Gladys Knight’s Signature Chicken & Waffles, a hotspot in the midtown area of Atlanta, is in hot water after failing a health inspection. According to inspectors, there were 15 violations discovered in the eatery, which included debris found on ceilings and vents, a cooler with a missing door, and violations surrounding hand-washing. Fulton County inspectors gave the restaurant a score of 56. Many restaurant-goers were shocked by the news. Since the restaurant has gained popularity, there are usually lines to get in. “Oh wow…a 56? 85 is bad to me,” said one of its customers. Last April, Gladys Knight’s restaurant received a score of 94 from health inspectors. The Fulton County Health Department will return in a few days for a re-inspection. Read more.
‘Black-ish’ Tackles Police Brutality
ABC’s hit television show black-ish is known for its comedy, but a recent episode took more of a serious tone while addressing police brutality. The last episode, which aired on Wednesday, was focused on the Johnson family trying to figure out whether it would be a good idea to discuss police brutality with their children. One scene shows the family gathered in their living room, watching a case about an unarmed Los Angeles teenager who was attacked by an officer unfold. Although Tracee Ellis Ross’ character wants to protect the kids from the harsh realities associated with police brutality, Anthony Anderson’s character believes otherwise. One of the most poignant parts of the episode, titled “Hope,” was Anderson’s monologue. “Obama ran on hope. Remember when he got elected? And we felt like maybe, just maybe, we got out of that bad place and made it to a good place,” he said. “And we saw him, get out of that limo, and walk alongside of it, and wave to that crowd. Tell me you weren’t terrified when you saw that. Tell me you weren’t worried that someone was gonna snatch that hope away from us like they always do. That is the real world, ‘Bow. And our children need to know that that’s the world they live in.” Read more.
Raven-Symoné Says She Will Move to Canada if Republican is Elected President
The View co-host Raven-Symoné is known for her controversial views and outlandish comments. During a recent episode, she said she will move to Canada with her family if a Republican gets nominated for president. “My confession for this election is if any Republican gets nominated, I’m gonna move to Canada with my entire family,” said Symoné on Thursday’s show. “Is that bad? I already have my ticket. I literally bought my ticket, I swear.” This isn’t the first time her comments on the show have been under scrutiny. Last October, after she made remarks about not hiring someone with a “ghetto” name, there was a petition launched to have her removed from the program. Read more.
Queen Latifah to Launch Non-Profit Production Company for Women
Queen Latifah has always been an advocate for the empowerment of women, even back in her rapping days. Latifah will now use a new avenue to celebrate women. She is teaming with Juliette Binoche, Jessica Chastain, and Catherine Hardwicke to create a production company that will produce films for women and by women. The company, We Do It Together, is a non-profit designed to diversify the film industry by giving women in entertainment a platform to showcase their work. They will raise money from grants, corporate sponsors, the government, and donations, which will be put towards the creation of films. The first project under the production company will be revealed in May at the Cannes International Film Festival. Read more.
Memorial Services Begin for Michigan Shooting Victims
Three individuals who lost their lives in a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan were honored during a service at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. Scores of people gathered for a reflection service on Thursday. “The hope is as we grieve together, we can heal together,” said the church’s leader Rev. Chad Parmalee. Jason Dalton, the man responsible for taking the lives of these people and injuring others, was arrested on Sunday and slapped with 16 charges that included six counts of murder, eight counts of firearm possession, and two counts of assault with the motive to murder. Two of the eight people he shot are still hospitalized. The other victims will have memorial services held throughout the weekend. Read more.
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