Sour Grapes? “Valerian” (@ValerianMovie) Director, Luc Besson (@lucbesson), Calls Captain America Propaganda

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We are here for the superheroes, especially for the films! One European director is not, and he has targeted one superhero in particular as propaganda.

Valerian and The City of a Thousand Plants director, Luc Besson, has called Captain America and his movies propaganda!

via Screenrant.com

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Luc Besson thinks Captain America is “propaganda.” This isn’t the first time that he has railed against superhero movies, previously saying that he finds protagonists with superpowers hard to relate to, and stating his preference for more normal, flawed heroes. Besson is of course far from the first filmmaker – or moviegoer for that matter – to express fatigue with the now constant onslaught of superhero-based pop culture, as it sometimes seems like nearly every possible superhero is now getting a film or TV show made about them.

For reference, in 2017 alone, Marvel has released or will soon release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok, while DC’s 2017 docket includes Wonder Womanand Justice League. Over on Netflix, Marvel already released Iron Fist season 1 this year, with The Defenders and The Punisher soon to follow. The CW continues to be dominated by DC heroes, FOX has Gotham, and ABC continues to air more than one Marvel show. 2018 won’t ease up the pace either, with the arrival of the mammoth Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon.

“What bothers me most is it’s always here to show the supremacy of America and how they are great. I mean, which country in the world would have the guts to call a film Captain Brazil or Captain France? I mean, no one! We would be like so ashamed and say, ‘No, no, come on, we can’t do that.’ They can. They can call it Captain America and everybody think it’s normal. I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.”

We can respect Besson’s opinion but we have to wonder if his rant and assessments of Cap are sour grapes. It is no secret that Valerian was an epic fail at the box office, despite being the most expensive independent film ever made. Luc might want to let this argument go clearly superhero films aren’t going anywhere and Captain America is well over 70 years in the works we doubt he’s losing any popularity or momentum anytime soon.

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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No Lunch Break! Usher (@Usher) & Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) Ignore Herpes-Related Questioning!

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This entire debacle involving Usher and these herpes allegations has gotten completely out of hand! Besides that press conference held earlier this week and the allegations from two other women–and a man–we can officially say Usher is possibly having one of the worst weeks of his life. Honestly, we at least thought people would have sense enough to give the man some kind of break–especially when he is eating.

Well one photographer clearly had no sense as he questioned Usher about his herpes case as he  and Jermaine Dupri were having lunch!

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You can watch the entire video as it went down right by clicking here.  We have to say this photographer was doing the absolute must, but as members of the paparazzi we can respect his hustle. Usher actually handled it quite well. There are number of celebrities and wanna-be–we mean–reality stars–who would have turned up on him royally for the vine, ‘gram, and ‘book (LOL)! We digress! What do you guys think?

Sound off in the comments section below!

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[PHOTOS/TRAILER] TV One’s (@tvone) WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY Atlanta Red Carpet Screening and Q&A

WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY Red Carpet Screening and Q&A with Lil Mama, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and Tasha Smith
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Tasha Smith, Tami Roman, Lance Gross, and Niatia 'Lil Mama' Kirkland attend the "When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story" movie screening at Regal Atlantic Station on August 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One)

Celebrities and local influencers attended a Red Carpet Screening and Q&A of TV ONE’S WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 9th with Director Tasha Smith, and film stars Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross and Tami Roman. 

The event was attended by celebrities including: Trina Braxton, Irv Gotti, Demetria McKinney, Terri Vaughn, Clifton Powell, and many more.

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#FashionCrush-Migos (@Migos)

Fashion Crush- Migos

Rap trio, Migos, has slowly risen in the ranks of celebrities who have become known for their sense of fashion.

Their use of designer fashion mixed with that hip hop flare has been emulated by the masses all looking to replicate that Migos aura. Hailing from Lawrenceville, GA the members Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff took the world by storm in 2013 with their debut single ‘Versace’. This possibly set the wheels in motion for fashion fame, since now the trio are regulars at fashion week as well as other fashion events including this year’s Met Gala where all three wore matching Versace suits. The group also brought the house down at the Los Angeles opening of Balmain’s flagship store, where guests like Kerry Washington and Hailee Steinfeld partied like rock stars to Migos music.

Migos at the 2017 Met Gala

Their amazing style is a possible family trait seeing as how the trio is all related. Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle and Offset is Quavo’s cousin. After the release of ‘Versace’ from their Yung Rich Nation album, Migos had success with other singles such as Fight Night, Look at My Dab, and of course, Bad and Boujee which became the group’s first number one single in the US in 2016.

Fashion crush- Migos

Not too shabby for this group of Georgia boys. Of course with the fame comes attention from Hollywood starlets all wanting a taste of that southern charm. Recently, Quavo was linked to Karreuche Tran, sparking rumors of beef between him and Chris Brown. Offset has reportedly been linked to Cardi B thanks to their recent collaborations and nightly excursions.

