Taraji P. Henson Wants To Play A Marvel Superhero. Someone Make This Happen.

Taraji P. Henson’s career has been on fire. From playing a quick-witted, formerly incarcerated music executive Cookie Lyons on Empire to a brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Henson’s made it pretty clear that she likes to keep us on our feet.
In that spirit, Henson told The New York Times that she’s eager for a new script...preferably from comic powerhouse Marvel.

“I would love to be a Marvel superhero,” she told NYT in an interview published on Friday.

Marvel has been flooding the Netflix Originals realm with shows based on their classic comic series “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage.”

“I’m dying to get into some comedy,” she continued. “I think I’m a stronger comedic actress than a dramatic actress. You guys just fell for the drama side.”

Marvel ― if you’re reading ― we’re waiting. 

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Oprah Is Back To Acting In New Trailer For ‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’

News of an Oprah Winfrey-led cast for the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” has been circulating for some time now, and there’s finally a trailer and a release date. 
HBO on Wednesday uploaded a trailer for the movie, inspired by the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient whose cells were used by doctors ― without her consent ― for research that would lead to life-saving advancements in the medical field like the polio vaccine and gene mapping.
The movie, directed by George C. Wolfe, follows the Lacks family as they seek acknowledgement and remediation for the unauthorized use of their mother’s cells, known as HeLa cells.
The movie is based on the 2010 best-selling book of the same name by journalist Rebecca Skloot. 
Winfrey plays Lack’s daughter Deborah, who works closely with Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, to seek justice for her mother.
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Issa Rae Announced A Season 2 Premiere Date For ‘Insecure’

Awkward. Black. Women. Unite.
Issa Rae announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that season two of her series “Insecure” will be making a return to HBO on July 23. 
When the show took a hiatus from last November, fans were left with a ton of questions:
Will I still be forced to declare #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa? Was Lawrence just trying to get his groove back with the chick from the bank or will she be more than a jump-off? Is Molly going to get her life?
Issa didn’t answer any of these questions in the video, but she did confirm the return date (and that co-star Jay Ellis continues to look good).
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Actress Yvonne Orji On Immigrating To The U.S.: ‘I Literally Came Here With Jesus’

Yvonne Orji may play your bougie best friend as Molly in “Insecure,” but at a recent panel, the Nigerian actress and comedian relayed that there was nothing high sadity about her real-life upbringing. 

At a panel last Wednesday on women and diversity in entertainment at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, Orji ― who was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria ― shared her reflections on being an immigrant in America. 

“There’s a lot of negative speak about what it means to be an immigrant,” Orji said, possibly referring to the current rhetoric around immigration in the U.S.

“I’m like, ‘OK, I don’t know where that came from,’” she continued. “We do the dirty jobs. We do the good jobs. We get the job done.”

Orji also shared that she faced pressure from her parents to be successful.

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Dave Chappelle Isn’t Laughing In Town Hall On Police Violence

While Dave Chappelle has a knack for being able to inject humor into discussions about race, there were no punchlines involved during his reflection on an incident of police violence in his hometown. 

In a video posted Monday, Chappelle is seen speaking at a City Council meeting in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about two black men being Tased by police during New Year’s Eve festivities.

Many residents in the predominately white village ― described by Flavor Wire as a “hippie town” ― were upset by the behavior of law enforcement officials that night. 

Chappelle began his two-minute statement by noting his personal interactions with the police in the town have been positive, and he even recalled having a level of familiarity with the officers in town while he was growing up ― a contrast, he said, with current community-police relations. 

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5 Black Women To Watch In Hollywood In 2017

Essence entertainment director Cori Murray stopped by the HuffPost Black Voices’ biweekly talk show “BV Breakdown” ― a Facebook Live show that discusses hot topics, current events and self-care tips ― on Thursday to share her thoughts on who’s on the up and up in Hollywood. 
Black Voices’ associate editor Taryn Finley and senior culture writer Zeba Blay sat down with Murray, who was also joined by Buzzfeed entertainment reporter Sylvia Obell, to share her perspective as an entertainment insider.
Here are five women Murray said should be on your list of Hollywood up-and-comers to watch in 2017:

1. Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Adorable Seven-Year-Old Boy Finally Meets His Idol Lester Holt

In a viral video earlier this month, one adorable 7-year-old boy made it comically clear that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt is the only journalist worthy of his time. And on Tuesday, Holt showed his appreciation in a special way. 
Jaden, who is from Portland, Oregon (and whose last name was withheld by his mother), was interviewed on Feb. 3 by KGW reporter Drew Carney alongside his cousin at Portland International Airport to talk about the winter storm that hit the city ahead of their trip to Disney World. Jaden was immediately put off that Carney wasn’t the anchor he was accustomed to watching regularly on TV with his grandmother, and promptly walked away from the interview. 
“I didn’t really see you on TV that much,” Jaden said to Carney. “The brown... the Lester Holt? Usually you see him more on the news than you.”

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