Hope you are enjoying this long wonderful, 3-day weekend if you are stateside.
There’s a new documentary that follows Malala Yousafzai and her human rights efforts.
The backlash to #BlackLivesMatter has begun and no surprise, is just another example of history repeating itself when it comes to civil rights movements, particularly directed towards black people. The backlash extends from small moments like people screaming “All Lives Matter” at the VMAs, to Don Lemon challenging activists on CNN.
Speaking of history, a documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution debuted this week at Film Forum in NYC. Check out a clip below:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch also took the opportunity to denounce attacks on the police without acknowledging the root of the violence. Maybe she should’ve taken a minute to see how (indirectly or directly) blaming the #BlackLivesMatter movement for the death of police officers is misguided and incorrect.
A Cree woman from Alberta is the first Aboriginal woman to win Mrs. Universe and she’s using her role to call attention First Nations issues in Canada.
Miguel is performing in Detroit living rooms to call attention the struggles of renters in the city.
Director Sydney Pollack once worked on a documentary about Aretha Franklin and lost the sound. The documentary, Amazing Grace, was pulled from the Telluride and Chicago film festivals following legal action by Franklin.
In time for the U.S. Open, Gatorade commissioned a series of murals celebrating Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, sister Venus Williams has been quietly completing her business administration degree.
Lin-Manuel Miranda released a Spotify playlist of songs that inspired the musical Hamilton.
- Amber Rose and Blac Chyna’s wore outfits confronting misogyny.
- Chance the Rapper called out host Miley Cyrus for her casual racism.
- Nicki Minaj straight up called out Miley Cyrus.
- Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj performed a mix of “Trini Dem Girls” and “Bad Blood” together
- Taylor Swift dropped a video and shocker, it’s super white. Double shocker, it’s set in Africa. It’s okay though, because the director says it’s totally not racist. Just a reminder that it is possible to make a video in Africa and feature Africans.
- Rebel Wilson made a joke about the police that was distasteful and offensive.
- Kayne West gave a very long speech grappling with his role in music, music in general, and even announcing a bid for the presidency in 2020. The New Yorker commemorated Kayne’s speech with a cover dedicate to him
Damon Wayans defended Bill Cosby in the grossest way possible.
Flavorwire looks at why we might be improving in LGBT representation on TV, but not racial diversity.
B.D. Wong speaks about his experiences playing transgender character Whiterose on Mr. Robot.
A new trailer was released for Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation.
It’s a good thing Idris has that Netflix gig, because he’s “too street” for James Bond.
The casting for Marvel’s Luke Cage is shaping up, with Rosario Dawson reprising her Daredevil Claire Temple character, Simone Missick joining as Misty Knight, and Mahershala Ali joining as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.
Jill Scott and Loretta Devine joined the cast of Being Mary Jane for the next season.
Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra is popping up everywhere to promote Quantico and The Aerogram presents a list of ways the media can report about her without exoticizing her.
Rihanna looks stunning in her new Dior shoot.
Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard is releasing a new album under the name/project Thunderbitch.
Janet Jackson released her album cover, tracklist (Missy Elliot!) and release date (Oct. 2) for “Unbreakable.”
Amandla Stenberg has a new comic book because she is the coolest girl ever.
Finally, here’s T-Pain’s awesome rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at L.A. Dodgers’ game.