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Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie Is the First Openly LGBTQ Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie Is the First Openly LGBTQ Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

When Thor: Ragnarok was released in theaters in November 2017, Tessa Thompson stole the show as the badass Valkyrie. However, criticisms arose when her rich backstory was scrapped and the fascinating character was relegated to a supporting character and plot device.

In fact, Thompson previously noted she incorporated her character’s backstory in her portrayal.

“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 19, 2019 at 20:30.

Cats Trailer: This Is Nightmare Fuel

Cats Trailer: This Is Nightmare Fuel

Writer’s Note: Shout-out to Editor-In-Chief Danielle Belton for the headline assist.

I vividly remember the time I first saw Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955).

Now, let me preface my following sentence by saying the film ended up being one of my favorite Disney films of all time and it has a special place in my heart. However, I was not fucking with those Siamese cats. As soon as I...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 19, 2019 at 01:06.

Did You Know Samira Wiley Was Asante Blackk's Aunt? Because They Have the Same Damn Face

Did You Know Samira Wiley Was Asante Blackk's Aunt? Because They Have the Same Damn Face

Samira Wiley is an auntie. Nope, not that kind—we’re not getting into that again —the Emmy winner is an actual biological auntie of a 2019 Emmy nominee.

That’s right, Wiley is the aunt of Asante Blackk, who portrayed young Kevin Richardson in Netflix’s When They See Us. The Handmaid’s Tale actress recently took to Instagram to celebrate her dear nephew.

“Congratulations to my stupidly talented...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 18, 2019 at 22:45.

Lil Nas X Is ‘Workin’ 9 to 5’ Till He Can’t No More, Possibly Collaborating with Dolly Parton on ‘Old Town Road’ Remix

Lil Nas X Is ‘Workin’ 9 to 5’ Till He Can’t No More, Possibly Collaborating with Dolly Parton on ‘Old Town Road’ Remix

Lil Nas X is a goddamn masterclass in social media marketing.

The young artist continues to add me, you, your mama, your cousin and a partridge in a pear tree to his hugely popular hit and it doesn’t look like he is stopping anytime soon. He’s taking that “till I can’t no more” lyric into real life. He is legit going to keep going until he physically can’t anymore.

And that stamina has the...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 17, 2019 at 23:32.

Sparkle's Niece Refused to Testify Against R. Kelly in 2008. Now, She's Cooperating With Prosecutors

Sparkle's Niece Refused to Testify Against R. Kelly in 2008. Now, She's Cooperating With Prosecutors

The year was 2008 and Robert “R.” Kelly was wrapped up in a now-infamous case involving a sex tape, allegedly showing the singer urinating on a young girl. He would eventually be acquitted of the child pornography charges levied against him.

At the time, the young girl and her immediate family members refused to testify against the singer; their testimony was vital to the defense’s case. Their...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 17, 2019 at 20:18.

Watch: Can You Feel Beyoncé's 'Spirit' Tonight?

Watch: Can You Feel Beyoncé's 'Spirit' Tonight?

Beyoncé has done the unthinkable—rebranded the word “spirit” so that when you think of that word, you think of her instead of the wonky airline. Wow.

The video for “Spirit” debuted on the ABC special, The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts on Tuesday night.

The video gives me, “If Beyoncé invited Simba to her version of Timon and Pumbaa’s paradise,” equipped...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 17, 2019 at 03:50. 2 comments

R. Kelly Denied Bond, to Be Held in New York on Multiple Federal Sex Crime Charges

R. Kelly Denied Bond, to Be Held in New York on Multiple Federal Sex Crime Charges

Welp.

On Tuesday in a Chicago federal court, U.S. District Harry Leinenweber ordered Robert “R.” Kelly to be held without bond in relation to federal charges on sex crimes involving children as well as an alleged obstruction of justice, ABC Chicago reports. The charges stem from Kelly allegedly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for child-sex tapes and pressuring witnesses to amend their...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 17, 2019 at 00:50.

2019 Primetime Emmys: When They See Us and Pose Score Major Nominations

2019 Primetime Emmys: When They See Us and Pose Score Major Nominations

It’s just about that time for the Television Academy to shine again!

The nominations event for what is considered to be the biggest night in television took place on Tuesday morning, with Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians, You Complete Me, Ho) and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place, Barry) taking over as MCs this year.

I must admit, I watched the live telecast with a pounding heartbeat as if I were in...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 16, 2019 at 22:30. 1 comments

Pharrell Williams Hints That He’s Working on Rihanna’s New Album That’s Coming Out Some Random Time in 2019

Pharrell Williams Hints That He’s Working on Rihanna’s New Album That’s Coming Out Some Random Time in 2019

Rihanna’s upcoming album may have Pharrell Williams’ magic touch.

According to Billboard, the 46-year-old super-producer recently hinted that he will be adding his sauce to the 31-year-old artist’s long-awaited album, which has the working title, R9. The album is reported to be heavily reggae-influenced.

“They ain’t ready,” he wrote under Rih’s meme, followed by a comment with a globe emoji,...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 16, 2019 at 03:00. 9 comments

Diddy Confirms the Return of Making the Band. Hopefully, the Castmembers are Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan

Diddy Confirms the Return of Making the Band. Hopefully, the Castmembers are Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan

It’s official—Diddy is remaking the band.

That’s right, Making the Band is coming back to its home at MTV, set to return in 2020.

