‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Weekend
Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American grossed an astonishing $295 million this past weekend. Black Panther which stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, shattered box offices and made believers of all people, young and old who saw characters like them grace the big movie screen.
Spoiler Alert: The story picks up a week later in the Marvel Universe where Captian America: Civil War left off (after the passing of King T’Chaka). Viewers are immediately brought into the majestic, royal land of Wakanda where excellence prevails and technology is built in the hands of the princess of Wakanda, Shuri.
Operating on black pride and power, Wakanda is much more than what the eye beholds. Unbeknownst to the outside world, it’s a civilized and wealthy country with one of the most important resources, vibranium.
Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama was ecstatic about Black Panther:
Black Panther is a glorious cultural phenom that’s just the beginning of what’s to come for society. It gives hope to African Americans, young and old, that they can conquer challenges and be apart of every conversation from film to fashion, art to politics. Black Panther captures all things relevant and necessary for the public eye to see in today’s time.
It’s too early to dub Black Panther as the movie of the year? I think not.
LeBron Says He ‘Will Not Shut Up And Dribble’
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation’s political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game.
“I will not just shut up and dribble,” James said. “I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.”
James spoke publicly after Fox News host Laura Ingraham criticized him for his comments about social issues. James previously responded with an Instagram post containing similar sentiments.
“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said. “I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”
James made the initial public comments in question during a recent video segment on Uninterrupted, a platform co-founded by James. He was joined by Kevin Durant, and both superstars were sharply critical of President Donald Trump and the nation’s racial climate.
James referenced Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Jackie Robinson as athletes who previously spoke up for equality and change with no concerns about the consequences or any rewards.
“We know it’s bigger than us,” James said. “It’s not about us. I’m going to continue to do what I have to do to play this game that I love to play, but this is bigger than me playing the game of basketball.”
Students Plan Protests, Washington March, To Demand Gun Control After Mass Shooting
Reuters- Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rifle, joined others on social media to plan the events, including a Washington march.
“I felt like it was our time to take a stand,” said Lane Murdock, 15, of Connecticut. “We’re the ones in these schools, we’re the ones who are having shooters come into our classrooms and our spaces.”