Lena Waithe And Melina Matsoukas’s ‘Queen & Slim’ Is Modern Day Shakespeare

 

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Queen & Slim is the epic new-age love story of our time that comes once every few decades. 

Related: Lena Waithe & Halle Berry To Executive Produce Forthcoming ‘Boomerang’ Series

The romantic suspense is a modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet illustrated with compelling images of black love and community told through a poetic-like structure. 

“I want him to love me so deeply I’m not afraid to show him how ugly I can be. I want him to show me scars I never knew I had.”

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Although Ernest”Slim” and Angela “Queen” are often referred to as the black Bonnie and Clyde throughout the film, their characters are far from outlaws rebelling against the law. 

These two star-crossed lovers —played by British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith —are drawn to each other in their attempts to escape the injustices found in America’s justice system after a deadly encounter of police brutality. 

Kaluuya and Turner-Smith bring themes of love, community, and mindfulness to life with their on-screen chemistry.

She’s a loner moved only by fact, and he’s a family man driven by faith. Yet, their opposition is the main factor that drives them towards psychological healing and freedom. 

The film does a great job of stressing the importance of finding joy in the journey to one’s destination— making the characters’ run from the law seem like a spiritual road trip destined by fate. 

Watching the lovers relish recklessly in present time as they stop to ride horses and dance at neighborhood juke joints, leaves you wondering when was the last time you lived in the moment. 

 

 

The tragic love story ends with an expected yet surprising slaying of the film’s protagonists that startles viewers in true horror film fashion as they are forced to mourn the characters that everyone grew to love.

Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas call this film a form of “protest art,” nearly hitting theaters on the 5th anniversary of Tamir Rice’s death. 

12-year-old Rice was shot by 26-year-old police officer Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland, Ohio for playing with a toy gun. 

Although the film has a slow build-up, the female powerhouse does an excellent job of capturing an iconic black love story in a film that showcases what it means to be black in current-day America. 

That’s why we’re giving this film 4 out of 5 stars. Catch Queen & Slim in theaters now! 

Twenty Something Talks: Your Ultimate Guide to Staying Fit This Holiday Season

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Staying fit during this time of the year can be extremely difficult. From holiday office parties to family gatherings, it seems nearly impossible not to gain a few pounds!

Related: Beyonce Tracks Her Weight Loss in New Video

You won’t have to waste this year’s resolution on losing weight because we are giving tips on how to stay fit during this holiday season.

According to the New York Times, recent studies have shown that the average person gains 2 to 5 pounds during the holiday season.

Fitness instructor and Nutritionist, Justyn Joint says he too struggled with his weight, before understanding that the key to staying fit is eating more not less.

 

 

“If you’re trying to lose fat, you’ll need to drop some calories to put yourself into a calorie deficit. People hear low-calorie and immediately think, eat less. That’s only partially true because there are ways to eat more.”

The 26-year-old fitness coach says eating for volume is a strategy used to maximize the amount of food you eat while still keeping your calorie count low.

When eating for the volume, you should always focus on eating superfoods such as vegetables and fruits.

But let’s face it, maintaining your diet is not always as easy when starring down the barrow of tempt.

The Philadelphia based trainer also gives tips on how to choose healthier options for when you’ve found yourself in your favorite fast-food restaurant.

For these fast-food hacks and more, check out the latest episode of Twenty-Something below!

Justyn offers many customized online diet and exercise plans for you to choose from. Follow him on social media @just_ny_time for more info!

 

 

 

 

 

FIRSTS – Leon Thomas Reveals The FIRST Time He Felt Famous

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Leon Thomas was put under the ‘FIRSTS’ challenge where he had to answer a flash of questions. FIRSTS is where we ask people the first time they have experienced certain things and we got some PRICELESS answer from Leon. Check the full video out!

Related: FIRSTS – Tinashe Reveals Her First, Job, Kiss, Love and more!

Backstory Ep 5: Christopher Wallace: Notorious B.I.G. Part 1 [Exclusive Interview]

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Colby takes us through the live and legacy of hip hop legend Christopher Wallace The Notorious BIG. Part one of this two part series includes rare interviews with BIG, his mother, and industry insiders that had the privilege to know and work him. Subscribe and Download the Backstory Podcast for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you stream Podcasts.

