Tag: entertainment culture

Here’s Your Reminder That Halle Bailey Will Go Over and Under the Sea for Her Big Sis Chloe—So Don’t Try Her

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey speak onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards 2019 on August 11, 2019.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Ariel—also known as The Little Mermaid—once asked, “What’s a fire and why does it—what’s the word—burn?” I don’t know the answer to that question but what I do know is that there is a […]

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‘Y’all Know Exactly What You’re Doing With This Caption’: Lil Nas X Calls Out Critics and Commentary Following ‘Industry Baby’ Music Video

Lil Nas X attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) When Lil Nas X dropped the line “you was never really rooting for me anyway” in his latest single, “Industry Baby,” I felt that. Advertisement Not only did I feel that, […]

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Yes, a Black Woman Is Directing Film Adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower—Which Is Timely and Relevant AF

Garrett Bradley from “Below Dreams” poses for the Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 22, 2014; Remembering Octavia Butler: Black Sci-Fi Writer Shares Cautionary Tales In Unearthed 2005 Interview.Photo: Larry Busacca (Getty Images), Screenshot: Democracy Now!/YouTube (Getty Images) Black Sci-fi hive, assemble! We have yet another confirmation of an adaptation based on the […]

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Mic Drop: Yearning for a Nostalgic Future… Does Such a Thing Even Exist?

Leon Bridges – “Steam”Screenshot: YouTube Ah, yes, summer. A time we all once raced to get to—only to become a hot, sticky, annoying yet joyous blur of day-drinking and outdoor brunches. This summer has become a different type of race, a race to pack in as much fun and interaction with others before the weather […]

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Royal Tea: Meghan and Harry’s Book Deal Is Reportedly ‘Way North’ of $25M; Daughter Lilibet Added to Line of Succession

Photo: Paul Edwards – WPA Pool (Getty Images) It may not come with all the perks, but quitting your jobs in the British royal family still pays, especially when you drive as hard a bargain as the Duke and Duchess of Success Sussex apparently have. Advertisement The media streets were all abuzz last week with […]

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Gotta Have That Funk: At 80 Years Old, George Clinton Says He’s Coming Out of Retirement

George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic performs at the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: Ethan Miller for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (Getty Images) Anything you can do, George Clinton can do funkier. Even if that means he has to come out of retirement to do so. Advertisement […]

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Kevin Hart Was Like, ‘It’s About to Go Down’ and Posted Frequent Father Nick Cannon’s Phone Number on a Billboard

Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon attend SiriusXM on February 01, 2019.Photo: Cindy Ord (Getty Images) Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon are currently starring in a real life buddy comedy. If you recall correctly, Nick has recently been all over the news because he added another member to his Earth Wind & Fire cover band fathered […]

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That Ain’t DaBaby, That’s My Adida: Let’s Get Into Rolling Loud Miami 2021, Shall We?

DaBaby performs onstage during the Power 105.1’S Powerhouse 2019 presented by AT&T on October 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.Photo: Brad Barket for 105.1 (Getty Images) As previously reported by The Root, the Miami-based, three-day hip-hop festival Rolling Loud was back on the good foot this year, following a nearly two-year drought due to various […]

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‘Running in High Heels Is a Nightmare’: Prince’s Basketball Prowess Confirmed by Motown Heir Kerry Gordy

Photo: Larry Salzman (AP) Of all of the groundbreaking skits that marked the too-brief run of Chappelle’s Show, undoubtedly in everyone’s Top 5 is the “Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Story” (RIP, King) in which the late comedian recalls a basketball face-off with Prince and his entourage at Paisley Park. Memorably, the Purple One hooped circles […]

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Lil Nas X Launched a Bail Fund Project With ‘Industry Baby’ but Sure, Stay Mad at Him for Being Naked in a Music Video

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – INDUSTRY BABY (Official Video)Screenshot: Lil Nas X/YouTube Congratulations to Lil Nas X on the birth of his “Industry Baby.” On Thursday night, the much-discussed-and-debated artist dropped the music video for “Industry Baby” after his well-placed and strategic teaser referencing his controversial “Satan shoes” court case. Lil Nas X, Jack […]

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The Black Mainstream: Black Television Theme Songs

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if you bring up Black television theme songs, the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air comes up immediately. If it’s not your favorite, it’s at least on the Mt. Rushmore of Black television theme songs. But what would fill out the other three? I think that’s […]

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Let’s Play a Selective Memory Game of Watching the Throne With Kanye Due to a Surprise Jay-Z Feature

Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event on July 22, 2021.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) Do you have a hangover after attending Kanye West’s listening party event? There may be a specific hangover from the discourse that occurred on Black Twitter while it was happening—and the discourse is still happening as […]

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Exclusive Clip: How Debbie Allen Refused to ‘Stay in Her Lane’ on Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts

Debbie Allen joins Robin Roberts on Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts (2021).Photo: Courtesy of Disney+ In addition to being at the top of her craft as a seasoned journalist, Robin Roberts is definitely in the Oprah-class of interviewers who have that magical ability to make an interviewee feel a sense of calm and trust, […]

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The Twenty-Third Psalm

Graphic: Rachelle Baker I remember when I became Black. There was a time when I was just a boy, a skinny thing who played both ways in Pee-Wee League football and measured my self-worth in how fast I ran or how high I could jump. Undefined by this slight variation in skin tone, my life […]

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Hold Onto Your Raspberry Berets! The First Posthumous Prince Album Finally Gets Release Date

Prince onstage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) If you’ve grown weary of wearing your raspberry beret and are looking for some new sounds to blast in the speakers of your little red corvette, then allow me to […]

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Jordan Peele Has Entered the Chat With a New Poster for His New Movie. Do We Know Anything Else? Nope.

