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Wale Puts on an Energetic Performance at San Diego’s North Park Theatre

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The Grammy nominated recording artist known as Wale put on an electrifying performance at the North Park theatre in San Diego this past weekend during the “Simply Nothing” tour. It began with a tantalizing warm up by his personal band that ensured that the sold out crowd was indeed ready to see the Washington D.C. rapper. After the suspense was at a breaking point, Wale burst onto the stage wearing a skull cap which covered most of his face as he performed the first of many of his mainstream hits. The combination of a live band, subtle prop placement, and a barrage of lyrical prowess from Wale made his performance unique and artistic.

Joining Wale on the 35-city tour was Miami based rapper Bizzy Crook, and the high-energy duo from California Audio Push. There was also a special guest performance by California’s on Joe Moses. Bizzy Crook kicked the night off wooing the crowd with potent lyricism combined with impeccable delivery.

 

Bizzy Crook

Performing hits from his latest mixtape “No Hard Feelings” the title track from the project had the whole place jumping! Make sure you check out his “Simply Nothing Tour” Vlog series as well to stay connected with him and his crew during the tour.

 

Joe Moses

Next on stage was Los Angeles rapper Joe Moses who has been tearing up the charts lately with songs like “ For a Real 1” feat Ty Dolla $ign and “Ratchets” remix feat Tyga. Moses hit the stage and had everybody in the theatre turnt up. He performed hits like “Burn Rubber” and “For a Real 1” while having the whole theatre screaming “Whoooooooop.”

 

Audio Push (Price & Oktane)

And last to hit the stage before the Headliner was the I.E. California duo known for the Hip Hop West Coast dance “Jerkin” was Audio Push. This was easily my favorite performance of the night as they combined an uncanny ability to work the entire crowd, spit melodic cadence, and showcase high energy during there entire set.  Performing hits such as “Reppin” and “OTW”, Price and Oktane definitely held it down and proved exactly why they belong on the tour.

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?

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Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just elected members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Among the six newly elected governors are director Ava DuVernay. EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg has been re-elected for a second three-year term.

For those not familiar with the work of the Board of Governors, here is a breakdown of how it works and what it does.

Per Oscars official website, The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

The Academy has a total of 18 branches, including the actors branch and directors branch, where Goldberg and DuVernay will serve. Each branch is represented by three governors who are elected for three-year terms.

Since the #OscarSoWhite campaign in 2015, the Academy has been making efforts to increase diversity across the board. After the most recent election, out of 54 governors, the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12.

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‘The Old Guard’ Trailer: Kiki Layne and Chitewel Ejiofor Star in Netflix’s Upcoming Action Flick

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The streaming giant premiered the new poster for its upcoming action-packed film The Old Guard with Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Based on the comic book of the same name from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard tells the story of a group of centuries-old immortals with a supernatural ability to heal. They are forced to hide their identities to save the world. The order of things gets disrupted when they discover that another immortal has “awakened”.

If Beale Street Could Talk star plays Nile Freeman, the new immortal and a U.S. Marine, recruited by Andy (Theron), the leader of the covert group of tight-knit mercenaries. Nile discovers her supernatural powers after being killed on a mission in the Middle East.

Charlize Theron as Andy, Kiki Layne as Nile

Ejiofor plays Copley, a CIA operative and historian who has figured out the identities of the secret group.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley

The superhero film is directed by Love and Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood and is set to premiere on Friday, July 10.

Watch the official trailer below.

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