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SOURCE360 RECAP: Joseph Sikora, Eden Duncan-Smith and Stefon Bristol Get Real About Hollywood On The ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ Panel

Every year, SOURCE360 canvasses Hollywood is search of the biggest and brightest stars in the industry to venture into Brooklyn to talk about the business. In past, we’ve had big Hip-Hop film producers such as Master P and Roxanne Shanté, network executives such as Debra Lee and Thembisa Mshaka and big screen directors like Bennie Boom.

This year was no exception.

As the new season of Power approaches, SOURCE360 secured break-out star Joseph Sikora (also known as Tommy Egan) to talk to the ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ audience about his career. Also on the panel, fresh off their Netflix summer blockbuster was lead actor Eden Duncan-Smith and director Stefon Bristol.  Africa Miranda from The Africa Miranda Show on Facebook moderated the panel.

Here are a few jewels that we took away from this most informative panel:

ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Sikora doesn’t use social media to be political.

The Ozark star stated that he does not address social issues of social media because for him as a white man in this business:

“I don’t use it as a political platform. It is too dangerous for me, especially as a white man. Its too slippery of a slope. If you want to see my social media, you will get to know me the man behind the character. That is mainly what I use it for.”

He continues, “I am mainly accessible on Twitter.” He does however, re-post DL Hughley and his commentary on the world. Even with that, sometimes he gets backlash because of that. So to play it safe, he just spreads his love and humor on social.

Bristol also understands that social media can be a headache. He flatly stated:

“I can’t wait until the day I can delete my social media.”

His co-panelists cracked up.

“It’s fun, but I use it because I need to promote… showing people what I am doing… keeping people in anticipation…. it is distracting… I hate it but I do it because I see people asking me questions like how do I get in and what advice can I give them. And I answer because I was once in their position. But I hate it.” He did add that it is helpful to build your audience and to inform people of the projects that you have done or are doing. Its a necessary evil.

Duncan-Smith shared that she mostly uses social media to inform the community about her passion projects. Currently she is publishing on Instagram information about the leading 26 democratic presidential candidates.

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PRESSURE OF THE JOB

Duncan-Smith likes to be with friends and is a strong advocate for self care. She considers self care the little things such as taking a shower in the morning and eating breakfast. She also believes that drinking water and teas can help mellow you out.

“You have to take care of yourself, more than anything because you are the most important person in your life. There is no one more important than you… no employer or employee more important. You need to take care of yourself. No matter what you do. I am in school and also working… and in those little moments when I have a break… I calm down and take a moment. Let yourself have the moment of peace and elation that keeps you driving forward.”

Bristol talked about the pressure of taking the next film.

“The pressure is on.”

He then talked about a scripted that he rejected about a mummy on a slave plantation. And while as a new director, you want to select another project, you can’t just take anything.

He also spoke about the wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, why having a close circle of friends is important for your mental health.

“I have two very close friends that I can go to cry to and they can come and cry to me. And I believe in Jesus.”

PROJECTS

Bristol stated that Spike Lee cursed him out for making a short film about two Black kids robbing a bodega store. He continued:

“I appreciate that because it forced me to really think about the stories that I want to tell. So I think that if I hadn’t asked him [Spike Lee] to be my mentor at Morehouse, going to NYU and having him berate me to make sure I create work that pushes the culture instead of taking a stab at it, I don’t think that See You Yesterday would have been made.”

Sikora also talked about taking just any project.

“Here is a good example. I am almost the same age as Michael Shannon. Michael Shannon and I both come from Chicago. I took every job that came my way. Michael Shannon was strategic. Whose doing better? Michael Shannon with his Academy Award nomination.”

He continued, “Also… I am learning. I was raised to be a worker. I was raised to work with my hands and have a 9 to 5 job… I just am so grateful to be here, and that drives producers and directors crazy. You got the job for a reason… you are good. I could not until recently, find my gravity. And that is important. It is important to have a plan. It is important to stick to your morals.”

Eden also chimed in.

“As a Black female actor, I have to be strategic on the things that I choose. There are a lot of auditions that come our way and they are basically the same. They are basically made to make fun of my demographic. I won’t allow myself to be humiliated on screen or on stage.”

