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Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she's sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a "conspiracy of silence."

In her piece, Nyong'o recounts several encounters with Weinstein, whom she met while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. Two of their meetings bear resemblance to other accounts from the more than 40 women who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Nyong'o writes of an incident that took place after she was invited to a screening of a film at Weinstein's house, where he said they were going to watch one of his competitor's films with his family.

Once at his house, Nyong'o alleges Weinstein led her into a bedroom and offered to give her a massage. She declined.

"I thought he was joking at first. He was not," she wrote. "For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe."

To get out of the situation, she offered to give him a massage instead.

"It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times," she wrote.

When Weinstein informed her that he wanted to remove his pants, Nyong'o said it would make her "extremely uncomfortable." She headed for the door and left.

"I didn't quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual," she wrote. "Though the incident with Harvey had made me uncomfortable, I was able to explain and justify it to myself, and shelve it as an awkward moment."

With her graduation on the horizon and her career possibly on the line, Nyong'o said she "didn't know how to proceed without jeopardizing my future. But I knew I would not be accepting any more visits to private spaces with Harvey Weinstein."

Her next encounter with Weinstein was in a group setting, free of the awkwardness she had experienced prior and it put her at ease enough to accept another invitation from Weinstein, Nyong'o writes.

They'd planned to have dinner after a screening, but there, she alleges, Weinstein laid out his expectations plainly.

"Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,'" she wrote. "I was stunned....He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing."

She declined and was quickly told she could leave. Before taking off, N'yongo writes, she asked Weinstein if they were "good."

She claims he said, "I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine."

"It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn't be sure," she wrote.

Nyong'o said she saw Weinstein more than a year later, and he said he was "ashamed" of his prior actions.

"But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein," she wrote.

The actress said she wishes she had known "that there were women in the business I could have talked to."

"There is clearly power in numbers. I thank the women who have spoken up and given me the strength to revisit this unfortunate moment in my past," she wrote.

She added: "Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power. And we hopefully ensure that this kind of rampant predatory behavior as an accepted feature of our industry dies here and now."


Media mogul Oprah Winfrey squashed any speculation of a potential 2020 presidential bid in a Wednesday interview on "CBS This Morning."

"There will be no running for office of any kind for me," Winfrey said after host Gayle King teased about narrowing her shortlist of vice presidential candidates.

"People ask it all the time," King said. "Even I am now starting to think the rules have changed about running for president."

The possibility of a Winfrey run heated up after Donald Trump broke the convention of only career politicians making serious bids for the White House.

But the former talk show host is no stranger to the political arena, often addressing political issues on her eponymous show. And she was an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, giving the then-senator a boost in his primary fight against Hillary Clinton.

Her announcement might be a disappointment to some who saw Winfrey as the perfect counter to Trump's approach of campaigning and playing politics.

New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote last month that Winfrey was the "Democrats' best hope for 2020."

"If you need to set a thief to catch a thief, you need a star — a grand, outsized, fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine — to catch a star," he wrote.


Malcolm-Jamal Warner is well aware that when some fans look at him -- despite his many years in the business -- they still see the son of a lawyer and a doctor who craved an original Gordon Gartrell shirt.

It's been a long time since Warner portrayed Theodore Huxtable, the only son on "The Cosby Show" and the role that made him famous.

The actor is currently sinking his teeth into a more complicated character, starring opposite Kyra Sedgwick on the new ABC series "Ten Days in the Valley."

Sedgwick plays Jane Sadler, a writer and producer for a police drama who finds herself embroiled in a mystery of her own when her young daughter goes missing.

Warner stars as Matt, the show's head writer and Jane's right-hand man.

He told CNN he initially read for a different character but felt drawn to Matt.

"I really like the different layers that there are to Matt," Warner said. "I'd normally be cast as the nice guy, and it's kind of cool playing someone who is a little more layered."

Layers such as Matt being desperate to escape Jane's shadow and have his own show.

With more than 30 years in Hollywood, Warner said he immediately understood the relationship between the two characters.

"I know the dynamic of when you are 'the man sitting next to the man,'" he said chuckling. "Matt definitely knows he's qualified to run his own show and because he's working so closely with Jane and is doing so much of the work, there's that feeling of being under appreciated."

That feeling only heightens the drama, he said.

"People who feel under appreciated sometimes make desperate moves," Warner added ominously.

The actor said he has major respect for TV writers who have to keep the creativity flowing episode after episode.

With so much good content out right now, network TV has been forced to push the envelope with new shows, he said.

So what character would Warner create for himself if he was actually a series writer?

"I would love to play just an all out bad guy who has fun being malicious," he said. "It would be totally unexpected and that's what would make it exciting. Plus, bad guys don't see themselves as bad guys so you could have fun with that."

