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Gooding wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask to court

Sporting a "Black Lives Matter" face mask, Cuba Gooding Jr. showed up at a New York City court on Thursday to hear lawyers argue over what restrictions to place on testimony at his sexual misconduct trial.

The Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire" actor Gooding wore the mask backward for the proceeding before flashing the wording on the inside at reporters as he departed.

The state court hearing centered on procedural issues over just how far the defense will be allowed to delve into the personal lives of three women who have accused Gooding of groping them at Manhattan bars in 2018 and 2019. Judge Curtis Farber set some limitations at the request of prosecutors but also indicated other disputes would have to be settled as the case unfolds at trial expected later this year.

Gooding, 52, has pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse. He faces up to a year behind bars if convicted.

Teigen, Legend expecting baby No. 3

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It's baby No. 3 for John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

The couple revealed they are expecting in Legend's new video for the song "Wild," which premiered Thursday and features Teigen and Legend holding her baby bump at the end of the clip. The video also features their 4-year-old daughter Luna and 2-year-old son Miles.

"Wild," featuring Grammy-winning singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr., is from Legend's recent album "Bigger Love." The video, shot in Mexico, was directed by Nabil Elderkin, who introduced Legend to Teigen 14 years ago.

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Legend and Teigen were married in 2013.

Civil rights activist writes children's book

Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children's book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests.

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Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, announced Friday that Bridges' "This Is Your Time" will come out Nov. 10. It arrives 60 years after she made history at age 6 by becoming the first Black student at an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, walking past crowds screaming racist slurs. She was later honored by Norman Rockwell in the painting ""The Problem We All Live With."

The book is an open letter from Bridges to young readers and includes images from the 1960s and from recent events.

"During the first few days of watching events unfold in our country recently, I felt myself waiting for guidance and I know many were feeling the same. Having spent years speaking to young people about racism, I felt compelled to say something, and after careful consideration, I decided a letter to my young people was the way," Bridges said in a statement.

Bridges is also the author of "Through My Eyes," a memoir published in 1999.

Today's birthdays: Actor Robert DeNiro is 77. Singer Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's is 62. Actor Sean Penn is 60. Actor David Conrad ("Ghost Whisperer," "Relativity") is 53. Actor-singer Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is 51. TV personality Giuliana Rancic ("Fashion Police," "E! News") is 46. Actor Bryton James ("Family Matters") is 34. Actor Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") is 26.

—The Associated Press


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