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Ryan Coogler To Direct TV Series Over Effects Of Institutionalization

Minors focus on the affects the youth face growing up in the system. 

Director Ryan Coogler is taking more steps to bring awareness to the nation's biggest issues, including the institutionalization of disadvantaged youths.

Deadline reports Coogler has teamed up with Macro productions founder Charles King, Destin Daniel Cretton and playwright Chinaka Hodge to direct Minors, a show that will look into the affects children face by growing up in the system. The team plans to use their previous experiences to create a promising perspective.

The series will be written by Hodge, who previously taught in San Francisco Bay area continuation schools. Coogler and Cretton will direct. Cretton's previous time working in a residential foster care and Coogler's time working in a youth detention center will also be used. The series hasn't been announced by a cable or streaming network. The organic approach to the troubling subject is just another social topic the director is tackling. On Sunday (Feb. 28), Coogler will take part in the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit.

The event will help bring awareness to the Flint Water Crisis and raise money for families affected by the city's corroded pipes. The co-founder of Blackout for Human Rights says the people of Flint should be supported from their community as political heads continued to investigate the issue. "With the #JusticeForFlint benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them," he said.

Aside from his community efforts, the 29-year-old will direct Marvel's The Black Panther. Cretton's Macro productions was founded by King to share quality content appealing to African-American and Latino audiences.

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Oprah Winfrey Sends $500K Donation To Newark High School

One of the many reasons people love Oprah Winfrey is for her good heart and caring nature. The media mogul recently donated $500,000 to a Newark, N.J. high school, after she heard about the institution's after-school program.

Winfrey threw the students at West Side High School a pizza party, and gifted each student with a $50 gift card to ShopRite. West Side is home to the "Lights On" program, which –according to northjersey.com– "provides recreational activities at the school after hours every Friday."

"I thought what could I do?" Oprah reportedly told the students during her visit on Friday (May 17). "So I'm going to leave here tonight and leave you with a half a million dollars." According to a video Winfrey posted on her Facebook page, the school's principal Akbar Cook and his family cook each week for "Lights On."

Cook has been gaining notoriety for his efforts to provide a better learning environment for his students. In his first year as the high school's principal, Cook had five washers and driers added to the school after Officials found that several students absences were linked to a lack of clean clothes and access to washers and dryers in their homes and communities.

"We are really laying the foundation for what a community school looks like," Cook said during his appearance on Ellen in September 2018, "and what better way to change the world than a school?" Through the help of Cheerios, DeGeneres donated $50,000 to the school.

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Jason Mitchell Fired From 'The Chi' Over Misconduct Allegations

On Monday (May 20), several networks responsible for hosting shows featuring Jason Mitchell decided to cease working with the New Orleans native due to misconduct claims, Deadline states. The actor was accused of sexual harassment by an actress on The Chi and other notes of issues with Mitchell from other actresses on the series.

On Showtime's The Chi, Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell's girlfriend, reportedly filed complaints to Fox 21's producers of sexual misconduct. The Hollywood Reporter notes that a source revealed Boone's fiance, Marque Richardson (Dear White People), also appeared on set on different occasions when Boone was scheduled to film scenes with Mitchell.

For Netflix's Desperados, Mitchell was replaced by New Girl's Lamorne Morris before he began filming. The Hollywood Reporter also notes producers obtained "specific information which was investigated immediately and thoroughly and dealt with as quickly as possible." Mitchell was also released from his agreement with talent agencies UTA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

The 32-year-old actor first reached a new plateau of recognition for his role as Eazy-E in 2015's Straight Outta Compton. Since then, he's acted in Superfly, Mudbound, and Detroit.

Details are still scarce on how Mitchell's The Chi character will exit the show's storyline.

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Azealia Banks Appears To Side With Alabama's Abortion Legislation

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Azealia Banks appears to side with Alabama for their controversial legislation on abortion, which prohibits nearly all abortions at any point in a woman's pregnancy.

The "Anna Wintour" artist took to her social media page to write that while she believes abortion is "gruesome," she also feels that it is "evil" to have a late-term abortion.

"I actually see this as a blessing," she wrote regarding Alabama's legislation. "Conservatives could care less about petty racism and more about having control of medical industry $ and endeavors... I’m actually fine to really start limiting abortions in favor of other ways to prevent pregnancy. The problem today is that abortion is being used as a form of contraception rather than a last- resort option for terminating pregnancies."

She continued her caption by writing that stem-cell research is also a dangerous problem, and she is more in-favor of stopping "the deep state black embryo stem cell mars dwelling close Scientology ass liberal robot chicken plan," which is where she "draws the line."

"Abortion is not a right, it’s a luxury provided by modern science," she wrote. In a comment, she continued with "I’m not a Christian quack but everyone is a liiiiiiiitle too strong and Loud about demanding the state off abortions as a right when it is not a right. It is a privilege of modern science just like a sex change surgery or a gastric bypass sleeve."

Musicians such as Rihanna, Diddy, Snoop Dogg and more have reacted unfavorably to the ban.

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— SOHH (@sohh) May 20, 2019

A bit extreme but hmm..... #AzealiaBanks #AbortionBan [Reminder - #Cannaramic is live right now! Join the chat!] #SeeCannabisDifferent #LegalizeIt #SOHHNews #HipHop #RapNews #MustRead pic.twitter.com/htke0BwcGd

— SOHH (@sohh) May 20, 2019

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