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  1. Prince Markie Dee, a member of pioneering Hip-Hop group the Fat Boys/Disco 3 has passed away.  I enjoy the Fat Boys, but Prince Markie Dee's work in the 90's is incredible.  In the style of the Fresh Prince, Heavy D, Father MC, etc, his solo projects had class and didn't try to buy into the popularity of hardcore Hip-Hop. He also produced and worked behind the scenes with Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Eric B + Rakim, Al B. Sure, Luther Vandross, Brownstone, Kool G. Rap, and Father MC. 

    https://allhiphop.com/news/breaking-news-prince-markie-dee-of-the-fat-boys-has-died-only-52/

     

     

     

  2. Meh, the review is kind of weird. It has nothing to do with whether it's on vinyl, cassette, or CD. They say a few things that make it sound like they grew up on the album, but it sounds like they bought it two weeks ago and decided to write a review today. With every few good things that they, they say something mediocre without being too specific as to why something is good or bad.  If that website gets any attention, it's nice they gave it some spotlight....but I wanted more. lol

     

  3. It was a weird year, but I'm sure we'll all celebrate this.

    https://comicbook.com/movies/news/bad-boys-for-life-top-box-office-2020-release-domestic/

     

    Bad Boys for Life Is Officially the Highest-Grossing 2020 Movie at Domestic Box Office

    By PATRICK CAVANAUGH - January 1, 2021 02:02 pm EST

    In any given year, the biggest box office successes often hit theaters in the summer months, but with 2020 being such an unprecedented year for a number of reasons, the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office was a January release, with Bad Boys for Life topping the charts with $204.4 million. Interestingly, 1917, which was released in 2019, was the second-highest-grossing movie of 2020, as it earned $157.9 million, with the December 2019 release scoring major numbers thanks to it securing a number of major awards and recognitions in the early part of the year and helping it trounce the competition.
     
    When audiences look back on box office earnings in 2020, the totals will surely come with a number of asterisks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, theaters around the world shut their doors in March of 2020, with new releases only seeing wide, global releases in January and February. Films like The Hunt and Bloodshot briefly landed in theaters, though quickly pivoted to Premium VOD services as theaters closed.
     
    As the months passed, international theaters began to reopen as various countries got a better handle on containing the pandemic. Christopher Nolan's Tenet, which was slated to be one of the year's biggest releases, delayed its release for weeks at a time, all while other major blockbusters pushed their debuts back by months. Warner Bros. and even Nolan himself were hoping that the release of Tenet could help usher audiences back to theaters and revive interest in the cinematic experience, with the film first opening in select foreign markets on August 26th before opening domestically on September 3rd.
     
    Sadly, with limited theaters being open and with those open theaters functioning at a reduced capacity, Tenet failed to make a major box-office impact. Complicating matters further is that the film had a number of stipulations of where it could be screened, making it difficult for even the most devout Nolan fan to see his latest adventure on the big screen.
     
    The future of the movie industry is still quite unclear, given that we're still in the middle of the pandemic. Surely the promise of a vaccine being distributed brings hope that 2021 could see some sense of normalcy be resumed around the world, but between there being no official timeline of when these events could occur, and studios like Warner Bros. committing to releasing their films not only in select theaters, but also on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical debuts, it likely means it might not be until 2022 or 2023 that we see the movie industry bounce back to pre-pandemic numbers.
     
    Are you surprised Bad Boys for Life topped the charts? Let us know in the comments below!
  4. How did I not know about this song in 2004?  This lineup is insane!

