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Michael B. Jordan launches #ChangeHollywood initiative with Color of Change

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Michael B. Jordan is teaming up with Color of Change for a new initiative known simply as #ChangeHollywood to promote more diversity and inclusion.

The initiative begins with a ‘roadmap’ to change the Hollywood system in ways that will lead to better representation in all facets of the studio system, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Following the roadmap leads to tangible and meaningful ways to invest in Black stories and Black talent, while diverting funds away from the police within the entertainment industry and using those funds to support the Black community.

Initiative: Michael B. Jordan is teaming up with Color of Change for a new initiative known simply as #ChangeHollywood to promote more diversity and inclusion

Initiative: Michael B. Jordan is teaming up with Color of Change for a new initiative known simply as #ChangeHollywood to promote more diversity and inclusion

Initiative: Michael B. Jordan is teaming up with Color of Change for a new initiative known simply as #ChangeHollywood to promote more diversity and inclusion

‘This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,’ says Jordan, CEO of Outlier Society. 

‘We look forward to including a variety of voices in doing what we do best: telling authentic stories, bringing people together, partnering with influential artists, and changing the rules of the game,’ he added.

Jordan and his production company Outlier Society was among the first to commit to ‘inclusion riders’ with all of his projects, which lead to him working with WarnerMedia to increase diversity.

Change: 'This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,' says Jordan, CEO of Outlier Society

Change: 'This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,' says Jordan, CEO of Outlier Society

Change: ‘This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,’ says Jordan, CEO of Outlier Society

The first film produced under these new initiatives was the 2019 drama Just Mercy, which Jordan produced and starred in with Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx.

Jordan’s Outlier Society has also been in talks with talent agencies like William Morris Endeavor (WME) and Endeavor Content about committing to #ChangeHollywood.

‘The legacy of racism in Hollywood is long and unforgivable: excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and using the economic power of the industry to prop up police who target and enact violence on Black communities,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. 

First: The first film produced under these new initiatives was the 2019 drama Just Mercy, which Jordan produced and starred in with Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx

First: The first film produced under these new initiatives was the 2019 drama Just Mercy, which Jordan produced and starred in with Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx

First: The first film produced under these new initiatives was the 2019 drama Just Mercy, which Jordan produced and starred in with Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx

‘We know from our advocacy that the industry won’t change on its own, so we’re building off our current work to hold Hollywood accountable to provide a roadmap to enacting racial justice,’ he added.

‘From the writers rooms to the streets, we are energized and ready to help Hollywood follow through on their statements that Black lives matter,’ Robinson concluded.

The roadmap is laid out at Hollywood.ColorOfChange.org/Roadmap, which also includes a directory of other resources to help combat racism and promote inclusion.

Roadmap: The roadmap is laid out at Hollywood.ColorOfChange.org/Roadmap , which also includes a directory of other resources to help combat racism and promote inclusion

Roadmap: The roadmap is laid out at Hollywood.ColorOfChange.org/Roadmap , which also includes a directory of other resources to help combat racism and promote inclusion

Roadmap: The roadmap is laid out at Hollywood.ColorOfChange.org/Roadmap , which also includes a directory of other resources to help combat racism and promote inclusion

The first step in this roadmap is for studios and production companies to ‘divest from the police force,’ suggesting they hire security firms instead of using police.

‘Hollywood must not use its economic power to prop up local police departments and other authorities who threaten and exploit Black lives, or promote anti-Black practices,’ the roadmap states.

The second step is to ‘invest in anti-racist content and authentic black stories,’ which includes hiring cultural consultants and ensuring that there are ‘multiple senior-level black executives’ at all studios.

No police: The first step in this roadmap is for studios and production companies to 'divest from the police force,' suggesting they hire security firms instead of using police

No police: The first step in this roadmap is for studios and production companies to 'divest from the police force,' suggesting they hire security firms instead of using police

No police: The first step in this roadmap is for studios and production companies to ‘divest from the police force,’ suggesting they hire security firms instead of using police

The third step is to ‘invest in Black talent & careers,’ which includes adopting inclusion riders for all projects, and increasing the number of Black people in leadership positions. 

The fourth and final step is to invest in Black communities, including working with Black-owned businesses and supporting initiatives that help the Black community.

