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Don Lemon gone from CNN

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By Rashaed Esson

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#USA, April 26, 2023 – Don Lemon has been fired from CNN after 17 years.  The now former anchor and co-host of CNN’s recent “This Morning” Programme, said he is stunned by the news which was delivered to him by his agent.

CNN’s Chris Licht said in a statement that they wish him well and will cheer him on in his future endeavors.

“To my CNN Colleagues, CNN and Don have parted ways.  Don will forever be a part of CNN and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years,” he said.

While the reason for CNN’s decision to let Lemon go was not revealed by the network or Don himself, it is generally believed that it is in connection to his recent candor, which landed him into hot water.

Lemon’s comments about Nikki Haley, Republican presidential hopeful and former UN Ambassador and Governor of South California about her age- 51 –  sparked outrage in some quarters.  Seen as sexist, Lemon told viewers, “When a woman is considered to be in her prime – in her 20s, 30s and maybe her 40s,” he stated.

“I’m just saying what the facts are – Google it,” he further said, responding to the objections of his female co-hosts, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.

In addition to this, his reputation was further tarnished by a Variety report in April which highlighted accusations of rude and misogynistic behavior towards his CNN colleagues.

Don Lemon took to Twitter and said that he was never given any indication that he would be fired.  But considering the accusations, some would say he probably had it coming.

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Caribbean Minister’s Song Gone Viral

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#FindMeHere#Viral, April 1, 2024 – With over 940 million streams and counting, the new year anthem “Find Me Here” by Trinidadian Minister and gospel reggae singer Sherwin Gardner, has been going viral. Gardner, 45 years old, in an interview with CBN News, expressed he didn’t expect his song to go big as it was just a personal prayer.

 

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Bob Marley: ‘One Love’ nears $200 Million at Box Office

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March 9, 2024 – In only its third week after being released on Friday, February 14th, the Bob Marley: One Love biopic is on its way to a huge milestone at the global box office, surpassing the $150 million mark worldwide.

The film is making headlines for its continuous growth in success, being one of the most anticipated films in the world, telling the story of one of, if not the Caribbean’s most famous and most influential musicians during his life and even in death.

According to reports, domestically, One Love generated $82 million and internationally $63 million, totalling a growing $146 million. This past weekend alone, its domestic earnings came up $7 million and nearly 8 million overseas.

Its success is projected to go even further, as it’s about to reach and pass the 150 million dollar mark, especially as it’s about to be launched in a brand new market soon.

Reports say the film has not been shown in any new markets since its release, but is scheduled to debut in several Asian countries this month.

Currently, the United Kingdom is One Love’s largest international market where it managed to bank more than $17 million, followed by France with $12 million and Brazil $4 million. In Jamaica, so far it has earned $600,000.

The film has attracted mixed reviews. For instance,  on Rotten Tomatoes, an American review-aggregation website, it’s at 42 percent. However, audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is at 92 percent as well as a great A CinemaScore from opening day crowds. CinemaScore I’d a market research firm based in Las Vegas.

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Bob Marley: One Love Nears Huge Milestone Generating Millions

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#BobMarleyOneLove, March 05th, 2024 – Bob Marley: One Love, in its third week since it’s release on February 14, is closing in on a huge milestone at the global box office, as it’s about to pass the $150 million mark worldwide. Domestically the film has generated $82 million and $63 million overseas, totaling a growing $146 million. This past weekend alone, it generated $7 million domestically and nearly $9 million internationally. One Love is yet to open in any new markets. But, this month, it is scheduled to debut in several Asian countries, according to reports. 

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