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Barack Obama Releases List of His Favorite Movies and Shows of 2019

If you missed out on some movies or TV shows in 2019 and wondering what you should catch up on, Barack Obama has you covered. The 44th President of the United States hit Twitter and shared his favorite movies of 2019 along with a quick three-pack of TV shows.

Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019,” said Obama. “Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar.”

He would also list The Irishman, Apollo 11, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and more in his list of favorite movies.

On the TV side, Obama chose Fleabag: Season 2, Unbelievable and Watchmen.

Did any of these catch your attention? Check out Obama’s list below.

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‘Do The Right Thing’ Star Danny Aiello Passes Away at 86

86-year-old Legendary actor Danny Aiello passed away Thursday after a battle with an unknown illness. He broke into acting when he was just 37-years-old and had an extraordinary career with much success. The New York native was never formally trained to act and he insists he learned to act from living in the Big Apple–New York City.

His 50-year stage and screen career included memorable roles as ‘Sal’ in the classic “Do the Right Thing”— which he received an Oscar Nomination “Moonstruck”, “Harlem Nights” and “The Godfather Part II.

Aiello was an inspiration to us all to continue following our dreams.  He started out working in the union as a bus driver and realized he had a knack for public speaking.  Following his role alongside Spike Lee, he broke out at the age of 40 starring in the movie Moonstruck.

Aiello has had a long extensive career playing over 90 iconic roles. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sandy Aiello and his three children. He will be missed.

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Pixar Creates Its First Black-led Animated Movie

By: Amira Lawson

Pixar is back at it again with another potential family favorite. The studio has released the trailer for its new film, Soul. What makes this movie different from the rest, is that it will be the first Pixar movie with a black lead. That’s right, out of all the 21 movies released by the Walt Disney Company, Soul will be its first movie with a black main character.

The tale will be about a middle school band teacher named Joe Gardner whose dream is to be a jazz musician. The character will be voice animated by Django’s very own, Jamie Foxx. Once Gardner falls into a manhole, he ends up in a mysterious place that makes him realize he’s just a soul. The movie’s intent is to illustrate the true meaning of life and show what it means to have a soul.

Pixar has a repeating of creating bittersweet life stories from many fictional character favorites for children. To name a few, some of Pixar’s greatest movies include Inside Out, Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, Wall -E, Ratatouille, Cars, Finding Dory and Up. Most of your childhood right? Soul will make adults feel nostalgic as it takes the stride one step further by making its main character, not a talking fish or a cooking rat, but a story revolving around an adult man trying to find his sense of purpose.

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Cardi B Joins the Cast of ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Cardi B is riding high off rekindling her exotic dancer spirit in her silver screen debut for Hustlers, she will now kick it into high speed, joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Entertainment Weekly confirms the Invasion of Privacy rapper will have a small role in the return of the Fast Family in the upcoming film. Vin Diesel teased Cardi’s appearance in an Instagram from the set of the film in the United Kingdom.

Diesel shared that it was the last day of filming in the U.K. and was day 86 of work on the film.

“I’m tired, but I can’t wait,” Cardi said alongside Diesel. “I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.”

 

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The film will be directed by Justin Lin and is set to bring back the cast of Diesel along with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron and more. In addition to Cardi B, WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will also be joining the cast.

Fast 9 hits a theater near you on May 22, 2020.

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WATCH: The Tragic Tale of Lil Peep Is Previewed in the Trailer for His Documentary Film ‘Everybody’s Everything’

As the death of alternative rap sensation Lil Peep is still an unfortunate loss for the younger generation, it now looks like the late multi-genre musician will be honored with a special documentary that will arrive in theaters just a few days shy of his two-year death anniversary.


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The film is titled Everybody’s Everything, and based off the initial trailer you can get a clear idea of why that moniker rings true. Directed by Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan, with executive production coming by way of Terrence Malick, it covers Peep’s life from a childhood where he was simply known as Gustav Elijah Åhr to his tragic last days as an in-demand and touring rock star. The moments that feature his mother, Liza Womack, are sure to be the most heartbreaking, but the project as a whole will more than likely be a hard watch for his most diehard fans. However, as reviews from the many critics that’ve already seen the film suggest, this will be one of those music docs that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Take a look at the trailer for Everybody’s Everything above, and expect the Lil Peep documentary to arrive on November 12. For ticket info, click here.

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2 Chainz Is Now a Co-Owner of Atlanta’s A3C Festival

2 Chainz may be adding a few more chains to his collection following his latest lucrative investment. The Georgia-bred emcee is putting on for his home state by announcing that he just bought stake in ATL’s highly-popular music and tech festival A3C.



