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Will Smith Disappointed ‘Concussion’ Didn’t Have More Impact On NFL

Actor Will Smith had expected the 2015 film“Concussion,” in which he plays a pathologist who exposes the truth about traumatic brain injuries in National Football League players, would lead to serious changein the sport.


Instead,alarming scientific research that the movie highlighted went largely overlooked, which Smith said came as a surprise, he told Vanity Fair.


“I thought ‘Concussion’ would have a bigger impact,” Smith told the magazine. “I knew it would be hard because people love the game, but the science is so overwhelming, and it’s something that we really need to take a look at.”


“I thought that people would get behind the mission of that,” he added. “I was surprised that people were absolutely like, ‘Nope, I’m not stopping watching football, so I don’t want to know.’”



The sports thriller is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian American forensic pathologist who fought to prove that repeated blows to the head while playing football resulted in numerous athletes developing the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.


Before the movie was released to the public, Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterbackscreened it for 70 former NFL players and their families.


“I watch this movie and I know we were paid to hurt people,” former linebacker Keith McCants told Sports Illustrated at the time. “We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.”


CTE is triggered by concussions and other hard hits to the head. The brain disease is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and progressive dementia,according to Boston University research


Last year, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found that 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players suffered from CTE, “Frontline” reported. Additionally, 131 of 165 individuals who played football at any level ― professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school ― tested positive.


In May, the NFL for the first timepublicly acknowledged a link between football and CTE. Meanwhile, concussions remain a serious threat for players.


In 2015, the NFL counted 271 diagnosed concussions in practices, preseason and regular season, compared with 206 in 2014, and 229 in 2013, ESPN reported.


The league has said it is“deeply committed to continuing to accelerate scientific research and advancements in this critical area, and we stand ready to support additional independent research to that end.”


In April, a federal appeals court upheld an approximately $1 billion concussion settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players.

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Obama, Netanyahu mourn death of Israel’s Shimon Peres

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, 93, died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to mourn: "A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever".

Britney Spears on pop inspiration and why she’s not making a comeback

(Reuters) - After a career spanning two decades that include highs and lows, pop singer Britney Spears discussed her inspirations and why her latest album should not be seen as a return to music.

Bobby Brown Won’t Rest Until Nick Gordon Is Charged For Bobbi Kristina’s Death



Bobby Brown has spoken out once again about his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, admitting there won’t be“closure” until Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, is criminally charged.


Earlier this month, Gordon was found responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina. In a new interview with pastor T.D. Jakes, set to air on his talk show Wednesday, Bobby said, “I know some things that happened to my daughter, but it’s up to the DA now to do his job.”


Gordon has yet to be charged in relation to Bobbi Kristina’s death, but her father is still waiting.


“That’s when I think I will get some closure,” Bobby told pastor Jakes.


In the meantime, the “My Prerogative”singer said, “Just knowing that he’s legally responsible for my daughter’s death has given me a bit of calmness to waiting for the DA.”


Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home with Gordon in January 2015and was later placed in a medically induced coma. She died of her injuries six months later.



Following her death, the Brown estate filed a $40 million wrongful death suit against Gordon. The suit alleged that the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston had been involved in an altercation with her boyfriend, who then put her in a bathtub before injecting her with a “toxic cocktail” of drugs.


The suit also alleged that Gordon stole over $11,000 from his girlfriend’s bank account and accused him of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and conversion.


Gordon failed to appear in court on two separate occasions, and as a result, anything alleged in Brown’s suit against him was admitted through omission,according to Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford, perNBC.Attorneys for Gordon have maintained their client’s innocence throughout the investigation.


After the ruling, Brown released a statement to E! News saying, “I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings. All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter’s death. Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this.”

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Why Laila Ali Doesn’t Post About Black Lives Matter On Facebook

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Social media has played a vital role in bringing the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of public conversation. But last week, boxing legend Laila Ail explained to The Huffington Postwhy she opts out of participating in political discussions online.


