Amandla Stenberg gets TikTok brows

Amandla Stenberg was inspired by a TikTok trend to shave off their eyebrows.The Hate U Give star has been sharing skincare, hair and make-up tips in a beauty tutorial for Vogue. While explaining how experimenting with different hairstyles has kept them…

Amandla Stenberg was inspired by a TikTok trend to shave off their eyebrows.

The Hate U Give star has been sharing skincare, hair and make-up tips in a beauty tutorial for Vogue. While explaining how experimenting with different hairstyles has kept them busy during the Covid-19 lockdown, Amandla revealed they are “loving” a new eyebrow look.

“I just did that thing that everyone is doing now where I shaved off the end of my eyebrows because of godda*n TikTok so I have a different eyebrow shape than usual,” Amandla shared while applying tinted gel to their eyebrow hairs. “But honestly… I’m absolutely loving it.”

Amandla’s brows still appeared well shaped and full, with just a subtle fade at the tips. Vogue reports The Hunger Games star is likely to have been inspired by the ‘fox eye’ trend circulating on social media recently, which has seen beauty fans shave sections of their brows in a bid to look like supermodels Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

Amandla made the brow revelation near the end of the tutorial. Earlier in the video the 21-year-old also demonstrated how to create the perfect box braid using curl styling cream and edge control gel, describing the look as “gender neutral, but still femme”.

Amandla went on to share their make-up regime, which can vary from subtle to full on smoky eyes.

“As I’ve gotten older, my relationship with make-up has shifted depending on how I”m feeling in my body, how often I’m having to wear it for work, so many things,” Amandla explained. “I feel like I have a relationship with it now that feels way less about covering up flaws and insecurities around myself, more about just having fun.”

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Issa Rae never considered herself an actress

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photog…

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.

The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photograph.

In a cover interview with Teen Vogue, Rae admitted she always thought she was an actress “for fun” and is experimenting with different genres to help her improve.

“I just want to try different things (and) keep getting better… because I’ve never considered myself an actress,” she said of her film career. “I always considered myself a writer-producer – and an actress for fun. I want to make sure that with each project I’m taking on, I’m bringing something to the table and not just showing up as me. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity, so I don’t want to take it for granted.”

Rae was gearing up to promote her new movie The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy with Kumail Nanjiani, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where it was set to premiere in March. Following the widespread closure of cinemas, the film was bought by Netflix and debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.

And Rae has been using the lockdown to work on a variety of upcoming creative projects.

“All I’ve ever said is, ‘If I just had more time, I could kill it.’ Lord knows I didn’t want it this way, but I’m just being very productive and getting all the s**t done that I’m being paid to do,” the star shared. “I still listen to the news every morning and have anxiety about all of the things that we are doing wrong, and I worry about my family, but the only way for me to not drive myself insane is to continue pretending like things are normal. Staying busy is how I cope.”

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Regina Hall teams with Old Navy for affordable summer line

Regina Hall has been unveiled as the face of a new summer collection for Old Navy. The Hate U Give actress is the face of the brand’s latest line, which features a range of affordable pieces perfect for attending brunch or lounging at the beach. The…

Regina Hall has been unveiled as the face of a new summer collection for Old Navy.

The Hate U Give actress is the face of the brand’s latest line, which features a range of affordable pieces perfect for attending brunch or lounging at the beach.

The 48 year old appears in a series of ads showcasing the comfortable looks, including the Gingham Midi Dress, Printed High-Neck Lantern-Sleeve Blouse and the High-Rise Frayed-Hem Distressed Denim skirt.

The Gingham outfit is Hall’s favourite item in the capsule, telling People magazine, “It’s my new print of choice.”

When it comes to what she looks forward to shopping for most, the star admits heels are her biggest weakness but always enjoys relaxing in sweatpants and T-shirts.

“I splurge a lot on heels,” Hall says. “I feel like it gives me options. I can take the same jeans I always wear and pop on a shoe.”

Hall wowed on the red carpet earlier this month (May19) while attending the Met Gala in an ensemble by designer Dapper Dan.

“I really wanted to make sure we incorporated that idea, but with Dapper Dan… He’s been such a legacy,” she tells E! News. “This is his first Met and I wanted to make sure he stayed authentic to what he does, what he’s done for black culture and what he’s done for hip-hop. I wanted to make sure we did a little bit of that.”

As for the secret to staying confident on the red carpet, she tells Page Six it’s all about putting together the right look, like “a beautiful, easy dress that has a beautiful hang, clean hair and great makeup.”

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Amandla Stenberg isn’t motivated by beauty when choosing her clothes

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some peopl…

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.

