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Danai Gurira Celebrates Heroism of ‘Black Panther’ Co-star Chadwick Boseman: ‘How Do You Honor a King?

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*Actress Danai Gurira celebrated her late friend and “Black Panther” costar Chadwick Boseman for being a real-life hero. 

“How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure-hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy,” she said in a statement on Instagram and Twitter on Sunday.

In “Black Panther,” Gurira plays Okoye, General of the Dora Milaje and the head of Wakandan armed forces, while Boseman plays the title character. 

“My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with,” Gurira shared in her tribute. “A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation.”

Check out her post below. 

READ MORE: Jackie Robinson’s Daughter: Chadwick Boseman and Dad Are Having A Reunion in Heaven / WATCH

 

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How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation. He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all. He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend. Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani.

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Gurira goes on to write, “He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all,” Gurira said. 

“He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend.”

She concluded her post with the Zulu phrase “Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani,” which translates to: “Sleep in peace, O king.”

Boseman’s family confirmed his death on Friday at the age of 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer. 

“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the family wrote in a statement ⁣on social media.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement continued. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.” ⁣

The family also said, “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

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Samuel L. Jackson and Daughter Zoe Jackson to Produce Series About Gang Culture

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*Samuel L. Jackson and his daughter Zoe Jackson are producing a docuseries about marginalized communities and gang culture.

The duo will partner with Ample Entertainment for the self-shot series, titled. “Life on the Edge.”

Here’s more about the project from Deadline:

The production team will use Deepfake technology and self-shot footage to capture the day-to-day life of individuals in the shadows of some of the most notoriously violent groups in the world, all as they struggle to live life despite their circumstances.

“No one has ever looked at these groups from a fresh perspective – from the inside out. These are young people trying to find a place in a chaotic world up against extraordinary odds. I can’t think of stories more worthy of telling,” said Samuel L. Jackson and Zoe Jackson in a statement.

READ MORE: ‘It’s Gut Wrenching’: Samuel L. Jackson Opens Up About Chadwick Boseman on ‘Tamron Hall’ (Watch)

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“We could not be more excited for this partnership and the chance to skip the stereotypes and get real,” added Ample co-founder Ari Mark.

Zoe Jackson’s credits include serving as a producer on “Project Runway” and “Top Chef.” Ample Entertainment is producer of the Facebook Watch series 9 Months with Courteney Cox.

Samuel and Zoe are the latest father and daughter to join forces in Hollywood. 

We previously reported, Ludacris partnered with Netflix for his new CG animated series titled “Karma’s World.” The streaming giant has ordered 40 11-minute episodes of the series inspired by the rapper’s oldest daughter, Karma Bridges. 

The series will follow a 10-year-old Black girl named Karma Grant, who has big dreams of becoming a music star and offers young viewers a lot of valuable lessons along the way, per Deadline.

Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne have also inked a deal with Netflix for a series starring the actor. 

The comedy is titled “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me,” and is inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his daughter. 

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Regina Hall: Actress Signs First-Look Deal with Showtime

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*Regina Hall has inked a first-look TV deal with Showtime. 

The actress will develop and produce TV projects under her production company RH Negative, TheWraps reports. She is currently developing a one-hour special that she will star in and executive produce.

“I am excited to call Showtime home,” Hall said. “Working with Amy has been such a delightful and organic experience. I am thrilled to expand our partnership to create smart, meaningful and impactful stories.”

“Regina is an undeniable and brilliant force in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president, scripted programming, Showtime Networks Inc.. “She is one of the most dynamic and fearless actors of our generation and in her work on ‘Black Monday,’ she hilariously destroys every scene she’s in. We are thrilled at Showtime to continue and expand our relationship with Regina as a producer and eager to get to work on what promises to be an ambitious slate.”

READ MORE: ‘One Night in Miami’: Regina King’s Feature Directorial Debut Set for Christmas Day … in Theaters / WATCH

 

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Truly overwhelmed by all of the love that I have received today! It all means so much! Thank you all❤️ #Fortyfine

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In related news, Showtime has renewed Hall’s dark comedy “Black Monday” for a third season. The show is an 80s comedy that follows the employees of second-tier Wall Street trading firm the Jammer Group in the year leading up to “Black Monday,” the day when international stock markets crashed in 1987.

Hall plays the ruthless and ambitious Dawn, who is “brash like the boys” and totally ride or die. SPOILER: season two ends with a twist – Dawn locked up after “having taken full credit for the titular Black Monday scam in order to help her on-and-off again beau Mo (Cheadle) avoid life in prison,” per Vulture.

“Dawn just never gets it right,” Hall joked as she discussed the finale with the outlet.

Meanwhile,Hall is also starring in and executiving producing the film “Masters” and Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” adaptation. You can also catch her in “Breaking News in Yuba County,” set for release January 29.

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T.I. Defends Ice Cube Amid Backlash for Working with Trump on Platinum Plan for Black America

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*T.I. has come to Ice Cube’s defense after the rapper caught heat for working with Trump’s reelection campaign on the Platinum Plan for Black America.

Trump’s “Platinum Plan” is a four-year plan that includes a $500 billion package for the Black community and aims to create 3 million new jobs and 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

Ice Cube previously hit up social media to drop a video titled, “What’s In It For Us,” in which he said politicians must sign the “Contract with Black America” to secure the Black vote in the Nov. 3 election.

The contract serves as a “blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.” 

Ice Cube’s contract was “written in the backdrop of the killing of George Floyd, which set off a wave of protests not seen since the Civil Rights Era of the 1950’s and ’60’s, and a global pandemic in which the Black mortality rate is more than double the White rate and in which 45% (nearly half) of Black-owned businesses closed.”

READ MORE: Michael B. Jordan Partners with LyftUp to Provide Free Rides to Underserved Communities

The hip-hop star took to social media to address how he was approached by Democrat and Republican leaders about his Contract with Black America initiative. 

“Both parties contacted me,” he said. “Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election.” 

Cube has been catching flak from fans, colleagues and liberals for meeting with the Trump administration, many calling him a sellout. 

In an interview with Power 106 Los Angeles, T.I. was quick to defend Cube.

“I think people are being presumptuous,” he said. “To add input to this initiative for the greater good of your people, and only one side responds? That’s not Cube’s fault.” Obviously he highlighted that Republicans are quick to utilize any interest in helping them out as an endorsement, but T.I. thinks it’s the fault of the Democrats for not engaging with him.

Watch T.I. share his thoughts on the controversy via the clip above (starting at the 14:28 of the YouTube video).

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