The Daily Moth 11-29-2018

November 30, 2018

Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Trump Tower Moscow Project; Life Expectancy in the U.S. Decreases; Alabama Police Arrests Mall Shooting Suspect; Body of Missing North Carolina Teenager Found; Deaf NFL Player Derrick Coleman Visits Phoenix Day School for the Deaf; NAD Youth Section Seeking Delegate For 2019 WFD Youth Camp in France; CJ Jones Receives SAG-AFTRA Award; Interview on “Avatar” Role​

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Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Trump Tower Moscow Project


Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, pled guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 when he talked about a plan to build Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia.


President Trump said Cohen was a weak person, not a very smart person, and was lying to get a reduced sentence.


Cohen had legal trouble in New York, but this is now his first charge from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.


Mueller said Cohen made false statements to minimize links between the Moscow Project and Trump, and to give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended before the Iowa caucus, the first primary (in 2016).


Cohen admitted in court that he was still in negotiations to build the tower while the 2016 presidential campaign was going on and discussed it with Trump.


President Trump said was still a businessman when he ran for President, and later decided they wouldn’t do it (build the Moscow tower).  


Cohen is now cooperating with Mueller as a part of a plea deal. He faces up to 5 years in prison.


President Trump was supposed to meet with Russian President Putin in Argentina, but cancelled it after Cohen’s court appearance. Trump said it was because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.




Life Expectancy in the U.S. Decreases; Alabama Police Arrests Mall Shooting Suspect; Body of Missing North Carolina Teenager Found


Here are three top stories briefs.


The first: the Centers for Disease Control did a report that stated life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped to 78 years and six months on average, which is lower than 2016. Increasing rates of drug overdoses and suicide has contributed to this. CDC said this is a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. Monaco and Japan has the longest life expectancies in the world at 89 and 85 years.


The second: Police in Alabama said they have arrested the suspected gunman from the Thanksgiving night mall shooting. His name is Erron Brown (20). He is charged with attempted murder for shooting the 18-year old friend of Emantic “EJ” Bradford, Jr (21), who was shot and killed by mistake by police.


The third news: the FBI said they found the body of an abducted 13-year old girl, Hania Aguilar in North Carolina, who has been missing since the beginning of November. The FBI is asking for help, saying they have to find out how she died and who did this to her. Police said on November 5, Hania took the keys to her aunt’s SUV and was ready to start it up before school, but a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna covering his face forced her in and drove away. The SUV was found three days later in Lumberton. Her body was found in a body of water and there will be an autopsy to determine the cause of death.




Deaf NFL Player Derrick Coleman Visits Phoenix Day School for the Deaf


Deaf NFL football player Derrick Coleman, who is a fullback for the Arizona Cardinals wearing the #32 jersey, visited the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf campus on Tuesday to meet with the students and staff.


The PDSD Principal Courtney Fritz and a high school student will share their thoughts on the visit. I’ll show images and their comments.


Courtney Fritz: We had him visit because we wanted to motivate and inspire our students by talking about his life and his current experience as an NFL player. Derrick himself is already motivated, inspired and friendly. He’s interacted easily with our students. For me, from my perspective, his visit was very powerful because he talked about how in life in general, in our past and in our future, we will always have barriers and challenges we must overcome. He said we must not focus on failure, and  focus on yourself, think positive, and be the best you can be. His words of wisdom are not only motivating and inspiring for our students, but for deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere.


I really want to thank the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). They worked together to make this event possible.


Maddie Fears: Hello, I’m Maddie Fears, I’m a senior at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. I was honored to meet Derrick Coleman from the Cardinals. It was really powerful and impacted me. Growing up, I’ve worked hard to be a pitcher, and he worked hard make it into the NFL. He didn’t give up, so I won’t give up too. I proved my coaches wrong and showed I can pitch, just like he proved some of his old coaches wrong by making it into the NFL. Wow. His message to kids and people of all ages is that they can do it, no matter what it takes. Don’t doubt yourself. You really can do it. Don’t let your hearing stop you. You’re deaf, but you still can do it. It’s a great and powerful message. He had an instant connection with the students. We can look up to him now as another role model in our lives. I want to say thank you to Derrick for connecting with our community, it was truly inspiring.




Alex: Nice, thank you for sharing. Coleman had an interpreter with him as he does not know ASL. He said his girlfriend knows ASL and is teaching him. He relies on reading lips.


Coleman played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a Super Bowl ring, he was a part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 championship team. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals in May.