Jordan Peele attends the premiere of Amazon Prime Video’s “Hunters” on February 19, 2020.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) Jordan Peele has gotten out (heh) of whatever creative content vault he was hiding in and has something new to promote. Advertisement On Wednesday, the Academy Award-winning writer-director dropped a poster on social media for “a new […]

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Ya Know, I Never Thought Arsenio Hall Dissed De La Soul on The Arsenio Hall Show

Illustration: Rachelle Baker Memory is a funny thing. For instance, according to my memory I watched The Arsenio Hall Show regularly and had riveting conversations with my friends about the cultural significance of you-know-who-said-you-know-what-to-you-know-who-about-whatever-it-was-that-had-happened on the show the night before. The truth is, though, that The Arsenio Hall Show debuted when I was 9-years-old and […]

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The Obama Cinematic Universe Continues With New HBO Docuseries and Book

President Barack Obama as he returns to the White House following a trip to the Arctic Circle on September 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) I’m pretty sure if you looked up the phrase “booked and busy” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama. Advertisement Okay, so […]

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Afro-Latina Actress Leslie Grace Has Been Cast as Batgirl, White Fanboys Are Comically Mad

Leslie Grace attends the “In The Heights” Opening Night After Party during the 2021 Tribeca Festival on June 09, 2021.Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) I am projecting the Black-ass bat signal into the sky with the following news: Batgirl is Afro-Latina. Advertisement According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Grace (In The Heights) has been cast […]

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I May Restore You With This News: Michaela Coel Has Been Cast in Black Panther 2

Michaela Coel attends the Royal Television Society Programme Awards on March 19, 2019.Photo: Tristan Fewings (Getty Images) Michaela Coel has been getting her things lately—and deservedly so. On Wednesday, Michaela got a very big thing! The Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning writer-actress has been cast in the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2, officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, […]

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Lisa, Angela, Pamela, Renee.

Graphic: Rachelle Baker Long before I knew I was magic I wanted to be an “Around the Way Girl.” At the height of his career, LL Cool J released a song he wrote specifically for Black girls in the hood. The video for the song opens up with a frustrated LL rejecting the premise of […]

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Berry Gordy to Be Celebrated at 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Berry Gordy attends the Universal Music Group’s 2019 After Party To Celebrate The GRAMMYs at ROW DTLA on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Rodin Eckenroth (Getty Images) The Kennedy Center Honors will be welcoming a new class of honorees into the fold soon and one of the additions is sure to have you […]

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Original Space Jam Director: Everybody Get It Up It’s Time to Slam LeBron James, Who ‘Ain’t Michael’ Jordan

LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021); Michael Jordan in Space Jam (1996)Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube Michael “Air” Jordan may have gotten his nickname because of his leaping ability on the basketball court, but he’s also still up there in the air casting a shadow over LeBron James…metaphorically speaking, of course. Advertisement Due […]

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Whitney Houston, Kobe Bryant to Be Featured in New ABC Primetime Docuseries

Whitney Houston; Kobe BryantPhoto: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) When you think of the word “superstar,” what person comes to mind? Michael Jackson? Prince? Mark Morrison? (LOL, yeah right.) What about Whitney Houston? Or Kobe Bryant? Well, if you said yes to the latter two, then you’ll be happy to know that the lives and […]

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Finding Me: Viola Davis Announces an Upcoming Memoir

Photo: Rachel Murray (Getty Images) Viola Davis has a story to tell—and no, it’s not How to Get Away With Murder. On Wednesday, it was announced that Davis will be releasing a memoir titled Finding Me in April of next year. Advertisement “I believe that our stories, and the courage to share them, is the […]

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Was ‘Adamant’ About Filming Black Adam in Georgia Despite Controversial Voting Law

Dwayne Johnson speaks at Kevin Hart’s Hand and Footprints ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 10, 2019.Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP (Getty Images) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s big moment as a superhero is getting closer…well, kind of. We have a bit of a longer wait until we finally see it, but he’s talking about […]

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Tiger Woods and Jada Pinkett Smith Tee Up in New Miniseries Filmed Right Before Woods’ Tragic Car Crash

Screenshot: YouTube/Golf Digest The first episode of Tiger Woods’ miniseries is out now. Filmed in tandem with Golf Digest, A Round with Tiger: Celebrity Playing Lessons shows the 15-time major champion in conversation with a handful of celebrities as they tee up and talk about life. Per People, the debut episode features Jada Pinkett Smith […]

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With ‘FourFiveSeconds’ Until His Donda Listening Party, Kanye West Does More Things

Kanye West leaves after a game between the Killer 3’s and 3’s Company during the second week of the BIG3 on July 17, 2021; Sha’Carri Richardson in new Beats by Dre commercial.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images), Screenshot: Beats by Dre/YouTube (Getty Images) Hump Day has a specific meaning this week because we have to get […]

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Video Soul Was My Entry Into the Wide World of Blackness

Graphic: Rachelle Baker I gathered my things as quickly as I could. I left school in a rush and ran to my bus. Advertisement I had things I needed to do. I needed to eat dinner—Pizza Hut’s deep dish with pepperoni and hamburger; I had to do my homework because my mom was a teacher […]

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Aaliyah’s Uncle Speaks Out Following the Release of Normani’s ‘Wild Side’ Music Video

Normani at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) Forget having a moment, Normani is the moment. And if you needed further proof of that, just take one look at the well-deserved online buzz she caused following the release of her […]

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