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Chadwick Boseman fans furious after shocking Oscars loss



Chadwick Boseman fans furious after shocking Oscars loss

Chadwick Boseman fans shed another tear Sunday at the 2021 Oscars after he was snubbed from receiving the Best Actor award for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Anthony Hopkins won the prestigious award for his role in the drama “The Father.” However, the 83-year-old actor was unable to attend the ceremony itself despite winning the honor, over Boseman, who passed away from cancer at 43 in August.

Many fans took to Twitter to express their anger and sadness over the “Black Panther” star’s shocking loss.

One fan tweeted, “Chadwick Boseman didn’t win the award for the best actor in a leading role even though he gave one of the best performances last year… #Oscars.

“Chadwick boseman DESERVED the best actor award. his performance as levee in ma rainey’s is the epitome of what an actor should be im so upset wtf,” wrote another user.

One fan chimed in, “You’re telling me they ended the show with best actor that should’ve gone to Chadwick and they gave it to Anthony Hopkins WHO WASNT EVEN THERE?!?!?”

“Are you serious #Oscars ? You had one thing to do this year, which was to honor Chadwick Boseman with Best Actor. The only sure thing this year, and you gave his Best Actor trophy to Anthony Hopkins for a movie NO ONE saw.. and Hopkins didn’t even show up?! Ridiculous #Oscars2021,” tweeted one fan alongside a gif of Meryl Streep clapping.

“Ma Rainey” wrapped filming a year before Boseman died after a brave battle with colon cancer in August 2020. The film debuted on Netflix in December.

Boseman’s legacy was celebrated in a Netflix documentary short, “Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist,” which premiered April 17 and featured his “Ma Rainey” co-star Viola Davis.

“We were just watching a great artist absolutely give himself over to a role, which is what you do,” Davis told “60 Minutes.” “You give yourself. You sacrifice yourself.”

Boseman had all but swept the awards season for his incredible portrayal of hot-headed musician Levee, scoring multiple top honors. His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, has been there throughout the awards season to represent the talented actor, accepting his trophies and delivering powerful speeches, beginning with the Actor Tribute prize at the Gotham Awards in January.

And, despite being remote, there wasn’t a dry eye during her emotional speech at the Golden Globes in February.

“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward said through tears. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring. Something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can. That tells you to keep going. That calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”

During the NAACP Image Awards, Ledward issued a heartbreaking plea for colon cancer screenings and awareness about the disease.

“Black people in this country are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40% more likely to die from it. The age for routine screening has recently been lowered to 45 so if you are 45 years of age or older, please get screened. Don’t put it off any longer, please get screened,” she said.

“It is so hard to find a celebratory feeling in these moments, as proud as we are of him,” Ledward said during the Critics Choice Awards in March. “Yes, for his work but even more just for who he is as a person. His work deserves this, his work in this film deserves this, he deserves this.”

Earlier this month at the SAG awards, Ledward began by thanking God, but finished with a quote from Boseman himself.

“If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the see-saw of the mind,” she said, adding, “That’s a quote by Chadwick Boseman.”

The “Black Panther” star also set the record for most SAG film nominations in a single year for one person, scoring two nods for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and two for his role in “Da 5 Bloods.”

His final role also meant something very special to him. The movie is based on a play of the same name by August Wilson, whom Boseman admired and wrote about years before his tragic death. Wilson died in 2005.

“The blood spilled by Wilson’s quill made living words that have the power to inhabit the devoted actor and light a spark inside his breast so that inhalations taken for their utterance make the soul of the character blaze up and take shape in the actor’s body and face when he/she exhales them in speech,” he wrote, in a 2013 column for the Los Angeles Times. “Wilson mastered the ability of consistently reaching such hypnotic incantations in his writing that, in my opinion, no other playwright rivals him, including Shakespeare. Wilson’s text has outlined a passion, a ceremony of sorts, in which the actor, if he digs deep enough to make a connection, can move the audience to a catharsis.”

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The best of the barbs traded at first NYC mayoral debate



The best of the barbs traded at first NYC mayoral debate

The Zoom forum for the first televised Democratic primary mayoral debate didn’t stop the rival candidates from slinging mud across their computer screens, prompting leading candidate Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to declare at one point, “Ohhh they’re feisty!”

Here are some of the sharpest barbs from the showdown for the June 22 election :

“Don’t get me involved in your daddy’s problems,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer told former Obama housing director Shaun Donovan, whose rich father has given millions to an outside group supporting his son’s long shot bid.