She continued:

“If I don’t agree with what I just read, I will not go out to audition for it. I feel I am in a position to where I telling other Black female stories and if that if that story is being told in a skewed way where it shows a negative side of Black female culture or tries to suppress us or demean us in any way… I can’t bring myself to tell that story or be on that platform, and mass produce that message. So I am very strategic for the things I choose to audition for… not just take.”

The panel was jammed pack with good advice for those interested in breaking into the field. For more, check out the The Source’s Facebook Live of the panel.

Posted by The Source Magazine on Thursday, August 15, 2019

 

 

 

 

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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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The Weeknd and Adam Sandler to Star in ‘Uncut Gems’ Film

While the music world waits on new music from The Weekend, he is starring in a new film, Uncut Gems, alongside Adam Sandler.

Abel will co-star with Sandler in a crime thriller created by Josh and Benny Safdie, that will see a release at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is described as:

From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Stay on the lookout for more details regarding the film as the festival draws near.

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[WATCH] Official Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu

Ever since it was announced that Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Lizzo would all be starring in a stripper film titled, Hustlers, everyone has been waiting for the official visual. Well, the wait is over. The official trailer for Hustlers has been released.

In the new trailer for Hustlers, Ramona (Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) scam a number of high profile Wall Street clients in an effort to bring their white-collar crimes to justice.

“They stole from everybody. Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail,” Lopez as Ramona says. “The game is rigged and it does not award people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Lopez and Wu are joined by an all-star lineup of fellow strippers, including Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, who previously worked as a stripper before her music career catapulted, also provides some background music for the trailer with her song “Money.”

Hustlers is based on an article titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, which chronicles the real-life “modern Robin Hood story” of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” director Lorene Scafaria wrote, directed and co-produced the film.

Hustlers is set to hit theaters Sept. 13.

Check out the trailer below.

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‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Cover Art and Track List Unveiled Featuring JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy & More

Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, took to Instagram to unveil the cover art and track list for the forthcoming album, The Lion King: The Gift.

She shared the art work first which shows two gold plated lions, presumably representing Scar and Mufasa, at each other’s tails.

The visuals for the lead single “Spirit” by Beyonce is slate to air tonight at 8pm E/T on ABC, Noel Schure announced in the caption above.

The #Beyhive definitely began buzzing after the revelation of the album’s stunning art work. But things went into high gear when her publicist also dropped the star-studded track list.

The collection features Bey, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy, Tekno, Jessie Reyez and more. To top it off, the album was executive produced by the Queen Bey herself.

“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”

The only thing we’re waiting to find out is if we’re going to receive the soundtrack at the same time as the movie.

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SURPRISE!!!!! Poll Reveals that Most Who Are Against Halle Bailey Being Cast as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Are Republicans

According to a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, most people are here for Halle Bailey playing Ariel in the new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Last week upon the announcement of her casting, social media blew up with racist remarks about Bailey being the wrong race to play this fictional character.

Critics thought that maybe the actress chosen to star in the film should have looked like the illustrated version of the character from the 1989 cartoon. From the opposing public outcry, the hashtag #NotMyAriel took off like wildfire.

But is that what most people think?

According to this poll of over 2,000 adults, conducted between July 8th and 10, the Hollywood Reporter found that most survey folks believe she would be a great choice for the role.

The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region.  Some of the questions asked were as follows:

“When films are remade, they should be remade as close to their original as possible, including sticking to the race and ethnicity of each character?” or “When films are remade, they should try to be more diverse in their casting even if that means changing the race and ethnicity of some characters?”

The results were incredibly political. About 3/4 of those surveyed that identified as Democrats and a little under 1/2 of those who consider themselves Republicans said that they support the casting of Bailey.

17 percent said that they opposed Bailey taking on the leading role. Though 34 percent overall said that they “strongly support” the decision to cast Bailey, roughly 21 percent said that they “somewhat support” the choice.

 

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#NotMyAriel Trends After Disney Announces Halle Bailey Was Casted as Lead for Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey’s landed the lead role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film, and the announcement was met with racist backlash.

The 19-year-old singer currently stars in ABC’s Grown-ish alongside her sister, Chloe.

“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE,” wrote Halle’s Twitter account. “Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!”

“Dream come true,” was also posted from the duo’s account alongside a picture of Halle as a Black Ariel.

