PEOPLE: TV academy's first African-American chair stepping down; rock star Roger Waters stirs up Brazil's presidential election; Appeals Court paves way for release of Lynyrd Skynyrd film


TV academy's first black chair to step down

The TV academy's first African-American chairman is stepping down after two years.

Hayma Washington told Variety he decided against seeking a second two-year term so he could focus on his work as a producer and promote diversity.

Washington also has served as chief executive officer of the academy, which administers the Emmy Awards.

An academy spokesman said that Washington's replacement will be chosen at upcoming elections for new officers and governors.

Brazilians split about Roger Waters criticism of candidate

Rock star Roger Waters is causing a stir in Brazil after calling the leading candidate in October's presidential election a neo-fascist.

A big screen behind the stage at Waters' concert in Sao Paulo on Tuesday night showed the words "Resist neo-fascism." And then it displayed a list of names — including that of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

The crowd of more than 40,000 fans at the Allianz Parque stadium was split, with some cheering the former Pink Floyd member while others booed.

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Waters also displayed "Not Him" on the big screen, the slogan of a movement against the right-wing former army officer.

The candidate did not comment on Waters' display.

Appeals court: Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released

A New York federal appeals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band's intentions.

The case involves a movie called "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash."

A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a "blood oath" made by bandmembers not to exploit the group's name after a 1977 plane crash that killed its lead singer and songwriter, Ronnie Van Zant.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision Wednesday, letting the movie be distributed.

The lawsuit was brought by Van Zant's widow and others, including founding band member Allen Collins.

Today's birthdays: Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 83. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace is 71. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 68. Jazz musician Chris Botti is 56. Actor Hugh Jackman is 50. Fiddler Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks and of Courtyard Hounds is 49. Actor Kirk Cameron is 48. Actor Josh Hutcherson is 26.

                                                                            — The Associated Press


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