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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?

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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| 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 | The Obamas Announces New Projects With Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama have a multiyear production deal with Netflix to produce shows and films. The annoucement of what specific content was recently announced 11 months after signing the deal with Netflix.

 “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

Here’s an early look at the shows and films the Obamas are planning (Source: NY TIMES)

 

“American Factory,” a documentary that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described the film, produced by Participant Media and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” The documentary was already shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Higher Ground Productions said it would be its first release.

“Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”

 ■A film adaptation of“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,”the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David W. Blight. Higher Ground did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.

An adaptation of aNew York Times series, called “Overlooked,” about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. The obituaries have been published in a recurring feature in the paper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.

A series based on “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” a book by Michael Lewis.

“Crip Camp,” a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement.

“Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents,”a half-hour series for preschoolers that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”

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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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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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The 'Search For Hidden Figures Contest' $200K Scholarship For Young Women

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As 2017 approaches Fans are ready to view "Hidden Figures"'starring Taraji P. Henson Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.The film is destined to be a box office hit. Hidden Figures tells the story of an extraordinary young African American mathematics genius by the name of Katherine Johnson, who worked with her two colleagues to develop calculations that ultimately helped engineer John Glen make history as the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the earth. Johnson is played by Taraji P. Henson.

In anticipation of the film's release, 21st Century Fox has teamed up with PepsiCo to launch The "Search For Hidden Figures" scholarship program.

Created in an effort to provide additional funding opportunities for young women with an interest in pursing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the contest is truly amazing. Similar to the film's story, 21st Century Fox and PepsiCo hope to inspire as many young women as possible to strive for greatness through the scholarship.

 "PepsiCo is incredibly proud to work with 21st Century Fox and the New York Academy of Sciences to shine a light on women and girls doing outstanding but unheralded work in science, technology, engineering and math," said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo's Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development.

The contest will run from November 14 - December 10, 2016. 

For more information on the Search For Hidden Figures scholarship contest, including how you can enter, visit their official website here.

Steve Harvey ends Chicago talk show May 2017

Steve Harvey talks to the audience April 23, 2013, during the taping of the "Steve Harvey" show at the NBC Tower in Chicago. The show will end in May 2017. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Steve Harvey talks to the audience April 23, 2013, during the taping of the "Steve Harvey" show at the NBC Tower in Chicago. The show will end in May 2017. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Steve Harvey is pulling the plug on his Chicago-based syndicated daytime talk show after five years and moving to Los Angeles to launch a new show in September 2017.

The "Steve Harvey" show, taped at NBC Tower will end its production run in May, an NBC spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

According to the Chicago Tribune the new show will be more celebrity-driven, one of the primary reasons Harvey is leaving Chicago for Los Angeles. News of the move was first reported by media blogger Robert Feder. 

When the "Steve Harvey" show made its debut in September 2012, it was a big boost for the Chicago television industry, After Oprah Winfrey's departure the previous year. Winfrey ending her iconic daytime show and also moved to Los Angeles to start the OWN cable network. 

Stacey Dash Congratulates Trump: "Praise God, America Will Be Great Again"

Stacey Dash arrives at the 'American Sniper' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014. Rob Kim/Getty Images

Stacey Dash arrives at the 'American Sniper' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014. Rob Kim/Getty Images

Stacey Dash is in the news again in regards of her political views. Earlier this year she received a lot of back lash from the African American community because she was a republican and supported current President Elect Donald Trump.

Stacey Dash made to sure hit up Instagram to congratulate Donald Trump on his presidential win. The actress turned TV correspondent shared a photo of Donald on her TV screen along with the caption: "America Will Be Great Again @realDonaldTrump #praiseGod #WeStand #USA."

America Will Be Great Again @realDonaldTrump #praiseGod #WeStand #USA

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Chance the Rapper will make his film debut in 2017 Horror Film

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Chance the Rapper is making his film debut with a role in an indie film called Slice, which is about pizza delivery boys targeted in a killing spree. He announced the news yesterday in a tweet featuring a cryptic video.

The film was quietly shot over the summer in Chicago and was directed by Austin Vesely, a collaborator of Chance’s. A24 revealed yesterday that it produced the film and will release it sometime in the second half of 2017.

First teased in 2015, Vesely explained to the RedEyeChicago that it’s “really nothing going on at al”l and was inspired by George Saunders’ CivilWarLand In Bad Decline, and has shades of Paul Thomas Anderson.

The rapper plays Dax Lycander, “a werewolf who is a former Chinese food delivery driver,” in a unknown city where an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys.

Raven Symoné Announces ‘That’s So Raven’ Spin-Off and Leaving ‘The View’

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Raven Symone has officially announced her departure from “The View.” The starlet announced her departure this morning from the ABC talk show. Raven opened the show informing the listening audience that she will be executive producing and starring in a That’s So Raven spin-off with Disney. A set date for her departure has yet to be determined although Raven did hint at her departing before the new year.

 

As far as That’s So Raven spin-off, Raven will return as the original “Raven Baxter,” a recently divorced mother raising her children. Of course, one of the children will develop psychic abilities as in the original sitcom. Raven’s departure has been rumored for months, after she began to miss shows due to transport back and forth from Los Angeles working on the developing sitcom.