Billie Jean King, Nicki Minaj and More Show Support for Serena Williams After Controversial U.S. Open

Athletes and celebrities alike have shown support for Serena Williams on social media after an umpire gave her multiple violations during Saturday’s U.S. Open final.

They have called out his actions as being sexist, racist and just plain inappropriate at such a crucial point in a championship match.

Famous athletes, like tennis legend Billie Jean King, expressed dismay at umpire Carlos Ramos’ treatment of Williams on Twitter, writing that female players are often treated differently than male players in all kinds of sports.

“When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it,” King tweeted. “When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ and there are no repercussions.”

Ramos issued three violations against Williams — which will cost the tennis star $ 17,000 — towards the end of the U.S. open final, which she lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. The violations were for coaching (supposedly Ramos saw Williams’ coach signaling to her during a game), breaking her racket and behavior Romas deemed “verbal abuse.” Many believe his violations impacted the ultimate outcome of the championship match.

His controversial calls were not only a blow to Williams’ legacy — who would have tied Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles — but also cast a shadow over Osaka’s win, which should have been a historic moment for the young athlete. She is the first Japanese player to win the U.S. Open.

Public figures on social media also pointed out that umpires have given warnings, or no violations at all, to male players who have argued similarly in the past.

Others championed the camaraderie between the two players and the example of support that was shown.

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Others widely shared Sally Jenkin’s op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she said that the umpire “abused his authority.”

“Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him,” wrote Jenkins. “Male players have sworn and cursed at the top of their lungs, hurled and blasted their equipment into shards, and never been penalized as Williams was in the second set of the U.S. Open final.”

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Dwayne Johnson to Finally Play Hawaii’s ‘King’; Here’s Everything We Know

Dwayne Johnson to Finally Play Hawaii's 'King'; Here's Everything We Know

One of Dwayne Johnson's dream roles is finally becoming a reality. The actor has wished to play the legendary Hawaiian ruler King Kamehameha ever since he began his Hollywood career. Now, according to Deadline, he will lead the historical action movie The King, which will take him back to his Polynesian and Hawaiian roots, for Warner Bros. and New Line. 

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Cancer, Schmancer. In California, Coffee Is King

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It turns out that California and the Trump administration do agree on at least one thing: Don’t mess with coffee.

Trump’s hand-picked food and drug czar, Scott Gottlieb, said Wednesday that he “strongly supports” a proposal by officials in Sacramento to exempt the morning elixir from the state’s list of known cancer-causing compounds despite a court order to the contrary.

I think coffee is fantastic. I think it’s good for me, good for my heart, makes me happy.

Sid Silverthorn, who drinks about three cups of coffee a day. As a cancer survivor, he says, of all the things alleged to cause cancer, coffee is the least of his worries.

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Java fans received the news nonchalantly, making it clear they would not be put off their cup of Joe no matter what Gottlieb or state officials had to say about it.

Sid Silverthorn, sipping his favorite hot beverage outside a Sacramento Starbucks, said he’d been treated for prostate cancer a couple of decades back and since his recovery has been vigilant about products that could harm his health.

Coffee, he said, is not one of them.

“I think coffee is fantastic,” the 88-year-old said with relish. “I think it’s good for me, good for my heart, makes me happy.”

Despite the passion of hard-core consumers like Silverthorn, vendors worry that cancer warnings posted on their doors wouldn’t exactly be seen as welcome signs.

“I think it would evoke a visceral reaction,” said Lauren Taber, spokeswoman for Pachamama Coffee Cooperative in Sacramento. “People go into their local coffee shop and think ‘Wait, I can get cancer from this?’”

In this state, coffee drinks can be an art form — with devotees routinely laying out $ 5 or more for triple non-fat spiced lattes, extra hot or upside down. But that has clashed in this case with another state obsession: triple-checking the purity of food and drink.

The whole brewhaha started with an eight-year-old lawsuit that culminated earlier this year with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s ruling that coffee must be labeled a carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65, a law that requires public disclosure of chemicals determined by the state to pose a risk of cancer.

I think it would evoke a visceral reaction … People go into their local coffee shop and think, ‘Wait, I can get cancer from this?'

Lauren Taber, spokeswoman for Pachamama Coffee Cooperative in Sacramento

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At issue is a chemical called acrylamide, a byproduct of coffee roasting also present in many other foods that are roasted, fried or baked. It is already on California’s list of potential cancer-causing agents, but had not been widely associated with coffee until the lawsuit. Industry officials argue that a cancer warning is off base, because coffee contains only trace amounts of acrylamide.

The state agency that oversees Proposition 65, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, responded in June to the judge’s ruling with a proposal to exempt coffee from the cancer disclosure law.

The agency pointed to a report by the World Health Organization’s international Agency for Research on Cancer that concluded there was “inadequate evidence” to link coffee drinking to malignancies. In fact, the report found that coffee was associated with a reduced risk of liver and uterine cancer and was not a cause of breast, pancreatic or prostate cancer.

The agency aims to finalize its proposed regulation by the end of this year.

Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said a cancer warning on coffee “would be more likely to mislead consumers than to inform them.” And, he said, it could violate a federal law that prohibits misleading labels on food.

But at this point I don’t think it makes a difference to people. … We’re all addicted.

Kirsten Richardson

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The coffee industry’s main trade group, which counts Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts among its members, warmly welcomed Gottlieb’s support.

“Now that science has so comprehensively established the facts on coffee, we believe it is incumbent on regulators to give citizens confidence in what they are consuming,” Bill Murray, CEO and president of the National Coffee Association, said in an email.

Kirsten Richardson, 30, a North Carolina resident who was visiting Sacramento this week and stopped in for a vanilla latte at The Mill, a local coffee shop, said she was glad to hear the FDA had vindicated her favorite drink.

“But at this point I don’t think it makes a difference to people,” she added. “We’re all addicted.”


This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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Cardi B Apologizes To Bernice King Over ‘Real Civil Rights Housewives’ Skit

Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. We’re talking about the reaction Dr. Bernice King is having to Cardi B‘s portrayal of Coretta Scott King in a skit from Wild ‘N Out star Rip Michaels’ new show, Off the Rip.

Micheals says no harm was meant and that Cardi B shouldn’t take the brunt of the blame.

Dr. Bernice King — the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King — has responded to Cardi’s portrayal of her mother, calling it “repulsive” and “false” … and very, very badly timed as today (08-28-18) is the 55th anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Bernice says Cardi is using a platform that her parents made possible in an atrocious way. She wants to talk to Cardi face-to-face. And it appears that’s going to happen because Cardi has reached out to Bernice, according to King.

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Cardi stepped into the role of Martin Luther King Jr.’s late wife for a skit called “Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement.” Yes, she went there … spilling tea with Rosa Parks and the wives of Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson. There’s also a jaw-dropping “Iggy Azalea” sighting.

You gotta watch, but fair warning … there are multiple references to MLK’s infamous infidelities, and even the trip to Memphis, where he was assassinated.

The sketch is part of “Wild ‘N Out” star Rip Michaels’ new show, “Off the Rip.” As we told you, it also features Cardi delivering “Ho Etiquette” jokes that some call racist.

Nope, it’s guaranteed to NOT even get nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Martin Luther King III weighed in as well:

Is there anything funny about this skit?

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Cardi B Portrays Coretta Scott King in ‘Real Housewives’ Parody; Bernice King Repulsed

Over three years before Bronx rapper Cardi B became a household name, the up-and-coming reality star filmed several skits for MTV comedy show, Off the Rip. One of which is a parody of the popular Real Housewives franchise entitled Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement. Cardi portrays Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther […]

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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Dies at Age 68

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group’s hits including “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.

Scott Coopwood said King died Wednesday due to cancer. Funeral arrangements had not yet been announced Thursday.

King joined the band in 1972 and was part of its first three albums with its distinct three-guitar sound.

