#ConversationStarter: First Glimpse At Alexandra Shipp As #Aaliyah.

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The first movie about Aaliyah Dana Haughton will be hitting the airwaves this November.

The folks at HipHollywood.com have the first sneak peak. Check out the teaser below.

This movie is based on the book by Christopher John Farley, “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.” It stars Alexandra Shipp of House of Anubis and details the rise to stardom and heartbreaking end of the singer, dancer and actress.

From HipHollywood:

The Lifetime Original Film also stars Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Mike Haughton, Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.

Although buzz around the biopic is at an all time high, it has had a few rough patches. The family has voiced their disapproval of the project and the film’s initial star, Zendaya, backed out because of those concerns.

First impressions? Knowing that the family isn’t as involved will you watch?

#ConversationStarter: Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape was just released Tuesday.

It is an album of tracks, MJ recorded years ago, that producers “contemporized” to give the modern feel while retaining the Jackson-style.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and J-Roc updated eight of Jackson’s completed tracks to form Xscape, released Tuesday. Produced by John McClain (co-executor of the Jackson estate “Love Never Felt So Good” was written in 1983 in a session with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield. In 1984, Johnny Mathis released a version. The latest rendition comes as the five-year anniversary of Jackson’s 2009 death approaches on June 25.

One of the artist on the album is Memphis’ Justin Timberlake.

He and MJ duet on “Love Never Felt So Good.”

A day after the album release, a video accompanying the track debuted on the Ellen Show.

The video pays homage to Jackson as JT and the dancers lip-sync and dance to some iconic images from Jackson’s past videos?

Check it out above and chime in what do you think about the video for “Love Never Felt So Good.”

If you’ve heard it, how do you feel about the new album Xscape as a whole?

 

#ConversationStarter: Meet Cory & Topanga’s daughter in #GirlMeetsWorld

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(left to right )Cory & Topanga, along with their daughter Riley and her “Shawn Hunter” Maya.

Cory and Topanga Matthews (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) are back!

The duo picks up just a little over a decade since viewers last left them only now with a teenager–hence the title “Girl Meets World.”

Disney Channel has flipped the original concept on it’s head.

Mr. Feeny, Amy and Alan (William Daniels, Betsy Randle and William Russ) will also appear in an episode or two.

Check out two familiar 90s faces and their daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) below.

Although there is no official premiere date reports say the series will debut this summer.

Are you excited to see Cory and Topanga again?

Who else from the original show would you like to see?

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#ConversationStarter: Hoopin’ with the FLOTUS.

Check this out:

The Miami Heat and First Lady Michelle Obama team up for a new Let’s Move PSA. Her reaction at the end makes me chuckle; I can’t picture another FLOTUS doing this PSA. Can you? If so who?

Also since it’s a health related  PSA, what gets you moving?  How do you stay health and fit?

#ConversationStarter: Minority Players on #SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Saturday Night Live took a jab at itself–with guest host, Kerry Washington in tow–after several SNL cast members and the media began asking why aren’t their any black women on the late night laugh fest which is now in its 39th season.

The opening skit had Washington playing First Lady Michelle Obama, then running out the room to change into Oprah.

According to Melissa Harris-Perry, Washington is the eighth  African-American woman to hold down guest hosting duties.

Series creator Lorne Michaels says finding a black woman for the show is a priority.

From The LA Times:

Michaels said he is focused on finding an African American female cast member for the NBC series, but he did not specify how soon it would happen.

“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” Michaels said in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”

Kenan Thompson, a SNL veteran who tells the LA Times he’s tired of putting on drag, puts the lack on black female performers.

However, there are plenty of black women who have graced comedic television–Debra Wilson and Wanda Sykes to name a few.

So chime in who in the minority would like to see on SNL? And let’s not just limit it to black women as one person on twitter pointed out:

#ConversationStarter: Did This Bus Driver Do All He Could?

Bus driver, John Moody, is under fire for what occurred in the video above.

A 13-year-old boy has two black eyes and broken arm and a bus driver is under fire after three 15-year-olds attacked the teen.

The trio says they went after the 13-year-old because he told administrators they tried to sell him drugs.

