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!

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!

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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5/20/2015- “Too Hard To Be Light-Skinned”

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Hey Mikey,

I’m not sure what the f***is going on lately, but the hate on light skinned dudes is real and HIGH! Just the other day this girl said she did not know how to take me because I “act too hard for a light skinned guy.” Like what the hell does that mean? Then just today a girl I really like said the only reason girls nowadays get with light skinned guys is to have pretty babies. Am I dating the wrong girls or is this the trend because everyone’s telling me they’re right. As a Black man I have enough to deal with without having to prove my blackness based on the tint of my skin. What should I do to deal with all this?

-Anti-Color Struck

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***Anti-Color Struck, your situation is a sad and ignorant one. I want to say these are isolated incidents but lately I too have met a number of lighter skinned African-American men who tell me the stereotypes, prejudice and disdain they have faced just because they are not darker skinned. Do not let this get to you. Honestly, it is beyond you and as old as the slavery itself. History lesson: Lighter skinned slaves were the master’s children and lived and worked in the house and did not have to do the harder, menial tasks of darker skinned slaves so they seemed softer and less threatening. Translate that to present day and some people assume because you are light skinned you are weaker, not quite as Black, or do not know the meaning of a hard life.

Cut these girls off and toss their ignorance to the side. There is someone for everyone and they are only showing their insecurities. The measure of any man is how he governs himself, not the color or shade of his skin. They are stupid and color struck–not worth your time and thoughts. Yell out loud, “IDFWU!”

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡

More Speedsters & More Villains in Season 2 of The CW’s (@CW_TheFlash) “The Flash!”

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The CW’s new hit series The Flash,  based on the DC Comics’ character of the same name  had its first season finale this past Tuesday; ending with some unexpected and surprising outcomes. The Reverse-Flash, Eobard Thawne was thwarted thanks Eddie’s sacrifice/suicide, but Flash was still left to save Central City and the rest of the world from a growing black hole! We have no doubt he will wipe the black hole out of existence, but what does the Season 2 hold for The Fastest Man Alive? According to the show’s creators, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, there will be more Speedsters and Super Villains to see and contend with.

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Eye Candy Creationz (@icandycreationz) Announces Cynthia Bailey’s (@CynthiaBailey10) Eyewear Collection

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Eye Candy Creationz announced The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey launch of her new eyewear collection. Together Cynthia Bailey, celebrity eyewear stylist Tiffany Williams (CEO of Eye Candy Creationz LLC.), and New York City original Menizzi Italy Eyewear collaborated to create an exclusive luxury eyewear collection.

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Cynthia wants her eyewear to be affordable, yet fashionable. Madame Bailey is quite excited about her new eyewear. This eyewear is bold but also elegant. Madame Bailey and her team created an eyewear that is also made with supreme quality for lasting durability.

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