He is credited on several of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs, including “Saturday Night Special” and “Workin’ for MCA,” and his voice can be heard providing the opening count on “Sweet Home Alabama.” The song was a response to Neil Young’s songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which focused on the Southern white man’s rise on the back of slavery. The song is now considered a Southern anthem played often at sporting events and was used for a time on Alabama license plates.

“Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player,” said Gary Rossington, a founding member of the band. “I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven.”

King left the band two years before a plane crash killed singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines in 1977. He rejoined the group 10 years later when it reunited with Johnny Van Zant taking his brother’s place and played with the band until he retired in 1996 due to heart problems. He had a heart transplant in 2011.

King was also an original member of the California psychedelic group Strawberry Alarm Clock, which had a hit that King co-wrote called “Incense and Peppermints” in 1967.


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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’: Everything We Know About the New Kaiju

Ever since the spectacular Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer dropped at San Diego Comic-Con, fans have been excited about the return of the giant lizard … and some new colossal creatures.

Showcasing the King of the Monsters and three of the most popular kaiju from the Godzilla Monsterverse – the upcoming film is a monster movie fan’s dream come true. Godzilla is joined on-screen by Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. In the film, they are referred to as titans, the same name given to the Greek deities that preceded the Olympians. Here’s everything we know about them.

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The King of the Monsters, himself.

Godzilla is easily the most well known and popular kaiju in existence. Originally created as a metaphor for the dangers of nuclear weapons, Godzilla has since become an international icon and the star of more than thirty films. Although his first appearance on screen was in 1954, his first Western feature aired in 1998 to negative reviews. While the 2014 Godzilla film — the precursor to King of the Monsters — received mixed reviews at best, the final fifteen minutes of that film are some of the best of any monster movie ever made.

Godzilla generally uses a handful of extremely powerful attacks and abilities when attacking cities or other monsters in his films. His atomic breath is a stream of blue energy that burns hotter than fire and devastates nearly anything it touches. Likewise, his nuclear pulse releases most of the radiation stored within his body in a short range explosion that can kill anything near him. While this series does have a more grounded and realistic tone than most other kaiju movies, hopefully, we get a scene of Godzilla flying through the air in all his glory.

Rodan


Godzilla King of the Monsters Rodan
The menace of the skies.

Rodan is basically a giant pterosaur. Which is fine as regular pterosaur are pretty cool, and colossal radioactive ones are even better. First appearing in the 1956 film of the same name, there are two Rodans that are mates and may have served as the inspiration for the M.U.T.O. in the 2014 film. However, as it seems like Rodan escapes from a volcano in the trailer, many speculate that he may appear in his Fire Rodan form.

Rodan doesn’t really have any special powers. Sometimes he has a breath attack that allows him to shoot compressed air from his mouth to destroy cities and stun his foes and other times he breathes fire, but there’s no guarantee that these techniques will appear in this approaching film. Usually, he just uses his sharp talons, beak, and strong winds from his beating wings in battle. While Rodan is likely to be more of a side character in this film, it’ll still be fun to watch Godzilla battle an aerial enemy and for Mothra to have a flying foe to fight.

Mothra


Godzilla King of the Monsters Mothra
A fan-favorite ally.

The first female monster in the Godzilla series and the titular character in the 1961 film Mothra, this kaiju is usually a friend to Godzilla and a protector of mankind. Mothra usually makes her initial appearance in movies in her larval state. In this underdeveloped form, she has a tendency unintentionally destroy parts of a city in pursuit of a place to build her cocoon, while also coming to understand humanity’s compassion and kindness.

Mothra’s most notable abilities in battle involve her shooting silk threads to trap opponents and energy beams from her antennae. She can also release scales from her wings to create a suffocating cloud around her enemies, at the cost of losing her ability to fly for some time. She also has some psychic abilities and can express her intentions to protect humanity through a medium of her choosing. This divine creature is sure to dominate her foes and maybe even become a regularly appearing member of the growing Monsterverse.

King Ghidorah


Godzilla King of the Monsters King Ghidorah
The false king.

As a massive three-headed, two-tailed, winged dragon, King Ghidorah is easily the coolest monster in the Godzilla films. First appearing in the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Ghidorah usually has origins different from the rest of the kaiju in a film. Sometimes he’s from space, other times the future, but this time it looks like he’s just a cataclysmic force trapped within a melting glacier. Hopefully, this time around we find out what exactly makes him a king; as this title doesn’t seem to carry any royal status in most of his appearances.

King Ghidorah has several energy based attacks on top of his nearly insurmountable size, strength, and durability. In previous appearances, Ghidorah could fire gravity beams from any of his mouths, augment his attacks with lighting, and encase himself within a meteorite for space travel. His more over-the top-abilities and origins probably won’t appear in this more grounded film, but a big budget CGI clash between him and Godzilla could be fantastic. Since the moment his wings unfurled in the trailer, it became clear that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a must watch for any fan of monster movies.

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Coupled Up? Tiffany Haddish Is Reportedly Dating NYC Nightlife King Unik Ernest [Photos]

Tiffany Haddish has been in New York City taping the second season of TBS’s ‘The Last O.G.’ with Tracy Morgan, but according to reports she’s been spending her downtime hanging out with nightlife mogul Unik Ernest.

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Sources say the two have been quietly seeing each other since they met in May at the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

The two were together at Monday’s premiere of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” in Brooklyn, and Ernest recently posted a video of the actress and comedienne dancing on Instagram with the comment, “Beauty is an understatement!”

We see you, Tiffany!

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The Weekend Reset: A Little Stephen King and a whole lot of the Basque Country.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

DRINK: 2016 Bodegas Aizpurua Txakoli

This is a wine I recently discovered at a Basque eatery. On a triple digit evening, noshing on tapas, this was the perfect companion. Txakoli (pronounced CHOC-O-LEE), made from the Hondarrabi grape, is grown in the Basque country and it comes in a few varieties. We enjoyed the white (called zuri), which has a low alcohol content, is mildly effervescent and is crisp and dry.  Bodega Aizpurua is the second oldest Txakoli winery in the world, dating back to 1834. I recommend checking out their website for a history of the winery.

 

STREAM: It’s Stephen King’s world. We just live in it.

Yes. This is another Stephen King sourced TV series. Only, this is different. It is based on characters he has created and shared in stories going all the way back to the beginning of his career. They take place in a fictional town called Castle Rock which has been the locale for many of his past works. So far, this is fantastic stuff. Bill Skarsgård who was brilliant as Pennywise in the recent IT movie, plays an altogether different sort of creepy guy here. And the supporting line up is equally fantastic – Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn and J.J. Abrams (who produce the series and can do no wrong in my book) favorite Terry O’Quinn are among the best. It is available on Hulu.

 

READ: Life and stories from a Basque village

I discovered this book when it was published. Living in a region of the country with a large Basque population, I have always been curious about the culture. This book was originally written in the Basque language (this happens less than you might think) and translated for those of us who don’t read or write Euskara. It have since re-read it several times and have given it as countless gifts. It’s all about the story, or in this case, the stories. They resemble Russian nesting dolls in terms of how they reveal themselves and it is a wonderful piece of writing.

 

EAT: Pintxos are your friends. Your delicious, delicious friends.

Chances are you have heard about tapas. They are how Spain does appetizers. And they come in a wonderful array of varieties. Also called pintxos, they make a great addition to your party planning skills. This recipe book does a great job of describing the different kinds of tapas, shares the history, and provides a great selection to try for yourselves. To learn more about the book, head on over here.

 

DRINK2: Get to know the Kalimotxo.

Better yet, have one on a hot summer night hanging out with friends. It is simply cola and red wine. That’s it. Sometimes called Poor Man’s Sangria, this is a Basque favorite and even I, who positively scoffed at the notion of trying one, fell victim to its charms. But be warned – they are sneaky, go down easy, and can wreak havoc with you the next day. It’s a great way to make use of that bottle you didn’t finish. What do you mean that never happens?