The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some people have tried to tame over the years.

“I’ve had some adverse experiences with styling, where I wanted to do something that was a little edgier and people have wanted to feminise me or make me be presented in a more traditional way,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I really don’t necessarily like looking at clothes from the angle of ‘How can I look the most beautiful or the most desirable?’ I just want to feel like myself, as does everyone.”

To help hone her look Amandla works with super stylist Karla Welch, whose other famous clients include Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Paulson.

Praising Karla’s approach to styling, Amandla gushed that the fashion expert has pushed her out of her comfort zone and got her to experiment with new red carpet looks.

“What I love so much about Karla is she gets that and not only does she get it, but she runs with it and actually pushes me out of what I anticipated for myself. She has shown me that there is a way to experiment with gender in your clothing, while still presenting in a femme way,” she grinned.

Amandla wowed at the Levi’s pool party at Coachella over the weekend in a denim corset matched with baggy flared jeans and cute red sunglasses.

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Black Panther set to dominate at NAACP Image Awards

Black Panther has landed 16 nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards. The blockbuster, which is up for seven Oscars, will compete in a string of major categories on 30 March (19) when the winners are announced at the Dolby Theatre in Los Ang…

Black Panther has landed 16 nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The blockbuster, which is up for seven Oscars, will compete in a string of major categories on 30 March (19) when the winners are announced at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of people of colour in TV, music, literature and film.

Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is second among the film nominees with nine mentions.

Both movies will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture with BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians, and The Hate U Give, and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture alongside BlacKkKlansman, Nappily Ever After, Sorry To Bother You, and Traffik, while Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and If Beale Street Could Talk’s Stephan James will compete for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) will fight for the Outstanding Supporting Actress honour with Black Panther trio Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Meanwhile, Boseman and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and King will take on Beyonce and basketball superstar LeBron James for the Entertainer of the Year crown, and Black-ish leads all the TV nominations with eight and H.E.R. tops the music mentions with five.

The full list of nominees is:

Entertainer of the Year

Beyonce

Chadwick Boseman

LeBron James

Regina King

Ryan Coogler

MOVIES

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Michael B Jordan – Creed II

Denzel Washington – The Equalizer 2

John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk

Sanaa Lathan – Nappily Ever After

Viola Davis – Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give

Winston Duke – Black Panther

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Danai Gurira – Black Panther

Letitia Wright – Black Panther

Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther

Regina Hall – The Hate U Give

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Nappily Ever After

Sorry To Bother You

Traffik

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Storm Reid – A Wrinkle In Time

Letitia Wright – Black Panther

Winston Duke – Black Panther

John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians

The Hate U Give

Widows (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Hate U Give

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Amazing Grace

Making The Five Heartbeats

Quincy

RBG

Whitney

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Peter Chiarelli & Adele Lim, Crazy Rich Asians

Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Steve McQueen, Widows

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, Quincy

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

Black-ish

Dear White People

Grown-ish

Insecure

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Dwayne Johnson, Ballers

Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black

Issa Rae, Insecure

Logan Browning, Dear White People

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis, Insecure

John David Washington, Ballers

Laurence Fishburne, black-ish

Marcus Scribner, black-ish

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Essence Atkins, Marlon

Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Natasha Rothwell, Insecure

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Outstanding Drama Series

How To Get Away With Murder

Power

Queen Sugar

The Chi

This Is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Mitchell, The Chi

Keith David, Greenleaf

Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar

Omari Hardwick, Power

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, Marvel’s Luke Cage

Naturi Naughton, Power

Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jesse Williams, Grey’s Anatomy

Joe Morton, Scandal

Jussie Smollett, Empire

Romany Malco, A Million Little Things

Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

CCH Pounder, NCIS: New Orleans

Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf

Sanaa Lathan, The Affair

Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Erika Alexander, Black Lightning

Kendrick Lamar, Power

Kerry Washington, How to Get Away with Murder

Loretta Devine, Love Is

Tisha Campbell-Martin, Empire

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Behind The Movement

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Seven Seconds

The Bobby Brown Story

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451

Russell Hornsby, Seven Seconds

Woody McClain, The Bobby Brown Story

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field

Gabrielle Dennis, The Bobby Brown Story

Jeanté Godlock, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Toni Braxton, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

A Thousand Words With Michelle Obama

AM Joy

Angela Rye’s State of the Union

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama

Unsung

Outstanding Talk Series

ESPN’s First Take

Red Table Talk

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Real

The View

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

Iyanla: Fix My Life

Lip Sync Battle

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Shark Tank

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

2 Dope Queens

Black Girls Rock!