As the assault takes place the 64-year-old bus driver pleads with the boys to stop but does not physically step in to stop the altercation.

From CNN.com

As the boy is pummeled, the bus driver John Moody yells at the assailants to leave the boy alone.

He also asks dispatchers to send help.

“You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick,” he says. “They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.”

“Please get somebody here quick. There’s still doing it,” he adds. “There’s nothing I can do.”

Moody, 64, says he was too afraid to step in.

“The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him. And I did all can,” he told CNN affiliate WFLA. “I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified.

Now some say the Florida bus driver’s pleas were not enough and that he should have stepped in.

Chime in: Do you think he should have stepped in?

Or considering his age and fear for his own safety it was okay for him not to intervene?

What can be done to ensure violence like this doesn’t happen on school buses?

Drake Gives Mrs. Carter & Her Crew Some Love.

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Beyonce, her husband Jay-Z and Drake chatting at the Grammys.

Mrs. Shawn Carter and the Destiny’s Child ladies are receiving some love from rapper, Drake.

He samples their song, “Say My Name” in his “Girls Love Beyonce.”

It is one of two songs the former Degrassi star released on Monday.

From HipHollywood.com

During the hook, the Canadian rapper sings the chorus from Destiny’s Child’s hit song, “Say My Name”, along with songwriter, James Fauntelroy.

On the track, Drake raps about his longing for a relationship in today’s age of serial dating. “I’m just trying to find a reason not to go out every evening. I need someone that will help me think of someone besides myself. I need someone I leave through the front door with cause we don’t want to hide no more,” he raps.

Take a listen below.


Chime in: What do you think of the song?

#ConversationStarter: Betty & Coretta

Lifetime breaks away from the crime, murder and the romantic plot lines this February to tell the story of the friendship between two Civil Rights wives—Betty Shabazz & Coretta Scott King.

Hollywood’s Angela Bassett will play King and music’s Mary J. Blige will play Shabazz.

Watch the preview below.

From the Washington Post:

The film tells the story of the strong, evolving friendship between Shabazz and King, as they forge ahead to raise the ten children (Shabazz had six and King had four) left fatherless after the tragic assassinations of their husbands. It shows their courage as they braved the danger from black anger and white hate and how their commitment to the human rights movement propelled them to leadership in their own right. For the first time in one place, their surrogates give voice to whom or what killed their husbands.

Betty & Coretta premieres February 2 at 8pm ET.

We know Angela Bassett’s range she’s played everyone from Rosa Parks to Betty Shabazz (in Malcolm X).

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has had supporting acting roles before but now she’s taking lead as Shabazz.

Chime in: If you’re reading this before you watch how do you think Mary J. will fare? If you’re reading after, how do you think she did?

#ConversationStarter: Men Suffering For Fashion?

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Marc Jacobs once wore women’s high heels to see how women suffer for fashion but that saying may no longer be exclusive to women.

A new study reveals men’s skinny jeans are costing a pretty penny and not just from the department store.

The study looked at two-thousand British men and found one out of every ten men received side effects from donning skinny jeans.

From that ten-percent, half said they had groin discomfort, over a quarter had bladder issues and one in five suffered with twisted testicles, which could require immediate surgery.

”Please don’t put style before health,” Dr. Hilary Jones told The Daily Telegraph.

Jones is working with TENA to showcase the dangers of the fashion trend

Other issues found were urinary tract infections, low sperm counts and fungal irritations.

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Chime in. Men if you wear skinny jeans, will this new study change your mind?

First African-American Marines Receive Highest Honor.

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Group of Montford Point Marines.

From MarineCorpsTimes.com: Montford Marines train with artillery in New River, North Carolina in April of 1945 (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The 368 surviving Marines of Montford Point received the highest civilian honor in Washington, D.C. today—the congressional gold medal.

The men received the medal 63 years after the training camp closed in 1949.

Montford Point was a training camp exclusively created for African-Americans in 1942 during World War II.

“They answered our nation’s call at a time when our society was deeply divided along racial lines,” Rep. Corrine Brown said in a statement.

The 368 will also be honored, tomorrow morning, in parade given by the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Washington Marine Barracks.

Read more here.