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently undergoing a Tim Improvement Project™ (Version 4.0) and he understands that this is a life-long endeavor. 


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Wiz Khalifa ft. Problem “Gin & Drugs,” Macklemore ft. King Draino “How To Play The Flute” & More | Daily Visuals 7.19.18

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Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers 2 just dropped a few days ago so you know that Wiz was going to go hard in support of his latest baby.

Linking up with Problem for the clip to “Gin & Drugs,” Wiz sets up in front of a green screen which allows all kinds of crazy CGI action without ever leaving the soundstage.

Speaking of crazy CGI, Macklemore follows suit for his trippy visuals to the King Draino assisted clip to “How To Play The Flute” (pause) where he goes from a deity on a heavenly throne to Bob Ross with the paint brush.

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Inside ‘Castle Rock’: Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ Spooky Supernatural Series

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Andre Holland is a superstar—Hollywood just hasn’t caught on yet.

Nonetheless, paired with one of the best casts on television, he once again proves his peerless talent in Castle Rock, Hulu’s new binge-watchable series based on the works of Stephen King. And yes, I mean works, plural. This 10-episode show isn’t an adaptation of any one particular King tome but, rather, is a project that synthesizes elements from many of his novels (both popular and lesser-known) for an all-new supernatural mystery set in one of his favorite fictional haunting spots: the quiet Maine town of Castle Rock.

Created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams—himself a King aficionado who for years tried to shepherd a long-form version of the author’s The Dark Tower to the screen—Castle Rock is, first and foremost, a showcase for Holland, the 38-year-old actor who initially made a splash in Steven Soderbergh’s superlative small-screen Cinemax effort The Knick, and followed that up with unforgettable turns in Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Barry Jenkins’ 2016 Best Picture winner Moonlight. Here, he’s magnetic as Henry Deaver, a criminal defense attorney who handles death row cases in Houston, to little success. After his latest failure, which ends in grim fashion, he receives a phone call from his home town of Castle Rock, informing him that Shawshank State Prison now houses a perplexing new inmate—who’s asked for Deaver personally.

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King of Her Heart! Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Stroll Hand-In-Hand on Romantic Caribbean Getaway

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn added more pages to their love story as they continued their romantic getaway at a luxury resort in Turks and Caicos late last week.

The “Delicate” singer wore a blue and white striped bikini as she strolled on the beach hand-in-hand with the actor on Thursday, enjoying a refreshing beverage after taking a quick dip in the ocean.

The couple — who dated secretly for months before their relationship became public last May — were also photographed in the water together over the Fourth of July holiday.

“They were lovey-dovey,” a source previously told PEOPLE of their salty swim.

RELATED: Taylor Swift Frolics in the Ocean with Boyfriend Joe Alwyn While on Vacation in Turks and Caicos

During the short break in her massive Reputation Stadium Tour schedule (she was back onstage Saturday in Columbus), the pop star had no shortage of R&R, as she basked in the sun during her much-deserved vacation.

Though both the Grammy winner, 28, and her British actor beau, 27, have kept their relationship under wraps, the singer gave fans a peek at their private romance on her sixth studio album reputation.

Most of reputation’s love songs — including “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” appear to be inspired by Alwyn — and her latest single “Delicate” and the sexy song “Dress” also shed light on the start of their low-key relationship.

“Flashback to when you met me / Your buzz cut / And my hair bleached,” sings Swift on “Dress,” possibly referencing the haircut Alwyn sported while filming Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk. The superstar had her hair bleached for a few months in the spring of 2016, and both stars attended the Met Gala that May.

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Alwyn and his family have been spotted at several shows in the States and in the U.K. since Swift kicked off her hit tour in May.

“She seems to be in a great place both career and love wise,” a source recently told PEOPLE. “Joe is just an amazing boyfriend. He is very supportive. Taylor adores his family. She’s in a very good place.”


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BET Genius Talks: Secrets to Success from Yvonne Orji, T.I., Charles King, and More

BET recently wrapped up their 18th annual award show over the weekend and presented a series of Genius Talks that were knowledgeable, insightful, and some, downright funny. Peep the highlights below.

Charles King and Terry Crews

During the 60 seconds with a Genius segment sponsored by AT&T, Crews asks King, what advice do you have for a young actor who wants to get put on? “Hone your craft, whether you’re doing local theater, whether you’re studying at school with an acting coach, whether you’re shooting videos with your friends, practice, practice, practice, practice.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Charles D. King and Terry Crews speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

 

Yvonne Orji and Jemele Hill

We tweeted this, and the numbers jumped so we know the folks at home were feelin’ it. Between Orji’s extreme comic relief, that woman is beyond funny, she said something that completely stood out and led to gasps from the audience, “Never let your talent or your gifts take you to a place that your character can’t keep you.”

Let that sink in.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Yvonne Orji and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

 

Mona Scott-Young and Jemele Hill

Scott-Young’s major keys:

  • “The first step is visualizing what you want to accomplish and the next step is actually taking the step.”
  • “If you’re focused, diligent, committed and consistent and the talent is there, then (your success) is inevitable.”

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Mona Scott-Young (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

 

Omari Hardwick and Jemele Hill

Sometimes the no, will get you to the yes.

Hill asked Hardwick, ‘During your lowest point, what was your big break?’ “It was either a backup of firefighting, then the day that I said no to the fire department, which I had passed all the tests to be admitted on, hours later after saying no to LA city fire department … I got a call that Spike Lee was gone be my first boss in life.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Omari Hardwick (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

 

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Stand your ground.

When Hill asked Tip about the Super Bowl coming to Atlanta, T.I.’s response was one for the records. “I have made a conscious decision not to support the NFL this year. I think there’s a violation of constitutional rights that’s being implemented to minority players who choose to have a peaceful silent protest.”

Enough said.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: T.I. speaks onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)

 

 

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Burger King Apologizes for an Ad Offering Burgers to Russian Women Who Get Pregnant by World Cup Players

(MOSCOW) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players.

Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning.

The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King’s social media accounts but was still circulating among Russian social network users. It promised a reward of free burgers to women who get “the best football genes” and “ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.”

In a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online.” It said the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

Ads in Russia often play on sexist stereotypes, notably ads around sporting events like the World Cup. Women’s rights activists have been increasingly speaking out against them.

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Burger King’s Mascot, the King, Joins Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Party for Justify

Legendary racehorse trainer Bob Baffert knows a thing or 2 about winning big races, including that they require some luck … which is why the King was by his side for Justify’s epic win! Baffert invited the Burger King mascot to join his party…

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Theatre Throwback: June 7th, 2018 | Inside the History of ‘The Lion King’

Today, Natalie goes deep into the history of “The Lion King” on Broadway, including its surprising Tony win. Four-year-old Natalie singing “The Circle of Life” in the car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyzmEF3nVM This summer, Natalie Noack will be hosting “Theatre Throwback” as a standalone episode for BroadwayRadio. Natalie Noack: @Natalie_Noack | Facebook BroadwayRadio: @BroadwayRadio | Facebook
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A year after the Packers picked him at No. 33 overall, they still haven’t seen Kevin King at his best but believe that will change soon.
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Meet ‘Fraver,’ King of Broadway’s Most Memorable Posters

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When Angela Lansbury saw Frank Verlizzo’s sketches for the poster for the 1979 Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, she queried why his drawing of her character, Mrs. Lovett, was so big.

“I think you’re going to be padded,” Verlizzo recalled telling her, now nearly 40 years later.

“Let’s use the thinnest drawing,” Lansbury advised him. “I’ll just play it fat.”

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King Leopold’s ghost: Belgium’s Africa museum to reopen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium’s Africa Museum, once a triumphant celebration of the country’s colonial past, is to reopen after years of renovations, with a more critical view on a dark piece of history.