You can read the full roadmap and learn more about the initiative at Hollywood.ColorOfChange.org/RoadMap.

Invest: The third step is to 'invest in Black talent & careers,' which includes adopting inclusion riders for all projects, and increasing the number of Black people in leadership positions

Invest: The third step is to 'invest in Black talent & careers,' which includes adopting inclusion riders for all projects, and increasing the number of Black people in leadership positions

Invest: The third step is to ‘invest in Black talent & careers,’ which includes adopting inclusion riders for all projects, and increasing the number of Black people in leadership positions

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Joe Swash treats his family to a £45,000 Volkswagen T6 camper van

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Joe Swash has treated his family to a gleaming Volkswagen T6 camper van to create ‘memories’ in and travelled hundreds of miles to the north of England to pick it up.   

The former EastEnders actor, 38, purchased the pristine white van as a surprise for his girlfriend Stacey Solomon, 30, which she dubbed a ‘monstrosity’ on Saturday.

However Joe was ‘chuffed’ as he posed with the 2019 plate van from Southlands Motors in Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne, which can retail at around £45,000. 

Happy: Joe Swash treated his family to a gleaming Volkswagen T6 camper van on Friday to create 'memories' and travelled hundreds of miles to the north of England to pick it up

Happy: Joe Swash treated his family to a gleaming Volkswagen T6 camper van on Friday to create 'memories' and travelled hundreds of miles to the north of England to pick it up

Happy: Joe Swash treated his family to a gleaming Volkswagen T6 camper van on Friday to create ‘memories’ and travelled hundreds of miles to the north of England to pick it up 

Grateful: Joe was 'chuffed' as he posed with the gleaming 2019 plate van from Southlands Motors in Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne

Grateful: Joe was 'chuffed' as he posed with the gleaming 2019 plate van from Southlands Motors in Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne

Grateful: Joe was ‘chuffed’ as he posed with the gleaming 2019 plate van from Southlands Motors in Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne

Joe captioned the snap: ‘Welcome to the family. Southlands Motor Company you guys did an amazing job thanks.’  

The doting father-of-two revealed on his Instagram on Friday that he was heading ‘up north’ to collect ‘something very exciting’, according to The Mirror

Joe, who shares one-year-old son Rex with Stacey, described how he couldn’t ‘wait to make some memories’ as he showed his followers the ‘new addition’ to the Swash/Solomon family.    

Sweet: Stacey, who is also mum to sons Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, shared a heartwarming picture of her three boys and Joe in the back of the camper van

Sweet: Stacey, who is also mum to sons Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, shared a heartwarming picture of her three boys and Joe in the back of the camper van

Sweet: Stacey, who is also mum to sons Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, shared a heartwarming picture of her three boys and Joe in the back of the camper van

However Loose Women panellist Stacey was not exactly impressed with the van which she described as a ‘monstrosity’. 

Speaking on her Instagram stories, she zoomed in on the motor from the upstairs window and said: ‘Oh my God – what the hell Joe?’ 

Joe, who is dad to son Harry, 13, from a previous relationship, added: ‘Our new home on wheels mate – our new home do you like it?’ 

The mother-of-three playfully pushed a beaming Joe onto the bed adding: ‘When did you get that?’ 

Surprise: Loose Women panellist Stacey was not exactly impressed with the van which she described as a 'monstrosity'

Surprise: Loose Women panellist Stacey was not exactly impressed with the van which she described as a 'monstrosity'

Surprise: Loose Women panellist Stacey was not exactly impressed with the van which she described as a ‘monstrosity’

Stacey captioned her post with a laughing face emoji and penned: ‘When he gets something in his head…

‘Is he actually joking… I was so tired last night I walked passed that monstrosity thinking someone had parked up and gone to the pub or something only to find out it’s ours apparently.’ 

Yet Stacey, who is also mum to sons Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, later shared a heartwarming picture of her three boys and Joe in the back of the camper van. 

Playful: Joe, who is dad to son Harry, 13, from a previous relationship, added: 'Our new home on wheels mate - our new home do you like it?'

Playful: Joe, who is dad to son Harry, 13, from a previous relationship, added: 'Our new home on wheels mate - our new home do you like it?'

Playful: Joe, who is dad to son Harry, 13, from a previous relationship, added: ‘Our new home on wheels mate – our new home do you like it?’

