Songs, Movies & Moments: February 2018

Chadwick Boseman stars in Black Panther.

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Marvel’s Black Panther isn’t set to hit movie theatres for another two weeks, but the film has dominated blockbuster conversation. It was listed as Fandango’s Best Selling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in the first 24 hours of advanced ticket sales.

The film is also a celebration of historical and cultural significance.

At its world premiere, A-listers in film and music wore colorful African-themed fashion on the red carpet. Angela Bassett, who plays T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda, expressed that cultural significance in her words as well as her wardrobe.

“The most special aspect of Black Panther was just seeing all these beautiful, talented black people in one place, this black nation, coming together, technologically advanced, un-colonized with so much swag and brilliance.”

The Great Debaters actor Denzel Whitaker believes that Black Panther is a necessary film that counters negative stereotypes of blacks at a time where it’s perhaps needed the most.

“It’s very timely,” Whitaker says, “especially being in the Trump era. Trump getting in office has awoken a lot of spirits and a lot of conversation that we thought were gone from America, that we thought we were past in our American history.”

Catch Black Panther in theatres on Feb. 16.

Tiffany Haddish

Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish shared an enviable selfie with Beyoncé two months ago. In a new interview with Vulture, the actress revealed the funny story behind the photo.

“Okay, so what had happened was, something had went down with somebody at the party, right?” Haddish recalled. “I’m not at liberty to say what had went down at the party, but Béyonce was just telling me to have a good time, and I was like, ‘No, I’m gonna end up fighting this b—!’ She was like, ‘No, have fun, Tiffany,’ and I said ‘I’m only going to have fun if you take a selfie with me.’”

Michael Epps, Alex R. Hibbert, and Shamon Brown Jr. in The Chi.

Showtime’s The Chi has been renewed for a second season. The renewal comes after the series has aired just four episodes. In addition, Empire producer Aynna Floyd Davis has signed on for Season 2 as executive producer and show runner.

The series has grown in the ratings each episode since its debut, averaging four million weekly viewers that spans platforms.

“For viewers and critics alike, the response to The Chi has been so enthusiastic from the very start that our decision to renew the series was an easy one,” said Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine. “We love the vibrant characters and the nuanced world that [creator and executive producer] Lena [Waithe] has created. Her vision for The Chi has clearly struck a chord, and we know she has many more moving, personal and resonant stories to tell about her beloved hometown.”

Produced in Chicago, The Chi is a coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption on the city’s South Side. The series is also executive produced by Common and Aaron Kaplain.

You can catch The Chi on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Regina King

Robin Roberts. Photo: ABC/Heidi Gutman

ABC has ordered five drama pilots and according to Deadline, one of them has a very familiar face attached to it.

Good Morning, America host Robin Roberts has teamed with Regina King and former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey to create and produce a drama that explores the lives of five African American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, as they face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood, and family. Veasy executive produces with Roberts’s Rock’N’Robin Productions and King’s Royal Ties.

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