People: Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lee, Cosby Scandal and More!

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People: Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lee, Cosby Scandal and More!


Samuel L. Jackson has taken a cue from the ice bucket challenge that raised awareness and funds for ALS research and delivered another challenge - to sing a song of protest against the recent deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

The actor posted a video to his Facebook page, hoping to spark another viral movement, according to the NY Daily News. "I challenge all of you to sing the 'We Ain't Gonna Stop Till People Are Free' song," he says, then sings the song that includes the lyric: "I can hear my neighbor crying, 'I can't breathe.' Now I'm in the struggle and I can't leave. Calling out the violence of the racist police. We ain't gonna stop, till people are free."

Jackson's challenge came on the same day that 30,000 people marched across Manhattan and other sites nationwide to protest decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to charge police officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

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Angelina Jolie posted a YouTube video to explain why she will miss the premiere of her second directorial effort, "Unbroken": She has chicken pox. The true-life WWII drama is set for a Christmas Day release.

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"Frozen" director Jennifer Lee tells The Hollywood Reporter that she has been compelled to apologize to parents for unleashing the oft-covered hit song "Let It Go." "A year ago, I'd meet people who, when they found out who I was, they'd say, 'Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time,' " she told THR. "Now they're like, 'Yep, we're still listening to those songs.' I've gone from, 'Thank you,' to, 'Sorry!' "

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Spelman College, the historically black women's college in Atlanta, suspended its Cosby Chair for the Humanities Sunday in light of more accusations of sexual misconduct made against Bill Cosby, The Washington Post reported.

The position, funded by a $20 million endowment given by the Cosbys in 1987, was the single largest donation ever given to a historically black college or university. Cosby's daughters attended Spelman, which had been seen as the holdout among institutions that have moved to distance themselves from Cosby, the Associated Press reported. …

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