Wakanda Forever ! Ryan Cooler announces at the Disney expo D23, the big return to direct marvel studios’ black panther 2, in theaters May 6 2022. The first Black panther was so moving and phenomenal it had viewers glued to the screen. We are all so excited and curious to see what this next sequel is going to reveal.
Hip Hop Icon Jay-Z has been all over the news recently after holding a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing a multi-year partnership with the professional sports league, in which the 49-year-old rapper will consult on the halftime show and work with the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The controversy around the business move is not only centered around the NFL’s problematic relationship with its players of color, but also JAY Z’s own public statements damning the organization, even declining an invite to perform at the Super Bowl.
“I said no to the Superbowl, you need me, I don't need you
Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too” Jayz. The Carters APESHIT
Shortly after the news initially broke, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox – credited with some of the biggest R&B hits of the last 20 years (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) revealed that his longtime friend and fellow Urban hitmaker Jermaine Dupri was offered a deal similar to Hov’s by the NFL a year ago.
Cox says Jay personally contacted JD and told him to decline the very deal (to co-produce the Super Bowl) he’s now signed. View Cox’s remarks below and let us know what you think.
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Tee Grizzley was reportedly involved in a Detroit shooting that left his aunt/manager, Jobina "JB" Brown, dead.
Law enforcement indicated that the incident occurred Tuesday night as the rapper got out of the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade.
It has been noted that the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, hitting Brown on her left side as she sat in the backseat. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.
Grizzley nor the driver were wounded during the shooting as officials mention. At this time, it's unclear if the rapper was the target.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Grizzley and his family.
As of August 19th, The Lion King has grossed $497.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $940.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.439 billion. The film had a global debut of $446.1 million, which is the ninth largest of all-time and the biggest opening for an animated film.
For the opening weekend, the Lion King was a must see, for both younger and older ages. As it turned out, the crowd seemed to have mixed signals for the movie. By it being the 9th largest movie of all time, was it really worth it or was it overrated?
Let us know what you think below
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So, #TheLionKing has stunning visual effects/animation, but it's in service of a pointless retread that seems to exist mostly to show you how they got it right the first time. It's as over-written as ALADDIN but without the charismatic humans to entertain you. Lions can't act. pic.twitter.com/j607ciXEB9— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) July 10, 2019
Heard so many mixed reviews on the new lion king film but I loved it! Would defo go watch that again! 🦁— zöe (@zoe_cracknell) August 11, 2019
The new Dora movie has higher review scores than the CGI lion king movie and this is further proof as to why making CGI lion king was pointless and a waste of time. 😂— Jourdan🦄✨ (@GalaktixGG) August 17, 2019
Went and watched the new Lion King today, absolutely brilliant and super impressive.— Brad Parker (@ttvphreshbrread) August 10, 2019
Idk how people can give it bad reviews.
Drake’s OVO brand took to Instagram to announce that they will be opening a store in Chicago this weekend. The OVO Chicago store will opened Saturday, August 10 and it featured merchandised with the traditional OVOOG owl.
Owners of October’s Very Own, or OVO, include Aubrey Drake Graham, the rapper known simply as Drake; the musician’s manager and business partner, Oliver El-Khatib; and producer Noah James “40” Shebib.
OVO has two stores in Toronto, where Drake is from. Other stores are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
OVO Chicago Location
9 W Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
A big question some people are asking how did Drake get a store in Chicago before Kanye?
Merch its a OVO store in Chicago now— Neighborhood Hero 🦅 (@M_Staaacks) August 11, 2019
Premium network EPIX released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. The two join forces to manage the social upheaval and mob war that looms. In the trailer, Malcolm X says to Johnson, “You have guns, but I have an army.”
GODFATHER OF HARLEM is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.
GODFATHER OF HARLEM PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 29AT 10 PM PT/ETON EPIX
Four Foundations Team Up to Buy the Historic Archives of ‘Ebony’ Magazine for $30 Million in a Bankruptcy Sale. The foundations will donate the archive to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the Getty Research Institute.
Founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and once the country’s largest African American-owned publishing firm, Johnson Publishing launched Ebony magazine in 1945 and its sister publication Jet in 1951. But Johnson died in 2005, and the company has struggled for at least a decade, first attempting to sell its archives back in 2015. At the time, they were appraised at $46 million. The company sold off Ebony and Jet the following year, and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in April.
