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2019 Oscar Noms Are In! Black Panther Has 7

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The 91st Oscar nominations have rolled in and Black Panther is among the top nominees. Early this morning, Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross shared the happy news for nominees across 24 categories.

After being disappointed at the Golden Globes, we all hoped Black Panther would have a shot at redemption. Now, they have seven. For the first time, a superhero film — a Black superhero film — has been nominated for Best Picture. This is a cinematic first!

The currently host-free event is set to take place live on February 24th from the Dolby Theatre. As the nominees prepare to celebrate their sum of their hard work, let’s take a look at who has a chance to win big:

Best Picture

Black Panther‘s Kevin Feige has been nominated for best picture but the competition is steep. BlacKkKlansman‘s team of producers, that includes Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, have also picked up a nom. The controversial Green Book rounds out the nominations for Black-centered films. Remaining nominees are Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born, and Vice.

POC Actors and Actresses Make Gains

With only two POC nominees in Leading Actor/Actress categories and three in Supporting role categories, the Oscars still has a long way to go. Still, we can celebrate for Yalitza Aparicio’s nomination for her performance in Roma as a leading actress. She is the second Mexican actress to be nominated, following in Salma Hayek’s footsteps. Yalitza is up against Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, and Glenn Close, the most nominated living actor to never win.

Egyptian Actor Rami Malek has picked up a leading actor nominated for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Achieving critical success through his performance as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot, Rami has just 2 spots to fill on his EGOT card. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Willen Dafoe, and Viggo “hard r” Mortensen are also up for the award.

Supporting Nominees

It comes as so surprise that Mahershala Ali and Regina King have been nominated for supporting role Oscars. His performance in Green Book has already earned him a Golden Globe and his performance in Moonlight earned him an Oscar in 2017. Should be win this year, he will be 2-for-2, a rare achievement for any actor.

Regina King also has a lot to be proud of. She holds two Golden Globes and several Emmys. Regina is two letters away from an EGOT, needing an Oscar and Tony. Hopefully, she secures for win for If Beale Street Could Talk. Mahershala is two letters away as well, needing an Emmy and a Tony. Perhaps with his background in music, we could see him on the stage soon.

When it comes to best director, Spike Lee has finally been nominated after decades of phenomenal work. Ryan Coogler and Barry Jenkins have both been robbed of nominations this round. However, Barry is nominated for best adapted screenplay.

For a full list of Oscar nominees and categories, click here.

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Floyd Mayweather Talk Top fights, Kobe & More on Drink Champs on TIDAL

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Today, the undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, joins N.O.R.E and DJ EFN’s “The Most Professional Unprofessional, Podcast” Drink Champs on TIDAL. In this episode, Mayweather, dubbed one of the best “pound-for-pound” fighters in the world, discusses feeling lost to the untimely passing of Kobe Bryant, coining himself as “Cinco De Mayweather” when fighting Oscar De La Hoya, mastering the Mayweather Defense, beef with 50 Cent, chopping trees as preparation for his fight with Manny Pacquiao and a potential Mayweather vs McGregor round 2.

Members can watch the episode on TIDAL.com/DrinkChamps

The podcast adds to the growing list of content that TIDAL offers – from albums and singles to original video content, concert giveaways, unique events, and artist meet & greets – TIDAL provides members with culture-shifting content.

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Dwyane Wade Reveals 12-Year-Old Child Now Goes By Zaya

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With all of the obstacles that exist within our society, it’s incredible to see 13-time NBA All-Star and former player, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union empowering their pre-teen, Zaya, to live her truth.

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Wade recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to promote the upcoming ESPN documentary D Wade: Life Unexpected. Following a clip from the documentary, he shared that his middle child, formerly known as Zion, now identifies as “her” and goes by the name Zaya. 

As DeGeneres praised him for his support of Zaya, Wade replied, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. And we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”

He went on to share that Zaya expressed her desire to live her truth at 9-years-old. “I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,” he explained.

Immediately the parents began to educate themselves and seek advice from members of the LGBTQ+ community, Union reaching out to the cast of the popular FX series, Pose. For Wade, it’s all about giving her “the best opportunity to be her best self” while preparing her to live life openly.

According to Wade, “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’ Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually, it will be through her.”

For more on his journey post-career and as the father of an openly gay pre-teen, tune in to D Wade: Life Unexpected. The ESPN documentary airs Sunday, February 23rd. 

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