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Angela Bassett On ‘Black Panther 2’: “It’s Coming Along…”

On her recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Angela Bassett, AKA The Queen Mother, gave an update on Marvel’s upcoming sequel for Black Panther. “How’s everything on set of Black Panther 2, by the way,” Fallon asked. “Going along, coming along, amazing!” She responded. You can watch the full segment below.

The highly anticipated sequel has the release date of May 6, 2022.

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Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Pushed Back For Christmas Release

MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, originally scheduled for an October 9 debut, will now have a limited release on Christmas Day. The film will then expand in theaters on January 8, with a wide release on January 15, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy and stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson as Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington, and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.

Watch the teaser below.


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‘The Banker’: Two Black Men Build an Empire in the Jim Crow Era

In 1954, in America, a black man owning a bank was something unattainable and seemed practically impossible but for Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) anything was possible. Bernard was smart and ambitious and would stop at nothing to make his American dream come true. His dream was for black people to have access to capital for their businesses and have access to home loans to invest in real estate. Bernard knew the importance of ownership and was dedicated to educating his community and helping pave the way. He was an innovator and truly ahead of his time. He had the knowledge, he had the ambition. The only problem was…he was black.

Bernard had to find a way to get over this hurdle and use his talents to provide a better life for his wife Eunice (Nia Long) and their son. Eunice introduced Bernard to club owner, real estate investor and future partner Joe Morris (Samuel L Jackson). Joe had more experience in real estate along with money and connections that Bernard needed. The two didn’t really hit it off when they first met but they eventually got on the same page about their vision. Bernard met a young white man named Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult) who knew nothing about real estate or banking but was the perfect face to get his goal accomplished. Together, Bernard and Joe taught Matt everything he needed to know to impress the real estate moguls and investment bankers – math, finance, and even golf. Once Matt was ready, they made their first big purchase – a building that held all major banks in Downtown Los Angeles. Bernard and Joe have done the unimaginable.

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The duo got busy purchasing many more properties in white neighborhoods to help black people move into better areas of the city. With all the success they had in Los Angeles, Bernard thought he could try his luck in his small hometown in Texas. Things, however, did not go as planned as in the South they faced even more racism and segregation. Again, with Matt’s help, they were able to purchase two more banks in Texas. As soon as they took ownership, the duo started to quickly lend money to black home- and business owners. The number of loans that Matt approved in such a short time made other bankers suspicious and the bank was audited. In the process of the audit their scheme was uncovered, and Bernard and Joe’s identities were revealed. The banks were shut down by the Feds and both black men were sentenced to three years in jail. They only served nine months for mishandling bank funds and fraud.

Although Bernard and Joe did time in jail, at the end of it all, there is a silver lining to this story – these black men made history and beat the odds by purchasing two banks in the United States in the Jim Crow Era. The Banker is an eye-opening story of courage and hope; it is an important part of history that is relatively unknown. Two black men generations before us had the vision and enough courage to pursue their dream. All of this was done to advance the lives of black people in America. This is a tale of two heroes that was long overdue. This story is an amazing gem in American history and an inspiration to all.

The Banker is now available for streaming on AppleTV+.

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Netflix Has Picked Up ‘The Lovebirds’ After Studio Canceled Theatrical Release

Paramount Picture’s latest romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani will have its release after all. According to Deadline, The studio’s murder mystery comedy, which was recently pulled from theatrical release due to Coronavirus lockdown, is heading directly to Netflix. The launch date will be announced soon.

Here’s the synopsis for The Lovebirds:

A couple (Rae and Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Watch the official trailer below.

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