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‘Black History Captured on Film’: Lincoln ‘Stepin Fetchit’ Perry

by Betti Halsell

First Black Million-Dollar Actor Lincoln ‘Stepin Fetchit’ Perry Created Doors of Opportunity for the Black Community, but Don’t Speak His Name On Set.  

In the film industry, being labeled a ‘Stepin Fetchit’ is the equivalent to being called an Uncle Tom. How did Lincoln Perry’s movie star character become such a poisonous dagger you ask? Well, that’s a twisted narrative filled with domestic abuse, a murderous son, and his inability to evolve with the social awareness surrounding the Civil Rights Movement…where to begin.  

Perry’s career started off breaking through cemented racial barriers in the film industry, he is widely celebrated for being the first Black actor to make a million dollars. Perry was the first Black talent to be credited in a motion picture in the 1920s.  

Lincoln Perry in Judge Priest (1934)

However, he built his empire in one of the most controversial ways possible, capitalizing on negative stereotypes that led to his ultimate demise. The character he played earned him the title of “the laziest man on earth,” setting the tone for the rest of the world to believe this to be true for all Black people. A possible red flag to reflect on, but Perry continued.  

Getting into his personal life, he went through two marriages. Both women at one point ended up with a broken nose. This led to lawsuits and legal obligation to contribute to child support. It didn’t help that one of his sons grew up only despising the legacy his old man rendered his wealth from. 

Living as the son of the theatrical Uncle Tom, in a time of radical moves to eradicate racial injustice, may have driven Jr. (he definitely wouldn’t like that I called him Jr.) to go on a freeway shooting spree, killing over 20 people before turning the gun on himself. Are you starting to see why we don’t bring this guy up too often? 

It’s been a love/hate, (mostly hate) relationship with good ol’ Stepin Fetchit, on one hand, he did the impossible, on the other hand he slowed down progress for social evolution during an extreme battle for equality. In Perry’s case, you win some, and then you lose it all. To end on a positive note, Perry has been recognized with a Hollywood Star and the NAACP provided him with an image award, assuming we are focused on the ‘breaking barriers’ side of his narration.  

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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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