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The Pulse of Entertainment: Disney’s The Lion King is on the Brink of Futuristic Cinema

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Walt Disney’s The Lion King.

*“A lot of attention is paid to the technology but really these are hand made,” said Jon  Favreau (Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast), director of the Walt Disney Studios’ presentation of The Lion King, about the film’s animation.

The Lion King, which arrives in theatres on July 19, is on the brink of futuristic cinema. It uses virtual reality tools with motion capture and VR/AR technology. It offers something we have not seen much, if at all, in film animation.

“The animators were working on every shot, every environment you see in the film, except one-shot is a real photographic shot. Everything else is built from scratch by artists.”

The storyline of The Lion King is the same but the virtual cinematic technology, the funny script line deliveries by the cast and the adlibs – especially those by Primetime Emmy winning Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs), who plays warthog Pumbaa and Emmy nominated Billy Eichner (“Parks & Recreation”), who plays meerkat Timon – set this version apart from the 1994 version of The Lion King. Let us not forget this version of The Lion King as the voice-over work of global superstar Beyonce’!

“We did a lot of improvising,” said Seth about him and Billy working together. “We were actually together as we were recording it.”

All those scenes in the original Lion King are there, with slight changes to only enhance what we all have grown to love because of the inspiration the film provokes. The Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture presentation is Rated PG and is produced by Favreau, Jeffrey Silver and Karen Gilchrist.  It is a Walt Disney Pictures, Fairview Entertainment production. The Lion King takes place in the African savanna following the life of a young lion cub called Simba played by JD McCrary (“K. C. Undercover”) who wants to be so much like his father King Mufasa played by Tony Award winner James Earl Jones (The Lion King) it gets him in to trouble. The suspense comes as King Mufasa’s jealous brother Scar played by Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejlofor (Doctor Strange) takes advantage of the young cubs mischief ways by executing a plan that kills his brother the King, then he tells a young Simba to run away – making him believe that he, not Scar is the caused of his fathers’ death. What happens to Simba and how he survives is the climax of the classic tale of Simba – The Lion King.

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“The cycle of life,” said Golden Globe-winning Donald Glover (Spider-Man: Home Coming) is the reason he was attracted to the role of the adult Simba. “It’s good to make a movie that’s global and metropolitan in a sense – citizens of the world. He (Director Jon Favreau) made sure to talk about how connected we are. He was really good in talking about that upfront with the beginning of it. He kind of did that in the Jungle Book 2. The Jungle Book story is the same…I think the same…happens in this one.”

Other characters and cast members included in The Lion King are lion cub Nala, Simba’s childhood best-friend played by Shahadi Wright Joseph (Broadway’s The Lion King) and adult Nala played by 23-time Grammy Award winner Beyonce’ Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls); Prideland Queen Sarabi is played by Academy Award-nominated Alfred Woodard (“Luke Cage”); the wise grandfather mandrill is played by South African actor John Kani (Black Panther); the red-billed hornbill who acts as Simba’s babysitter and King Mufasa’s adviser is played by multi-Primetime Emmy winner Jon Oliver (“The Daily Show”), and the spotted hyenas who are Scars’ henchmen include Florence Kasumba (Black Panther), Eric Andre’ and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”). www.Movies.Disney.com/The-Lion-King-2019

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year, held in Baltimore Saturday April 20, 2019 in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and in Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) offering Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes.  Celebrating 20 years! Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more info or to participate as a panelist or talent.

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Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)

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*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.

Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’

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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.

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