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Serena Williams’ Tennis Themed Wedding 

TMZ Sports reports Ciara, La La Anthony, Boris Kodjoe, Kim Kardashian and Caroline Wozniacki were some of the guests attending Williams’ wedding in New Orleans on Thursday night.

View photos and read more about it HERE.

Letters and milk jug: Warsaw Ghetto archive goes on display

Letters and other witness accounts of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto — the records of a community destroyed in the Holocaust — have gone on display for the first time.

The exhibition "What we were unable to shout out to the world," opened at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw this week. It includes letters, journals, official records and other documents in Polish and Yiddish as well as an old metal jug used to hide the documents from the Emanuel Ringelblum archive.

Ringelblum, a Jewish historian and social activist, and some 50 to 60 helpers collected the documents during World War II to preserve a record for posterity of Jewish life in the Warsaw ghetto during the German occupation of Poland. They gathered on Saturdays, and came to be known as the Oneg Shabbat, meaning "Joy of the Sabbath."

They hid their trove in 10 metal cases and two metal milk cans, evidence that was recovered after the war.

Ringelblum and all but three of those who helped him were killed in the Holocaust.

The Germans imprisoned 400,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, where they suffered severely from starvation and diseases before most were deported to the Treblinka death camp and murdered.

Jennifer Hudson files for protective order against ex-fiance

“American Idol” alum and current judge on “The Voice” Jennifer Hudson has obtained a protective order against her now ex-fiancé, David Otunga, after calling it quits on their relationship.

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People magazine confirmed the news with a statement from Hudson’s representative.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” the representative said. “Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”

The couple were engaged in September 2008 after less than a year of dating. They welcomed their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., in August 2009. The engagement news came just before Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead by gunshot wounds in a Chicago home. The singer’s 7-year-old nephew was also found dead. Her former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted of the murders in 2012.

Ortunga’s attorney denied any abuse allegations in a statement to People.

“Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child,” the statement read.

TMZ reports that Otunga’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo, said Hudson is using Otunga’s status as a former WWE wrester against him. 

“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim,” Rizzo said, according to TMZ.

RELATED: Sylvester Stallone addresses recently revealed sexual assault allegations from a teen girl

Killer Mike says he’ll run for a seat on the Atlanta school board

By Jennifer Brett

When Killer Mike drops the mic, he has a Plan B lined up. He wants to serve on the Atlanta school board.

MORE: Shaquille O’Neal is a sheriff’s deputy and says he’ll run for the top spot some day

The artist is no stranger to politics. In 2015 he pondered a write-in bid for the state house. More recently he was honored at a day in his honor at Atlanta City Hall not long ago.

As AJC reporter Leon Stafford reported at the time, Mike Render received a proclamation saluting his music, his barber shop chain and for representing Atlanta on various broadcast appearances. Not to mention the $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine being used to create a reservoir for Atlanta, “Driller Mike.”

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Steve Harvey vs. Ryan Seacrest: host battle royale

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio &amp; TV Talk blog

With Steve Harvey hosting the Fox New Year’s special starting this December 31, he is now competing directly with Ryan Seacrest, who has the ABC Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on lockdown.

The two don’t always go head to head but their careers have certainly crossed some common paths. And both have strong Atlanta ties.

Harvey still has a residence in Atlanta but now spends most of his time in Los Angeles. Seacrest left Atlanta in 1994 after graduating Dunwoody High School and spending a brief time at the University of Georgia. He now lives both in New York and Los Angeles.

Even if their personalities are divergent, both are workhorses who seem to squeeze 30 hours into each 24-hour day.

Let’s break down this not-so-real-but-still-amusing competition by category:

DAYTIME TV

Harvey: He has not one but two daytime syndicated talk shows. He has been host of the sturdy game show “Family Feud” since 2010, which he has since re-fashioned into his own image. It’s bawdy with room to allow Harvey to show off his improvisational humor. (It’s seen locally on CW69 at 7 p.m. weekdays.). He also hosts his own talk show, now called “Steve.” He moved from Chicago and took control of the show, which is now focused more on celebrities. (It airs locally on Fox 5 at 3 p.m. weekdays.)

Seacrest: He joined Kelly Ripa in May on her 9 a.m. show “Live With Kelly and Ryan.” He took over for Michael Strahan, who moved to “Good Morning America.” This type of TV show, which is very much like a radio show on TV, fits his chipper personality to a tee.

Edge: Harvey. Two beats one.

CREDIT: KIIS-FM

RADIO

Harvey: He has one of the most popular urban morning shows in America with more than 100 affiliates, reaching more than 8 million listeners every week. He’s heard in most major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, D.C. and Boston. In Atlanta, where his show used to be based before he moved earlier this year to Los Angeles, it’s heard on Majic 107.5/97.5.

