Early in 2018, we saw the unimaginable success of the movie The Black Panther. The film wasn't just one featuring a majority black cast with a positive black role model. it was much more. The Black Panther, through the setting of the fictional country of Wakanda, showed the world what black excellence is all about. A strong leader, strong family values, strong and smart women, a focus on education, and a desire to make the world a better place. It is with this in mind that Wakandacon was born.
What is Wakandacon? It is a celebration of black creativity, technology, business, culture, entertainment and more. Wakandacon is something new! It's an inclusive place where you can be a nerd about anything – pop culture, gaming, tech, womanhood, politics, or your own beautiful Blackness.
The creators imagined a place free and unshackled from the ravages of racism; of exploitation; of discrimination; of emotional, physical, and sexual violence. With that in mind, they hope to create a space for people of all types to come together, educate each other, and celebrate all of our passions. It's an event where anyone can dress up, dance, connect, support each other, and celebrate the entire diaspora looking past the present and into our future.
The show kicks off this weekend, going from August 3rd to the 5th. It will take place at the Hilton Downtown Chicago.
Tickets are still available for the weekend festivities. Tickets cost $35 for the weekend. To join the fun, sign up for your passport to Wakanda here.
Today (July 31) it was revealed that Jennifer Lopez will be the recipient of the 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard. A Bronx native, J.Lo made her musical debut in 1999 with On The 6, and hasn't looked back since then.
“It is amazing. Honestly, growing up on MTV and watching all my idols get this award, to be the recipient this year is like…I can’t even believe it. I’m so excited,” Lopez shared in an interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway.
This marks the first time a Latin artist has been on the receiving end of this award that was first introduced in 1984. The moment also marks 19 years since Lopez was nominated for Best New Artist in a Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
The “Dinero” singer, who has won two VMA trophies, follows the footsteps of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, her “All I Have” collaborator LL Cool J and most recently Pink.
The MTV VMAs airs on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. EST.
This past Friday (July 27), Ciara dropped the remix for her hit son Level Up. The remix see here reunite with longtime collaborators Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop.
On the new rendition, Fatman Scoop offers ad-libs in the background as Ciara sings about coming back better than ever. On the second verse, Missy Elliott comes in with fiery bars over the Jersey club-sampled beat.
Ciara dropped the original song on July 18th and it was accompanied with a music video. The Parris Goebel-directed visual features Cici flexing her electric dance moves along with the ReQuest Dance Crew.
This song marks the first time Ciara, Missy and Fatman Scoop have worked together in 13 years. The trio previously released the 2005 single, “Lose Control.” Missy and Ciara have also worked on 2005’s “1,2 Step” and 2009’s “Work.”
You can stream the new song via Spotify below.
Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians Of The Galaxy stars have released an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Chris Pratt wrote Monday. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.”
The statement is signed by Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. Disney fired Gunn after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed from years ago, where the writer and director appeared to make light of subjects such as pedophilia and rape.
The Walt Disney Company, which controls the Guardians series through its Marvel Studios unit, swiftly fired Gunn, calling the old tweets “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Gunn also apologized. But Disney was quickly condemned in some quarters for reacting to a social media shaming that appeared to have been undertaken as political payback.
Bekoe, Pretty Riot and Illinois Jones talk Chicago Reader, Let's Get Social and WhatsTheWord's delicate list.
For our latest "iLLTALK" discussion via iLLANOiZE Radio, we gave the Chicago Readerkudos for featuring our showcase growing showcase known as "Let's Get Social," as well as give our insight on WhatsTheWord's Chicago Hip-Hop Goal Keepers List.
Watch it below via Youtube, and feel free to join the conversation by leaving feedback within our comment section. Lastly don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
The creative mind behind the shows black-ish and grown-ish, Kenya Barris, is leaving ABC. Despite having more than two years left on his contract, Barris will be taking his talents to Netflix as the streaming giant continues to acquire major talent for future projects. He will remain executive producer of his hit shows as his co-showrunners take the reins. Barris will be leaving ABC in August.
