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Dick Gregory, pioneering US comedian and activist, dies aged 84

Gregory used his humour to break racial barriers in the 1960s and even ran for president in 1968 Dick Gregory, the black comedian who broke down racial barriers in the 1960s and used humour to spread messages of social justice, has died. He was 84. Gregorys son, Christian, said his father died late on Saturday in Washington, DC after having been hospitalised for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. The family posted a message on his Twitter account saying it was with enormous sadness that they confirmed the death of their father, a comedic legend. Dick Gregory (@IAmDickGregory) It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend August 20, 2017 Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s. He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement. Where else in the world but America, he joked, could I have lived in the worst neighborhoods, attended the worst schools, rode in the back of the bus, and get paid $5,000 a

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens Its important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. Im going to tell you that libraries are important. Im going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Im going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things. And I am biased, obviously and enormously: Im an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living through my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur. So Im biased as a writer. But I am

15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real.

Brian Gordon is a cartoonist. He’s also a dad, which means he’s got plenty of inspiration for the parenting comics he creates for his website, Fowl Language (only a few of which actually feature any profanity). He covers many topics, but it’s his hilarious parenting comics that are resonating with moms and dads everywhere. “My comics are largely autobiographical,” Gordon told me. “I’ve got two kids who are four and seven, and often, what I’m writing happened as recently as that very same day.” Gordon shared 15 of his oh-so-real comics with us. They’re all funny ’cause they’re true. Let’s get started with his favorite, called ” Welcome to Parenting,” which Gordon says sums up his comics pretty well. “Parenting can be such tedious drudgery,” he told me, “but if it wasn’t also so incredibly rewarding there wouldn’t be nearly so many people on the planet.” Truth. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 1. All comics are shared here with Gordon’s express permission. These comics are all posted on his website in addition to his Facebook page. You can also find a “bonus” comic that goes with each one by clicking the “bonus” link. Original. Bonus.

Netflix buys Scots comic book firm Millarworld – BBC News

He runs the company with his wife Lucy Millar. It is the first ever company acquisition in Netflix’s history. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Mr Millar said: “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. “Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.” ‘Next generation’ Netflix said the acquisition was a natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Mr Millar was “as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee” – the co-creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel characters. He said: “Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with. To say this is the best thing that ever happened in our professional lives would be an understatement Mark Millar “We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.” Netflix and Mr Millar will bring

Deadpool isn’t looking too lucky in the latest photo from his sequel

Domino, in the comics. Image: Marvel Comics Domino is slaying in the latest photo from Deadpool 2. Literally. Ryan Reynolds has just shared our first look at Zazie Beetz (FX’s Atlanta) in character, and she’s working the hell out of a “red carpet” that happens to be Deadpool himself. SEE ALSO: Ryan Reynolds gives us a peek at ‘Deadpool 2’ Take a look … With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie pic.twitter.com/MPM89bYz1B Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 As for how Beetz’ Domino compares to her comic book counterpart, it looks like the costume and makeup team have come up with a clever reversal. In the books, she’s a (literally) white person with a black spot over her eye; in the film, she’s a black person with a white spot over her eye. In both versions, she and Deadpool tend to tangle. Feel free to imagine this panel is a prequel to the Deadpool 2 Domino photo. Image: Marvel Comics Domino (and the rest of Deadpool 2) will land in theaters June 1, 2018. WATCH: ‘Deadpool’ as a drama wins all the Oscars Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/31/deadpool-2-domino-photo/