Seacrest: He has hosted a morning show in Los Angeles, the No. 2 market in the nation, since 2004. His show is also heard on more than 100 stations nationwide, though not always during mornings. Power 96.1, for instance, in Atlanta takes his show from noon to 4 p.m. He also hosts the weekly AT Top 40, heard on hundreds of affiliates worldwide on weekends, from Nambia to Singapore, from Charlottesville, VA to Charlottetown, Canada, from Bangalore to Barbados.

Edge: A tie

PRIME-TIME HOSTING GIGS

Harvey: Besides his new Fox hosting gig, he also hosts ABC’s “Funderdome,” a “Shark Tank” knockoff; “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC in prime time; NBC’s “Little Big Shots” about super-talented young kids; NBC’s “Little Big Shots, Forever Young” about seniors with cool talents and the Miss Universe pageant on Fox.

Seacrest: He returns in March, 2018 as host of “American Idol” for its 16th season. (It was once the biggest show on TV for many years.) He has also hosted “ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” since 2006, the first few years with Dick Clark, who had suffered a stroke, then passed away in 2012. Seacrest also leads the red carpet on the biggest awards shows for E!, including the Academy Awards and the Emmy’s.

Edge: Harvey

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS — Season: 9 — Pictured: (l-r) Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

TV PRODUCTION

Harvey: He now runs his own TV talk show “Steve” with IMG. But he hasn’t focused much attention on TV production.

Seacrest: Love him or hate him for it, his company Ryan Seacrest Productions is behind the Kardashians’ TV show on E! and all the ancillary spin-offs. His company has also produced other TV shows including Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and Jennifer Lopez’s NBC drama “Shades of Blue.” He has modeled himself after both Clark and Merv Griffin, a powerhouse behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Edge: Seacrest

Clothing

Harvey: He began selling ties and hats more than a decade ago but now sells suits as well in retail stores such as Belk, Sears and Kohl’s .

Seacrest: He started his clothing line in 2014. It now includes clothing, accessories, outerwear, sweaters, pants and more and is available exclusively at Macy’s.

Edge: Harvey, simply because he’s been doing it longer and his fashion look is more concrete to fans.

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 05: Host Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner’s TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Money

Harvey: Forbes said he tooko home $42.5 million in the past year. He’s ranked at #53 on the Celebrity 100 of 2017.

Seacrest: Forbes estimates he earned $58 million last year.  He is ranked #27 in the Celebrity 100. 

Edge: Seacrest

BOOKS

Harvey: He has written four best-selling books including the big one “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” that was ultimately turned into a hit movie.

Seacrest: He has written no books.

EDGE: Harvey

Who wins? It’s pretty much a tie. They’re both insanely accomplished. I’ll just leave a poll up and you can decide:

Take Our Poll

 

 

Rare comic showing Superman's 1st appearance to be auctioned

A well-preserved issue of the 1938 comic book that first featured Superman is heading to the auction block.

Profiles in History announced Friday that it will sell a copy of Action Comics #1 at a Dec. 19 auction in Los Angeles. The comic, which features Superman hoisting a car over his head on its cover, is expected to sell for between $800,000 to $1.2 million.

The auction house says the comic is in its original condition and has been rated in fine/very fine condition.

The sale comes a few months before the 80th anniversary of Superman's debut.

The auction features other Superman memorabilia, including a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in 1983's "Superman III."

The Man of Steel is back on the big screen this week in "Justice League."

What Rev. Al Sharpton learned from Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr.

NEW YORK – Even after Maynard Jackson was no longer Atlanta’s mayor, he maintained an active role in city politics. On his way out after serving three terms, Jackson invited his friend Rev. Al Sharpton to come down to Atlanta.

“I got there and there were police there. I said, ‘Oh God, what did I do now?'” Sharpton said. “He said, ‘Follow me!’ He shut me in a room with Shirley Franklin, who had become the new mayor. He said, ‘You guys need to know each other.'”

Sharpton was interviewed for “Maynard,” the documentary about Atlanta’s first black mayor. After its premiere here last night, he shared his thoughts about Maynard the man and “Maynard” the movie.

“It was unreal that the capital of the Confederacy would elect a black mayor,” Sharpton said. “He was the first black mayor that I know that talked about black folks making money.”

MORE: “Maynard” premieres in New York

FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: Maynard Jackson’s obituary

In the video clip below, Sharpton discusses the impact Jackson had on him.

The Latest: Sanders says Trump, Franken cases are different

The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

The White House says there's a difference between the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump and Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says: "Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't. That's a very big distinction."

Sanders says Trump maintains that the more than one dozen accusations against him are baseless, adding the outcome of the November 2016 election justifies his position. "The American people spoke pretty loud and clear when they elected him president," she says.

Sanders adds the nation's confrontation with allegations of impropriety by powerful men across the media, business and political worlds is "an uncomfortable conversation for the country."

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1:20 p.m.

A Minnesota woman and rape survivor who worked with Sen. Al Franken to craft legislation for fellow survivors says the senator should take his name off the bill.

