Songs, Movies & Moments: June 2021

Omari Hardwick
Omari Hardwick
Halle Berry
Halle Berry

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Power star Omari Hardwick has joined Academy Award Winning actress Halle Berry in a sci-fi adventure from MRC Film, Automatik, and Netflix.

In The Mothership, Berry plays Sara Morse, a woman picking up the pieces following the mysterious disappearance of her husband (played by Hardwick) when she discovers an extraterrestrial object beneath her farmland home. Sara and her children race to decipher the connection between the object and her husband’s disappearance.

Mothership will be produced by Fred Berger and Briand Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and executive produced by Danny Stillman.

DJ D-Nice
DJ D-Nice

DJ D-Nice has partnered with Live Nation Urban to bring his music series to the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, starting in August.

“It’s a dream come true to bring Club Quarantine to live audiences with my incredible partners, Live Nation and The Hollywood Bowl,” D-Nice said in a statement. “The CQ Family has been partying together and supporting each other from a safe distance for over a year, and I am thrilled we will now be able to celebrate in-person underneath the stars!”

Speaking of stars, musical guests for the first event of the series include the Isley Brothers, Deborah Cox, Mary Mary, and Trey Songs among others.

D-Nice’s Club Quarantine concert series begins August 29th.

The NFL vowed recently to halt a practice of using different cognitive baseline measures for Black and non-black players when evaluating brain injury claims.

Najeh Davenport
Najeh Davenport

The practice known as “race norming” alleges a lower cognitive baseline for Black players and has been applied as the league considers claims in its $1 billion concussion settlement.

In August of last year, former players Najeh Davenport and Kevin Henry filed a lawsuit alleging that the lower baseline led to their denied claims.

According to Davenport and Henry’s lawsuit, “race norming” makes it harder for Black players to show a cognitive deficit in claims of dementia as a by-product of football related concussions. The lawsuit alleges if they were white, their claims would have been rewarded.

US District Judge Anita B. Brody dismissed the lawsuit, calling it “an improper collateral attack.” Davenport and Henry since appealed the decision.

The NFL’s new evaluation plan will consist of two men and three Black doctors to propose a new method of testing.

“The replacement norms will be applied prospectively and retrospectively for those players who otherwise would have qualified for an award but for the application of race-based norms,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.

Rege-Jean Page
Rege-Jean Page

Bridgerton fans were shocked when they learned that Rege-Jean Page wouldn’t return for the second season. But the breakout star said that before Bridgerton aired, fans of the book were mad he was playing a character originally written as white.

Page told Variety that fans originally wanted someone with “icy blue” eyes to play Simon Basset, Page’s character, to match the book’s description. It was the Brazilian fans who supported Page’s casting before everyone else did.

“I’m going to shout out to (the book’s) Brazilian fans specifically, because they had my back before anyone else did,” he told Variety. “When everyone else was still passively aggressively getting all knotted up because I didn’t have blue eyes, the Brazillains were there for me.

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