizing his mistake.

By Stephen Iervolino
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John Cusack claims cop attacked him during Chicago protest

Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images(ILLINOIS) --  Actor and activist John Cusack claimed on Sunday evening that Chicago cops attacked him while he was attending a protest over the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck while apprehending him. Floyd's death sparked protests and riots nationwide.

To Twitter, the Gross Pointe Blank star noted, "Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike." 


His video doesn't show that per se, but we hear him forcefully being told to move, and then hear the sound of metal crashing, and Cusack saying, "All right, all right."

The actor's timeline is filled with not only photos he took of the "chaos" in Chicago, but of retweets of protests in the U.S. and around the world.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon, and more demand justice for George Floyd

iStock/Coast-to-Coast (LOS ANGELES) -- The recent killing of George Floyd by now-fired policeman Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has sparked intense national outrage leading to an eruption of protests across the world. Amid this civil unrest, celebrities have used their platforms to educate, raise awareness, and demand change. 

Oprah: "Those of us who have the ability to be seen or heard in our lives—whether you are Black or white, Asian or Hispanic—it is incumbent on all of us to not just be outraged when we see injustice. It's not enough to just say 'It's so terrible.' We can't tolerate hate crimes perpetrated by authorities in this country. We need to speak up and say 'That will not happen on my watch.' We're going to do the work that it takes to dismantle in our own way."

Reese Witherspoon: The actress tweeted, "It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don’t want that for my kids. Or for yours.We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice."

We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice.

— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) May 30, 2020

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: "Past few days I've been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd's death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I've had cops in my family. Good men. And there's a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat... These officers will be charged, I'm positive of that. Held accountable. But then where's the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality..."

Jennifer Aniston: She expressed on Instagram, "This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time - and it’s NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME?"

Kevin Hart: "You can't ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It's that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That's taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE."

You can’t ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It’s that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That’s taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE.

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 31, 2020

Jessica Biel: "The past few weeks have been heartbreaking... mostly because the racism and blatant injustices we’ve seen lately have happened many times before. We have allowed inequality to be part of America for too long - and it has NEVER been acceptable. As allies, we have to do more. While the obvious and understandable reaction is to be angry, and to fight back with hate - we also need to remember we are most powerful together. Please speak up. We want EVERYONE to live freely and peacefully. This hatred we are seeing is a result of a deep systemic problem, but we are not powerless."

Chrissy Teigen: After pledging $200,000 to bail out protestors, she wrote, "I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity... Silence is betrayal."

Katie Holmes: Alongside a quote of Floyd's last words the actress quoted James Baldwin: "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have," and added, "I send love to his family and friends. This is heartbreaking."

Viola Davis: "This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here's the thing......America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! "I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued"....... RIP George Floyd."

Lebron James: Next to a side by side photo of Colin Kaepernick kneeling and Floyd being pinned down by a police officer's knee, the NBA star explained, "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??"

Steph Curry: "If this image doesn’t disturb you and piss you off, then idk. I’ve seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it’s the same same same reality we live in. George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away."

Ava DuVernay: "You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must," she tweeted.

You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020

Vanessa Bryant: Captioning a photo of her late husband, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, wearing a T-shirt that reads "I Can't Breathe," she shared, "My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again. Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let's share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE... BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE..."

Gigi Hadid: "Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often - and the videos that go viral are not isolated events... Keep signing petitions, making calls to demand justice, speaking out (this is not just if you have a big platform- it starts in your homes and communities), and fighting to make a difference for every life that has been wrongly taken or effected by THE PANDEMIC OF RACISM. THIS IS ABOUT BEING AGAINST EVERY SENSELESS ACT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT BURDENS THIS COUNTRY." Read the full statement here

Bella Hadid: "... Black lives matter...Black voices matter and the black community matters 
Today I will be standing with and donating to @NAACP_LDF, one of America’s oldest civil rights law organizations, which fights for police reform every day. 'Partial justice is not justice at all--until all of the officers involved in the brutal murder of George Floyd are arrested, we will keep the pressure on.'" Full statement here

Kylie Jenner: "... I’ll never personally experience the pain and fear that many black people around the country go through every day but I know nobody should have to live in fear and nobody deserves a death like George Floyd and too many others. speaking up is long overdue for the rest of us. we’re currently dealing with two horrific pandemics in our country, and we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that racism is one of them. i fear for my daughter and i hope for a better future for her. my heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends. Don’t let his name be forgotten. keep sharing, keep watching, keep speaking out, because it’s the only way we can come together to help bring this much needed change and awareness. Rest In Peace, George Floyd." Full statement here

Kim Kardashian: "For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore..." Full statement here

By Danielle Long
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