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Legendary radio host Colby “Colb” Tyner takes us back to where it all started with the biggest names in the music business and the world in his new podcast, BackStory with Colby Colb. Each episode is a narrative journey and in-depth conversation with the men and women that shaped hip hop. Colby is an accomplished on-air talent best known for his compelling interviews with Jay-Z, Will Smith, Quincy Jones, President Obama, LL Cool J, and more. Subscribe on Itunes or wherever you stream podcasts.

Backstory Ep 4: Run-DMC: The Kings Of Hip Hop [Exclusive Interview]

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Colby Colb gives an in-depth history lesson on the kings of hip hop, Run-DMCSubscribe and Download the Backstory Podcast for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you stream Podcasts.

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Legendary radio host Colby “Colb” Tyner takes us back to where it all started with the biggest names in the music business and the world in his new podcast, BackStory with Colby Colb. Each episode is a narrative journey and in-depth conversation with the men and women that shaped hip hop. Colby is an accomplished on-air talent best known for his compelling interviews with Jay-Z, Will Smith, Quincy Jones, President Obama, LL Cool J, and more. Subscribe on Itunes or wherever you stream podcasts.

Backstory Ep 3: LL Cool J the Original GOAT [Exclusive Interview]

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LL Cool J has had an impressive career in music, movies and TV. This episode of Backstory dives into the career of the original GOAT. Subscribe and Download the Backstory Podcast for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you stream Podcasts.

Get Backstory: Episode 3 from the iTunes store: Backstory on iTunes

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Legendary radio host Colby “Colb” Tyner takes us back to where it all started with the biggest names in the music business and the world in his new podcast, BackStory with Colby Colb. Each episode is a narrative journey and in-depth conversation with the men and women that shaped hip hop. Colby is an accomplished on-air talent best known for his compelling interviews with Jay-Z, Will Smith, Quincy Jones, President Obama, LL Cool J, and more. Subscribe on Itunes or wherever you stream podcasts.

10 Phrases Drake Has Forever Altered The Meaning Of In Pop Culture {Exclusive}

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Drake has been altering the landscape of music since his first major release of Come Back Season. From production, to hooks, to the way rappers flow, can all be credited to Drake in many instances whether you like it or not.

Here are 10 phrases that when you hear someone say out loud, your mind goes to a different place then the original meaning, and this is all because of Drizzy.

 

YOLO – (You Only Live Once) – The Motto Ft. Lil Wayne

You could not get away from this catch phrase for almost a year straight, from hashtags, tweets, photo captions, graffiti art, and t-shirts, the word “YOLO was inescapable in the youth culture. The phrase was originally credited to Mae West, but ask anyone in today’s society where that moniker came from, Drake would receive credit.

 

 

“0-100…Real Quick, Real ****** Quick”

When you heard someone say “0-100”, before this song, you would of thought they were talking about the latest fast car’s top speed, but Drake changed that forever. Listen to the track “Real Quick” below.

 

WOE – Working On Excellence – “No Tellin”

Drake was riding through the city with who? With his WOE’S, which is defined as “working on excellence.” Another Drake-ism that the kids can’t stop using. Thanks Aubrey.

 

“No New Friends” – DJ Khaled, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross

In an era of social media where everyone is obsessed with growing their social media platforms and gaining “new friends,” Drake had everyone yelling, “No New Friends, No, No, No”. Drake makes it clear he stays loyal to those who have been with him since the beginning.

“HYFR” – (Hell Yeah F**** Right) Featuring Lil Wayne

Again, Drizzy comes up with an acronym that sweeps the country. Weezy and Drake go back and forth, “Drizzy talks about ex-girls and lessons learned from Tupac songs, while Weezy turns in an inspired cameo talking about…um… “Wayne stuff”,” says Genius.com. HYFR, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

“Best I Ever Had”

Most of y’all were introduced to Drake from his break-out single from his “So Far Gone” project. Drake had guys and girls alike hash tagging and screaming out that their significant other was “The Best They Ever Had,” and most likely a few weeks later they broke up, but still, Drake forever has changed the meaning of “Best I Ever Had” for everyone’s future relationships.

 

“Started From The Bottom” … “Now We Here”

If anyone blurts out the phrase “Started From The Bottom,” your first reaction is now “and now we here!” Drake delivered another smash single on before his highly anticipated third studio album, and one of his biggest selling solo singles to date. Like his other song “No New Friends,” Drake makes it clear he’s been staying loyal and grinding to make it to the top for years now, and feels he has finally arrived, which is why cameos from some of his oldest friends make it into the video.