Ali explained to hostJacques Morelthat she doesn’t find social media to be an appropriate platform for communicating her desire for racial equality.


“By me not posting, it doesn’t mean that black lives don’t matter,” she said. “To me, it’s obvious that black lives matter.And then... I’m like, what is posting going to do? What is speaking out going to do?”


With sponsors and millions ofFacebookfans, Ali said she has to be careful when posting content online because of her diverse following. “I don’t ever like to make people feel separate,” she said. It’s for this reason that she says she appreciates all aspects of diversity and inclusion.


“Yes, black lives matter. Yes, white lives matter, asian lives matter. All lives matter,” she said. “And that’s kind of what my focus is. But it’s hard because, you know, you’ve got sponsors and you’ve got this and you’ve got that. And you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. And you’re trying to be politically correct, but at the same time trying to uplift your people.”


Using her children as a metaphor, Ali explained that it’s important to understand the impact and change people can have within their own homes.


“I would think about what can I do as a family to take responsibility for our actions,” she said. “So, I think as black people, we have to do the things that we can do to make a change within our own community within ourselves first and then let the trickle effect happen.”


Watch the clip from the interview in the video above and the full conversation with Ali in the one below.




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Rap star Jay Z prevails in lawsuit over Roc-A-Fella logo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a $7 million lawsuit accusing Jay Z of breach of contract and copyright infringement against a Bronx, New York clothing designer who claimed to have created the logo for the rap star's Roc-A-Fella record label.

Justin Theroux Thinks Including Jennifer Aniston In Brangelina News Is ‘Nonsense’

Amid the drama surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce, people are curious to know what Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and her husband, Justin Theroux, have to say.


Although Aniston has yet to comment on the split (she shouldn’t have to, really), Theroux was asked about it in an interview with Business Insider.


“As a child of divorce all I can say is that’sterrible news for those children and that’s all you can really say,” Theroux answered diplomatically. “It’s boring to sort of comment on anything else. People are having a bad time, that’s horrible.”


Beyond the boredom of the breakup chatter, the “Leftovers” actor told BI it’s “nonsense” that people want to tie Aniston in with Brangelina’s split. (He’s right).


“There’s an endless appetite for trash, apparently, though everyone would say that they don’t have that appetite. But I think a lot of people do because people buy it,” Theroux said.“But there are bigger things to bitch about. It’s shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world.”



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‘New Girl’ Tackles The Presidential Election On Season 6 Premiere

Season 6 of “New Girl” premieres Tuesday night,and we already know it’s going to be huuuuuuge.


The first episode of the new season will take on the 2016 presidential election, with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) hitting the campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton.


At one point, Jess even does her best Donald Trump impression, seemingly as a way to sway people not to vote for the reality-TV-star-turned-politician. Judging by the episode’s promoand the photo below, we’d say she nailed it.



In a new clip for the episodeshared by Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, Jess and Cece talk politics with Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who presents a challenge to the women: If they can get five new voters, he’ll vote for Hillary, and if they lose,they have to vote for Winston (Lamorne Morris).


Jess, not one to back down from a challenge, willfully accepts, telling her well-coiffed roommate, “Game on, you Republican minx!”





“New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether spoke to EW about the premiere episode, telling the site that “you have to be a little bit careful” when tackling politics on a comedic show.


“I do think that one of the great things about sitcoms is that they can take on big issues within a small, funny way, which is, I think, what we’ve tried to do on this show when we’ve dipped our toe into things like this in the past,” she said. “I definitely hope [the episode]adds to the conversation. When you can laugh about something, sometimes it opens you up to listen to something.”


“New Girl” premieres Sept. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Beyonce, Bieber lead MTV Europe Music Awards nominations

LONDON (Reuters) - Music stars Beyonce and Justin Bieber lead the nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, earning five nods each at the major music event.
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