One reason for Barris' early exit from ABC may stem from already existing controversy between Barris and his former studio over some of the show's story lines. This is especially true of an episode about the current state of the country that the network pulled over “creative differences.”
Barris isn't the first major creator to leave ABC for Netflix. Last year, Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder among others, announced her departure from ABC to join the land of streaming.
Ving Rhames is a huge movie star. He has starred in all kinds of big time movies from Pulp Fiction to the recently released Mission: Impossible - Fallout. He is even famous for his voice, doing voice-overs for countless video games and of course the Arby's commercials. You would think that with all this fame and notoriety the 59 year old actor could enter his house in a nice neighborhood with having the cops called on him. Sadly that just isn't the case.
Rhames shared a racial profiling experience that falls in the category of “relaxing at home while black.” The actor was asked about dealing with racism during an interview with Sirius XM’s Clay Cane show on Friday (July 27) where he revealed that police held him at gunpoint after a neighbor called 911 to accuse him of breaking into his own home.
Rhames said that the police encounter took place at his house in Santa Monica, Calif. sometime this year. The Mission: Impossible – Fallout star was kicking back in his boxers one afternoon when he heard commotion around the house.
Rhames assumed that the noise came from his puppies running around the backyard, until he heard a knock on the door. “I opened the door [and] it’s a red dot pointed on my face from a 9 mm,” he recalled of the cops storming the house.
“My hands are up and they have me outside, ” said Rhames. “It was a police officer with a 9 mm pointed at me, one officer behind him and two…to the left of me was the captain of police [department], and another officer with a police dog. I get out and [one of the officers] recognized me.”
The officer who recognized Rhames has a son who plays sports with Rhames' son.
After a little investigating, Rhames found out that his neighbor called 911 to report a “large black man” breaking into the house. Not surprisingly, the neighbor denied calling cops when confronted by Rhames and the officers.
Listen to Rhames recount his experience below.
By Sonshine Wiley
Social Media gives us access to the family and friends we aren’t able to see all the time. It provides a way for us to access people within the networks of those friends and families as well. Sometimes we are completely blown away by the amazing connections we are able to make, and then there are the times we are totally not on board with a someone’s personality. This is the power of having a choice to friend and unfriend whomever is within your reach.
So, what happens when you are a 35 year old woman who’s new suggested friend happens to be your rapist from when you were an 8 year old little girl? This is not an uncommon occurrence, and many are faced with the decision to run and tell the world about this horrible person or (for fear that many will defend and victim blame) hide in the shadows afraid that this person still has the power.
How many times has someone who committed horrible acts been exonerated by the public because to those people this person is a “good person”? Our society no longer yields to moral compass and accountability, but to public opinion. However, in an effort to support victims, there are resources available to assist with instances such as this both on and off social media platforms.
The ability to block the person and all of their mutual connections is available as well as emotional support through therapy and online support groups. Seeking out these options may not bring a person to further accountability, but it does save the victim from suffering more than they already have. In addition, making sure the act is reported to the proper authorities so that justice is served can provide a solution.
Every voice that speaks in truth contributes to this solution. Breaking the silence could potentially keep this from happening to others.
Lamar "Spoken" Lee and Kortnae London return to Bobbee's World to talk hot topics of the week, sex, & marriage.
Cardi B has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour. The first time mom is saying that she isn't quite ready to tour because she is still recovering from the mental and physical exhaustion of giving birth to her daughter Kulture.
“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically,” wrote the Be Careful rapper. “I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing. Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”
Bruno Mars addressed the situation on his social media account. “I know the fans will understand. You are absolutely doing the right thing,” he wrote. “I also know we’ll share the stage when the time is right. We love you Cardi and we will play ‘Bodak Yellow’ every night in your honor.”
The 24K Magic World Tour kicks off on Sept. 7, in Denver, and is expected to conclude in Oct. 2018. It is unclear if Cardi will be replaced with another act at this time.