Abby Honold, 22, was brutally raped by a fellow University of Minnesota student in 2014. Her rapist was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in 2016.

She worked with Franken on an upcoming bill to fund special training for law enforcement officers interviewing trauma victims. But those plans changed after allegations surfaced Thursday that Franken forcibly kissed a Los Angeles radio anchor and was photographed reaching out to grope her while she slept during a 2006 USO tour.

Honold said Friday that someone else should champion the bill — and said Franken's office agrees. She calls his conduct disappointing.

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12:50 p.m.

The woman who accused Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour read a letter she received from him in which he apologizes.

In an appearance on ABC's "The View" on Friday, Leeann Tweeden said Franken also discussed a photo showing Franken posing in a joking manner, smiling at the camera with his hands on her chest as she naps wearing a flak vest aboard a military plane.

Franken wrote to her: "Dear Leeann, I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture. But that doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I understand why you can feel violated by that photo."

Franken did not acknowledge groping Tweeden and said he remembered the events differently. Still, he said, he was ashamed that his actions ruined the USO experience for her.

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11:05 a.m.

Several women who worked for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken are vouching for him after allegations of sexual harassment by a radio host.

Los Angeles radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden alleged Thursday that the former comedian forcibly kissed her while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour performance and later was photographed reaching out to grope Tweeden as she slept during a flight.

Franken apologized to Tweeden but said he remembers the rehearsal differently.

A group of eight former Franken employees issued a joint statement Friday morning saying the senator treated them "with the utmost respect."

The statement credits Franken for fighting for women's issues in the Senate and promoting female employees within his office.

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10:30 a.m.

Organizers of a major book festival in Atlanta where Sen. Al Franken was scheduled to speak say the senator has abruptly canceled his appearance.

A Los Angeles radio anchor on Thursday accused Franken of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.

The Minnesota Democrat had been scheduled to speak Monday night, the closing night of the two-week-long Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Keely Sime, the center's marketing director, said Friday that festival organizers received word Thursday that Franken would not attend his sold-out appearance.

Tickets for Franken's appearance ranged from $32 to $75 for VIP access, and included a copy of the senator's book "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate." Sime said the center is contacting those who purchased tickets.

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7:30 a.m.

The Los Angeles radio anchor who accused Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour says it's up to voters to decide whether he should stay in office.

Leeann Tweeden tells ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday that she decided to come forward with her story because she hopes to encourage other victims of sexual harassment and assault to tell their stories in "real time." Tweeden says she didn't speak out at the time of the incident because she felt complaining would hurt her career.

When asked if Franken should step down, Tweeden says: "That's not my call. I didn't do this to have him step down ... I think that's for the people of Minnesota to decide."

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3:50 a.m.

Sen. Al Franken is the latest public figure to be caught in the deluge of revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct— and the first member of Congress.

The Minnesota Democrat has apologized to Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden and said he would welcome an ethics inquiry.

In a post Thursday on the KABC website, Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. She later said that she accepts his apology.

Fellow Democrats have condemned Franken's actions, mindful of the current climate as well as the prospect of political blowback. Democrats and Republicans have called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate.

President Donald Trump weighed in, too, saying Franken just last week was lecturing people on sexual harassment and respect for women.

Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret China show

Supermodel Gigi Hadid said Friday she will not be walking the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.

Hadid said in a post on her Twitter account: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!!"

Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria's Secret refused to comment on the issue.

"Victoria's Secret will not have a response," a spokeswoman said by email.

The surprise exit comes months after a video of Hadid triggered an outpouring of criticism on Chinese social networks. It showed Hadid squinting in a way that appeared to be a reference to a stereotype about Asian facial features.

Hadid responded by apologizing in September on China's popular Twitter-like microblog site, Weibo. "I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I'm hopeful you'll accept my apology," the post said.

It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. Asked about this at a regular briefing, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry said he was unclear about the issue.

It is not uncommon for entertainers and performers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.

Most recently, as tensions rose between China and South Korea over a U.S. missile defense system, some K-pop and K-drama stars had to cancel widely anticipated visits to China due to visa delays.

South Korean actor Ha Jung Woo could not get a visa needed for a movie project with China called "The Mask," starring Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.

Actor Tom Sizemore denies groping allegations

Actor Tom Sizemore is denying recent allegations that he groped an 11-year-old Utah girl during a 2003 photo shoot.

Sizemore called the claims "highly disturbing" in a statement late Thursday. He lamented his history of drug abuse and domestic violence arrests, but says he would never inappropriately touch a child.

A Salt Lake City police report says the girl reported that Sizemore kissed and groped her during production of the movie eventually titled "Born Killers." Utah prosecutors didn't file charges, citing witness and evidence problems.

The report says the woman responsible for juvenile performers didn't see inappropriate touching. A lawyer said Sizemore was fired from the production. Sizemore says he was allowed back after an investigation.

Sizemore's career has included prominent roles in "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down."

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