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Central Park Five Blasts Trump For His Sympathy Amid White House Staffer's Domestic Abuse Allegations

"You should've spoke like that back in 1989," Raymond Santana.

Former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter was shown the door after two ex-wives and a girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. However, in a surprise appearance with reporters Friday (Feb. 9) Donald Trump demonstrated sympathy when speaking about Porter.

[Porter did] "a very good job while he was in the White House” Trump  said. He then added "We wish him well.” The president later took to Twitter to expand on his thoughts regarding Porter.

Many found the vote of confidence Trump issued for Porter to be odd, including Raymond Santana.

Back in 1989, Santana along with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise who were between the ages 14 and 16 year olds were accused of brutally beating and raping a jogger who went for a run in Central Park.

Dubbed the Central Park Five, the teens were all convicted of the crime and sent to prison where they served anywhere between six and 13 years, with Wise serving the longest sentence. Although it would be another 28 years before Trump would become president, he called for the death of the teenagers, which the press dubbed the "wolf pack."

Through DNA evidence, it was deduced the jogger wasn't raped by five teens, but instead by one man Matias Reyes, who was already a convicted rapist and murderer. Reyes reportedly confessed to having acted alone.

Santana, who has always been vocal about his disdain for the president took to Twitter to showcase the hypocrisy in Trump's now call for "due process."

 

In July 2017, it was announced Academy Award nominated director Ava DuVernay would write and direct a limited series about the Central Park Five for Netflix. This however isn't the first time a story has been done about the landmark case and exoneration. Ken and Sarah Burns created a documentary for PBS about the five young black and brown men which aired in 2012.

After Santana spoke out against Trump, the A Wrinkle In Time director took to Instagram to continue to pledge her allegiance to the Central Park Five.

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Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell To Compete On 'Dancing With The Stars'

Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and Ray Lewis are just three big names who will reportedly be competing for the mirror ball trophy on the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars.

The contestant announcements were made on Wednesday morning (Aug. 21) on Good Morning America. Some of the other contestants include Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and former U.S. Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Odom recently made headlines after it was announced that he was removed from the BIG3 Basketball League, simply because he wasn’t ready for that type of game play. He’s been working to get back to some semblance of normal after a near-death experience at a Nevada brothel in 2015, and hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Mitchell is still going strong in terms of his involvement with his youth stomping ground, Nickelodeon. His childhood comedy partner Kenan Thompson said that he would be making appearances on the revamped version of the sketch-comedy series, All That, which Thompson executive produces.

Who are you rooting for? Sound off in the comments.

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— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 21, 2019

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Keanu Reeves Will Reprise Role In ‘The Matrix 4’

Keanu Reeves is returning to The Matrix. Reeves and co-star, Carrie-Anne Moss, have signed on to reprise their roles as “Neo” and “Trinity” in an upcoming fourth installment of the successful film franchise, Variety reports.

Lana Wachowski, who wrote The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded, will pen the script for the film produced by Warner Bro. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Additional information, including the plot and further details around other potential cast members returning for The Matrix 4, remain unknown. Production on the film is set to begin in 2020, a source told the website.

Lana and her sister, Lilly Wachowski, are credited with creating and directing The Matrix series. In 1999, a woman named Sophia Stewart filed a billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit accusing the Wachowskis of stealing the script from her. Conflicting reports claim Stewart won the lawsuit, while others say the suit was dismissed.

The original Matrix film, which was released in 1999, brought in more than $400 million worldwide. Its 2003 sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, earned close to a billion dollars, while The Matrix Revolutions made just under $430 million.

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'The Wire's' Tray Chaney Shares His Testament In Self-Entitled Documentary Trailer

You may have seen Tray Chaney as Malik "Poot" Carr on the HBO Emmy-nominated drama series The Wire where he starts as a neighborhood drug dealer in the Barksdale organization and slowly moves up in ranks. He has also starred in a list of roles including Bounce TV's  Saints & Sinners as Kendrick Murphy and was nominated in 2019 at the International Christian Film Festival for Best Actor: Short Film in Angels in Rocket Field. 

After being accepted as an "Official Selection" during the Black Continental Independent Movie Awards in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chaney released the documentary trailer for Undeniable: The Tray Chaney Story under his Undeniable (Wired Different) campaign on Thursday (Aug. 15). The potential docuseries will follow the narratives of the journeys of The Wire cast members, how they landed their roles, what happened when the television series ended in 2008, and what they are doing now.

Under the production of Commodore Independent Filmworks and Safe House Films DC. Chaney's 45-minute episode features testimonials from Big Daddy Kane, Clifton Powell, Kenny Lattimore, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Russ Parr, Jd Williams, Keith Robinson, Anwan Big G Glover, and Black Child. His former co-star Idris Elba also shows his support for the documentary.

"Just know how hard he hustles," says Anwan "Big G" Glover.

The less than 2-minute snippet touches on the framework of Chaney, his eagerness and willingness to learn,  even mentioning his journey on Saints & Sinners as "the work of the Gods".

Watch the trailer for Undeniable: The Tray Chaney Story below.

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