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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther Secures the Bag with Record-Breaking Opening Weekend


Written by Meagan Faison
After months of anticipation, Black Panther is finally here to take the throne as the must-see movie of 2018. And that’s not just an opinion, we’ve got the receipts to prove it.

The Disney-Marvel film follows the story of T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who is the leader and protector of the rich and mysterious African kingdom of Wakanda. A first for the Marvel Universe, the film has a predominantly black cast which includes superstars like Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Michael B. Jordan.

 Now back to those receipts I mentioned earlier...Black Panther made its debut in theaters across North America this weekend and is shattering all types of records. According to analytics company ComScore, Black Panther has already raked in an estimated $192 million domestically and $361 million worldwide. That makes it the most profitable February opening and the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie is also the biggest opening ever for an African-American director. And let me not forget to mention that it’s also a major win for Marvel, as the studio’s second-largest opening after The Avengers in 2012.

 Black Panther is even holding onto a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making in the highest-scoring superhero film ever!

Another interesting point to note is the diversity of the audiences that came out to see the film. While most of our timelines were flooded with our friends dressed in their dashikis and all black fits, a report from ComScore showed that there was actually a great balance of cultural support. Reportedly, 37% of ticket buyers were Black, 35% were White and 18% were Hispanic.


The numbers don’t lie, so hopefully now we can look forward to seeing even more diversity in Hollywood’s blockbuster films and casts. And maybe a Black Panther sequel too?

Check out the Black Panther trailer below, and get your tickets now!

2018 AAFCA Awards


All Photos By Joy Ofodu
Written By Evan L. Jackson

In a night of celebrating Black Excellence the Stars came out for the 2018 African American Film Critics Awards. The top honors for the night went to Jordan Peele for

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Breathe, Heal, Love: Interview With Masseuse Practitioner Niza


 Photos By Evan L. Jackson

They say when you love what you do it's not considered work. With Masseuse Practitioner Niza she found the love in her work before she even made it a profession. See her passion for being a masseuse was born out of a labor of love when her grandmother had diabetes and at a young age Niza massaged her, healed her with her hands, as Niza stated, "Anything For My Queen". There is softness that juxtaposes, not defiantly but a symbiotic relationship, with her strength. She admits not knowing her purpose initially when she was growing into young adulthood specifically but then I pointed out she knew it all along - Niza The Healer. The more you talk to her the more you realize she's charming, self aware, and she finds just as much joy in her profession as those on the receiving end. See whatever you do with love it's always extra special. So why is Niza so good at what she does? Ultimately because she gets it, as in she can senses where you ache, through her intuition and years of honing her craft she just knows. So when you feel like a day of Self Care, Self Love, and tranquil time definitely consider Niza.  

  
Niza On What It Met To Help Her Grandmother & Finding Her Profession

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

White Roses Make A Statement At the Grammy Awards


Written By Meagan Faison


If you were paying attention to the Grammy Awards’ red carpet this year, you’d notice that several of our favorite artists had a white rose as part of their ensemble. This token piece was chosen to show solidarity with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement that has swept Hollywood.




The Time’s Up and #MeToo campaign was created in the beginning of 2018, in an attempt to bring attention to the sexual misconduct and harassment that occurs in the workplace and encourage survivors of such experiences to speak up.

Just a couple of weeks ago at the Golden Globes, an overwhelming number of actors and actresses wore black gowns and tuxes to show their support for the movement. While the Grammys’ statement was definitely noted, it was a bit more subtle than the Globes blackout.

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Cardi B, NeYo, Miley Cyrus, James Corden, SZA, Rita Ora and Janelle Monáe were just a few of the celebrities who showed their support.





 During the show, musician and actress Janelle Monáe gave a powerful speech about the Time’s Up movement, and encouraged the audience to help be the change.

“It’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well. And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo a culture that does not serve us well.”

 Monáe went on to introduce Ke$ha and a group of singers which included Cyndi Lauper,Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello who paid tribute to the #MeToo and TimesUp movement.  

 

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Grammys Recap

Written By Meagan Faison

So let’s talk about the Grammys!

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Despite being an awards show, the best part of the Grammys is always the performances, and this year featured an amazing lineup of our favorite artists.

Kendrick Lamar opened the show and it was too lit - like there was literally fire and everything. In true Kendrick fashion, the rapper gave a dynamic performance and took the opportunity to reiterate many of the political statements that he expressed in his Damn album. U2’s Bono and the Edge joined Kendrick on stage for the song XXX, and comedic legend, Dave Chappelle, also made a few speaking cameos. In one of his moments he noted, “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.”  



One of the most anticipated performances of the night featured Bruno Mars and Cardi B, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The superstar duo performed their Finesse Remix and brought the 90’s In Living Color vibe from their video to the stage. Bruno Mars was the big winner of the night, taking home 6 Grammys! 




The multi-talented Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, also hit the Grammy stage with his young counterpart J.D. McCrary from The Lion King to perform his song Terrified. Glover has also confirmed that he will soon retire his Childish Gambino stage-name. Luckily he has promised one more project before he bows out for good. 

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DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller gave a Harlem Renaissance-esque performance of their 2017 hit Wild Thoughts

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Ke$ha also performed an emotional tribute to the #MeToo movement, with the song Praying. The Crazy Kids singer was joined onstage for the performance by several other female musicians including Cyndi Lauper,Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello.

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Other artists to grace the stage included Lady Gaga, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, SZA, Luis Fonsie and Daddy Yankee, Logic, Sam Smith and Little Big Town.

Let us know which Grammy performance was your favorite!




 


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