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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer Released!

Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.


The menacing Scar, a scraggily lion towers over a hyena against an African rocky backdrop

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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.

Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.

This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.


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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Write Intro to New Vegan Book

Author, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer to Beyoncé, Marco Borges, published a new book entitled, The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World.


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The book consists of lifestyle guidelines that pertain to healthy food choices, and contains an introduction written by the Carters.


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According to People, the introduction features the following lines:


“Having children has changed our lives more than anything else. We used to think of health as a diet—some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.”



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This New Beyoncé Book Has Us Getting in Formation for Feminism

Almost the entire world is familiar with pop culture and music phenomenon Beyoncé. Her name alone makes one of think of over-the-top performances, a powerhouse presence, and, of course, feminism and representation through the roof. At least, this is what Professor Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley from the University of Texas wants us to think.



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Tinsley recently authored Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism, digging deep to draw an analysis and find symbolism within the singer’s groundbreaking and award-winning album. There’s a variety of lenses to look through when it comes to cultural ties to black women, especially their sexuality and gender in today’s day and age. Songs from the album like “Daddy Lessons”, “Formation”, and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” build the foundation for Tinsley’s book, as do Beyoncé’s own life experiences and the activists and artists who she says shaped her massive career.


However, this isn’t Tinsley’s first Beyoncé related work. Her first step towards creating Beyoncé in Formation came when she created a class for students called “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism.” Ever since, she her path towards Queen B has created a powerful following:


Every year, lines of black women and queers approach me on the first day to express excitement that they’re in a class that takes Beyoncé seriously– that someone is reflecting back that the lyrics they sing, the songs they dance to, their shirts that proclaim ‘I Slay’ just might be the meaningful sources of empowerment they always felt them to be… Greeting this receiving line of feminist Beyoncé fans, I see clearly: I’m one of thousands of black people living in the South looking to Beyoncé as a gilded mirror, an artist with the capacity to bounce light off our visions for next-millennium feminism… This small offering is made in the hope that what starts in our black woman-loving, lemonade-making, hater-twirling Texas can change the world.


To us, this is pretty bitchin’ and we think it could definitely be one of the beautiful hurricanes to stir up what’s been stagnant for so long. Check out the the cover below, pre-order the book before November 1st, and check out an excerpt courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.


Now let’s get in formation, people!



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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Not Bootylicious Enough for Beyoncé

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon has revealed that Beyoncé, legend, icon, star, and goddess divine, turned down an offer to co-star in the live-action remake. Condon previously cast Beyoncé as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and solidified her place as America’s Sweetheart, not just Houston’s. 


Beyonce in Dreamgirls

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In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Condon expressed his interest in getting Queen B in the cast for the Disney classic, because “seeing if Beyoncé is available” should be the first item on the to do list of any musical director. 


“Isn’t that weird? God, it seems crazy!” Condon said regarding the quite small amount of musicals Beyoncé has appeared in. “I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn’t a big enough part. She would have been a good feather duster.”


Plumette, the feather duster

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First of all, if you’re going to offer Beyoncé a role in your movie you should probably know the name of the character you’re asking her to play.


But that’s half the problem, the character goes by a variety of names depending on who’s producing the show: Babette in the musical, Fifi in Belle’s Magical World, and Plumette in Condon’s live-action remake. The token French maid character, who in Condon’s 2017 remake has been re-designed as a swan (props), is apparently so unimportant that her name is irrelevant. Which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have big names in small roles, but I do think you shouldn’t have big names in small roles just because they can sing and dance and look good in a skirt.


I know the character is predominantly CGI, but come on, I’m trying to make a point here. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, known for her role in the Emmy award winning episode “San Junipero” of Black Mirror, eventually took the part and did a fantastic job. 


Condon is excited for the future of big-screen musical entertainment, and the role Beyoncé will play with that. “You look at something like Lemonade: that is brilliant. That is a brilliant new direction for movie musicals.” I vote we start with a full length feature film written by, about and starring Beyoncé, and then go from there. Cool? Cool. 


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