‘Empire’ Season 4 Recap [with MINOR spoilers]

Season 4 of Empire premiered last check. Check out TheOriginalChatman’s review below. Warning…MAJOR spoilers!

FOX’s hit music drama Empire returned Wednesday (Sept. 27) switching time slots with its sister show, Star. Was the season 4 premiere a hit or a miss? Check out TheOriginalChatman’s review below! WA R N I N G ⇔ spoilers below!

First of all, I’m forever grateful for the “previously on…” recaps before every episode. They’ve been doing it seasons prior; however, the season 3 recap was much needed as I was unprepared for the somewhat emotional rollercoaster season 4 premiere laid out for us.

The season 3 finale went out with a bang..literally! Surviving a nasty explosion in Las Vegas last season lead to Luscious experiencing a mild case of amnesia. With his loss of memory came along empty memories of family, Empire, or life before the explosion.

That all changes when Luscious returns home from the hospital (in style being chauffeured inside a stretch limo— mean this is Empire after all!) with his attractive and extremely “hands-on” doctor Claudia, played by Demi Moore. More on Demi’s character later.

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Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson returning as Cookie and Luscious for Wednesday’s season 4 premiere. Image credit goes to Chuck Hodes for FOX.

For starters, his role as an amnesiac seemed realistic for someone who survived a near-death experience. Nevertheless, I couldn’t shake the feeling that deep down he’s faking it for some hidden ultimatum. Why? Take for example the outside dinner scene near the pool. While Cookie, Andre, and Jamal took turns walking him thru the missing gaps of his memories, as expected it was youngest son Hakeem who pushed his father too far.

Storming away from the dinner table like a spoiled child, Luscious threatened to jump in the pool due to the family scaring him. The once mighty Luscious Lyon reacted like a baby cub. This scene altogether was the weakest; but the episode improves over the hour.

Furthermore, season after season, Luscious Lyon has illustrated himself as the ruthless villain constantly turning his back on family for personal gain. It’s quite understandable why I’ve jumped to this conclusion.

Dr. Claudia Takes The “Hands On” Approach Too Seriously

I’ma keep it short and sweet. Dr. Claudia and Luscious were more than likely knocking boots while on his road to recovery from amnesia. Watch how closely the two interact throughout the episode. I’d shoot my shot at my doctor if she looked as good as Demi Moore too! I ain’t mad at cha playa!

Remember #Cooscious?

How could we forget about #Cooscious (half Cookie, half Luscious)? Despite their various relationship road blocks, Cookie and Luscious were finally back on track after he poured his undying love out to her moments before the accident.  Cookie’s been one tough cookie (sorry for the lame pun!) for years, yet we see a softer side of her upon Luscious’s return. Hopefully we’ll see a reunion of love between the troubled yer star-crossed lovers.

The Lyons vs. The DuBois

Not to be ever underestimated, the first hip-hop of family was almost torn apart  last season as they met their match with The DuBois family. I think it’s great watching two powerful families go for each other’s throats and reach for the win—all for the respect of each family’s name of course. Diana DuBois, played by the legendary talent Phylicia Rashad, makes a return as an antagonist unlike ever before in the history of Empire.

The season 4 premiere didn’t seem quite as exciting as I hoped, but I have faith it’ll pick up over the next twelve episodes.

What did y’all think? Sound off in the comments below!

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle–REVIEW

I just came home from seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. What follows is a honest spoiler-free review of the film starting Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and more.

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Similar to music, sports, or anything else pop culture related— sequels usually (but not every time) suck. However, Kingsman: The Golden Circle serves as a direct hit to its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service. What makes the franchise so amazing is that it stands out from other spy film franchises such as 007 or The Bourne Identity. Although these franchises are great in their own way, the Kingsman relies on a less serious tone while also packing a punch with its brand of humor and action style.

Here’s a quick synopsis from IMDB:

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

The main character is named “Eggsy”, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when new ones were woven into the story with names such as “Tequila”, “Champagne”, “Whiskey” or “Ginger Ale.”

In The Secret Service, character development was a necessity to push the plot forward. Regarding The Golden Circle—not so much. In my opinion, backstories or any type of character motivation was lazily meshed through for the sake of focusing on the action. 

Also, Julianne Moore as the villainous “Poppy” was a weird choice that didn’t sit right with me–but I ended up enjoying the movie and didn’t put too much thought into it as the film progressed.

Be sure to check out Kingsman: The Golden Circle sometime this weekend. Let me know what y’all think!

Kelly Rowland and Syd to Collab for Rowland’s Next Album

Kelly Rowland and Syd to Collab for Rowland’s Next Album. Read more info on TheOriginalChatman. As always like, share, comment, and provide feedback!

The beautiful and extremely talented Kelly Rowland hasn’t dropped a new album since 2013’s, Talk A Good Game. However, she still has her foot deep within her music.

Recently on a Beats 1 radio show, Rowland discussed her upcoming music, and even mentioned a collaboration with someone in the industry whose been gaining a lot of traction lately. The collaborator will be none other than Syd, the lead singer of The Internet (the Odd Future affiliated soul-R&B band). Apparently Kelly is a huge fan of Syd’s voice and her music.

According to Rowland, she thinks everything about her voice “is just so effortless”  which allows her to be sucked in while Syd sings. She used the hit Internet song “Girl” as a reference to express her fandom for the leading lady.

