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 FOX has greenlit  another music oriented spin off from Lee Daniel's 'Empire' called 'Star' that is due in 2016.
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf


Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a new pilot, STAR, from Lee Daniels, co-creator and executive producer of the hit series EMPIRE. The pilot, from 20th Century Fox Television, will be written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels.

STAR is the story of three young women, all with hopes of making it big, and the choices they’re faced with along the way. It will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. What would you do to rise to the top? 

The project is the first to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Casting for the pilot will begin shortly.

Lee Daniels is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience and character insight with each of his projects. In 2013, he released the critically acclaimed box office smash “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The film held the No. 1 box office spot for three consecutive weeks, and has to date grossed more than $175 million worldwide. Daniels is widely known for his Academy Award-winning film, “Precious,” based on the novel “Push,” by Sapphire (a.k.a. Ramona Lofton). “Precious” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Daniels in the category of Achievement in Directing and Best Motion Picture of the Year, and wins in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay. In addition to EMPIRE, Daniels also is attached to direct an installment of the 10-part event series “The Ten Commandments” and an untitled Richard Pryor biographical film. This past June, he signed a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop, write and oversee new projects under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner.

The STAR pilot is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) will write, direct and serve as executive producer of the pilot episode. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels.

Get ready for the return of Lucious and Cookie in the return of "Empire" this September."
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists, DMV spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1JQsdl6 ).
“We’re working as quickly as possible to get this done,” Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
“The Commonwealth’s rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant,” the judge’s order said. “According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it.”
Debate about Confederate symbols gained new traction after the June 17 mass shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police say was an attack motivated by racial hatred. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the killings.
- See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/virginia-revokes-license-plates-featuring-confederate-flag/#sthash.eRrfswL4.dpuf