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo

Saturday Night Live

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

Outstanding Children’s Program

Doc McStuffins

Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

Motown Magic

Sesame Street

Top Chef Junior

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alex R. Hibbert, The Chi

Lonnie Chavis, This Is Us

Lyric Ross, This Is Us

Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Miles Brown, Black-ish

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith – Red Table Talk

Joy Reid – AM Joy

LeBron James – The Shop

Lester Holt – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Iyanla Vanzant – Iyanla: Fix My Life

LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle

Queen Latifah – Black Girls Rock

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Steve Harvey – Family Feud

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and the Media

King in the Wilderness

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Shut Up & Dribble

Time For Ilhan

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Justin Simien, Dear White People

Marquita J. Robinson, GLOW

Peter H. Saji, Black-ish

Regina Y. Hicks, Insecure

Trevor Noah , Steve Budow, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Dan Amira, Lauren Sarver Means, Mr. Daniel Radosh, David Angelo, Devin Trey Delliquanti, Zachary DiLanzo, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Janine Sherman Barrois, Claws

Kay Oyegun, This Is Us

Lena Waithe, The Chi

Patrick Joseph Charles, Black Lightning

Lena Waithe & Dime Davis, The Chi

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field

J. David Shanks, Seven Seconds: Matters of Life and Death

Katrina M. O’Gilvie, Behind the Movement

Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi, Fahrenheit 451

Shalisha Francis, Seven Seconds: Of Gods and Men

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Hiro Murai, Atlanta

Ken Whittingham, Atypical

Millicent Shelton, Insecure

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Ayoka Chenzira, Queen Sugar

Deborah Ann Chow, Better Call Saul

Dee Rees, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Marvel’s Luke Cage

Zetna Fuentes, How To Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Ernest Dickerson, Seven Seconds: Until It Do

Ramin Bahrani, Fahrenheit 451

Tanya Hamilton, Seven Seconds: That What Follows

Tracy Heather Strai, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Victoria Mahoney, Seven Seconds: Witness for the Prosecution

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

Issa Rae, Bojack Horseman

Laya Deleon Hayes, Doc McStuffins

Mahershala Ali, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Samuel L. Jackson, Incredibles 2

Shameik Moore, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding New Artist

Ella Mai

Jade Novah

Koryn Hawthorne

Omar Wilson

Tory Lanez

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars

Childish Gambino

John Legend

MAJOR.

Raheem DeVaughn

Outstanding Female Artist

Andra Day

Ella Mai

H.E.R.

Janelle Monae

Janet Jackson

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA

Could’ve Been – H.E.R., Bryson Tiller

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

Everything Is Love – The Carters

Outstanding Jazz Album

Facing Dragons – Christian Sands

Hollywood Africans – Jon Batiste

RISE! – Ben Tankard feat. Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr.

The Story of Jaz – Jazmin Ghent feat. Jeff Lorber, James P. Lloyd, Kim Scott, Philippe Saisse

Waiting for the Sunrise – Camille Thurman

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Hiding Place – Tori Kelly

Make Room – Jonathan McReynolds

One Nation Under God – Jekalyn Carr

Unstoppable – Koryn Hawthorne

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

APES**T – The Carters

Could’ve Been – H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

This Is America – Childish Gambino

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA

Outstanding Song – Traditional

Amen – Andra Day

Better With You In It – MAJOR

Beyond – Leon Bridges

Long As I Live – Toni Braxton

Never Alone – Tori Kelly feat. Kirk Franklin

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop

As I Am – H.E.R.

Boo’d Up – Ella Mai

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

This Is America – Childish Gambino

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By – Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari, Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Travis Scott

Greenleaf, Season 3 (Music from the Original TV series) – Various Artists

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two – Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Insecure Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 3 – Various Artists

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack From & Inspired by the Motion Picture) – Various Artists

Outstanding Album

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

Even More – MAJOR

Everything Is Love – The Carters

I Used To Know Her: The Prelude – H.E.R.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

Better Late Than Never – Kimberla Lawson Roby

Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Prose Novel – Jesse James Holland Jr

Envy – Victoria Christopher Murray

They Come in All Colors: A Novel – Malcolm Hansen

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston

Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth – Beverly Bond

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author)

May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem – Imani Perry

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – Anthony Ray Hinton (Author), Lara Love Hardin (With)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Heads of the Colored People: Stories – Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement – Janet Dewart Bell

Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice – Dr. Sheila D. Brooks (Author), Clinton C. Wilson II (Author)

Small Country: A Novel – Gael Faye

Us Against The World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family – David Mann (Author), Tamela Mann (Author), Shaun Saunders (With)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston

Becoming – Michelle Obama

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – Jeffrey C. Stewart

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela (Author), Sahm Venter (Editor)

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist – Franchesa Ramsey

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration – Carla Hall (Author) Genevive Ko (With)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author), Veronica Chambers (With)

Poised For Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond – Karima Mariam-Arthur

Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With)

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman – Allison Elaine Joseph

Ghost, Like a Place – Iain Haley Pollock

Refuse – Julian Randall

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart – Alice Walker

The Gospel According to Wild Indigo – Cyrus Cassells

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man – Tonya Bolden

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly (Author), Laura Freeman (Illustrator)

I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t – Diane Dillon

The 5 O’Clock Band – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

The Word Collector – Peter H. Reynolds

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin – James L. Swanson

Harbor Me – Jacqueline Woodson

The Journey of Little Charlie – Christopher Paul Curtis

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson (Author), Tonya Bolden (With)

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Amandla Stenberg’s Nazi romance film triggers Twitter storm

Amandla Stenberg’s latest movie Where Hands Touch has been slammed on Twitter by users who accused the film of humanising Nazis.Helmed by Belle director Amma Asante, the film tells the story of a biracial teenager in Nazi Germany, played by Stenberg, w…

Amandla Stenberg’s latest movie Where Hands Touch has been slammed on Twitter by users who accused the film of humanising Nazis.

Helmed by Belle director Amma Asante, the film tells the story of a biracial teenager in Nazi Germany, played by Stenberg, who falls in love with a member of the Hitler Youth. Where Hands Touch was released in the U.S. last September (18), but Asante took to Twitter on Wednesday (02Jan) inviting users to stream the feature via iTunes, Amazon and various other platforms. However, the controversial storyline proved to be very divisive.

“Nazis and those who love them are not deserving of being humanised/sanitised. They don’t need to be immortalised by film. Their love is not revolutionary or beautiful!” one Twitter user argued, while another added, “Dear Amandla, Fire your agent. A Nazi love story? Really girl?”

Others particularly criticised a scene in which Stenberg’s character uses the n-word to describe jazz music, while Twitter user @hanxine revealed a video clip she’d posted from the film had been removed after a claim was made by producer Charles M Hanson.

Nevertheless, there were still some fans of the movie who spoke up to show their support, insisting it was “beautifully done” and praising The Hate U Give star for her performance.

Prior to the film’s release, Stenberg told reporters at Variety that she anticipated some backlash on account of the fact that Asante, who also penned the script, decided to focus on a non-Jewish story against a Holocaust backdrop.

“I think it’s challenging for people to conceive of a story about the Holocaust that is not centred around the Jewish experience, but the experience of someone else…” the 20-year-old considered. “But I think what the movie does really beautifully is it demonstrates what happens with these tricky intersections of identity and how we still continue to be human and love and be loved, despite that.”

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Amandla Stenberg: ‘I won’t play roles that stereotype me’

Amandla Stenberg is not interested in taking on roles that reduce her to stereotypes.The 19-year-old has made a name for herself as an activist as well as an actress, and is known for being outspoken about social and political issues both in interviews…

Amandla Stenberg is not interested in taking on roles that reduce her to stereotypes.

The 19-year-old has made a name for herself as an activist as well as an actress, and is known for being outspoken about social and political issues both in interviews and on social media. As a result, Amandla is very particular about the characters she decides to play.

“It’s probably something my mum instilled in me,” she told Grazia magazine. “When I was younger, the only roles I would have received would be like ‘daughter of drug user’ or ‘overly sexualised young black girl.’ But she always said, ‘No, we don’t have to touch the roles that you don’t want to play.’ I don’t really have interest in stereotypes of myself.”

Amandla is currently starring in The Hate U Give, an acclaimed adaptation of Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel of the same name. The character of Starr was actually written with Amandla in mind, who was ecstatic to come across “a black girl who is multi-dimensional and nuanced.”

As well as receiving positive reviews from critics, The Hate U Give has also touched cinemagoers with its themes of racism and speaking out against injustice.

“(One girl was) crying her eyes out, just sobbing. It made me cry too because I understand that feeling of not being seen or understood and then, once you are, it can be this huge relief,” The Hunger Games star recalled. “People are screaming, they’re crying. It’s all you can hope for, when you share film, that people have an emotional response to it. I’ve felt really gratified and humbled by it.”

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Amandla Stenberg keeps armpits unshaven on red carpet

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hai…

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.

The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hair in a braided bob hairstyle.

Teaming the outfit with a sultry smokey eye and natural nude lip, Amandla drew attention to her hairy pits when she posted pictures from the event to her Instagram account on Sunday (21Oct18).

