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Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Don King drops N-word while introducing Donald Trump

As Donald Trump continued his attempts to appeal to African-American voters, the legendary boxing promoter Don King used the n-word while introducing him to the stage at a rally in Cleveland.

“I told Michael Jackson, I said, ‘If you are poor, you are a poor negro,’” he said. “I would use the N-word. But if you are rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you’re an intellectual negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding nigger – I meant negro – you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding negro. So dare not alienate because you cannot assimilate.”

The use of the word brought Trump and other audience members out in childish giggling. – The Guardian

Marion Cotillard speaks out about rumored affair with Brad Pitt

This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into. I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn't distressing. And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love Marion Ceci sera la première et seule réaction que j'aurai concernant la déferlante inouïe qui à commencé il y a de ça 24 heures et à laquelle je suis mêlée malgré moi. Je n'ai pas pour habitude de commenter ni de prendre au sérieux le tas d'absurdités déversées à mon sujet mais la situation prenant une telle tournure et affectant des gens que j'aime, je me dois de m'exprimer. Pour commencer, j'ai rencontré il y a quelques années l'homme de ma vie , le père de notre fils et du bébé que nous attendons aujourd'hui. Il est mon amour, mon meilleur ami et le seul homme dont j'ai besoin. Ensuite, à ceux qui me prétendent dévastée, je vais très bien merci. Ce genre d'inventions aberrantes ne m'affecte en aucun cas. Et pour finir, à la "presse", à tous les haters, trolls et consorts qui ont le jugement si rapide je vous souhaite sincèrement… un prompt rétablissement. Ceci dit et un peu plus sérieusement, je souhaite à Angelina et Brad, deux personnes pour qui j'ai un profond respect, de trouver la paix dans ce moment tumultueux. Avec tout mon amour. Marion

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Marion Cotillard has responded to rumors alleging she was having an affair with Brad Pitt. The 40-year-old French actress’ private life was thrown in to the public spotlight when news broke that Pitt’s wife, Angelina Jolie, had filed for divorce on Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Cotillard wrote on Instagram, “Many years ago, I met the man of my life. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.” See the full statement above. – Vanity Fair

Activists accuse Disney of promoting “brownface”

Disney has been dragged into another race scandal and this time it does not invole its founder and well-known racist, Walt. The entertainment company has been forced to pull a children’s costume promoting its upcoming film Moana following accusations of cultural appropriation and promoting “brownface.” The costume included a full body suit with brown skin, traditional tattoos, bone necklace and grass skirt. It was said to represent the character Maui, who is considered to be a demi-God and ancestor by many Polynesians. Disney says it regrets any offence caused. – BBC News

A state of emergency is declared in Charlotte

Violence and pandemonium has spiralled across Charlotte, North Carolina after police shot and killed a black man on Tuesday. Protests had been taking place since the shooting, however, they were halted last night by gunfire when one protestor is said to have shot another. North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has now declared a state of emergency and called for help from the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. – The New York Times

Research finds millennials are living in “suspended adulthood”

It’s more bad news for millennials. New research has found despair, worries about the future, and financial pressures are affecting the mental health of million of young Britons. The study says low pay and lack of work are resulting in “suspended adulthood,” a fancy term for those of us who are still living or moving back in with our parents and putting off having children. Large numbers describe themselves as worn down (42%), lacking self-confidence (47%) and feeling worried about the future (51%). Women are said to be particularly at risk. – The Guardian

Zuckerberg and Chan Promise $3 Billion to Cure Every Disease

While Mark Zuckerberg continues to ignore concerns that his Facebook social network is becoming too powerful, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have announced they will invest $3 billion to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.” Just let that challenge sink in — “all disease within our children’s lifetime.” Zuckerberg says efforts will focus on new technology for science, which often precedes medical breakthroughs. – Wired

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