“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” said Capital Holdings V in a statement in April, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”
Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”
After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”
The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join?
Singer-actress #HalleBailey will be part of #Disney 's world.
Bailey, who with her sister forms R*B duo Chloe and Halle , has nabbed the starring role in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.
“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.
Bailey is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.
The animated “Little Mermaid” is widely acknowledged as the movie that helped kick off the Disney Renaissance. Other films from that era that have already been adapted into live-action films include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and the upcoming “The Lion King.”
The New York Police Department confirmed on Tuesday that a body found on the evening of June 24 has been positively identified as Daniel Desmond Amofah also known as Etika, a famous youtuber. Amofah was 29 years old. He had been considered missing since June 19, when authorities found and recovered his belongings, including his cellphone and identification. Prior to Etika being found, earlier this week he posted a video stating that he was sorry for not letting the people who care in & that it was too late. Then that is when days later Erika’s body was found.
May Etika rest In Peace ❤️Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Amofah 🙏🏽
“PUMA has been a stamp for stylish and comfortable clothes since I can remember. You are what you wear, and PUMA is clean and respected.”
The Chicago rapper Dreezy made her debut with PUMA in the brand’s latest CALI Bold campaign, Monday (June 17). The footwear apparel giant hand-picked the hip-hop star as its vibrant new face not just because of her incredible fashion sense, but as a means to further incorporate music with fashion and sports—a hybrid culture PUMA prides itself on fostering more and more today.
"No Guidance" becomes Drake's 34th top 10 song on the Hot 100, tying him for the second-most ever with The Beatles. What makes this all so interesting, he accomplished all this in a time span less then a decade.
"No Guidance" is Drake's 194th entry to the Hot 100 thus far. His first Top 10 hit on the chart was his breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had." Seems like drake is on a winning spree.
Congratulations to Drake for another win on the charts. But with this all being said does this make Drake the GOAT?
Creator of the top Urban Brand Off White and men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh launched his first-ever solo exhibition, "Figures Of Speech," of his work will be on display opening Today (Monday, June 10 ) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Illinois-born designer, 38, has been creating fashion, objects, furniture, graphic works, painting, sculpture and photography for the last 20 years. Abloh became a household name after working on creative direction for Kanye West’s DONDA firm, where he collaborated with the musician on album covers, concert designs and merchandising.
"I felt the public needed to know more about this artist and why he is important,There are so many ideas embedded in his work and such ambition there. Virgil’s work seems to speak to people from all sorts of different interest groups." Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chief Curator.
Also Checkout Virgil’s Louis Vuitton creative pop up in Chicago’s west loop.
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Did you guys get a chance to review #VirgilAbloh new “figures of speech” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art #Chicago 👨🏾🎨 #TheCrib #SupportTheCrib : : : : : : #hiphop #rap #music #media #music #art #culture #chiefkeef #sosa #complex #whatstheword #whatsthewordtv #vegas #miami #la #atlanta #Yeezy #Ye #Yeezus #kanyeWest
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“In large part, ‘Figures of Speech’ is an art exhibition rooted in advertising and ‘the projected image.’ Anytime an image hits a particular surface; a photo, a print, a screen, a billboard or canvas, it seems like fact. This exhibition demonstrates myself wrestling with this concept within the freedom of mediums while finding personal solutions. This 15-year study is looking for a way to transform from consumer to producer. This is an intersection where the tourists and the purists cross paths. The atmosphere is literal and figurative.” ///// - Virgil Abloh
Barack and Michelle Obama's production ( Higher Ground) company will start working with Spotify to produce podcasts. Under the partnership, the Obamas will “develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts,” Spotify said in the announcement, noting that “wide-ranging topics” will be covered. The company did not specify what those might be. The first podcasts from Higher Ground Audio are likely to debut in 2020 at the earliest. Higher Ground and Spotify said they would announce the specifics later
"We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” Barack Obama noted in a statement. “It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We’re excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together.”
