Laurence Fishburne says he has ‘not been invited’ to join ‘Matrix 4’

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Hollywood shutdown, the film’s release was pushed back to spring 2022.

Academy Award-nominated actor, Laurence Fishburne said that he was not “invited” to reprise his iconic role as Morpheus in The Matrix 4.

“I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” Fishburne told New York Magazine.

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Fishburne, who has been acting since childhood, began his career on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. One of his best younger roles was in the 1970s movie, Cornbread, Earl, and Me.

Since the 1970s, Fishburne has appeared on stage and screen. He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Ike Turner opposite Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It?

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Educators join National Day of Resistance

Educators gathered Monday in demonstrations across the country addressing twin concerns of a safe and equitable school environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide reckoning around racial justice after the killing of George Floyd.

The demonstrations, held in dozens of cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, were part of the National Day of Resistance, organized by a coalition of teachers unions, social justice organizations and the Democratic Socialists of America. They took place in a combination of socially distant rallies and car caravans.

Educators who planned to participate in the day of action spoke to NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team in advance of the rallies. Many explained that their major concerns centered around the disproportionately negative impact COVID’s new distance-learning modules had on students of color and low-income students, their concern about equitable access to online learning and, ultimately, concern about the lack of clarity in plans

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‘I Dreamed Of Being Able To Join A High-End Gym. But When I Finally Could, I Didn’t See Anyone Who Looked Like Me There.’

Photo credit: Courtesy of Heather White
Photo credit: Courtesy of Heather White

From Women’s Health

About six years ago, I got a membership to a high-end gym chain and started buying class packs at an upscale boutique fitness studio. It really made me feel like I’d “made it” in my career.

But as much as I’d been looking forward to working out in these luxe spaces, I noticed myself only going once every week or two. I realized that it was because I barely ever saw any people of color in them. I was almost always the only one, with the exception of the occasional Black and brown person who was a member of the facility crew, cleaning the floors.

It hit me that I didn’t feel like I belonged in these spaces. I didn’t see instructors or people enjoying these services who look like me. I felt like the gym and studio weren’t created for

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Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books.

“I love books, I love talking about them, reading about them and spreading the word about them,” Lucas said in a recent telephone interview. “And the idea that you might walk into a bookstore and see a book you published seemed this extraordinary, magical, beautiful thing.”

The 40-year-old Lucas has been widely praised for her passionate stewardship of the foundation, from organizing the annual November dinner ceremony in Manhattan for the National Book Awards to overseeing the foundation’s wide range of literary and educational programs. She will join imprints that have a long history of publishing critical and commercial successes, including works by

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Slated Taps Tim Wesley As CEO; Yair Landau, David Wertheimer And Michael Joe Join Board

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Slated, the online film financing, sales, packaging and development marketplace, has hired Tim Wesley as CEO.

Wesley recently served as an executive digital consultant for AMC Theatres and is the former general manager of RedBox On Demand.

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He will report to Slated’s newly installed board of directors. Stephan Paternot, co-Founder, who led the company as CEO for the previous six years, will continue with the company as executive chairman.

Simultaneously joining the company’s board of directors are a trio of respected entertainment industry executives: Yair Landau, the former vice chairman of Sony Pictures and president of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment; David Wertheimer, former president of digital at Fox Networks Group and president of Paramount Digital Entertainment; and Michael Joe, former COO of STXfilms and EVP of Universal Pictures.

Under Wesley’s direction, Slated will expand the company’s institutional capital resources to

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