NEW YORK — For its 50th anniversary, “Soul Train” is headed Uptown. “The 2021 Soul Train Awards” will be taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Nov. 20, marking the first time the show will be based in New York City in its 34-year history. The star-studded ceremony — celebrating achievements in Black music — has aired from venues in the Los Angeles area (1987-2007), Atlanta (2009-11) and Las Vegas (2012-19). Last year’s event, the “2020 Soul Train Awards” — hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell — was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards show, launched in 1987, rec...
Newsmax host Steve Cortes, who once worked as a campaign adviser for former president Donald Trump, has been let go by the right-wing network, the Daily Beast reported Friday, citing five sources familiar with the matter.
"Tensions between Cortes and the MAGA cable network had long been simmering, sources suggested, but it was the Trump loyalist's vehement disagreement—which he wasn't shy about publicly voicing—with Newsmax's company-wide vaccine rules that was the final straw," the site reported. "Earlier this month, Newsmax instituted a rule that all employees must either be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing. The news of such a policy, which was in compliance with the Biden administration's policy for businesses with more than 100 employees, pushed Cortes to unequivocally declare on Twitter that he wouldn't have any part of it."
One current Newsmax staffer called Cortes "a constant risk" due to his inflammatory comments. The staffer said Cortes' show is on a broadcast delay, to allow producers to censor his comments, because they "can't trust him."
Another staffer said Cortes was ousted " "because the ratings for [his] show suck."
"He still insists the election was stolen," the second staffer told the Daily Beast, which noted that Newsmax has already been sued by two voting machine companies for pushing Trump's false claims of election fraud.
On CNN Friday, former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) tore into Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for likening Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to a suicide bomber in a comment to supporters — and suggested that it is an indication her own religious faith is rotten.
"For a woman to make this kind of statement means she's ignoring the fact we're all made in the image of God," said Kasich. "We all deserve respect. We don't deserve attacks. People who laugh at this, they don't understand what faith is all about. We wonder in this country why there's so much fighting, why there's so much name-calling, not just in politics about across the board. It's because people have lost sight of how important religion is, in terms of guiding individual behavior, and it's not about the negatives. It's about the positives."
"The idea that somebody would say something like this means they have really little understanding of what it means to have faith," continued Kasich. "I can't question her or think she's not a faithful person, but it sure gives you a sense that she does not understand that that is completely and totally inappropriate, and, frankly, as a person that is a Christian, it's flat-out wrong and it's very disappointing. These things need to be healed. These things need to be observed if we're going to begin to heal this country."
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Three people were shot at a crowded North Carolina mall on Black Friday — leading to a "stampede" for the exits that may have injured others, according to reports.
"Durham Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton told WRAL News that three people were shot at The Streets at Southpoint shopping center on Friday afternoon. One person is now in custody," the station reported Friday afternoon. "WRAL reporter Aaron Thomas happened to be shopping inside one of the mall's stores on Friday."
Thomas told the station: "We were in the Express store, and I was looking around at one of the clothing racks, and all of a sudden, I see this swarm of people running. At that point, it's like you don't know what to do, do you run out or do you stay in the store and try to hunker down. We did lock down and they locked the doors."
An employee of Sunglass Hut told the station, "We were working with customers, and then all we saw was people starting to run and screaming, and then everybody was just starting to panic."
Jonah Kaplan, a reporter from ABC Channel 11, reported on Twitter that, "As alarming as the shooting was to shoppers, witnesses telling me what happened next was equally frightening: the stampede towards the exit, which may have also led (to) serious injuries."
Kaplan later reported that the victims included a 10-year-old. According to police, he said, "gunshots broke out among two groups of people who knew each other; one person arrested & they are pursuing several others."
The video below shows shoppers running for the exits.
#URGENT: Emerging reports of shots fired at Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina\n\n#Durham l #NC\nUnconfirmed reports indicate shots have been fired inside the mall, possibly near the food court. Mall lockdown protocol has now been initiated.\nUpdates to follow!pic.twitter.com/l3QqYBF8JY— Intel Point ALERT (@Intel Point ALERT) 1637960656