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Trump’s Awkward Timing: Harry Truman Desegregated Us Military 69 Years Ago Today

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President Trump shocked the Lgbtq community and much of America on Wednesday by tweeting that he plans to ban transgender people from the military. As many social media users were quick to point out, Trump’s decision comes on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman ordering the end of discrimination in the United States armed forces. Talk about awkward timing. On this date in 1948, Truman demanded the military to end discrimination as “rapidly as possible,” according to The New York Times. Truman ordered that “merit and fitness” should be the only job qualifications for a role in the military. »


- Brian Flood

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‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 3, Ava DuVernay Inks First-Look Deal With Oprah’s Harpo

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Own has renewed Ava DuVernary’s “Queen Sugar” for a third season, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films said on Wednesday. Additionally, the production company has signed DuVernay to a first-look deal for television and digital media. The first collaboration from the agreement will be DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” limited series on Netflix. That project is a collaboration between Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. “Queen Sugar” hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The Wednesday 10 p.m. show, which chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, is adding Michael Michele, Roger Guenveur Smith and Beverly Todd to its ongoing Season. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Person to Person’ Review: Indie Drama Flails to Little Avail

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In “Person to Person,” Abbi Jacobson of “Broad City” plays a young woman named Claire too timid to stand up to her cat. Despite her mousy personality, Claire tries her hand at becoming a tabloid reporter, covering crime and grime in New York City. Why would a former librarian like her confront (or at least attempt to confront) grizzled cops, possible killers, and/or grieving widows? Don’t expect satisfying answers from this aimless drama, which is chockablock with characters but offers little insight or cohesive storytelling. A weightless knickknack of a film from writer-director Dustin Guy Defa (“Bad Fever”) and executive producer. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘World of Dance’ Both Rise in Another Dominant NBC Win

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NBC executives must sleep pretty easily on Tuesday nights in the summer. The broadcaster just dialed up another dominant primetime win, one which saw both “America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance” grow week over week. The reality shows went up against a bunch of reruns, one pathetic ABC original, and a baseball game on The CW. That sad sack ABC show was “Somewhere Between,” by the way, which fell from an already soft start to a weak 0.4 rating/1 share and 1.8 million viewers. NBC’s broadcast competition was so unimpressive last night that Telemundo finished runner-up in the key »


- Tony Maglio

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Justin Trudeau Gets Rolling Stone Endorsement: ‘Why Can’t He Be Our President?’

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Rolling Stone prefers Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Donald Trump and isn’t shy about it with a new cover story headlined, “Why can’t he be our president?” The feature refers to Trudeau as the “North Star” and says he “was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada’s prime minister.” Reporter Stephen Rodrick asks, “Is he the free world’s best hope?” He seems to feel the answer is yes, according to the cover story. Also Read: Trump Bans Transgender People From Us Military 'In Any Capacity' “He speaks in a modulated, indoor voice. »


- Brian Flood

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Stephen Colbert Compares Health Care Bill to ‘Westworld’ (Video)

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The Senate’s health care bill was the subject of Stephen Colbert’s monologue Tuesday night, complete with a comparison to HBO’s brutal sci-fi drama, “Westworld.” Also Read: Trump Bans Transgender People From Us Military 'In Any Capacity' “The bill was a total mystery,” the late night host said. “It’s like ‘Westworld.’ No one knows exactly what’s going on, but it’s probably gonna be a bad thing for women.” The HBO show is a layered mystery about robots and their creators — and a lawless virtual land where wealthy users are allowed to shoot-and-“kill” human-like androids »


- Ashley Boucher

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Chelsea Manning Blasts Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: ‘Sounds Like Cowardice’

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Chelsea Manning, who was pardoned by Barack Obama in January, is responding to Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the United States military. “So, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people but funds the F-35? Sounds like cowardice #WeGotThis,” she tweeted Wednesday morning. Also Read: Trump Bans Transgender People From Us Military 'In Any Capacity' so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people ???? but funds the F-35? ???? sounds like cowardice ???????????? #WeGotThis — Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017 Since her initial tweet on the matter, she has »


- Ashley Boucher

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Rick Ross on Why His Label Signs No Women: ‘I Would End Up F–ing a Female Rapper’ (Video)

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Rick Ross has yet to sign a women to his record label Maybach Music Group, and the rapper broke down his reasoning during an interview with the hosts of “The Breakfast Club” syndicated radio show earlier this week. “You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up f—ing a female rapper and f—ing the business up,” Ross told the hosts of the Power 105 show on Monday. “I’m so focused on my business. I just, I gotta be honest with you,” he continued. “You know, she looking good. I’m spending so much money on her. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Usher Gives James Corden Dance Lessons on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ (Video)

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When you take Usher along for a ride through traffic in Los Angeles, you might just get dance lessons from him. When Usher accompanied James Corden to work on “Carpool Karaoke,” the duo sang some of the crooner’s best-known hits like “Caught Up,” “Omg” and “Burn.” It’s been 13 years since Usher’s biggest jam, “Yeah!,” but the singer still knows every single word; Corden nailed the rap part of the song as well. The duo then pulled over into a lot, prompting Usher to teach Corden how to “step into the club” and dance with a lot of “swagger. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Mind Reader Blows Judges Away – Especially Mel B (Video)

