Lena Waithe and Halle Berry Team Up For A ‘Boomerang’ “Sequel”

Who remembers the ’90s classic movie “Boomerang”? Apparently there’s gonna be a SEQUEL–but not like you think! Read more at TheOriginalChatman.com!

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Photo of Lena Waithe via her Facebook page.

Without a doubt, most films and TV shows from previous eras are untouchable and don’t deserve a remake. Lena Waithe and Halle Berry aim to change this perspective with a spin on a classic ’90s romantic comedy.

Both women serve as executive producers to the sequel of  Boomerang. The original film follows womanizer Marcus (Eddie Murphy) meeting his match in the form of Jacqueline Boyer (Robin Givens) before falling in love with the under-looked love interest Angela Graham (Berry’s breakout role in the movie). Instead of going the movie route, Waithe and Berry steered themselves into cable TV territory. Berry tells Variety, the update is “less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story.”

Most people recognize Waithe behind her writing role in the “Thanksgiving” episode for Netflix’s “Master of None.” Consequently, Lena continued creative efforts for Showtime’s “The Chi” while landing onscreen roles in “This Is Us”, “Ready Player One”, and more.

The new series follows the lives of Jacqueline’s son and Marcus and Angela’s daughter as they step out of their parents’ shadows to create a lasting legacy of their own.

BET  has picked up Boomerang as a 10-episode series. With no date in sight, the network continues to helm new projects that expand on original programming content.

Will you be tuning in when it airs?

-TheOriginalChatman©-

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Weekly Wrap-Up [July 30th. 6th-Aug. 5th]

Drake drops the video for the song of the summer, “In My Feelings”– meanwhile YG and Big Sean step on the neck of EA, the publisher of “NFL” Madden 19″ for good reason. More at TheOriginalChatman.com!

 

Hol up, wait a minute…. *Meek Mill voice* Can y’all believe it’s really August!?

We’re really in August, which is practically the Sunday of the summer.

Not gonna lie…I stole that joke from the Internet and have no shame in it! Anyways…check out this past week’s trending topics, brought to you by TheOriginalChatman.com.

-TheOriginalChatman

Mon.  7/30

1.  Sony unveils a new trailer for the standalone “Venom” movie.

  • “The World Has Enough Superheroes” flashes thru out the second official trailer of Sony’s standalone Spider-man film, Venom. In this trailer, we see more of what Venom looks like.
  • The film follows journalist Eddie Brock (played by Tom Hardy) uncovering the truth behind an evil scientist releasing alien symbiotes on unsuspecting everyday citizens.
  • Venom looks to be extremely darker compared to previous Spider-man entries. Check out the trailer below!

Wed. 8/1

2. Colin Kaepernick’s name is bleeped out on a song from Madden 19;  YG and Big Sean react to the news; meanwhile EA, the company responsible for Madden games issue an “apology.”

  • Imagine having a person’s name–not a curse word!— bleeped out from a rap song in a video game. Who does that!?
  • This was the case when the Internet caught wind of EA’s slip-up within “Madden NFL 19”.
  • The error occurs halfway thru Big Sean‘s verse on YG‘s song “Big Bank.” Sean raps, “I lead the pack and sh-t/you boys all cap, I’m like Colin Kaepernick.” 
  • EA issued an apology with: “We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.” For the full apology, read it here.

[Source: ESPN]

Thurs. 8/2

3. Sanaa Lathan shares the first trailer for her Netflix-assisted film, Nappily Ever After.

  • The upcoming Netflix film Nappily Ever After mirrors the identity crisis of Violet Jones’ need to be in control over every aspect of her life–until one day she breaks down and decides to free herself by shaving her head. 
  • Nappily Ever After is a film adaptation of its literary predecessor by author Trisha R. Thomas starring Sanaa Lathan and others.
  • Lathan took the method acting approach and showed the world her shaved head in an Instagram video from late 2017.

[Source(s): Entertainment WeeklyAJC]

4. Drake finally unleashes the video for “In My Feelings.”

  • The video for the song of the summer (NON-debatable fact) is finally here! It features cameos from Shiggy (the Instagram sensation who started the #InMyFeelings challenge), LaLa Anthony, and the illustrious Phylicia Rashad.
  • No words for the video..just ENJOY it, because I deflee (word to Jess Hilarious) did!

