Innocent Man Freed From Prison After Serving 20 Years of A Life Sentence

Just a couple of weeks ago, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent helped Andrew Leander Wilson return to his family after spending 32 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. More recently, they’ve helped another innocent man be released after serving 20 years of a life sentence.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Marco Contreras finally gained his freedom from Calipatria State Prison with the help of Ricardo Perez.

Two Black Women Sue FOX News For Racial Discrimination

Two Black women are filing a lawsuit against their FOX News for “top-down racial harassment.” [Water is also wet].

Tichaona Brown, a payroll manager, and Tabrese Wright, a payroll coordinator, are suing Judith Slater, the company’s longtime comptroller who was fired just last week, Fox News, and 21st Century Fox, according to The New York Daily News.

Barry Jenkins Set To Direct Amazon Series Based On ‘Underground Railroad’ Novel

Following the epic success of Moonlight both in the box office and on the awards circuit. The biggest question would be what’s next for those involved? Director Barry Jenkins in particular?

Deadline reports that Jenkins will be partnering with Plan B productions to bring Colson Whitehead’s best-selling novel, The Underground Railroad, to Amazon as a series. 

‘Bathroom Bill’ Could Cost North Carolina More than $3 Billion

Conservative politicians in North Carolina have spent much of the past year pushing forward what’s commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill”. As it currently stands, it would require people to use public restrooms labeled for their assigned gender at birth, putting many transgender people in harms way not to mention violently reinforcing transphobic gender norms.

Public response to the bill has been negative as multiple businesses, artists and national organizations have put a hold on supporting any ventures in the state. Despite this, government officials in support of the bill have stood firm behind the claim that there won’t be any negative effects on the state’s economy.

Formerly Incarcerated Artists Could Win a $20K Fellowship

Given the status of the criminal justice system in the United States, it’s not difficult for someone’s life to be completely thrown off track if convicted of a crime, no matter how much talent they have. The Soze Agency, a national creative agency co-founded by Michael Skolnik , has launched a $100,000 fellowship to remedy this very issue.

As part of “The Right of Return USA Fellowship,” five artists who spent time in the U.S. penal system will be awarded $20,000 grants for projects geared towards criminal justice reform. 

Kaepernick Donates $50,000 To Meals On Wheels, Undermines Trump Budget Cuts

Following a series of proposed budget cuts, many fear that President Trump could be taking money away from Meals on Wheels, which helps bring food to senior citizens across the country, many of whom would not have quality food otherwise. To help keep this from happening, Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to the program, according to The New York Daily News.