She penned: ‘Those faces though… I knew once he’d got this idea into his head it was inevitable…

‘I didn’t realise how soon though. Usually it takes him a week just to text me back so I thought it’d have years before he made this happen. 

‘I am excited for him and the boys and our adventures. I love them so much and making memories with them is my favourite thing in the world. So here we go. 

‘First memory they will have is the school run. Bye bye normal car hello camper.’ 

The VW camper boats plush leather seats and vibrant blue LED lighting across the top of the window along with a mini oven and fridge. 

Southlands Motor Company shared a picture of Joe with his thumbs up alongside the van and described how the motor was ‘custom built’ to their requirements. 

The VW Camper dealership penned: ‘So this happened today!!! Thank you so much to Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon for being an absolute pleasure to deal with!

‘We hope you all enjoy your stunning new custom built camper van, and make sure you tag us along in all your amazing trips you have planned!’  

Deal: Southlands Motor Company shared a picture of Joe with his thumbs up alongside the van and described how the motor was 'custom built' to their requirements

Deal: Southlands Motor Company shared a picture of Joe with his thumbs up alongside the van and described how the motor was 'custom built' to their requirements

Deal: Southlands Motor Company shared a picture of Joe with his thumbs up alongside the van and described how the motor was ‘custom built’ to their requirements

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Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake dies at 73 after battle with prostate cancer

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Lee Kerslake, who drummed for Ozzy Osbourne, died Saturday at age 73 following a protracted battle with prostate cancer.

In addition to playing with the Black Sabbath frontman, Kerslake was an early drummer with the progressive hard rock group Uriah Heep and was featured on multiple classic albums. 

The drummer’s Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley announced his death in a statement shared to Louder.

Drum legend: Lee Kerslake, who drummed for Uriah Heep and was featured on Ozz Osbourne's early '80s classics, died Saturday at 73 after a protracted battle with prostate cancer; shown near Paris in 1973

Drum legend: Lee Kerslake, who drummed for Uriah Heep and was featured on Ozz Osbourne's early '80s classics, died Saturday at 73 after a protracted battle with prostate cancer; shown near Paris in 1973

Drum legend: Lee Kerslake, who drummed for Uriah Heep and was featured on Ozz Osbourne’s early ’80s classics, died Saturday at 73 after a protracted battle with prostate cancer; shown near Paris in 1973

‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.’

Kerslake’s greatest commercial success came as the drummer for Osbourne in 1980 and ’81, when he recorded the classic albums Blizzard Of Ozz, which featured the hit Crazy Train, and Diary Of A Madman. 

The drummer’s death came a day before the 40th anniversary of Blizzard Of Ozz, which was released on September 20, 1980.

Prior to working with Osbourne’s solo group, he played drums for Uriah Heep from 1971–1979, and he rejoined in 1981 and stayed with the band until 2007. 

Iconic music: Kerslake's greatest commercial success came as the drummer for Osbourne in 1980 and '81, when he recorded the classic albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman; Kerslake (second left) pictured with Osbourne (second right) in 1980

Iconic music: Kerslake's greatest commercial success came as the drummer for Osbourne in 1980 and '81, when he recorded the classic albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman; Kerslake (second left) pictured with Osbourne (second right) in 1980

Iconic music: Kerslake’s greatest commercial success came as the drummer for Osbourne in 1980 and ’81, when he recorded the classic albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman; Kerslake (second left) pictured with Osbourne (second right) in 1980

Silenced: Kerslake was featured on the hit single Crazy Train on Blizzard Of Ozz. Despite drumming on the follow-up Diary Of A Madman, he wouldn't be credited on the LP

Silenced: Kerslake was featured on the hit single Crazy Train on Blizzard Of Ozz. Despite drumming on the follow-up Diary Of A Madman, he wouldn't be credited on the LP

Silenced: Kerslake was featured on the hit single Crazy Train on Blizzard Of Ozz. Despite drumming on the follow-up Diary Of A Madman, he wouldn’t be credited on the LP

Kerslake got his start on the drums at the age of 11, and his first professional gig was with the UK band Gods.

After joining Uriah Heep in 1971, he recorded the classic 1972 LP Demons And Wizards with the group, which fused a progressive rock sound with a hard rock edge.

