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could be made public soon. nbc's kathy park has more on this, this morning. good morning. >> good morning. it has been four days since the shooting death of andrew brown jr. and the community and his family want to know where is that body camera footage. the sheriff says he's taking formal steps to release it. >> no justice -- >> no peace. >> what's his name? >> andrew brown. >> reporter: calls for justice and growing pressure to release body cam footage after deputies shot and killed andrew brown jr. >> we are demanding that we have transparency and accountability. >> reporter: elizabeth city officials will file a formal request with the sheriff's department monday requesting the footage be turned over to them and the public. >> and if denied, the request is to be forwarded to the district attorney's office as well as to superior court. >> reporter: sheriff tommy wooten wants the footage released, too p. our county will
file a motion in court, hopefully monday. >> reporter: wednesday, pasquotank sheriff's deputies were attempting to serve a search and arrest warrant when shots were filed. >> we have one male 42 years of age, gunshot to the back. >> several deputies are on administrative leave and three other deputies have left the department but their decision was not related to the shooting. none of the individuals have been identified. >> if evidence shows that any of my deputies violated the law or policies, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: but as more time passes, frustration is building, especially for family who are waiting to see what happened during brown's last moments. >> because my nephew did not deserve that. say his name. >> andrew brown. >> reporter: the governor joining the calls for accountability tweeting the death of brown is extremely concerning. and the footage should be made public as quickly as possible.
elizabeth city now the latest community on edge after a deadly law enforcement shooting. we have also learned that an outside sheriff's office will be coming in to investigate this shooting. they will be questioning everyone involved. and the focus will be to see if any sort of disciplinary action will be taken. lindsey, garrett? >> kathy park, thank you. now to columbus, ohio, a city roiled by another fatal police encounter. this one involving 16-year-old ma'khia bryant. nbc's chris pallone is there with more. chris, what do people there want to see happen now? >> garrett, we saw a fifth day of protests yesterday. several different groups marching throughout the downtown area. the demonstrators who have been out for five straight days this week are basically asking for two things. they want answers, number one, about that fatal encounter between the police officer and that 16-year-old girl ma'khia bryant, and also some outside
scrutiny, obviously a federal probe into the columbus police department, much like what the justice department announced was going on in minnesota now with the minneapolis police department. protesters were out in full force yesterday despite a cold and rainy day. one protest that took place here at the ohio state house was organized by an 18-year-old girl who encouraged people to stand up for ma'khia by wearing crocs shoes because the 16-year-old was almost never seen not wearing crocs shoes. many of the people in the crowd were wearing those as they chanted no justice, no peace. we saw some verbal confrontations between police officers driving by and stopped to talk to the protesters and some of the protesters themselves. i asked one of the organizers of that event, what is success? what, you know, you come out here every day. you make your voices heard. what would look like success to you? this is what she had to say.
>> i feel like success for us out here is to not hear any more stories about people being murdered by police officers, honestly. there's nothing else to it. nobody should have to lose their life over anything that can be solved in another way. >> a police officer named nick riordan is now off the streets. he is the first one who arrived at that altercation that was going on on tuesday in which police body cam video appears to show ma'khia bryant attacking another girl with a knife. that's when riordan opened fire and killed her. the state is now investigating this incident. it's out of the hands of the columbus police department and the state's bureau of criminal investigations is handling all of the interviews trying to determine whether this shooting followed proper city protocol or not. beyond that, that's sort of irrelevant to protesters because they say use of force by the columbus police department against black people has been an
issue in this city for going on 20 years, garrett. >> all right, chris pollone, thanks for your reporting. we are joined by chanet hall. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> we're seeing so many of these shootings now. can you clarify for folks whether we're seeing a rise in police shootings or whether we, i think, culturally are grappling with a problem that's always been there and through the technological changes, body cam video, we are confronting it more and seeing more of incidents that were already happening. >> you know, what i think is happening here is america is seeing itself. america is seeing its racism that has existed for so long through one of its many institutions. racism exists within not only law enforcement but within education, health care, all of these things. and so what we're giving now is just this visual representation of what we've known existed for so long.
>> i want to ask for your reaction over another shooting. this one out of virginia. we're going to show some video here. a deputy shot and critically injured 32-year-old isaiah brown while he was reportedly on the phone with 911. he had just received a ride home from the same officer just before this happened. that officer then responding to a 911 call. we want to show you some video but again, a warning it is disturbing. >> show me your hands! drop the gun! >> he's got a gun to his head. >> drop the gun and stop walking towards me. stop! stop! stop! [ gunshots ] >> hard to see. hard to listen to as well. and i want to get your reaction here because brown's sister feels the deputy used excessive force here. police are still investigating. that officer is on administrative leave. but he was apparently unarmed holding a cell phone. your reaction. >> so, you know, we have had to
endure this for so long, right? and when i say we, i will speak for what i identify with and say black people. we have had to see these things over and over and over, and this is what i think america is failing to realize. this is continuously been traumatizing for us to see these things. to hear these things. to know that we are looking for someone to help us, and when we are looking for help, we're not receiving it in a way that we think is best for us. that is hard. and whenever we can begin to instill some type of real into the american people to begin to do something differently than what it has been doing, i'm not even really sure this is going to begin to change. this is hard for us and quite often, and this is no jab at many of the people who ask this question, but they expect us to have an answer differently than the one that we have been giving for so long.
how do you feel after you see this? we feel the same doggone way we did, or the same way we felt when we saw the one before. the same way we felt when we heard of another incident before. we have been here time and time and time again. so the question is always not necessarily to us how we feel. it's more so, how do you feel? if people that have the ability to change, the politicians, those that are in place to make effective change, how do you feel to constantly see us hurting? how do you feel to constantly see people being murdered in the street. how do you feel? >> let's talk about that change. do you think this requires rethinking how police are trained or rethinking how police function in our society altogether? >> we have to completely -- we have to do this over. we have to completely do this over because what we have in place now is giving us what we see. and so training -- training only goes so far. training only gives people some
of the tools necessary, but training does not erase the hate out of somebody's heart. training is not a cure-all. training is not a substitute when you need terminations. training is not a substitute when we're asking for accountability. we need the federal government to step in and mandate things that need to be put in place. we're talking about totally changing the structure. we're talking about having a national reporting system for uses of force. we're talking about really collecting some of this data and not leaving it up to the states to do what it is they think they deem is necessary because what we see with a lot of these things is they honestly do not care. this change needs to happen from the top. and it needs to come down. >> shanette hall, you have been such a strong voice on this, this morning. i mean, i feel quite emotional from some of the things you said. they're going to sit with me for many days if not longer. thank you for coming on and talking to us and sharing your perspective. >> thank you for having me.
tonight, in a special hour of "dateline nbc" craig melvin takes a closer look at the derek chauvin murder trial and tells the story of the people who came together to bring about justice for george floyd. >> what becomes of the floyd men? >> we won't stop fighting. you can guarantee that. we'll stillon the front lines. >> we just want equality for ul. especially for us. and so we're going to stay on the ground. stay in the unity and keep going. >> watch the murder of george floyd: guilty on all counts" tonight on msnbc and streaming on peacock. with the okay from experts to resume the johnson & johnson vaccine after an 11-day pause, about half of our states have started administering the vaccine again. the single dose will now come with a warning. the vaccine is back at a time where health officials across the country are pushing for young americans to get vaccinated. msnbc's cory coffin is at a vaccination site in new jersey with the latest.
good morning. >> good morning. yeah, about half the states in the nation now saying they'll resume the johnson & johnson vaccine program. so may take longer than others. and here's why. there's a number of reasons behind what's happening in vaccines in general in this country. many states are now reporting that supply is outpacing demand as the majority of people who have wanted to get the vaccine are now starting to get it or already have it. what's left is a large chunk of people who just don't want it, who either have hesitancy or don't intend on ever getting it. so that leaves states with a challenge of trying to figure out how creative they can get and who else they can continue to get the vaccine to get those numbers up to that 70% to 80% for herd immunity when it comes to the vaccinations. and the largest group that they can now look at are younger people. 16 and up. so older high schoolers. according to the cdc, only 1% of 16 and 17-year-olds are currently fully vaccinated. so states like new jersey where
we are, are introducing these massive programs. folks already in line this morning or with their parents ready to get vaccinated. ready to get off to whatever programs they have, whether it's the rest of school or college coming up next. and so recently the nih director also spoke about how important this next young group is going to be to get vaccinated for this country as a whole. as 130 million americans still remain unvaccinated. listen to how he explained it. >> let me just say something particularly to young people who i think are maybe among the most resistant. this is not just about yourself. this is also about providing that kind of community immunity that's going to protect your neighbors, grandparents. this is about doing something for the whole community, not just about one's self. >> lindsey and garrett, i also want to note that even though the vaccine for pfizer in particular is approved for those
16 and up, they have been doing trials for younger people as well. so that grade schoolers can possibly start to get the vaccine. they have requested 12 to 15-year-olds be able to get the vaccine. this is an emergency approval through the fda. we could know in the coming weeks whether or not the fda would approve that. >> got you. cori, i know new jersey has been pretty good with vaccinations. they are fourth in the nation right now in giving out vaccinations. they want to have about 70% of their population vaccinated by june. we can't act like vaccine hesitancy isn't a thing in that state, every state. i want to ask you about this site. they are working to give thousands of vaccines out a day. it's a rainy day. it's gray. it's gloomy. what has the activity been like? it's still early. has there been a lot of demand there at that particular site? >> you know, it's interesting. the site is not even open yet and we have seen folks coming out in line. that has been standard for the start of the vaccination program
but it's not standard at every site we go to. so it is interesting to see this. they can get about 4,000 shots in arms a day here. we have probably close to 50 to 70 people in line right now. >> wow. so those are all people waiting for their vaccine. i assumed those people were all volunteers. that's quite a line. all right, cori coffin, thanks very much. president biden is one of the nation's longest serving politicians. he's attended more presidential addresses to congress than just about anybody. >> next week he'll be the one speaking to the chamber. what points he plans to drive home as he closes the first chapter of his presidency. (burke) phone it in to 1-800-farmers and you could get all sorts of home policy perks like the claim-free discount. go three years without a claim and get a discount. (neighbor) just by phoning it in? (burke) just phone it in. (painter 1) yeah, just phone it in and save money for being claim-free. (neighbor) even if i switch to farmers today?! (painter 2) yep, three years claim-free with any home insurance. (painter 3) i'm phoning it in and saving money
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commission also investigate, quote, other violent disturbances. msnbc reporter amanda golden joins us from capitol hill. this kind of sounds like some of the gop rhetoric we're hearing across the country. states passing anti-riot bills. are they talking about black lives matter demonstrations? >> yeah, that's exactly right. they want this potential commission to encompass not just what we saw take place at the capitol which, as we know, had nothing to do with left political violence but they want it to include some of those very far left groups they say could also have incited violence even though we know that not to be true for this specific case. house speaker nancy pelosi is working to establish this commission but she's making some pretty notable concessions to try to find agreement with republicans. two key ways she's doing this right now, the first on the panel. the way that it would break down for this commission. it can be an even split between democrats and republicans. she's also acknowledging some changes to subpoena power when this commission is established. originally it would have given
just democrats control having -- excuse me, democrats having more control both in the scope of the panel of having seven compared to four republicans sit for these appointments but also originally democrats that would have had more subpoena power and being able to control just exactly who they brought in to testify within this commission. the one outstanding key point here that has not yet been agreed upon is the scope twhaeft commission would look into. pelosi wants it to hone in on january 6th and the extremist violence groups that we saw come in and do that damage whereas the republicans are trying to have it encompass beyond just the extremist groups that took place that day to include that far left political violence which, as we noted, did not have anything to do with what took place. pelosi is saying she sent this updated proposal to republicans. republicans haven't yet seen it. we have spokespeople from kevin mccarthy and mitch mcconnell that say they have not yet seen this updated draft. pelosi spoke to what she hopes this commission could really look into and urging that bipartisan nature of it.
