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Friday's Google Doodle celebrated what would have been the 71st birthday of author Octavia E. Butler. Known for such works as 'Kindred' and the 'Parable' series, she was the first science-fiction writer to receive a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
A tense on-air exchange between co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro on 'The View' reportedly turned nasty backstage. Pirro, a Fox News analyst, was on the show to discuss her book 'Liars, Leakers and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.'
Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was brutally beaten for helping to lead a 1965 civil rights march, which became known as Bloody Sunday and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay directed the Oscar-nominated film ‘Selma’ (2014), which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership in the struggle for voting rights. She is the first African-American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and have a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. She received another Oscar nomination for her documentary '13th' (2016).