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    Why John Leguizamo wants Latinos to 'weaponize history'

    New York (CNN)Six nights a week, John Leguizamo, the actor, activist and comedian, stands before a dusty chalkboard and a trove of books in New York City and delivers a history lecture. In his one-man show called "Latin History for Morons," now on Broadway, Leguizamo explores the Latino contributions to the American Project and his people's contributions to the world. The show, which traces his search for Latino identify after his son was bullied in school for his ethnicity, has changed since he first developed it more than a year ago. President Trump's victory in November 2016 -- following a campaign in which Latino immigrants were denigrated as "murderers and rapists" -- turned up the temperature and volume of conversations about race and identity.

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    'Coco' is so much more than your average box office hit

    Anthony Gonzalez voices Miguel. Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Renee Victor also star. In pursuit of his love for music, Miguel embarks on a story that touches on themes of family, ambition, loss, and legacy -- qualities, of course, that can be found in essentially all of Pixar's greatest hits. But "Coco" has struck a special nerve with Latino audiences, who have been fighting to reclaim the narrative about their culture long before the idea of President Donald Trump even became a possibility. Since the start of his campaign, Trump has come under fire on multiple occasions for his various characterizations of Mexican immigrants, particularly his comments portraying them as "rapists" and

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    NHS trust chairman quits in funding protest

    Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major London hospital trust because of NHS funding problems. The former head of the civil service says the government is being unrealistic about the challenges facing the health service. He announced he was stepping down as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Sunday. NHS Improvement described the hospital's financial performance as "unacceptable". A spokeswoman added: "It is the worst in the NHS and continues to deteriorate." If you can't see the NHS Tracker, click or tap here. In a statement, Lord Kerslake said of his decision to quit: "I do not do this lightly as I love King's but believe the government and regulator are

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    'Jumanji' draws new players into the game

    (CNN)Grading on the "Baywatch"-deflated scale of 2017 The Rock reboot roles, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" turns out to be surprisingly fun, infusing the premise with a "The Breakfast Club" twist while accentuating the comedy. "Jumanji" receives a videogame-informed upgrade from the 1995 movie that starred Robin Williams, which requires transacting a whole lot of business in the first 15 minutes to get the board set up. Four high-school students -- two nerds, a popular girl and a jock -- all land in detention, where they discover the play console that yanks them into the peril-filled world of Jumanji. One of the nerds thus becomes musclebound Dr. Smolder Bravestone (the aforementioned Dwayne Johnson), the other skilled fighter Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), the jock Bravestone's sidekick "Moose" Finbar (Kevin Hart), and the other girl scientist Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), owing to some confusion about the name.

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    Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

    Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple's iTunes Store. Neither Apple nor Shazam have commented on the reports on the TechCrunch site. If the deal is confirmed, Shazam will become the latest in a string of UK technology firms to be bought up by larger businesses. The influential Music Business Worldwide site points out that the reported price is significantly lower

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    Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls

    "You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are," he said. Witnessing such despair is what led to his philanthropic endeavor, Tyler said. The singer said a stint in rehab years ago allowed him to meet many women who were there partly because of struggles resulting from abuse. "While I was in (rehab), I found out most of women in there were battered and beaten and abused verbally and sexually in huge numbers," he said. "It was like seven out of 10, eight out of 10." The magnitude of the issue began to occur to Tyler after the success of "Janie's Got a Gun," his band's 1989 hit about a girl sexually abused by her father. The powerful video, directed by Oscar-nominated director

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    I'm A Celebrity 2017 winner revealed

    Georgia Toffolo has been named the winner of this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. The shocked reality star, known as Toff, was crowned by Ant and Dec on Sunday evening after more than nine million votes were cast. She was odds-on favourite to win the ITV show, but said: "I am so taken aback. Is this real?" Former Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas came in second place, with radio and TV presenter Iain Lee coming in third. Toffolo, 23, is known for appearing on E4's Made in Chelsea, joining in the seventh series. She also works for The Lady magazine and is head of events for think tank Parliament Street. Fellow campmate Stanley Johnson - father of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - said: