Ava DuVernay Signs $100 Million Dollar Deal with Warner Bros. TV

Ava DuVernay is just secured yet another bag!

The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director has signed a development deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

The deal is said to be multi-year, multi-genre, and worth about $100 million.

via Complex:

“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul,” said DuVernay. “They love and support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways…Warner Bros. is a terrific partner about matters of visibility and belonging for all kinds and cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. I couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros. TV my production home.”

The move is slightly surprising considering DuVernay’s current and past Netflix collaborations, including her documentary 13th and her forthcoming Central Park Five series and Prince doc, which are all being housed by the streaming service. Netflix recently inked multi-million dollar deals with heavyweights like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

DuVernay is already working within the Warner family on her series Queen Sugar, which airs on Oprah’s OWN, and The Red Line. The deal also allows her to sell shows to anyone, instead of one single outlet, and gives her the opportunity to pursue big screen projects. 

“Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain,” president and chief content officer Peter Roth told Deadline. “We have had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are extremely excited about the new stories she has to tell.” 

Glow Ava, GLOW!

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Director/Producer Of Love Is___ Salim Akil Accused of Forcing Oral Sex And Domestic Violence In New Lawsuit

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Warner Bros. Television Group ‘Black Lightning’ presentation, The Contenders Emmys presented by Deadline Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA – 15 Apr 2018

Actress Amber Dixon Brenner filed a lawsuit accusing writer/producer Salim Akil of domestic violence and breach of contract.

According to the lawsuit, Amber claims the she has had many years of  “physically and sexually abusive relationship” with Salim, who has produced and directed episodes of BET’s The Game and Being Mary Jane, and created OWN’s ‘Love Is___’ with wife Mara Brock Akil 

via Jezebel:

Brenner’s complaint alleges she and Akil began “a dating relationship, which involved frequent sexual contact,” about 10 years ago. Akil, according to IMDb, has been married to writer/producer Mara Brock Akil since 1999. Brenner’s accusations of abuse are numerous and harrowing. They include multiple instances of physical violence in the form of slapping, strangling, and forced oral sex. Brenner alleges, for example, that during a birthday party in Los Angeles’s Roosevelt Hotel, Akil asked her to follow him into the bathroom, where he slapped her, causing her to stumble backwards, and then commanded her to perform oral sex. Brenner’s complaint alleges that he then urinated in her mouth.

In another instance, Brenner alleges that she asked Akil to stop having sex with her during a painful encounter. “He refused to stop, saying: ‘uhnt uhnt [no, no]. Take it.’” In yet another, the complaint claims that on a patio outside his house on Martha’s Vineyard, “he proceeded to stick three fingers up her anus and started lecturing her.” Brenner’s complaint includes multiple instances of him slapping her during sex.

Her complaint alleges that he photographed a sexual encounter without her consent, and that he also photographed her after commanding her to lick a wall in an underground parking lot.

Brenner’s complaint also describes verbal abuse: He allegedly indicated he would dispose of her in a desert if she got pregnant, and said if they were married and she cheated on him, “he would stick her hand in a hot skillet of grease.”

Damn , These are damaging allegations. I love ‘Love Is__’ but this is real life

Supa Cent Made $1 Million In Less Than Two Hours, Due To Cyber Monday With Her Cosmetics Line

Y’all I cried tears of joy with Supa Cent this morning watching the famed founder and CEO of The Crayon Case Cosmetics, raked in 1 million dollars with her Cyber Monday sale.

There’s always been a lot of talk about if we supported our own, and the power of the black dollar. Finally, someone put that talk into motion.

Supa Cent is someone who has put in a lot of work and marketing her products. 🗣🗣 Her strategies are impeccable

A personal milestone for Supa Cent was met, when Cyber Monday hit. As usual, she ran her sale, but this time, she had the support of her celebrity friends, and her fans. Their support drove her to $1 million in sales, in just an hour and 30 minutes.

Im still in tears , She deserves this. GOALS AF

First Time At The Salon In 7 Months

Its been almost 7 months since Ive been to the salon. I was on a spiritual journey and during that time going to the salon wasnt important.

I experienced matting this time around after I washed my locs. If not properly moisturized they can even break off at the root. Using a good moisturizing cream made specifically for locs will help with this, and if you know you are prone to breakage you can help by supplementing your nutrition.

While part of loc maintenance is the retwist, frequent twisting is not recommended as this tends to cause thinning and breakage. I recommend a retwist every 6-8 weeks, but because everyone’s hair is different…Do You! Make personal recommendations based on what will work best for you and your hair.

Watch The Full Retwist And Style Below

See The Trailer for Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Remake Starring Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, And Beyoncé

The teaser for Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ remake has arrived and I seriously can’t get over how amazing it looks!

The fact that James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa is EVERYTHING with Donald Glover taking on the voice of Simba and Beyoncé as Nala — the live-action cinematography is breathtaking.

Get Into It

The film is scheduled to be released on July 19th, 2019.

Questlove Created A 300-Song Playlist for Michelle Obama’s Book Tour

Michelle Obama’s Becoming isn’t just a insanely successful memoir — but its also comes with an amazing 300-song soundtrack from The Roots drummer and curator, Questlove.

via Complex:

“Like a lot of people, I connect many of my memories with the songs and melodies I was listening to at the time,” Obama said in statement shared with Billboard. “From the jazz and Stevie Wonder of my childhood, to Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire as I came into my own as an adult, to Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and so many others who provided the stirring backbeats of my time in the White House — music has always been a defining part of who I’ve become.

Obama went on to say that she was “thankful to Questlove for curating these playlists and infusing them with his signature style.” 

“Life’s a little better when we live it to Questlove’s beat,” she said.

The whole thing is called The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy and it’s playing at Obama’s book tour events all over the country. If you can’t make it out to see Obama speak,Musiaqualogy is available on Spotify.  The playlist comes in three volumes, split by era. Volume One runs from 1964-1979. Volume Two covers 1980-1997. Volume Three spans 1997-2018. The first two playlists are meant to be played in order. True to its time period, the 1997-2018 playlist is meant to be played on shuffle.