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Before The Week Ends, Here’s What You Should Know | 1/12/18

The latest on Taraji, Issa & Lupita in this week’s recap.

Taraji P. Henson Stars in Proud Mary

photo: Dana Starbard/ Screen Gems

Despite little to no promotion from Sony films, there is a movement online within the Black community especially, to show support for Proud Mary, Taraji P. Henson’s latest film. The film is centered on Mary, (Taraji P. Henson), a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry. Described as a “neo-blaxploitation” film, many critics agree the film is worth a watch.  So, make sure you get your tickets and hit up your local theatres.  Proud Mary is in theatres now.

Black People Aren’t Playing When it Comes to ‘Black Panther’

Listen, when it comes to potentially the biggest film in Black history ever, Black people aren’t playing any games. In fact, Lupita N’yongo, who plays Wakandan operative Nakia in Black Panther, recently reported being unable to snag tickets online after it sold out in 15 minutes.  Additionally, according to reports, Black Panther is officially the best selling Marvel film in terms of advanced sales in history!

Check out Lupita’s video posted to her Twitter as she describes her experience trying to purchase tickets below. Black Panther hits theatres on February 16, 2018.



Oh, Hey Felisha


photo: IG @angelamonicameans

Guess what?  Felisha is doing some good in the hood!, But no, in all seriousness, the actress who played Felisha in the film “Friday” is the owner of a vegan restaurant in South L.A. The actress, whose real name is Angela Means Kaaya, is the owner of Jackfruit Cafe.  Launched only four months ago, Jackfruit Cafe serves vegan cuisine with a soul food flare, and word on the streets is the hood is feeling it!

Issa Rae’s Recommended Reading

We all know that Issa Rae is a creative genius.  So, if we can do anything to be inspired in the way she is inspired, we’re all for it. Because literature is a major source of inspiration for many, we took special note to check out Issa’s recommended reading list per her Instagram.  With books such as “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz, we’re pleased to see Issa’s bookshelf is as diverse as the many characters she creates.  Check out her Instagram for more of her literary faves.

Well, we’re almost through with the second week of 2018.  So, how’s it been going so far?  We’d love to hear from you, so make sure you check us out on Twitter and let us know your thoughts.

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