Michelle Obama said: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world. Our hope is that through compelling, inspirational storytelling, Higher Ground Audio will not only produce engaging podcasts, but help people connect emotionally and open up their minds—and their hearts.”
This a great thing for the Obama’s & We are more then positive the world can’t wait to see what this podcast has in store.
R&B star Ciara took instagram yesterday to announce that she is going to attend Harvard Business School. The Harvard BEMS program will teach Ciara to "develop and execute more effective business strategies," "debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry," and "learn how to launch and manage creative products and portfolios more strategically."
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I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS. #WhyNotHER
This is very important for Ciara to attain these skills as she launch her own record and entertainment company, Beauty Marks Entertainment, as well as her production company Why Not You Productions with husband Russell Wilson last month. The latter focuses on backing film, television, and digital content projects that tell "inspiring and aspiring narratives and human interest stories."
Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell.
The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line.
This Jason Mitchell news is shocking... what did he do? He pretty much got dropped from agencies and projects... All ahead of the story... must be bad... Tragic. He was on his way too.— Vince Valholla (@VinceValholla) May 21, 2019
"On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus."— CNN (@CNN) May 20, 2019
Morehouse College grads got a big surprise when billionaire Robert F. Smith announced he would pay off their student loan debt https://t.co/eO2fxfsBVH pic.twitter.com/JhuaS4HOhl
Billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith had a special announcement during his commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta on May 19. The gift is estimated to be worth $40 million. Smith received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse today and was the class' commencement speaker.
“This is my class and I know my class will pay this forward,” Smith said in his remarks.
Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and is considered one of the wealthiest Black entrepreneurs today. His company, which has an estimated $14 billion in capital, was listed as No. 1 on Black Enterprise’s annual list of the most successful black-owned companies. He’s also made Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, and in 2017 was named by Forbes as one of the 100 greatest living business minds.
Wow. What a love-power move by Robert Smith. I believe it’s the start of something major. I’m grateful for what Mr. Smith, who purchased my father’s birth home for the National Park Service, is doing for @Morehouse, which happens to be Daddy’s alma mater. https://t.co/uRstRi49fr— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 19, 2019
“When Dr. King said that the ‘arc of the moral universe bends toward justice,” he wasn’t saying it bends on its own accord. It bends because we choose to put our shoulders into it together and push.” – Robert F. Smith @RFS_Vista #MorehouseGrad2019 https://t.co/u6o3H5UmxT pic.twitter.com/u2DIsqquNP— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) May 19, 2019
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#TheWord @schwarzenegger was attacked by a man in South Africa earlier today. Luckily, Arnold is OK. Hit our LINK IN BIO to see how he responded to the attack. 🎥 @daanbarnard : : : : : : #arnoldschwarzenegger #complex #whatstheword #whatsthewordtv #media #news #art #culture #media #chicago #africa
Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked on Saturday in South Africa during the fourth annual Arnold Classic Africa competition.
The actor and former governor of California, was speaking with fans and signing autographs at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when a man leaped in the air and kicked the actor in the back. According to a statement put out by the event, Schwarzenegger will not be pressing charges.
Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019
Halle Berry Refuses To Pass By Black Journalists After Publicist Denies Access. According to Vibe, Berry made it a point to speak to Black journalists at the film's premiere, such as Emerald Marie from Where Is The Buzz TV. Marie told Vibe that she was cut off from speaking with Berry by her publicist, but instead of giving Marie and another Black journalist, Lamar Dawson, the cold shoulder, she turned around to speak with Marie and Dawson, saying, "I can't skip my brother and sister."
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I wanted to share this story because so often we hear people say “support black business” We all know it’s hard being the Minortity in many industries! For Halle Berry to make a conscious effort to turn back around and make sure the only two black faces we recognized & allocated the time to get our coverage is just another reason why she is a Leader & Queen 👑 @halleberry ❤️‼️🎤 #blackbrandsmatter #johnwick3 #blackreporters thank you @whereisthebuzz for this platform
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#JemeleHill commends #HalleBerry for speaking to the black reporters on the carpet after PR said she had no time (@emerald.marie.tv) - we would like to add that this is the norm and it’s very frustrating. Urban outlets get stuck at the end of the carpet and mostly ignored. Thank you Halle.
Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.
Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.
While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?