“#drama #armpit,” the 19-year-old captioned two images of herself from the night.

Though some Instagram users were not supportive of her decision, Amandla received plenty of her praise from her fan base, with many complimenting her look and decision to move away from traditional beauty norms.

“Love it when the young women of Hollywood aren’t afraid to be themselves and make a statement despite being in the limelight and constantly criticised and picked at…shows you’re above all the negativity,” one user commented.

The Valentino dress marked a new look for The Hunger Games star, who has previously sported eye-catching statement pieces, such as the red Calvin Klein oversized pantsuit she wore to the Met Gala in 2016, and the striped Thom Browne shirt and trouser combination she donned at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! ceremony in August.

In an interview with Glamour U.S., Amandla admitted it was hard not to love dressing up due to the career path she’d decided to take.

“(Fashion) is just an inherent part of my job. It’s something that I love,” she smiled, adding that she was adamant to stay true to her beliefs through her clothing. “I am learning how to integrate. I want to express myself as authentically as I can.”

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Regina Hall rehearsed serious The Hate U Give scene in restaurant

Regina Hall rehearsed one of her serious scenes for The Hate U Give in a public restaurant.The actress made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (08Oct18) to promote the new drama, in which she portrays Lisa Carter, the mother of Amandla…

Regina Hall rehearsed one of her serious scenes for The Hate U Give in a public restaurant.

The actress made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (08Oct18) to promote the new drama, in which she portrays Lisa Carter, the mother of Amandla Stenberg’s lead character Starr Carter – a young woman who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

During the chat, Regina explained that she and her co-star Russell Hornsby, who plays Starr’s father Maverick Carter, spent a lot of time working on their complicated backstory together.

“Russell and I actually went and rehearsed before we started, to make sure we had the chemistry and we would improv,” she recalled. “We actually did the fight that broke us up (in the story). It wasn’t good because we did it in a restaurant in Hollywood. A lady came over and was like, ‘Can I help you?’ and he was like, ‘NAHH.’ And I said, ‘And there you go again embarrassing the s**t out of us.’ He storms out! The poor little waitress, God bless her.”

But during the chat, Regina confessed that making The Hate U Give wasn’t the only time she has used unconventional acting methods.

She shared that she was very nervous before her audition for the role of a stripper named Candy in 1999 movie The Best Man and relied on quite a lot of liquid courage before showing the producers her limited dance skills.

“I went to the audition and I had a bottle of (alcoholic drink) Alize and I’ll tell you what’s so amazing, when your adrenaline is high, you don’t feel the alcohol. I was still sober and I’m not a big drinker,” the 47-year-old laughed. “I go in the room and the (other) girls have routines. So, I went in the room, they put the music on and I put a chair up… and the producer said, ‘Stop the music, can you do anything else?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and picked up my stuff and left.”

While Regina was certain she didn’t get the part, it turned out that the producers were very impressed by her acting in prior auditions and gave her the role – which turned out to be her first feature.

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Riverdale star K.J. Apa replacing Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give

Riverdale star K.J. Apa will replace disgraced actor Kian Lawley in movie The Hate U Give.Executives at Fox 2000 Pictures confirmed in early February (18) that Lawley had been cut from the young adult film after a bleeped 12-second video showing him al…

Riverdale star K.J. Apa will replace disgraced actor Kian Lawley in movie The Hate U Give.

Executives at Fox 2000 Pictures confirmed in early February (18) that Lawley had been cut from the young adult film after a bleeped 12-second video showing him allegedly using the N-word and making racist comments was posted on YouTube.

Even though The Hate U Give had wrapped in November, producers have opted to undergo reshoots scrubbing Lawley from the flick, and they confirmed to Deadline on Tuesday (03Apr18) that Apa will take over the role of Chris, the boyfriend of main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg).

The re-casting echoes decisions made by producers of crime-thriller All the Money in the World, who chose to scrub Kevin Spacey’s scenes from the film and replace him with Christopher Plummer after the House of Cards star was accused of multiple sexual misconduct allegations late last year.

Directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give is based on Angie Thomas’ novel of the same name and tells the story of a young woman drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend.

The feature also stars Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson and Common.

A release date for the film has not yet been set, though Apa is currently shooting his scenes in Atlanta.

The casting news comes shortly after bosses at The CW Television Network announced that Apa’s show Riverdale, in which he plays Archie Andrews, would be renewed for a third season. In addition to his last-minute casting in The Hate U Give, the New Zealand-born star is gearing up to appear in comedy The Last Summer, to be directed by William Bindley.

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