“Got the club going up… on a Tuesday” – ILoveMakonnen Ft Drake

The power of social media prevails once again. Just hours after showing some love on IG, Drake changed ILoveMakonnen’s life and the way club goers look at Tuesday nights forever. “Got the club going up, on a Tuesday!”

“I’m On One” – DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne

DJ Khaled enlists the usuals for his summer time smash. This song just had people not giving a bleep and their excuse being, because “I’m On One” all year long.

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All I care about is money an’ the city that I’m from, 
I’mma sip until I feel it, I’mma smoke it ’til it’s done
, And I don’t really give a f***, and my excuse is that I’m young, 
And I’m only getting older, somebody shoulda told ya
I’m on one, yeah, f*** it I’m on one
Yeah, I said “I’m on one”, f*** it I’m on one.”

You Fancy, Huh? – “Fancy” Drake Ft Swizz Beats and T.I.

An ode to independent, self-respecting women with class, looks, and their own bank accounts. Drake had girls getting ready for hours before going out listening this song, and had guys responding to females like, “You fancy, huh?” Another summer smash hit for Drake in his early years that swept the club scene just like he has been doing for the past few years.

 

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10 R&B Girl Groups of The 90’s You Can Never Forget

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With R&B groups making a comeback we can’t help but reflect on some of the best female R&B groups of the 90’s. If you lived during this era of music, you remember how great the music made you feel. At a point you probably wanted to start your own girl group or just enjoyed dancing in the mirror to your favorite song. If you’re ready for some 90’s nostalgia, then check out the list below.

1. 702

2. Destin’y Child

3. TLC

4. En Vogue

5. Total

6. Xscape

7. Brownstone

8. SWV

9. Blaque

10. 3LW

10 Songs To Comfort You During These Tough Times

The last few weeks have been extremely emotional for America with all the police brutality and mass shootings going on in different cities. When unarmed citizens are killed by authority and innocent lives are taken it leaves people emotionally overwhelmed feeling afraid, sad, frustrated and confused. Meanwhile, you ‘re left wondering how to process your emotions & go on with your daily lives after hearing about these tragic events. Some helpful ways to lift your spirits can include: taking a walk to clear your mind, unplugging from the internet for a while, reading a book, exercising, listening to music or a positive conversation with a friend.

Here’s a playlist of songs that will bring you some comfort during these tough times.

1 . Nas ft. Lauryn Hill- If I Ruled The World

2. J. Cole- Love Yourz

3. Kanye West- Heard ‘Em Say

4. 2pac- Changes

5. Kendrick Lamar- Alright

6. Common- The People

7. Talib Kweli- Get By

8. Isaiah Rashad ft. SZA- Ronnie Drake

9. Mos Def- Umi Says

10. The Internet- Penthouse Clouds

10 New York Artist That Could’ve Done Better Than Rich Homie Quan

The Internet went into a frenzy after Rich Homie Quan’s VH1 Hip Honors tribute to Lil’ Kim. The “Type Of Way” rapper butchered Biggie’s verse on “Get Money” and immediately social media went in on all of the other possible rappers they could’ve picked to pay homage to the Queen B.

Here is a list of New York rappers that I think would’ve pulled the tribute off the right way.

1. Fabolous -Brooklyn

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2. Mr. Cheeks- Queens

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3. Fat Joe- Bronx

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4. Method Man- Staten Island

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5. Joey Badass- Brooklyn

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6. Maino- Brooklyn

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7. A$AP Rocky- Harlem

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8. Busta Rhymes- Long Island

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9. Jadakiss- Yonkers

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10. Troy Ave- Brooklyn 

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5 Tips To Have A Successful Memorial Day Weekend

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The holiday to kick off summer season and recognize all the fallen soldiers who’ve served our country is here again. With an extra day out of the office and plenty of cookouts to attend, here are a few tips to help you prepare for the three-day holiday weekend.

Stay hydrated. With the weather being well over 80 degrees this weekend, the best thing to do is stay hydrated, especially if you plan on consuming a lot of alcohol. Check on the elderly to make sure they are keeping cool.

Wear sunblock. Don’t forget to bathe yourself in sunblock if you’ll be soaking up the sun at the beach, cooking on the grill or just relaxing outside with friends.

Refrigerate perishables. Be sure to keep all your perishables and salads that have mayonnaise in a refrigerator or a cooler to avoid food poisoning.

Drive responsibly. Traffic is going to be crazy this weekend with people making their way to the shore and visiting relatives in other cities. Buckle up and stay off your phone while driving. No snapping at red lights either.

