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Serena Williams newest ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse foundation

Serena Williams is a jack of all trades, she is now newest ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse foundation. Via AllState: One in four1 American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. While most people think only of cuts and bruises when they think of domestic violence, 99 percent2 of all domestic violence cases involve financial abuse. Financial abuse can include abusers preventing victims from accessing money, ruining their credit and harassing them at work so they lose their jobs. “Standing up for women’s rights has long been a passion of mine,” said Williams. “I am honored to join Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to bring financial abuse and domestic violence out of the shadows and into the public conversation. I hope people will join the Purple Purse movement and work with us to end abuse against women.” Nearly eight in 10 Americans (78 percent) are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence.3 To address this lack of awareness, The Allstate Foundation is launching a new social experiment-based short film, “Lost Purse.” The film provides a glimpse into the life of a domestic violence victim through her lost purse. It shines a light on the role financial abuse plays in keeping women trapped in domestic violence situations and explores how people react when faced with an opportunity to help a victim. “Our purpose at Allstate is to help people live their best lives, and that means continuing to raise awareness of domestic violence and empowering survivors to regain their financial independence,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate responsibility. “We are thrilled to welcome Serena, a longtime advocate and role model for so many, to the Purple Purse family. Her voice will bring new audiences into this critical conversation. Domestic violence won’t go away on its own. We need everyone’s voices – men’s and women’s – to stand up to abusers and speak on behalf of victims because no woman deserves to live in fear.” Since 2005, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has propelled more than 1 million survivors on the road to safety and security through its educational resources, including The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Moving Ahead curriculum, which equips survivors with the knowledge and tools to recover from financial abuse. To date, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $55 million to educate the public about financial abuse and to provide critical survivor services, including financial education, asset-building, job training and readiness programs.

Bill Cosby is planning on going on tour to warn men about sex crime allegations

Since the mistrial of Bill Cosby’s sexual allegations, Cosby wants to warn men about the dangers of sex crime allegations. Via Page Six: “Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work,” his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Wednesday on “Good Day Alabama.” ? “We’re now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city [Birmingham] sometime in July … to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby.” Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand in 2004. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him. “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing. And it also affects married men,” Wyatt added with a laugh. Show host Janice Rogers interjected, “Is it kind of a ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ situation?”

Michael Vick’s dad arrested for heroin distribution and money laundering scheme

Michael Vick’s dad Michael Dwayne Boddie was arrested in a very big heroin distribution and money laundering scheme. Via NYDN: And while seven of the 12 made initial appearances Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, according to The Virginian-Pilot, Boddie remains at large. he alleged conspiracy began in 2014 and involved more than 1 kilogram of heroin, according to the indictment. It’s unclear if the 55-year-old has a relationship with the former quarterback, who was once estranged from his father and convicted of operating a dogfighting ring 10 years ago, which almost ruined his football career. The No. 1 pick in the 2001 NFL Draft was playing for the Falcons when he plead guilty to the federal charges. Vick was sentenced to 21 months in prison, but he returned to the league in 2009. Atlanta released Vick that year, but he went on to play for the Eagles, Jets and Steelers. Boddie’s other son, Marcus Vick, was arrested in Newport News, Va. on an ecstasy possession charge last year, which is reportedly still pending.  

T.I. will be starring in ‘Atlanta’s Most Wanted’ on FOX

T.I. will be soon be on a new television show. Via THR: Rodney Barnes (Everybody Hates Chris, The Boondocks) will pen the script for the 20th Century Fox Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television project. Bruckheimer TV topper Jonathan Littman, Brian Sher, KristieAnne Reed, Rob Hardy and T.I. will executive produce. Mitzi Miller is on board as a co-exec producer, and James Oh will produce. Atlanta’s Most Wanted comes as T.I. has been ramping up his film and TV portfolio. On the TV side, he is teaming with Kevin Hart to develop single-camera comedy The Studio at Showtime. He also has VH1 docuseries Family Hustle, which recently wrapped its sixth season — including its 100th episode — to strong returns for the cable network. On the film side, T.I. begins production this week on The Trap, a feature comedy in which he stars alongside Mike Epps and will also produce via his Grand Hustle Films banner. In July, he begins filming Marvel’s Ant-Man sequel, where he will reprise his role from the first film. “I am honored to partner with Fox and Bruckheimer on what is truly a passion project for me. It’s going to be amazing to see my city represented in this fashion,” T.I. said Tuesday in a statement.  Atlanta’s Most Wanted expands independent production company Bruckheimer TV’s relationship with Fox, where it exec produces the network’s DC Comics take Lucifer. The company’s TV credits also include CBS’ Training Day and veteran The Amazing Race as well as the CSI franchise. Atlanta’s Most Wanted is one of the company’s most high-profile sales since JBTV exited its longtime home at Warner Bros. Television to go independent.

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