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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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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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Reg E. Cathey from ‘The Wire’ and ‘House Of Cards’ Dead at 59

Actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his work on “The Wire” and “House of Cards,” passed away at the age of 59 after battling lung cancer.

Executive producer of “The Wire,” David Simon, wrote on Twitter about Cathey, “Not only a fine, masterful actor – but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking.”

“House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon also added, “Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed.”

Cathey won an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards.” Speaking on the role, Cathey told Today, “I knew it would be something special. I didn’t know whether people would like it or whether they would watch but I knew it was special. I thought it was simply lovely. And we had a ball doing it.”

Cathey, who was born in Alabama and raised in Germany, was educated at the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in many films, including The MaskSe7enSt. VincentFantastic Four and his last credited role, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Beyoncé In Negotiations For “The Lion King”

It looks like Jon Favreau, the director of the live-action remake of The Lion King, may get his wish of Beyoncé voicing the future Queen of Pride Rock, Nala.

According to the Beyhive Team, a social media page and site that receives “exclusive” news regarding the entertainer, Beyoncé is reportedly in final negotiations to voice the lioness, and is also signing on to manage the film’s soundtrack.

Beyoncé In Negotiations For “The Lion King”

“Disney has reportedly agreed to pay a whopping $25 million to secure Beyoncé’s involvement with the project,” the post says. In addition to being the soundtrack’s producer, Bey will also curate and produce “African-inspired” and “tribal” recordings, in addition to producing updated versions of the movie’s beloved songs.

“The soundtrack will be released worldwide through Parkwood Entertainment & Columbia Records (SONY),” says the Beyhive Team.

Beyoncé In Negotiations For “The Lion King”

As for the validity of this report, fans need to take the site’s “breaking news” with a grain of salt. While TBHT has accurately reported some exclusive scoops about the superstar numerous times in the past, we will ultimately learn if Bey is voicing Nala when she announces it herself.

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