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By Chloe Aquil
If you are a fan of comics, you have probably seen Stunt Double Khalil’ La’Marr more times than you can believe! He was a stunt performer in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and a utility stunts performer in the Luke Cage episodes The Basement and On and On and The Punisher episode Roadhouse Blues. He was also a stunt double for Chadwick Boseman in Avengers: Endgame.
Khalil' La'Marr Pickett doesn’t stop there, he also portrayed Border Tribe Warrior in Avengers: Infinity War, Styler in the Luke Cage episode On and On, and Operator in The Punisher episode Roadhouse Blues.
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No Stuntin’ here! Check out these few words from La’Marr himself…
“Words cant even describe how I felt the day Jackson Dobies said to me "This is your lucky day, if you're up for it" when he told me I'd be getting in that Black Panther suit my whole body went numb, my heart stopped, words left my mind. Watching how this guy the legend @aarontoney_action work was awesome! He made sure I was comfortable, stretched and not freaking out as well when I was up lol. It was a week before my birthday when I got into this suit so this was a huge Early Birthday gift to me. On my Birthday I was able to as around in the suit as well and it was Awesome! Still to this day I am still grateful to have experienced what it's like to be a part of a legacy and work with AMAZING Stuntmen and Women who I look up to. Sending a Huge thank you to @moganderton Dani Hernandez, @jyou10 Jackson Dobies @thesamhargrave #BlackPanther#AvengersEndgame #Stuntman #StuntDouble #SakaraanSoldier #BorderTribe#GodGotMe #IAmAKing #2019IsABigYear “ - Khalil LaMarr
AND AHEM… He isn’t too hard on the eyes either…
Follow him @khalillamarr on Instagram too see what he gets into next!
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With a billboard....
and an Avengers themed party...THEY LOOK LIT THO!! 💎
Year after year Black people are targeted in ads. Companies take things that mean everything to us! Things that we have created to survive, establish unity, and coping tactics to deal with some of the many struggles we have had to overcome and still battle.
And instead of taking heed and establishing our own corporations and uplift each other we run to our oppressors, and wallow in the abuse. Stockholm syndrome is defined on Wikipedia as
“A condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These alliances, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. “ #imjustsaying
How long will we let them use us to throw us away?
Lifetime recently aired Surviving R. Kelly, a multi-part docu-series detailing two decades’ worth of sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly. Although the should-be disgraced R&B singer claims to not have watched a single episode, he has vowed to “sue everybody” involved with the damning project. His smear campaign has already begun on social media.
According to TMZ, Kelly and his associates are in the process of launching Surviving Lies, a new website that will supposedly debunk and discredit the singer’s many accusers. The site isn’t yet live, but its corresponding Facebook account is up and running and offers a look at how low Kelly is willing to go to prove his innocence.
And if that isn’t enough…
On a night he was facing a protest in his hometown of Chicago, singer R. Kellywas out partying at a local club, where he proclaimed he's not concerned with the current controversy.
Videos of Kelly were posted on social media late Wednesday into Thursday from the club V75 Chicago.
Cardi B made it to court on time!
The rapper, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, faced potential arrest after failing to show for a hearing Monday. She allegidly missed her other court date due to scheduling.
The caseoriginates from Cardi B's alleged involvement in a fight at a Flushing, New York strip club back in August.
She has been charged with two misdemeanors counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of assault.
According to police, Cardi B threw chairs and bottles during the incident.
By: Robert Akeem Mays
Remember when Cedric the Entertainer had the skit “What is we gon’ do”? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but that is exactly how I felt when I learned the BEST show on television was cancelled. There has never been a show like Underground. They portrayed “Black Folk”, African descendants who were enslaved (not slaves) and yet still had power, agency, and narrative. They showed them resisting, and revolting against their oppressors, white people. They showed them not just trying to survive but trying to reach something else beyond what they could conceive. I appreciate the brilliance that brought this imagery to fruition. But now, its cancelled. And I am feeling some-type-of-way. Here are my points:
1) It should have never been on WGN in the first place. Yes it brought millions of viewers to the channel and thus when new people acquired the station, they wasn’t feeling it and that was it. It honestly needed to be on HBO, STARS, something where it would have the budget and the viewership to recoup the cost.
2) I’m glad OWN or BET did not pick it up. I love Aunt O. I love Queen Sugar and Greenleaf. But Underground does not fit into her programming. I mean do you really want to see commercials for The Haves and Have Nots, while waiting to see how Noah killed and burned down a plantation? And she will lose money. BET…no. Just no. They destroyed The Game and Mary Jane is still the same (aye that rhymes). No. No. No.
