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Aretha Franklin Announces Plan To Donate Hotel Rooms & Food To Flint Residents

The "Think" singer joins a list of everyday citizens and fellow entertainers who are bringing awarenss to the water crisis.

The city of Flint, Mich., has received wide spread support from everyday citizens to world-renowned entertainers. The devastating after effects of Flint's lead-fused water has altered the health conditions of children and adults who've been exposed to the toxic element, and called for an immediate plan of action to provide proper care for those affected and a solution to purifying the water.

To add to the increasing aid for Flint, Detroiter and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is stepping in. The "Think" singer announced that she'll allocate free hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn in Southfield to 50 Flint residents, as well as food, Huffington Post reports.

"Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters -- and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit. Hang in there," she said to HuffPo on the occurrence. Franklin joins a group of other entertainers who made a move to help and bring awareness to the situation. Moguls Diddy, Eminem and actor Mark Wahlberg also donated 1 million bottles of water to those in need. In addition, D-town representer Big Sean recently launched the initiative #HealFlintKids and donated $10,000 (which DJ Mustard recently matched), to benefit the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

In a statement, the Roc Nation signee expressed his disappointment in the lack of action following breaking news of the water crisis and hopes that by raising money with his foundation, it'll "ensure that the children who have been hit the hardest receive the care that they need today and well into the future."

Recently, a lawsuit was filed by Flint resident Melissa Mays alongside the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and Concerned Pastors for Social Action. The suit calls for a federal judge to mandate Flint and the state of Michigan to restore new pipes in the city's water system in order to reinstate a secure and healthy drinking supply, ABC News reports.

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'On My Block' Cast Renegotiating Salary Ahead Of Season 3

The stars of Netflix's On My Block are requesting major salary increases before production for season three starts.

The core four of the coming-of-age series was paid $20,000 per episode for seasons one and two and would like to up their earnings to approximately $218,000 per episode, for each of them. According to The Hollywood Reporter, since renegotiations have started, Sierra Capri (Monse), Diego Tinoco (Cesar), Jason Genao (Ruby) and Brett Gray (Jamal) have seen their salary bumped to $30,000 and then $40,000 per installment by the streaming service, but are seeking more given the salaries of other cast members from hit Netflix shows (13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things).

The main character of the teen drama 13 Reasons Why, David Minnette managed to successfully increase his earnings last summer, and now sees a payday of $200,000 per episode, which was previously set at $80,000. Minnette's co-stars, Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, Devin Druid, and Ross Butler now earn $135,000 per installment, with their pay originally set at $20,000.

The salary disparity between 13 Reasons Why and On My Block may have to do with the varying degrees of success both shows see, according to sources close to the renegotiation. They argue that the teen series is a bigger success worldwide, and one of the most successful shows on the streaming service. However, while that may have been a valid argument in the past, On My Block's season two reeled in a heap of viewers, so much so that it has received a higher rating on television and film reviewer website, Rotten Tomatoes. The inner-city drama holds a rating of 97 percent, while its counterpart is degrees lower at 52 percent.

Season three of On My Block has yet to be announced, but can be expected to return in March of next year, following the pattern of its previous seasons.

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Meek Mill Becomes Co-Owner Of Lids

Meek Mill is taking a seat at the table or better yet, building his own. He's now the co-owner of sports apparel retailer Lids. Mill announced his new business venture in an interview with Business Insider on Wednesday (June 26).

The criminal justice advocate will be overseeing the company's creative strategy team and is set to release his own limited-edition line of hats in August. Moving into the territory of corporate ownership and investment, the Philadelphia native thanks one monumental individual.

He highlighted rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z in being his influence and mentor as he embarks into the business industry. It all starts with foundation and building according to Mill who said he wants to follow the Roc Nation label founder's footsteps.

"He built businesses, and he built things that made him become the man who he is, that we could call a billionaire guy," he said.

Mill told the outlet that this is his "boss year" and he's right. The 32-year-old released his documentary trailer (June 23) that looks into the birth of the #FREEMEEK movement, the broken criminal justice system and his fight for freedom during his controversial imprisonment in 2017.

His latest album Championships also reportedly went platinum and fans are awaiting another musical testament from the rapper. When asked by Business Insider, he said, "I'm just trying to figure out how I'll come back and impress the people, keep people intrigued with what I have to say."

He'll be joining Future, YG and Megan Thee Stallion on the Legendary Nights Tour starting Aug. 28.

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Parental Rights Revoked For Alabama Residents Convicted Of Rape

A new Alabama law requires judges to prohibit the parental rights of residents convicted of first-degree rape and certain sex crimes. The piece of legislation now closes a legal window that previously allowed rapists custody of their children, which were conceived through sexual assault.

News of the law comes a little more than a month after the state passed one of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws, only allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy in cases of rape and or incest. The mandate is reportedly part of a new statue titled Jessi's Law.

However, phrasing found inside the 10-page legal text has pro-choice activists concerned. For anyone found guilty of rape and certain sex crimes, their rights as parents are forfeited, yet many have argued that countless rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, and if they are told to authorities, getting a conviction is difficult to do.

Activist think judges in Alabama should end custody if "‘clear and convincing evidence’’ proves a sexual assault took place. This is the standard used in many states according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The law was named after an Alabama girl named Jessi who was raped by her biological father. Jessi's Law will go into effect Sept. 1.

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