‘The Lion King’ Shattered Box Office Records Worldwide

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Hakuna matata means there’s no worries at all — not when it comes to The Lion King at least.

Thanks to Beyoncé and a star-studded cast, The Lion King opened to an estimated $185 million in its North American debut for a 10-day worldwide total of $531 million through Sunday (it opened a week early in China, where it has earned $97.5 million to date), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The CG remake of the 1994 animated classic is just getting started in terms of making history!

The demo for the film, which features the voices of Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Seth Rogen was 44 percent Caucasian, 22 percent African-American, 20 percent Hispanic and 14 percent Asian/other, according to PostTrak.

“It’s a priority for us to bring different voices to the big screen,” says Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff. “That’s what you saw with this amazing cast and the vision that Jon Favreau and [Disney production president] Sean Bailey brought to life. The story resonated across the board.”

The soundtrack for the film, Lion King: The Gift is also a gift in itself. Executive produced by Beyoncé, it has also received as much fanfare as the film, and we have the Queen Bey herself to thank for it.

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“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa, and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa,” Bey said in a Good Morning America interview. “I wanted to be authentic to what is beautiful about music in Africa.”

It’s only been 3 days, but we can’t wait to see The Lion King continue to ‘roar’ to new heights. Have you seen it yet?

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Kim Kardashian Defends KKW Beauty Body Foundation in New Interview

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Since its inception, the KKW Beauty Body Foundation has been controversial. In a recent interview with Bustle, Kardashian explains why she still stands behind the body makeup, and why she loves it so much herself. Get all the details, here.

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The Best Fashion Moments At ComplexCon Chicago

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ComplexCon took place in this past weekend where streetwear designers, music artist, and influencers gathered together for the coolest activations. The 2-day-event is thrown by the popular media outlet Complex and was held on the Southside of Chicago at The Mccormick Place Convention Center.

From exclusive releases to surprise performances, Complexcon is the event where you can put on your favorite underground designer and pull-off a complete look. And the heat didn’t stop this fashion crowd from rocking leather pants, sneakers, or shimmery power suits. Attendees showed up in this seasons hottest trends like leopard print, bucket hats, and pleated skirts to complete their looks.

Check out of favorite fashion moments from ComplexCon below.

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Oh Baby! Eva Marcille and Michael Sterling Took A Fabulous Babymoon To Jamaica

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Eva Marcille, her husband Michael T. Sterling and that cute little baby bump packed a few bags and headed to Jamaica for a fun-in-the-sun babymoon. Between Marcille’s adorable maternity style and the chemistry between these newlyweds, we just can’t get enough!

From the moment they boarded the flight, the Sterlings looked so in love and ready to jet off for a few days of rest and relaxation. Once on the island, there was no shortage of picture-perfect moments. Eva looked gorgeous while taking a dip in a white once piece swimsuit with fun designs. We can always count on Eva the Diva to turn looks no matter the occasion.

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Eva and Mike had a blast taking photos in the serene Jamaican waters.

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Sunbathing, of course, was on the agenda.

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But can we get into the mommy glow Eva is serving? It. Is. Everything.

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Eva first announced that she’s expecting her third child in May 2019. In an interview with People, the model/reality star shared that she was 17 weeks along at the time. “Michael and I couldn’t be more excited to announce baby No. 3 is on board!” the 34-year-old said. 

Michael shared his wife’s joy over the pregnancy. “It’s amazing that God shared his most amazing superpower with us: the power to create and give life,” he told the magazine. “I count it a great blessing to grow our family with the love of my life, Eva Marcille Sterling, and we look forward to welcoming another generation of hope into this world.”

Last October, the couple tied the knot in a fairytale wedding, which was aired during an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Diddy Takes Chance Combs To Disneyland For Her 13th Birthday

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The Combs family was on deck this weekend to celebrate Chance Combs’ 13th birthday at Disneyland.

Diddy proudly shared photos of his kids—Christian, Chance, D’Lila, and Jessie—who all came together to celebrate his daughter with Sarah Chapman becoming a teenager.

“Happy Birthday Chance!!! I love you forever and ever and ever and ever!!” he captioned an Instagram post.

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Diddy told ESSENCE that he has definitely been more hands-on with his kids, especially following the passing of his longtime love, Kim Porter, last year. The model and actress had three children with Combs, plus her son, actor Quincy brown, from her previous relationship with singer Al B. Sure!.

“Before [Kim’s death], I was a part-time father, you know? My family was always first, but there are countless times when I chose work over everything else,” he said in the ESSENCE May 2019 cover story. “But every day I can hear her telling me to go and spend some time with the kids and make sure everybody’s all right, like she would do. I’m just a lot more present, and, most important, now my kids come before anything else in my life.”

We love it! Happy Birthday, Chance!

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New ‘Batwoman’ Teaser Trailer Shows Fans Getting Symbol Tattoo

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The CW released a new video promoting its upcoming TV series Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose, in which tattoo shop clients are shown requesting and getting the dark red Batwoman symbol as a tattoo.

