A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Last year, it was announced that the iconic James Bond franchise was doing something different in the casting of a woman, a black woman as 007.
Actress Latasha Lynch opened up to Harper’s Bazaar UK and shared her experiences dealing with outrage and backlash from racists. To endure the vitriol, Lynch reminded herself that the comments weren’t personal.
“I am one black woman,” she said “If it were another black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation. She would have got the same attacks, the same abuse. I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
Lynch will take over the role from the current Bond, Daniel Craig. She becomes a secret agent who carries the 007 moniker while Bond is exiled.
No Time to Die, the latest installment in the Bond franchise, will be released in April 2021.
Since taking over as the host of Dancing with The Stars, former model Tyra Banks hasn’t been a fan favorite. Viewers have been voting their displeasure with Banks as Tome Bergeron’s and Erin Andrew’s replacement every Monday night. Some have even called for her firing.
During her recent interview with Extra, Banks revealed that she pays it no mind.
“You know what’s so crazy is I don’t read [criticism].”
Since she’s a new host, Banks believe that the backlash is mostly coming from people who have a hard time adjusting to someone new being the face of the show.
“You know, I think a lot of it honestly, is just people don’t like change,” Banks said. “A lot of it is you know, being skewed by individuals, and it is what it is, but at the same time, it’s like the ratings are so huge.”
Waiting to Exhale star Loretta Devine recently appeared on The Tameron Hall Show and revealed that a sequel to the classic 1995 blockbuster may be in the works.
“I know that [Waiting to Exhale author] Terry McMillan and I think Lee Daniels are working on something because she’s been trying to get Waiting to Exhale for so many years and because it changed so much for everybody, not just black women … so many shows came out that with the same girlfriend format that they used,” Devine said. “I think they’re doing something about the kids of the women and I think that’s going to come out.”
The concept of making a story about the children of the women from the original film makes sense since Whitney Houston was an integral and key part of the original film—and it would be strange to have a sequel without her and to recast.
Actor John Boyega has been outspoken about the treatment of POC characters in the Star Wars franchise. Now, he is calling on and out major studios to protect actors from racist and sexist abuse at the hands of online internet trolls. Since he began sharing his experiences, Boyega says that he has had “honest conversations” with Disney.
In an interview with Variety, Boyega sent out a call to studios to intervene against racist fandom.
“When one of your actors, especially an actor that’s so prominent in the story, is announced as part of your franchise and then it has a big, racial backlash and receives abuse online, and that starts to form a shadow on what is supposed to be an amazing gift, it is important for the studios to definitely lend their voice, their support and to have a sense of solidarity not just in the public eye but on the ground on set.”