“With all due respect Ray, no one has that experience of really making sure we come back specifically from a crisis that you helped create in the Great Recession,” Donovan told former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, who shot back that he had “zero to do with anything involved in the mortgage crisis.”

McGuire then cited his 13 years as the head of Citi’s corporate and investment banking unit. “You know what they call that in my neighborhood? They call that receipts. He has blank checks,” McGuire blasted back at Donovan.


“Mr. Donovan, we would hate to use the mute function on anyone,” questioner Josefa Velazquez from the news outlet The City said when the candidate interrupted her.


“I helped swing those two races in Georgia that have helped deliver the Senate,” Andrew Yang boasted, attempting to make up for his lack of a voting record in local NYC elections.

“That is disrespectful and appalling to Stacey Abrams and those black women who organized on the ground. He needs to stop saying that. They won that fight,” Adams retorted.

“Given how close the race was let’s agree that anyone who spent a dollar or made one phone call helped contribute to the outcome there,” moderator Errol Louis interjected to stop the back-and-forth.

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Mortician shares details of working with dead people on TikTok



Mortician shares details of working with dead people on TikTok

She sees dead people — daily.

A young mortician has gone viral on TikTok, sharing macabre trade secrets and talking about the most difficult parts of working with the dead.

Eileen Hollis grew up in Syracuse, New York, living above her family’s business, Hollis Funeral Home, according to People. The 31-year-old went on to follow in her father’s footsteps and studied mortuary science.

During her four-year career, she has performed “over 1,000 services” for the dead, which include embalming, cremation, hair and makeup. Her straightforward conversations about death and the morbid details of her job — from the weird smells to wiring jaws shut — have made Hollis a TikTok sensation.

In one video, she walks her 410,000 followers through the embalming process while doing her morning skincare routine.

“Because my hands are so small, I got to reach in and hold someone’s brain. So that was interesting,” she brags while holding a face serum that looks a lot like blood.

But Hollis claims that the job isn’t “as gruesome as [people] think” but can get difficult, telling People that “infant deaths are extremely hard.”

She also appreciates the chance to destigmatize conversations about death, debunk myths and inform people of their options. Viewers often have questions for her ranging from curious — like “what happens if someone dies wearing contact lenses?” or “how do you get makeup to look natural when the skin is stiff?” — to much more graphic — like “is it true you break people’s bones to position them in a coffin?” or “where do tampons go and who takes them out?” — which she gladly answers.

“You’re not morbid,” she assured one follower who asked about pregnant people dying. “It’s normal to be curious.”

Hollis’ unconventional look, with her pink hair, tatted skin and cat eye glasses, has been called “unprofessional and disrespectful,” she told People, by some in the industry that aims to stick to tradition. But working in the profession is just as integral to her identity — and part of her roots.

“I love working with my dad,” which she says is her favorite thing about being a mortician. Hollis lives nearby her father’s funeral home, but actually plans to move out of her “Hobbit house” and back into her family home to eventually take over the business — a growing trend for young people who are taking over the mortuary business.

In fact, Hollis isn’t the only TikTok mortician as #DeathTok is a growing niche community of viewers fascinated with the macabre. Other young death professionals have taken to the app to discuss the eerie tricks of the trade including @mybloodygalentine and @mortedeanubis.

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‘American Idol’ finalist Caleb Kennedy out after video surfaces



'American Idol' finalist Caleb Kennedy out after video surfaces

“American Idol” top-five finalist Caleb Kennedy has left the show after a video surfaced showing him next to someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

A representative for the show confirmed to The Post that Kennedy will no longer be moving forward in the competition.

The singer, 16, posted a statement about his departure on Instagram Wednesday.

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on ‘American Idol,’” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

The remaining finalists include Willie Spence, Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Casey Bishop.

Kennedy’s mother, Anita Guy, gave a statement to MSN claiming that the video was taken when Kennedy was 12 and inspired by a movie he had seen.

“I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online,” Guy said. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.”

On Tuesday, Kennedy had posted an upbeat message on Instagram, thanking his followers for their support. “Hey guys! So glad to have y’all on the journey with me through #Americanidol,” he wrote. “Also really happy to be in the studio working on songs!! I love you guys so much!!”

On the most recent episode this past Sunday, May 9, Kennedy performed a throaty version of the Coldplay song “Violet Hill,” plus an original tune, “Mama Said,” according to

Mid-afternoon Wednesday, the show posted a Twitter teaser that Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas would mentor finalists in the upcoming episode on Sunday, but it did not mention Kennedy’s move.

It’s not the only shocking exit this season on “American Idol.” Wyatt Pike, 20, left the competition series after making the top 12, citing “personal reasons.”

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