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Stephen King Laments Donald Trump’s ‘Poverty of Thought’

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It’s a terrifying time for democracy, not only in the predictable pockets of repression around the world but right here at home in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

That was the sobering, indeed disturbing, message of Tuesday night’s PEN Literary Gala at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, where horror virtuoso Stephen King and dystopian storyteller Margaret Atwood, along with movie star Morgan Freeman, sounded the alarm to a celeb-studded, black-tie crowd of nearly 1,000.

People who write books—and, just as important, people who read them—“are the crucial counterweight to those who are close-minded and mean-spirited,” King told dinner-goers sitting precariously under the museum’s 21,000-pound, 94-foot-long giant blue whale suspended from the ceiling; they included Malcolm Gladwell, Carl Bernstein, Masha Gessen, Walter Mosley, Mona Simpson, Ron Chernow, Robert Caro, Gay Talese, and actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Stephen King Tells Colbert Why Trump Blocked Him on Twitter

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“The last time I was here, I had a president who had just given me a National Medal of the Arts,” Stephen King said when he sat down on The Late Show couch Wednesday night. “Now we’ve got a president who blocked me on Twitter.”

King, whose newest novel is called The Outsider, just happened to be visiting Stephen Colbert on the same day a federal judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional for the president of the United States to block users from seeing his tweets. “So my question is: do I really want to follow that guy?” the author asked. “I don’t think so.”

“What did you do to that good man that hurt his feelings so much that he felt the only way to defend himself from your harsh and hurtful words was to block you on Twitter?” Colbert asked.

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Dennis Basso, the King of Fur, and Now a Little Bit More

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Backstage before his New York Fashion Week show at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue, Dennis Basso, the king of fur for many a Trump (he’s a family friend) and rich New York City lady, revealed he was celebrating 35 years in the fashion business.

“It went by in a snap,” Basso said in his gravely timbre. And to mark the milestone, it was time for a change. This collection included sportswear, he said, not just fur. Watch out for evening dresses and leather, he said. Even denim. “I love fashion,” he said of having no plans to retire. “It doesn’t feel like work.”

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In Case You Missed it, Wendy’s Dropped A Mixtape Roasting McDonald’s and Burger King

Last month, Wendy’s changed the game by releasing a five-track mixtape that ruthlessly takes aim at its two biggest haters, McDonald’s and Burger King. On the project, which is titled “We Beefin’,” the restaurant’s famous red-head mascot, aka “Queen Wendy,” proclaims itself as “fast food’s first lady” over trap-style beats. The clever marketing ploy also features album artwork of the chain’s signature square burger patty.

“Rest in Grease,” one of the most popular songs on the EP, takes direct shots at McDonald’s with the lyrics: “You’re No. 1?That’s a joke/Why your ice cream machine always broke?/Why your drive-through always slow?/Why your innovation just can’t grow?”

Wendy’s took it a step further by dedicating an entire song bashing its burger rival’s mascot Ronald McDonald called “Clownin’.” On the track, the artist raps, “You hide from funk / That’s prolly why you go paint your face / My meals are great, people lining up like every day / Leave you in shame, make you run back to Cirque du Soleil / That’s cold game / But what you expect from tryna play / Won’t say no names but you a clown / Get it, OK?”

Another track, titled “Holding It Down,” takes jabs at Burger King with lyrics: “The problem is you didn’t recognize I give no clucks / So wrap it up, turn these chickens to rubber ducks / And BK, don’t think that you got away / You copied my old menu and put it out on replay.”

Since its release on March, 23, the innovative branding strategy has been well-received by social media users. Here’s why:

1. It’s creative

The diss EP goes beyond traditional marketing avenues and gimmicks. Rather than saturating consumers with more advertisements, the project allows Wendy’s to reach its audience through a new medium that gives the company an edge over the competition.

2. It speaks to millennials

The lyrics on “We Beefin’?” speaks the language of young people by using trendy terminology and capitalizing off the entertainment value of rap battle beefs. Plus, it meets the demographic in spaces that they frequent: Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play.

3. It capitalizes on the power of hip-hop as a marketing tool

The mixtape taps into hip-hop’s global multibillion-dollar market, which is often used—and misused—by mainstream corporations. Back in the ’90s, for instance, Sprite collaborated with rappers like Grand Puba and Large Professor for its iconic “Obey Your Thirst” campaign. Amazon also recently collaborated with rap’s reigning queen, Cardi B, to push its brand.

4. It caters to the growing black buy power

According to a 2015 Nielsen study, African American households earning at least $ 75,000 are growing rapidly, while black Americans make up about 20% of the U.S. population. Black buying power cannot be neglected and denied. Rather, it’s a smart move for companies to tap into this market. Pepsi and Doritos, for instance, featured high-profile black entertainers in a series of Super Bowl ads in an effort to reach the audience.

5. It’s on brand

The Wendy’s Twitter account is notorious for its sassy and snarky clapbacks at haters and for trolling competitors. “We Beefin’?” brilliantly personifies the account’s witty personality as a rap savage.

 

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Keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Alive In Memphis

All eyes will turn to Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4 in remembrance of one of the most tragic events in American history. Exactly 50 years ago, the life of the nation’s greatest freedom fighter was taken by a bullet in 1968. The painstaking moment occurred while Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the second-floor balcony at the Lorraine Motel. Today, the site where the iconic activist was fatally shot has been preserved as a landmark and marks the location of the National Civil Rights Museum. In honor of his life and legacy, the museum is hosting a three-day commemoration aptly named after his final book Where Do We Go From Here? that will include a wreath-laying ceremony, remarks, and musical performances.

The museum will also ring a bell situated atop a scaffold just south of the Lorraine Motel at 6:01 p.m. CT., the exact minute that King was shot. The bell will toll 39 times to honor his short life. Then, minutes later, a choir of bells in churches, universities, town halls, and other institutions around the world will reverberate across the globe, just like his words and activism.

In an interview with Black Enterprise, Terri Lee Freeman, the National Civil Rights Museum president and brainchild of the tribute, spoke about the impact that King left in Memphis and how the city is keeping his legacy alive.

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“We know why he came to Memphis. He came to support sanitation workers in their effort to achieve a reasonable working market, a reasonable wage, [and] reasonable benefits,” Freeman told BE in reference to King’s trip to the Bluff City to support the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike. The union workers had been on strike since March 12 for higher wages and better treatment. During his trip, King led a march of more than 6,000 people while the workers held signs declaring their agency, which read, “I am a man.”

In addition to demanding equal pay, the black workers were fighting for protection. “Two sanitation workers did end up killed in a sanitation truck,” Freeman said.

Protecting the Poor

Along with fighting for racial equality and workers’ rights, King was dedicated to eradicating poverty. “In fact, in his book, Where Do We Go From Here?, he talked about a guaranteed wage for people so that no one would have to live in poverty in a country as wealthy as the United States of America. And this is back in 1968,” said Freeman.

The civil rights leader acknowledged the legal and political gains that had been made, but he remained frustrated at the lack of economic progress for people of color. “We could all sit at a lunch counter together and order, “but he said what good does it make if you can sit at a lunch counter, if you can’t afford to buy hamburgers?” said Freeman.

“His emphasis was really on the issues of economics and who had money and who didn’t.” As a result, she says a significant part of the programming at the museum reflects on economic justice. “As we go through these days, there’s certainly an emphasis in that arena, particularly as Dr. King was heading towards the Poor People’s Campaign.”

50 Years Later

Reflecting on King’s dream and legacy, Freeman admits that while some elements in society have changed, the playing field between blacks and whites if far from even. Last month, the museum and the University of Memphis released a report that tracks poverty in Shelby County (which contains Memphis) in the decades following King’s assassination. The results? The findings proved that “progress has been made over the last 50 years, but not enough,” said Freeman.