Fri. + Sat. (8/3 and 8/4)

5. A tie worn by Randy Moss becomes the centerpiece of attention from the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Photo via Sports Illustrated Twitter (@SInow)
  • The Internet has a way of making things blow up or go downhill. Depending on the circumstance, public figures are unfortunately are caught in that crossfire when they trade a regular life for fame and fortune.
  • Over the weekend, former player Randy Moss wore a necktie to the Football Hall of Fame ceremony that represented the names of black men, women, and children who lost their lives to police brutality or while in police custody.
  • Moss explained his choice of neckwear after the ceremony ended on camera with this anecdote:

“What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone. I’m not here, you know, voicing, but by these names on my tie, and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame—there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country, and I just wanted to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”

[Source: SBNation]

6. Cardi B lists her favorite female MCs via her Twitter.

  • Seeing as nobody really cosigned Cardi when she came up, I’m sure it means a lot to her fellow female emcees that she is co-signing for them!

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Will Smith does the #InMyFeelings challenge for the culture. Speaking of culture, Cardi B and Offset welcome their baby girl Kulture into the world! Read more on TheOriginalChatman.com!

This week for the Weekly Wrap Up..Will Smith does the #InMyFeelings challenge for the culture. Speaking of culture, Cardi B and Offset welcome their baby girl Kulture into the world! Read more below! -TheOriginalChatman

Mon. 7/9

1. Winston Duke to star in a biopic detailing the life of deceased MMA fighter Kimbo Slice.

  • After playing M’Baku in two Marvel titles (Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), actor Winston Duke continues his way to stardom by taking on a most daring role as the late fighter Kimbo Slice.
  • For those of you unfamiliar, Kimbo Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson) faced homelessness and transformed as a YouTube fighting sensation to professional MMA fighter. Slice died June 2016 of congestive heart failure.
  • No word on co-stars, director, or release date but the biopic is slated to be called Backyard Legend. Congrats to Duke on his new role!

[Source: HighSnobiety]

Tues. 7/10

2. Cardi B became a meme with an old childhood photo she posted to her Instagram!

  • If y’all ain’t know by now…the Internet has zero chill and is quick to turn ANYbody into a meme. This was the case with an old photo of five-year-old Cardi B. Here’s a sample of the latest Cardi memes that have been floating around:

Wed. 7/11

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“K U L T U R E 7/10/18 K I A R I  C E P H U S” (Photo and caption via Offset’s Instagram @OffsetYrn)

3. Cardi B and Offset welcome Kulture, their new baby girl, into the world!

  • This past Tuesday, Cardi B and Offset welcomed their baby girl Kulture Kiari Cephus into the world! Kulture gets her name from Offset’s real name Kiari Cephus, meanwhile the child’s name pays homage to the Migos previous albums, Culture and Culture II.

Thurs. 7/12

4. Will Smith does the #InMyFeelings challenge.

  • You do what when you’re poppin’. CORRECTION: You can do what you want when you’re one of the world’s biggest movie stars— aka Will Smith!

 

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This a screenshot of Will Smith doing the viral #InMyFeelings / #DoTheShiggy challenge, started by Instagram sensation, @TheShiggyShow (Shiggy). Photo from Instagram (@willsmith).
  • The #InMyFeelingsChallenge was originally started by Instagram sensation TheShiggyShow, who goes by Shiggy for short. Since it began late June, other celebs such as Kevin Hart, Ciara, and Russell Wilson have taken a stab at the viral dance.
  • Apparently the Internet thinks Will Smith “won” the challenge as the actor took his attempt to new heights— literally! Smith danced on top of a bridge in Budapest. Despite stiff dance moves, one cannot help but admire the effort Will put into the challenge. Check out Will’s daredevil-ish attempt and let me know what you think.

