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50 Shades of Black: Casting Our Fantasy Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele

The latest news to rock the literary world is the casting of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. While author E.L. James seems to be happy with her choices, many disapprove of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as film's hottest new couple.

While the powers that be petition for White Collar's Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel to take over, we've conjured up our own list for an all black cast.

Click through and let us know if you agree with any of our picks.

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zoe kravitz

Zoe Kravitz

We think Zoe is pretty bad ass, but her unique look and personality could easily translate into the awkward virgin that is Anastasia.

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condola rashad

Condola Rashad

This Broadway darling has the acting chops to transform into any character.

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jurnee smollett

Jurnee Smollett

The Temptation made the smooth transition from child to adult actress. A role like this would cement her grown woman status in Hollywood.

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naturi naughton

Naturi Naughton

While the former 3LW singer is as cute as a button, we know she can be a bad girl, too (see: Notorious).

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logan browning

Logan Browning

She may play the bad girl on Hit the Floor, but this light eyed beauty started out as a innocent on Meet the Browns.

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omari hardwick

Omari Hardwick

That intense stare. Those tall, dark and handsome looks. Omari definitely looks the part and the acting chops don't hurt, either.

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michael ealy

Michael Ealy

He's on the older side (Grey is 28), but there' s no way we could leave Ealy off this short list. He brings a certain intensity to every role- something Christian Grey also possesses.

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tyler lepley

Tyler Lepley

We have yet to see him in Baggage Claim, but we think this newcomer definitely has the look.

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chadwick boseman

Chadwick Boseman

If he can fill shoes as historic as Jackie Robinson's, we're certain he'd have no problem channeling this soon-to-be classic character.

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trey songz

Trey Songz

Trey still has a ways to go in the acting world, but his sex appeal will definitely translate to the big screen.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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