According to the research, 48% of African American children in Shelby County live in poverty. That’s more than four times greater than the childhood poverty rate for white kids in the area. Meanwhile, the median income for black Americans has remained at roughly half that of whites for the last 50 years. Furthermore, the incarceration rate for African Americans has increased 50% since 1980, while the rate for whites has dropped.

Moving Forward

“Now we have the data, what do we need to do to bridge that gap?” Freeman asked rhetorically. She went on to stress the importance for the museum to use the data to provide a platform for activist organizations to take action. “I see the museum really as playing the role of not just a place where people come and look at the history and learn the stories and better understand what the true episodes of the Civil Rights Era movement were, but to now come here and actually make history. We do a lot of public programming that allows us to present thought leaders all throughout the year on different topics.” Her goal is to get visitors to interact with the museum at a very practical level.

She also referenced the recent shooting of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African American father in Sacramento who was shot 20 times while standing in his grandparents’ backyard last month. Recent reports reveal that he was hit by 8 bullets in his back and one in his neck. “I can make no sense of it,” she said. “Clearly, we need to have some real, authentic conversations with our policing community.”

“These instances continue to occur. It tells us frankly, what it means to be an African American man…and what you’re profiled as, even when you don’t have a weapon.”

“It continues to be heartbreaking to see that the African American community often finds itself on the defense in so many instances and, particularly, as it relates to public safety.”

“We’ve had a partnership with the police department where they bring new recruits to see the museum and to see the history, to better understand the story, and also to understand why there’s been tension between the African American community and public safety police officers.”

“I think that the majority of those people who go into policing go into it for the right reason, but I do think that there are implicit biases that all of us have that affect how we interact with other people. And far too often, African American men are vilified and so they become that scary figure.”

 

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Larry King: Kardashian-Jenner Family Are ‘Uncomfortably Important’

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Even Larry King can’t stop keeping up! The syndicated radio host opened up about the famous family’s influence during an exclusive interview with Us Weekly on Tuesday, April 3.

I think the Kardashian phenomena is a great example of something that is unimportantly important. Why do we care? What do they even do? No matter what people want to say about them, we’re clearly drawn to them,” King, 84, who received his seventh Emmy nomination for Larry King Now in March, explained.

Ryan Seacrest does such an amazing job producing that show,” said the TV veteran, who added that he’s met momager Kris Jenner “and I like her and all the kids.”

King explained that, while the reality star brood “don’t have these fantastic talents we relate to celebrity,” the world still has a “fantastic interest” in their lives. “It’s an overwhelming interest and a great example of the current state of pop culture in America,” he noted. “They don’t do much, but because of the paparazzi, TMZ and the way that we intake pop culture via social media, they are famous and we know about their lives. The Kardashians are the best example of the current state of pop culture in America that we are living in.”

The Larry King Live alum even compared the E! stars’ influence to a baseball legend. “Someone asked me who the best example of the roaring ‘20s was and I said Babe Ruth. He was living lavish, having an indulgent time with his life, eating everything and too much of it, but that was life during that time,” he said. “The Kardashians are the perfect example of the times we are living in right now. They share so much of their lives. We are constantly invited in to every aspect of their lives.”

Referencing his own children, sons Cannon, 17, and Chance, 19, he continued, “I have two teenage boys who spend all their time on their iPhone, consuming information and watching the seemingly mundane parts of people’s lives. That is a great indicator of our current state of pop culture. We like to be let into their lives and follow them in that way. It doesn’t need to be miraculous, there just needs to be a lot of openness, and there surely is that.”

King interviewed Kim Kardashian in August 2010 and he also sat down with one of the long-running series’ producers, Seacrest, 43, in March 2013.

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‘PUBG’ Vs ‘Fortnite’: Which Battle Royale is King?

Nothing exists in a vacuum. It is a part of the human condition to wonder what is best, and as such we will always see things compared. Marvel vs DC, Picard vs Kirk, Hemsworth vs Pine vs Pratt vs Evans (I’m on team O’Dowd). And with two massive Battle Royale games in the mix, our collective souls ache to work out which is better: Fortnite: BR, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)?

It obviously comes down to personal preference, and there are all sorts of reasons you might like one over another. So in this piece, we’ll try to compare the two games based on a number of factors — that way you’ll be able to determine where your preferences might lie.

Price and Platform

There are two easy ways we can determine which of these games is better for you right off the bat here. First — are you willing to spend money to play a Battle Royale game?

Tens of millions have, and most of them are happy with their purchase. But if you don’t want to put down any money, then Fortnite: BR is the game for you — it’s free on all platforms, supported instead by microtransactions (for cosmetics only). If you’re happy plonking down $ 30 USD, you should grab PUBG — if for some reason you decide it’s not the game for you, Fortnite: BR will still be free later.

There’s another thread to factor in though — what platform are you playing on? If you’re playing games on console, Fortnite: BR is again the clear victor — it’s on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and word is they might even be able to battle against one another one day. It now works on mobile, too. PUBG is only available on Xbox at the moment, which removes it as an option if you’re on the PS4. If you’re playing on PC, then the sky’s the limit (as always).

The Original And The Best?

We’re really in the weeds here people. Origins are a tricky subject, because the original variant isn’t always the best. Not many people are playing Dota any more, for example — it’s all DOTA 2 or League of Legends (or one of a million other MOBA variants).

With that said, though, PUBG came first. In fact, Fortnite: BR only exists because Epic Games — having spent five years developing a “Save the World” Player vs Environment (PvE) experience and releasing it to an underwhelming reception — saw the success of PUBG and churned out a clone of it as quickly as they could. PUBG wasn’t the original — before it came H1Z1, and before that was Arma 3‘s Battle Royale mod (and before that the Arma 2 BR mod) — but there’s zero question that Fortnite‘s BR mode only exists because of Bluehole’s success.

Still, Fortnite isn’t a straight clone — in a lot of ways it’s more original than PUBG. PUBG refines the Battle Royale formula that Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene had struck upon back in Arma 2, and so it’s quite similar to the games that came before it — it’s just a lot better. Fortnite steers wildly clear of trying to mimic PUBG’s realistic gameplay formula, and instead strives for an arcadey feeling and varied gameplay. The addition of building means that Fortnite plays very different to PUBG — and it’s very different to every other game in the BR genre as well.

If you prefer sticking with the creator of the genre, then PUBG is the game for you. But if originality to you is about building on the formula, then Fortnite might be up your alley.

*Air Quotes Gesture* “Realism”

This is another point where personal preference is key — it’s the “realistic” vs “arcade” shooter debate! Maybe we can simplify this. Are you a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare fan, or a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fan? As the Call of Duty series progressed, the gameplay got faster, trying to keep up with the skillsets of players and the pace people seemed to want. But when Infinite Warfare launched alongside Modern Warfare Remastered, many people were reminded of how much fun they had with COD4‘s comparatively realistic, methodical playstyle.

PUBG is for those who want a bit of realism. It’s no Arma game, but the ballistics model is a fairly accurate representation of real gunplay. The muted colours, slower pace, and ability to go prone all lend PUBG a certain legitimacy. It’s a very serious style of game as a result, where going for the Chicken Dinner is all about strategic cleverness and pinpoint accuracy. If you want a modern combat military shooter, then PUBG is the game to play.

Fortnite is the arcade shooter, and it’s unashamed about it. You can ride on rockets, pop your glider to gain height quickly, drink armour potions, and generally goof about while working your way towards a Victory Royale.

The building system is relatively immediate, which is obviously unrealistic but also leads to some extremely interesting plays and counterplays. The arcadey shooting can be a pretty big drawback, however. Fortnite features ‘bloom,’ which means when you fire, bullets will hit anywhere inside the crosshair’s radius. It’s a very arcadey shooting model, and if your shooting skills aren’t up to par, it levels the playing field a little by adding luck into the mix — your opponent might be a better shooter than you, but if they get unlucky they will still miss.

