[VIDEO/TRAILER] HBO’s (@HBO) “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Starring Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah)!

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Have you heard the story of Henrietta Lacks?

If not you definitely should be doing some research as there is not a single person in the world who has not benefitted from her “immortal cells.”

via NewYorkTimes.com

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The story began in January 1951, when Mrs. Lacks was found to have cervical cancer. She was treated with radium at Johns Hopkins, the standard of care in that day, but there was no stopping the cancer. Her doctor had never seen anything like it. Within months, her body was full of tumors, and she died in excruciating pain that October. She was 31 and left five children, the youngest just a year old. She had been a devoted mother, and the children suffered terribly without her.

Neither Mrs. Lacks nor any of her relatives knew that doctors had given a sample of her tumor to Dr. George Gey, a Hopkins researcher who was trying to find cells that would live indefinitely in culture so researchers could experiment on them. Before she came along, his efforts had failed. Her cells changed everything: they multiplied like crazy and never died.

A cell line called HeLa (for Henrietta Lacks) was born. Those immortal cells soon became the workhorse of laboratories everywhere. HeLa cells were used to develop the first polio vaccine, they were launched into space for experiments in zero gravity and they helped produce drugs for numerous diseases, including Parkinson’s, leukemia and the flu. By now, literally tons of them have been produced.

Starring Oprah Winfrey, HBO has produced a biopic detailing Henrietta’s life and her unwitting contributions to medical science. Check out the trailer below!

This is almost like a medical version of Hidden Figures! It represents yet another contribution of African-American women to the world and their worth. You can catch The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Saturday, April 22nd!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[AUDIO] Off Focus? Trey Songz Reacts to Being Brought Up in Remy Ma’s Diss Track, Nicki Minaj Comments!

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The beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj reached a fever pitch today when the former released her diss track, shETHER. Most agree that Remy took Nicki to the ringer with her new track and we are now patiently awaiting the latter’s clapback. However, it seems that Nicki is off focus as she seems to have R&B singer, Trey Songz in her cross hairs for not clearing up a claim Remy made when she named dropped him in her song. Remy rapped:

“Only time you touched a trigger is when you f*cked Trey Songz,”

Trey took to Twitter today to comment on the song and being name dropped.

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[VIDEO] HeyMikeyATL Exclusive: Shock, Craze, & Horror! Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) Lands a Mega-Hit w/ “Get Out” Movie (@GetOutMovie)!

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You have seen the trailers, questioned the plot, and even questioned if you want to see the film that everyone is talking about–Jordan Peele’s Get Out!

The film entails a young Black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who after months of dating goes to visit his White girlfriend, Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams), family at their estate. There, Chris finds her family and their neighbors to be kind and accommodating, but a bit over the top. He soon discovers there is far more to Rose’s family and community than he bargained for. Insidious, shocking, and unheard of, Chris will have to use all his wits to “Get Out” of this horrifying nightmare!

After viewing this film we see why it has earned a solid, and virtually unheard of, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! “Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.” We “100%” agree with their assessment. You have never seen or heard of a movie with a plot like this. Playing off old notions of night doctors , this film actually takes skin walking to a whole new level. At first glance you might accuse this film of race baiting, but that would only mean you have not actually seen it. Go with a group of friends and see just how much you will reel, churn, and at times laugh at this spectacle of a film. Is it outlandish–maybe, is it plausible–God we hope not!

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Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): The Crowing Jewel of “Quantico!” We Love Pearl Thusi!

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ABC’s Quantico is nothing short of a mega hit! This amazing series entailing the professional and personal lives of FBI and CIA personnel is nothing short of riveting. Starring Priyanka Chopra, the show is action picked, suspenseful, and has story lines with plot twists so unexpected that soap operas would run for their money! Quantico is now in its second season, and that means new motives, new story lines, and most importantly, new characters. Meet Pearl Thusi, South African actress, model, radio, and television personality, and now the latest addition to this series’ amazing cast!

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Pearl Thusi as “Dayana Mampasi”

Kontrol Magazine was able to snag an interview with the starlet as she explains the ins and outs of the show as well as her riveting new role. She admits she was not an avid viewer of the series initially but has since caught up. When I got the role it was not airing in South Africa yet, but I had heard good things about the show.  The online streaming channels were not available where I was so I was only able to watch snippets online.  However, I was able to watch all of it before shooting began.” As a series regular on Quantico, Pearl portrays “Dayana Mampasi,” a competitive, driven, and focused lawyer who is recruited by The Farm (CIA training ground). She is set as Alex’s (Priyanka Chopra) roommate who from almost the beginning makes it very clear she is not interested in making friends.

