A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis and Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry have signed on as executive producers of a forthcoming documentary about the 2015 mass murder of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist.
Emanuel documents the events of June 17, 2015 when Dylan Roof walked into a Bible-study group at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and shot and killed nine African American worshippers.
Curry’s Unanimous Media and Davis’s JuVee Productions join as executive producers of the film along with Dane Smith, David Segel, and Tina Segel.
“The events of that day in 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism,” Julius Tennon, of JuVee Productions, and Davis said in a joint statement. “We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss. Yet, miraculously, from this devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found courage to love in the face of hate. JuVee is proud to be a part of this healing and truth telling along with Unanimous Media, Brain Ivie and John Sheppard.”
“Emanuel is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers,” Curry said in a statement. “The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness. Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”
Emanuel will screen at the DOC NYC festival on Nov. 14-15.
The NFL’s treatment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick has caused the league to miss out on half-time performers like Rihanna and Cardi B. However, the Migos and Ludacris will perform at the EA Sports Bowl concert during Super Bowl Week.
In conjunction with Electronic Arts, Inc. and OnLocation Experiences, the rapper actor and hip-hop trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff will perform alongside other to-be-announced special guests to ring in the Super Bowl LIII festivities.
The EA Sports Bowl will be one part of the three-day Bud Light Musical Fest at the State Farm Arena from Jan. 31 to Feb 2.
Another day, another “bag” secured for Cardi B. The rapper recently announced that she signed a deal with Reebok, and her first collaboration with the sneaker company is a reprieve of the Aztrek shoe that’s currently retailed at $90 on the brand’s website. Cardi will also promote a few sportswear items.
The Reebok news came on the heels of Cardi’s announcement of a collaboration with Fashion Nova.com. According to Elle, the rollout, scheduled for a Nov. 15 release, will include jeans and outerwear.
Rihanna has been flexing her political muscle recently. First, she declined the Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Then, she threw her support to Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Now, she’s blasted President Trump after hearing that he’s been using her music during his rallies. The singer hopped on Twitter Nov. 4 announcing that the use of her music wouldn’t continue for much longer.
Rihanna learned about the situation after Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tweeted about one of Trump’s rallies in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one—Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics. Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t’ Stop The Music’ is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-Shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it,” the political analyst tweeted.
Rihanna responded via Twitter: “Not for much longer … me nor my people would ever be at or around those tragic rallies so thanks for the heads up Philip.”
Rihanna’s team has yet to deliver a formal cease and desist, but it’s most likely in the works.