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Colin Cloud must be fun at parties — unless you have a deep, dark secret. The mind reader blew away the “America’s Got Talent” judges on Tuesday, when he guessed everything from Mel B.’s lunch to her thoughts — Cloud even surmised her favorite personal adjective. Along the way, the magician-of-sorts also nearly knocked Howie Mandel to the floor with a little iPhone lock-screen trick. It was all pretty cool — just ask speechless guest panelist DJ Khaled. Also Read: 'America's Got Talent' Teen Angelina Green 'Could Barely Talk' Before Golden Buzzer-Winning Song Mel might need a few minutes to recover. »


- Tony Maglio

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Twitter Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: ‘Don’t Take Us Backwards’

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President Trump shocked the Lgbt community on Wednesday when he tweeted his decision to ban transgender people from the United States military, prompting politicians, media members and other influential figures to express outrage. “Trump is pretty sure the T in Lgbt stands for Trump,” author Dana Schwartz tweeted following the announcement. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming,” Trump wrote. “Victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous. »


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That Time Trump Vowed to Be Better on Lgbt Rights Than Hillary Clinton (1 Year Ago)

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Donald Trump, hero of the Lgbt community? Wednesday’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military suggests he’s not quite the champion of Lgbt rights that he promised to be just last June during his campaign for president. At that time, the presumptive Gop presidential nominee warned voters from that demographic that his likely opponent Hillary Clinton would instead bring in “more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” #Icymi, here’s that tweet, which seems more like 100 years old today: Thank you to the Lgbt community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will. »


- Tony Maglio

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Gawker Media to Sell Flagship Site, Hulk Hogan to Receive 45 Percent of Proceeds

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More than a year after shutting down, the domain name Gawker.com is for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. Advisers overseeing the Gawker Media LLC bankruptcy estate have started exploring possibly a possible sale of the flagship site, which will include the Gawker brand, domain name, social media accounts and all archived stories, the Journal wrote. In addition, the paper wrote that Hulk Hogan — who won a defamation lawsuit against the site that sent its parent company into bankruptcy will receive 45 percent of the proceeds. Also Read: First Amendment Under Attack? TheWrap's Sharon Waxman Weighs in With Panel of Experts. »


- Brian Flood

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Trump Bans Transgender People From Us Military ‘In Any Capacity’

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President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to ban transgender people from the United States military, marking a major shift from current policy. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming,” Trump wrote. He continued: “Victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” Also Read: Twitter Reacts to Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 'Don't Take Us Backwards' Members of. »


- Brian Flood

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‘Morning Joe': NY Times Reporter Says Trump Is ‘Cyberbullying’ Jeff Sessions (Video)

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” welcomed New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters to the show on Wednesday, where he accused President Trump of “cyberbullying” Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has taken to Twitter to mock Sessions in recent days while continuing to say he’s disappointed the Attorney General recused himself from the investigation regarding Russia potentially meddling into the election. “In distancing himself from Sessions, well actually, what I will describe as cyberbullying, he’s cyberbullying Sessions into what he hopes will be his resignation because he won’t say it to his face,” Peters said. Also Read: 'Morning Joe »


- Brian Flood

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Rick Perry Falls for Borat-Style Prank by Russian Comedians

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Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry just got punked by Russian comedy duo Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, known for pulling pranks on famous people reminiscent of Sacha Baron Cohen in his Bruno, Ali G and Borat personas. On July 19, the duo had a 22-minute phone call with Perry, who thought he was speaking with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. During the call, Perry discussed a wide range of topics including the Paris climate accord, coal policy, development of gas and oil in Ukraine, and sanctions against Russia — unaware the whole time that he was speaking with »


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‘The Walking Dead': AMC Announces Rewards Program, Subscription Swag Boxes for Super-Fans

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AMC is getting ready to thank its fans (and pry more money from them) for making two of its shows — “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” — two of its biggest hits. The network announced two new programs, “The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club” and “The Walking Dead Subscription Box,” which are set to begin in September. Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, announced the initiatives at TheWrap’s TheGrill Special Event on  Tuesday. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Season 8: Enjoy 5 Minutes of Context-Free Footage in First Trailer (Video) The Rewards Club allows fans to trade in. »


- Carli Velocci

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Watch Kevin Smith, AMC President Charlie Collier Talk the Future of Cable TV on Facebook Live (Video)

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Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios is the featured speaker at TheGrill Special Event on Tuesday, with an introduction from filmmaker Kevin Smith. He’ll be speaking with TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. Collier has been at the helm since 2008, spearheading AMC’s popular and acclaimed slate of original programming, from “The Walking Dead” to “Better Call Saul.” Under Collier’s leadership, AMC is the most Emmy-winning cable network in the drama series category. In addition, the network boasts basic cable’s highest-rated drama series ever for “The Walking Dead. »


- Sean Burch

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Dec. 13, 2019, as the release date for “Wonder Woman 2.” Gal Gadot will reprise the role of the superheroine, this time facing off against the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Director Patty Jenkins is currently in negotiations to return to the helm, with DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns is currently developing the script. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically Aside from the period setting, other details — including which characters from Wonder Woman lore may appear have not been revealed — but it’s notable that WB still has an option for Chris Pine, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Teen Angelina Green ‘Could Barely Talk’ Before Golden Buzzer-Winning Song

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Angelina Green recently won over the “America’s Got Talent” judges with her emotional rendition of “I’ll Stand by You,” but she almost had trouble finding her voice. Green earned the golden buzzer after the performance, which she dedicated to her mother for raising her after Angelina’s estranged father was no longer in the picture. “Before I went on stage, Tyra Banks really helped me calm down,” the 13-year-old singer told TheWrap about the show’s host. “When I was actually on the stage, the judges talked to me right before, so it also helped me soak it all in before I started. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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