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21 Bridges: Yes, Chadwick Boseman Was Conflicted Portraying a Black Cop

21 Bridges: Yes, Chadwick Boseman Was Conflicted Portraying a Black Cop

Throughout their careers, actors tend to portray characters that challenge their beliefs and/or have morals that they might not necessarily agree with. To some extent, however, most actors tend to at least attempt to connect with their character. So what happens when the character represents a larger sociopolitical structure, especially from the perspective of a black man?

There’s been a recent...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019 at 23:30.

No One, No One, No Onnnnnnnne Other Than Alicia Keys Will Be Hosting the 2020 Grammy Awards

No One, No One, No Onnnnnnnne Other Than Alicia Keys Will Be Hosting the 2020 Grammy Awards

It’s that time again—the biggest night in music will be kicking off the new decade with a familiar host!

In a press release, the Recording Academy announced that multi-Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys will be returning to host the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Keys took to Twitter on Thursday to excitedly announce the news, as well.

“At first I did think last year was a one-time thing...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019 at 21:06.

Eddie Murphy Will Return as Alex Foley in Beverly Hills Cop Sequel to be Released on Netflix

Eddie Murphy Will Return as Alex Foley in Beverly Hills Cop Sequel to be Released on Netflix

Eddie Murphy is winning.

Seriously, I could end the article there and it would be accurate, but let’s specifically celebrate his latest win! According to Variety, Murphy is continuing his profitable relationship with Netflix (following the critic- and consumer-embraced Dolemite Is My Name ) and will be starring in a Beverly Hills Cop sequel set to be released exclusively on the popular...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019 at 01:30. 4 comments

Mo'Nique Files Race and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Netflix Regarding 'Lowball Offer'

Mo'Nique Files Race and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Netflix Regarding 'Lowball Offer'

Mo’Nique isn’t nearly done sticking up for herself.

According to NBC News, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian is suing Netflix, accusing the popular streaming platform of race and gender discrimination in relation to the deal she was offered for a stand-up special in November 2017.

If you remember, Mo’Nique took to various media outlets (including her own social media platform) to expose...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019 at 00:35. 1 comments

'It’s a Classic, Leave it Alone': Vivica A. Fox Isn't Feelin' Issa Rae's Upcoming Set It Off Remake

'It’s a Classic, Leave it Alone': Vivica A. Fox Isn't Feelin' Issa Rae's Upcoming Set It Off Remake

Vivica A. Fox has a strong opinion and she just—wait for it—set it off.

In an exclusive interview with ET, Fox expressed her feelings about the in-development Set It Off remake (which has actually been referred to as a “reimagining”), which will be produced by Issa Rae. Rae is also reportedly set to star in the new heist film. The original film, which was released in 1996, starred Fox, Jada...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019. 1 comments

Yeahhh, Lil Nas X Is Gonna Take His Historic 2019 CMA Award to the 'Old Town Road'

Yeahhh, Lil Nas X Is Gonna Take His Historic 2019 CMA Award to the 'Old Town Road'

Lil Nas X is still riding the winning wave until he can’t no more.

“Old Town Road (Remix)” scored the 2019 Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Musical Event of the Year, which means Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus both took home awards on Wednesday night. Producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, as well as YoungKio, will also receive statuettes since the award is...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019. 17 comments

Jay-Z Reportedly 'Pushed the Idea' of Colin Kaepernick Workout With NFL

Jay-Z Reportedly 'Pushed the Idea' of Colin Kaepernick Workout With NFL

When the news hit that Colin Kaepernick landed an unprecedented private workout opportunity with the NFL, naturally, some eyes turned toward Jay-Z.

See, if you recall correctly, Jay-Z’s recent music and entertainment management deal with the NFL raised suspicions , as the 49-year-old rapper was a previous outspoken critic of the way the NFL had blackballed the quarterback. Jay was accused of...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019.

The Solange-Curated Bridge-s at the Getty Center Is a Hypnotizing and Ethereal Viewpoint on Transition

The Solange-Curated Bridge-s at the Getty Center Is a Hypnotizing and Ethereal Viewpoint on Transition

There aren’t many experiences that have left me so truly speechless that they’ve stayed with me forever.

Cue the unmatched Solange Knowles and Bridge-s. Brought to Los Angeles’ Getty Center Museum by Dropbox and Getty in partnership with IAMSOUND, Bridge-s explores the themes of “transitions through time.”

From Getty’s press release:

Exploring themes of transitions through time, Bridge-s is a...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019.

We've Finally Found the Prince Eric Who Will Be Part of Halle Bailey's World in The Little Mermaid

We've Finally Found the Prince Eric Who Will Be Part of Halle Bailey's World in The Little Mermaid

Following an “under the sea”-storm of back-and-forth casting news, Halle Bailey’s Ariel has finally found her prince in the upcoming live-action film rendition of The Little Mermaid.

Sidenote: Let us rejoice in the fact that the televised stage play version of The Little Mermaid has come and gone because the casting confusion was beginning to make us all seasick!

I digress.

Anyway, according...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 13, 2019.

John Legend Is (Not So Ordinary) People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2019

John Legend Is (Not So Ordinary) People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2019

All of People Magazine loves all of John Legend because they’ve just chosen the crooner and pianist as 2019’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Legend, who’ve I started lovingly referring to as “Piano Arthur” (Hey! His wife Chrissy Teigen fully embraces the meme joke!), was certainly honored, but those prideful feelings were mixed with a little fear, too.

