Disney Donates $1M for STEM Center in Oakland in Honor of ‘Black Panther’ Film

With the success of Black Panther, Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, is set to donate $1 million to expand the Boys & Girls Club STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in Oakland, CA. As the film began to garner more and more attention, the prospects of a box office hit were imminent. Many questioned whether or not some of the money the film was projected to make would go toward the Black community and it seems that Disney is attempting to do just that.

Bob Iger, chairman, and CEO of The Walt Disney Company stated:

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths. […] It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

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Stacey Dash Files to Run for Congress in California

Stacey Dash has officially filed paperwork to run for Congress in California’s 44th District, which is currently represented by Democrat Nanette Barragán. The district includes Compton, Watts, San Pedro and North Long Beach, and has long been represented by Democrats.

Actress Stacey Dash announced yesterday via Twitter that she has been receiving encouragement to run for public office. Dash tweeted Friday that “a number of people” suggested that she pursue a run for Congress. She asked her followers for their opinions on a potential run for office.

A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts?” Dash tweeted. There was also a picture with the tweet that said: “paid for by the D2DC ‘Testing the Waters’ committee.”

The “Clueless” actress posted a follow-up tweet Saturday morning apparently pleased with the feedback and will consider running. “In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress. Would love to know what my fans and friends think,” she tweeted.

The actress currently lives in California. Dash was fired from her position as a contributor at Fox News after she cursed on-air while commenting on former President Obama’s attitude towards fighting terror.

“I didn’t feel any passion from him,” she said. “I feel like he could give a sh*t, excuse me, he could care less.”

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Black Panther Becomes Highest Rated Movie Ever on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’

Following a four-day stretch that saw the film accrue the fifth highest-grossing opening in box office history, Black Panther has made its mark as a critical success by swiftly surpassing The Wizard Of Oz as the number one movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to the popular movie review site’s ‘Adjusted Score’ ranking formula, the red-hot Marvel Studios production has already amassed a quantitative/qualitative mix of reviews that boosts it above such old school and contemporary classics as Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Get Out and Moonlight.

While a number of the titles listed on the Rotten Tomatoes’ 100 movies of all time list actually rate higher than the 97% that Black Panther is sitting at, they do not combine the number of reviews and the percentage of positive reviews among them to rank above the Ryan Coogler film.

The acclaim that Black Panther has been receiving comes amidst countless headlines reporting on the ridiculous $242 million domestic and $427 million international draw that it scored over the weekend. With the insurmountable success that the production has delivered many are now predicting the impact, it will have on society and what it will mean for Black actors and directors in the industry going forward.

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Love & Hip-Hop Star Althea Eaton Busted for Smacking Benzino

Benzino was assaulted by Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Althea Eaton who also happens to be the mother of one of his children. Eaton attempted to kick Benzino out of their house last week when police were summoned to their home for a domestic dispute.

Authorities told TMZ that Eaton smacked Benzino upside the head after he decided not to leave the house. She struck the blow right in front of police who later apprehended her and held her on $20K bond. She was released early this morning.

The two have battled publicly both on the show and social media over Benzino’s cheating. It seems like this last time Eaton finally had enough and tried to literally give him the boot but he wasn’t having it. Last year, Eaton took to Instagram to vent her frustration over Benzino’s meddling with there women.

“Been QUIET, Loyal, ride or die for this n***a for the PAST 2 YEARS!!! @iambenzino he’s been living WITH ME for the past 3 months and has the audacity to text other b****hes. Been thru so much s*** behind him and this how he repays me.

I’ve been the only one in his corner lately but he still trying to be in these streets? I guess a girl who is loyal, stays in her own lane, and NOT S*CK CHASING isn’t good enough. I changed my whole life. Quit my job, stop going out, stop hanging with friends.”

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Toni Braxton Confirms Engagement to Birdman

Birdman and Toni Braxton made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2016 BET Awards. The pair have been very quiet about their relationship outside of close members of the Braxton family sharing their favorable opinions of the Cash Money CEO.

There has been speculation that Toni and Birdman have gotten married, but sources close to them denied that that ever happened. However, Tamar Braxton, the younger sister to the R&B star, told Wendy Williams in an interview that she believed the two had eloped. While the rumor mill has been keeping up, Toni has been spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger in her recent photos and videos, with no confirmation of the big news until now.

The 50-year-old singer and the 49-year-old mogul are engaged. Toni confirmed the news in a trailer for the upcoming season of her family’s WeTV show, Braxton Family Values.

“I have an announcement to make,” she said to her family before exclaiming, “I’m engaged!” Her massive engagement ring was then shown up close.

This will be Toni’s second marriage and Birdman’s first. She was married to her former husband Keri Lewis for twelve years before their 2013 divorce.

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Jury Grants Family of Police Shooting Victim Korryn Gaines $37M

After three weeks of testimony and a few hours of subsequent deliberation, an all-female jury overseeing the wrongful death civil trial of slain police shooting victim Korryn Gaines – ruled in favor of awarding her family $37 million, on Friday, February 16.

Gains was gunned down when after a six-hour standoff, officers locked out of her Randallstown apartment with an arrest warrant finally busted in to find her armed with a shotgun. The 2016 incident drew a passionate response from the public over several unsettling tactics used by Baltimore County police. For one, authorities had Gains’ wi-fi cut off as she was live streaming the confrontation, and secondly, many took exception to the force used in disregard of the fact that her five-year-old son Kodi was present to witness the situation unravel.

Kodi will now receive $32 million of the total, as it was determined that County Cpl. Royce Ruby’s use of force, when he fired off the first shot, was not objectively reasonable. The ruling contradicts the findings of a county prosecution that previously established that the shooting was legally justified. In addition to the lions share of the settlement that Kodi will inherit, Gains’ daughter will get $4.5 million, and her father, mother, and general estate will get $300K respectively.

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Slovenian Olympic Snowboarder Advocates to #FreeMeekMill on Live TV

After getting support from the Philadelphia Eagles during the Super Bowl, another athlete is advocating for the release of the incarcerated rapper.

Slovenian Olympic snowboarder Tit Stante showed support for Meek by writing #FreeMeekMill on his snowboard during the men’s halfpipe qualifiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.