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‘Black History Captured on Film’: Eartha Kitt – The Mental Process of a Diva

by Betti Halsell

“I’m simply amazed at my whole life, I had more fun being Eartha Kitt than I think anybody has–being themselves, with whomever they become…” – Eartha Kitt, 2001

Eartha Kitt knew she was Eartha Kitt, a character that was free to speak freely with a body that carried a rebellious movement. Known as “the most interesting woman in the world,” she fully committed herself to living life. Acting, singing, dancing, Miss. Kitt could do it all and then some.. However, at her core, she was a mother, and adopted daughter of “the people” and being herself was her true calling.

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in 'Batman' TV series
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in ‘Batman’ TV series

Born in South Carolina, she had no sense of foundation as she moved around frequently as an orphan. Kitt tapped into her animal instincts of survival, and the motivation to never being a burden drove her to do whatever she had to do to tap into a larger than life personality. Kitt became popular in the speakeasy scenes in France ( I can see her serenading the crowd). She returned to America and had a unique sparkle that caught the eyes of director and actor Orson Welles, putting Kitt on the map.

Distinct characters that Kitt is permanently known for include Cat Woman on 1960s television show Batman. Audiences were enchanted by tongue rolls and commitment to her feline feature role, make the purrfect* catcall on queue. Kitt is also known for singing the holiday anthem, Santa Baby. She took anything she was given and made it her own, with unmatched sophistication and gusto.

Kitt lived in a mental state of freedom, creating a small riff in her career when she was invited to the White House in the 1960s. She did the impossible, she spoke with no filter to the first lady of the United States and it made “lady bird” clutch her pearls. Before this prestigious luncheon on Capitol Hill, Kitt frequently checked the pulse of the youth around her, violence was up and intense energy surrounded the Vietnam War.

Eartha Kitt

Kitt said exactly what the young men from all different neighborhoods were telling her; why try to be a good samaritan, if the result is being forced into war? It would be easier to commit a crime and be overlooked, than stare at a fate that awaited them on the front lines. It was no coincidence that she couldn’t find work after she exercised her right to freedom of speech. Kitt’s domestic popularity was eventually recharged and she found herself back on stage.

Above all else, Eartha Kitt freed herself, to be her full self. She knew who she was, and who she was not. Kitt lived her life how she wanted, centered and in confidence. Her daughter Kitt Mcdonald explained her mother had a sense of self-awareness that made her the center of attention. Although her life started off orphaned, she made life and the people who encouraged her growth her eternal parents that raised and nourished her talent.

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Tati Gabrielle Stars as The Main Antagonist In ‘Uncharted’ Live-Action Movie

Sony has released the trailer for Uncharted live-action movie, and the emergence of Tati Gabrielle (YOU, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) in it has created a wave of excitement on social media.

Inspired by the best-selling PlayStation video game franchise, Uncharted introduces audiences to the young street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and showcases his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). In the action-adventure epic, the two go in the dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while tracking clues that may lead to Nathan’s long-lost brother.

Gabrielle stars as the movie’s female lead, the antagonist named Braddock. Unfortunately, not much is known about her character at this time, except that we can not wait to get a closer introduction.

Shortly after the trailer dropped, Twitter users shared their excitement for the reveal. @azalben wrote, “Very excited for the Tati Gabrielle movie.”

@JarettSays wrote, “Tati Gabrielle is in the #Uncharted movie?!? I LOVE THIS FOR HER!”

Another one tweeted, “[Tom Holland] playing a protagonist and [Tati Gabrielle] playing [an] antagonist in [Uncharted]… at least the casting director did something right!”

Uncharted will play exclusively in movie theaters on February 18. Watch the full trailer below.

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‘Family Reunion’ Renewed For 3rd and Final Season

Family Reunion Renewed For Final Season

Netflix has renewed the two-time NAACP Image Award-winning family comedy series ‘Family Reunion’ for a third final season.

The show follows the McKellans who move from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to their grandparents. The family of six, however, struggles to make a smooth transition from the big city to small-town life in the South.

The sitcom stars Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Sister Sister), Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright, Jordyn Raya James, and Richard Roundtree.

“I am so excited that Family Reunion will be returning for a third season,” series creator Meg DeLoatch told Deadline. “I will always be grateful to Netflix for giving me the opportunity to finally tell my story and the platform to share the beautiful, loving, and joyous McKellan family with the world.”

The final season will have 10 episodes.

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‘Bruised’: Watch Trailer For Halle Berry’s Directorial Debut

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry directs and stars in a new Netflix mixed martial arts drama, Bruised.

The story follows Jackie Justice (Berry), a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after her last fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant — shows up at her doorstep.

Bruised also stars Adriane Lenox, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

The film is slated to release in theaters on Nov. 17 before dropping on Netflix on Nov. 24. Watch the trailer above.

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