Well Said! Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) “Torches The Color Line” and Racism!

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It is a new day–and a more diverse one. Which is why it comes at such a surprise that a great actor like Michael B. Jordan has been met with such racist mantra and outrage over his casting as the new Human Torch in this year’s reboot of Fantastic Four. Honestly, now that we think about it this is not a surprise. Just think about the barrage of racism Amandla Stenberg for being cast as Rue in The Hunger Games, Tyrese when he hinted be the new Green Lantern, or Quvenzhane Wallis for Annie. 

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Michael B. Jordan, however, is no longer let these nasty nay sayers get to him. Via Entertainment Weekly  he penned an amazing response to those to small minded to see the power in his character:

You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.

Kudos, Michael! Kudos!

Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) Wants To Create a Fitness Empire!

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Eva Longoria is more than a former “Desperate Housewife” – she wants to launch her own fitness empire; complete with series of diet and fitness DVDs.

Eva, who owns her own Mexican restaurant is reportedly eager to create a series of diet and fitness DVDs targeted at Hispanic women. A source close to the actress said: “Eva noticed that there is a major lack of health resources for Latinas. So she wants to work with chefs at her Beso restaurant to produce a series of video segments about diet and nutrition in addition to creating her own Jane Fonda-like exercise videos.”

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Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) Puts Career as An Actress First!

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Laverne Cox, the Orange is The New Black star and LGBT activist, has admitted she puts her career as an actress over her beliefs because she loves being an artist.

Earlier this month while speaking at a screening of her series Orange is The New Black in Hollywood, she said: The work of being an artist is about… it’s not about being politically correct. It’s not always about making people happy. It’s not about always being careful what you say, and I love that space of being an artist, and that is what I always prioritize.”

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The new starlet added that she has struggled to adapt since finding fame on the show and still isn’t used to the platform it has given her to express her views. “I’m learning… At the end of the day, I understand that I’m just a storyteller. Even in my advocacy. I’m really telling stories.”

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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Summer Just Got Interesting! Gear Up for HBO’s “Entourage!”

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HBO is known for its legendary television series. Through them we have met some of the most stylish women, Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones; the most ferocious criminal, Simon Adebisi, and the coolest guys in Entourage. Thankfully, the execs at HBO wizened up and decided that Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys, Turtle, Drama, Ari, and E. deserve a Big Screen shindig of their own this summer!

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The film picks up where the series left off still chronicling Vince’s career. This time, however, Ari has started his own film studio and has to bankroll Vince’s directorial debut. Vince’s film hits snag when it goes over its $100 million dollar budget by an additional $15 million dollars. Now the guys have to court and unwilling billionaire into fueling the rest of the project. Is Vince worried at all? Nope! He figures if all else fails he and his boys can just go back to Queens. Ari might just have a problem with that!

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This film is gold for fans of the series and will definitely attract new viewers. It is great to see the guys back together and up to their old antics. Then check out the star studded guest appearances from some pretty stellar celebrities. It is definitely going to be interesting when Vince meets Mark Wahlberg, the star Entourage  is based off of. I know I will be first in line on. Gear up this is gonna be one helluva movie!

You can catch Entourage in theaters everywhere June 3rd!

No Meat Goodies! Three Wonder Foods for the Beginner Vegetarian!

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Cheerful blonde woman holding a bowl of vegetable salad and she is eating it.

Most people do not know that for nearly a month now I have been a practicing vegetarian. Why? You might ask. Skin and weight issues! At 31, my acne flared out of control leaving visible scars on my face and neck. Then I learned I gained twelve pounds over the course 2014. Something I am never going to be proud of. Thankfully, Proactiv and my personal trainer Dru (IG: @drufit_) corrected my skin and weight, but I still needed a lifestyle change, something I never dreamed of trying before. Thus, vegetables became my yellow brick road to enlightenment!

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Hot Summer Fashion! The Jersey Swimsuit Phenomenon!

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Beyonce and Nicki Minaj recently came out on Tidal with the music video for the song, Feeling Myself. 

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In the song we saw many fashion statements including a Chicago Bulls jersey swimsuit with Derrick Rose number (1) on the front.

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Thanks to Beyonce, this jersey swimsuit has now set a trend blaze! On social media, people have posted pictures with their own version of the infamous jersey swimsuit.

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Others are even getting some good laughs at the trend.

Now, before you bring out the sewing machine or purchase a rendition of your own, ask yourself this question; is it worth it? Will this trend even last long?

I think not. This item is a basketball jersey dress reincarnated into a swimsuit. Just like the jersey dress hiding in the dark corner of your drawers (unless you burned it), so will the jersey swimsuit reside in the future, young grasshopper.

However, what’s the fun in trends if you’re not going to test the waters? Have some fun! Buy your own jersey swimsuit, take those pictures on Instagram, and use the jersey swimsuit as a reminder of Beyonce’s influence on the world.

Beyonce’s swimsuit was custom made by Timothy White. However, Love Jones Reconstruct has similar versions that are available for purchase.

Viva la fashion!

Written By: Sarai Thompson

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Sideline Celebrity Fashion! The NBA’s (@NBA) Eastern & Western Playoffs!

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Mar 6, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 106-97. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1 has come and left for the NBA’s Eastern and Western Conference finals. The last four teams on the chopping board are the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Atlanta Hawks in the East; the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in the West.

For the chance to be NBA Championship, both teams are fighting to be NBA Championship winners and obtain the coveted ring.

The festivities of the NBA Playoffs not only come from the players, but the fans. People from all over America, and the world, purchase tickets or gather around a television screen to root for their favorite teams. There are no criteria for being an NBA fan.

Amongst the many joyous fans that attend the NBA Playoff games are celebrities.

There celebrities show up in excitement to cheer on their favorite teams on the sideline. In the spirit of the NBA Playoffs, we are going to highlight the outfits worn by some of our favorite celebrities.

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