take a listen to what she said earlier this week. >> our purpose is to find the truth for that. it's not about investigating one thing or another that they may want to draw into this. but i'm optimistic. again, there are other options which i would not want to use because i want this to be bipartisan, and again, if the price of the confidence that the public would have in this is to make it a little harder to get some things done, so be it. but we have to agree on the scope. >> while we wait on this potential commission we're getting an update from the justice department just at the scope of what they are looking into in the overall investigation of january 6th. now nearly four months since the attack. the doj is now saying they expect to bring at least 500 charges against individuals who took place in the attack. this comes as one of the largest investigations in american history with just the volume of evidence and filings for those
being charged with over 15,000 hours of video surveillance footage coming into play here in this investigation. >> 100 more than the last number i heard. thanks for those updates. and a significant week ahead for president biden. he'll deliver his first address to congress ahead of his 100-day mark in office on thursday. attendance will be limited with only 200 people allowed inside the chamber and new safety rules in place due to the pandemic. nbc news white house reporter lauren egan has been following the president this weekend. she's in wilmington, delaware, with more. how have americans responded to biden's first 100 days, especially compared to the previous administration. >> good morning, garrett. there's a new poll out that shows biden is at 52% approval rating among americans. that's significantly higher than where president trump was at this point in his administration when he was just at 42% approval ratings. but still, past presidents have enjoyed a much better approval
rating this far -- at this point in their administration. so this could spell a little bit of trouble for biden as he gets ready to push through some really big packages in congress, including his american jobs plan. but if you dig a little bit deeper into the poll you see that he is significant amount of approval for how he's responded to the coronavirus pandemic and things like that. but we see he continues to run into some challenges when it comes to his approval rating for how he's handled the situation at the border. >> i expect we'll hear about that coronavirus response during the speech. it's going to be visible for those of us watching on television. this will be scaled back this speech on wednesday night, both for pandemic and for security reasons. can you tell us how this will look different than speeches like this we've seen in the past? >> sure. so the speech is designated as a special national security event which is typical for whenever the president addresses congress. but we are expecting the secret service to be more involved in the planning for this and, garrett, of course, we are still
amid a global pandemic so we're only going to see 200 people in the audience. we will see people wearing masks. and that's going to be, you know, as you know, very different from years past when you see this chamber completely full of usually more than a thousand people. >> all right. lauren egan, thank you. make sure to watch brian williams, rachel maddow, nicolle wallace and joy reid for the presidential address to congress on wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. and president biden will have an historic backdrop for his speech as well. framed between two of the most powerful women in politics in american political history for that matter. vice president kamala harris and nancy pelosi. it turns out pelosi may not have been up there with him had it not been for the former president donald trump. we'll dive into why. and some other surprises about her from the author of her new biography "madam speaker. "don't miss it. speaker "don't miss it
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welcome back, everybody. now an insider's look into one of the most powerful women in american political history. a new biography about house speaker nancy pelosi is making news giving new insight into her background and key moments of her career, including her feud with former president trump. >> joining us is the author of the book "madam speaker: nancy pelosi and the lessons of power." susan page. susan, i can't wait to read this book. i cover speaker pelosi every day. sometimes i think i understand what's going on in her mind but you did more than 150 interviews with people all around her. i'm curious what you took away from how she views and how she tries to use that power that you have and the title. >> she is really extraordinarily comfortable with power in a way very few people and very few women have been in american history. and i think that goes back to her upbringing. i think a lot of people don't realize she was born into
