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‘Shazam!’ Celebrates Young Excellence At The Incredible Kid Day Event

We were honored to attend the celebration of young excellence that took place in Hollywood on Sunday, March 23. A beautiful group of people of various ethnic backgrounds was recognized for making a positive impact in their communities. All awardees were nominated by amazing organizations like Jack and Jill of America, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Camp Fire, which all focus on nurturing young leaders across the country.

But just before the awards ceremony, the attendees were treated with a special, VIP screening of Warner Bros.' upcoming movie, Shazam!

 

Images by William Martin

 

Directed by David Sandberg, Shazam! is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe about a streetwise 14-year-old boy Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zach Levi) simply by shouting out his name. But with power comes responsibility – he has to learn to control his superhuman abilities. That's when his foster brother Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer), a big superhero fan, steps in. Eventually, Shazam's newfound powers get put to the test when he encounters the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. 

There is a beautiful message, carried throughout the film, that perfectly represents the idea behind the event: no matter your age, race, gender – we all can be heroes, and these kids are proof of that!

 

 

  

Images by William Martin

 

Few of the cast members, including Grace Fulton (Mary), Jovan Armand (Pedro), Ian Chen (Eugene), Faithe Herman (Darla) as well as their on-screen foster mom Marta Milans (Rosa), presented the awards after the screening. We were able to sit down with them after and spoke about the film and what it represents. You can watch the interviews below.

 

Shazam' will premiere in theaters this week, on April 5.

 

 

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Teyana and Iman’s Reality Show Renewed For 2nd Season

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are set to return with their unscripted reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported. According to the publication, E! will renew the show as it scored high viewership ratings.

The series gives an unfiltered peek behind the curtain as the power couple – the R&B singer and NBA champion, along with their tight-knit entourage of family and friends, continue building their empire, all while juggling their careers and busy home life.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman first aired in June. The final episode dropped on Wednesday, September 15.

Prom scene, We Got Love Teyana & Iman S01 Ep8

In the season finale titled Fast Tunes at Aunties High, Teyana and Iman can be seen attending a recreated High School prom. Since the R&B singer missed out on the experience, the NBA champion and his team attempt to put together a dream prom for Teyana.

After episode 8 aired, viewers took it to Twitter to share their reactions.

One user wrote, “The Prom was beautiful glad she got to have one, The team did a great job bringing everything together.”

Another said, “Aww so sweettt! And he bought Hot Cheetos and Skittles!? LOL He the one sis!”

Fans also have expressed wanting more of the show. @SusieCarmichael tweeted, “I just wanna thank Junie for allowing Teyana and Iman for being on her show this season. Looking forward to a new season in the future.”

E! has not made an official announcement of the renewal at this time, but we are expecting it any day now.

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Lizzo Wants to Star in ‘The Bodyguard’ Remake with Chris Evans

Lizzo has been expressing her interest in Marvel’s Chris Evans for some time now. In her latest social media post, the Grammy award-winning singer suggested that both of them should star in the recently announced remake of The Bodyguard.

After the news broke on Monday that the 1992 classic starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was getting the remake treatment, Lizzo posted a video on TikTok.

In the published video, the Rumors singer reacts to the announcement of the new Bodyguard movie using the “What are we talking about?” format. She then shows another tweet that suggests she and Evans should co-star in the upcoming Warner Bros. remake. 

“What y’all think?” Lizzo captioned her post with a smirking emoji.

@lizzo

What y’all think? 😏

♬ original sound – berlinXchiaki

Lizzo and Evan’s back-and-forth started earlier this year when the singer shared with her followers that she’d slid into Captain America’s DMs while drunk. Evans later responded on Twitter, “no shame in a drunk DM.” Both have been having what seems like a great friendship since then.

What do you think, would they be good leads for the new Bodyguard movie?

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Renewed For Season Two

Peacock’s Emmy-nominated late-night series has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported.

“We are thrilled to keep doing what we love for another season,” said host, writer, and executive producer Amber Ruffin in a statement. “Margaritas for everyone!”

The show is a mix of weekly news and comedy, now with a live studio audience. It sees Ruffin sharing her signature take on important events with added bits, songs, and bowties.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ poster

Season one of the critically-acclaimed series will conclude this Friday, September 17. The second season will kick off on Friday, October 8, with all-new episodes dropping every Friday.

In addition to hosting her own show, Ruffin is also a writer and performer for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was the first African American woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

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