3) Season 2 was not like Season 1. I LOVE UNDERGROUND. But the season really did not go to where it needed to go until episode 5. That’s too long for a show that only has 10-12 episodes per season. I needed more backstory, and I wanted to see the narrative of the people who escaped, the thoughts of those who were left in bondage and suffered the repercussions. I wanted to see more of the narrative from the Black folks both freed and enslaved.
4) And lastly, Hey Netflix, I’m in your city for the weekend…what’s up?
Christopher Brown. An extremely talented and gifted man of the arts. He can sing, write, and produce music. He can act, draw, paint and dance. Not only is he gifted but an international superstar known for his talents. As of lately, he is known for all of his simple actions which makes his gifts look ancillary. To travel the past 5 years, you might have asked - Bruh did you have to fight Drake? Did you have to say Khelani’s suicide attempt was staged? Did you have you to fight at Howard Homecoming? Did you have to call out Tyson Beckford and threaten him in Las Vegas? I could write more, but I don’t have the space allotment. All of these antics seem real plausible for a Tyler Perry movie (or sitcom). But this is his current life - a series of piss poor decisions.
Most recently (sigh), a white woman was in his home (that’s another conversation to discuss the racial overtones), called the police and said he threatened to kill her with a gun. And of course, LAPD came to his home guns a blazing, ready. Now on the surface “Chris Brown, weapons, violence and women” mean automatic guilty. The allegedly Ray J was there and uber’d home (I cannot confirm or deny this part of the story but it is absolutely hilarious to think that the Prince of the Creeps was also in this debauchery). Then Chris Brown released a video while the police was outside of his home and he stated “I don’t even f--- ugly b----s”. When he stated this, I believed him. Because he does not, this woman was not his type at all. Sue me. I mean this one time, I automatically believed Chris because in my mind I could not be this stupid. Plus he has bodyguards. I’m glad I was right this time.
But I have one remaining question “WHY DO YOU HAVE THESE LOSER, RANDOM BUMS IN YOUR HOUSE AND IN YOUR PRESENCE!?” Like c’mon! You house was robbed and they hogged tied your aunt. At that moment unless you REALLY trust them, no one should be in your house. Now from the photos, Chris Brown’s house is poppin’, so I see why people would love to be there. It’s nice, full of women, liquor and drugs – it’s a moocher’s paradise. But Sir, the people you surround yourself around are NOT YOUR FRIENDS. Let me repeat, THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. You are being used. And this situation could have went left real quick. Especially with the visibility of black men being killed by police, you need to question everyone within a 1 mile radius of your property. My house would be on lockdown until Royalty started middle school.
I like Chris. I want to see Chris prosper. I want Chris to win. But he has to change his circle, and leave these trashy women and bum friends of his alone. When the old folks use to sit around and talk about the company you keep, I think Chris was somewhere practicing his dance moves, mimicking the Scream music video (don’t act like none of you all tried to copy the dance in the living and fell at the same part!). I wish these musicians and artist watched Vh1 behind the music or TV One’s Unsung and LEARN from the mistakes of those before them. They seem to follow the same destructive paths that cut down great people too early. It ain’t too late; he just needs some real friends not enablers and users.
In college, I had to take an art course; as a science major and a Africana studies major I didn’t have the time. However, I managed to take this really interesting class called “The Future of Your TV”. I learned a lot about the history of television, the switch to all channels being digital, and the future of media. That was about 7 years ago (I am getting old). But I remember the professor stating that soon scripted television will be back. This is during the pinnacle of Reality TV. I mean Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives and all the other garbage we consume to make us forget about our mundane lives.
I’m glad to say, once again, we have real actors, with real scripts, plus solid production is back. First, we have to thank Shonda Rhimes. I mean she gave us Olivia Pope. Before Olivia Pope we had Grey’s Anatomy. I didn’t watch that particular show but with Scandal, she capitulated a black woman lead in the homes of 7 million people each Thursday. Then we got Blackish and Empire (not a Shondaland Production but she paved the way), from Empire we got How to Get Away with Murder. But when other networks saw that Shonda was getting all of those views (and money), they soon began to follow suit. That’s when we got Being Mary Jane, Rosewood, Greenleaf, Queen Sugar, American Crime Story : The People v OJ Simpson, Roots:2016, Atlanta (on FX), The Get Down, Money and Violence and Underground (please watch Underground – they are telling the narrative of black folk correctly. This is a shamless plug). And there are others. Other shows and pilots (some made it, while others we are waiting their fates), but nonetheless we have black shows and they are telling stories of the varying aspects of black people as people. We need them and I’m just glad that there are opportunities for black folks in the arts- both behind and in front of the camera.
I’m not anti-reality television either. I get hype when Joseline comes on my television screen with her extreme delusions. I have a solid hearty laugh. But, I believe we have the talent and versatility to create a myriad of narratives showcasing black people in everyday life. And with primetime, cable and online series the possibilities are endless. Personally, I’m just happy to see these black folks win.