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Rap group Migos, has already proven that they’re not just one hit wonders. Their constant presence in music and fashion will solidify their moment for years to come. One thing that has always been true is that in order to stay relevant is to give the people something to talk about. Pure talent and dope fashion sense will guarantee Migos’ presence will always be felt.

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[LETTER] YIKES! Fulton County, GA Pens Letter to Ban R. Kelly from Performing in Atlanta!

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R. Kelly took a major “L” last month when it was revealed he allegedly has young women involved in a “sex cult” and is holding them against their will. We definitely took all of that with a serious pile of salt, but it seems Fulton County, the largest county in Georgia and where the majority of the City of Atlanta is located, is taking this allegation seriously.

Fulton County Commissioner’s office has penned a letter requesting R. Kelly be BANNED from performing in atlanta all together!

via Fameolous

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Fulton County of Atlanta bans R.Kelly for performing in their state over cult allegations. In a letter to music production company Live Nation, the board wrote that they don’t want him to come to Atlanta and asked for them to cancel the concert.

Atlanta Fulton County doesn't want R.Kelly to perform in Atlanta at all!

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Fulton County is not playing with R. Kelly at all! Honestly, we are not surprised they would pull a move like this. Unbeknownst to most people Atlanta has become the sex trafficking capital of the country and with these allegations Fulton County, and the State of Georgia as a whole, are taking this very seriously. A number of the young women in this alleged “sex cult” have come forward to say they have not been brainwashed nor are they being held against their will. Still though, there is Stockholme Syndrome to think about…

R. Kelly has delivered some of the biggest R&B hits in history, but he keeps finding himself in embroiled in these sexual scandals. Maybe it is time he just be Robert, settle down again, and focus on his children and doing music behind the scenes. He is a great producer, just look at what he did for Aaliyah–wait that was not the best example–no shade intended…

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Stand By Your Man! Usher’s Wife Believes Herpes Lawsuit is Fake!

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Tammy Wynette said it best when she sang Stand By Your Man, but we are not sure the song covered herpes transmissions and multi-million dollar lawsuits! Well it seems Usher’s wife and manager, Grace Miguel, is standing by her husband/client through his herpes scandal.

As you recall, it was revealed a few weeks ago that Usher settled outside of court with a woman (who happened to be a bridesmaid at his first wedding–SCANDALOUS!) after she learned she contracted herpes from the singer. Since then another woman come out of the wood works claiming they too contracted herpes from Usher.

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Usher and his wife, Grace Miguel

Grace, however, believes these lawsuits and accusations are fake amidst this aforementioned woman who is suing him for a whopping $20 million dollars!

via TMZ & Fameolous

Usher and his wife, Grace Miguel, are rock solid on the heels of the $20 million lawsuit against him for allegedly giving a woman herpes … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ … Grace isn’t concerned at all about the allegation Usher slept with a woman, who sued as Jane Doe, at least twice this year. We’re told Grace, who’s been Mrs. Ush for 2 years, isn’t giving the lawsuit any weight.
Our sources say the woman suing has a history with Usher. She was a close friend of his first wife, Tameka Harris, and attended their 2007 wedding. We’re told Usher believes she has a thing against him, and has for a long time. That’s why Grace is paying her no mind.
As we first reported … the woman wants $20 mil from Usher for allegedly giving her herpes.

This is getting messier by the minute! Yet another woman who was a “close friend” of his first wife had been having sex with him too? Where is the loyalty? Ladies watch out for your friends and bridesmaids it looks like these are the new side chicks. Ya’ll wrap it up; and Grace we are praying for you.

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“grown-ish!” Yara Shahidi (@YaraShahidi) Is Sorta Grown Up in “black-ish” (@black_ishABC) Spin-Off

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Photo Credit: Jacqueline Harriet, Teen Vogue

We love Yara Shahidi! This beautiful young actress is really making waves in Hollywood and we are loving every minute of her rise to the top. Part of that ascension will be starring in her own series, grown-ish, the name of her very own black-ish backdoor pilot spin-off!

As you saw in a last season when Yara’s character, Zoe Johnson, attended a weekend of student orientation at her college.

via Deadline:

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Saturday Night Live alum Chris ParnellEmily Arlook (The Good Place), and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have been tapped as series regulars on the comedy, joining previously cast Shahidi and Deon Cole. Parnell and Jackson will reprise the roles they originated in the planted spinoff episode of black-ish, while Arlook plays the role originally played in the black-ish episode by Mallory Sparks.

The series, from ABC Signature Studios, will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App .grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Arlook plays Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Parnell plays the dean of Southern California University. Jackson will portray a socially-conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

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Freeform Gets Grown With ‘grown-ish’ (Formerly ‘college-ish’), Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson ..

“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series. grown-ish is one of two upcoming single-camera comedy series on Freeform, along with Alone Together.

Congratulations Yara we cannot wait for your grown-ish’s debut!

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