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Deco Looks Back at Some of 2021’s Best and Worst Moments in Entertainment



2021 is almost over. Can I get an amen to that? This year will definitely be one to remember, for the good and the bad. Here’s a look back at what went down in entertainment news in 2021.

The box office was back. Vaccines and COVID-19 protocols allowed movie theaters to reopen nationwide.

Swinging in at the end of the year, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” broke records, earning $260 million in ticket sales.

That debut marked a pandemic best and the second biggest opening weekend ever.

Other blockbusters thatbanked big included “A Quiet Place Part II,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” and Daniel Craig’s final James Bond, “No Time to Die.”

Audiences were back at award shows.

At the 63rd Grammy awards, Beyoncé won her 28th trophy, making her the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.

When nominations for the 64th Grammy awards were announced, her husband, Jay Z, became the most nominated artist ever.

The Academy Awards went down in April, with nominees in person and the return of the red carpet.

“Nomadland” took Best Picture and made history when Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color to win Best Director

The movie world was shocked when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of the film “Rust” when Alec Baldwin discharged a firearm with a live round. An investigation is ongoing.

In music, 10 people were killed and hundreds injured during a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival while rapper Travis Scott was performing. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed.

Captain Kirk boldly went out of this world. William Shatner at the age of 90 became the oldest person to go to space.

Love came and love went in 2021.

Paris Hilton got married. Lindsay Lohan got engaged. Kim and Kanye announced their divorce.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez split, then “Bennifer,” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, reunited.

Britney Spears was free at last. Brit won a court ruling to remove the 13-year conservatorship controlling her life.

Adele released “30,” her first album in nearly six years, complete with a star-celebration and Oprah interview.

Adele is also now one of many artists who will be headlining new residencies in Las Vegas in 2022.

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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