And I am greedily waiting for the return of How to Get Away with Murder , to have me on the edge of my seat since Scandal is on break until January.
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From the Washington Post: The young rapper’s death triggered an outpouring of grief on social media, where friends described him as a promising rapper whose life and career were cut short.
His manager, Kevin Baldwin, chief executive of the record label M.O.P3, said that at 18, Brooks had already performed alongside big-name acts including rappers Wale, a D.C. native, and Fat Joe. His videos collected hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and his Instagram following was upward of 40,000. One of his songs “Money Money Money” featured producer Jazze Pha, known for his work with Usher, Missy Elliott, Ciara and Lil Wayne.
“He only had been signed with me one year, and he accomplished all of that,” Baldwin said.
Brooks graduated from high school in the District and at one point planned to attend college at Morgan State University, Baldwin said, but ended up deciding to pursue a career as a rapper.
“Music, to Swipey, is everything,” Brooks said of himself in a recent radio interview with WPGC-FM (95.5). “I’ve got a tattoo on me: Music is life.”
The circumstances of Brooks’s death were not clear Sunday afternoon. Baldwin, who was grieving with family members Sunday, said they recalled an argument erupting following a party Saturday night. Later, a vehicle drove up and shots were fired, he said, according to family members’ recollections. Police did not confirm those details.
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The upcoming TICAD VI is set to further advance Africa as a growth center of the world.
In the interview with WPGC, Brooks said his passion for music began when he was about 14 or 15. Following the radio appearance, he boasted, “I’m from Southeast (Washington). I got a song with Jazze Pha — yeah, what?”
Baldwin said Brooks was raised in a home that was at times unstable but overcame his circumstances, emerging as a bright student who was “very intelligent.”
After signing Brooks a year ago, Baldwin said he filled in as a father figure.
“Basically, I was teaching him,” he said. “He’d never been on a plane — the first time he went on a plane was with me. He’d never been out of town.”
But Baldwin, 47, sometimes clashed with the young artist over the company he kept, he said.
“The issue was he was being successful on every level, but the hardest part was to get him away from his friends — the negativity,” he said. “That’s where him and I bumped heads.”
Brooks’s mother, Freda, was overcome with grief Sunday, surrounded by family as she coped with the news of her son’s death.
“He was a good guy, he was a nice guy, he never tried to start no trouble,” she said in brief comments to The Washington Post. “I’m crying. I’m crying because I love my son.”
On social media, friends and fans posted tributes. Among them: Grammy-nominated artist Wale, who was born and raised in the Washington region.
“God bless DMV,” read, in part, a tweet from Wale, using a moniker for the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region. It was followed by the hashtag #ripswipey.
Vans Warped Tour has been one of my favorite days of summer since I was 15- only missing 2 times in 12 years . I missed last year because I was in a wedding, so I am super stoked that I can go back this year at the Merriweather date. This is especially due to the fact that the lineup is pretty much just all my favorite bands in one day. I’m looking forward to:
Less Than Jake
New Found Glory
Reel Big Fish
We The Kings
I’m actually afraid I won’t be able to see everyone, but I’ll try my hardest. I was talking to one of my newer concert buddies who has never gone to Warped Tour before, and her questions about the day of the show got me thinking maybe I should do a Warped Tour/ festival checklist as a refresher. I’m gone to enough of these things that I’ve learned a bit about the best way to navigate a sizzling hot festival with ease.
What to wear/ bring:
- Arizona Lovecore Black Tank Top Rep your favorite band!
- Joe Fresh Active Yoga Short – Black Yoga shorts stay comfy when it’s hot out- I get sick of denim really fast. Personal preference.
- 50th Authentic by Vans WITH socks. Please don’t try to skip the socks. I did that one time because I was annoyed with my socks showing and ended the day with no skin on my heels. Never again.
- Popsicles Printed Backpack Backpack over purse- you’ll collect a lot of swag that you’ll get sick of slinging over your shoulders.
- S’ip by S’well Spearmint Green Stainless Steel Water Bottle 15oz Leave it empty until you get there. More on that later.
- FOREVER 21 Heart Print Phone Charger I HIGHLY recommend a portable charger for life in general, but between pictures + meeting up with buddies + following bands on twitter- your phone is going to die.
- BP. Metallic Trucker Hat Sunnies are great, but I get sick of them slipping off my sweaty face. Hats are forever.
- Beauty & the Beach Heart Sunnies …but I would suggest a fun pair of sunnies anyway
- Ultra Repair® Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Even if it’s cloudy, make sure you use sunscreen. Bring it with you and touch up as needed.
- Bring an empty water bottle with you. Warped Tour, and I think most festivals now, have free water filling stations so you can and should stay hydrated. My venue usually makes people pour out their bottles at the gate to make sure nobody is trying to bring in alcohol.
