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THE WORD | The Lion King's Gross is $1.4 billion, but Some People Think It's Overrated!

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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THE WORD | MALCOLM X & BUMPY JOHNSON RELATIONSHIP DISPLAYED IN NEW GODFATHER OF HARLEM TRAILER

 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



THE WORD | Noname’s book club

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? 

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THE WORD | Kanye West Managed To Get Out Of $53 million In Debt In 3 Years

On Tuesday (July 9), Forbes unveiled their latest cover featuring Kanye West, who they estimated made $150 million over the past 12 months (his team insisted "the number is even higher"), making him the third highest-paid entertainer over the last year. 

This is a huge accomplishment for the Chicago kid, especially when you weigh in the fact that just three years ago Kanye claimed to be in $53 million in debt...So, how'd he do it? According to Forbes, Kanye's fortune can greatly be attributed to his Yeezy brand and partnership with Adidas.

"I'm just blessed through the grace of God to go from tweeting at Mark Zuckerberg" to ask for money, he said, to where he is today.

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Back in August, The Blast reported that Ye was just shy of joining the billionaire club, claiming that Kanye's Yeezy brand had just reached a valuation of nearly $1.5 billion. The site cited the fact that Kanye was a majority stakeholder of the fashion label as further proof he was right at the line of being considered a billionaire. 

While Forbes reported that Ye still hasn't earned the billionaire title just yet, the mag added "the never-modest" Mr. West would certainly "claim he’s there already. And then some."

THE WORD | Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

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 WORD | Is Drake The G.O.A.T ?

Drake Ties The Beatles for Second-Most Top 10s,  in the Billboard Hot100with Chris Brown’s track "No Guidance" debuting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake is getting closer to proving that his claim of having "more slaps than The Beatles" is actually true.

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 "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.

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 "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?

THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

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. 

THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

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?

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THE WORD | Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcome fourth child

Congrats to Kanye and Kim Kardashian West on their 4th child, their second child via surrogate.  The baby boy joins his sisters North, 5, and Chicago 1, and brother Saint, 3. On "The Ellen Show" Thursday with her nieces and nephews, Kourtney Kardashian said her sister was supposed to join her but couldn't because the surrogate was in labor.

Their mother and family matriarch, Kris Jenner, appeared surprised and said she was not aware labor had started.

THE WORD | An arrest warrant has been issued for Offset of ‘The Migos’

Offset of the Migos has been issued an arrest warrant for “criminal damage to property”. The rapper is facing charges in connection to the April incident shown above where he knocks a cellphone from a fan’s hand after he was approached at a Target in Georgia. The fan, Junior Gibbons, is said to have filed a police report last week. The incident has been classified as a felony due to the cost of the IPhone. Gibbons, phone has been cracked, as shown below. Gibbons and his family state that they simply want the phone fixed. 

 

Although the case continues on, the rapper’s lawyer released a state today calling the charges brought upon his client are both “disgraceful” and the charges should be “dismissed immediately”. 

What are your thoughts? Was Offset’s privacy invaded or is being filmed by fans a part of the celebrity lifestyle?? 

THE WORD | Avengers: Endgame' Breaks Box Office Records With $1.2 Billion Global Debut

 Avengers: Endgame’s opening weekend was a success with an incredible $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.


The movie became the first film ever to exceed $1 billion during its opening weekend. It arrived at the billion-dollar mark in five days, more than twice as fast as the year-old Avengers: Infinity War, which had previously reached the record in 11 days. Endgame also set domestic and international records.

The fourth and final Avengers superhero movie beat Infinity War records by almost $100 million domestically and an impressive $560 million worldwide. China also grossed a stunning $330.5 million over the five-day launch weekend.

THE WORD | John Singleton in a coma after suffering stroke

Last week, news broke that John Singleton suffered a stroke while at the hospital. Today Thursday (April 25) TMZ repoted that, the 51-year-old's condition is worst.  He is in a coma. This was made known in a court filing made by his mother, Shiela Ward. As revealed in the court documents, she is requesting that a judge appoint her as his temporary conservator so that she can make medical and financial decisions on her son's behalf.

According to the docs, the director is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter" at this time and remains hospitalized.