political royalty in baltimore. the daughter of the three-term mayor of baltimore, tommy the elder dalesandro and the daughter of a remarkable, restless, ambitious mother known as big nancy because her daughter, of course, was little nancy. >> you know, we got some bullet points here that we want to talk about with you. one of the most interesting things you were able to distill, including a pretty shocking detail that she actually intended to retire around the time that donald trump got elected. what more can you tell us about that. >> so known to only those very close to her, she was making plans to step down after the 2016 election on the assumption that hillary clinton was going to be elected president and that she would -- president hillary clinton would move to protect democratic priorities like the affordable care act. to her shock and the shock of a lot offous that election night, donald trump had won. she told me she felt like she was being kicked by a mule that
night by the end of that night. she decided she wasn't going to go anywhere. she'd stick around. of course, she became the face of the democratic opposition to president trump for the next four years. >> the book gets into some of those details about the relationship between speaker pelosi and former president trump that really drove in some ways a lot of what was happening in washington the last couple of years. you talk about that notable moment where she ripped up his speech at the state of the union address saying she felt liberated, that he was shredding the truth and so she would shred his speech. what more can you tell us about that moment and about their relationship? i don't think they talked for the last year or so of his presidency, right? >> garrett, that was such an extraordinary night. i've covered a lot of state of the union addresses. i've never seen anything like what we saw there. you know it was all because she couldn't find a pen. president trump arrived at the speech and as is traditional, gave her a text of the state of the union address. she started to speed read it. she found something she found
was wrong, incorrect. she wanted to make a notation on it to get back to that. she looked for a pen. you don't take your purse up to the dais. there's a little drawer there. she opened the drawer. nothing in the drawer. so she made a tiny tear in the margin of the speech text to find that place and then found something else she thought was untrue and a third thing and fourth thing. by the time it was over there were so many little tears in the text of the speech that she decided to just stand up and tear it up. as president trump is before her basking in accolades and mike tense standing next to her pretending not to notice what's happening. >> that's what stood out to me as we're playing that video. he's looking around and i'm like, does he see in the peripheral what's going on? that's so interesting. so many layers to that one single moment. i want to ask you about pelosi's relationship with her own colleagues. you talk in great detail about
her private critique of alexandria ocasio-cortez and the squad. also about how she is very close with representative ilhan omar. based on all of your interviews and those close to her, what do you see as her future and also the future of how progressive the party will continue to look. >> well, i think that this is likely to be her last term as speaker of the house, probably as a member of congress. she's 81 years old. she's had this remarkable career over decades. and as garrett knows from his work on the hill, there is some sense, even among those house democrats who are very -- who admire nancy pelosi a lot. there's a sense it's time for generational change in the leadership. i think that is likely to happen. nancy pelosi will have some say over who succeeds her but we'll see a battle in the democratic party for how progressive it should be, how cent rift it should be, how -- what it should do and how it should appeal to american voters to retain its
position. it's entirely possible that republicans will regain control of the house in the next election. that is really the -- the house is really goi ask her these questions on the hill because she never wants to make herself a lame duck, but who would she like to be her successor? the democratic leaders have been around for decades. it feels unlikely she'd want to anoint a steny hoyer on the way out the door. how does she see that next generation coming up behind her? >> she told a close ally she did not want to step away and let someone who was the same age as she was. and i think that was a reference to steny hoyer, succeed her. if you want to look at who she respects and sees as future leaders. look at who she chose to be the impeachment managers in donald trump's first impeachment trial. that was a real tell. that included people like adam schiff, hakeem jeffries, definitely a possibility as the
next leader of the house democrats. val demings. jason crow. the congressman from colorado who voted against her for speaker. she then gave him that. these are the people that she sees as rising stars in the democratic party. >> before we let you go. one more question. you talk about what nancy pelosi considers her biggest regret with one president. what is it? >> well, it's the iraq war. she thought that when she gained control -- when she first became speaker, in part because of americans turning against the iraq war, that she would be able to convince george w. bush to withdraw u.s. troops. she told me that, of course, she was unable to do that. bush chose not to change course. she told me she thought the decision to invade iraq was the biggest mistake in american history. >> well, the book is "madam speaker: nancy pelosi and the lessons of power." the author is susan page. thank you for joining us. >> so good to talk to you. >> thank you.
