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20
Feb

Black Panther Steals the Show

 

By: Dominique Fields

 

So this is a review for the movie Black Panther that was released in theatres February 15, 2018. Wow!!!!!! I literally don’t have any other words! This movie gets a 5 out of 5 stars for me (and every other person who watches it as well honestly). We have to discuss how this movie is filled with black excellence throughout.

This movie is unapologetically black with its visuals and imagery, subliminal messages, cunning remarks, and cultural appreciation.  It is no shocker that Marvel makes great movies period, but Black Panther surpasses all its counterparts. Not because it is a celebration of Black people, but because it provides such great representation of racial and gender groups while also including political rhetoric and historical background.

A movie led by a minority cast and staff to meet this standard of success proves that you don’t need white people’s handprint to make an impact.  Black Panther is another instance, like Wonder Woman, where the oppressed voice is heard and supported and brings change in the way film address minority led projects. I mean, come on, Black Panther made an astounding, RECORD BREAKING 25.2 million dollars on its first night. That alone speaks volumes.

Not only has it been a major success financially thus far (meaning 2 days in), it has brought success in a way that little brown boys and girls can see a representation of themselves in a movie of this caliber and it be positive images instead of the constant negative stereotypes most major films portray. And speaking of representation, lets discuss a little bit about the main characters:

 

T’ Challa (Chadwick Boseman)- Black Panther. T’ Challa father has passed and it is now time for him to take over the throne. Boseman gives a strong performance in this role. He exudes class, grace, and power as a King. And most importantly, he respects women and holds them in high regards and embraces help from his female counterparts on his journey as King and Black Panther

 

 

Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)- Enemy and wants to take over the throne. Michael B. Jordan does an incredible job in this role which differs from most in his past. His character is easy to empathize with and yet still creates hope for his downfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)- Skilled spy and fighter. Nyong’o gives an amazing performance in this strong female warrior lead. Funny considering how reluctant she is to categorize herself as a warrior. Her first and foremost concern is her humanitarian work. She embodies everything about a strong woman: Smart, powerful, compassionate, emotional, motivated, the list goes on.

Okoye (Danai Gurira)- Trained warrior and sworn protector of the throne. Honestly, SHE KILLS IT. Literally. The fierce and loyal protector she is literally defines Black woman through and through.

 

Shuri (Letitia Wright)- Literal genius and described as the smartest person in the world…and oh yeah, she’s the younger sister of T’ Challa. LOVED this role. Shuri is a sixteen-year-old tech genius. Wright provides a great comedic relief while still giving young black children something to look up and aspire to.

W’ Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya)- Warrior. After his major success in one of last year’s most successful movies, Kaluuya gives more A worthy performances in his role of a warrior in Wakanda. W’ Kabi is T’ Challa’s bestfriend and provides surprises to viewers throughout the movie.

 

Ramonda (Angela Basset)- T’ Challa’s mother. It is only fitting for a queen to play the queen. Ramonda shares her wisdom and love with her son T’ Challa as he begins his journey as the new King.

 

All in all, the movie is incredible. The storyline is great. The cast is great. The writing was great. The whole experience is great. Make sure you go out and see this movie if you want to be inspired, entertained, educated, and great. Black Panther is out NOW IN THEATRES!

 

12
Feb

Behind the Scenes of Black Panther

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08
Feb

Black Panther “Purple” Carpet Premiere

By: Kristin Sales

 

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Since their release of The Avengers in 2012, Marvel has been able to rake in millions of dollars through continuously have a following for each movie released. However, Black Panther is a Marvel movie that is bringing in a new type of phenomenon. With the first introduction of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, fans (this one included) were excited to see more of the interesting character; especially after getting a foreshadowing of his importance in a mid- credit scene.

 

 

 

Fans were elated to finally get news that this character was going to be getting his own movie. With each poster and character released, the excitement grew for what would be considered the first unapologetically black super hero movie. Then on Monday, January 29 came the “red” carpet premiere that put every other movie premiere to shame. Actors for the movie and various black entertainers walked the red carpet (which was purple for this movie premiere).

07
Feb

Eagles win Super Bowl 52!

By: Dominque Fields
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 on Sunday! It was a stunner for a lot of people, I’m sure! The Eagles who struggled last season made the turnaround of a lifetime. The Eagle finished their regular 2017 season with a 13-3 record compared to 2016 season record 7-9. The Eagles were able to improve on all aspects with their offense and defense—their passing game bringing home the Lombardi. This Super Bowl success can be credited to backup quarterback Nick Foles who has an inspiring back story. The Eagles came in as the underdog, because let’s be honest…nobody wants to bet against Belichick and Brady, but ultimately prevailed as the top dog! It was an interesting game for sure! Congrats Philadelphia on your 1st Super Bowl win!!

29
Jan

60th Grammy Highlights

Last night was the biggest night for music the Grammys 2018 in their 60th year took place in the heart of NYC at the Madison Square Garden. Oh what a beautiful night in the form of music, creativity, your favorite celebrities dressed to the 9, and EPIC moments during the award show.

 

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Here are some of the highlights from the show via NEW YORK TIMES :

The 60th annual Grammy Awards were on Sunday. Here are highlights from the show:

• Bruno Mars swept the top categories, winning album, record and song of the year.

• Kendrick Lamar swept the rap categories and opened the show with a fiery performance. Alessia Cara won best new artist.

• The music industry acknowledged #MeToo during the ceremony and on the red carpetSee all the red carpet looks.

• The show featured flashes of politics, including a cameo from Hillary Clinton, who read from “Fire and Fury.”

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KENDRICK LAMAR MOVING SPEECH

THE WINNERS:  FULL LIST HERE

Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer

Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon

Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters

Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs

Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

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28
Jan
28
Jan

Jordan Peele: Success and Oscars

 

By: Kristin Sales

Jordan Peele is a name that many people already knew. I was a fan of his due to his sketches on Key & Peele.  From their skit about self-aware bullies, to their commentary skits on Barack Obama; the pair always showed their comedic chops.

 

In the film Keanu, it became obvious that Jordan knew how to write a good movie. Though he didn’t direct the film, he did write, produce and star in it. The film didn’t have the same kind of social commentary as Jordan’s later works, but there was a sense of using subverting stereotypes within the black community.

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It goes without saying that Jordan’s directorial debut was phenomenal. Get Out was a sensation in the box office, having a budget of $4 million and making back $254 million. Jordan used the horror film to make satirical commentary on the occasional harmful nature of some white liberals. With its critical acclaim, it is no surprise to see that Jordan Peele and Get Out were met with four Oscar nominations. It was announced that Get Out was nominated for “Best Picture” and “Original Screenplay”. The lead actor for Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for “Lead Actor”. Jordan Peele was also nominated for “Best Director”. It’s so exciting to see that Peele was not only able to make such a socially relevant film, but to also be so critically regarded. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is excited as to what will come next from Peele.

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