If you are a good shooter, however, it can feel extremely unsatisfying to lose because of the bloom. It’s an extra layer of RNG (Random Number Generation) that can rob you of an otherwise well-earned victory. It’s getting better — Epic continues to refine the system — but it will probably never completely leave the game.

For me, that means that if I want to play to win I only play PUBG. Being good at PUBG means managing the RNG factors in the game to get the Chicken Dinner, and it’s clear that good players are able to beat the odds through good play more often than not.

The same is true in Fortnite, but RNG management there means accepting that sometimes you will outshoot someone and lose anyway. Still, if you’re not playing to win then Fortnite is an awesome option — the arcadey nature means you can have a lot of fun just playing in the game space.

Winner Winner

As I’ve said over and over, it comes down to personal preference, but for me PUBG is the better game. I have a banging PC, I have the $ 30 entry fee, I was a fan of the Arma 2 and Arma 3 mods and so I like the sense of progression.

Most importantly though, I like winning. And I like to feel like I earned my victories myself. But my little brother doesn’t have a good PC — just the PS4 — so if I want to play alongside him, there’s only one real option. And when we play together, it’s like I’m transported back in time, growing up and playing games with him, except now we’re playing Fortnite on separate massive screens. I love that Fortnite provides me with that opportunity, even if it’s not my preferred variant of the genre.

The best game is the one you get the most out of. The one you have the most fun with. It’s pretty awesome that we are as spoiled for choice as we are. PUBG for life though. It’s the game of choice for Ben Simmons, the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Angela Rye, Cicely Tyson, Phylicia Rashad and More on the Legacy of Dr. King [Video]

Leaders and legends in business and Hollywood convened at the 2nd annual The Humanity of Connection to recognize the extraordinary achievements of African American change makers and the power of human connectivity. Honorees included legendary actress Cicely Tyson; political commentator and entrepreneur Angela Rye; President of Essence Communications Inc. Michelle Ebanks; and Wes Moore, a bestselling author, social entrepreneur, and the CEO of Robin Hood.

The event, which was hosted by AT&T and held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City March 15, also set the stage for the screening of The Humanity of Connection film, which explores the fight for social justice and racial equality 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The short film was produced by Keith Clinkscales, founder of The Shadow League, and Tanya Lombard, the head of multicultural engagement and strategic alliances for AT&T.

Among the list of dignitaries in attendance was award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, who told Black Enterprise that films like The Humanity of Connection are needed to educate and inform younger generations of Dr. King’s legacy. “This generation has been deprived of a lot of understanding,” she said.

Other notables included Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor- in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine; Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, and Hazel Dukes, the president of the New York State Conference of the NAACP.

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During the ceremony, Tyson took the stage to collect her honor for her work as a historymaker and game-changer both on and off screen. “I made up my mind that I couldn’t afford the luxury of just being an actress. I had to use my platform,” said Tyson, who has been dedicated to advancing civil rights and a positive portrayal of African Americans in Hollywood throughout her career.

Tyson also said she was grateful to be recognized “as we celebrate and honor the life and everlasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was fortunate to be present at the MLK Memorial dedication in Washington, DC when it was erected in 2011 and I’m blessed to keep his memory and vision for that mountainous hope alive each and every day.”

“No one has held the dignity and pride of our community longer and stronger than Cicely Tyson,” the Rev. Al Sharpton told the audience.

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Rye delivered an impassioned speech advocating on the behalf of oppressed communities and called for people to work together in the name of love. “I hope we start modeling our lives after Dr. King, that we start understanding the importance of loving, loving the oppressed so that we can move ourselves out of a systemic oppressed situation so that our activism will be focused on and rooted in love and not combat hate with hate. It just doesn’t work and it’s exhausting—I’m tired of being mad,” said Rye.

Watch a recap of the second annual The Humanity of Connection below.

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The King Reigns Supreme: ‘Black Panther’ Up To $1B, Tops ‘Wrinkle In Time’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

“Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $ 41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $ 1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $ 562 million. Not accounting for inflation, it’s now passed “The Dark Knight.”

With a marketplace still dominated by “Black Panther,” Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay’s adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time,” which opened in second place with $ 33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $ 103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it’s currently at a “rotten” 44 percent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.

In gauging “A Wrinkle in Time’s” long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $ 33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $ 93 million domestically. “Tomorrowland,” however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as “A Wrinkle in Time.”

But the “Black Panther” effect is the x-factor here. For Disney, it’s a “win all around.”

“When you think about having two films at the top of the box office, it’s definitely a win all around,” says Disney’s worldwide theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis. “We’re feeling good about this start … We’re feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and (the Easter holiday).”

Hollis says he doesn’t think the studio would have done anything differently regarding “Wrinkle’s” release had they known the scope and longevity of “Black Panther’s” prospects.

“There’s always going to be competition in the marketplace,” he says. “With a tentpole strategy like ours, four weeks of separation is about what we can expect.”

Still, “Black Panther” has devoured the marketplace for a month straight now, leaving all other newcomers in the dust.

The new horror film “The Strangers: Prey At Night,” with Christina Hendricks, took third place with $ 10.5 million. The Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Red Sparrow” landed in fourth in its second weekend with $ 8.2 million and the comedy “Game Night” placed fifth with $ 7.9 million in weekend three.

Hardly any of the new releases, which also included the thriller “The Hurricane Heist” (8th place, $ 3.2 million) and the dark action comedy “Gringo,” (11th place, $ 2.6 million) were well-reviewed going into the weekend, save for the limited release independents like “Thoroughbreds,” which made $ 1.2 million from 549 locations, and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” which opened in four theaters to $ 181,000.

It also left room for the Academy Award best picture winner “The Shape of Water,” which is also available on home video, to capitalize on its post-Oscars stature. The Fox Searchlight film added 720 theaters and took in in $ 2.4 million from 1,552 locations, bringing its domestic total to $ 61 million.

But even though “Black Panther” has helped boost the year to date box office significantly, it’s also proving to be a continued challenge for any other wide release hoping for a piece of the market.

“Every movie that has opened in the wake of ‘Black Panther’ has had its work cut out for it,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We keep underestimating this film and it just shows no sign of slowing down.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Black Panther,” $ 41.1 million ($ 100 million international).

2.”A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 33.3 million ($ 6.3 million international).

3.”The Strangers: Prey At Night,” $ 10.5 million ($ 140,000 international).

4.”Red Sparrow,” $ 8.2 million ($ 15.7 million international).

5.”Game Night,” $ 7.9 million ($ 5.4 million international).

6.”Peter Rabbit,” $ 6.8 million ($ 4.8 million international).

7.”Death Wish,” $ 6.6 million ($ 3 million international).

8.”The Hurricane Heist,” $ 3.2 million ($ 1.9 million international).

9.”Annihilation,” $ 3.2 million.

10.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $ 2.8 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Black Panther,” $ 100 million.

2. “Operation Red Sea,” $ 23.8 million.

3. “Red Sparrow,” $ 15.7 million.

4. “Tomb Raider,” $ 14.1 million.

5. “The Shape of Water,” $ 11.3 million.

6. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $ 11.2 million.

7. “Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille,” $ 8.8 million.

8. “Amazing China,” $ 8.1 million.

9. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” $ 8 million.

10. “A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 6.3 million.

 

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Modern women give birth lying down because King Louis XIV was a creeper

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Thanks to having 22 children with his wives (and mistresses), King Louis XIV developed a fascination with birth that has lasting influence today.

Up until he entered the scene in the late 1600s women gave birth in most cultures around the world kneeling, squatting, sitting or standing. A bas-relief at the Temple of Esneh in Egypt even depicts Cleopatra giving birth on her knees (surrounded by five female attendants) way back in the BC era.

But although kneeling and squatting worked best for women for all of human history up until Louis’ time, those positions lacked one thing he couldn’t deal with — a view.

