Ryan Coogler Officially Signs On To Do A ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

Wakanda Forever

Ryan has signed on to write and direct the ‘Black Panther’ sequel

via THR:

While the move was expected — Marvel wanted to keep the creative team as intact as possible and a sequel was never in any real doubt — the timing was always unclear. 

Black Panther, centering on T’Challa, the king of a fictional African country, was an outsized success both commercially and critically. The pic, which starred Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, grossed $700 million domestically and more than $1.3 billion worldwide, and is also considered a contender for Oscar consideration. The movie became a defining cultural moment and touchstone, especially for the black community.

In the weeks prior and after the film’s February release, both Marvel and Coogler’s camp were hounded about when a sequel deal would be inked. Typically, a filmmaker is more than willing to quickly sign on for a follow-up, and a studio is eager to snap up a key piece of talent in the lead-up to or right after a successful opening. But Coogler’s camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago.

Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of the next Avengers pic in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans could shift.

Coogler is developing the drama Wrong Answer with his frequent collaborator and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. He also is executive producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and acts in the same capacity on the upcoming Creed 2.

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Colin Kaepernick , Dave Chappelle , And 6 Others Will Receive Harvard Black Culture Awards

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle have been selected, along with six others, to be saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to Black history and culture.

via Page Six:

All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

Tracee Ellis Ross Opted To Wear Only Black Designers At The 2018 American Music Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross did it us at the 2018 American Music Awards.

The last night’s host wore all Black designers throughout the show.

via Page Six:

First, she walked the red carpet in a pink suit by Pyer Moss accessorized with a Jacob & Co. choker, heels by Christian Louboutin and earrings by Mattia Cielo and Djula Jewelry.

For her opening dance number, the second-time AMA host changed into a custom cape by Dapper Dan for Gucci over a black sequined Nicolas Jebran bodysuit, swapping out the skintight number for a glittering gold sequined CD Greene gown.

Ross later changed into something a little more political with an “I am a voter” T-shirt created by her stylist Karla Welch in collaboration with When We All Vote. She paired the top with a cherry-red Shanel Campbell skirt and Aminah Jillil shoes.

After a quick change into a glamorous pink tulle gown by Off-White and Louboutin heels, Ross managed to one-up even herself in a Sergio Hudson leopard-print catsuit, gloves, and beret, plus Casadei pumps and huge rhinestoned Gucci sunglasses.

She then went for something equally statement-making in a boldly printed LAVIEbyCK fishtail gown with dramatic bell sleeves, followed by a double-breasted black sequined dress.

The actress’ penultimate look featured a belted blue DÈSHON gown paired with shoulder-dusting crystal earrings by the same brand — one of which, in a quirky touch, was worn as a brooch — and finally, Ross wrapped up the show in a red Cushnie off-the-shoulder jumpsuit.

Cardi B Breaks Her Silence On Fight During New York Fashion Week In ‘W’ Magazine

Cardi B covers W magazine’s Art issue.

In the mag, she opened up about what transpired leading up to the moment she was about to put them paws on Nicki Minaj at the Harper’s Bazaar ‘Icons’ party.

“For a while now she’s been taking a lot of shots at me,” she said of Minaj, jiggling her leg. “I spoke to her twice before, and we came to an understanding. But she kept it going.” Her breaking point came when she saw that Minaj had liked, and then unliked, a tweet disparaging Cardi’s mothering skills, something Minaj has denied. “I was going to make millions off my Bruno Mars tour, and I sacrificed that to stay with my daughter,” Cardi went on. “I love my daughter. I’m a good-ass fucking mom. So for somebody that don’t have a child to like that comment? So many people want to say that party wasn’t the time or the place, but I’m not going to catch another artist in the grocery store or down the block.”

Its fun and likes til someone reaches there breaking point

Kerry Washington On Family Life : ‘My Children Are My Teachers’

Kerry Washington has two kids under the age of five and we, the public, have no idea what they look like.

The super private actress has done an outstanding job of keeping her personal life just that personal, but in the latest issue of Marie Claire Kerry opens up about motherhood and her marriage with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

via Page Six:

“The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life,” Washington, 41, said. “That’s where I met my husband.”

Washington and Asomugha quietly wed in 2013. They welcomed their first child, Isabelle, in 2014 and welcomed their son, Caleb, in 2016. Virtually no photos of their children can be found online.

“My children are my teachers,” she added. “There’s a writer that I love, Dr. Shefali Tsabary. She writes about conscious parenting, and her paradigm is that we think about it all wrong.”

“We get sent by God the kids we need so we can grow in order to be the parents they need us to be,” she said. “The children I got sent came in perfect, and I have to figure out how to grow and evolve so that I can support the truth of them. I’m in a constant state of learning and challenging myself to make room for their perfection and beauty.”Washington explains that parents often think its their job to mold children and teach them who to be, but she believes it’s the children who actually mold the parents.

Although she’s busy with her own production company and various projects, it appears she’s got time to be a hands-on mommy. And she’s loving every minute of it.

“I love being with my family,” Washington beamed. “My days off look like homework, reading and watching stuff. Just hanging out, doing things we love to do.”

An Afrocentric Style For Medium Length Locs

Peace. As I adapt to the many stages of my locs , I knew I was bound to make a few changes in my maintenance routine. I’ve been on my loc journey for three years and I’ve made a LOT of changes here and there. Im caring for it more now than ever before and I LOVE the untwisted look.

Okay, I did my first ever real braid and it was on camera. The whole process and the results of that style are below. To maintain this look I pull eveything into a ponytail while the braid is still in and cover my locs with a scarf.

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Janelle Monáe Lands A Role In Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Alongside Tessa Thompson

Janelle Monáe has been added to the voice cast of Disney’s upcoming Lady And The Tramp reboot.

via Deadline:

Hidden Figures and Moonlight star Monáe will voice the role of Peg, the wise-cracking friend of Lady, who is being played by Monae’s close friend Tessa Thompson. Peggy Lee voiced Peg in the 1955 original.

Justin Theroux is voicing Tramp, while additional casting includes Thomas Mann, Kiersey Clemons, Benedict Wong, Ashley Jensen and Yvette Nicole Brown. The movie is a priority project for Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching in late 2019.

The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean is helming the live-action/CG hybrid version of the Disney classic about an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel who meets a streetsmart, downtown stray mongrel. Andrew Bujalski wrote the script for the new adaption, which Brigham Taylor is producing.

Monáe will soon be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, co-starring Steve Carell, Merritt Wever, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, and Gwendoline Christie. She has also booked roles in Focus Features biopic Harriet and will voice a character in STX animation Ugly Dolls. She recently released her third solo album, Dirty Computer.