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There are few things more damaging to someone’s self-esteem than body image issues. For some people, there is a minor perceived flaw that casually annoys them, and for still others, it can a debilitating barrier misshaping their perception of life. Director, Wesley Henderson, attempts to tackle the controversial subject of these issues in his latest short film, “Body Positivity.”

Grade: B

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Body Positivity is defined by Harper Collins Dictionary (a REPUTABLE site of definitions, sorry Urban Dictionary) as “the idea that people should feel happy with and [be] proud of their body, whatever shape or size it is.” In “Body Positivity” we meet a man, “Xavier” (John Wes), suffering from his own body image issues which he shares through monologues; while trying to distract himself with sex, alcohol, and an intense focus on pleasing his female sexual partners. Interestingly, Xavier is an otherwise fit man–slim with abs, a v-cut, and a chest–and possesses a traditionally valued body type. However, he is seemingly unsatisfied. We are left with a sense of wondering how will he find the help he needs, or questioning, if he really needs it at all based on what he looks like.

The answer is simple. He does need help. Traditionally, we think of those promoting body positivity as only promoting the love of bigger body types, however, that would be erroneous. As aforementioned, all human body types should be seen as beautiful and acceptable. This film’s take on the situation at hand is noteworthy. Wesley’s take on a slimmer person not being satisfied with their form is an interesting one that is not often discussed, even though it should be. There are a lot of skinny guys who are not confident in their look as well. The director recently posted a picture of himself online from his past which allowed us to greatly empathize with this aspect on our end.

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Herein lies where it misses the mark–representation. There is a large (and growing) marginalized population of men with larger body sizes that would have greatly benefited from seeing a character they could relate to,  looks like them, and is not in a comedic or supporting role. Prejudice against bigger men (bigger as in thick, obese, not considered physically fit) is a very real problem expressed in the mainstream and minority populations via body shaming, rejection, and erasure. Just think of how many stores do not have bigger sizes for men, or when was the last time a bigger man was seen as a sex symbol; or the “no fats” signs on gay dating apps. There are a myriad of roles that showcase bigger women (Lizzo, Queen Latifah, Ricky Lake, Melissa McCarthy)in a positive and sexy light, but let’s hear it for the boys!

What We Liked:

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John Wes as “Xavier,” in AConnectionTV’s “Body Positivity”

-Showcasing body positivity from the point of view of a slimmer man. It was different, yet respectable standpoint.

What We Loved:

-John Wes is a good actor, we would love to see him in more projects.

-The fact that a Black Male Director would even try to discuss the issue of body positivity. Let’s hope it builds a dialogue.

What We Hated:

-The film could have reached a larger audience and would have been more empathetic and groundbreaking with a lead of a larger body type.

-There was no one else for Xavier to interact with. We would have love to seen an instance involving someone that reinforced his negative self-image.

To see “Body Positivity” for yourself subscribe to AConnectionTV.com by clicking here! Happy Viewing!

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ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy | AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON PRIME

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.

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ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.

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The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams. ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy | AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON PRIME, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States. Coming to theaters Sept. 9, on Prime Video Sept. 18.

The timeliness of this film is everything and you can view it in its entirety today. This is definitely a project we should support as it discusses voter suppression, an issue as old as America itself. Check out the amazing trailer above.

Happy viewing, and remember to get out and VOTE in all elections!

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John David Washington Rumored For Lead Role in Upcoming “Fantastic Four” Movie!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and it looks like the casting for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film may be led by John David Washington. 

It is rumored that John David Washington is being eyed for the role of “Reed Richards/”Mr. Fantastic,” the leader of the Fantastic Four gifted with an elastic body and superhuman intelligence. 

This is not the first time, however, rumors of Mr. Fantastic’s casting have swirled. In fact, the other person also being eyed for this role is John Krasinski of “A Quiet Place” fame. 

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and it looks like the casting for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film may be led by John David Washington.

It is rumored that John David Washington is being eyed for the role of “Reed Richards/”Mr. Fantastic,” the leader of the Fantastic Four gifted with an elastic body and superhuman intelligence.

This is not the first time, however, rumors of Mr. Fantastic’s casting have swirled. In fact, the other person also being eyed for this role is John Krasinski of “A Quiet Place” fame.

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Mr. Fantastic

Word is that there are two very different actors are being considered to play the leader of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards. One is John Krasinski, the other is John David Washington.

John David Washington is the star of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. He’s also the son of Denzel Washington. According to this rumor the 35-year-old is now one of the top contenders for the role of Reed.

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We’ve heard rumors for awhile now that former Office star turned horror movie (A Quiet Place) director John Krasinski could be up for the part of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in Marvel’s new version of the Fantastic Four. Until now those have just been wild rumors, but we’ve just gotten something a little more concrete.

Roger Wardell tweeted this oddly overlooked message a few days ago…

If you don’t know who Wardell is, he’s a Marvel Insider with a proven track record of getting scoops like these right. So it’s pretty likely that if he says Krasinski is up for a part at Marvel, then he’s up for the part. That said, he doesn’t specify WHICH part Krasinski is up for. But where there’s smoke there’s fire. We’ve been hearing Krasinski for Mr. Fantastic for months now and it’s really hard to imagine Marvel wanting to cast him as the lead in any other superhero movie. He’s uniquely qualified to be Reed Richards in Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie.

We are honestly okay with either actor acquiring the role. We can, however, see John David Washington becoming it more in light of Jonathan Majors being cast as Kang The Conqueror in the Ant-Man 3 movie. Kang, in the comics, is actually a distance ancestor of Reed Richards.

What do you guys think of this casting news for the rumored Fantastic Four movie? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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“Lovecraft’s” Jonathan Major Joins Cast of “Ant Man 3” As Super Villain!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just became even more interesting thanks to the addition of Jonathan Majors! The star of HBO’s hit horror series, “Lovecraft” is joining Marvel’s “Ant-Man 3” as the super villain, “Kang The Conqueror.”

Kang The Conqueror is a major Marvel Comics villain with the abilities to manipulate time itself. As such, he has become a recurring foe of superhero teams like The Avengers and Fantastic Four; and played a role in the origins of Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s most powerful enemies.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe just became even more interesting thanks to the addition of Jonathan Majors! The star of HBO’s hit horror series, “Lovecraft” is joining Marvel’s “Ant-Man 3” as the super villain, “Kang The Conqueror.”

Kang The Conqueror is a major Marvel Comics villain with the abilities to manipulate time itself. As such, he has become a recurring foe of superhero teams like The Avengers and Fantastic Four; and played a role in the origins of Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s most powerful enemies; as well as the Fantastic Four’s leader, Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) being his distant ancestor.

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Kang The Conqueror

Jonathan is an amazing actor, having risen to fame via films like Last Black Man in San Francisco, the television miniseries, When We Rise, and most recently the aforementioned Lovecraft starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, and Michael K. Williams. In “Ant-Man 3,” he will star opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, who will reprise their roles of Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/Wasp.

The film is set to take place shortly after the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and is rumored to introduce the Fantastic Four into the MCU. Stories are alleging they have been trapped in the Quantum Universe in a city controlled by Kang and will be unwittingly freed by Ant-Man and Wasp.

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Majors addition to the cast adds some much needed diversity to the characters in the MCU and it’s exciting to see him in a role that of someone so cunning and powerful. We are here for it!

We will keep you posted as more information on this film becomes available! Congrats Jonathan!

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