“Some scholars claim that the change in birthing position was a perverted caprice of King Louis XIV,” Professor Dundes wrote in the American Journal of Public Health, “Since Louis XIV reportedly enjoyed watching women giving birth, he became frustrated by the obscured view of birth when it occurred on birthing stool.”

He reportedly insisted a “birthing table” be designed, then watched while his mistress gave birth to one of his illegitimate children.

To be fair, it wasn’t just Louis who came up with the idea.

The lithotomy position so many of us have found ourselves in (reclined on a bed, spread eagle, often with feet in stirrups) was promoted by Francois Maurice in his 1668 book The Diseases of Women with Child and in Child-Bed. That title is a clear indication of his line of thinking, as he went on to refer to pregnancy as a “tumor of the Belly” caused by an infant.

He argued that a position reclining or lying down in bed was not only more comfortable for the laboring woman, but more convenient for her doctors.

That being said, it still seems King Louis’ power and resulting influence can be blamed for popularizing giving birth lying down.

“The influence of the King’s policy is unknown, although the behavior of royalty must have affected the populace to some degree,” Professor Dundes wrote. “Louis XIV’s purported demand for change did coincide with the changing of the position and may well have been a contributing influence.”

Who would want to give birth squatting like a peasant rather than lying down like a royal lady? Everyone should be the answer, yet 300 years later many of us (including myself, twice) still labor and deliver on our backs — a position that can narrow the birth canal by up to a third.

Pretty crazy to think a long-dead king with kink may have contributed to those 20+ hour labors I endured. Wish I had known more about this during my pregnancies and not just assumed lying flat on the bed was the way things were done.

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Dennis Basso, the King of Fur, and Now a Little Bit More

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Backstage before his New York Fashion Week show at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue, Dennis Basso, the king of fur for many a Trump (he’s a family friend) and rich New York City lady, revealed he was celebrating 35 years in the fashion business.

“It went by in a snap,” Basso said in his gravely timbre. And to mark the milestone, it was time for a change. This collection included sportswear, he said, not just fur. Watch out for evening dresses and leather, he said. Even denim. “I love fashion,” he said of having no plans to retire. “It doesn’t feel like work.”

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Look But Don’t Dunk: Meet the NBA’s New Bling King of Luxury Backboards

Victor Solomon is a jeweler whose clients include Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce, but he isn’t making masterpieces to wear. Instead, the artist is making the most unnecessarily extravagant basketball hoops you’ve ever seen. 

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This Day In Black History: ‘Home Run King’ Is Born

Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed ‘Hammerin’ Hank,’ was born the third of eight on Feb. 5, 1934 in an underprivileged neighborhood in Mobile, Alabama. At the young age of 8, Henry and his family moved to Toulminville, a middle-class neighborhood nearby, where he developed a passion for baseball and football. He attended segregated Central High School, where he played third base and shortstop on the school’s team.

In his junior year, young Henry transferred to a private school that had a structured baseball program. In 1951, he left high school to play for the Indianapolis Clowns, a team in the Negro Leagues, which he led to victory in the league’s 1952 World Series. Shortly after, he was recruited for $ 10,000 by the Milwaukee Braves and named “Northern League Rookie of the Year.” Two years later, in 1954, at the age of 20, he joined the MLB. His first year he had a batting average of .280, and in the 1955 season he hit more than 27 home runs, had 106 runs batted in, and held a batting average of .328. During the 1957 World Series against the New York Yankees, Aaron hit a home run in the 11th inning, causing the Braves to win which was a major upset, and helping him to earn the title of the National League’s MVP.

Aaron was a loyal activist in the civil rights movement; he also supported the NAACP. Together with his wife, Billye, Aaron created the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to help children develop and achieve their potential. In addition, the baseball superstar would speak about opportunities for minorities. He once stated, “On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again.”

Over the next decade and a half, Aaron continued to succeed, averaging 30 to 40 home runs per season. At the age of 39, he achieved a skyrocketing high of 40 home runs, just one run behind Babe Ruth’s sacred record of 714. Aaron began to receive death threats and hate mail that said a black man should not dare try to break baseball’s most sanctified record. On April 8, 1974, Aaron broke the record with his 715th home run in the fourth inning against the LA Dodgers. Afterwards, he returned to Milwaukee to finish his career, and retired there as a player, later becoming executive vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

Today, the 81-year-old Aaron is senior vice president of the Braves, and a leader and spokesman on getting players of color into the league. Aaron was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1982, and in 1999, the MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award, which would be presented every year to the best overall hitter in each league. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 from President George W. Bush because of Aaron’s humanitarian ventures. Aaron now resides in Georgia and remains one of the best hitters in baseball history. He is responsible for breaking many baseball records; he is especially known for obtaining the most career home runs (755 in total), which lasted for more than two decades. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund awarded him the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Watch the below video for an interview with ‘Hammerin Hank’ who was honored with the A.G. Gaston Award last year at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Summit.

 

 

 

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The Best Film & Stage Portrayals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – RANKED

David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films. SEL-00305

Depicting historical icons comes with huge responsibility, and few measure up to the skill required to take on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Several actors have played the activist over the years, all bringing something different to the table with each portrayal.

Here, we’ve ranked the top five portrayals of MLK from both the screen and stage. Celebrate the icon with the best who dared walk in his shoes.

5. Robert Guillaume – Prince Jack

Robert Guillaume played MLK in the 1985 film Prince Jack, based on the presidency of John F. Kennedy. His performance was just one of many during his extensive career to receive both critical and fan acclaim.

4. Samuel L. Jackson – The Mountaintop on Broadway

Samuel L. Jackson made his Broadway debut in 2011 portraying the icon in The Mountaintop opposite Angela Bassett. The role was particularly meaningful for Jackson, as he was an usher at Dr. King’s funeral in 1968.

3. Paul Winfield – KING

Paul Winfield was the first to portray the leader on screen, starring as the civil rights activist in the 1978 miniseries, KING. While over 17 different actors have since portrayed MLK, Winifield’s initial performance still stands as one of the most powerful.

2. Jeffrey Wright – Boycott

Jeffrey Wright perfected the role of MLK in 2001’s TV movie, Boycott.

1. David Oyelowo – Selma

David Oyelowo earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of King in 2014’s Selma. 

Powerful imagery of Oyelowo as the slain leader struck a chord nationwide, as the film’s release paralleled Ferguson, Missouri protests after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen, Mike Brown, by police.

While the country may be five decades removed from these historic marches, their influence is seen in protests and boycotts throughout the country. Whether combating police brutality or white supremacy, Selma gives young freedom fighters a 101 on the peaceful perseverance that slowly but surely brings about change.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Anthony Mackie in All the Way (2016), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice talent) for The Boondocks (2006), Clifton Powell in Selma, Lord Selma (1999).

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Blac Chyna Honors Daughter Dream Kardashian and Son King Cairo with New Hand Tattoos

Blac Chyna has added to her collection of body ink.

The star, 29, showed off her new hand tattoos on Snapchat Friday that honored her 5-year-old son King Cairo with ex Tyga, and 13-month-old daughter Dream with ex Rob Kardashian.

Chyna got her oldest child’s name on her left-hand while on her right-hand was her little girl’s name in the same calligraphy. The mother of two had Dream’s name inked over her previous tattoo which was rapper Future‘s name, whom she was romantically linked to.

Chyna and the rapper dated briefly before she moved on to Kardashian, whom she split from in February, ending their engagement after dating on and off since January 2016.

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“We’ll be spending together at my house,” Chyna told PEOPLE of hers and her children’s holiday plans. “King is really excited about Santa, decorating the Christmas tree and his gifts! So it’s really exciting to get the house holiday ready. And Dream is fascinated with Santa and loves all of the lights. She’s getting into it all.”

