POST IT NOTES: HOTTEST HEADLINES ON 11/13
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A former band member charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major pleaded no contest to manslaughter Wednesday and could become the first person to go to prison for his involvement in the beating. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton described Jessie Baskin, 22, as being “most-consistently identified as the most enthusiastic” band member participating in the hazing ritual that led to Robert Champion’s death. Baskin was beating Champion with his hands and feet, Ashton said.
The Butler star revealed to The Independent that he was offered to play the president in a film called My Name is Khan. “I didn’t feel comfortable with doing it. Partly because he was still in office, but mainly because I felt that there were other people who were better suited to doing the role.” The film went on to cast Christopher B. Duncan for the part.
Don Cheadle will play Miles Davis in a biopic the actor has long planned on the innovative jazz pioneer. BiFrost Pictures told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will finance and produce Kill the Trumpet Player, with Cheadle also making his directorial debut. Cheadle has been trying to make the film for years. Production is finally set to begin in June.
The discrimination lawsuits against department stores just keep coming, and next up on the list is Alexander McQueen. Former employee Moselle Blanco, a 43-year-old Hispanic woman, filed a lawsuit last Wednesday claiming that her boss, Max Cantey, called her offensive names based on her race, like ”burrito face,” “Goya princess” and “taco smoke.”
Three Pittsburgh high school students heading to their vehicle after classes ended were shot Wednesday afternoon, and police sought as many as three people and were investigating whether the shooting was drug-related, school and police officials said. All three teenagers were shot outside Brashear High School as they walked to a vehicle they’d all taken to school earlier in the day, school district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said. The victims’ wounds appeared to be non-life-threatening, both Pugh and police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.
The Grammy and Oscar winner received one of the entertainment industry’s biggest honors Wednesday. The powerhouse singer and actress has had a stellar year, co-starring in films, such as Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and Black Nativity out later this year.
Dearborn Heights police have released the dispatch call involved in the Renisha McBride homicide. The Detroit News obtained the audio in which a homeowner calls police about a person he shot on his porch. The homeowner, who has yet to be identified and charged, told police he doesn’t know the victim, a Black female.