[TRAILER] Wonder Woman’s Real Origins! Meet “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women!”

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Just when you think film trailers can’t get any better, they hit you with another one! (DJ Khaled voice)

Annapurna Pictures has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, about Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston and how his unconventional relationship inspired the creation of DC’s iconic Amazonian princess in 1941.

The film, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton, will bow in theaters October 27.

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Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the pic recounts the life of Marston who, while his feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Hall), a fellow psychologist and inventor, and their lover Olive Byrne (Heathcote).

Personally, I had never heard of William Marston before today so as usual I had to do my own little bit of research so that I could formulate my own thoughts and opinions and with the help of Google and Wikipedia I have done just that. Check out some of the things I found out during my research after you’ve viewed the film trailer.

*In a 1943 issue of  “The American Scholar”, Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

*Marston’s character was a native of an all-female utopia of Amazons who became a crime-fighting U.S. government agent, using her superhuman strength and agility, and her ability to force villains to submit and tell the truth by binding them with her magic lasso. Her appearance was based somewhat on Olive Byrne, and her heavy bronze bracelets (which she used to deflect bullets) were inspired by the jewelry bracelets worn by Olive Byrne.

*After her name “Suprema” was replaced with “Wonder Woman”, which was a popular term at the time that described women who were exceptionally gifted, the character made her debut in ‘All Star Comics #8 in December 1941.

*In 1985, Marston was posthumously named as one of the honorees by DC Comics in the company’s 50th anniversary publication ‘Fifty Who Made DC Great’.

[VIDEO] Jada Pinkett-Smith Gets Emotional, States “All Eyez On Me” Exploited Her Relationship w/ Tupac

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Tupac Shakur’s biopic All Eyez On Me may have made millions at the box office and won the favor of millions of his fans everywhere, it did not however win over one fan–his close friend and confidante–Jada Pinkett-Smith!

Jada Pinkett-Smith went on The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with sexy wanda smith and explained in depth what compelled her to tweet her disapproval of the film.

via Love B. Scott

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During an appearance Wednesday on The Ryan Cameron Morning Show With Wanda Smith on Atlanta radio’s V-103, while promoting her latest film, Girls Trip, Jad had a strong response to Cameron’s questions about the movie.

“What you’re seeing in regards to my relationship with 2Pac is not true. My relationship with Pac would have shown people a true—what he truly was. ‘Cause it’s one thing to see Pac’s persona, publicly, and who he was personally,” she said.

“I thought it was just handled in a very disrespectful way, and I felt like it was exploitive of me and Pac, how they used our relationship to sell a movie, and I just felt like it was tomb-raiding in regards to Pac,” she continued.

Jada also felt like those behind the film their relationship to sell the movie to the public.

“And if you’re really saying that you’re honoring a man’s legacy, then honor his legacy. And if you don’t have the story, fall back until you do,” she chastised. “I feel like we, as black people, we have got to protect those individuals that we say are important to us, to our history and to our culture. We cannot expect other people to do that if we’re not willing to do that ourselves. Pac is precious to us.”

Check out Jada’s full response below in the video of her appearance on the show. She begins discussing All Eyez On Me at the 16:45 mark.

Jada is speaking some serious truth here. We hate the film is not accurate from her perspective. It really makes us wonder what else was embellished in the film…(sips tea)…

[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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[VIDEO] Surprise, Surprise! VH-1 (@vh1) To Do Jodeci (@jodecimusic) Biopic?

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This past week has been pretty amazing after the release of BET’s Biopic on New Edition. I can confess to having watched the series over five times and it gets better every single time. Of course after fans found themselves excited to learn the true nature behind why New Edition fell off the scenes; many wanted to know what happened with Jodeci.

The 90s brought some pretty hot groups with it and one of those sexy bad boy groups was Jodeci!

The group formed in 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci’s members began their musical careers as two duos of brothers and, after years of limited success, joined forces.

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Jodeci has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date!

