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Sneak Peek: Chloe x Halle In Upcoming ‘Disney Holiday Singalong’

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Chloe x Halle are getting in the holiday spirit next week for The Disney Holiday Singalong. Disney will release a variety special packed with holiday cheer from a star studded group of artists. Chloe and Halle Bailey are confirmed to perform “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the popular animated Disney movie Frozen. ABC has given us a brief sneak peek into the upcoming singalong premiering November 30.

The musical duo have been the queens of quarantine performances throughout this pandemic. They have given us countless flawless performances from their backyards with customized sets and coordinated show fits. Chloe x Halle took the backyard stage for Youtube’s #DearClass2020 addressing this year’s graduates and even, the BET Awards performing their hits “Do It” and “Forgive Me.”

 

Disney decided to elevate the show since their early-pandemic singalongs which also featured stars singing from their own homes. In the short snippet posted from ABC, Chloe and Halle is seen performing on an actual set with a snowman, Christmas trees and snowflakes to get fans in the spirit of the holidays. Their wardrobe channels the wintery atmosphere designed on set.

Chloe flaunts a bit of skin in a crop top and shorts with a light jacket while the future Disney princess Halle is wearing a huge puffy coat appropriate for the faux winter weather.

There are a number of artists included in The Disney Holiday Singalong like Ciara who will perform “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and Kerry Washington’s rendition of “Joy to the World.”

It will certainly be a fun-filled night of holiday tunes to singalong to with family this holiday season. Check out the full list of performances below. The special airs Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The Disney Holiday Singalong Performance List: Andrea Bocelli – “Silent Night”

BTS – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

Michael Bublé – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

Ciara – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Chloe x Halle – “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert – “Hey Santa” and “Jingle Bells”

Julianne Hough – “Whistle While You Work” and “Let It Snow”

Adam Lambert – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Leslie Odom Jr. – “What’s This?”

Katy Perry – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Cozy Little Christmas”

P!NK – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”

Kerry Washington – “Joy to the World”

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John Boyega Spoke to President of Lucasfilm About Diversity In ‘Star Wars’

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A few months ago John Boyega turned a lot of heads when he called out the Star Wars franchise for their history of marginalizing characters of color in an interview for GQ.

Well, it seems like his words reached ears at the top of the Disney echelon as Boyega recently revealed that he had a heart-to-heart with Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. According to Deadline, Boyega actually addressed the issue with a receptive Kennedy and came away feeling like it was a productive talk.

Boyega explained: “So I got on a phone call with Kathleen Kennedy [Lucasfilm President] and she verbally showed support and we got to have a really nice, transparent, honest conversation that is beneficial to both of us.”

He continued: “I think these kinds of conversations, you can go into the realm of sounding like you’re just trying to save your own career, but what is great now is that it is a conversation that anyone has access to. Now people can express themselves about this knowing that any character we love, especially in these big franchises like the Marvels and Star Wars, we love them because of the moments that they are given, we love them because of those moments, and they’re heroic moments that these producers all decide for these characters so we need to see that in our characters that are maybe black and from other cultures.”

Well, that’s good to know.

While we hope future Star Wars films emphasize diversity and give non-white characters their time to shine, we’re really crossing our fingers that said characters in a galaxy far, far away are a part of a better written story. Those last two trilogies were all kinds of struggle aside from a film or two with the more recent ones basically a rehashed version of the original 70’s classics. Just sayin.’

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‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ Director Radha Blank Receives Sundance Institute’s 2020 Vanguard Award

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Radha Blank, the brilliant creator behind Netflix’s The Forty-Year-Old Version, has a growing collection of impressive awards and nominations ever since breaking into the film space this year, and her latest win is worth every bit of bragging rights.

Last week, the Sundance Institue announced that the multi-hyphenated filmmaker will be this year’s recipient of the prestigious 2020 Vanguard Award for her directorial work on the film. 

In the wake of the lockdown, Sundance Collab, an online platform for creators across the globe, will host a special event in her honor on December 2 featuring Octavia Spencer, an advisor to Blank at the Institute’s Labs.

“It’s a thrill to be acknowledged by my Sundance Institute family, who’ve been behind me from the very beginning of the journey for this film,” said Blank. “They provided support of my vision, development of my voice in the screenwriting and directing labs – where I not only received vital mentorship but also cultivated a fellowship with other filmmakers who, just like the wonderful champions at Sundance, will be a cherished part of my life and career from here until forever. Thanks so much Sundance for seeing me, and lifting me up for my first film. Receiving this award affirms my path as a director, and is one hell of a way to begin my career. Thank you!”