    BRANDY, MARY J. BLIGE, MISSY ELLIOT, WYCLEF, MUSIQ SOULCHILD, ASHANTI, BABYFACE, MONICA, CLAUDETTE ORTIZ, EVE, FAITH, FABOLOUS, JADAKISS, AKON, JAMIE FOXX, JAHEIM, FLOETRY, JON B, KEKE PALMER, MARQUES HOUSTON, OMERION, RUN, MIRI BEN-ARI, NICK SCOTTI - Wake Up Everybody

     

  5. This one hits hard. 

    https://blackamericaweb.com/2020/12/23/john-ecstasy-fletcher-of-whodini-death/

    John “Ecstasy” Fletcher Of Whodini Reportedly Passes Away

     
    Whodini Backstage At The UIC Pavilion

    Source: Paul Natkin / Getty

    John Fletcher, the rapper better known as Ecstasy from the 1980s hip-hop group Whodini, has reportedly passed away.

    “One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini,” Questlove wrote on Instagram Wednesday (December 23). “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”

     

    Fletcher, along with fellow rapper Jalil Hutchins formed Whodini in 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. Together, they were one of the first groups to add R&B elements to their music with singles such as “Five Minutes Of Funk,” “Friends,” “Big Mouth, “Freaks Come Out At Night” and “One Love.”

    Between 1982 and 1986, the group released three albums including their self-titled debut in 1983, Escape in 1984 which went platinum and Back In Black in 1986. Fletcher often wore a Zorro hat on stage and the group helped introduce producer and songwriter Jermaine Dupri to the business as he starred as a dancer on their tours.

    “My God, this one hurts me so bad,I can’t even believe I’m posting this,” Dupri wrote on Instagram. “Ex you know I love you thank you for every word,every conversation every good time,may your soul Rest In Power.”

     

    In 2012, Whodini was featured in an episode of Unsung detailing their rise in the industry. An official cause of death has yet to be determined.

     

  6. I must have missed a video were Tatyana said that. She knows something. I don't think she'd call anything other than music a project. Those recent merch deals have been them just letting some other company design stuff to sell. If anything, they are both experiencing the love from fans with the reunion special. With nostalgia and love being the fuel, that could easily spill over to their music, too. They both have had extra time on their hands this year. 

  7. This is really one of those articles that just has the writer sharing their opinion rather than sharing mostly facts. I'm curious about the opinions of others.  Personally, I wouldn't want to see Will play Superman, but I'd totally be willing to let a screen test change my mind. 

    I'm actually a big Superman fan and have been since I was old enough to understand anything.  While not a perfectly film, I personally love Superman Returns.  I never understood how it came out with positive reviews, love from fans, and success....then a few years later it turned to some people saying it was boring and that it's huge success wasn't huge enough. I don't know if it would have been much more successful like the writer thinks. 

    https://screenrant.com/will-smith-superman-returns-dc-casting-hollywood-change/?utm_source=SR-FB-P&utm_medium=Social-Distribution&utm_campaign=SR-FB-P&fbclid=IwAR2310KgalK3Yi5l8zHrudyk60qZWmxnGLlvPFsF7S6wZ0t1AjiUOITuTio

    What DC (& Hollywood) Would Look Like If Will Smith Did Superman Returns

    Will Smith came close to playing the lead in Superman Returns, and here's what might've happened to DC and Hollywood if he had taken the role.

     
     

    Will Smith came close to playing the lead in Superman Returns, and here's what might've happened to DC and Hollywood if he had taken the role. While some still try to argue Smith has limited acting range, some of his performances heavily argue to the contrary. It's not impossible to imagine him playing the Man of Steel, although he'd probably need to tamp down some of his more over the top mannerisms present in roles like Men in Black's Agent Jay or Bad Boys' Mike Lowrey.

    That's only because Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent tend to be much more soft-spoken, sometimes reserved characters, outside of when Superman is busting up bad guys. With roles like Dr. Robert Neville in I Am Legend though, Smith proved that he can indeed hold back on some of the signature phrases and physicality that have come to be associated with a lot of his work. Smith is indeed an A-lister, but that doesn't mean he's not really talented.

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    In interviews done years ago, Smith revealed that he had been offered the role of Superman in Superman Returns, but turned it down. If he had decided to become Superman though, it well could've had a substantial butterfly effect on both DC films and Hollywood at large.

