School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting
The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before law enforcement confronted and killed the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did not appear at a City Council meeting in Uvalde on Tuesday, despite being newly elected to the panel.
Poet Amanda Gorman revisits inaugural triumph with Oprah
In this combination photo, Oprah Winfrey, left, attends the premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" on April 18, 2017, in New York and Amanda Gorman attends Porter's 3rd annual Incredible Women Gala on Oct. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. Gorman revisits her inaugural poem that wowed observers, among them Oprah Winfrey, in the Apple TV+ series "The Oprah Conversation." (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, left, and Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Amanda Gorman revisits her inauguration day poetry reading that wowed observers, among them Oprah Winfrey, in the Apple TV+ series “The Oprah Conversation.”The 23-year-old Gorman “stepped into a moment in history with enormous grace and dignity,” Winfrey said in a statement. The first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, Gorman recited “The Hill We Climb” for the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Others who have been interviewed for “The Oprah Conversation” include former President Barack Obama, Matthew McConaughey, Stevie Wonder and author Ibram X. Kendi.
Matthew McConaughey brings on Post Malone, George Strait and more in virtual concert benefiting Texas storm victims
One famous Texas native is finding ways to help his community after the devasting winter storm that hit the state. McConaughey, along with his wife Camila Alves McConaughey, will host the event that is set to stream on his YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on March 21. All proceeds raised from the event will go towards the Just Keep Livin Texas Relief Fund. “100% of all the donations will benefit so many organizations on the ground now and in the months to come,” wrote McConaughey in a social media post promoting the event. AdTo donate or learn more about the foundation, click here.
Matthew McConaughey says he is considering running for Texas governor
FILE - Actor Matthew McConaughey attends A+E Network's "HISTORYTalks: Leadership and Legacy" on Feb. 29, 2020, in New York. "This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures in my life," McConaughey said in a statement about "Greenlights," which comes out Oct. 20. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)Matthew McConaughey is hinting he wants another title on his resume: Texas governor. He’s a Texas native and has been teaching as a professor of practice at the University of Texas since 2019. What is my role, what is my category in this next chapter of life that I’m going into?” McConaughey said.
Marshall remembers lives lost in worst US sports disaster
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 1970, file photo, a fireman looks over the wreckage of a plane in Kenova near Huntington, W.Va. Marshall will mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed all 75 aboard on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, on the campus in Huntington. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)
Marshall remembers lives lost in worst US sports disaster
(AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University commemorated the 50th anniversary of one of the worst sports disasters in U.S. history Saturday, a plane crash that killed most of the football team. “This plaza and this fountain are the heart of Marshall University,” university President Jerome Gilbert said. The victims included 36 football players and 39 school administrators, coaches, fans, spouses and flight crew. Members of the current team also visited a nearby cemetery, where six players from the 1970 team whose bodies were never identified were buried. And on Saturday, the 16th-ranked football team won, defeating Middle Tennessee 42-14.
Marshall remembers worst US sports disaster 50 years later
Among the victims were 36 Marshall football players. In the first season after the crash, Marshall won just two games. The plane crash redefined comebacks and helped shape the identity of the public university that serves 13,000 students in Huntington. Everyone on board perished: 36 football players, 39 coaches, school administrators, community leaders, boosters and the flight crew. Those not on the Marshall plane have spent the last five decades dealing with heartache, self-doubt and unanswerable questions about why they were spared.
Former athletes, sports shows take lead on social justice
Former athletes have a pipeline to advance into sports media as commentators, and many popular shows feature a Black man or woman as a host. Instead, it turned into a forum for players to express their feelings about racial and social issues after practice was canceled. Brown added that athletes who speak out need to be articulate, informed and mindful that their words have staying power. For Rose, the era of athletes sticking to sports is over in part because President Donald Trump hasnt been shy about criticizing NBA and NFL players who disagree with him. If hes acknowledging NFL players who are kneeling and he says, They deserve to be fired, that now becomes a sports topic.
Spicoli to the rescue with 'Fast Times' virtual benefit
LOS ANGELES – Spicoli is making a virtual return to Ridgemont High to raise money for a pair of non-profit groups. Sean Penn, a cast member in 1982's “Fast Times at Ridgmont High," will be joined by Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and other stars in a socially distanced reading of the film's script. Penn is handing the role of stoner Jeff Spicoli over to another actor, with details about who's playing what part to be unveiled at next week's event. None of those actors, nor Roberts or Aniston, appeared in the original film. It will be available on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CoreResponse.
McConaughey writing book based on life-changing adventures
NEW YORK Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey didn't want to write an ordinary celebrity book. This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures in my life, McConaughey, 50, said in a statement about Greenlights, which comes out Oct. 20. Adventures that have been significant, enlightening, and funny, sometimes because they were meant to be but mostly because they didnt try to be.According to Crown, which announced the book Wednesday, the actor known for films Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike will draw upon a diary he has kept for 35 years. He found not only stories, questions, truths, and affirmations, but also a reliable theme, Crown announced. "From growing up as an adventurous kid in a tough-love Texas home of rule breakers, to revelatory journeys to Australia, Peru, and Mali, to his early days in Hollywood and meteoric rise to fame, McConaughey shares how his life experiences have instilled in him the importance of competent values, the power of new experiences, and, as he puts it, either changing your reality or changing how you see it.
Matthew McConaughey helps prepare meals for firefighters in California
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Matthew McConaughey is putting his barbecue skills to good use. The actor, together with disaster relief organization Operation BBQ Relief and volunteers from Wild Turkey Bourbon, prepared 800 turkey dinners for firefighters in Los Angeles battling wildfires Friday. The team prepared an additional 800 dinners for local homeless shelters. McConaughey is the creative director of Wild Turkey. McConaughey and his team originally planned to be in Los Angeles for National First Responder's Day, hosting an event to honor those involved in last year's Woolsey Fires.
McConaughey joins the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - This fall, award winning actor Matthew McConaughey will take on a new role: professor at the University of Texas at Austin. McConaughey, who graduated from UT in 1993, will be a "professor of practice" at the Moody College of Communication as faculty in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, according to a university news release. "We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty," said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. McConaughey and faculty member and director Scott Rice have been co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class, but now the actor's name is solely on the syllabus. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them," McConaughey said.
Birthday quiz: One mellow guy
November 4: Matthew McConaughey (1969) Others: Sean "Diddy" Combs (1969), Ralph Macchio (1962), Jeff Probst (1962), Kathy Griffin (1960), Markie Post (1950), Laura Bush (1946) and Loretta Swit (1937)Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.