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Meghan Markle Wants To Make a Documentary About BLM’s Founder

“Markel has reportedly found her first potential subject, Patrisse Cullors, one of the three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, better known as Harry and Meghan, recently signed a deal with Netflix worth more than $143 million. The former royals said at the time that they wanted to make content that would “inform” and “give hope” to audiences. The sky seems to be the limit, as the company has discussed having the couple work on scripted and unscripted aimed at adults and children.

Meghan Markel has reportedly found her first potential subject. According to the Daily Mirror, she wants to make a documentary about Patrisse Cullors, one of the three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA.

Credit for the start of Black Lives Matter goes to Cullors along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The phrase was first used in a Facebook post called “A Love Letter to Black People” in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Netflix landed Harry and Meghan’s services after the couple visited with multiple studios. 

“They’re smart,” said Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings during a CNBC interview last week. “They were shopping it around across all the major companies and I think we really put together the best complete package.”

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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MSNBC Airing Four-Part Series Celebrating Women of Color

The MSNBC series seeks to encourage authentic and thought-provoking discussions across societies of women

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MSNBC president Rashida Jones announced a four-part series celebrating women of color called “The Culture Is.” 

The MSNBC series seeks to encourage authentic and thought-provoking discussions across societies of women, including Black, Latina, Asian American Pacific Islander, Indigenous women, and beyond.

Each standalone special concentrates on one community and will be aired on MSNBC, and for those who are unable to watch it on the cable news channel, it will be available for stream on the MSNBC hub on Peacock.

The Culture Is amplifies our efforts to elevate diverse voices across MSNBC’s cable and streaming platforms,” Jones said. “It puts women at the forefront to tell their own stories and share their experiences directly with audiences.”

The series will kick off on Sunday, June 19 at 10 pm ET, with Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross hosting and executive producing the first special in the series, “The Culture Is: Black Women.” The guests at the discussion include: 

  • Ryan Michelle Bathe, Actress, and Producer, Star of NBC’s The Endgame
  • Tarana Burke, Activist, Author, and Founder of the Me Too Movement
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Creator of the 1619 Project
  • Captain Timika Lindsay, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, and former Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman, D-MA 7th District
  • Maria Taylor, NBC Sports, Host
  • Robin Thede, Creator, and Showrunner, HBO Max’sA Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Tamika Tremaglio, The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Executive Director
  • Chef Melba Wilson, restaurateur and author

Actress Justina Machado will host “The Culture Is: Latina,” the second part of the series, which will debut this summer on MSNBC. Meanwhile, Katie Phang, host of MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” will host “The Culture Is: AAPI Women. 

Finally, Alyssa London, producer and host of “The Culture Stories” series and NBC News and MSNBC contributor, will host “The Culture Is: Indigenous Women.”

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