However, Thusi does admit there are some surprising similarities and differences between she and her character, who on the series can be quite cold. It is often necessary to share traits with any character you play and of course take on other traits they exhibit. We’ve both suffered tremendous loss and use work to cover it up and deal with it when necessary.  I am often told that I’m very strong and hope I apply that strength to Dayana’s character.  Dayana is also extremely brave and intelligent and I like to think I’m all of those things too. Another way we are similar is that she is also very loyal and has created an almost perfect coping mechanism for dealing with her ghosts.  One way I feel that we are dissimilar is that I consider myself a lot more fun and enthusiastic.”

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[SUPER TRAILER] “About Him: Freshman Year”–YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT!

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The cast of "About Him freshman year (l-r) Rocc, Darren Johnson, Brandon Karson, Rahim Brazil, and Desmond Fletcher

Tyson Anthony’s About Him: Freshman Year is already setting itself up to be a mega-hit?

How? With a super trailer that would make any of the Love & Hip-Hop previews blush! As we have mentioned in previous posts, Brandon Karson is BACK as “Damien,” along with Rahim Brazil as “Kendall,” (“Hey cuzzo!”) and a few new handsome faces that have us all going gaga!

The second season of the series is set in Damien’s first year of college and it looks anything, but typical. Damien is out on his own away from Vince and his big brother, Marion, but that does not mean he is out of trouble! The super trailer is going to leave you wanting to see more, know more, and of course binge watch these episodes like a new Netflix Marvel series! Check it out below!

In the words of a girl stuck in the nineties, “Aww sookie, sookie now!” Tyson Anthony and Bawn TV  really are a match made in heaven. If this series is anything like Tyson’s others (Entercourse, Raising Eli, Pharm: The Seriesthen we already know we will truly be entertained. The cast looks amazing, Brandon and Rahim are good in just about anything together–their chemistry and brotherhood on and off screen is admirable. Desmond Fletcher is a welcomed addition to the cast. We loved him in Pharm and on Raising Eli. He definitely has the “skills” to keep us tuned in.

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You can check out my interview with the entire cast about this upcoming season by clicking here. Just be sure you are tuning in next month as we bring you interviews with the guys. There will be lots to discuss, watch, review, interview–and as always–tea to spill, as the kidz would say. Leave your thoughts on the super trailer below! Are you excited for About Him: Freshman Year?!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] Rubble! Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” (@thegreatwall) Bombs Opening Weekend!

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Matt Damon is definitely one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. However, even a film starring him can take at the box office. That is exactly what happened with his latest film, The Great Wall! The film did horribly its opening weekend, only earning 25 millions dollars–its budget was 150 million dollars, however! YIKES!

To be fair a few other films had horrible debuts. Ice Cube’s Fist Fight only earned 14.6 million and a Cure For Wellness earned under 5 million. These numbers are odd considering this is a long weekend when you include President’s Day. Fifty Shades Darker is the exception (unsurprisingly) taking in 20.9 million in its third weekend!

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Congrats! Donald Glover (@donaldglover) & James Earl Jones (@jamesearljones) Cast as Simba & Mufasa in “The Lion King” Remake!

Donald Glover cast as Simba in Disney's live action The Lion King Remake
Donald Glover cast as Simba in Disney's live action The Lion King Remake

Donald Glover (aka “Childish Gambino), may very well be having the best year ever!

Not only will he be a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars movie, his hit series Atlanta won a number of Golden Globes, and now he has been cast in the role of a lifetime in Disney’s The Lion King remake! It has been reported that the rapper/singer turned actor will voice the film’s protagonist, Simba!

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As you recall, Disney has been remaking its animated films into live action movies;  Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and The Beast have already been released or are soon to debut. Live actions films based on Aladdin’s Genie, and The Little Mermaid are already in the works. The Lion King, however, stands out as the “creme de la creme” of animated films, holding the title of the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its live action remake may very well prove to be the shining jewel in Disney’s new approach to these classic films.

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