The semi-autobiographical film tells the story of a struggling New York playwright, desperate to find success at 40. Met with insurmountable rejection, she finds inspiration through her long-forgotten passion for rapping. When her play finally gets going, she’s conflicted, stuck at the crossroads between finding her newfound voice as her reinventive rap persona RadhaMUSPrime and her budding career in theatre.

Earlier this year, Netflix acquired The Forty-Year-Old Version after its Sundance debut in January. At that time, Blank revealed to Deadline about her personal struggles getting her creative work out off the ground. 

“I had to get this story out,” said Blank when she said at the Deadline Studio at Sundance. “As an artist in New York, I’ve had my share of troubles and noticed these trends in terms of who decides who gets to tell what story to what audience — and that really frustrated me.” She adds that in addition to that, she lost her mom and best friend and felt that she needed to address it through story.

She continued, “Oftentimes the gatekeepers doubt your ability to tell a story or be an artist because you don’t fit the mold of what they want to present…it was a way to confront my frustrations — and celebrate the city that informs my way of telling stories.”

Since then, The Forty-Year-Old Version has gone on to receive the Directing Award, U.S. Dramatic after its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category, and two Gotham Award nominations, including the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and for Best Screenplay. She was also named one of the 10 Directors to Watch in 2020 by Variety.



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Marvel Studio’s Announces Production Date For ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

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Marvel Studio’s announced Black Panther Sequel to begin filming in July 2021. The highly-anticipated sequel took an unfortunate backseat after the sudden and unexpected death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Director Ryan Coogler has been working with the Marvel Studio’s team to determine where the story will develop from here. It seems they have a clear direction as they have now set a date for production on the new movie according to sources from The Hollywood Reporter.

Marvel and filmmaker Ryan Coogler have worked tirelessly to navigate the loss of Boseman while moving the storyline forward for eager fans of Marvel’s Blank Panther universe. Fans are excited to discover updates on the film since this was the first time since 2009 that no Marvel movies were released. Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Marvel is preparing Black Panther 2 to begin filming in Atlanta in July and last for upwards of six months.
The continuous effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a major inconvenience to productions across television and film. Despite the industry’s untimely halt, Marvel is set to have a busy year as it attempts a balancing act between producing multiple movies and a huge push into television.Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tenoch Huerta, star of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, is joining the cast as one of the antagonists in the untitled film from Coogler. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are expected to return for the sequel. Some are saying Wright’s character Shuri may take on a more prominent role.

Marvel has not revealed its plans on how the film will proceed without Boseman, but it has indicated that it will not use CGI to include the late star in the film. Though the Black Panther star won’t be represented, fans can expect him referenced throughout the next film. The film will likely release in 2022 or 2023.



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R. Kelly’s Sex Trafficking Trial Is Set For April

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R. Kelly will finally have the chance to legally clear his name. A judge has scheduled his trial for early 2021.

As spotted on Page Six the disgraced singer’s battle for freedom is set for April. On Thursday, November 19 a judge scheduled his sex trafficking and racketeering case to commence next year.

According to the article jury selection will start April 7, by the order by District Judge Judge Ann Donnelly. This jury is set to be anonymous and partially sequestered. “The government has established that empaneling an anonymous and partially sequestered jury is warranted,” wrote Donnelly. She also noted that United States Marshals would escort the panel in and outside of the courthouse in order to minimize any contact with outside parties.

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The move is said to be in response to the Pied Piper’s alleged negative influence on the jurors who served on his 2008 child pornography trial in Chicago. It is speculated that Kelly’s people threatened some of them and even offered money to individuals to change their vote. The proceedings resulted in an acquittal. So much so that three of his associates were arrested for bribing and intimating.

R. Kelly has maintained his innocent. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer will remain jailed until trial.

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R&B Singer Jeremih Transferred From ICU As COVID-19 Battle Improves

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There’s good news in Jeremih‘s battle with COVID-19. The 33-year-old singer has been transferred out of the intensive care unit according to TMZ and has been placed in a regular hospital room — without the need for a ventilator.