Warner said his costar Sedgwick has a "Tom Hanks" quality in that "you can't find anyone to say a bad word about her."

"That's the great thing when you work as part of a collaborative atmosphere, whether it be as part of a band or in the cast of a TV show," he said. "All it takes is one person to bring their A-game and everyone else rises."

Beyond acting, Warner's other passion is music.

But that's taken a bit of a backseat, he said, since he's a new father with an infant daughter.

"Being a new parent, I have a lot of new material for the music," he said. "It's really awesome and right now. My daughter's four months so I don't have to tell her 'no.'"

For now, Warner's having a ball playing Matt and drawing viewers into the whodunit of "Ten Days in the Valley."

"It's too bad ABC already had a show called 'Secrets and Lies,'" Warner said. "Because everyone on this show has a secret and some kind of lie they are telling."

Channing Tatum has halted the development of a film about sexual abuse, which he had been making with Harvey Weinstein's company.

Mr Weinstein "unequivocally denies" allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

The Oscar-winning producer was fired as chairman of The Weinstein Company last week, when the allegations emerged.

"The brave women who had the courage to speak their truth about [Mr] Weinstein are true heroes to us," said Tatum.

"They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.

"Our lone project in development with The Weinstein Company (TWC) - Matthew Quick's brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock - is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse.

"While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy.

"This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to.

"The truth is out - let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."

The project would have seen Tatum starring in the film and also directing for the first time, alongside Reid Carolin.

Meanwhile, Mr Weinstein's chauffeur Mickael Chemloul has told French TV channel BFMTV he had to drive around "tearful aspiring actresses for him".

"We were all afraid of him," he said.

"When he came back angry, he was unmanageable, agonising. He was suffocating."

Mr Chemloul, who worked for the producer in Cannes from 2008 to 2013, said: "I had the feeling of driving poor innocent people, innocent girls, to the jaws of the wolf, and I could not say to them, 'Be careful where you're heading - it's dangerous'.

"When they left Weinstein's place, there was sadness; they were melancholy.

"I didn't know what had happened, but I had to console them - offer them water, or a cigarette."

Robert Lindsay also added to the debate, saying his Hollywood film career was halted after a run-in with Mr Weinstein meant he was scrapped from a role in Shakespeare in Love.

Lindsay was working with Molly Ringwald in romantic comedy Strike it Rich and said on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 show he had a row with Weinstein over a title change for the film and says this incident halted his career.

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headley and Beautiful Girls star Lauren Holly have also come forward to say they were abused or harassed by Mr Weinstein.

And, on Wednesday, Harvard University said it would be stripping him of the Du Bois medal awarded to him in 2014 for his contributions to African-American culture.

Meanwhile, at an Elle event in Los Angeles, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence both shared stories of sexual abuse and harassment earlier in their careers at the hands of other producers and directors.

Mr Weinstein's two companies, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, have made some of the biggest films in Hollywood.

He has admitted his behaviour has "caused a lot of pain" but has described many of the allegations against him as "patently false".

His representative has said "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied" and there were "never any acts of retaliation" against women who turned him down.


Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to stand in a nude line-up and told to lose weight by film producers at the start of her career.

Speaking at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, the 27-year-old said she felt she didn't have any power in the situation as an unknown actress.

She said she found that fame protected her from assault as her career went on.

"I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who doesn't feel like they can protect themselves", she added.

The actress, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, told the audience about auditioning for a film and being asked by a female producer to stand in a nude line-up.

She described the experience as "degrading and humiliating", as she was put next to girls she says were thinner than her.

"When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.

"One girl before me had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough," she told an audience including Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie and Ashley Greene.

"During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We all stood side by side with only tape on covering our privates."

Lawrence said the producer then told her she should "use the naked photos" of herself as "inspiration" for her diet.

She then went to complain to another producer about being called out over her weight.

"He said he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat," Lawrence told the crowd, adding that he had commented that he thought she was attractive enough to sleep with.

The actress said she felt "trapped" by the experience and allowed the harassment to happen because she "didn't want to be a whistleblower" and thought it was what she had to do to further her career in Hollywood.

She told the audience: "In a dream world, everyone is treated with the exact same level of respect.

"But, until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear. I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man, or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves."

Lawrence's speech comes after the sexual harassment and assault accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, which has lead to a growing narrative on the mistreatment of women in the film industry and Hollywood in particular.

Lawrence worked with Weinstein on Silver Linings Playbook. She released a statement last week in response, which said: "This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.

"I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations."

Lawrence said in her speech it was time for people in Hollywood to "stop normalising these horrific situations."

On Tuesday, Weinstein resigned from the board of directors of his eponymous film production company.

He has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.