“I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 13, 2019. 1 comments

Kevin Hart’s Surprise Appearance and Other Observations From My Seat at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards

Kevin Hart’s Surprise Appearance and Other Observations From My Seat at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards

I love award shows.

Awards season is my Super Bowl and I spent many hours of my childhood beaming at the sparkly dresses, fancy venue decor and effervescent statuettes, wishing (upon a star) that I’d one day be able to get a seat at one of those coveted tables.

With my current job as an Entertainment Writer, I’ve been provided the key to many rooms I’ve dreamed of and rooms I’ve only dreamed of...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 13, 2019.

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

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

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...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 12, 2019.

Robyn Crawford Reveals She and Whitney Houston Absolutely Planned to Run Up on Wendy Williams

Robyn Crawford Reveals She and Whitney Houston Absolutely Planned to Run Up on Wendy Williams

Whitney Houston will always be remembered for her unmatched voice, but there is something special to be said for her biting wit.

In what I believe to be one of the greatest (and most entertaining) interviews in industry history, Houston once told Wendy Williams, “If this were back in the day in Newark, I’d meet you outside.” Turns out, Houston almost did cash in on those words she said back...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 12, 2019. 3 comments

Jayme Lawson Reportedly Lands Role in The Batman, Signals Barbara Gordon/Batgirl Speculation

Jayme Lawson Reportedly Lands Role in The Batman, Signals Barbara Gordon/Batgirl Speculation

Gotham City has just gotten even more interesting.

According to Collider, Jayme Lawson has landed what is considered to be a role of a lifetime in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. No, we don’t know what role she’ll be taking, but the speculation is flying as high as her presumed character.

As Jeffrey Wright has been officially cast as Commissioner Jim Gordon, many fans posited that this...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 12, 2019.

This White Woman Don't Know Nann 'Ni**er Bitch,' But She Made the Mistake and Called Trina One Anyway

This White Woman Don't Know Nann 'Ni**er Bitch,' But She Made the Mistake and Called Trina One Anyway

Shout-out to the white woman who didn’t get the “baddest bitch” memo. Yes, I know that nomenclature refers to Trina’s dimepiece status, but best believe her “baddest bitch” status also refers to the fact that she would indeed, cut a bitch if necessary.

If you saw the infamous “light the blunt” Instagram story, y’all know what I’m talking about. If you didn’t, well, you need to. Here you go:

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 11, 2019.

Camp Flog Gnaw Audience Gets in Their Feelings and Boos Drake Because He's Not Frank Ocean

Camp Flog Gnaw Audience Gets in Their Feelings and Boos Drake Because He's Not Frank Ocean

Apparently, it was God’s plan to have Drake appear as a headliner at this past weekend’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival, but the congregation wasn’t having it.

For those of you who are unfamiliar and wondering why I just completely made up a couple of words, Camp Flog Gnaw is an annual music festival and carnival curated by Tyler, The Creator. Beginning in 2012, the festival was originally called...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 11, 2019. 4 comments

If You Googled 'Boondocks Characters,' Kanye West's Picture Showed Up as Uncle Ruckus

If You Googled 'Boondocks Characters,' Kanye West's Picture Showed Up as Uncle Ruckus

“What’s a king to a God? What’s a God to a nonbeliever who don’t believe in anything? Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild.”

Frank Ocean probably wasn’t talking about “Google” when he crooned about the wild on Watch the Throne, but the Lord works in mysterious ways.

This past weekend, every single social media platform from Twitter to Facebook was filled with a...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 09, 2019. 6 comments

Let's Talk About This Lifetime Salt-N-Pepa Biopic—It's Actually Authorized!

Let's Talk About This Lifetime Salt-N-Pepa Biopic—It's Actually Authorized!

Oh, Lifetime. Here they go, here they go, here they go, again.

According to Variety, a Salt-N-Pepa biopic is coming and the project has found its leads. G.G. Townson (In the Cut) will be portraying Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom (The Bobby DeBarge Story) will be portraying Sandra “Pepa” Denton in the film with a script penned by Abdul Williams (The New Edition Story).

And guess who’s...

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'It Got Really, Really Bad': Tommy Davidson Opens Up About Cocaine Addiction in Red Table Talk

'It Got Really, Really Bad': Tommy Davidson Opens Up About Cocaine Addiction in Red Table Talk

As many of us watched the legendary comedy sketch show In Living Color , one of the standout character actors was none other than Tommy Davidson. His masterful grasp of physical comedy was notable and he went on to appear in films such as Booty Call, Bamboozled, Juwanna Man and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. And of course, we can’t forget he lent his voice to Oscar Proud of the beloved...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 08, 2019.

#RelationshipGoals: Codie and Tommy Oliver Discuss Black Love in an 'Instagram Society'

#RelationshipGoals: Codie and Tommy Oliver Discuss Black Love in an 'Instagram Society'

Whenever I visit my mama in Chicago, we partake in our recent habit of watching marathons of Black Love, a docuseries on OWN. From Tina Knowles Lawson’s sassy quips with Richard Lawson to Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe’s love origin story, the laughs never stop.

Behind the relationship tea are real-life examples of black love: Codie and Tommy Oliver. As the co-creators of Black...