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‘F9’ REVIEW: Revving Up for the Next Chapter of the Fast Saga

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There is no time to blink. F9: The Fast Saga is a high-speed train of action that takes the audience through a double-upside down loop, around rings of fire, and then morphs into a private jet, its heavy artillery in the action movie genre.

 Although the high-velocity film took some softer turns, as Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) shows his warm fatherly side and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) looks into theories on why the Fast&Furious family always goes through near-death endeavors unscathed, the movie will have one drifting into another atmosphere of thrill and adventure.

The original cast is reunited, and members introduced along the way collided in F9, intricately placed through the movie to reveal an otherworldly journey. The OG crewmembers Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) interact with Twinkie (Bowwow) and Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), setting up the scene to reach new heights for F9. Tokyo drifter Han Lue (Sung Kang) will return to a tear-jerking welcome by the crew.

The portrayals of women of F9 are powerful and exciting. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) play the strong Torretto matriarchs that show up for their family. Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), the technological genius and brain behind operations, returns from The Fate of The Furious. The villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron), is the main antagonist, and, although she may be a ruthless cyber-terrorist, her character (almost) always outsmarts the men.

Fast & Furious is a well-executed action movie. There is no way one can watch this once and get all the action that just unraveled. The choreography behind the scenes is seamless. It looks organic as if all humans can jump off buildings and tumble down hills in military-grade tanks (not recommended) with ease. F9 certainly sells the dream that this is all feasible.

Bulletproof vests aside, F9 has always been about family and culture. In April, Diesel told the press that late Paul Walker was still spiritually present in the making of Fast 9. So much so, Diesel said, that Walker helped influence the casting of Jon Cena as Dom’s little brother, Jakob. All the characters were bound together by a cross necklace, indicating that the movie is deeply tied to culture and unity.

When the thrill-infused saga comes out in theatres on June 25, the best advice is to put the pedal to the metal and watch the history of the best action movie unfold, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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Review by Betti Halsell

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Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bria Murphy Makes a Cameo in ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.’

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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bria Murphy has made a memorable cameo in the latest installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.’ Bria, who is the oldest daughter of the iconic comedian and actor, plays a police officer who arrests her father’s character, Axel Foley, in the film.

‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ marks the return of Murphy as the wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley, 30 years after the release of Beverly Hills Cop III. The film, directed by Mark Molloy, sees Foley back in Beverly Hills to help his estranged daughter, played by Taylour Paige, who is in trouble with some dangerous individuals.

Bria’s appearance in the film is a family affair, as her husband, Michael Xavier, also stars in the movie as a police officer.

Eddie Murphy, Bria Murphy, Michael Xavier, Nicole Murphy/ Photo: John Solano Photography

Eddie Murphy said his daughter’s role in the film was a surreal experience. In an interview, he shared that the scene where his son-in-law tases him in the neck was particularly memorable, especially since it happened shortly after his daughter’s wedding.

The movie, released on Netflix on July 3, 2024, has received mixed reviews. However, Eddie Murphy’s performance and his daughter’s cameo have been highlighted as some of the film’s most enjoyable moments.

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Halle Bailey and DDG Share First Photos of Son Halo

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On July 3, 2024, Halle Bailey and her boyfriend DDG delighted fans by sharing the first photos of their son, Halo. The couple, who welcomed their baby boy in December 2023, had kept him out of the public eye until now.

In the series of photos posted on Instagram, the family of three can be seen enjoying a trip to Italy. The first image shows Halle and DDG smiling as they hold Halo up in the air. The second photo captures a close-up of Halo, revealing his adorable face for the first time. The third picture features the couple walking hand-in-hand with their son, who is dressed in a white onesie and sneakers.

“Halo’s first time in Italy,” Halle captioned the post, which quickly garnered thousands of likes and comments from fans expressing their excitement and admiration.

DDG also shared the photos on his Instagram account, asking fans to weigh in on who Halo looks like more – him or Halle. “Who Halo look like more?,” he captioned the post, which sparked a lively debate among followers.

The couple’s decision to keep Halo’s face hidden until now was likely an attempt to protect their son’s privacy and shield him from the public eye.

Halle and DDG have been dating since 2022.

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2024 BET Awards: Taraji P. Henson’s Hosting Outfits – Ranked!

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Taraji P. Henson brought it once again! The Oscar-nominated actress, author, and producer returned to host the 2024 BET Awards for the third time, bringing her signature charm and charisma to culture’s biggest night.

The event featured a star-studded lineup of performers, including Usher, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Will Smith, who debuted a new song live. The show also highlighted the achievements of women in the industry, including Victoria Monét, who took home the BET HER award for her song “On My Mama,” and Tyla, who won in the Best New Artist category. Regina King

Henson, who previously hosted the show in 2021 and 2022, entertained the audience with many outfit changes while performing her hosting gig. Her award ceremony wardrobe featured a number of Black designers. “Representation and recognition is vital,” Henson told Vogue Magazine. “The BET Awards is our night, and talented Black designers deserve the opportunity to have visibility and the platform they deserve. It’s all about celebrating our heritage, our creativity, and our unique perspectives through the art of fashion.”

Here are the ten looks Henson rocked at this year’s ceremony, ranked.

#10

An Off-White dress paired with over-the-elbow satin red gloves

Taraji P. Henson at the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Dalvin Adams

#9

A red snakeskin bustier paired with brown snakeskin pants by Theophilio 

Taraji P. Henson at the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Johnny Nunez/ Getty

#8

A long-sleeved Rahul Mishra sequin bodysuit with paired with a sheer cape

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Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty

#7

A Kendrick Lamar inspired outfit for Henson’s opening performance ‘It’s About Us,’ a parody of the rapper’s hit song ‘They Not Like Us’

Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty

#6

A metallic green strapless tube dress by LaQuan Smith

2024 BET Awards
Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty

#5

A custom denim romper paired with a denim fringe floor-length coat by Bishme Cromartie

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Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Dalvin Adams

#4

The custom gold Balmain gown she wore on the Blue carpet

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Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Gilbert Florez/ Getty

#3

A Lever Couture silver-blue gown

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Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Dalvin Adams

#2

A sequin yellow two-piece by Sergio Hudson

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Taraji P. Henson at the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Dalvin Adams

#1

A Retrofete white beaded mini dress accessorized with pearls and a choker necklace.

2024 BET Awards
Taraji P. Henson hosts the 2024 BET Awards – photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty

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