Ex-inmate Johnny “Crusher” Jackson sends thank you to judge, touts clothing line whose name is said to refer to Gangster Disciples

Johnny “Crusher” Jackson took the unusual step of writing to a federal judge recently to thank him for releasing him from prison.

Jackson, who was once in the inner circle of Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover, told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber he’s making the most of his freedom. He said he and his wife have a construction business, a nonprofit organization to help the underprivileged and a clothing line.

But it appears Jackson hasn’t completely turned his back on his past. The brand name for his sweatshirts and T-shirts — Gentlemen of Distinguished Nature — stands for Gangster Disciples Nation, according to prison officials.

Jackson was freed in November under the First Step Act. His thank-you note to the judge was filed into the court record Monday.

“I have worked tirelessly to make good on the promises I made to my wife, pastor and numerous others who are counting

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‘Trump Defeats COVID’ Coin Goes on Sale at Unofficial White House Gift Shop

Commemorative coins marking President Donald Trump “defeating” COVID-19 have been released for pre-order on an online gift shop as the commander-in-chief continues to be treated for his infection.



Donald Trump sitting at a table using a laptop: In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.


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In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The merchandise is up for sale on the website of The White House Gift Shop, which is no longer affiliated with the actual White House, and due to be shipped later in the year.

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There is no image of the coin on the website as yet, with a “photo coming soon” message as a placeholder, It is listed for sale at the price of $100.

The coin is part of a series that “chronicles historic

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Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Praises The Crown ‘s Version of Gown: ‘It Captures the Spirit’

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One of the designers of Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress is praising how The Crown has brought the gown to life in the upcoming new season.

Elizabeth Emanuel says that actress Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in the hit Netflix series’ fourth season, looks “wonderful” in the gown after the first image was released over the weekend.

“The dress looks lovely,” Emanuel tells PEOPLE. “They have done a great job in capturing the spirit of the wedding gown.”

Elizabeth created the original dress, with its stunning 25-ft train that unfolded down the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral on that July day nearly 40 years ago, with her then-husband David Emanuel. David spoke with the production team during the making of the fourth season, a Crown source confirms. But contrary to some reports, he and Elizabeth didn’t lend the producers the original

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Princeton Seeks Donors for Holiday Gift Drive

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton’s Human Services Department said on Monday they were seeking donors for its 22nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

Every year, the department, municipal employees, local businesses, and private donors providing gifts to Princeton children. With many losing their jobs due to COVID, the department thinks it’s even more important to spread some Holiday cheer among children.

“With these hard economic times during the pandemic, we understand the need is still great. That is why this year more than previous years your generosity is needed” said the Human Services Department in a statement.

Last year the department received over 300 applications. This year too they are expecting to receive just as many, if not more applications.

Applications are received for children up to age 12, which includes 1-2 gifts they would like for the holidays, which are not to exceed $75 dollars.

In addition to sponsoring a child’s

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Robert Downey Jr. Planning Sherlock Holmes Cinematic Universe

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In two Sherlock Holmes films, Robert Downey Jr. turned the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective into a particularly brutish intellectual; a man who can pivot from deductive reasonings to bare-knuckle boxing; less Benedict Cumberbatch, more Doctor Strange. And now Downey, having run the slow-motion calculations on his Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is ready for more. A lot more. In fact, per Fast Company, the actor-producer wants to turn Sherlock Holmes into a cinematic universe of its own.

“Why do a third movie if you’re not going to be able to spin off into some real gems of diversity and other times and elements?” said Downey, speaking to a panel about the possibility (and irrelevance) of simply making a third Sherlock Holmes film. “At this point, we really feel that there is not a mystery-verse built out anywhere, and Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in that arena, I think,

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Model & Skateboarder Evan Mock Joins HBO Max Series Reboot

EXCLUSIVE: We can tell you first that model and skateboarder Evan Mock has been cast as a series regular in HBO Max’s upcoming reimagination of Gossip Girl.

For multi-hyphenate Mock, it’s his first acting role, which is being kept under wraps.

Mock joins the Gossip Girl click which currently counts leads Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith and Jason Gotay as well as Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Savannah Smith and Zion Moreno.

Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Joshua Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has

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Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

The programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes.

Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

Pittance Chamber Music, which presents the extraordinary musicians who perform in the pit at the Los Angeles Opera, presents Modern Beauty with special guest GRAMMY and EMMY-winning pianist Gloria Cheng.

Recorded during the pandemic, the programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes, and will include artist and composer interviews with special tributes to Steven Stucky. One of today’s most respected and revered interpreters of contemporary repertoire, Cheng has been lauded in the Washington Post, New York Times and LA Weekly for her “breathtaking”, “exhilarating” and “broadly expressive” performances.

For this program she joins colleagues from the LA Opera Orchestra, bassoonist Judith Farmer, clarinetist Donald Foster and oboist Jennifer Cullinan, in a program of favorite chamber music pieces by composers with whom Cheng has collaborated – among them Billy Childs, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Harbison, Steven Stucky and Gernot Wolfgang,

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P&G’s Secret highlights how women bear outsized burden of pandemic in new ads

The campaign also will feature regional and national newspaper ads that include Mans’ poem plus content from the #RaiseItUp social challenge, which includes actress and vocal artist Gabrielle Union and WNBA players including Wilson and Swin Cash posting content to their social accounts today. Citizen Relations is handling PR.

“The 2020 pandemic has exacerbated many of the things women already face, and they have been shouldering the weight of the challenges brought on this year,” said P&G Senior Brand Director Sara Saunders in a statement. “Through our #RaiseItUp initiative, we aim to not only celebrate the strength and resilience of women but also take meaningful action to support them in the areas of their life that mean the most.”

Secret is pledging $1 million to support equality programs and working with YWCA USA to establish a “Secret Missions” fund backing direct assistance to women that includes childcare and career development.

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Women Bikers Are Breaking Out Of The Back Seat

The motorcycle industry is revving up for a sea change as women gain confidence as riders and travelers thumbing the throttle cable of trikes.

The asphalt ribbon at Deals Gap snakes its way through the Tennessee-North Carolina border, skirting the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park through 11 miles of harrowing, hairpin turns. For unwary motorists, the short stretch of U.S. Highway 129 can be a nerve-splitting maze. But for bikers, it’s a paradise.

Motorcycle riders have flocked to Deals Gap for decades to test their skills on two wheels. And all of that traffic has earned the place a more familiar nickname— The Dragon. This summer, as Americans flocked to the nation’s highways to stretch their legs amidst a global pandemic, Brittany Morrow found herself drifting

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Virgil Abloh to Join Fashion Scholarship Fund Governing Board

The Fashion Scholarship Fund announced on Monday that Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Louis Vuitton has joined its Board of Governors.

As the press release revealed, Abloh will be joining the other board members in helping to provide scholarships, internships, mentoring, and development opportunities to scholars getting their start in the world of fashion. The news comes just as Abloh launched a “swing state” voter incentive t-shirt, and teased an upcoming collaboration with iconic streetwear brand Stüssy.

“We are so honored to have Virgil join the FSF Board. His efforts to promote equity and inclusion directly align with our inherent mission to attract and support a diverse pool of industry talent,” said FSF executive director Peter Arnold. “The FSF has received a record number of applicants for this year’s scholarship competition. By working with top HBCUs and other schools that have significant populations of students of color, we are attracting

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