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welcome back, everybody. here are the other top stories this morning. cryptic writing was found in the belongings of former nfl player philip adams who is accused of killing five people. authorities say there could be signs he started following a new religion or ideology. it's unclear whether investigators believe this is what drove him to violence. two rifle-stale firearms and seven handguns were also found among his belongings. severe weather swept through the southeast this weekend. tornadoes, flash flooding and hail impacting the region leaving nearly 56,000 people without power in georgia and alabama. multiple tornado warnings were also in effect for georgia and tennessee. most thunderstorms have moved offshore as a front moves across
the region. and we aren't joshing when it comes to this headline. hundreds of people from around the world joined in a fight over the name josh. the crowd of joshs gathering in a nebraska park for a pool noodle brawl. the fight started when 22-year-old josh messaged other people with his name challenging them to a duel. a 5-year-old was the ultimate winner of the josh fight. if it was a garrett fight, i've seen all your crossfit posts. >> there's not a lot of us. i think our fight would be significantly less exciting. the garrett fights are smaller. india is in the grip of the world's worst covid surge. people having to rely on mass cremation sites like parking lots. our colleague from sky news sent us this. take a look. >> they simply can't cope. and this is not one of the official funeral sites. this is an ad hoc one.
one that -- they're bringing in the wood as we wait to prepare for yet more casualties coming in. and this is on top of the official sites, remember. many of these people don't feel that they are represented in the country's statistics. >> just horrifying video there. president biden's national security adviser jake sullivan weighing in on the situation this morning saying the government is now working on sending more supplies to india. msnbc foreign correspondent matt bradley has been following this story for us. matt? >> yeah, garrett. actually, in the hours since we cut this package that i'm about to show you, there actually has been yet more news. we've seen that india has reached yet a fourth day of record-breaking numbers of new infections. the numbers of infections per day, india has been breaking world records on that for the last four days in a row. the numbers are still climbing.
the number of dead is still officially at 200,000, but honestly, and we're hearing from a lot of experts, those numbers are drastically understated. both the deaths and the number of new infections. when you hear these numbers they look horrible. the reality is going to be much, much worse. an entire subcontinent is gasping for air. as india breaks another world record for daily infections, nearly 350,000 on saturday alone. hospitals are turning parents away for lack of oxygen. many arrive barely able to walk. this young girl watched her mother day minutes after arriving at the hospital. >> when you walk outside the hospital and you see people calling -- frantic calls, crying on the phone. please, can you help? and all i can say is, yes, i'm trying. >> reporter: the government flying in oxygen tanks on air force planes and sending special oxygen express trains around the
country. >> who would ever think there woubld a shortage of oxygen to breathe. it's like terrible. >> reporter: cremor tos are overflowing with corpses so families have been allowed to bury their loved ones wherever they can. even in their back yards. some are resorting to the black market. >> i am searching on the streets. >> reporter: the black market price for remdesivir about $1,000. as much as he earns in a month. >> people are standing in queue around 3:00 in the morning. people are dieing on the roads. people are crying. please give us one dose of injection. >> reporter: fewer than 1.5% of india's population is fully vaccinated. only two months ago, it looked like india avoided the worst. >> we thought we'd won the war against covid. >> reporter: the government relaxed rules, even allowed a huge festival just a few weeks ago. a complacency that's turned the second wave into a tsunami.
so, of course, as i mentioned, india has a very low rate of vaccination. the u.s. is now coming under a lot of pressure to share its growing stockpile of vaccine with countries like india. but as you saw, the vaccine could be too late for a lot of people. >> that's right. matt bradley, thank you for staying on top of this for us. virginia's governor's race as the potential to make history by electing the first black female governor. the latest on the state of the race. we break it down, next.
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early voting is under way in the commonwealth of virginia as democrats head to the polls to choose who will be at the top of their party's ticket. >> it's a race both parties are keeping an eye on because it could tell us more about the direction the country is turning. nbc's deepa shivaram is there with more. >> reporter: this is the first weekend of early voting here in virginia for democratic voters.
