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From Associated Press, January 16, 2018 2:16 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community's power to create change.

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Hundreds Attend Memorial Service Held for Murdered College Student Blaze Bernstein
Tue Jan 16 01:45:55 EST 2018

Blaze Bernstein, the Orange County, California, college student who was murdered during his winter break, was remembered as a talented writer and passionate chef during his funeral service on Monday.

According to a report by the Orange County Register on Monday, Blaze had been stabbed more than 20 times, leading investigators to wonder if the killing was an act of rage.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Bernstein family addressed the details of their son’s death, saying, “We are saddened to hear, on the day we laid our son to rest, that gruesome details of the cause of his death were published.”

“Our son was a beautiful gentle soul who we loved more than anything,” the statement continued. “We were proud of everything he did and who he was. He had nothing to hide. We are in solidarity with our son and the LGBTQ community. There is still much discovery to be done and if it is determined that this was a hate crime, we will cry not only for our son, but for LGBTQ people everywhere that live in fear or who have been victims of hate crime.”

His parents are encouraging people to “set aside fear, ignorance and judgement. It is time to love. Love each other. Be good. Do good and honor Blaze’s memory. #dogoodforblaze,” as well as a website in their son’s memory.

RELATED VIDEO: Calif. Student Blaze Bernstein’s High School Friend Named as Suspect in His Murder

Hundreds gathered to remember Blaze, who was found dead in Borrego Park, California. Those who attended were given spatulas with the last recipe he made — a rum-pineapple upside-down cake he made for his family on New Year’s Eve — according to local news outlets.

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During the memorial, Blaze’s father Gideon Bernstein said his son was “like a young pony just getting into a steady gallop, with your face to the wind and so looking forward to what was coming next,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Blaze, I know you didn’t like the spotlight,” he said. “But you’d be amazed at all the good things being done in your honor here today.”

After an exhaustive search, the 19-year-old’s lifeless body was found last Tuesday in the brush surrounding Borrego Park in Lake Forest, California, where he was visiting his parents.

Based upon evidence found at the scene, authorities believe Blaze’s death was a homicide, and last Friday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department named Blaze’s high school friend, Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, as the suspect in the case and arrested him on suspicion of homicide.

 

Timothée Chalamet Pledges to Donate Salary From Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Movement
Tue Jan 16 00:59:28 EST 2018

Timothée Chalamet has pledged to donate his entire salary of his upcoming Woody Allen film to three organizations as the director faces fallout regarding allegations of sexual abuse by his daughter.

The Call Me By Your Name actor, 22, is set to star in Allen’s upcoming film, A Rainy Day in New York, alongside Jude Law, Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez.

His fellow costar in the film, Rebecca Hall, pledged to donate her salary to Time’s Up and it seems Chalamet is following in her footsteps as he revealed the same pledge in an Instagram post on Monday.

“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education,” he wrote. “I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

He continued, “But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job — that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence.”

“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” he wrote. “I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations.”

Adding, “But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME’S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN. I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

RELATED: Greta Gerwig Vows Never to Work with Woody Allen Again

Hall, 35, is the latest actress to express regret working with Allen, 82, and made an emotional announcement on Instagram, saying that reading statements from Dylan Farrow, Allen’s daughter, helped her realize that working with the controversial director was a mistake.

Farrow claims Allen molested her when she was a child. Allen has long denied the allegations, which first surfaced during his explosive 1992 split from Mia Farrow. Allen was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.

Actresses Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig have also recently said that they regret working with Allen.

Halle Berry Wears Sheer Reem Acra Gown at NAACP Image Awards — and Brings Laverne Cox to Tears!
Tue Jan 16 00:56:58 EST 2018

Halle Berry was a style standout at the NAACP Image Awards on Monday.

The actress, 51, celebrated her outstanding actress in a motion picture nomination for her role in Kidnap at the star-studded soirée. Actress Octavia Spencer won the award.

Though Berry lost the trophy, her Reem Acra ensemble surely landed her on the best dressed list of the night.

The mother of two chose the designer label’s red and black strapless, sheer gown from its Fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection which featured lace embellishments throughout.

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

Inside the event, one of Berry’s biggest celebrity fans was in complete awe of her.

“I finally met @halleberry tonight. I got teary. She has been such a huge inspiration for me for so much of my life,” actress Laverne Cox wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

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“Thank you Ms. Berry for your incredible career and all the inspiration and being so sweet as I totally fanned out. #naacpimageawards,” the Orange Is the New Black star added.

Check out all the full list of winners at the NAACP Image Awards here.


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