TV, FILM PRODUCTION CAN RESTART JUNE 12: California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed guidelines for film and TV productions to resume in Hollywood after months of shutdown due to coronavirus. “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020, and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing,” the California Department of Public Health said in a statement via the Governor’s Office on Friday. “To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”
BEYONCÉ, LADY GAGA, BTS, LIZZO, TAYLOR SWIFT, KATY PERRY, MORE APPEAR DURING ‘DEAR CLASS OF 2020’ – (06/08/2020)
Inspirational leaders, celebrities and YouTube creators came together yesterday to celebrate the class of 2020 as part of YouTube Originals’ Dear Class of 2020.
The virtual commencement event celebrated graduates, their families and their local communities. The celebration featured commencement speeches from Lady Gaga, BTS, and more.
Lizzo opened the event with a performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” with the New York Philharmonic, followed by Alicia Keys giving a speech addressing the graduates and their families.
Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Chris Martin, Ben Platt and Ty Dolla $ign teamed up for a special rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” introduced by Bono.
Katy Perry concluded the ceremony and led the graduates in the ceremonial tassel turn.
Alicia Keys was the first speaker to offer her thoughts. She began by congratulating the grads, adding: “But let’s be honest, it’s been a hard week, and a hard month and a hard year. Right now, it may not feel like there’s much to celebrate, and that’s okay. It’s okay to not be okay right now.” She also addressed the state of civil unrest in America and the protests against racial injustice worldwide and saluting the ways graduates responded to national tragedy by trying to better the world around them.
Justin Timberlake pointed out how historically unique this ceremony would be and Taylor Swift shared that she too was not able to have a traditional graduation, due to being in the midst of a radio tour. BTS also delivered individual messages from all seven members.
The cast of Schitt’s Creek reunited – with a very special guest joining them. As the Rose family and their friends serenaded students with a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” Carey herself hopped on the Zoom call. Carey even offered a few bars of “Always Be My Baby” following the performance.
Lady Gaga began her address by explaining that she had to re-record her speech after “the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent activist movement protesting police brutality and systemic racism in this country.” She offered, “There is much to be sad about, there’s also much to be celebrated… you are watching what is a pivotal moment in the country’s evolution. You’re watching society change in a deeply important way.”
Beyoncé delivered one of the longest and most powerful messages. “Thank you for using your collective voice in letting the word know that Black Lives Matter,” she said. “Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today.” She also slammed the continuing sexism that persists in the music industry. She finished by shouting out those who still felt like outsiders.
Dear Class of 2020 was original set for June 6th, but was moved in honor of George Floyd’s memorial service.
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OPRAH WINFREY TO HOST TWO-NIGHT TV TOWN HALL: Oprah Winfrey will host a two-night TV town hall addressing racism in America following the protests following the murder of George Floyd. The event, dubbed OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, is scheduled to air June 9 and 10. It will be available on OWN, it’s social channels and Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV and the Science Channel. “There is no one like Oprah to bring us all together at this critical moment in our history to offer insights, perspective and action,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Inc. “We are honored to partner with OWN and use our global reach to amplify this important discussion about the global issues of economic and social justice and equality to a potential audience of one billion people across more than 200 markets in a way that only Discovery can.”
JUSTIN BIEBER SAYS ‘I HAVE BENEFITED OFF BLACK CULTURE’ AS HE VOWS TO FIGHT RACIAL INJUSTICE – (06/08/2020)
Justin Bieber has released a new statement about the Black Lives Matter movement and how he intends to “be a part of much needed change.”
“I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture,” Justin said on Instagram. “My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture.”
He added, “I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much needed change.”
Bieber has been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody in May, which has sparked protests in the U.S. and worldwide.
“No lives matter until black lives matter,” he posted via Instagram on May 28th. A day later, He encouraged his followers to “rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation.”
On Saturday, Bieber also paid tribute to Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police who entered her home in March and would have celebrated her 27th birthday on June 5th. He encouraged his fans to honor Taylor’s memory by taking actions including signing a petition to have the officers involved in her death arrested.
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