Dream, who celebrated her 1st birthday in November, has started “walking and running,” revealed Chyna. “It’s so much fun chasing her around!” she said. “And she’s started to say words, so it’s really fun seeing her personality come out.”

Meanwhile, Dream’s father — who has battled weight gain and depression — is “in a sad state.”

“He only cares about Dream and loves spending time with her, but that’s about it,” a source told PEOPLE on Monday. “He doesn’t seem excited about anything else.”

Kardashian and Chyna are “still in disagreement when it comes to money,” the source added. But according to an insider close to Chyna, “It’s actually been pretty mellow between them.”


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‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ Book II Update is Proof Mobile Will Be King for Nintendo

Fire Emblem Heroes is likely not the most well-known game from Nintendo to hit mobile devices. After proclaiming their entry into the mobile gaming market, the company launched Super Mario Run — featuring everyone’s favorite adventuring ex-plumber — launched last December to much fanfare. But the hype soon died down and people stopped talking about it. It was, after all, just another endless runner clone with a Mario skin.

However, in February of this year, Nintendo launched its second mobile game. And this one, it would seem, would have the kind of longevity that the company aspired to have. Fire Emblem Heroes — available now as free-to-play with purchases on iOS and Android — uses the Fire Emblem franchise. The IP that had faded into obscurity but was revived in 2013 with Nintendo 3DS title Fire Emblem: Awakening. The release of Fire Emblem Fates in 2016 catapulted the series back into the spotlight, and its explosion in popularity likely encouraged Nintendo to use it for their next mobile project.


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The battle continues.

A Concept That Just Works

Fire Emblem’s core gameplay tenants are a perfect fit for mobile. Moving your units around the battle requires just a swipe or tap, and Fire Emblem Heroes can be played in short bursts or long sprints. Nintendo has released free updates monthly for the entirety of its 11-month lifetime. The only things you can buy with real-world money are Orbs to summon new heroes and upgrade your castle, and items that allow you to keep playing without a cooldown time — all items that can also be earned at a decent rate through gameplay.

Earlier this week, Nintendo pushed a significant update to Fire Emblem Heroes, including the ability to add new boosts to weapons. But the meat of the update is Book II, a narrative expansion that promises to be just as huge as the 13-chapter story already available in Fire Emblem Heroes. Book II so far only has two chapters to fight through, but with an entirely new set of characters to learn about and new Fire Emblem characters to collect, it’s clear this expansion will be significant.


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New enemies threaten the balance in the war between Askr and the Emblians.

The story of Book II picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of Book I. The player character, Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna find themselves on a new battlefield. They rescue Fjorm, a princess from a kingdom under siege by the team’s common enemy, Princess Veronica of the Emblian empire. Fjorm reveals that a new foe has arisen to help Veronica destroy the kingdom of Askr and capture its heroes. But obviously, you and your team are having none of it.

A Long Road Ahead

Learning more about Fjorm’s kingdom and past, as well as why other villains are teaming up with Veronica, seem to be the core of this unraveling story. Fjorm is an interesting character; unlike the boisterous Anna, tough Shareena and courageous Alfonse, Fjorm is strong and yet very quiet. It will be interesting to see how these personalities clash or get along.

Fire Emblem Heroes has added new bonus maps every week since its launch, but these maps were always one-off affairs with a chance to score a rare in-game good or character. However, the introduction of Book II is proof that Nintendo is committed to delivering one of the high-quality console experiences the company is known for on a mobile device. Super Mario Run was a light appetizer. Fire Emblem Heroes is the main course. With a side of the recently-released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, of course.

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Comedian Steve Martin’s famous portrayal of King Tut on “Saturday Night Live” has suddenly come under fire by students at an ultra-liberal college in Oregon. Students in a humanities class at Reed College blasted the inclusion of the ancient skit in their coursework, branding it a vile example of cultural appropriation — as they demanded…
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Zachary Levi and Mark Strong to star in DC's Shazam!: As Justice League gets ready to open, Warner Bros. announced some big news on another DC movie in the works: Shazam! will star Zachary Levi (who can be seen in the new Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok) as the title superhero and Mark Strong as villain Doctor Sivana. Read more here and here.

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‘1922’ Review: Dull, Downbeat Stephen King Adaptation That Disappoints

What is 1922?

In this adaptation of the Stephen King story, from the Full Dark, No Stars collection, Thomas Jane plays Wilfred James, a farmer frustrated by his wife Arlette’s ambition and plans to move to the city. So Wilfred murders Arlette in cold blood and buries her on the land. But fear and guilt start to eat away at him, slowly driving Wilfred mad.

A Dark Tale

In 1922, Thomas Jane’s Wilfred informs us via voiceover, “A man’s pride was a man’s land. And so was his son.” Which is fitting, as it’s pride, and his son, and the land on which they live that are ultimately Wilfred’s undoing.

It’s a dark story. And one that’s been told many times before, in the Bible, in myths and fables, and in a thousand TV movies. But this is an adaptation of Stephen King’s take on uxoricide, meaning it’s a particularly nasty version.

Wilfred may have once loved his wife Arlette, but that love has now turned into hate, precipitated by her inheriting 100 acres of land, and desiring to leave it behind in favour of a life in the city.

This goes against everything Wilfred believes. He’s a farmer, from farming stock, his own 80 acres being passed down to him by his father, with plans to one day pass them onto his son. He also believes “cities are for fools.”

The pair are therefore at a pretty serious crossroads. Arlette suggests divorce, offering to sell the land and split the proceeds. But she also wants to keep their boy Henry. Which is simply unacceptable to Wilfred, pride preventing him from even entertaining the notion.

And so Wilfred decides to murder Arlette, roping in young Henry, killing her in the bed they share, and throwing the body down the well on their land. But the rats eating the remains of her carcass are far from the last we’ve seen of Arlette.


Thomas Jane as Wilfred James in 1922.

Guilt and Paranoia

In spite of the fact that this is Stephen King material, 1922 isn’t a supernatural story of a victim returning from the dead to wreak revenge on the living. Here, the horror is the guilt and paranoia that slowly drives Wilfred mad. But that story just isn’t interesting enough. Everything you expect Wilfred to say and do, he does, making 1922 far too predictable.

It’s also relentlessly grim. Which is fine as the story is hardly the stuff of joy and laughter. But a brief montage — focusing on Henry’s journey post-murder — is terrific, injecting life into proceedings, and putting the rest of the film to shame. It also tells a tale that’s more interesting than the one we’re forced to return to.

Thomas Jane is near unrecognisable in the lead role, his Wilfred a million miles away from the likeable everymen he played in past Stephen King adaptations Dreamcatcher and The Mist. Here, he’s less a man, and more a clenched fist, his perma-squint and gritted teeth hinting at the rage bubbling beneath his surface. And it’s an effective performance.

But unlike the book, we never truly get inside his head over the course of proceedings. We hear his inner monologue via that aforementioned voiceover, with Wilfred narrating events from a hotel room. But we never get a sense of what truly makes him tick, making for a psychological study that fails to capture the essence of its subject.

1922 looks nice, capturing the beauty of the Nebraskan countryside in the summer, and the harsh cruelty of its winters when the proverbial hits the fan. And it sounds good, queasy strings perfectly complementing the unpleasant images onscreen. But sharp pictures and sounds just aren’t enough in a film that falls frustratingly flat.

Is 1922 Good?

1922 is based on a Stephen King novella that’s just over 100 pages long. And that’s one of the film’s major problems, the slight story stretched over 100-minutes when it might have been better served as a short.

The film is well crafted, with writer-director Zak Hilditch maintaining a downbeat tone that’s in-keeping with the themes being explored. And it’s well acted, with Thomas Jane solid in the lead, and Neal McDonough lending quality support in a small but important role.

But ultimately, 1922 is a thriller that lacks tension, and a horror film that lacks scares. Making for a frustrating viewing experience that’s uninspired, predictable, and just a little bit dull.

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