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‘Black History Captured on Film’: The Johnson Brothers found the first Black-owned film production company

by Betti Halsell

In the early 1900s the Black community was growing economically into middle class wealth. There was a rise in art and consciousness. However, their needs as consumers were intentionally being left out and ignored. 

In the entertainment and media world, it was no different, not many films (if any) catered to Black audiences or portrayed Black characters with high intellect. 

African American actor Noble Johnson and his brother George Johnson saw an opportunity, and became the pioneering production company that made movies to reflect the growth within the collective community. It was the first taste of undeniable talent and Black excellence. 

The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was founded in the year 1915. The firm is acknowledged as the first to cater a niche market of “race films,”  identifying motion pictures that had an all black cast. At first they were located in Omaha, Nebraska, but then relocated to 1121 Central Ave, in Los Angeles, California.

Unfortunately, the glory of the production company didn’t last. With less than 10 years of active work, they were able to produce five movies that included: The Realization of a Negros Ambition, The Law of Nature, Troop of Community K, A Man’s Duty, and By Right of Birth. The Lincoln Production Company was the first to create serious dramatic films. 

This was the first time entertainment was created with a Black audience in mind, they were thought of and were served a product that was to their liking, and the Black community became loyal to Lincoln Productions. 

The Johnson Brothers broke through boundaries that were set up in a time of division. The Lincoln Motion Picture Company paved the way to a new genre of film that represented Black people as talented, smart, and creative.  

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Meghan Markle To Release Her Debut Children’s Book

The soon-to-be mother of two will also narrate the audiobook version

The actress-turned-duchess is adding a new title to her post-royal résumé. Markle is releasing her debut children’s book, The Bench.

Inspired by her husband Prince Harry and baby Archie, the book will reportedly focus on the special bond between a father and son, viewed through a mother’s eyes.

The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” the new author shared in a statement. “That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Published by Random House Children’s Books, the book is illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson.

The Bench will be published on June 8.

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‘Lupin’ Part 2: Release Date, First Look Photos & Trailer

The French heist drama returns with five new episodes

Netflix recently released the first look images from Lupin season 2. The photos give viewers a glance at the upcoming episodes, set to release on Netflix, reportedly, in summer 2021.

The French heist drama stars Omar Sy as Assane Diop, a man inspired by the life and dealings of a fictional character, a thief named Arsène Lupin. The series follows Assane’s quest to expose the wealthy and powerful Pellegrini family after its patriarch, Hubert, framed Assane’s father, who later ended up dead in jail. Lupin also focuses on Assane’s relationship with his son and his ex-wife as he tries to salvage it while executing his mission.

Here are the first look images for part 2.

According to Netflix’s data, Lupin part 1 was the most-watched French original series on the platform. Seventy million households reportedly viewed the show in the first four weeks of its release.

Lupin Part 2 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it’s expected to premiere this summer. Watch the official teaser below.

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Will Smith’s Body Transformation Will Be Documented In A New Youtube Series

Will Smith broke the internet earlier this week by posting a picture that some would consider unflattering and others could very much relate to. The caption read, “I’m gonna be real wit yall – I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

Looking at the shared image, from Smith’s outfit to his physique, one could assume that the I am Legend actor was simply sharing the outcome of his quarantine lifestyle.

Earlier today, however, in another social media post, Smith revealed that the image was just a teaser of what’s to come.

It turns out the actor is teaming up with YouTube for a fitness and wellness series intended to document the 52-year-old’s journey.

“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry,” he captioned his latest post. “I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better. No more midnight muffins…this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!”

No further details were disclosed as of yet. We can’t wait to follow this transformation journey!

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