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Mahershala Ali To Star In ‘Blade’ Reboot

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Marvel announced that it is bringing back its blockbuster franchise Blade, but a new face will be replacing Wesley Snipes.

A new version of Blade, starring Mahershala Ali fresh off his Emmy nomination, is on the way. Marvel revealed the great news at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 on Saturday.

Ali was on hand for the reveal of the good news.

No release date was announced and little else was shared.

Blade first appeared on screens in 1998 with Snipes taking on the starring role. The first installment is reported to have grossed an estimated $131.2 million at the box office and Wesley later reprised the role for sequels in 2002 and 2004.

At the Comic-Con event, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige officially announced the lineup of feature films for the next two years and shared exciting new information on the brand-new Marvel Studios’ series created exclusively for Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching in the U.S. on November 12.

Anthony Mackie, who plays The Falcon was on hand to greet fans after it was announced that his character will appear on the Disney+ original series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in the fall of 2020.

Tessa Thompson also came on stage for some Thor: Love and Thunder news, which will be the fourth feature film in the Thor franchise. It was revealed that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the Goddess of Thunder.

We can expect some exciting programming from Marvel

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Politicians Call For Puerto Rico Governor To Resign Amid Protests

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Elected officials and presidential candidates are joining the voices of many calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló following growing protests against him.

The pressure is building around Ricardo over corruption investigations and 889 pages of a private chat between him and some of his officials and close associates that were leaked.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have already taken to the streets in recent days to express their distaste, including famous faces like Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Now politicians on the mainland are adding their voices to the calls for Rosselló’s resignation.

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris:
“The only path to justice for the people of Puerto Rico is to speak truth against divisive and corrupt leaders. I stand with them as they protest and demand accountability,” Harris tweeted.

Puerto Rico’s non-voting member of Congress, Rep. Jenniffer González-Colon: “His leadership has been questioned to direct the destinations of the island, as well as our recovery after the hurricane,” González-Colon wrote on Facebook. “When that happens the government, the state, loses strength in its credibility and its legitimacy.”

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker:
“I stand with the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who’ve taken to the streets calling for [Rosselló] to resign. It’s clear their confidence in his ability to govern has eroded and they’re right to demand the new leadership they deserve,” Booker tweeted.

Democratic presidential candidate, Julián Castro: “We’ve seen comments he and others in his administration have made, we’ve seen them using force against the people of Puerto Rico,” Castro said during a campaign event in New Hampshire. “This governor can no longer be effective, and I believe that he should resign.

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren: I stand with Puerto Ricans who are taking to the streets this week to protest government corruption & Governor @RicardoRossello’s deeply offensive comments. His actions are hurtful & undermine public trust. He must answer to the Puerto Rican people.

Democratic presidential candidate Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: ”I stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico who have been suffering and struggling under this very corrupt government for far too long,“ Gabbard told CNN from San Juan. ”They are saying enough is enough. I join them in calling for this governor’s resignation. They can then begin to find a leader who will truly listen to their concerns and work for their interests.“

The governor continues to resist calls to resign.

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Serena Williams Debuts Honey Blonde Hair Color and Long, Loose Waves

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Serena Williams arrived at the Sports Illustrated Fashionable Fifty party with a new hairstyle and color: long, loose, wavy layers with a golden honey blonde shade with slightly darker roots.

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Chicago Police Board Has Fired 4 Officers For Covering Up Murder Of Laquan McDonald

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Four Chicago police officers have been fired for their attempts to cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald in 2014.

The Chicago Police Board gave its final order on Thursday, giving the mandate that Sgt. Stephen Franko, Officer Janet Mondragon, Officer Daphne Sebastian, and Officer Ricardo Viramontes be “discharged from the Chicago Police Department.”

The group violated their “duty by describing the alleged threat posed by Mr. McDonald in an exaggerated way while omitting relevant facts that support the opposite conclusion. The overall impression based on this selective telling is both misleading and false,” the independent civilian board concluded.

In October 2014, 17-year-old McDonald was shot 16 times by ex-cop Jason Van Dyke after responding to reports that McDonald was breaking into cars on the Southwest Side of the city and had a knife. Though Van Dyke said he feared for his life, dashcam footage showed that the McDonald was actually walking away from officers when shots rang out.

The newly fired officers were proven to have exaggerated McDonald’s role in the incident, initially claiming he lunged toward officers with a knife forcing Van Dyke to open fire.

“Indeed, taken on their face, the officers’ accounts depict a scene in which Mr. McDonald was the aggressor and Officer Van Dyke the victim—a depiction squarely contradicted by reality. Put simply, the officers wanted to help their fellow officer (Jason Van Dyke) and so described the incident in a way to put him in the best possible light,” the board wrote.

Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months for second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery last year, though many have criticized his light sentence.

His conviction was the first time in 50 years that a Chicago police officer was convicted of murder for an on-duty killing.

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