Lashana Lynch Is The New 007 In The Next James Bond Film

No – your eyes not playing tricks on you! The new 007 is about to be a Black woman.

The next James Bond film will introduce British actress Lashana Lynch as the new 007.

via Metro:

James Bond fans will know that the spy retired at the end of Spectre and as Bond 25 opens he will be living a life of luxury in Jamaica.

However soon we will return to MI6 in London and the insider reveals that ‘there is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says “come in 007”, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman’.

With Bond in retirement, it makes sense for the agency to pass on his codename to another agent, and we are here for it being a woman.

‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman,’ the source told The Daily Mail.

This is certainly a moment Im here for and can’t WAIT to see!

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Taraji P. Henson Speaks On Fighting Mental Health Issues: ‘It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’

Taraji P. Henson started the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father, surrounding mental health care in the African-American community.

The actress visited Capitol Hill to discuss her mission.

via People:

“The suicide rate has taken off,” the Empire star tells PEOPLE. “It amazes me that 5-year-olds are contemplating suicide. That’s a word you shouldn’t even understand at five years old.”

Henson adds, “We don’t talk about mental health, we don’t deal with it. For generations, we’ve been told it’s a weakness, to pray our problems away – and that’s just not gonna cut it.”

On Friday, the actress urged members of the Black Caucus to join her in talking about mental illness – and getting people the help they need. “I’m only one voice. I need help,” she tells PEOPLE, adding that she wants mental healthcare to be taught in schools.

“If we can teach children about sex education and physical education, why not mental?” she says. “That’s where we start attacking this issue: with the children.”

Henson argues that if mental healthcare becomes a part of the school curriculum, then parents will be forced to talk about mental health care with their kids. “You’ve got to help me with my homework,” she says.

Henson continues to speak out about her own struggles with anxiety and depression. “I feel like I’ve really found my purpose,” says the star, who named her organization to honor her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from both PTSD and manic depression. “It’s hard,” she says. “But he knew it and he was able to get the help that he needed.”

And Henson tries to focus on the positive memories of her dad. “Why focus on the negative? He’s not here. It wasn’t all bad with my dad. He had his moments. But when you’re dealing with mental illness, that’s what you’re gonna have. But most of the memories were good,” she says. “I miss him. He needs to see me now.”

Her father died in 2005, just two years after her son’s father, William Lamar Johnson, “was murdered, brutally, here in Washington, D.C.,” she recalls. “It was time for us to get help.”

Following that difficult time in her life, Henson says, finding a therapist she could trust was hard. “It was like looking for a purple unicorn with a 24-carat-gold-horn. I say that jokingly, but it’s serious,” she shares. “The reason why we don’t have many psychiatrists of color, or psychologists of color, or therapists of color, is because we don’t talk about it at home.”

Now, she talks to her therapist twice a week. In person, if she’s in town and if not, she chooses to Skype or Facetime.

“I can call her at any time I’m having a moment and she’s there,” Henson says. “I was blessed enough to find someone I really gel with. She gets me.”

The mother of one and her fiancé Kelvin Hayden sometimes meet with her therapist together. “I want people to know it’s okay,” she says. “I don’t know what human is not suffering from some sort of anxiety or depression.”

But Henson adds that she’s still grieving her father. “It’s not something you just get over. You learn to deal with it,” says the actress, who still worries about her son.

“As a parent, I’m constantly scared,” she says. “I live in constant fear of my son getting pulled over by the cops. That is very real for every black parent. That’s anxiety.”

By Friday evening, Henson’s voice was already hoarse as she gave interviews to reporters at the Newseum, and posed for pictures with partygoers while hosting a benefit dinner to kick off a weekend conference discussing mental health issues in the African American community, called, “Can We Talk?”

Right On Taraji for doing the work.

John Witherspoon Confirms ‘The Boondocks’ Is Returning

According to John Witherspoon, beloved cartoon ‘The Boondocks’ is returning to television for a fifth season.

via Complex:

During a recent interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the 77-year-old actor claimed the irreverent animated series would be back for season 5. Witherspoon voiced the character of Robert Jebediah “Granddad” Freeman throughout the show’s four-season run. The Boondocks’ last episode premiered in June 2014 on Adult Swim.

“I’m on the cartoon—what is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks,” Witherspoon said when explaining how he stays true to himself with every role. “And they coming back: The Boondocks is coming back … It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”

Adult Swim has not confirmed The Boondocks’ revival, though there has been a lot of speculation about its return in recent years. The series was based on a comic strip by Aaron McGruder and premiered in late 2005. McGruder executive produced the first three seasons, but did not return for the fourth.

“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it,” he wrote in a statement. “I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons. I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point […] To quote a great white man, ‘Hollywood is a business.’ And to quote another great white man, ‘Don’t hold grudges.’

