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Cynthia Nixon joins climate change march, rally

"Sex and the City" star and Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon joined hundreds of environmentalists Monday for a march and rally protesting incumbent Andrew Cuomo's climate change policies.

Nixon chatted with demonstrators outside a state-owned power facility in downtown Albany before walking a few blocks in sunny, 60-degree weather for a rally held in a park next to the state Capitol.

Before setting off, Nixon said Cuomo hasn't done enough to develop renewable energy industries in New York state despite being in office for more than seven years.

"We can be in a growth industry," said Nixon, who's challenging the two-term incumbent in the Democratic primary. "At a time when Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris accords, we can lead not only for our own state, but we can show the nation how to lead in renewable energy."

Last week Nixon released a plan for addressing climate change that includes transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy in the state by 2050 and rejecting all new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines. She said Cuomo's energy plan released on Friday was "rehashed" and doesn't differ much from his previous plan.

Cuomo said his plan will advance the state toward its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Another of his initiatives will enable the state to generate 50 percent of its electricity through renewable energy sources by that same year, the governor said.

Cuomo has used billions in state dollars to keep aging upstate nuclear plants open, something he said was important for reaching clean energy goals. Nixon called for letting those plants close and transitioning the workers to jobs in the renewable energy industry.

"Nuclear power is not a bridge to a clean energy economy," she said. "We need to start putting our energy dollars into renewables such as wind and solar."

Cuomo's campaign defended his record on protecting the environment and devising ways to combat climate change, saying he led the effort to ban fracking in New York and fought for regulations reducing carbon emissions.

"We welcome anyone to this critical effort as we work to protect our environment for future generations and create a cleaner, greener New York," campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer said.

In Real Life Discuss Relationship Status, Dating Fans, and Sing Happy Birthday

In Real Life sits down with Kimmy B. and get personal at HITS Sessions! Watch the full interview

Admiring teen's courage, Dwayne Johnson declines prom invite

An eastern Minnesota teen who asked her celebrity crush Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to prom got a huge surprise when he actually responded.

Stillwater Area High School Senior Katie Kelzenberg asked the actor to "Rock" it with her at the school's May 5 prom in a Twitter video posted last week, The Pioneer Press reported . The self-proclaimed fan was dressed like The Rock in the video, sporting a black turtleneck, jeans, a gold necklace and fanny pack. She also showed off her collection of Johnson-related merchandise, including a pillow, T-shirts and an action figure.

Johnson's recorded response was played over the school intercom Friday. A Warner Bros. representative contacted school officials Thursday about the surprise message, said Carissa Keister, a spokeswoman for the district.

Johnson said he admires Kelzenberg's courage, but that he won't be able to attend prom because he will be in Hawaii filming "Jungle Cruise."

Instead, Johnson rented out a nearby movie theater on Saturday for Kelzenberg and more than 230 friends and family to watch his latest movie, "Rampage." Johnson even covered the cost of snacks and drinks for the theater.

"I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised," Kelzenberg said. "I just kept thinking, 'He saw me! He knows who I am!'"

Kelzenberg said she became a fan of Johnson's five years ago. Her favorite movies of his include "Central Intelligence" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."

"I like that he interacts with his fans so well," she said. "He takes time out of his day to connect with them."

Kelzenberg plans to go to prom with friends.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Ellen DeGeneres is critical of police shootings of black men

Ellen DeGeneres says she's "furious" that so many black men have been shot by police and "nothing seems to change."

Speaking with CNN's Van Jones on her show on Friday, DeGeneres said she's "ashamed."

Jones said "it's not just the police." He said that when he was at Yale University, students did drugs and were sent to rehab while black kids in a nearby project were sent to jail for doing the same thing.

Jones said there's "some malware glitch going on in our brains" when it comes to gun violence and racial inequality in America.

Qatari-American contemporary artist wins new $100,000 prize

A 35-year-old Qatari-American artist is the inaugural winner of a prize worth $100,000 that recognizes mid-career artists from the Middle East.

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday announced Sophia Al-Maria as the winner of the first Dunya Contemporary Art Prize. The museum will commission a new work from her that will be presented in a major exhibition.

An international jury of contemporary Middle Eastern art experts chose Al-Maria for the honor, saying she has "pioneered a new visual language."

The 35-year-old artist, writer and filmmaker lives and works in London. The prize aims to foster contemporary Middle Eastern artists whose work is "rigorous, challenging and unconventional."

The prize receives support from the Shulamit Nazarian Foundation and will be given once every two years.

Photos: Royal baby born: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomes third child

The newest royal baby is here! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace tweeted Monday.

Kaepernick to honor mother for VH1's 'Dear Mama' special

Colin Kaepernick is taking time out from his activism to honor one of his fiercest defenders — his mother Teresa.

Kaepernick is the first celebrity announced for VH1's second annual "Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms," to air May 7. Anthony Anderson and La La Anthony will once again host the special.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked a national debate when he decided to kneel for the national anthem to protest the treatment of blacks in America. He was not picked up by another team after opting out of his contract last year, and is suing the National Football League for collusion.

Teresa Kaepernick has been a strong supporter of her son, and even had choice words for President Donald Trump when he criticized the kneeling protests.

Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships 

Beyoncé has partnered with Google to give more scholarships this year.

The singer’s BeyGOOD initiative initially announced a $100,000 donation to four historically black colleges April 16, just after Beyonce’s Coachella headlining set.

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The announcement last week said that $25,000 each will go to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans; and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, as part of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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On Monday, BeyGOOD announced that Google.org will match Beyoncé’ original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit HBCUs at Texas Southern University in Houston; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

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Texas Southern is in Beyoncé’s hometown, and Fisk University of the alma mater of her father, Mathew Knowles. Knowles is also a professor at Texas Southern’s School of Communication.

HITS Sessions: In Real Life Performs "Finesse" & "How Badly"

In Real Life snapped out of their calm and collected vibe to bust out some dance moves for the rest of their performance. The boys did a cover of Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse." Then, they served up...

HITS Sessions: In Real Life Performs Their Version of "Despacito"

After Kimmy B got up close and personal with the boys, In Real Life busted out the guitar to showcase their fan favorites. The first song they performed was "Closed Eyes" followed by their version of "Despacito...
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