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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 04, 2019 at 23:00.

'May the Fierce Be With You': Pat McGrath Labs Announces a Star Wars Collab

'May the Fierce Be With You': Pat McGrath Labs Announces a Star Wars Collab

Looks like the next launch from Pat McGrath Labs will truly be out of this world. A short time ago in a galaxy not at all far, far away, the most influential woman in makeup (yes, even beyond Rihanna—McGrath isn’t nicknamed “Mother” for nothing) announced that for her next product release, she’s partnered with Disney to create the limited edition Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Collection.

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 03, 2019 at 09:00. 21 comments

Billy Dee Williams Opens Up About Gender Fluid Identity, Sees Himself as ‘Feminine as Well as Masculine’

Billy Dee Williams Opens Up About Gender Fluid Identity, Sees Himself as ‘Feminine as Well as Masculine’

At 82 years old, Billy Dee Williams is not only making moves as an iconic actor but as an iconic person.

In his recent feature interview for Esquire, Williams opened up about the ways in which he expresses his own gender identity.

“And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” Williams confirmed. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 13, 2019. 21 comments

Disney+ Launched and Will Be a Vault of Nostalgia—Without Some of the Classic Racist Tropes [Updated]

Disney+ Launched and Will Be a Vault of Nostalgia—Without Some of the Classic Racist Tropes [Updated]

Anyone who grew up in the pre-streaming age remembers those super-effective Disney commercials that would air with a fair warning that a beloved film would be available for a limited time before being locked away in a “vault” for “years to come.”

I watched those commercials and promo clips and practically ran my mama and grandma ragged in a panic, begging them to secure those VHS...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 22, 2019. 9 comments

A New Star Wars Trailer Dropped—Let's Talk About Victoria Mahoney and Her Historic Directing Role in the Film, Though

A New Star Wars Trailer Dropped—Let's Talk About Victoria Mahoney and Her Historic Directing Role in the Film, Though

Cue the epic saga text scrolling, we have a new Star Wars trailer!

That’s right, Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker has dropped its much-anticipated final trailer.

Default fanboy giddiness aside, the trailer looks damn good. Plus, there’s the added bonus of a woman and people of color heading the charge—I spot Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran in...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Apr 26, 2019. 16 comments

Star Power: Mellody Hobson and George Lucas Vie for Control of Ebony, Jet Photo Archives

Star Power: Mellody Hobson and George Lucas Vie for Control of Ebony, Jet Photo Archives

Financier Mellody Hobson and her husband, Star Wars movie mogul George Lucas, are taking steps to take control of Ebony and Jet’s massive archive of historic photos, chronicling African-American life over the last seven decades.

The archive is uninsured and at risk, as it was used as collateral to secure a $12 million loan to the magazines’ former owner—the now-bankrupt Johnson Publishing—from...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 13, 2019. 4 comments

It's Here! Check Out the Trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX

It's Here! Check Out the Trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX

Once again, it’s on.

At a panel during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Illinois, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy let the cat out the bag—the title of the next Star Wars film will be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

But clearly bearing gifts, that wasn’t the only surprise. They delivered the highly-anticipated trailer for the film as well. And since I...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 13, 2019. 16 comments

Citing a Disturbance in the Force, Disney Presses Pause on the Star Wars Franchise

Citing a Disturbance in the Force, Disney Presses Pause on the Star Wars Franchise

There comes a point in every relationship where doubt seeps in and the love of your life becomes a source of agitation or melancholy. Date nights become obscure and your once rabid sex life succumbs to extinction. Your partner’s voice becomes nauseating—even the way they chew their food becomes unbearable.

Which is why it comes as no surprise that after a 42-year romance that’s given us the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 18, 2019. 6 comments

Happy 88th Birthday to the Only Mufasa We'll Ever Acknowledge—James Earl Jones

Happy 88th Birthday to the Only Mufasa We'll Ever Acknowledge—James Earl Jones

Iconic thespian and dream-narrator-of-my-life-story James Earl Jones is a universal treasure.

