Wakanda for ever

Black Panther, the 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studiosand distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  Until now, whether they hail from the DC or Marvel cinematic universes, big-screen superheroes have traditionally been white dudes put on this earth (e.g. Superman and Thor, who each came from other planets) or fashioned by the U.S. military (à la Captain America and War Machine) to defend America from its enemies. Co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” is a radically different…

Fences

the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by August Wilson, was written in 1983 and had its premiere on Broadway in 1987. But the play is set 30 years before that, in a lower-middle-class black section of Pittsburgh in the mid-1950s, and when you watch it now, in the towering and impassioned screen version directed by its star, Denzel Washington, it feels like you’re seeing a work from a distant time, like “A Raisin in the Sun” crossed with “Death of a Salesman.” For long stretches, that slight period remove works for the movie: “Fences”…

Playboi Carti & Lil Uzi Vert out with ‘Big Bank’

There are a lot of joint albums that have been brought into the world, most of them probably weren’t necessary. With that being said, a collaborative project between Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert is a rare example of a project of that ilk that could very much justify its existence. Every time the two rappers get together, whether it be on “wokeuplikethis*” from Carti’s self-titled debut or “Shoota” from Die Lit, there’s a true chemistry that leaves the listener wanting more. The two have teased the possibility of a full-length exploration of this spark, but…

Faith Evans marries Stevie J

Faith Evans and Stevie J recently chopped it up about their new marriage and also offered a message to those who have any ill will regarding their relationship. In regards to the haters, Evans simply revealed that they have “nothing” for them. “There’s nothing for the haters. I don’t have anything for them. We love each other and we’re happy,” she said. When it concerns their relationship turning from friendship to romance, Evans explained that a spark was ignited when they started working together. “There was always a love there,…

Rick Ross Announces “Port Of Miami 2” Album Release Party.

Rick Ross has been dangling the Port Of Miami 2: Born To Kill album in front of his fans for months. After his health scare temporarily derailed his momentum in March, Ross is seemingly back in action. On Tuesday (July 31), The Boss announced an album release party will be held on Friday (August 3) at San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom nightclub, propelling rumors the project is inching closer to seeing the light of day.  

11-Year-Old Alaya High Becomes Youngest Rapper To Sign With Empire

Alaya High just made Empire Distribution record books by becoming the youngest ever to sign with the label. The 11 year-old flexed her precocious agenda with a self-portrait with posters of XXXTentacion hanging overhead. There’s an unspotted carpet layout that reads “EMPIRE” next to a stylized pattern, erasing any doubts you may have had before you clicked on the link.  Empire Distribution has done business with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Anderson Paak, Freddie Gibbs, YFN Lucci, Young Dolph, Boosie Badazz, Webbie, and now an 11-year old Internet midcarder some have dubbed “The Next Yodeling Boy.” Alaya reps Atlanta but…