- If you do choose to drink alcohol while at the festival, remember you’re in there for the long haul. You don’t want to end up hung over before noon at all during the day. Plus, that’s really counter-intuitive if you’re trying to stay hydrated. Honestly, for the past couple that I’ve gone to, I’ve chosen to spend my money elsewhere than on drinks. You do you, but be responsible.
- Eat something before you go and at least once while you’re in the festival, even if you don’t want to. You’ll keep up your strength for the rest of the day.
- Sunscreen is your pal, burning is no fun.
- I’ve crowd surfed and have been subsequently dropped. On my head. It hurts. But if the medic tent give you Tylenol, they have to med vac you. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Bring a little travel bottle of meds in case you get a headache for any reason.
- Comfy shoes may not seem like a safety issue, but they are. Stay away from Toms + flip flops because you’ll be hoofin’ it and why be in pain?
What to do:
- Find your favorite bands’ tents when you get in- you’ll find out about meet and greets and such there. Plus, your faves may just be hanging out and meeting their fans!
- Feed Our Children NOW! will be accepting donations of (3) canned goods (Cannot be dented or expired cans), a $5 donation or a used cell phone. Bring your donation to the Feed Our Children NOW! tent, located by the main entrance gates near the Express Entry flag, to receive your Express Entry wristband. All donations go to feed hungry children in each city and fund their youth empowerment programs!
- Pace yourself and know that you probably won’t be able to see and do everything. It’s one day!
- Go with an open mind. I’ve made some great friends just by standing in line at Warped Tour.
- Check out vendor tents but don’t feel a need to buy everything. So. Many. Shirt options.
- Be kind to your fellow concert-goers. You’re all in this sweaty mess together for one reason- you love the music. Make a friend or 2, and live in the moment.
You can also check out their official list of tips here.
Have you been to Warped Tour? What are your tips?
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Anyone with a name that even remotely speaks to their African roots has probably wondered at one time or another if hiring managers toss their resumes based solely on the fact that they’re Black. Unfortunately, a recent study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior found that many Americans do make racist assumptions based on people’s names. On Thursday, the women of “The View” shared their opinions on the study, and of course, the show’s resident troll Raven-Symoné had the most to say on the subject.
ABC “View” co-host Raven-Symoné sent Twitter aflutter with her comments on Friday’s show. The former Disney star said she would not hire someone based on their name. It’s a stance that many people on Twitter found hypocritical, especially since she shares a name with a bird and sported a red mohawk when she made her outrageous comments.
The women of, “The View” discussed the topic, “Are You Judged By Your Name?” When the topic of racism based on someone’s name arose, Raven, 29, said she thought it would be better to call it “discriminatory.” She said: “I think that’s a better word.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg agreed with her, and said, “It’s a much better word.” But the comedian was shocked where the ,“That’s So Raven” star went next.
“I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names,” she said. “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelon-Andrea,” she said. Then Raven giggled loudly, shrugged her shoulders and almost stood out of her seat. “It’s just not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not going to hire you.”
Goldberg, 59, didn’t say a word-- but she looked dumbfounded. The comedian put her hands on her chest and looked away from Raven. One of the women at the round table tried to reason with Raven, and explained that a woman’s name is not something she chose.
The controversial host was later roasted on social media. Some pointed out how she shouldn’t judge anyone, considering her own name. Others made fun of her unique hair. Raven-Symoné memes soon took flight.
In other words, if your mom decided to name you Shaniqua or DaQuan, you don’t deserve to be gainfully employed because a decision that your parents likely made before you even took your first breath tells employers everything that they need to know about your work ethic and capabilities.
Thankfully, someone on the panel had enough sense to point out that there’s probably not a single person walking this earth who had control over what their parents decided to name them. But of course, it went right over Raven’s head.
“Is that mean?” she asked as if she found the entire conversation to be hilarious.
I’m sorry, what?
Raven, let me remind you as you’re perched at ABC’s round table week after week that had God not blessed you with a successful career in entertainment, there’s a good chance that you would be out here applying to nine-to-five gigs like the rest of us. And let me assure you that if a hiring manager as biased as yourself came across your resume with Raven-Symoné Pearman plastered across the top of it, there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t be hired, or even called in to interview, either.
SHOULD RAVEN SYMONE BE REPLACED OR IS THAT WHAT THE SHOW NEEDs TO KEEP GETTING RATINGS?
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2. Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse
3. Mercy – Duffy
4. Bad Blood Remix – Taylor Swift
5. The Good Left Undone – Rise Against
6. Sittn’ On (The Dock of the Bay) cover – Sara Bareilles
7. The Mighty Fall – Fall Out Boy
8. So Impossible – Dashboard Confessional
9. The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Manniqun
10. Lights and Sounds – Yellowcard