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Javicia Leslie on Being First Black, Bisexual Batwoman: ‘I Feel Honored’

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*Javicia Leslie is speaking out about making history as the first Black actress to play Batwoman for live-action TV show or movie.

Leslis has been tapped to play the iconic character for The CW — picking up where actress Ruby Rose left off when she exited the show after season one. 

“When I read the character description, it was definitely me. I love the idea that it’s goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do. A person who does not like to follow the rules. I loved the fact that Ryan was just who I am, just a hot mess!” Leslie joked during Saturday’s Batwoman panel at DC FanDome.

READ MORE: Javicia Leslie Makes History as First Black Actress Cast as Batwoman

Leslie previously revealed that one of her biggest career goals was “to become a superhero.” 

“I wanted to be a Black superhero. You don’t get to see that that often. And then a month later, I become the first Black Batwoman, so I think that that’s [fate],” she said back in July. “It really hits the nail on the head when it’s like, speak your dreams, speak your affirmations and truly just know that whatever you truly want to do, and you go towards it, it can happen.”

She says “it feels like an honor” to play a Black Batwoman who is bisexual. 

“I was scrolling through all the followers and I saw all the rainbows in the bios,” Leslie said. “I felt like exactly what I wanted to be, which was a role model. I feel honored. I feel excited. I feel like there are so many little Javicias that don’t have voices; little Black girls that didn’t have a voice; little bisexual, bicurious, lesbian, gay, everything that just didn’t have voices. And I feel honored to be able to be a voice for my community — and the entirety of my community.” 

“To play a character that represents my community in the same way, that’s not a common thing as an actress — to also be a part of a community and play a character of a community. It feels really powerful,” she continued. “With everything that’s going on right now, this is what we need. We need to see representation.”

“Batwoman” is expected to return for Season 2 on The CW in January 2021. 

Are you excited for Black, bisexual Batwoman? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. Rickie Ricardo

    September 15, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Congratulations on being the first black woman to portray Batwoman Kudos to you, however it’s never cool living a bisexual or homosexual lifestyle. Ms. Leslie, you was born to share your body with heterosexual males only, no exceptions. So while I applaud you for achieving your dream of becoming a fictitious superheroine, you can become a hero in real life by embracing you true nature, a beautiful black woman made in the image of man who was created in the image of God.

  2. cappy ern

    September 15, 2020 at 5:14 am

    why not call her blackwoman instead of batwoman

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Michael Rainey, Jr. (‘Power Book II: Ghost’) Visits ‘The Real’ – Says 2020 is His Best Year Yet! / WATCH

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*On Wednesday, Dec. 2, on “The Real,” Michael Rainey, Jr. drops in to chat about Power Book II: Ghost and why 2020 may actually have been his best year yet!

Also, Ricardo Chavira visits to talk about his role as Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, in Selena: The Series, on Netflix. He also explains his initial hesitation in taking the part.

And co-host Garcelle Beauvais reveals what her 2020 Word Of The Year is – and it is NOT what her co-hosts expected!

Michael Rainey, Jr. Explains Why 2020 Might Have Been His Best Year Yet!

Why Ricardo Chavira Was Initially Hesitant To Play Selena’s Father

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Mickey Guyton: First Black Female Solo Artist to Earn Grammy Nod in Country Music Category

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*Mickey Guyton has become the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country music category. 

The 37-year-old singer’s “Black Like Me” song has been nominated for Best Country Solo Performance. The Pointer Sisters previously made history with the song, “Live Your Life Before You Die,” when it was nominated in 1976 for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. 

After the nominations were announced last week, Guyton shared an emotional video about her historic nomination. 

“Honestly still can’t believe this happened yesterday,” she captioned the clip (see below).

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“I haven’t been able to put into words the emotions I feel right now. I have been hitting the pavement for so long just trying to get an opportunity to be heard. And now here I am nominated for a Grammy!” Guyton continued. “I feel seen. I feel heard. I am a living testament that you should never give up on yourself. You never know what God has waiting for you around the corner.”

“This Grammy nomination is for every black girl that felt unseen. That felt unheard. That felt unloved. That felt like they weren’t enough. That felt unpretty. That felt shoved in a corner and completely unconsidered. This is for them,” she added. 

In September, Guyton became the first Black woman to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“That phrase, ‘You see it, you can be it’ really rings true, and I just — standing here for other women of color, it means the world to me,” she said. “That’s why I’m here,” she told ET at the ACM Awards.

Fun fact: Guyton is one of the original members of 3LW. Her former bandmate Adrienne Houghton had nothing but praise for her during a recent conversation on “The Real,” about the 2021 Grammy nominees. 

“When I got my first record deal, when Tommy Mottola signed me to Epic, the original members of my group actually had a girl named Mickey Guyton in it – she was the original member of 3LW, and she is now this incredible country artist that just got nominated as well. Saw this woman in tears – Mickey Guyton, amazing – she’s actually the original member of 3LW! Fun fact, everybody! She’s the one that got the record deal with us,” Houghton shared.

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Tyrese Says He and Dwayne Johnson Haved Squashed 3-year Feud [VIDEO]

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*Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Tyrese have reportedly ended their 3-year feud.

The two actors’ public beef first began in 2017 when Tyrese publicly criticized The Rock for signing on to do a spinoff of the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

At the time, Tyrese called Dwayne “selfish” for agreeing to do the “Hobbs & Shaw,” spinoff. The two starred in four “Fast & Furious” films together and Tyrese also said Johnson wouldn’t respond to his text messages despite the two having been friends.  

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Dwayne previously said it was “pretty disappointing” that Tyrese made their disagreement so public. 

“I always feel like a beef requires two people to actually jump in it, and it was really one-sided, and he had voiced his opinion a lot on social media,” Dwayne said. “Apparently, he was going through some stuff too in his personal life. We haven’t talked and I don’t see where we would, and to me, there’s no need to have a conversation.”

Now, it seems things have apparently cooled between the two men. 

“We talked,” Tyrese told Comedy Central’s Stir Crazy with Josh Horowitz this week. “We talked for at least four hours. It was great.”

“What’s interesting about ‘The Fast and The Furious’ is it’s not about any of us individually,” he continued, speaking specifically about the franchise’s spinoffs. “We’re like the UN at this point. Everyone gets to go to the theater and say, ‘He and she looks like me.’ If I did it with [Ludacris’ Tej], then who are we going to play off of? I could not just make it about me. I just could not.”

What do you think of Tyrese’s take on the “Fast and Furious” franchise? Let us know in the comments. 

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