Sprint legend Usain Bolt has responded to a debate around the positioning of a statue, which is to be erected in his honour in his home parish of Trelawny, noting that he understands the calls for it to be placed in a public location.


There is a strong debate centred around where in the parish the statue should be placed, with the private access Cruise Ship Pier being pinpointed as the likely home of the Bolt statue. However, residents of the parish have argued that Water Square, which is accessible to the entire public or Bolt's childhood community of Sherwood Content would be more suitable locations for the statue.


Bolt, however, steered clear of the controversy, highlighting that the decision does not rest with him and telling The Gleaner that he would simply be grateful for the huge honour and recognition from his country, regardless of the monument's eventual location.


"For me, the fact that I am getting a statue is an amazing feeling, because as a youth growing up from Sherwood Content I never thought that I would gain such a status," said the world's greatest athlete.


"So for me to actually get a statue, it doesn't really matter where it is. It's in Jamaica so it is just an honour," he added.


Nevertheless, the iconic sprinter did state that he understands the plight of some persons, who argued that the statue needs to be in a public space to be enjoyed by everyone.


"I don't make that decision. I am not the one who can make that choice, but I understand that if it is out in the public then more people will be able to see it. I understand that, but I don't make that decision," Bolt stated.


In the meantime, the sprint king has been enjoying his time since retiring from competitive track and field this year.


According to him, he has been busy with charity and sponsorship work both locally and abroad, but once he is settled, will be looking towards investments in Trelawny.


"We have been trying to get Tracks and Records here (in Falmouth) for the longest while now. Trying to find space because we have one in Ocho Rios, another is coming to MoBay, and so we have been trying to find space to get one in Falmouth," said Bolt in relation to the popular Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant brand.


"But I think we are getting closer to actually finding a spot. Otherwise, the board just met and we are trying to figure out in which direction we should go. I am doing more charity work now so there isn't a lot of time on my hands but at this point we have not really made any final decisions, but something is coming. I am always trying to do as much for Trelawny."


The first Usain Bolt statue is set to be unveiled at the National Stadium on December 3.


Bolt was at the Heroes in Action Run/Walk on Sunday, which was put on by the JN Foundation and his Usain Bolt Foundation. It was the largest Heroes in Action Run/Walk to date, with over 1,600 participants braving morning showers to take part in the event which was used to raise funds for the parish's infirmary.

Marc Anthony lost millions of dollars due to a greedy accountant. According to TMZ, Kyle Tessiero who worked at a major NYC accountant firm that has Drake and Pharrell Williams among their clients has stolen a whopping $2.5 million from the Latin singer. 


Tessiero started working at the firm in 2007 and instantly had access to Anthony's bank accounts and credit cards. He made purchases on Anthony's credit cards and paid them off with the money from the star's bank accounts. The accountant started stealing from Anthony in 2009. 


Tessiero was busted in August this year. Anthony only noticed the low-key stealing after an internal audit discovered irregular spendings. Tessiero is now charged with first-degree grand larceny. He is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted. 


Marc Anthony has an estimated net worth of $40 million this year. He hasn't released a new album since 2013 and hasn't gone on a tour since 2007. His income came from smart stock investments, property holdings, and endorsement deals. He owns a minority stake in the NFL's Miami Dolphins, several restaurants, and his own brand of vodka. 


The singer is one of the vocal voices raising awareness on the Puerto Rico crisis. He made donation, teamed up with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez to organize "additional relief efforts," and joined Lin-Manuel Miranda in a star-studded charity song. 


He also called out President Donald Trump for slow response to the Puerto Rico crisis. "Mr. President shut the f**k up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too," he tweeted in September. 


He will perform at a sold-out fundraiser Saturday, October 14. He is joined by J.Lo, Alex Rodriguez, Demi Lovato, Daddy Yankee, P. Diddy, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Ciara, Russell Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana among others. 

A man from Texas has been arrested on charges he traveled to Orlando, Florida, to have sex a girl whom he thought was nine-years-old. 

Mark Andrew Nichols, 64, traveled more than 1,000 miles from his home in Austin, Texas to make contact with the girl, but when he arrived police were already waiting for him and he was arrested on Saturday. 

Undercover sex crime detectives created a fake advert on a website to which Nichols responded.

An internet crimes detective then posed as a father and mother as well at the youngster online according to WFTV.

The ad referenced meeting 'experienced parents to learn new things from raising little ones,' according to the arrest report.  The ad was deliberately vague to encourage potential predators to take the bait.

Nichols allegedly sent a number of emails and texts to the detective who was posing as the girl and her parents. 

Orlando police say Nichols, who is married and has two young children of his own, then went on to explicitly describe sex acts that he planned to perform with the child. 