Fri. 7/13

5. Mac Miller announces new album, SWIMMING.

  • 2018 hasn’t been great for Pittsburgh emcee Mac Miller. He was slapped with a DUI back in May of this year, and even split up with his former pop star girlfriend Ariana Grande
  • However, Mac’s looking to make a comeback with his new album, Swimming. As mysterious as the project material and title may be, a 30-second promo trailer for the album provided “some” context.
  • Mac took it a step further by even announcing his tracklist. Swimming marks Mac’s first album since  September 2016’s The Divine Feminine (which was a great birthday gift to myself back then, thanks Mac!).

1. “Come Back to Earth”
2. “Hurt Feelings”
3. “What’s The Use?”
4. “Perfecto”
5. “Self Care”
6. “Wings”
7. “Ladders”
8. “Small Worlds”
9. “Conversation Pt. 1”
10. “Dunno”
11. “Jet Fuel”
12. “2009”
13. “So It Goes”

[Source(s): Pigs & Planes, ComplexHipHopDX]

Sat. 7/14

6. Ari Lennox announces new single, “Whipped Cream.”

  • Despite multiple shows, tours, and festivals going on within the J.Cole-helmed Dreamville camp,  one label mate has remained quiet for quite a while now: Ari Lennox.
  • The first lady of Dreamville informed fans via her Instagram and Twitter that her new single, “Whipped Cream” drops Monday, July 16th.
  • The single’s promo was simple yet suggestive enough to have listeners craving for more. Check out Ari’s tweet for her new single, and hit up the comment section for your thoughts.

 

Weekly Wrap-Up [July 2nd-July 7th]

Mon. 7/2

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Simple and straight to the point, Lebron James’ sports agency, Klutch Sports Group, made a quiet announcement with a press release announcing that he’ll play with the Lakers.

1. Lebron James signs a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers!

  • King James f.k.a. Lebron James is taking his talents to the Lakers, and did so in the quietest fashion ever..with a press release and practically no press conference this time!

Tues. 7/3

2.  The official remix to Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” features guest verses from Nicki Minaj and Quavo.

  • Apparently the Internet hates it, and some people hated it before even hearing it. Me personally…I’m with the Internetz…issa no for me dawg!
  • Listen to the official remix here.

Wed. 7/4

3. 2 Chainz’s Twitter account was hacked..and man was it ugly!

  • 2 Chainz made a video responding to the hacker and he seemed pretty chill about it. Kudos to him!

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[Source: BET]

Thurs. 7/5

4. Chance the Rapper is newly engaged!

  • Earlier this week, Chance the Rapper celebrated the the fourth of July and freaked it (*Kendrick Lamar “King’s Dead” ad-lib).
  • On the day most people in the United States seem to hate the most, Chance made sure to make the holiday a memorable one: by proposing to his long-time girlfriend and baby’s mother, Kirsten Corley.
  • Surrounded by loved ones at a barbecue, Chance alluded to the proposal with this tweet:

Here’s video footage of the proposal, in which Chance asked, “Will you make me a man and be my wife?”

  • A “fan”  disapproved of Chance’s proposal and Chano wasn’t having it. Chance exchanged tweets and even went as far as to personally DM this Twitter user. What do y’all think? Be sure to sound off in the comments below!

Fri. 7/6

5. Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande drop the video for their duet, “Bed.”

  • So prior to making this post, I spent roughly 5 minutes watching the video for Nicki Minaj‘s latest duet with Ariana Grande. The video was bleh, and the video seemed very lackluster for a song that’s supposed to give a sexy summer-time vibe.
  • Nicki spends her time rolling around in the ocean as a mermaid, and towards the end magically transforms back into her human form to be on time for a date with Odell Beckham, Jr. from the New York Giants. Whoopee!
  • “If the Barbz and Arianators (fan bases for Nicki and Ariana, respectively) come for my neck, and I don’t come back from war..mark these as my last words…”

Sat. 7/7

6. Drake’s Scorpion album becomes the first project ever to hit one billion streams in a week across all platforms!

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“Scorpion” broke records with one billion streams globally! Photo via Drake’s Instagram (@champagnepapi).
  • Champagne Papi. The 6 God. Drizzy. Whatever you may call him..Drake seemingly continues to shatter records with almost every album he drops!
  • According to Billboard, The superstar rapper’s newest effort became the first album to reach one BILLION global streams across all digital platforms.
  • Prior to Scorpion tearing up global streaming records, Post Malone‘s beerbongs & bentleys held the global record with  under 700 million streams.
  • Congrats due to Drake! Let’s all help him celebrate by doing the #InMyFeelings / #DoTheShiggy challenge.

