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Strong Light Skin Lead: Black Twitter Gathers Netflix Over ‘Raising Dion’ Cast Changes

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When Netflix launched Strong Black Lead during the 2018 BET Awards, patrons of the streaming platform were excited for the diverse content to come. But the recent bevy of cancellations, questionable shows, and even more questionable casting choices have driven their subscribers to anger. The most recent decision to stoke the fire? The lightening of the cast of Raising Dion.

Based on a comic book by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion is a science fiction series centered on the protection of a boy who discovers superhero-like abilities following his father’s passing. Well received by the public, the initial pitch for the show featured dark skin leads for Dion and his mother, Nicole Reese. But now that the series is slated to premiere October 4th, fans were shocked to see that there were significant changes to the cast’s appearance.

Hoping to see Dennis Liu’s vision fulfilled, fans have expressed their disappointment with the cast changes by attacking the Netflix post. But some unlikely people have come to support the series despite the rampant claims of colorism. Sarunas Jackson is catching a lot of heat for his statements. The Insecure actor said, “This narrative that light skinned actors have it easier is completely false. And I can support what I’m saying, trust.”

Ignoring the blatant colorism that has stifled the dreams of many dark skinned people in the entertainment industry, Jackson’s remarks practically ‘All Lives Matter’ the situation. Even worse, it has encouraged people who believe in a “dark skin supremacy” agenda to make their presence known. Netflix’s palatable casting choice may cost them dearly as fans are already rallying to boycott the series ahead of its October release.

Will you be watching Raising Dion?

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Wendy Williams Addressed ‘Fartgate’ … A Little Too Much

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“The lady doth protest too much,” or whatever Shakespeare said…

On Thursday daytime television host Wendy Williams addressed “Fartgate,” and many think she went overboard in her denial.

The controversy began when Williams was accused of passing gas on her show. Delivering her daily “Hot Topics” segment, viewers noticed a sound familiar to us all: the sound of a fart. The clip went viral with internet dubbing the moment “Fartgate.” 

On her show Wendy, Williams, 55, finally spoke on the whole debacle. In an outrageous and bizarre claim, she told the audience she barely farts at all saying, “gas gets released several different ways, and mine is benching because all I do is talk.” She then went on to play the infamous clip and explain she leaned over to release pressure on her spine and that she would have laughed if she really did pass gas as she is accused of doing. “By the sound of that fart, I would have had to go change my costume! I would have left a mark in the seat. I wouldn’t even save the costume, I would have throw it away. It’d probably be soiled beyond soiled-tivity.” 

As if that wasn’t enough, the talk show host then brought out a crewmember to explain the source of the flatulent sound: preparation for the upcoming science-related segment on that day’s show. The entirety of her strange explanation is below (about 10 and a half minutes into the video).

Now Wendy, we all fart, it’s human nature, but your response was way too much to convince us that you didn’t rip one on air. It wouldn’t have been a problem if you did. Remember a few years back when Whoopi Goldberg loudly cleared the air on her show The View? She owned it saying, “excuse me, I think I just blew a little frog outta there!” And we all loved her more for it.

Have you heard the fart in question? If you haven’t we have it for you here.

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Kobe Bryant, 41, and Daughter, 13, Dead in Helicopter Crash

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Basketball legend and all-time great Kobe Bryant, 41, has passed away due to an apparent helicopter crash Sunday. TMZ reported early in the day that Bryant and his daughter Gianna along with 3 others were on board the former Los Angeles Laker’s private helicopter when it crashed causing a fire to break out. Witnesses claim to have heard the engine sputtering in the moments before the chopper went down, and pictures from the scene show smoke and flames covering much of the area. 

Authorities have confirmed that no one on board survived. The cause of the tragedy is unknown, and an investigation is already underway.

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill’s GRAMMY-nominated Championships album

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill‘s GRAMMY nominated Championships album. Championships is now available to stream in Dolby Atmos exclusively on TIDAL.

Dolby, a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, and TIDAL, a global music and entertainment streaming platform, hosted a listening event that featured a live performance in Dolby Atmos by the chart-topping artist Meek Mill. The event celebrated Meek Mill’s latest album Championships, nominated for Best Rap Album of the year, which is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on TIDAL starting today. Songs performed included his hits 24/7, All Eyes on You and Going Bad

TIDAL will also release the exclusive performance on its service for fans to enjoy in Dolby Atmos in a few weeks.

Fans can now listen to Championships in Dolby Atmos sound quality here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/128953992

(Note: Dolby Atmos is only available via select Android devices]

What is Dolby Atmos Music

Dolby Atmos lets listeners connect with music at its fullest capacity and creative potential – not the way most people hear music today, but a version that pulls you into a song to reveal what was lost with traditional recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, the unleashing of a legendary guitar solo, a massive bass drop that washes over you, or the subtle breath a singer takes, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

How to experience Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL

To enjoy Dolby Atmos Music, TIDAL will automatically default to this experience if a Dolby Atmos mix is available. Tracks will be identified by a “Dolby logo” visual badge as well as through a “Dolby Atmos” identifier that will display once a song is selected. Users can also click on the “Dolby Atmos” menu option under the “Explore” tab on the TIDAL app to explore the library of tracks available in Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is now available to TIDAL members subscribing to the HiFi tier, which already features HiFi and Master quality audio. To learn more about Dolby Atmos Music or TIDAL HiFi, visit Music.Dolby.com and TIDAL.com/DolbyAtmos.

TIDAL members with compatible Android smartphones and tablets subscribing to TIDAL HiFi can enjoy Championships along with a growing library of music available in Dolby Atmos from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The includes songs from some of the world’s biggest artists such as The Weeknd, Blondie, Ariana Grande and more. TIDAL is also working closely with its artist-owners, including JAY-Z, to mix their catalogs in Dolby Atmos – which are expected to become available in 2020.

 

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