While the groundbreaking announcement was met with tons of congratulatory messages from Disney fans, including Zendaya, it ruffled a few feathers. Social media users began arguing that the mermaid should have her signature red hair and white skin like the original film.

The hashtag #NotMyAriel was the number one trending topic on the 4th of July while half of the users fought against Bailey’s casting, and the other half was dragging the hashtag.

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Aziz Ansari Makes A Comeback With New Netflix Special ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’

It’s been a long time since we have seen him doing his thing but Aziz Ansari is making a comeback. He’s returning to Netflix with a new stand-up special, four years after his last special streamed on the streaming service. The new special, titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now, is set to drop July 9.  Ansari confirmed his comeback on Twitter.

Ansari recently took mad time off from both his TV and film work over the last few because of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in back in January of 2018.

The alleged incident first came from an article on www.Babe.net and social media was on fire about the latest celebrity to be put on the blast by the #metoo movement. The article gave a detailed the account of a woman who went on a date with Ansari but felt like he kept coming at her with sexual advances even though she was trying to give him signs that she wasn’t with it.

Ansari finally addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct during one of his pop-up shows in February of this year. During the performance, the comic said he needed time to think through what he wanted to say to the crowd because the incident was “a terrifying thing to talk about.”

There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” he said during the show. “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.”

Although Aziz is coming back to the stage, there is no word if “Master of None” will be coming back for another season.

 

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Terry Crews Confirms ‘White Chicks’ Sequel

Its been 15 years since White Chicks premiered in theaters, and it looks like a follow-up is in the works.

Terry Crews was a guest on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, when the host asked about the possibility for a second installment of the classic Marlon and Shawn Wayans-directed film. I actually got with Shawn and he was like ‘Man we doing it, we’re getting it going,’” he said. “15 years ago as of this month! I’m staying in shape just for this movie.”

Crews also stopped by The Talk and was asked which song he would sing his heart out to in the sequel. “I think the modern day of [“A Thousand Miles”] would be Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe,”‘ he said. “I don’t know the lyrics to the thing but I would definitely do the whitest white girl song you would ever see.”

The original movie follows the story of two police officers who go undercover as white chicks to complete a drug bust. The ending left room for a decent follow-up plot.

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Spike Lee Is Not Really From Brooklyn! Director is From Atlanta!!!!

On Sunday, June 30th, Spike Lee hosted the 30th anniversary of his Academy Awards nominated film, Do the Right Thing on the actual block that it was shot (a street now named Do the Right Thing Way). One of his special guests was actor and musician, Omari Hardwick.

After shouting out his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha (yelling out to a guy named KP and saying “1-9” and getting the proper response “0-6”), Hardwick said that 30 years ago there was a movie that changed the culture and made him believe that he could actually be an actor. That movie was Do the Right Thing.

He continued to talk about how after that movies were not culturally responsive to the Black and Brown communities, But Spike made sure that we were seen on camera in respectable ways.

Hardwick says, “Spike made sure that we looked beautiful in anything that we did.”

He continued, “And then one day that same man that created Do the Right Thing 30 years ago, he became my first boss. Most of y’all don’t know it, but he gave my first job in Sucker Free City in 2003. Spike Lee was Omari Hardwick’s first boss.”

Spike is not from Brooklyn! Omari Hardwick let the hat out the bag!

Posted by Nicole Yvonne Duncan-Smith on Monday, July 1, 2019

He went on to talk about being from Georgia, and then dropped a firebomb that blew everyone with the blood of Brooklyn pumping through their veins. He said that Spike Lee, despite pumping his Brooklyn flag in the air like no other, he was actually from Atlanta… well sorta.

The Power star revealed that Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, not anywhere near Kings County. Spike tried to stop him for telling the crowd that bit of news… But Hardwick dropped it like it was as hot as the 90 degree weather (it was hot out there). Hardwick (also an ATLien) acknowledgement that why he was born there he became a man in Brooklyn.

Spike was born in Atlanta, GA on March 20, 1957. His real name is Shelton Jackson Lee, moved up north as a toddler. He later returned to Atlanta, to attend Morehouse College. It was at Morehouse that he met actor, Samuel L. Jackson.

 

 

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