While music and technology are the two pillars of A3C, the three-day event serves up much more than that. For 15 years, the festival has been a breeding ground for cutting edge culture coming out of the South from all aspects: parties from day to night, a handful of speaker series, showcases, panels, comedy shows and even a $25,000 USD “pitch competition” for startups are just a portion of the massive amount of scheduled events. For 2 Chainz part, he’ll serve as a core curator as it relates to selecting speakers, performers and, according to his exclusive interview with Entrepreneur, will also stand in for the closing keynote for his inaugural year on board.

Here’s what he had to say about joining the A3C team, via Entrepreneur:

“I think investing is a good thing, period — especially anything involving a festival, music, something along those lines. I feel like A3C has the trajectory to be the next South by Southwest, as far as growing musical talent. We’re trying to implement more in the tech space, more in TV and film. So that’s where I see a value, and where I see an opening for me to get involved, to push the culture forward.”

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We can’t wait to see what he does with the festival, which boasts an annual attendance of 30,000, especially with his many connections in the game. Sounds like a promising union!

Pick up your tickets right now to A3C Festival 2019 by clicking here.

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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Kevin Hart to Star and Produce in ‘Action Scene’ On Quibi

Love him or hate him, Kevin Hart is one of the hardest working comics in the game. He’s always cooking up something. Deadline reports that Kevin Hart will star in the Quibi original series Action Scene, a comedic action-thriller based on the frenetic opening scene of his 2016 concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? His company Laugh Out Loud is producing.

According to the description, “Action Scene will feature Hart playing a fictionalized version of himself on a quest to land the action-movie role of a lifetime. After being rejected for the role, Kevin randomly encounters a leading A-List action movie star. Their meeting inadvertently sets off a chain of events that force Hart to fight his way through a series of over-the-top action sequences with the help of some of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes.”

Hart will executive produce in addition to starring. Jeff Clanagan, Laugh Out Loud’s president and Hart’s long-time business partner, will serve as a producer on the project. Dave Becky will also executive produce.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring big action and even bigger laughs to a new audience through this partnership between Quibi and Laugh Out Loud,” said Hart. “Our teams are working together to create something truly unique and I can’t wait for viewers to see it all unfold.”

Hart joins Thomas Lennon, Steven Spielberg, Darren Criss, Peter Farrelly, Liam Hemsworth, and Tyra Banks who all have projects on Quibi.

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Brown Skin Girls Across the World Helped Beyoncé Debut at No. 2 With ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

Music lovers everywhere have been rushing to theaters over the past week to hear Beyoncé as the voice of Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Based off the Billboard 200 charts this week, they must’ve also been heavily listening to her amazing voice on the companion album The Lion King: The Gift, as the project now proudly sits in the No. 2 position.

While there’s much on the album worth streaming — “OTHERSIDE” is just heavenly to be honest — we can’t help but think the success is in part due to all the beautiful Black & POC girls in the world currently making the curated LP’s standout cut “BROWN SKIN GIRL” go viral.


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The album’s top 5 debut reflected the box-office success of the film itself, with The Lion King bringing in $963 million USD in its first two weeks of screening according to Variety. The Gift garnered 54,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., with 11,000 of those being pure album sales as reported by Billboard. Many have been quick to note that this is Bey’s third top 10 placement this year, with the Coachella-geared HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM reaching No. 4 and her 2016 magnum opus LEMONADE returning to No. 9 back in May. As The Gift is exactly that in its approach to honoring Afrobeat and African culture as a whole, we’re hoping to see way more success and eye-grabbing visuals arrive from this project.

Listen to The Lion King: The Gift, a companion album curated by Beyoncé for Disney’s remake of ‘The Lion King,’ on all streaming platforms. Watch the visually-astounding extended cut of “SPIRIT” and accompanying music video for “BIGGER” below if you haven’t seen it already:

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Mary J. Blige To Star in ‘Power’ Spinoff Series

The Power spinoff is about to be big with the announcement of the legendary Mary J. Blige set to star in the new show.

During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, series creator and co-showrunner Courtney A. Kemp announced that the “first of several” prequel series will be titled Power Book 2: Ghost, and will feature the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

Blige surprised everybody by coming on stage alongside Kemp and 50. This is probably the most exciting thing that’s going to happen to me this year,” she said. “I’ve been a fan of ‘Power’ since the very beginning and I want to thank Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent for starting this conversation with me.”

While we all have come to love Mary J. Blige as the Queen of “Hip-Hop Soul”, her acting career had taken off. Blige was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Mudbound.

 

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“I said I got to find a replacement for me, we found somebody that Courtney’s gonna have a ball working with because it’s female-orientated and somebody who’s got enough juice and grace to make the show even bigger,” he told the TCA crowd.

The sixth and final season of “Power,” “The Final Betrayal,” premieres Sunday, Aug. 25. The series, which stars Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, and Rotimi, is Starz’ most-watched and highest-rated show with an average of 10 million viewers per episode.

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