[Source(s): Billboard]

 

Weekly Update [06/25/18 – 06/30/18]

Check out all your entertainment needs from the Weekly Wrap-Up on TheOriginalChatman.com!

Mon. 6/25

1. A week after XXXtentacion was murdered, his hit song “SAD!” became the number one song in America.

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  • XXXtentacion was a troubled kid yet his music lives on—literally. The troubled MC whose no longer with us created music that still touches fans from beyond the grave.
  • “SAD!” charted its way to the Billboard Hot 100, making it X’s first #1 hit.
  • According to Rolling Stone, this is the first time a rapper had a No. 1 song since Biggie’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” back in 1997.

[Source: Rolling Stone]

Tues. 6/26

2. Cardi B and Offset secretly got married…and TMZ got the proof of their wedding certificate to prove it!

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TMZ spilled the beans on Cardi B and Offset’s secret wedding! Photo Credit: TMZ

 

  • Here’s a snippet of the actual marriage certificate, which shows that they’ve been married since September 20th of last year. Check the full document here.
  • That gosh darn TMZ..maaaan, they be on it for real!
  • Apparently, they joined each other’s hand in marriage MONTHS ago…..OKURRRR  (Cardi B voice)!
  • On Sunday, June 24th, the Migos accepted the BET Award for Best Group in which Offset said, “I thank my wife, you should thank yours.” (To be honest…I was too busy being upset that A Tribe Called Quest didn’t win to pay attention to what Offset was actually saying!)
  • Congrats to the happy couple, especially since they’re expecting their first child together sometime later this month!

Wed. 6/27

3. Kendrick Lamar landed on the cover of Vanity Fair!

  • It seems like everyday Kendrick Lamar is reaching not only new heights as a top-tier hip-hop artist, but also as a person aware of his responsibility to himself and his community.
  • Fresh off winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize, Vanity Fair just snagged an interview with Kung-Fu Kenny in which is discusses Kanye West, Colin Kaepernick, and more.
  • I haven’t read the interview yet myself; however, I’m sure there’s gems in it. I’ll be back in a few days to give my opinion on his Vanity Fair cover story. In the meantime, check out the cover below!
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Kendrick Lamar is the new cover star of the latest issue of Vanity Fair. Photo was taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.

 

Thurs. 6/29

4. Drake dropped his latest effort “Scorpion.” Memes and IG captions are here all summer 2018!

  • Side A is rap, while side B is strictly R&B vibes. Which side is your favorite or are yall not feeling the album overall?

Fri. 6/29

5. Chance the Rapper speaks on upcoming joint projects with Kanye West and Childish Gambino.

Sat. 6/30

6. Paul George and Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder were seen hanging out with Nas as he performed new music from his latest album, Nasir.

Weekly Wrap-Up [June 11th-17th]

Jay-Z and Beyonce dropped a joint album last night! While on tour! Oh yeah, some other things happened to. TheOriginalChatman.com

Welcome to a new installment of TheOriginalChatman’s Weekly Wrap-Up! Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the fathers and fatherly figures around the world! Here’s what happened this past week.

Mon. 6/11

1.  Jay-Z and Beyoncé reveal risque photos from their On the Tour Run II tour.

  • Without a doubt, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been extremely influential in crafting the narrative behind the term “power couple.”
  • This week the pair granted fans access to some NSFW photos promoting the second installment of their On The Run Tour. 
  • Beyoncé looks effortlessly comfortable in these photos while Jay-Z looks..well..uncomfortable! Be sure to give your comments below about the new tour photos.

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[Source: HighSnobiety]

2. PEOPLE Magazine reveal the scoop about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s surprise engagement—after only weeks of them dating!

  • Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson (24) and pop superstar Ariana Grande (also 24) are engaged after weeks of dating. The engagement has been confirmed by People.
  • The month of May was a shaky time for both Davidson and Grande, as they both were somewhat fresh off breakups with their previous significant others.
  • Moments after the news went public, Grande tweeted a emoji-filled message full of bliss. Check out Grande’s tweet and the beautiful new couple’s Kodak moment below.

“i love u 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 sm 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 ok bye”

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 11, 2018

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Photo via Instagtam (@arianagande)

[Source: People]

Weds. 6/13

3. Drake reveals release date for his upcoming album, Scorpion.

  • The Drake-Pusha T battle is over…as far as we’re concerned.
  • 6 God took to Instagram earlier this week to reveal the album art for Scorpion, which drops on June 29th. Here it is below!
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Album art for Drake’s upcoming album, “Scorpion” slated for a June 29th release. Photo via Drake’s Instagram (@champagnepapi).

Thurs. 6/14

4. French Montana becomes a US citizen.

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  • According to multiple reports from Fader and TMZ, French Montana is now a U.S. citizen!

[Source: Fader]

Fri. 6/15

5.  Cardi B and Offset’s Rolling Stone photo-shoot was leaked early!

  • There’s no stopping the meteoric star power of Cardi B. Cardi has a busy summer schedule, on top of prepping to be a new mommy!
  • Despite her and Offset‘s Rolling Stone July cover being leaked early, Cardi put the cover on her Instagram and informed her fans that they’ll be having a girl!
  • Check out the cover below and be sure to hit up the comments with your thoughts.

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Sat. 6/16 – Sun 6/17

6.  Jay-Z and Beyoncé drop their joint album, Everything is Lovewhile currently on the second installment of their “On The Run” tour.

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Album art for Everything is Love.
  • Imagine being on a world tour with your superstar wife and dropping an album because you BOTH felt like it!
  • That’s exactly what Jay-Z and Beyoncé did last night via their exclusive streaming service, TIDAL.
  • The couple’s joint project, Everything Is Love, boasts only nine songs. They refer to themselves as “The Carters.” Stream it here to listen. 

 [Source(s): PitchforkHuh Magazine] 

Thanks for rockin’ with TheOriginalChatman! Be back next week! Don’t forget to check out my review of Superfly. Happy Sunday everyone!

TheOriginalChatman’s review of “Superfly”

TheOriginalChatman brings forth a review of the 2018 reboot of the ’70s crime-drama “Superfly.” Read here.

Trevor Jackson breathes new life into a character from a previous era of blaxploitation films. Check out TheOriginalChatman™’s SPOILER-FREE review below.

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Photo via Twitter (@SuperflyMovie)

In the film’s reboot of SuperflyTrevor Jackson (Burning Sands, Grown-ish plays Youngblood Priest, a long-time drug dealer desperately looking to get out the life and bring his loved ones with him. In the film’s opening scene, his demeanor is calm, smooth, and calculated. His attitude turns up a notch when he calmly threatens a colleague for money he owes Priest.

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The rest of the film follows Priest and his best friend/partner Eddie (Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell) as they attempt to make a clean get-away from their lavish life of hustling—if only it were that easy. They run into jealous rivals wanting to wipe them off the map, dirty cops, and more.

Without the original film’s gritty look and feel (side note: I’ve never experienced the first film, so I’m just making assumptions here!), the glitz and glamour immediately attracts audiences. Furthermore, not much different from superhero films, Superfly offers fantastic hand-to-hand fight sequences mixed with the typical gunfight here and there.

In my opinion, Priest is a good person wishing to turn his life around despite his life’s circumstances. The ultimate connection I’m trying to make here is that Priest illustrates the narrative of a urban legend/anti-hero climbing his way to the top and refusing to be a product of his environment—something much more realistic than heroes and villains battling it out. How much realer can it get than that?

Additionally, crime-dramas typically reach a point of vulnerability when characters express thoughts and feelings reflecting real life dilemmas. At one point in the movie, a scene highlights the societal effects of police brutality in its rawest form, which allows for a true depiction the other characters put on full display.

With the exception of a few predictable plot lines, Director X’s modern take on Superfly is the blockbuster event of the summer you don’t wanna miss! Hit up the comment section and give me your feedback on the film!