States discuss reopening their economy, Pixar’s Soul gets delayed, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez come together for a dance party and more.
We’re still making it and doing the best we can in this era of COVID-19. Right now, there are over 1,991,275 cases, 125,951 deaths, and 467,074 recoveries around the world. As we all practice social distancing and abide by stay-at-home orders, celebrities like J. Lo and Diddy are coming together for the love of dance. Lopez and her former boo Diddy caught up with each other, with Lopez’s fiancé #AlexRodriguez popping in via Instagram live on Sunday and shared some dance moves as part of Diddy’s dance party fundraiser.
Just hours prior, Diddy kicked off an Instagram Live dance-a-thon to uplift health care workers during this time. “Let’s lift up the energy,” Diddy wrote, promoting the fundraiser.” Tomorrow, we will all dance together for our healthcare workers! Let’s spread some positive vibes and let them know how much we appreciate them! Tomorrow at 3 PM EST on my Instagram Live Team Love Dance-A-Thon. THE WHOLE WORLD IS INVITED!!!!!!” Combs recently changed his middle name to Love and began promoting Team Love partnership with Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that rushes critical medicines and requested supplies to communities affected by poverty or emergencies throughout the world,” according to its site. Several celebs, including Megan thee Stallion, Lizzo, and #Drake, stepped in to cut a rug for the sake of helping communities.
Speaking of saving lives, XFL appears to be on its last lifeline, as the brand’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. The filing was issued by Alpha Entertainment, as the league laid off nearly all of its employees and suspended operations. XFL lists assets and liabilities ranging from $10 million to $50 million. “The XFL quickly captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of people who love football. Unfortunately, as a new enterprise, we were not insulated from the harsh economic impacts and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Accordingly, we have filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This is a heartbreaking time for many, including our passionate fans, players, and staff, and we are thankful to them, our television partners, and the many Americans who rallied to the XFL for the love of football.”
Hermes’ store in China isn’t singing the same tune, however. Hermes’ flagship stores in Chine opened on Saturday and, in just one day, raked in $2.7 million. Sources say this is possibly the largest one-day revenue total for a single boutique in China. Complex Media reports the store received a shipment of rare handbags, including a diamond-embellished Himalayan Birkin.
But don’t be jealous, some states are looking to follow suit. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is outlining steps for reopening the economy. “Science, not politics must be the guide,” said Newsom on Tuesday. However, Newsom says these six things will push us closer to being released from the stay-at-home order: expansion of testing and tracking the infected, more protection for vulnerable people, needs to be met for medical officials, drugs for treatment, businesses, and schools to comply with social distancing and the ability to reinstate a stay-at-home order. California, Oregon, and Washington are a part of a nine-state governors alliance, in which the states are looking to decide together when to reopen.
On the opposite side of the country, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced Sunday that he will be passing a series of new measures that are geared towards expanding voter access. CNN reports the new legislation will create a new holiday called Election Day, take away the voter photo ID requirement, and will now allow early voting up to 45 days before an elevation without having to state a reason. “Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam said in a statement. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.”
In other news, Pixar’s upcoming animated and first Black-led film Soul will no longer be released on Juneteenth. With theaters still closed amid the virus, the studio has pushed the film’s debut to Nov. 20.