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Actress Mariska Hargitay, Linda Fairstein package healing kits for children currently seeking services at Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy Center in support of The Joyful Heart Foundation and KIND Healthy Snacks' Do the KIND Thing program at Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy Center on October 22, 2012 in New York City.
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Linda Fairstein Was An Inspiration For 'Law And Order: SVU'

As Linda Fairstein continues to face backlash for her role in the false imprisonment of the now-Exonerated Five (also known as the Central Park Five), insight into her influence in Hollywood has become clearer by the day.

Brought to light by Shadow and Act, Fairstein was part of the inspiration for Dick Wolf's creation of Law and Order: SVU, which has become the most notable series from his Law and Order franchise. After the premiere of Law and Order in 1990, Wolf created  Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999. Fairstein revealed her role in the series in an op-ed she penned for USA Today terribly titled, "'The Real SVU: We kicked open the courtroom doors and got justice for sex-crime victims."

In the piece, Fairstein shares her brain was picked by Wolf and to be a consultant of sorts to Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson) and Stephanie March (ADA Alex Cabot).

"Twenty years ago, while I was still leading what is now known as the Special Victims Unit, I had a call from Dick Wolf, creator of the Law and Order television series," she wrote. "He was in pre-production of a spinoff that he called Law and Order: SVU. He wasn't asking me to be a part of his team, but he was hoping I would spend time with two of his leading actors--Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson) and Stephanie March (ADA Alex Cabot)--to explain our work. Not only did I enjoy that opportunity, but it was the start of two friendships I cherish to this day."

Hargitay, who has lead the series for quite some time hasn't said much about her friendship with the author. One of her last social posts about Fairstein was in 2016. They've also taken part in charitable events together like The Joyful Heart Foundation and KIND Healthy Snacks' Do the KIND Thing program which was housed by Safe Horizon, where she served as board of directors.

Since the release of the critically acclaimed project, When They See Us, Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher, stepped down from the nonprofit God's Love We Deliver, removed from The Mount Vernon High School's Hall Of Fame and shamed for refusing to take accountability for the wrongful imprisonment of Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise.

Find out more about her connection to SVU below.

 

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Rihanna Stuns At Fenty Pop-Up Event In New York City

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up.

Less than a month after launching her Fenty collection in Paris, Rihanna is expanding her pop-up shop to New York City. The Grammy winner attended the NYC opening at The Webster SOHO Tuesday (June 18) sporting a hot pink mini-dress and freshly done auburn-colored braids, complemented by turquoise accessories.

Rihanna's size-inclusive luxury clothing line comes just in time for summer with brightly colored bodycon dresses, graphic T-shirts, snakeskin heels, and glitzy accessories, according to Billboard.

The first installment of the Fenty collection, showcasing structured denim looks, corset dresses, strappy spiral sandals, pleated pants and fanny packs, became available for sale via Fenty.com on May 19.

Rihanna outlined her unconventional design vision to the  T, The New Times Style Magazine last month.“I want to be as disruptive as possible,” she explained of breaking free from the conventional fashion schedule. “The brand is not traditional. There is no runway show. It's a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually."

The NYC Fenty pop-up shop, which is described as a “two-story immersive experience,” will be open to the public from Jun 19 until Jun 30.

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Ed Sheeran Taps Cardi, 50 Cent, H.E.R. And More For New Album

Ed Sheeran is commissioning a star-studded roster for his upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project. 50 Cent, Cardi B, Khalid, Meek Mill, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Stormzy, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock are among the packed list of collaborations.

The British pop crooner released the track list last month, but debuted the full list of features via Instagram Tuesday (June 18).

Sheeran teams with Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock for the recently released single “Cross Me,” and Bieber on an acoustic offering of his new single, “I Don’t Care.”

“I’m a huge fan of all of the artists I worked with on the album,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement according to Rolling Stone. “Whether I’ve been following them since the beginning of their careers, or had their albums on repeat, they’re artists that inspire me and all bring something special to each track. Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

No. 6 Collaborations Project is due out July 6.

See the track list below.

 

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Thanks to all the amazing artists I’ve worked with on this record for sharing your talent with me. No.6 Collaborations Project comes out on July 12, hope you like it as much as I do @travisscott @thegr8khalid @camila_cabello @iamcardib @chancetherapper @pnbrock @stormzy @yebbasmith @justinbieber @eminem @50cent @youngthug @theuglygram @ellamai @paulolondra @santandave @hermusicofficial @meekmill @artisthbtl @skrillex @brunomars @chrisstapleton

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XXXTentacion Documentary Trailer Released, Fans Mark One-Year Anniversary Of Rapper’s Death

Fans will soon get a behind-the-scenes looks at the life of XXXTentacion.  To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, the slain rapper’s estate announced a new documentary and forthcoming posthumous album, Spin reports.

The chilling documentary trailer released Tuesday (June 18), includes an eerie message from the Florida native born, Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.

“There’s definitely a difference between Jahseh Onfroy and XXXTentacion,” he says in the clip. “This is the story, this is the full story. And this is the last time I will tell it.”

XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard,  marked the somber anniversary by sharing a photo of their final phone call, which took place hours before he was shot and killed.

 

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My hearts forever shattered 💔 6/18/18 last phone call.

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Fans and fellow artists shared dedications to XXXTentacion on social media, and others flocked to the Florida  mausoleum where he’s buried.

One year ago 💔#LLJ #LLj🕊 #xxxtentacion pic.twitter.com/P6IT3sDGSu

— AssassinLord444🧛🏼‍♂️ (@AssassinLord44) June 17, 2019

tomorrow will mark the day , X life was taken from him. you miss you man.

I want to link up tomorrow @ a park in play music & smoke for jah ! if you in California! Pull up ! Let’s barbecue let’s have fun ! we miss you jah ! #xxxtentacion

— sincerely, tokyo 🎌 (@madeintyo) June 17, 2019

i can’t even begin to believe its been a year??? where the hell did time go? no, it can’t have been a year already😭 miss him so much. but i know he’s still with us. i really can feel it. his energy. his name will live FOREVER. also... here’s my fave edit... #xxxtentacion pic.twitter.com/DxC7dD2od9

— sabina!-🦋 (@fvcknxxx) June 18, 2019

The 20-year-old recording artist was gunned down in South Florida on June 18, 2018. Six months later, XXXTentacion’s estate released his third studio album, Skins. He went on to win a posthumous American Music Award and BET Award.

Watch the documentary trailer in the video above.

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