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Harry Belafonte To Appear On Al Roker's 'Living Legends' Series

The TODAY co-host will sit down with the living legend to talk about his upcoming event, the Many Rivers to Cross Festival and making power moves at 89. 

This interview should be one to remember. As part of TODAY's ongoing "Living Legend" series, Al Roker will sit down with activist Harry Belafonte to discuss his social justice organization Sankofa and the creation of the Many Rivers To Cross Festival.

At 89-years-old, Belafonte has continued the fight for racial and social equality all over the world. Next weekend, (Oct. 1-2), Sankofa will present the Many Rivers To Cross Festival in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Inspired by their mission of awareness, the event features a healthy combination of music, art and activism.

Attendees will meet with activists and thought-leaders to create platforms for their favorite causes. Over 30 performers will also take over the stage including T.I., Jamie Foxx and Ty Dolla $ign. Proceeds from the event will go to fellow grassroots organizations and organizers for their respective campaigns.

Belafonte will discuss the inspiration behind the festival and his thoughts on the artist/activist tradition. Given Al Roker's latest "woke moment" we're hoping the two touch on the current racial disparities in the country during an unconventional presidential election. Belafonte previously touched on the importance of activism while praising Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem. “To mute the slave has always been to the best interest of the slave owner,” Belafonte said to “NewsOne Now” host, Roland Martin last month. “And I think that when a black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it. I think that it’s a noble thing that he’s done. I think that speaking out and making people aware of the fact that you are paying homage to an anthem that also has a constituency that by the millions suffer is a righteous thing to do.”

The "Living Legend series" previously featured comedic pioneers like Dick Van Dyke, Don Rickles, and Betty White.

Check out Belafonte on the 8 a.m. hour of the TODAY show on Friday (Sept. 23)and more details on the Many Rivers To Cross Festival here.

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In 'gen:LOCK' Anime Series

Michael B. Jordan will be lending his lady-loved voice to a new anime series,"gen:LOCK," for Rooster Teeth.

In the new series, Jordan will be playing Julian Chase. The show is described as "50 years in the future, where an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. So a daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha. However, this team must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world," according to Shadow and Act.

“He is willing to lay his life on the line for the greater good. He had a lot of heroic qualities to him that made it easy for me to be like ‘cool, I want to voice this guy,’” Jordan told SyfyWire about his reason for picking the role.

Way too excited to show you guys the final trailer for #genLock all my real followers/fans know how much I’m an Anime fan and this show fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of voicing a character on an animated show. Jan 26th it’s going to get crazy on @roosterteeth

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The first two episodes of gen:LOCK will premiere on Jan. 26 on Rooster Teeth, which is available on iOS, Andriod, Xbox One, and Apple TV. (RoosterTeeth.com's memberships start at $4.99 a month.) Watch the trailer for the series up top.

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Kerry Washington To Star In And Produce 'American Son' Netflix Adaptation

Kerry Washington's Broadway banger, American Son, will be making its on-screen debut with Netflix.

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Eugene Lee (A Soldier’s Play) and Washington will be reprising their groundbreaking roles from the thought-provoking Broadway production. Kenny Leon, who served as the play's original director, will be directing the picture and producing the film alongside the former Scandal actress.

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Monday night (Jan. 21) while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she gushed over her role as Kendra and the play's exploration into an interracial families search for their missing son in a Florida police station.

I love you @jimmyfallon 😍 thanks for letting me come on @FallonTonight and share this thrilling news about #AmericanSonPlay 😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/5sk97I4Co6

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 22, 2019

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, [director] Kenny Leon, [writer] Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

The American Son production will come to a close this Sunday (Jan. 27) after a two month running at the Booth Theatre beginning in Nov. 2018. Watch Kerry Washington gush over American Son below.

 

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Meek Mill, Jay-Z Push Criminal Justice Initiative REFORM

Since Meek Mill's release from prison in April 2018, the Philadelphia native embarked on a new journey to help those unjustly trapped by the criminal justice system while fighting his own personal case.

On Wednesday (Jan. 23), the MMG rapper, Jay-Z, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, social activist Van Jones, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and more announced the launch of REFORM, an organization that aims to tackle the criminal justice system's perils by implementing effective strategies to revamp its current state. Jones will also serve as CEO.

Part of the organization will highlight the establishment of a fair parole/probation system, a mandate that has followed Meek Mill since his late teens. Recently, the "Trauma" artist expressed his desire to end his parole, which he's been under state supervision for over a decade.

I just wanna get off probation I been on this shit my whole adult life ... 11 years of asking for permission 🤯

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 22, 2019

https://t.co/2JcOpnV9JN getting beat up by the cops like this was normal where I come from .... a cop beat me worse than this and I got charged for hurting his hand ... I guess I hit his hand wit my face too hard and that was assault 🤷🏾‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/nK4UFgwruc

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 22, 2019

On the subject of Mill's case, Jay-Z penned an op-ed for the New York Times where he highlights the country's crippling parole system. "The specifics of Meek's case inspired me to write this. But it's time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day," he wrote in late 2017. "The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison."

Pulling together a team to be the voice for the voiceless #REFORM @REFORM #FightDifferent pic.twitter.com/PN9dnJFOp4

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 23, 2019

Congratulations and thank you to @REFORM CEO, @VanJones68 #FightDifferent #REFORM pic.twitter.com/9qt7mj13Ka

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 23, 2019

HAPPENING NOW: @MeekMill and Jay-Z join forces with leaders in the music, sports and business world to announce the launch of, REFORM Alliance, a new criminal justice reform organization. https://t.co/Y12cjQCZJ7

Watch on Facebook live: https://t.co/vqmxQRhOne pic.twitter.com/m3n4Ncr0dY

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 23, 2019

Watch this video #REFORM pic.twitter.com/ECoNPg4pRU

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 23, 2019

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