Drink responsibly. There’s nothing better than kicking it with friends, enjoying some grilled food and sipping on you favorite iced alcohol beverage.If you’ve had too many drinks while you’re out, don’t hesitate to ride with a friend or call an Uber or Lyft!

Most importantly, had fun and take some time to remember all the men and women who have fallen in military service.

 

 

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12 Hip-Hop Songs That Will Help You Survive The Work Week

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We all have those moments where we think it’s a day closer to the weekend than it actually is. If you thought today was Thursday and realized it’s only Wednesday, this article is for you.

But don’t worry, here is a list of 12 songs guaranteed to put a little motivation and energy into your world to get you past hump day and through the rest of the work week!

 

  1. 50 Cent “I Get Money“- Sometimes you need to remind yourself one of the benefits of working; more money!
  2. Rick Ross “Hustlin'” – The only way to achieve your goals is to hustle, every day.
  3. Jay-Z “On To The Next One” – Just a couple more hours until you can go home, then it’s on to the next.
  4. Young Jeezy “Go Getta'” – ‘Cause if you don’t go out and get it yourself, no one else will.
  5. Puff Daddy ft. Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” – Only person that can hold you down is you.
  6. Outkast “Git Up, Git Out” – The hook says it all.
  7. Young Gunz “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” – You can’t be stopped. You won’t be stopped; even if people are trying you.
  8. Dj Khaled “All I Do IS Win” – Winners circle over here! No time for losers, so keep working and winning.
  9. Ace Hood “Hustle Hard”– Ace Hood calls this the hustler anthem. The beat and the hook alone should motivate you.
  10. Ye’ and Jay “Who Gon’ Stop Me” – Refer to #6.
  11. Tupac “Keep Ya Head up”– Terrible boss? Annoying coworker? Try to keep ya head up until you can change your situation.
  12. Biggie Smalls ft. 112 “Sky Is The Limit” – It’s only right to finish this playlist off with a classic. If this storytelling song doesn’t inspire you then maybe you need some other genre of music. Perhaps gospel/inspirational music?

 

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5 Hip-Hop Songs Honoring Mom In The Wake Of The Passing Of Afeni Shakur

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In the wake of the tragic news of the passing of Afeni Shakur, the mother of Tupac Shakur, we wanted to give you 5 of our favorite hip-hop tracks that are dedicated to that special lady.

Only days away from Mother’s Day, the hip-hop community was shocked to hear about the passing of Afeni. The relationship between Pac & his mother was and has always been on display to the public. The good, the bad, the ups, the downs, Tupac never was one to hold back when it came to telling his story.

Fans of Pac hold a special place in their hearts for Miss Shakur, and through the music, I personally felt like I knew her just as much as my own mother! Not only did this happen days before Mother’s Day, reports just came out last week that the “All Eyez On Me” biopic were in the final stages, and we can only hope that his mother got to see the movie and was proud of the way it represented her son.

“When I was low you were there for me / And never left me alone because you cared for me / And I could see you coming home after work late / You’re in the kitchen trying to fix us a hot plate.” 2Pac

Though, like many people, Afeni dealt with many demons, but was able to turn all that around and raise her children and set examples for them that helped shaped the mindset of Pac, and for that “you are appreciated”, rest in peace Afeni Shakur, dead at 69.

5 Hip-Hop Songs Dedicated To Mom

Kanye West – Hey Mama

Jay Z – Mama Loves Me

Goodie Mob – My Momma

Snoop Dogg – I Love My Momma

Nas – Dance

Tupac – Dear Mama

6 Songs You Didn’t Know Had A Ghostwriter [Original]

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Meek Mill’s ridiculous twitter rant about Drake and his alleged ghostwriter has caused a rift in the Hip-Hop community. Are you with Meek and his slighting of artist who sing songs from the words of others, or do you side with Drake and the idea of just making good music no matter who wrote it. To help you make your own decision, and open up your eyes to the real rap game, we found the top 6 songs you didn’t know had a ghost writer.

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1. Will Smith – Getting Jiggy Wit It (1998)

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Ghostwriter: Nas

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If The Gov. Enforced Longer Work Hours Would You Mind? [POLL]

Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said  that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours”

This is why we MUST get out and VOTE, VOTE ,VOTE people! We MUST pay attention to who we allow to run our country! We have the POWER…just have to use it.

Now, here is where we wanna know would you agree to work longer hours day on top of the hours your already bussin your ass with?