Jay-Z has always been a man of the people. The Brooklyn bred rap legend has made his socio-economic and political views tremendously clear over the last decade. Whether that be by voicing his opinions over records like “Murder To Excellence,” or publicly supporting President Barack Obama during his two terms in office, Jay has been pushing African-American culture like it’s his job. Now, the 48-year-old rapper is bringing his docu-series about Trayvon Martin to the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Jay will be screening Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story at the festival, and afterward, Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin will address live. The documentary claims to offer a “definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.”
Jay-Z’s documentary is based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was written by his parents after their child was infamously murdered by Geroge Zimmerman. Martin’s death increased the national spotlight on the unnecessary deaths of young black children in America.
Jay-Z also famously produced Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a short docuseries about Kalief Browder. Young Browder was jailed for three years, and spent two of them in solitary confinement, for allegedly stealing a backpack. He took his own life after a tumultuous case surrounding the false charges led him to lose his mental stability.
Some people are very different from the characters they play on television. Secret agents, scientists, murders, and politicians are easy to play, but the actors that play them separate from the role after leaving the set. Hafþór Björnsson is the same massive monster in real life that he is on television though.
Being the strongest man in the world is definitely an honor. Hafþór Björnsson, who plays “The Mountain” on Game of Thrones, has stepped up to take that honor in several categories. Much like his monstrous character on HBO’s most successful show, Björnsson is a beast to behold. He stands at a moderate six foot and 9 inches but weighs a gargantuan 397 pounds.
Björnsson competed in the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic, and he set a world record for the raw deadlift with a 1,041-pound lift. That’s roughly half the weight of a sedan. The weightlifting classic event is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger. Björnsson will prepare for Europe’s Strongest Man competition next, and then the world championships in May.
Bjornsson also broke the weight over bar world record. Game of Thrones will return for its final season next year, and hopefully, he can translate some of his real-world success into surviving the winter.
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.”
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.