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Beyonce, Blue And Jay Z Channel Coming To America For Halloween

November 2nd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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The Carter’s do not play when it comes to their family costumes for Halloween. While the trio were artists last year (Beyonce was Frida Kahlo, Blue dressed up as Picasso Baby and Jay donned his best Jean-Michel Basquiat gear), this year they spent Halloween as characters from Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic, Coming to America.

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No need to hit Netflix for who they were, the exact costumes are as follows: Jay Z is Prince Akeem of Zamunda, Beyoncé is Queen Aoleon of Zamunda, and Blue Ivy is Imani Izzi, the woman who will never become Princess of Zamunda, no matter how long she jumps on one foot and barks like a dog. But please, go check out this classic flick and you’ll see how perfectly they nailed the regal characters.

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Beyonce’s colourful costume was a gorgeous two-piece from a brand called Demestiks from New York City. Selected by stylist Ty Hunter, it was complimented by a headwrap and ornate beaded necklace. She paired the look with a skunk-printed fur, chunky earrings and black and white fringed sandals and carried a large golden goblet filled with rose petals (just like the one in the movie). She later removed her fur and larger head wrap, revealing a smaller, yellow leopard-printed one.

Meanwhile, her hip-hop mogul hubby’s costume was also on point in a tuxedo complete with a leopard-skin stole. He even nailed Akeem’s long braid, bedazzled wedge cap, and we hear he used Akeem’s accent while joking with photographers.

But the star of their movie tribute was definitely Blue Ivy. As seen in a family pic Bey posted on Instagram on Sunday, their daughter wore a gold patterned dress and high ponytail, resembling Imani Izzi, Akeem’s submissive bride and “queen-to-be,” played by Vanessa Bell Calloway.

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After watching the Halloween parade as a family, word is that the couple went out for some adult time at a party at the 1 OAK nightclub.

Last weekend, Bey also dressed up for a party, wearing an X-Men outfit to fellow R&B star Ciara’s costume-themed birthday bash.

Times Characters In Popular Films Were “Whitewashed”

October 28th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Actor Harold Perrineau has been outspoken about critics who said his daughter, Aurora, wasn’t “Black enough” to play the character of Shana in Jem and the Holograms. But she’s not the only performer who has been criticized for playing a character they look nothing like. Did these casting choices bother you?

Surprising TV And Movie Remakes Coming Your Way Soon

October 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Hollywood has been busy rebooting all of our favorite movies lately. But will you actually tune into these remakes, or are all of the not-so-new movies coming to theaters turning you off?

Why Everything About This “Rebel Than A Slave” T-Shirt Is Wrong

October 6th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Meryl Streep has found herself at the center of a major controversy due to the ad campaign for her new movie, Suffragette. With an all-white cast, the movie has all ready received its fair share of naysaying for participating in the erasure of women of color from the suffrage movement. So when its core cast of white actresses appeared in a campaign donning shirts that read: “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave,” it was inevitable that backlash was soon to follow. When I saw the shirts I clearly understood the message, which was essentially, “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” But still I thought to myself, Rebel? Slave? Now why on earth would they think was a good idea?”

 

After a quick google search, I found the full quote, which happened to be from Emmeline Pankhurst, the British women’s rights activist whom Streep plays in the  film:

“I know that women, once convinced that they are doing what is right, that their rebellion is just, will go on, no matter what the difficulties, no matter what the dangers, so long as there is a woman alive to hold up the flag of rebellion. I would rather be a rebel than a slave.”

With or without context, this quote comes across as incredibly tone-deaf to people of color in the US and abroad who still suffer the repercussions of slavery. Not long after finding this quote my Google search gave me even more reason to be appalled by this ad campaign. Emmeline Pankhurst once stated that women not being allowed to vote had “grown the most appalling slavery, compared with which negro slavery becomes insignificant.” Pankhurst thought that women not being allowed to vote was a problem so terrible that it shaded chattel slavery in comparison. Is this really a woman on whom you want to base a feminist campaign in 2015, let alone a movie?

Regardless of reactions that are soon to follow over the backlash, like charges we’re being overly sensitive about a simple “t-shirt,” the campaign and all things associated with it are hurtful and trivialize one of the most grotesque eras in American history. Surely, white people will explain to us how we don’t “get” the meaning and the cycle — a sick cycle — of ignorance will continue with our feelings being rebuked and dismissed. No one would dare minimize the Holocaust or Japanese Internment Camps or any of the other shameful acts of inhumanity in our global history (except maybe the elimination of Native Americans) to make a point about a separate human rights issue, and yet here we stand with the reality of  what 400 years of slavery does to a people 150 years later and we’re constantly told in one form or another to get over it.

With current voter ID laws still negatively impacting the Black vote in America, this PR move is simply a further slap in the face to those among us still dealing with suffrage issues, not to mention a missed opportunity, particularly on the feminist front. There will always be pushback as long as there are people who aim to erase and rewrite history. Unfortunately, this film, its campaign and the history it aims to echo, only serve to illustrate how racially unaware and divided we remain.

ATL 2? The Next Soul Food? 15 Surprise Movie Sequels To Get Really Excited About

October 5th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Need a reason to get excited about going to the movies again? Check out these surprise sequels to everyone’s favorite box office hits!

The Best Movies To Watch To Help You Get Over A Breakup

September 30th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Whether you’re ready to get all cried out, get mad or get over it, these are the best movies for getting over a breakup.

The 15 Best Movies To “Watch” For A “Netflix And Chill” Night

September 21st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Now that “Netflix and Chill” is in everyone’s vocabulary, we’ve got some of the best movies to “watch” to inadvertently set the mood right when he comes over.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of The Perfect Guy

September 18th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Can’t get enough of the new hit thriller The Perfect Guy? Read on for some juicy behind-the-scenes info on this box-office hit!

Messy Movies: Films That Broke Up Celebrity Marriages

September 2nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Who says all of that on-screen chemistry is just acting? The romance in these Hollywood movies was very real, so real that it broke up these celebrity marriages.

From 2Pac To Richard Pryor: Upcoming Biopics To Get Really Excited About

September 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Now that Straight Outta Compton is headed straight for the box-office record books, we’re all dying to know which of these upcoming biopics will make big waves at the box office next.