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Quentin Tarantino Breaks His Silence On Police Brutality

“I have a First Amendment right to protest against police brutality as I see it. And I’m not backing down from that."

After allegations that he is "anti-police," Quentin Tarantino, famous for directing films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Django Unchained, is finally speaking out and speaking up about a controversial statement he made at a police brutality protest in New York last month.

The comment in question: “I’m a human being with a conscience, and when I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

He said that his comments last month were not about all police officers, only the ones who were involved in the violent acts against men and women in the news recently.

"Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out," he told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday (Nov. 3). "And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”

It's reported that several people were aiming to boycott Tarantino's next film The Hateful Eight due to his comments. The movie, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, is set to open on Christmas Day. One of the criticisms of Tarantino's comment is that although he said that he is not here for police violence, his films contain extremely violent scenes. Here's hoping by clearing up his comments, ticket sales for the film are not jeopardized.

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Oprah Winfrey opened up about her mother’s recent passing with People. The entertainment mogul recalled her final days with Vernita Lee, who died on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 83.

Winfrey reveals that her mother was in hospice care, and she attempted to find the words to say ‘thank you’ to her mother before she died.

“In hospice care they have a little book about the little conversations,” Winfrey revealed in an interview. “I thought, ‘Isn’t this strange? I am Oprah Winfrey, and I’m reading a hospice care book on what to say at the end.'”

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“We wanted to build a trimmer that we fundamentally believe is the most advanced trimmer on the planet,” Walker told VIBE of the Bevel Trimmer. “We’ve innovated it in three ways: power, blade innovation and form.”

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Because Walker has helped revolutionize the beauty industry, there's no denying he's excited about joining Proctor & Gamble family and taking advantage of all he could accomplish with its support.

"When I started Walker & Company Brands, I set out to build a company that would meet the health and beauty needs of people of color on a global scale,” Walker said in a statement. “Having access to P&G’s outstanding technology, capabilities and expertise helps us to further realize that vision, giving us the power to scale and bring new products to people of color, while staying true to our mission and continuing to nurture the loyal community we’ve worked hard to build.”

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