These days it feels like biopics behind our favorite R&B and hip-hop acts are falling out of the sky and onto our Twitter timelines. With BET’s New Edition biopic dropping this past week, VH1 has reportedly stepped in to tell the stories of DeVante Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci and JoJo, better known as Jodeci.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Bell Biv Devoe (@OfficialBBD)- “I’m Betta”

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  It’s a busy week for chart-topping group Bell Biv Devoe.

The group releases the video for the upbeat track “I’m Betta” today. “I’m Betta” was produced by Naughty By Nature’s Kay Gee, and is the third track made available from their new album, Three Stripes, which will be released this Friday, January 27, 2017.  The hit single from the album, Run is currently at urban AC radio, and the group’s next single, Finally,” features multi-platinum trio SWV.

Bell Biv Devoe Releases New Video "Im Betta"

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In addition to releasing their first studio album in 16 years, BBD – as original members of New Edition – celebrated the release of the highly anticipated 3-night biopic, The New Edition Story, aired on last night at 9 PM EST on BET.  New Edition also received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, and Bell Biv Devoe members Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins joined fellow New Edition members Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, at the unveiling ceremony. 

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#CelebrityCrush-Keith Powers (@KeithTPowers)

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Good morning lovelies! So I’ve been thinking and I’m seriously considering renaming Monday, #BaeDay. I mean, for real, every single Monday we shine a mega spotlight on one of Hollywood’s finest and more often than not those men can all be considered bae. Am I right? And this week is no different; certified model and actor Keith Powers is in our spotlight today and right after the jump, I’m going to show you just why Keith is guaranteed gold in Tinsel Town!

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Keith Powers “Thinking pose”

Straight outta Sacramento, California, Keith Powers has been a star since he was a kid. At the tender age of nine, he was discovered by the JE Model agency in San Francisco. In high school, Keith was in talks for several prestigious college football programs but when he decided not to pursue his athletic dreams, he signed with famed model agency Wilhemina after high school. Keith has been featured in GQ fashion editorials, walked the runway at Calvin Klein at Milan Fashion Week and he has shot several campaigns for notable brands such as Sears, Target, Guess, and Sketchers to name a few.

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Keith Powers walking the runway during Milan Fashion Week

Keith Powers is probably best known for his role as Anthony Theo from the MTV hit comedy show “Faking It”. And if you don’t know Keith from ‘Faking It’, you definitely remember him from the hit NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton” where he played Dr. Dre’s younger brother Tyree.

And although Keith Powers seems to lead a busy, star studded life, his road to stardom is nowhere near coming to a close. In just a few weeks, we will see Keith Powers portraying music artist Ronnie DeVoe from the legendary R&B music group New Edition in the New Edition biopic set to air on BET. Keith will star alongside Luke James, Wood Harris, and Bryshere Gray to name a few. Keith, we are all here for your career and can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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[AUDIO/VIDEO] New Music Alert! “Back 2 Life”-LeToya Luckett (@LetoyaLuckett)!

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That is what the world wants to know! This former member of Destiny’s Child turned actress and olo singer has been MIA lately and we are not pleased. Thankfully The Muses have heard our prayers and returned Ms. Luckett to us with a brand new single and teaser trailer, Back 2 Life, in tow! It has been seven long years since we have heard any new music from Letoya. Her life has been a series of ups and downs, landing major and recurring roles on popular shows like Single Ladies and more recently Fox’s hit series, Rosewood. Check out her amazing new single by clicking here, and check out the teaser trailer for it below.

LeToya Luckett Is Back with Teaser Trailer for New Single ‘Back 2 Life’

As  you can see LeToya has not lost her touch. Back 2 Life  definitely speaks to your soul. Especially if you are someone who has ever had to rebuild yourself from the ground up, or been resurrected from near death. It’s a spiritual experience and journey. That’s the essence of this song. We love seeing Being Mary Jane’s “Cutty Buddy,” Thomas Q. Jones, as her love interest! It has been awhile since we have seen him too, but obviously he is still a beautiful sight for thirsty eyes. We have not really seen a teaser for a music video, so perhaps this trailer is hinting at a larger project. Does Letoya have a new movie in the works? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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