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Top Five Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

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Nothing beats a warm blanket, hot cocoa, and loved ones enjoying the holidays together. If one runs out of memories to laugh about and the old VHS won’t play the video of Christmas karaoke night from 1983, the following holiday movies will suffice as another great memory to share.

A Diva’s Christmas Carol 

Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

This feature film tells the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge but in stilettos. Vanessa L. Williams plays her role to perfection as an “ego-driven” megastar who has no time for the holiday spirit. Her character, Ebony Scrooge, has turned a blind eye to the real meaning of the holidays, but glamorous ghosts from Christmas past put her in check. Main cast members include Rozonda Thomas, also known as Chilli from TLC, and iconic comedian, Kathy Griffin.


Friday After Next

Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

The extremely comical Friday saga produced by Cubevision knocked down two birds with one stone with Friday After Next. All the usual suspects were present, but new faces were introduced like Katt Williams, who played an unforgettable role as Money Mike.

Friday After Next carries many different genres, all wrapped in one. But somehow, through the comedic tale of Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps), there is a bit of Christmas cheer that faces the inevitable doom from Santa himself. 


This Christmas

If one wants to visit the cutest version of Chris Brown while cozying up by the fire, tune into This Christmas. He plays an angsty teenager with his heart set on singing. This Christmas is a classic film that brings in the warmth of a family, with a dash of drama to spice it up between eggnog sips. 

Ma’Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) calls her tribe together, bringing family members in close proximity. It starts off in the name of good cheer but carries hints of dreadful fears–of what might be uncovered…this Christmas. 


The Wiz

Watching The Wiz is a holiday right of passage. Everyone from all walks of life will ease down the road and into the spirit of connecting family throughout generations. This feature film follows the legendary Diana Ross on one of the craziest adventures that include a whole dancing moment by another music icon, Michael Jackson. The songs and the star-studded cast will have the entire family dancing around the house.  


The Best Man Holiday

The adored college quartet of friends brings in the holidays together in The Best Man Holiday. Lance ( Morris Chestnut) joins Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau), And Mia (Monica Calhoun) for holiday festivities.

Although the beloved college days are long gone, the gang gets back together to bring in the holiday joy and rekindle passionate old flames. Laugh, cry, and feel the warmth of the holidays with the college group that’s 15 years strong. 

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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

2024 BET Awards
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

2024 BET Awards
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

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

#2

A sequin yellow two-piece by Sergio Hudson

2024 BET Awards
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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