Photo Credit: Julius Kim and Maritz Cruz. Video: ASDB Media




NAD Youth Section Seeking Delegate For 2019 WFD Youth Camp in France


The NAD Youth Section (NADYS) President DT Bruno said they are looking for a candidate to represent the NADYS as a delegate to the World Federation of the Deaf General Assembly and Youth Camp in France in July 2019. This is for deaf U.S. residents ages 18 to 30.


A delegate has been selected, but there is a second spot available. If you’re interested, you will have to apply and answer several questions.


The NADYS said they have funds that will help with most of the travel and other expenses. The deadline for the application has been extended to December 7th.


So if you’re a deaf U.S. resident between 18-30 and want an opportunity to represent the U.S. and learn about international deaf advocacy — and go to France — here’s your opportunity.


Links are in the transcript.






Info about WFD Youth Camp:




CJ Jones Receives SAG-AFTRA Award; Interview on “Avatar” Role


On November 1, Deaf actor and comedian CJ Jones received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his performance in “Baby Driver” and for his body of work in contributing to positive and accurate deceptions of deaf individuals in media.


This award was during the Media Access Awards that recognized several other deaf and disabled people in Hollywood.


Millicent Simmonds gave an award to the writers of “A Quiet Place.” Marlee Matlin gave an award to Joshua Feldman and Shoshannah Stern for creating the TV series “This Close.”


When CJ received his award, he gave a speech.


[Video Clips of CJ Speech]


Alex: CJ was willing to do an interview with me.


CJ: Hello!


Alex: Congratulations on the award. How big of a deal is it to you?


CJ: It is a big deal because all this time the SAG has never given an award to a deaf person of exceptional talents. This is recognition not only for acting skill, but on a person’s ultimate impact. The industry has recognized that inclusion should be involved in their industry. It’s a wake-up call for SAG. They’re motivated to work with me. So it is a nice award for me to be able to get in the door.


Alex: In your speech you said your deaf mother, Ruth, saw you on the big screen in “Baby Driver” before she passed away at 94 years old last year.


CJ: My mom was floored when she saw me on “Baby Driver.” After the movie she came around in her wheelchair and saw all the fans coming to me to ask for pictures and autographs. My mom was amazed and smiled all the way. Then we had a picture together.


[Image of CJ with Ruth]


Alex: What kind of influence did Ruth have on you?


CJ: A lot. She made an impact on me in many ways. The most important is how much she believed in me and encouraged me. Her love. I’m lucky to have a Deaf mother, which makes that bond stronger. My father is a part of this too, but he passed away much earlier, but he was also amazed with me when I was with the National Theatre of the Deaf. He said it was impossible that I could act and asked how I could memorize all the lines. That was a funny question. My mother was always very proud, she knew I was an actor all along. She would tell others, “My son is an actor with the National Theatre of the Deaf. My son is on Sesame Street.” She would brag about it and ask others if they knew CJ Jones. They’d be like, “yeah!” And she would say that’s my son, and others would be amazed. It made my mother feel proud and gave her self-esteem. It’s amazing how a mother would feel good that her son is a successful person, because it means she did a good job. It makes her happy, and that’s what I’ve worked hard for, to see the successes I’ve made for my sweetest mother.


Alex: You’ve got a role in Avatar 2 and 3. You said you helped to create the “Na’vi” sign language, a fictitious language for the movie. Can you tell us more about that?


CJ: Absolutely. Yeah. I’ve been holding this back until my director Jim Cameron… started to talk about it and bring up my name. He would introduce me to people and I’ll be like, you’re okay with announcing this? He said I could, but that I couldn’t reveal the signs were. So yes, I’m the creator of the Na’vi, this is how you sign it. I’ve been doing this for a year and a half and still working on it at Avatar. I will continue until February, when it goes into post-production. We’re in the middle of it right now.


Alex: In your speech, you said you’re a strong advocate for “diversity+disability=inclusion.”


CJ: You know, deafness and disability have been at odds with each other, but I have decided to combine the two. We have to go with inclusion. That’s where I decided I wanted to promote this — because the industry is now learning how important it is to include all disabilities, be it deaf or whatever else. I need to be a part of that movement. The SAG-AFTRA is starting to become partners with the disability community. They are promoting hiring them. I’ve noticed more deaf roles being opened up. So we’re only starting to scratch the surface.  Bye!


Alex: Thank you for your time and for being who you are, CJ Jones.


CJ’s Full Speech:






That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!



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