“With Making the Band, myself and MTV, we created something special,” Diddy noted in the official announcement video. “We empowered young talent from all over the world. No matter what hood they were from or what background they were from, everybody got a...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 16, 2019 at 02:00. 3 comments

Megan Thee Stallion Teases Fever: Thee Movie, Presented by Hype Williams

Megan Thee Stallion Teases Fever: Thee Movie, Presented by Hype Williams

Megan Thee Stallion is giving us fever all through the night and it is heating up even more for the entire summer.

My feelings for Megan and the concept of “hot girl summer” are already well documented, but adding a whole film franchise to the mix is about to be next-level lit.

The 24-year-old rapper already showcased her homage to blaxploitation films with the music video for “Realer,” which...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 22:53. 7 comments

Duchess Meghan Markle and the Queen Bey Finally Meet

Duchess Meghan Markle and the Queen Bey Finally Meet

Once upon a time, a U.K. princess (okay, duchess) met a Disney princess.

This Sunday, the European premiere of The Lion King in London had fans erupting with as much joy as the animal kingdom did the morning Simba was born in the Pride Lands. Why? Well, because Duchess Meghan Markle and Beyoncé Knowles Carter have finally met in person! Oh yes, Prince Harry and Jay-Z were there, too. *wink* 

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 16:38.

'I Cannot Lead With Bullshit': Viola Davis is Fed Up With Black Women Being Left Behind and She's Doing Something About it 

'I Cannot Lead With Bullshit': Viola Davis is Fed Up With Black Women Being Left Behind and She's Doing Something About it 

In yet another display of “Viola Davis’ Speeches Are Better Than Everyone Else’s,” the Widows actor took the stage as an honoree of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Power 100.

In her speech, she stood up for not just women, but black women. Calling out the “lies” of The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island and Leave It To Beaver, Davis spoke truth to power on the significance of...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 15:59.

Fever: Megan Thee Stallion Will Drive the Boat This Summer and Beyond

<i>Fever</i>: Megan Thee Stallion Will Drive the Boat This Summer and Beyond

Megan Thee Stallion. Megan Thee Star.

Before we get to the nitty and the gritty that is the sublime rapper’s debut album, Fever, I want to take you on a fantastic voyage, quickly chronicling my introduction to her—and the stanning crescendo that followed.

Sometime last year, I saw the names “Tina Snow” and “Megan Thee Stallion” popping up on my timeline and—can I be frank? I know I’m Tonja,...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 14:56.

AAFCA and Revolt TV Partner For New Culture Series, Short and Fresh; Announce Call For ‘Hip-Hop Identity’ Films from Young Creatives

AAFCA and Revolt TV Partner For New Culture Series, <i>Short and Fresh;</i> Announce Call For ‘Hip-Hop Identity’ Films from Young Creatives

There’s always room for fresh voices and the African American Film Critics Association and Revolt TV seem to agree.

The leading black film critic organization and broadcast network have partnered up with new series, Short and Fresh.

Per the official press release, “each one-hour episode of Short and Fresh provides audiences with a lens into independent urban short films and scripted content...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 13:20.

Exclusive: BET's Boomerang Teaser on Being 'Young, Gifted and Black'

Exclusive: BET's <i>Boomerang</i> Teaser on Being 'Young, Gifted and Black'

It’s been about 27 years since the theatrical debut of Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens and Halle Berry. Now, BET is reviving the story— this time, on the small screen.

From BET.com:

Boomerang is a half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy, fueled by romance, friendship, gender politics, love and of course, sex. The story picks up roughly twenty-five years after the original...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 12:42.

Alleged Sex Tape Involving R. Kelly Turned Over to Defense, Judge Expects 1 of 4 Cases to Begin in Early 2020

Alleged Sex Tape Involving R. Kelly Turned Over to Defense, Judge Expects 1 of 4 Cases to Begin in Early 2020

It looks like one of Robert “R.” Kelly’s ongoing cases could have a trial start date as early as next year. The R&B singer appeared for an arraignment on June 26, 2019, at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago, regarding sex-related felony charges involving four women. Three of those women were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.

On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood ordered that a...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 04:15.

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary <i>The Black Godfather</i>

“He wasn’t there, but he was right there.”

These days, when you hear the term “influencer,” one may think of perfectly placed and filtered sponsored ads on Instagram racking up hundreds of thousands of likes within minutes. Well, when you think of the original meaning of the term, one man who embodied it was Clarence Avant also known as “The Black Godfather.”

In a new documentary...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 04:02.

Lil Yachty Is Behind the 'Real Ass Bitch' Aura of 'Act Up' by City Girls, Says He Wrote Most of the Lyrics

Lil Yachty Is Behind the 'Real Ass Bitch' Aura of 'Act Up' by City Girls, Says He Wrote Most of the Lyrics

On April 18, 2019, The Toxic Masculinity Brigade held an emergency meeting after receiving a press release informing them that the “real ass bitch, give a fuck about a nigga” lyric that has annoyed their ashen spirits has been brought to you by none other than Lil Yachty.

That’s right, a whole ass man helped write the very lyrics that is part of the dreaded black feminist agenda. Sound the...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 02:49.

The Root Is at the 2019 BET Awards and You’re Getting This Liveblog — It’s Like You’re There, Too!

The Root Is at the 2019 BET Awards and You’re Getting This Liveblog — It’s Like You’re There, Too!

The day has come, y’all!

Time to bust out your hypothetical red carpet looks for the 19th Annual BET Awards (and yes, you can find anything from ballgown to B.A.P.S. on this carpet, that’s part of the fun!) and sit next to me, The Root’s Staff Entertainment Writer (Tonja Renée Stidhum, if you’re nasty), so we can get our Black Joan Rivers on with this commentary during the show! No, for real,...

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