and right now there are five candidates in this race, but based on recent polling, that doesn't really look like the case. terry mcauliffe is surging ahead here at about 47 points in the most recent poll. none of the other there are 27% who are still undecided at that point ahead of this primary day on june 8th but right now, really does seem like what virginia democrats are moving towards is a little bit of familiarity. terry mcauliffe was before ralph northam, a high recognition in the state. a ton of fundraising for democratic candidates in virginia in the last several years and especially in this covid crisis. where education is on the line, jobs are on the line and the economy is still very much recovering. folks are looking towards a more familiar face. there are two other candidates,
guys. jennifer mclennan. should they make it to the nomination and win, they would be the first black woman governor in virginia and first black woman governor in the country. so there's history on the line here as well but i got to tell you, based on all the recent polling we've seen, terry mcauliffe seems to be the favorite as the race continues into june. guys? >> always a bellweather for the rest of the country. winner of the most diverse oscars ever. enough to make up for 100 years or so of academy awards struggling with diversity issues? we'll have that next. with dive issues we'll have that next >> tech: every customer has their own safelite story. this couple was on a camping trip... ...when their windshield got a chip. they drove to safelite for a same-day repair. and with their insurance, it was no cost to them. >> woman: really? >> tech: that's service you can trust.
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film buffs everywhere can rejoice. the 93rd academy awards air tonight. it will look different again this year. no host. it will be virtual. arts of the ceremony have already been recorded and of course, the pandemic has caused a ton of delays in filming. but for fashion watchers out there, there will still be a red carpet. just a lot less crowded with protocols in place. >> it's a landmark year for women and for people of color. almost half the performers nominated in the acting categories are people of color and more than 70 women were nominated across every category including two female directors up for the best director title.
for more on what we can expect from one of film's biggest nights, nigel smith is joining us. good morning, nige. >> good morning. >> a stark difference. this year, actors of color nominated across all of these different categories. how much that is a reflection on the films and how much is a reflection on academy members making a point to consider it? >> i think it's really both. i mean, obviously, it's so different because the films last year, so many didn't come out because of the pandemic so really altered the course of the films that came out that year. and obviously, the academy branches are much more diverse this year because they've invited a lot more members and diverse members to the academy and the films this year really
reflect that. "black messiah." and best actor and best actress as far as from viola davis, who's, in fact, the most nominated black actress of all time. so it's actually an incredible year and a film also up for best picture, best director and best actor. >> this comes as the academy is preparing to implement these new diversity requirements. diversity and inclusion requirements. how well do you think the industry is going to follow these guidelines and what does it do for the movie industry? >> i think it really shines a light like films, independently financed smaller picture, but headed by a korean cast and i think it's obviously great strides that the academy is taking for inclusion and it's a wonderful thing and hopefully this trend continues even when the bigger studio pictures are
going to be competing in the race which is obviously going to happen next year when the theatres get back up and running in bigger films like west side story, for example. which was supposed to be a major contender this year. remake of the musical next year, that will be the case. >> i'll put you on the spot and ask you for your predictions. the nominations in these strides are great but at times come off as performative or another part of tokenization as if hollywood is setting up for more ways to disappoint marginalized communities. all the people nominated, do you think they'll walk away with historic wins? >> i actually do. this might be one of the first years where not a single white actor or winner will happen. i think you'll have a win for the best supporting actress category and daniel for judah and the black messiah and then
andrade for united states versus billie holiday and then the obvious front-runner for best actor is chadwick boseman from black bottom and then best picture, it's a tie i think between nomadland and minari about the korean experience. about a korean family that immigrates to america and how they kind of acclimate to all that. this year is going to be incredible. you obviously also have chloe zhao. >> we can't wait. nigel smith. i'm so sorry to cut you off. we have to end it there but we appreciate you coming on to give your predictions. thank you so much. >> i'm scribbling all that down for my oscar pool. thank you for having me. >> i'm lindsey. we'll see you next weekend.
belshi starts nour. today on velshi. cyber ninjas at it in arizona. bizarre chapter of the big lie yet with a local reporter who got around the ban on journalists to make it inside the recount that's being run by republicans who might just be the sorest losers on the planet. plus, biden nears 100 days in office, we'll have a brand-new exclusive nbc news poll full of numbers that tell the story of a remarkable turnaround. then, fresh off the administration's sweeping pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030, i'll talk with the first ever white house national climate adviser gina mccarthy. velshi starts now. good morning, i'm ali velshi. sunday, april 25th. biden's 96th day in office. symbolic 100th day in georgia with a mainnt