The R&B singer’s family told the outlet that they’re thankful for the prayers during his fight with COVID and is thankful the likes of 50 Cent, Hitmaka, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper and more uplifted him.

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Jeremih’s battle with COVID-19 first became public last Saturday (November 14) when musicians began asking for prayers for the “All The Time” rapper. 50 was the first to publicly comment and say that Jeremih was battling COVID and that “sh*t was serious.”

On Thursday (November 19), Jeremih’s agent reported to Variety that although the singer was no longer on a ventilator, he was still in critical condition.

It is currently unknown how long Jeremih has had COVID or when he contracted the virus. Him undergoing normal treatment is a welcome sign in a tumultuous week for him.

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Bobby Brown Jr.’s Final Tweets Reveal He Was In Love As Girlfriend Breaks Her Silence

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Bobby Brown Jr.‘s social media activity in the days before he was found dead this week has provided a glimpse into his mindstate as officials in California work to determine the cause of his death.

In particular, a series of tweets centered on his girlfriend suggest he was deeply in love with a woman he affectionately referred to as “wifey” in one tweet he pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline just its past Sunday.

The relationship he shared with a woman identified as Anna Reed was coming into focus after she broke her silence following his death on Wednesday when he was found dead in his home in Los Angeles.

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Earlier that same day, Brown tweeted about his dedication to Reed, suggesting he was monogamous and loyal to her.

Three days earlier, he tweeted three photos of the two of them and captioned the social media post with two words: “Wifey Alert.”

That was on the same day that Brown tweeted at Reed to declare, “I LOVE YOU.”

The feeling was obviously mutual as Reed took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn Brown’s death in a tweet that described him in part as “an angel” and her “soul mate.”

Reed also tweeted a provocative photo of the two of them on Saturday.

Earlier that day, Reed suggested in a tweet that her relationship with Brown prompted “all his ex’s” to “keep hating.”

That seemed to be what Brown was referring to in a tweet he posted the next day that was accompanied by the hashtag, “happilytaken.”

Brown, a budding singer whose namesake father became and R&B superstar in the 1980s, was found dead by emergency medical technicians responding to a call Wednesday afternoon. It was unclear who notified the authorities. Los Angeles Police Department public information officer Jeff Lee told USA Today it didn’t appear that there was any evidence of foul play. TMZ reported Bobby Brown’s death first Wednesday evening.

He was apparently in the process of trying to launch his own successful singing career. Posts from his Instagram show he was prepping a music video for a song called “Say Something” back in September.

His music on streaming services dates back to 2018.

Madame Noire noted that “Bobby Brown Jr. was featured on the short-lived Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown.”

Bobby Brown Jr. prompted recollections of the tragic deaths of his half-sister Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother — his former step-mother — Whitney Houston. Bobbi Kristina was just 22 years old when she died. Their untimely deaths about three years apart were both caused by accidental drownings because of drug use.

Nick Gordon, the former fiancé of Bobbi Kristina, was ultimately found responsible for her death and ordered to pay $36 million to her estate. However, Gordon was found dead after overdosing on heroin earlier this year. He was only 30 years old.

Bobby Brown Jr. was very protective of Bobbi Kristina and wasn’t thrilled about all the attention he was receiving in the wake of his sister’s death. Back in 2015, he expressed his frustrations and grief over his sister’s death in a series of since-deleted tweets.

“People really dont give a fuck about you unless your relevant, and they don’t love you till your famous or gone. I don’t want these follows,” one tweet said.“This is real life for me, this is my life, my sister. Not a fucking trending topic,” he wrote in another tweet.

He ultimately apologized for the tweets and explained in further detail his feelings behind the reaction to his sister’s death.

“My frustration wasn’t towards people giving me their condolences, it was the fact my followers increased a lot, I find it very morbid,” he tweeted before deleting that post, as well.

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Will Smith And Janet Hubert Squash Their ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Beef

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One of Black Hollywood’s most infamous squabbles has been finally put to rest. Will Smith and Janet Hubert have put aside their problems.

This week the cast of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunited to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. While the crew has enjoyed great relationships with each other almost three decades since the finale one original member wasn’t so lucky. After the second season the original Aunt Vivian mysteriously exited the show and was replaced by the second Vivian Banks, Daphne Maxwell Reid. While NBC did not issue any reasoning regarding her departure the show continued to blossom without her.

