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“Moonlight” director will make a film based on James Baldwin’s novel

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins, who wrote and directed “Moonlight,” which won 2017’s Academy Award for Best Picture, will direct and adapt, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s book of the same title, Variety magazine reported. The novel, a love story based in Harlem, was first published in 1974. It was Baldwin’s fifth book. Jenkins is working with Baldwin’s estate to make the picture. Baldwin died in 1987.

Jobless rate for black men drops in June

The unemployment rate for black men 20 years old and older was 6.3 percent in June, down from 6.5 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Black men’s labor participation rate was 67.5 percent in June, the same as May. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 222,000 in June and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

Former congressman Edwards says she has MS

Former Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards disclosed she is suffering from multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Edwards discussed her illness in a July 7 letter in which she urged members of congress not to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare because it would make healthcare unaffordable to many people, including her. House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office reported 24 million people would be uninsured over the next decade if the legislation became law. Senate Republicans have yet to agree on similar legislation.

Donna Edwards

If Senate Republicans pass a bill it would first go to a joint Senate-House Conference Committee before final legislation is voted on and sent to President Trump. In her letter, Edwards said she pays $800 a month for COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), a federal law that allows you and any of your immediate family members to stay on an employer-sponsored health plan under certain circumstances. “The coverage will end June 2018. I’m not sure what I’ll do then. My medication, which thankfully halted progression of my MS, costs roughly $73,000 a year,” she said. Edwards lost the Maryland Democrat Senate primary in April to U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Edwards served in Congress from Maryland’s 4th Congressional District from 2008 to 2017.

She is now a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

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