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Will Smith To Portray Serena And Venus Williams’ Father in A New Biopic

No days off! Besides having three movies dropping this year (Aladdin, Spies In Disguise and Gemini Man) and shooting Bad Boys For LifeWill Smith is set to take on a new role. The Fresh Prince will portray Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in a new biopic, Deadline exclusively reported.

Although not many details have been revealed, it’s likely that the film will highlight the rise of both pro-athletes under the guidance of their father, who was born in Alabama and later settled in Compton, California. Despite having no tennis background, Williams overcame tremendous hardship, skepticism, and his own troubled past to raise two of the game’s greatest players. 

 Zach Baylin wrote the script. Tim and Trevor White (The Post, Wind River) will produce alongside Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment.

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Emmy-Award Winning Actress Maya Rudolph Returns to SNL Stage

by Betti Halsell

According to multiple sources, comedic actress, Maya Rudolph is set to host Saturday Night Live on March 27, with Grammy-nominated musical guest, Jack Harlow.

Rudolph is an SNL alum and has served as the master of ceremonies for Saturday Night Live once before. She was a part of the NBC variety show family for six years (2000-2007). Rudolph has been in over 269 sketches. The comedian, actress, and singer has done parody characters of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, and her most recent and ingenious impression of Vice President Kamala Harris.

SNL has subsequently missed five shows before streaming their 15th episode of the season; quoting her statement found on Vulture, Rudolph said, “I’m so grateful, always, to be a part of that place. And then like, when in my wildest dreams did I think there would ever be a candidate that looks remotely close to whatever this is…” 

After Rudolph graces the stage, TikTok rapper, Jack Harlow will bring the show home. His song What’s Poppin went viral on the TikTok platform last summer. The Louisville rapper is 22-years-old. Due to his accelerated success, Harlow has been nominated for a Grammy in the best rap performance category. His Tiktok tune reached over 14 million streams in the US. Catch the Rudolph and the young hip-hop musical guest performance on March 27 on SNL.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Interview with Oprah Winfrey (First Look)

No subject is off limits in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.

CBS has released a glimpse of the much-anticipated conversation and it is definitely something we would not want to miss! The interview will be the couple’s first sit-down since their engagement. 

You can watch Oprah with Meghan And Harry: A Primetime Special on Sunday, Mar. 7 at 8/7c on CBS.

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Dominique Fishback Talks ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ and the Importance of Personal Alignment

by Betti Halsell

Creativity comes from within. Rising actress and writer Dominique Fishback is relishing in her newfound space of alignment. Her performances have shown the depth of her manifestations. During our conversation, the New York native shared a personal view of her journey blossoming in the entertainment industry, and explained how what one may internalize, eventually manifests externally. 

“Everybody is super excited about the movie…” Fishback said she received overwhelming support for her role as Deborah Johnson in recently released Judas and the Black Messiah

The movie is a historical drama based on the life of Black Panther leader of the Illinois Chapter, Chairman Fred Hampton. Fishback plays a distinguished character, his fiance and fellow activist, highlighting the significance of Black women involved in the dawning of the civil rights movement.

During the press release of the film, Johnson also known as Mother Akua sat with Fishback and gave her deep praise for the uncanny portrayal. The actress looked back to that day of acknowledgment and said, “…It was a complete love fest that we had and I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening–since I was in college learning about the Black Panther party, I always cared and I always held them in high regard…” She went to explain her personal embodiment of the organization and what they stand for. 

Dominique Fishback and Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

As Fishback swims deeper into her acting range, the people around her continue to show genuine support. She shared a story of her loved ones pouring into her after a private screening of the movie. One moment that stuck out to her was when her friend noted that the rising star is always present in all of the roles that she takes on. 

The actress also shows her creativity through her writing, she spoke about her one woman play titled Subverted, her thesis project to graduate from Pace University. The playwright talked about the diversity within her classroom or the lack thereof – she was usually the only Black person. This caused a lack of understanding from her peers. Rearing into a debate that broke out in one of her sociology classes, a student said if Black men wore “normal clothes” they wouldn’t get stopped by the police. This sparked the 22-character role Fishback took on with the mission to widen the perspective among the narrow minds, like the one she encountered in her class. 

With all the resources offered at her university, the final production got great feedback and with her first debut she was able to pack up a theatre during a movie festival. Subverted is looking to be brought to a grander audience, to voice a wider perspective for everyone to hear. 

Fishback touched on the frustrations of being a creative soul going through life and watching others achieve their dreams, while still being on ground zero of one’s career. In a Facebook post from ten years ago, she recalls describing her stress of watching people in previews, when she wanted to be there. Now in retrospect, she talks about the power of alignment and what it means to be in full control of one’s destiny. 

“God could’ve given it to me sooner, but I wasn’t in the place for it.” She went on to elaborate on the need for personal growth and self-examination of the energy that’s surrounding one’s life, “… I’m thankful for learning how to remove ego, and appreciate things a little bit more.” 

God could’ve given it to me sooner, but I wasn’t in the place for it

The actress discussed her gift for gratitude and always staying humble through her faith, “…I feel like inside, I have happiness and the outside is matching.” She also reflected on her mental state before she focused on her greater alignment to life, “I would book something and it would be an amazing opportunity, but I would still be sad.” She described sitting with herself and those feelings, asking herself why–why she felt sad even when she seemingly was on the right path. 

Fishback unearthed the complexities of her journey through meditation, journaling, and reflecting. That is when she realized the process is just as important as the reward. She gives herself the time to meditate and find what she needs to bring out from within. Watch Fishback in Judas and the Black Messiah, now streaming on HBO Max. 

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