A Woman Kim Kardashian Helped Free From Serving Life Sentence Is Releasing a Memoir & Film
Alice Marie Johnson was sentenced life in prison in Alabama for non-violent drug possession and money laundering charges; however, thanks to Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump, in June 2018, Johnson was freed. In honor of her freedom, Johnson has signed a book deal and film and television rights. Her memoir will be published by Harper and announced that the title of her memoir is, “After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom”. Her book is expected to be released on May 21, 2019.
Harper stated on behalf of Johnson’s memoir,
“ (It is) honest, faith-driven memoir [while providing] a deep look into the systemic issue of mass incarceration.
Kim Kardashian stated,
“My life has forever changed because of Alice Marie Johnson. Her story is a gift that will now reach so many millions more through her book and film. I hope Alice’s case is just the beginning of a movement to help those left behind. I am invested in continuing to support Alice and this cause.”
Gucci Apologizes Following Outrage Over Racist Sweater
The designer Gucci has found themselves in some deep trouble after selling what many deem to be a racist blackface sweater. The black balaclava sweater was designed with a neck portion that can be pulled over the face with a red outlined cut out for the lips. The sweater was selling for $890. The sweater received backlash due to its resemblance of the form of theatrical make-up used in the 19th century by predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person, otherwise known as blackface.
Gucci pulled the sweater offline and issued a formal apology:
“Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper. We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”
Michael B. Jordan Went to Therapy After Filming ‘Black Panther’
It isn’t easy for actors to embody the characters they play on films and TV, especially for actor Michael B. Jordan who played the villain Erik Killmonger in the 2018 movie ‘Black Panther’. He stated the character took him to such dark place that he sought professional counseling with a therapist. The therapist helped him todisconnect from the character.
In a recent interview on Oprah Winfrey‘s “Super Soul Conversations, Michael stated,
“I went to therapy, I started talking to people, starting unpacking a little bit. [It] helped me out a lot…It was a little tough for me at first. Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.” “I spent a lot of time alone. I figured Erik [Killmonger], his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn’t have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn’t exist. Of course it’s an extreme, exaggerated version of the African diaspora from the African-American perspective, so to be able to take that kind of pain and rage and all those emotions that Erik kind of represents from being black and brown here in America … that was something I didn’t take lightly. When it was all over, I think just being in that kind of mind state … it caught up with me.”