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Former President Barack Obama delivered an emotional and powerful eulogy during the funeral services for the late Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.

“It is a great honor to be back at the pulpit of its greatest pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to pay my respects to perhaps his finest disciple, an American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance, John Robert Lewis,” Obama said.

“I’ve come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom… John Lewis did not hesitate,” the former president continued. “He kept on getting onboard buses and sitting at lunch counters. Got his mugshot taken again and again, marched again and again, on a mission to change America.”

Lewis passed away on July 17 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the last surviving speaker from the historic 1963 March on Washington. In 1965, Lewis helped lead the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. This event later became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

“When John woke up and checked himself out of the hospital, he would make sure that the world saw a movement that was, as the scripture says, hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed,” Obama recalled. “What a revolutionary notion, this idea that ordinary people, a young kid from Troy, can stand up to the powers and principalities and say, ‘No, this isn’t right, this isn’t true, this isn’t just. We can do better.’”

“America was built by John Lewises,” he continued. “He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideas, and someday when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form that more perfect union…John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America.”

Obama also touched on the current climate of this country under the Trump administration, specifically the issues that citizens are facing with voting in the upcoming election.

“We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting, by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run up to an election that’s going be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”

“What a gift John Lewis was,” the former president concluded. “We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for a while and show us the way.”


Anthony Marvel is an American actor and film producer who openly spoke against Marvel’s hiring process. The actor has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the company’s hiring process for their movies.

Mackie who plays Falcon in the movies and (spoiler) is the next Captain America, talked about the problems behind the scenes at Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney during a recent Variety interview with fellow actor Daveed Diggs. He said:

It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.

Mackie who has starred in three Avengers movies, two Captain America movies and is currently filming The Falcon and theWinter Soldier TV series added that Nate Moore is the only black producer he has worked on in that entire time, having been an executive producers on the Captain America films.

He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?

Marvel were praised for both the critical and financial success of Black Panther but there has been no confirmed date as to when a sequel to the film will be released. To date this is the only Marvel movie to feature a non-white lead character but the studio has started to show more diverse decision making for the next set of movies with Shang-Chi and The Eternals all featuring Asian talent both in front and behind the camera.

Although Mackie is certainly brave to speak out against Marvel his words have clearly resonated with some people.


According to the Good year police report “The woman had flagged down a citizen for help moments earlier at another nearby gas station stating that she had been assaulted at her Good year home for the last several hours by her husband. The citizen then drove the victim to the circle K and called 911. The victim told police her husband was bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series “Empire”

When police went to the couple’s home to contact Gray, he would not exit the situation, Good year SWAT and crisis Negotiations were called to the scene. Gray later surrendered without incident, he was taken into custody and booked into the Maricopa county jail.

Gray is accused of aggravated assault (strangulated), assault (domestic violence) and disorderly conduct. The victim was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.