After leaving the group due to a songwriting disagreement in 1978, he joined up with Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1980s, after the future reality TV star was fired from Black Sabbath due to his drug abuse.

‘We got Lee Kerslake literally just before we went in the studio, and it was just, like, four guys having a blast with each other,’ Osbourne told Rolling Stone while speaking about Blizzard Of Ozz’s upcoming anniversary.

‘We were all getting f**ked up on coke and booze, though Randy wasn’t. Randy never did much drugs. He smoked cigarettes; he didn’t drink much.’

Kerslake began drumming at 11 and first joined the UK band gods. He joined progressive hard rock group Uriah Heep in 1971, before leaving in 1978. He later rejoined from 1981–2007; shown in 1980

Kerslake began drumming at 11 and first joined the UK band gods. He joined progressive hard rock group Uriah Heep in 1971, before leaving in 1978. He later rejoined from 1981–2007; shown in 1980

Kerslake began drumming at 11 and first joined the UK band gods. He joined progressive hard rock group Uriah Heep in 1971, before leaving in 1978. He later rejoined from 1981–2007; shown in 1980

Erased: Kerslake's drum tracks were erased from Blizzard Of Ozz in a 2002 reissue, which Osbourne blamed on his wife Sharon. The original tracks were restored for the 30th anniversary release; Osbourne shown in 2018 in LA

Erased: Kerslake's drum tracks were erased from Blizzard Of Ozz in a 2002 reissue, which Osbourne blamed on his wife Sharon. The original tracks were restored for the 30th anniversary release; Osbourne shown in 2018 in LA

Erased: Kerslake’s drum tracks were erased from Blizzard Of Ozz in a 2002 reissue, which Osbourne blamed on his wife Sharon. The original tracks were restored for the 30th anniversary release; Osbourne shown in 2018 in LA

Despite drumming on Diary Of A Madman, Kerslake’s name was erased from the album and replaced by subsequent drummer Tommy Aldridge, even though Aldrige admitted it was Kerslake’s drumming on the album. 

By 1986, Kerslake and Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley had sued the singer over unpaid royalties from Blizzard Of Ozz.

Osbourne later had the drum and bass parts on the album rerecorded for a 2002 reissue with his current bass player and drummer, which he later blamed on his wife Sharon Osbourne.

However, Kerslake and Daisley’s original parts were restored for the album’s 30th anniversary reissue.

Last request: In 2018, Kerslake requested Osbourne send him platinum records for his contributions after being given eight months to live. Osbourne sent them in January 2019; Kerslake (second to left) with Uriah Heep in 1973

Last request: In 2018, Kerslake requested Osbourne send him platinum records for his contributions after being given eight months to live. Osbourne sent them in January 2019; Kerslake (second to left) with Uriah Heep in 1973

Last request: In 2018, Kerslake requested Osbourne send him platinum records for his contributions after being given eight months to live. Osbourne sent them in January 2019; Kerslake (second to left) with Uriah Heep in 1973

In 2018, Kerslake requested that Osbourne send him platinum records for his contributions after announcing he had only eight months to live. 

‘I’ve written to Sharon and Ozzy recently, a personal letter basically asking them to kindly send me platinum album certifications for Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, to hang on my wall before I die,’ Kerslake told The Metal Voice at the time. ‘It’s on my bucket list. I hope they will come to terms with it and say yes. I went belly-up bankrupt when I lost the case to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the courts.

‘It costs me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house, and then started to get ill. … But a platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic. … It would say I helped create those albums.’

Osbourne relented and sent him the platinum album in January of last year.

Kerslake is survived by his wife Sue. 

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Kim Cattrall, 64, gushes over boyfriend of four years Russell Thomas: ‘he was worth waiting for’

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Kim Cattrall seems to be a smitten kitten when it comes to her relationship of four years. 

Speaking to People magazine on Friday Kim, 64, gushed over her boyfriend Russell Thomas in a way that would have left Samantha Jones shaking.  

Though fairly private about their relationship, Kim who has not been seriously linked to anyone since her marriage to ended in 2004, said Russell  ‘was worth waiting for.’