Besides her love of all things Syd, Kelly discussed the delay in new music while also dabbling on finding a neutral ground between youth and older age. “I’m in this really glorious time where I’m receiving a lot of information and I feel like I have to give that back out too.”

I’m sure once Kelly and Syd release their collab together, our ears will be blessed with amazing music. Also, minor spoiler alert! On last night’s episode of HBO’s Insecure, Syd made a cameo on the show! I was lowkey excited, yall!

Want to listen to the full Beats 1 Radio Show? Click here!

Source: Blavity 

Movie Review: Girls Trip

Check out The Original Chatman’s review of Girls Trip!

Ever since the inception of The Hangover franchise, there has been a slow yet steady rise of films in which we witness a group of friends get into some sh*t they can’t get themselves out of; however by the film’s end, the main conflict is resolved. After watching Girls Trip tonight, I can definitely say this—- Girls Trip is far from being another Hangover (no shade)! 

 

First of all, the chemistry of  the protagonists is amazing. Jada Pinkett-SmithQueen LatifahRegina King, and Tiffany Haddish portray four college friends who reunite at the annual Essence Festival after five years of not seeing one another.

Lisa (Pinkett-Smith), Ryan (King), Sasha (Latifah), and Dina (Haddish) were sorority sisters back in the day part of their own little crew called the “Flossy Posse.” For the most part, every comedy in the same lane as Girls Trip has similar character tropes that are played out (i.e. the outlandish comic relief, the serious one, the peacemaker, and the one friend that has beef with the main character).

What makes Girls Trip refreshing is the generic chemistry between the four ladies. Most buddy films attempt to create chemistry between co-stars that comes off as hurried. The cast of Girls Trip deliver as friends in real life.

Additionally, each lead reveals a level of vulnerability often not reserved for comedies. Within the first ten minutes, comedian Tiffany Haddish’s star-power is apparent and her role demands attention that is careful not to diminish the storylines of the other characters.

Finally, four black female leads in a movies is super dope! Despite more a few more dick jokes than I could handle, Girls Trip is a trip you’ll definitely enjoy from start to finish!

[WATCH]: Kendrick Lamar Drops Rihanna-Assisted Video for “LOYALTY.”

Kendrick Lamar drops another visual from his double-platinum album, DAMN. From “HUMBLE.” to “DNA.” and “ELEMENT.” to “LOYALTY.” is there a common theme within Kendrick’s most recent videos? Watch “LOYALTY.” and see for yourself.

 

Fresh off the heels of bringing out J.Cole and Chance the Rapper to his Detroit and Chicago shows, Kendrick Lamar continues to keep us tuned into his every move.

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Although currently on tour promoting his most recent release DAMN, Kendrick continued to satisfy his fans by releasing the visual for the Rihanna-assisted track “LOYALTY.” As I mentioned in an older post covering his video for “ELEMENT.”, most Kendrick Lamar visuals have to be watched at least twice to understand the themes behind the music.

So imagine this: Ninjas (or at least I think what I think may be ninjas). Scantily-clad women representing temptation. Metal sharks under concrete road pavement. If you’re lost, I don’t blame you. Let’s break it down a bit further. Using the comments section for some sense of understanding (which is something I should do less of..unfortunately!), my interpretation is that each of these elements represents Kendrick trying to stay not only loyal to his woman (played by Rihanna), but to himself. Kendrick recognizes the more fame he achieves within the music industry, the more likely his moral values are inclined to disappear. The lyrics even speak for themselves. Watch the video below and let me know what yall think!

 

Joey Badass Dropped 3 New Songs Out of Nowhere!

Joey Badass Dropped 3 New Tracks Out of Nowhere!

While the rest of the world was grabbing their popcorn (and tea) trying to defuse the Rob Kardashian and Blacc Chyna beef (which oddly involved T.I.) which unfolded over Instagram and Snapchat, some really dope music from a respected emcee also dropped over the holiday weekend.

Joey Badass released the heat (July 5th) on his Soundcloud. “Love Is Only A Feeling”, “Too Lit”, and “500 Benz” are all produced by Statik Selektah. Recently, Joey and the Pro Era crew announced the third annual Steez Day festival which takes place in New York this year. Listen to the new Joey bangers and tell me how you feel about them in the comments section.

[WATCH]: “ELEMENT.” by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar drops off another powerful visual from his fourth studio album, Damn. What do y’all think of the video?

Kendrick Lamar encapsulates art with every video. I’m not saying that as a fan of his work. I’m saying it because I believe it to be true.

The Damn rapper just released a video for “ELEMENT.” (*sings hook as I write this*) directed by Jonas Lindstroem and co-directed by The Little Homies. I literally just found via Google search that the group Little Homies consists of Kendrick and Top Dawg Entertainment president Dave Free!

With almost every Kendrick video, you have to pay attention and don’t blink..because you might miss something; however, I blame myself for gassing Kendrick and tricking myself into believing the visual was so abstract I missed something upon the first viewing of the video. 

Not gon lie though, I had to watch it again cuz you know! This particular visual may catch some of you off guard due to the slow-motion pace of the video. In the video, the balance between violence and inner-peace is contrasted as father teaches son how to fight, and Kendrick shhhhmacks the shit out a poor guy’s mouth, meanwhile he chases someone with a pool cue.

That’s pretty much how I interpret the visual. If yall have any other opinions, feel free to show some love to my comment section! Check the visual for “ELEMENT.” below.