As inauguration day nears, many people are trying to figure out ways to diminish the importance of President-elect Donald Trump’s election win. On Monday, members of the Electoral College will cast their votes for president and vice president, essentially a ceremonial process. Several members of the Electoral College have been bombarded with letters, emails, and phone calls from concerned voters. The 538 members of the Electoral College will have their votes counted on January 6. Read more.
Michelle Obama’s Food Legacy Faces Challenges
During her time in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has been dedicated to promoting healthy eating. After all of the hard work that she has put in to encourage healthier lifestyles, the future of her initiatives looks uncertain under a Trump presidency. According to reports, Trump’s administration is looking to change food policies. Food labeling rules and school lunches may be impacted by the possible reform. This year Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) unveiled a plan that would make drastic changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that was implemented in 2010. Rokita says that he wants to ensure that “the First Lady Michelle Obama-inspired nutrition standards are revised so that school food is more edible.” Organizations that have been a part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative say that they will continue to push for healthy options for youngsters. Read more.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch Regrets Meeting With Bill Clinton
This summer, Attorney General Loretta Lynch received a lot of flak for meeting with former President Bill Clinton prior to the release of the FBI’s discoveries surrounding Hillary Clinton’s e-mail probe. In retrospect, Lynch regrets having the meeting. She says the meeting, which took place in Phoenix, raised many concerns about the Department of Justice’s ethics. “I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him, because it did give people concern. And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally,” she said. “When you do something that gives people a reason to think differently, that’s a problem. It was a problem for me. It was painful for me, and so I felt it was important to clarify it as quickly and as clearly and as cleanly as possible.” Read more.
Denzel Washington To Revive August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
Actor and director Denzel Washington is ensuring that playwright August Wilson’s legacy stays alive. After directing and starring in the film adaptation of Wilson’s Fences, Washington will revive his play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and bring it to HBO. The play is centered on the life of blues singer Ma Rainey who became one of the first African-Americans to land a deal with a White music label. Washington inked a deal with HBO to readapt nine of Wilson’s ten plays. “His stories are specifically African American stories, but the themes are universal,” said Washington. “Families, love, betrayal whatever the theme is. People relate and enjoy listening to or seeing his work. He was just a bright, brilliant shining light who was here and then he was gone, but his work will live forever to be interpreted by actors and directors for as long as we’re here.” Read more.
Sony To Possibly Bring Back ‘Good Times’ And ‘The Jeffersons’
According to reports, Sony is looking to possibly revive classic television sitcoms from the 70s. The company is looking to bring back shows that include Good Times, The Jeffersons and All in The Family. Each reboot would feature new actors but maintain storylines from the original shows. “There is some talk about doing some of the original shows, redoing them with today’s stars,” said Norman Lear, the writer and producer behind the classic shows. “There is a possibility that we’ll do All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times.” Sony acquired the rights to most of Lear’s works back in 1985. Read more.