Born on January 17, 1931, the man, the myth, the legend graced the world with his presence. And that voice—speaking of which, I’m pretty interested in finding out when Jones hit puberty. Did the voice arrive at the typical prepubescent stage or was he hitting baritones in kindergarten? The world needs...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 04, 2018. 18 comments

Darth MAGA: Study Reveals Racist Star Wars Fans Mad About the Black Stormtrooper Are Trump Trolls and Russian Bots

Darth MAGA: Study Reveals Racist Star Wars Fans Mad About the Black Stormtrooper Are Trump Trolls and Russian Bots

If you waded through the pile of trash water-damaged after being submerged in white tears, just beneath the damp, charred Nike remains and shattered remnants of Keurig coffeemakers, you might find some moist movie posters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The paraphernalia probably won’t be as soaked as the stuff from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still damp from the public outcry when...

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Jul 29, 2018. 13 comments

Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher Set To Appear In New Star Wars Film

Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher Set To Appear In New Star Wars Film

Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX, Entertainment Weekly reports. Joining him are Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, and Mark Hamill, who will return as Luke Skywalker. Director J.J. Abrams will use previously unused footage of the Fisher to conclude the story of Leia Organa, according to EW.

Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO and the only...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jul 27, 2018. 24 comments

John Boyega's Response To White Tears Is The Blackest Thing I've Ever Heard This Week

John Boyega's Response To White Tears Is The Blackest Thing I've Ever Heard This Week

Earlier this week, while discussing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my dad, I halfheartedly mentioned that I never was a huge fan of the Star Wars series. I didn't dislike them or anything. But I just never went gaga over them either.

He paused, took off his glasses, and gave me a look that could best be described as "Little nigga who happens to be my son, don't forget that I've know you...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 09, 2018. 9 comments

Costuming Calrissian: The Iconic Influences Behind Lando’s Looks

Costuming Calrissian: The Iconic Influences Behind Lando’s Looks

“It was a very happy day for me [to be hired as a costume designer] because I’ve been a big Star Wars fan. … When I saw it, I was 6 years old and it blew my little mind.”

These are the recollections of Glyn Dillon, half of the costume-design team on Solo: A Star Wars Story. Frankly, I know the feeling; I was almost that age when I was first introduced to the Star Wars franchise, and I’ve been...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Dec 21, 2017. 18 comments

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Boyega, People of Color Get to Shine in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

In <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi, </i>John Boyega, People of Color Get to Shine in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

“You can judge a nation, and how successful it will be, by how it treats its women and its girls.”

President Barack Obama, Jan. 23, 2014

There goes Obama again tapping into one of life’s basic principles. You can always tell how good or successful something is going to be by how it treats the “least of these” in its respective industry, genre or profession. You can tell how successful a...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 22, 2017. 16 comments

Okla. Man Arrested After Fight About Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Okla. Man Arrested After Fight About Star Wars vs. Star Trek

An argument over Star Wars vs. Star Trek erupted into a WWE match and offered proof of why we need better police officers in this country.

According to Fox 25 News, 23-year-old Jerome Dewayne Whyte (who—despite his last name—made it to the championship round of the Blackest Name Ever tournament) was arguing with another man in the living room of an Oklahoma City apartment about which science...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 17, 2017. 18 comments

Black Star Wars Characters, Ranked

Black Star Wars Characters, Ranked

If you are a popular athlete, have been attractive for most of your life or had a girlfriend in high school, then you probably don’t know that May 4 is Star Wars Day. Star Wars is the seminal piece of work in the nerd universe, and single-handedly created the serial Hollywood science fiction blockbuster.

While most of the cast of the franchise has been of the Caucasian persuasion, Star Wars...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 05, 2017. 5 comments

May the 4th Be With You: Meet Darthvader Williamson

May the 4th Be With You: Meet Darthvader Williamson

You would think that one of the most iconic movie villains would be somewhere scaring children or plotting ways to take over the universe, but since the president has both of those on lock, Darthvader can go back to his regular life, living in Tennessee and working a regular job, just like the rest of us.

That’s right: Darthvader Williamson, 39, is a surgical assistant at St. Francis...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Dec 24, 2016.

Actress Carrie Fisher in Critical Condition After ‘Cardiac Episode’ on Airplane

Actress Carrie Fisher in Critical Condition After ‘Cardiac Episode’ on Airplane

Actress Carrie Fisher, known for originating the role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, is reportedly in critical condition after suffering a “cardiac episode” during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher, 60, was rushed to the hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon local time when her flight landed at Los Angeles International Airport. A source who...