ABC is creating a sitcom based on Shea Serrano’s life

ABC is creating a family sitcom based on the life of The Rap Yearbook and Basketball (And Other Things) author Shea Serrano. The San Antonio-born, Houston resident is writing the pilot script himself.

Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur is serving as the executive producer for the series. “Got tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV so I asked @KenTremendous (Schur) to help me try & make a family sitcom for ABC about them,” Serrano tweeted, announcing the new project.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is inspired by Serrano’s childhood “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”

Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook is currently being turned into a six-episode AMC documentary, executive produced by The Root’s Questlove and Black Thought. The docu-series comes out in 2018. The Rap Yearbook and Serrano’s second book Basketball (And Other Things) are both New York Times Best Sellers.

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ESPN sports anchor Molly Qerim opens up about endometriosis to help others ‘feel like they’re not alone’

The co-host of ESPN’s “First Take” is opening up about her health battle with endometriosis, saying she wants to help other women who may be struggling to “feel like they’re not alone.”

Molly Qerim, 33, said she was first diagnosed with endometriosis seven years ago.

“The endometriosis was not just in my reproductive organs, it was everywhere,” Qerim told ABC News’ Amy Robach in a “GMA” interview. “On my liver, on my intestines.”

“It had all compiled into a cyst, which burst,” she said. “And then the toxins were all in my body.”

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Is your maror too strong?

The ways of our Torah are pleasant. They are not supposed to cause us pain or discomfort, physically or emotionally. This is especially important to remember on Passover.

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Tamika Mallory of the Women’s March is a fan of Louis Farrakhan, and people are outraged

The Women’s March organization — decried from the start for being non-inclusive by a variety of critics, including some trans women, women of color, sex workers, and even anti-abortion activists — can now add another rapidly growing group of people to that list: Jewish feminists. Or, more broadly, those who oppose anti-Semitism in general.

The latest controversy stems from Women’s March cofounder Tamika Mallory and her recent attendance at a speech given by the incendiary Nation of Islam leader and noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

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From suicidal to ‘thriving’: Montel Williams details his emotional journey with MS

At the age of 43, author, actor, TV host, and entrepreneur Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). “I was on an airplane flying from New York to Utah to shoot an episode of the show Touched by an Angel. I got on this plane in the morning and my feet caught on fire,” Williams tells Yahoo Lifestyle, holding back tears. “The pain was so extreme, and when I focus in on it I can sense it, I can remember it. It was so bad that I literally couldn’t stand up at the end of the flight.”

When Williams was diagnosed with MS shortly thereafter, he says the doctor who diagnosed him gave him a “death sentence” and a litany of opioid prescriptions to dull the pain. “I was walking around in this pseudo-suicidal state,” Williams says. “After my second attempt at taking my own life, I recognized that I was going to not just live with this, I was going to figure out — in some way, shape, or form — how to turn this into something I could thrive at.”

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John Legend ~ Distinguished Speaker Series

Free tickets will be distributed to GSA represented graduate students on Wednesday, November 18th from 5 – 8pm* and Thursday, November 19th from 9am – 12pm* at Alumni Arena.  1 ticket per UB ID (ID required).  Limited quantity available.  First come, first served.

*Each distribution period will last 3 hours as listed or until tickets allocated for that day’s distribution period are all gone; whichever comes first.

Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Producer and Entrepreneur
Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker

An Evening of Speaking, Q&A, and Songs with Piano

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Former US surgeon general discusses issues affecting Hispanics

Grand Valley State University welcomed Dr. Antonia Novello Wednesday, Sept. 27, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Novello was the first woman, and the first Hispanic, to be appointed the 14th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1990.

Dr. Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing at GVSU, introduced Novello through a personal memory of Novello’s appointment in 1990 and the important role that she not only played in her own life, but in the public health sphere as well.

“As an individual that’s been in nursing for over 30 years, and therefore more broadly in health care, I’m very much impressed and influenced by those who provide leadership and who take on the responsibility of the leadership as much as at the national person,” McCurren said. “This is a person that I remember her appointment when I was going through my times working in health care, and my continuing to work in health care, she has made an impression on me.”

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‘Kids are freezing’: Amid bitter cold, Baltimore schools, students struggle

Aaron Maybin posted a video to social media earlier this week. In the clip, he sits in front of a group of young children, bundled up in a coat.

“What’s the day been like for you guys today?” Maybin asked.

“Cold!” the kids responded.

Maybin, a former NFL player, is a teacher at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in Baltimore, where some schools have struggled to cope with the frigid temperatures.

Earlier in the week, some students returned from their winter holiday break to chilled classrooms and older buildings crippled by facilities woes. Pictures circulating online showed students in coats and a classroom thermometer with temperatures in the 40s.

“As of now, I have on four shirts, two hoodies and a jacket,” high school senior Dennis Morgan told NPR. “It’s kind of hard to get comfortable when you’ve got so many layers on and you’re not used to it and you’re still cold.”

Baltimore City Public Schools were closed Thursday, both because of the snow and building conditions. Schools remained closed Friday. The decision came after the Baltimore Teachers Union on Wednesday sent a letter that asked the school system’s chief executive, Sonja Santelises, to close the buildings until officials could assess the situation.

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