True love: Kim Cattrall, 64, opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship of four years to Russell Thomas. The Sex And The City actress and her beau both share British ties and currently reside together in Vancouver

True love: Kim Cattrall, 64, opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship of four years to Russell Thomas. The Sex And The City actress and her beau both share British ties and currently reside together in Vancouver

True love: Kim Cattrall, 64, opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship of four years to Russell Thomas. The Sex And The City actress and her beau both share British ties and currently reside together in Vancouver

Cattrall first met her match when she met Thomas in 2016 while he was working at the BBC. 

Kim who was born in Liverpool immediately felt at ease around Russell who was from Kent, England through their shared UK ties. 

‘It’s just so easy…I’m very comfortable around him’ she says. At the beginning it seems as if the couple both acted on gut instinct. 

Kim invited Russell to her house in Canada on the pretense that they ‘kind of liked each other and [they] kept in touch’ though they did not know each other very well. 

Though the couple had only hung out a few times and shared a handful of meals together Russell took Kim up on her offer and ended up moving internationally to nurture their relationship. 

Sparks flying: Cattrall said though she and Thomas had only shared a few meals together she could tell they 'kind of liked each other and kept in touch' prompting Kim to invite him to her home in Vancouver

Sparks flying: Cattrall said though she and Thomas had only shared a few meals together she could tell they 'kind of liked each other and kept in touch' prompting Kim to invite him to her home in Vancouver

Sparks flying: Cattrall said though she and Thomas had only shared a few meals together she could tell they ‘kind of liked each other and kept in touch’ prompting Kim to invite him to her home in Vancouver

‘He came and we got along great, and we’ve been together ever since’ said Kim.

She added, ‘He’s a firecracker and he’s got a wicked sense of humor. And he’s easy on the eyes!’

At the start of quarantine the couple relocated full time back to Vancouver though she still has a place in NYC.  

‘From the beginning, [Russ] and I felt like we needed to get out of town, so we came up to my house in Canada’ she said. 

Cattrall who was raised in Vancouver though born in England felt the need to go back to her roots. 

Rooted: Kim and Russell were both born in England which gave them a level of commonality and made her feel very at ease around him

Rooted: Kim and Russell were both born in England which gave them a level of commonality and made her feel very at ease around him

Rooted: Kim and Russell were both born in England which gave them a level of commonality and made her feel very at ease around him  

‘The mountains, the orcas, when I was a teenager I didn’t appreciate it. But now, they’re bringing me back.’

Cattrall who catapulted to fame after her portrayal of sex-crazed Samantha Jones on HBO’s Sex And The City has been married three times over the years. 

Though nothing stuck in the long run, Kim feels like she has finally found her person.

She is not shy on social media, sharing photos of the two living their most loved-up life and exuding utter happiness. 

‘I love him…and he was worth waiting for’ she gushed. 

Samantha: Kim's notorious sex-loving character Samantha Jones was not much for relationships though it seems as if Kim has finally found her match after four years of dating

Samantha: Kim's notorious sex-loving character Samantha Jones was not much for relationships though it seems as if Kim has finally found her match after four years of dating

Samantha: Kim’s notorious sex-loving character Samantha Jones was not much for relationships though it seems as if Kim has finally found her match after four years of dating

Since setting up shop in Canada it seems as if the relationship continues to go from strength to strength even taking pride in little things like morning routines. 

The British rooted pair start their day in a very English way – with a cup of tea together in the morning and after lunch. ‘It’s hot water over a tea bag, with milk, no sugar and exactly the right temperature.’  

Cattrall was wed to Canadian writer Larry Davis from 1977 to 1979. The marriage was annulled.

She was also married to German architect Andre J. Lyson from 1982 to 1989, during which time she learned to speak German fluently.

Her third marriage was to sound designer Mark Levinson from 1998 to 2004. She blames the collapse of that marriage on the success of Sex and the City as she was absent from home so much. 

Worth the wait: Kim and Russell have been living in Vancouver amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. The couple have gotten to know each other through this unfettered time since Hollywood productions have been down

Worth the wait: Kim and Russell have been living in Vancouver amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. The couple have gotten to know each other through this unfettered time since Hollywood productions have been down

Worth the wait: Kim and Russell have been living in Vancouver amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. The couple have gotten to know each other through this unfettered time since Hollywood productions have been down

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