The big story…
Last night Sandra Oh become the first ever Asian host of the Golden Globes, and also the first person of Asian descent to win multiple awards. Along with her co-host Andy Samberg, Oh gave a rousing call to action at the end of her monologue, saying “I see you” to all of the new representatives of diversity in Hollywood.
Speaking of representation, there were certainly some snubs towards two major films that championed diversity in the box office this year: Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians. Neither film received an award last night, despite multiple nominations.
In national news…
The National Park Service plans to take the unprecedented step of using entrance fees to pay for park operations that have ceased in the wake of the partial federal government shutdown. The Washington Post reports, “Under a memorandum signed Saturday by the Interior Department’s acting secretary, David Bernhardt, and obtained by The Washington Post, park managers will be permitted to bring on additional staff to clean restrooms, haul trash, patrol the parks and open areas that have been shut during the budget impasse that has lasted more than two weeks.”
Some critics say this move could be illegal. During previous administration, the Park Service would shut parks downs rather than operate with a limited staff, but Trump officials have chosen to keep parks open.
In global news…
Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V has abdicated the thrown without reason or warning. Malaysia’s king is elected from and by the country’s nine sultans, and serves a five-year term. This is the first abdication in the country’s history, so the Council of Rulers will soon meet to pick the next king.
In award shows…
Controversy is still surrounding comedian Kevin Hart since the opportunity for Hart to host the Oscars was rescinded when past homophobic jokes and tweets began to surface. Hart appeared on The Ellen Show to speak about the issue, and Ellen responded giving her forgiveness and support to the comedian.
After the premier of a six-part docuseries called “Surviving R. Kelly,” celebrities and fans are revisiting the horrendous past accusations against the R&B artist, including 21 counts of child pornography. The docuseries and its many celebrity interviewees, such as Chance the Rapper, John Legend, and Jada Pinkett Smith, are shining a light on the #MeToo movement’s past exclusion of black girls.
Last but not least…
Did you know that European countries have banned 1,328 chemicals, but the U.S. has only restricted 11? “Thousands of chemicals are negatively affecting our brains, bodies, and environment each and every day.” These are the wise (and alarming) words of Leonardo Trasande, MD., MPP, an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental health, and an NYU Langone professor. In his latest book, SICKER, FATTER, POORER: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future… and What We Can Do About It, Trasande discusses the relationship between chemicals and diseases and what we can do to better protect ourselves. Read more in Lindsay Wigo’s review for CMN.
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