    Why Will Smith Turned Down Superman Returns

     
     

    In that aforementioned interview, Will Smith laid out his reasoning for turning down the chance to star in Superman Returns, although it's a bit unclear how serious he was being. Smith said that he refused the Superman role due to worries about a backlash from white people over a black man taking over a famous character who had always been played by white actors previously. He cited that he had already done something similar by playing the previously white character Jim West in Wild Wild West, for which he presumably experienced some type of backlash.

    Smith went on to express, again seemingly not being entirely serious, a concern that such a white backlash against him playing Superman might effect his ability to get future work in Hollywood. While it's sadly likely there would've indeed been some type of backlash against his casting, as happened when Michael B. Jordan played Human Torch, it's doubtful it would've effected Smith's career, as he was a massive box office draw at the time.

    Will Smith's Superman Would've Been Very Different

     
     

    There's no doubt that a Superman played by Will Smith would've indeed been unlike any version before or since, and not just for the obvious reason of the character being black. Every other movie Superman, - Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill - have done their best to live up to the standard portrayal of the Man of Steel, in both look and physicality.

     

    Smith is a very expressive actor, both facially and via body language, and also brings in with him an A-list established personality that none of the others had. As mentioned above, he could certainly try to tamp down some of his trademark traits - it's hard to imagine Superman busting out the famous "OH HELL NO!" Smith has said in multiple movies - but at the end of the day it might be a bit hard not to see Smith playing Superman instead of just Superman.

    Superman Returns Would've Been A Bigger Hit With Will Smith

     
     

    While Smith isn't quite the guaranteed box office record breaker today that he used to be - although he still does star in big hits from time to time - back in the mid-2000s, he was still firmly on top of the Hollywood mountain. Superman Returns, while earning predominantly positive reviews from critics, was a minor box office flop, failing to even double its massive $200 million budget in theaters, and likely not seeing much of a return on investment until home video.

    Smith starring in the film instead of newcomer Brandon Routh would've instantly made Superman Returns into a bigger deal, and likely ensured a much larger box office haul. However, as suggested above, with a star as big as Smith in the lead, Superman Returns could've ended up very different. It's possible the script would've been tailored to fit him, and not ended up telling the same story ultimately told onscreen.

    What Will Smith's Superman Would Mean For DC Movies

     
     

    It was the failure of Superman Returns that led DC to go back to the drawing board and try to reinvent Superman movies, eventually leading to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, and the subsequent creation of the DCEU. Only seven years separated the release of Superman Returns and Man of Steel, and if Smith's Superman Returns would've made bank, the logical choice would be to make a sequel also starring him. Had that occurred, the current DC movie landscape could be entirely different.

     

    Had Superman Returns been a hit, and Smith starred in a sequel, it's possible the DCEU wouldn't exist at all, at least not in anything close to its current form. Perhaps Batman and Superman still could've shared the screen, but in a crossover starring Smith and Christian Bale. Superman may never have had been subject to Snyder's trademark darkness, and stayed in line with the more upbeat Reeve films. Smith obviously wouldn't have gone on to play Deadshot either, assuming the Suicide Squad still made their way to the big screen. The potential timeline implications of Smith having been Superman are mind-boggling.

    How Hollywood Would Be Different With Will Smith's Superman

     
     

    Beginning in 2008, Will Smith took a years-long hiatus from acting. Had Smith been a successful Superman, and DC been ready to back up the money truck to his house for further films, it's highly doubtful Smith would've taken that break, or he at least would've taken a much shorter one. That alone would have implications for the blockbuster scene. A strong Superman franchise, or even an earlier variation on a shared DC movie universe, could've also potentially competed with Marvel Studios' MCU much earlier, and not been forced to rush things so much.

    Making Superman black also would've broken down barriers when it comes to representation in superhero films much earlier than those barriers started being blasted through in reality. A black Superman in Superman Returns could've meant just as much to the black community as the late Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, but twelve years earlier. Until the ability to travel the multiverse is invented though, we'll never get to know for sure.

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