The fake dad explained to Nichols that he and his wife were trying to get their nine-year-old daughter into modeling and asked him what types of 'interests' he had about the girl.

'When you say interests, are you asking generally? Or sexually?' Nichols responded to the father.

Nichols said that he was 'fascinated' with incest and it was an 'extreme turn on' for him. 

Nichols told the detective that he wanted to have sex with the nine-year-old but wanted to make sure the girl's parents were 'comfortable' with it first. 

He told the detective posing as the father that he would love to 'watch' or participate.

Nichols added, 'I am extremely respectful about all of this,' and said he was planning a trip to the Orlando area soon and would like to meet the family, according to the report.



The detective, posing as the father then  asked what Nichols would like to do with the girl.

According to the arrest report, Nichols responded: 'I would like to visit you all. I am interested in having sex with the child and the child's mother. I am bi so I am open to some bi play with you if you are interested. If you are not, that is fine. I would maybe like to watch you have sex with the child. Be there. Touch and re-assure her. Then have sex with her myself. Would the child want to watch me with mom?' He further texted, 'I want to be respectful and just provide you all with a fun, safe experience.' 

After further graphic text messages between the fake parents and Nichols, the detective posing as the mom asked if if he had a daughter or had ever done any of the things he described to his own children. 



Nichols said he 'enjoyed bath time' with his own daughter, but 'back then, I would just never do anything,' according to the report.

Police said in an arrest affidavit that their investigation of Nichols began when he responded to the online ad.

Nichols finally set up a meeting with the girl's parents in Orlando. 

At the time of his arrest, Nichols was found to have had Sour Patch Kids candy, a bag of Skittles and a bottle of lubricant. 

Nichols has been charged in Florida with attempted sexual battery of a child younger than 12, attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation of a minor via computer, obscene communication and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

He is currently in jail with bail set at $1,500.

On October 16th, Bunny Wailer is slated to receive the Order of Merit at Kings House in Kingston for his influence in pioneering reggae music.


This is Bunny Wailer’s third National Honor by the Jamaican government, however, this is more significant since it is the third highest honor granted in Jamaica by the state. In an interview with the Observer, Wailer expressed his gratitude. “I did not expect it, but knew it was something that ones spoke to me about being due based of the vastness of my contribution and my focus on preserving the legacy of The Wailers, not only to the music but to the Rastafari culture and community,” he said. “It is growing on me as my greatest recognition. It’s like getting that final PhD.”


Peter Tosh, Bob Marley along with Wailer formed The Wailers in 1963, but it wasn’t until 1972 that the group got their big break and landed a contract with Island Records. Some of The Wailers top songs includes “Natty Dread,” “I shot the Sheriff,” and “Get Up Stand Up.” Bunny Wailer left the group in 1974 and went on to acquire the surname Wailer.


The reggae legen went on to win Grammy awards for his 1996 for the album Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley,’ 1995 ‘Crucial! Roots Classics’ and 1997 ‘Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley ‘s 50th Anniversary (RAS).’ Some of Bunny Wailer’s most popular singles includes ‘Jammins’, ‘Collyman’, ‘Dancing Shoes’ and ‘Bald Head Jesus’.


As one of the founding member of the Wailer and only Survivor of the group Bunny has contributed a lot to Jamaica music. The group began in a time when political warfare’s was on the rampage and their songs spoke a lot about equal rights and justice which had a huge impact socially in Jamaica back then. Their message of peace and love in their music would help them to become global icons in music.

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) set to honour Richie Stephens on October 16th, in London, England.


ASCAP is the only American based association that protects the copyrights of songwriters, composers and music publishers by monitoring public performance of their music, whether it be live performance or via broadcast, and appropriately compensate them.


Richie Stephens is a successful Jamaican singer/ producer for over two decades; he was born and raised in Westmoreland. Stephens recorded his very first song in 1984 but did not hit stardom until the 1990’s . The reggae crooner was not only a Grammy Award winner but was also awarded the Jamaican Governor-General’s Achievement Award for contributing to civic, social and recreational projects in and around his birth parish.


Stephens will be given an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) award for his contribution to Rihanna’s chart-topping single ‘Work’. ‘Work’, captured the song of the year and also sold the most digital copies for 2016. Stephens contributed the Sail Away ‘riddim’ on the Pot of Gold label to the hit, and was credited on the song as a co-writer.


In April, Stephens was awarded his first American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Pop Music Awards in Hollywood. “I am so blessed to be honored in the United Stated and now to be recognized in England. It is a major accomplishment at this time in my career. I share this award with my fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band who will accompany me on the red carpet in London,” said Stephens


Some of Stephens most popular songs includes “Winner,” “Color of Love,” “Live your Life,” and “Reggae Evolution.”

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