Harriet Tubman Is Already Appearing on Some $20 Bills Thanks To This Clever Artist’s Stamp

The Trump Administration decided to hold off on the release of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, so one artist decided to take matters into his own hands.

He created a stamp, retailing for $20, that allows people to put Harriet’s face on whatever $20 they already have.

via NYDN:

Brooklyn artist Dano Wall has taken the money matter into his own hands, designing a 3D stamp big spenders can use to replace Andrew Jackson’s mug with a picture of their favorite abolitionist and Union Army spy.

The final design for the new $20 bill was originally set to be revealed next year, marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

But after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel this week that the government would be pushing back the plan to replace Jackson with Tubman on the bill to 2028, Wall took to social media to voice his displeasure.

“We’ll see about that,” Wall tweeted, along with a doctored picture of the bill.

Wall designed the stamp in 2017, soon after President Trump took office. The 3D image of Tubman’s picture covers the face of the nation’s seventh President, a slave owner whose sordid history includes the 1830 Indian Removal Act.

Who buying one?

FIRST TIME IN HISTORY : MISS USA, MISS TEEN USA AND MISS AMERICA ARE ALL BLACK WOMEN

We already know that Black is beautiful, but for the first time in history the top beauty pageants in the country have simultaneously elevated this truth.

Three Black women are currently wearing crowns as the 2019 Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

When Cheslie Kryst’s name was announced as Miss USA on Thursday she completed the historic trio with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. 

Kryst, who represents North Carolina, is a civil litigation attorney who received her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. 

People across social media marveled at Kryst’s natural hair and noticed that both she and Garris bypassed any form of hair straightening. 

Garris told Refinery21 that while some people tried to convince her to straighten her hair for the Miss Teen USA competition, she opted for her natural curls because when she’s wearing them, she feels confident. The Connecticut native is still in high school but plans to attend Southern Connecticut State University’s nursing program as she plans to become a trauma nurse in the future. 

Both Garris and Kryst followed behind Nia Franklin who in September 2018, sprinkled Black Girl Magic onto the 2019 pageant season when she was crowned Miss America.

Franklin represented New York and holds a master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. She is an opera singer and an advocate for arts advocacy. 

In 2012 Black women simultaneously wore crowns as Miss Teen USA and Miss USA. 

Congratulations to these 2019 beauty queens. Together they exude beauty, brains and Black girl magic! 

We’ll be tuning in later this year when Kryst represents the United States in the Miss Universe competition. 

Via BOTWC

Jordan Nixon Accepted Into 39 Colleges And $1.6 Million In Scholarships

Jordan Nixon, a 17-year-old high school senior at Douglas County High, has been accepted into 39 colleges and awarded $1.6 million in scholarships.

Thats so remarkable!

via People:

“The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” Nixon told the CBS 46.

Nixon’s acceptances are the highest number any student at Douglas County High has ever received, the outlet reported.

“We’re so happy for her because she does put in a lot of due diligence into applying for these schools,” Nixon’s parents Angelia and Arthur Nixon told CBS 46.

Her parents also described her as independent, well-rounded and an active participant in a plethora of extracurricular activities, CBS 46 reported.

“I am one of the captains of the varsity cheer team at Douglass County, I’m in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and I also participate in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America),” the soon-to-be college student said.

Nixon explained she applied to about 50 schools, but is still surprised every time she reads a congratulations letter.

“It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one,” Nixon told CBS 46.

As for how Nixon was able to rack up that many acceptances, she says “I don’t study all the time, but I definitely do study, I think my secret is to just give it my all.”

Nixon also spoke to Fox 5 Atlanta this link opens in a new tab, explaining that she hopes her story inspires others.

“I wanted to challenge myself,” Nixon told the outlet. “That was the most important thing for me, just to show others anything is possible and that anyone can accomplish it too.”

Nixon has yet to decide on a college, but has until May 1 to do so.

Glow Gurl GLOW. This is incredible 🏆🏆

Ray J Sells Scoot-E-Bike Company For Millions

Ray J’s Scoot-E-Bike company is going global and he’s walking away with big bucks that includes comas.

via TMZ:

Ray just sold off his Scoot-E-Bike biz to Canadian company LOOPShare for an amount in the high 7-figures. Ray will still play a big role in the venture, with a goal to provide users with scooters to get around town with ease.

The plan will include 3 types of scooters for users to pick from … a traditional sit-down model, a vespa style unit and stand alone scooter. We’re told the scooters will begin to pop up in cities across the United States and Canada … with plans to go global.

Not only will Ray play a pivotal role in the company’s strategy moving forward … he’ll also be in control of close to 19 million shares.

That’s Outta This WORLD….Like Huge!