Revolt reported the legal documents, Ward noted how her son was engaged in several business projects when he decided to seek medical treatment after experiencing some problems with his legs. TMZ also reports the movie executive and educator was preparing to "sign a lucrative settlement agreement" prior to suffering the stroke. Given that he does not have any medical directives, Ward is now seeking the conservatorship

Singleton, whose catalog includes films such as the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious and more, has been teaching a course at the USC Film School titled "Film and Culture." His most recent projects include the TV series "Snowfall," "The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story," "Empire"and "Billions." FX has renewed "Snowfall" for a third season, which began earlier this month.

 

 This story will be updated as more information becomes available regarding John Singleton's condition.

THE WORD | J LO AND A-ROD ARE ENGANGED

J Lo and A-Rod are engaged after dating for a little more than 2 years and announced it on Instagram with simultaneous posts Saturday night. They each shared a pic of him holding her hand while showing off her MASSIVE new rock. No word on any wedding plans yet, but if the engagement ring is an indicator ... no expense will be spared.

Congrats!


THE WORD | Jussie Smollett Removed From Empire’s Final 2 Episodes Following Arrest

On Friday, February 22, producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo andDennis Hammer revealed in a statement that Smollett, 36, will not appear in the final two episodes of the season.

The decision, producers said, was made to "avoid further disruption on set."

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us," the statement said. "Jussie has been an important member of our 'Empire' family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out."

 

 

THE WORD | DAME DASH APOLOGIZES TO JAY-Z, BIGGS AND JIM JONES

Most may know that Dame Dash , co-founder of Roc-A-Fella, and Jay-Z were business partners and really good friends. But what most people are unclear of, is how the two friends became foes. 

Well, after 15 years , Dame Dash decided to apologize to the rap mogul. Dame Dash also apologizes to Jim Jones and Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. 

Jordan Peele's "Get Out" Defines Odds By Grossing 100 Million; It Took 5 Million to Make

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“Get Out” is a Hollywood success story through and through. Basking in near-universal acclaim, the thriller about a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) sinister family has coasted on organic hype. This is its third weekend in theaters, making it the fastest $100 million earner for Blumhouse, the horror-oriented production company that also funded “Split,” the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and the “Insidious” series. “Get Out” cost a modest $5 million to make, rendering the accomplishment particularly notable given original adult movies’ ongoing financial struggles. 

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WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee 'Q' O’Denat Dead At 43

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WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O’Denat, who was known by his nickname “Q,” died on Monday, January 23, TMZ reported on Tuesday. He was 43. He died in his sleep, and although the autopsy has not been completed, a source told TMZ that the entertainment mogul died of a heart attack.

 

Black Twitter Goes Off on "Hidden Fences"

The NBC red carpet correspondent Jenna Bush-Hager was interviewing Pharrell Williams when she wrongly stated that the musician was Golden Globe-nominated for his work on "Hidden Fences," an erroneous statement if ever there were one.

Black Twitter responses to the situation:

#hiddenfences #blackcomedy #twitterfamily

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This is the best one #hiddenfences #butchered

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Hidden Fences? I can't... #hiddenfences #lmao #what #getthenamesright #fences #hiddenfigures

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#HiddenFences #BlackTwitter

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I'm bout to go awf #hiddenfigures #hiddenfences

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Lil Durk and WGCI Surprises Two Chicago Families With Christmas Cash!

Christmas came early for many Chicago families, thanks in part to WGCI, Mountain Dew and Lil Durk.  Chicago rapper Lil Durk knows first-hand how tough it is around Christmas when you live in poverty. He donated money to this Christmas charity.

“I grew up with nothing, you know what I’m saying? But my momma, she did a good job; best she could do, but I grew up with nothing, so I know how it feels.” ~ Lil Durk 

WGCI host Leon Rogers said Lil Durk’s donation was a side of rappers most people don’t see.

“I like the fact that you’ve set a standard that I feel like some other little homies out here should follow, man. If you really love your city, this is a way you give back,” he said.

13-year-old Kiara Brooks wrote to the station. Kiara’s father has been in prison for the past 12 years.

“My Christmas list begins with shoes for me and my brother, but most of all I just want my family to have the best Christmas ever,” she wrote.

Kiara wish came true, as WGCI gave her $1,000 for Christmas. Fred Spence, of Englewood was awarded $1,500; Spence has lost his job and didn’t have money to buy gifts for his wife and five daughters.

“They’re going to be real happy. I’m going to get a whole bunch of hugs and kisses,” Spence said.

WGCI chose the two winners out of a pool of more than 2,000 letters. Mountain Dew also sponsored the radio station’s Christmas giveaway.