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Over the years Hubert has expressed her frustration and called out Will on social media claiming he was partly the reason for her termination. Surprisingly she made an appearance on the reunion special and spoke to Will about what happened. During the sit down she revealed she was actually in an abusive relationship. “I was no longer laughing, smiling, joking because there were things that were going on that nobody knew about,” she explained. “The cast had no idea what was going on.” Will then admitted how now see how was complicit in her exit. “I can see how I made the set very difficult for Janet,” he said.

Hubert also touched on the rumors that she was labeled difficult to work with. “I lost everything. Reputation. Everything. Everything. And I understand you were able to move forward but you know those words calling a Black woman ‘difficult’ in Hollywood is the kiss of death,” she explained. “It’s the kiss of death and it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.”

You can see a clip of the exchange below:

 

 

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Jeremih In ‘Critical Condition’ In ICU Battling COVID-19, Agent Says

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Jeremih‘s battle with COVID-19 has taken a bleak turn.

According to the singer’s agent, he’s currently in an intensive care unit in critical condition.

“J was just pulled off the ventilator,” his agent said in a statement to Variety. “He’s still in ICU in critical condition. Please keep him in your prayers.”

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The 33-year-old singer had been privately battling the virus in his hometown of Chicago when musicians and peers took to social media to ask for prayers on his behalf. 50 Cent was the first to relay that the “All The Time” singer was battling COVID-19.

“Pray for my boy Jeremih. He’s not doing good. This COVID shit is real. He’s in the ICU in Chicago,” he wrote.

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Netflix Announces Release For “Malcolm & Marie” Ahead Of Awards Season

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Netflix announces release date for Euphoria creator Sam Levinson’s new cinematic romance drama Malcolm & Marie starring Zendaya and John David Washington premiering on February 5, 2021.

The film tells a Hollywood story of a director, played by Washington, and his girlfriend, played by Zendaya, whose relationship is tested after returning home from the premiere of his latest project.

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Ahead of Friday’s SAG Awards submission deadline, a decision was made to release the film into the awards season. Netflix plans to wage a full-fledged Oscar campaign on its behalf. After a screening of select footage in September, the streaming company acquired the black-and-white film for $30 million after a bidding war between several distributors.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, usual moviegoers are subject to watching the latest films at home on their personal television screens. Since then, studios and streamers have been working tirelessly to get their hands on any films out there, and the Sam Levinson produced independent film Malcolm and Marie, ended up being one of the hottest commodities on the market. According to Deadline, this feature was drawing attention from the likes of Amazon, Apple, HBO, Searchlight, MGM, A24, and Focus Features. Obviously, Netflix outbid the others as one of the leading streaming networks acquiring the motion picture for $30 million.

The filming for Malcolm and Marie quickly started on June 17 and was completed by July 2. Zendaya, who won an Emmy for Best Actress in Drama series and most recently graced Essence’s 50th Anniversary cover, was cast in the black and white motion picture, and joining her will be Tenet star John David Washington.

Shooting for the film took place at the Caterpillar House, which is an environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA, all falling in line with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA, and extensive COVID-19 safety protocols reports mentioned from Deadline. The entire film was shot in 35 mm with strict guidelines to ensure the crew and cast was safe throughout production.

Levinson, known for creating the HBO series Euphoria, wrote the script and produced the picture in addition to directing it. Alongside Levinson, Zendaya and Washington are also executive producers for the film and they tapped in with rapper Kid Cudi and Yariv Milchan, son of Oscar-nominated producer Arnon Milchan. Levinson and Zendaya have history previously working on HBO’s latest teen drama, Euphoria which led to Zendaya’s Emmy for best actress in a drama series.

Levinson and Washington come from members of revered Hollywood families. Levinson is the son of Oscar winner Barry Levinson and Washington is the son of Oscar winner Denzel Washington. It’s a family affair as Sam Levinson’s wife, Ashley Levinson is one of the producers for the upcoming film and Washington’s sister, Katia Washington is one of the other executive producers.

Sam Levinson said at the time of the sale, “I am so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my ‘Euphoria’ family, for coming together during such uncertain times. We felt privileged to be able to make this film together and we did so with a lot of love. We are all thrilled that it has ended up with Netflix which is unparalleled in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories that reach audiences all over the world.”

Get ready for the well sought out film Malcolm & Marie to premiere exclusively on Netflix on February 5, 2021.

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