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Review: Amy Schumer Finesses A Rom-Com Your Dude Will Co-Sign With 'Trainwreck'

Trainwreck is the non-Disney version of situationships where happily ever after sometimes means giving Mr. Right Now a fair shot.

Men are usually allergic to rom-coms, especially when sitting through them means watching their significant others blubber through a box of Kleenex and compare them to the Ryan Goslings, Matthew McCounagheys and Will Smiths of the world. With Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow and written by leading lady, Amy Schumer, comedy's "It" girl plays a "pretty-ish" magazine writer for men's magazine, S'nuff, and an insatiable sexual appetite. Bill Hader takes on her love interest, sports physician, Aaron Conners, whose roster of clients include LeBron James, Tom Brady, Amar'e Stoudemire and did we mention LeBron James? Still, it's not about one woman's many conquests but rather, scoring that one touchdown that matters. Stay with me, fellas.

While bed-hopping through what seems like all of lower Manhattan (and that one time in Staten Island), Schumer plays the commitment-phobe and total opposite of her happily married sister, Kim (Brie Larson). She also gets dumped by her bulky halfway-beau, Steven (played by wrestling magnate John Cena), whose idea of dirty talk echos a soccer coach pep talk (not a turn-on, btw). When Conners nabs some real estate at S'Nuff the sports-illiterate Orlando Blooms fan, Amy, is assigned the hefty task of profiling him. Breaking all types of journalistic standards, Amy catches feelings for Aaron, nails him (no spooning, though) and finds herself in a different type of game than she's used to.

The sports angle makes the date night flick a win for fellas playing plus-ones for their baes this weekend. James' role as Aaron's budget-conscious bro gets a few daps and more chuckles while a performance from the Knicks City dancers will have all eyes glued to the big screen for obvious reasons (#nosexism). Sidebar for the ESPN Stan: a scene at Madison Square Garden was filmed under Mike Brown's tenure, a.k.a. pre-Phil Jackson travesty. But the real MVP is Amy, who turns her mess of a life into a bold-faced message: "F**k perfection."

With a father who shunned monogamy since her childhood and hobbies that include smoking weed and making married prudes clutch their pearls, Amy isn't just spewing out jokes for kicks. The explicit jokes knock sexism and fist pump for feminism and owning one's sexuality. Inside Amy Schumer loyalists who fangirl over Schumer's snarky yet bold sketches on real-life issues (see her bits on rape culture and oral sex) will find reason to piss their pants and boohoo at the same time, specifically when she delivers a eulogy. At its core, Trainwreck is the non-Disney version of situationships where happily ever after sometimes means giving Mr./Ms. Right Now a fair shot.

Trainwreck hits theaters today.

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Chris Rock, Megan Thee Stallion Sign On For ‘SNL’ Season Premiere

Chris Rock is returning to Saturday Night Live as host of the upcoming 46th season. The 55-year-old comedian will helm the season premiere next week with Meghan Thee Stallion as the musical guest, NBC announced on Thursday (Sept. 24).

Airing on Oct. 3, the season premiere marks SNL’s return to its headquarters at Rockefeller Center since March. The long-running sketch comedy show went virtual last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show will also be Megan’s first time performing solo on the SNL stage (she previously made a guest appearance with Chance the Rapper last November).

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Rock, who has hosted the SNL three times, was a cast member from 1990 until 1993. After SNL, Rock joined the cast of In Living Color, and embarked on a successful career in stand-up comedy.

But he's not  the only In Living Color alum heading back to SNL this season. Jim Carrey has signed on to play former Vice President and presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, on the show.

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‘Antebellum’ Star Janelle Monáe: ‘This World Owes Black Women So Much’

For us Black folk, the fight for social justice in America continues to be a long and arduous fight. Since the day our African ancestors set foot on this land, we’ve endured the chains and whips of systemic oppression and marched arm in arm for our civil and economic rights. Along the way, we’ve witnessed the senseless killing of our Black brothers and sisters at the hands of police brutality and white supremacy.

Let’s face it. Today, 400 odd years later and in the midst of an anxiety-inducing pandemic, being Black in America is still exhausting. Our Black brothers can’t go for an afternoon jog without running into the armed, confrontational, and self-appointed neighborhood watch. Or question their arrest before being handcuffed and forced to lie face-down, while gasping for air under the pressure of a police officer’s knee on their neck. The most disheartening of all is that our Black sisters can’t rest peacefully in their beds without trigger-happy police officers raiding their homes with a fatal shower of bullets.

The gut-punch of it all? Justice for Black bodies is far and in between. And the group less likely to see any form of justice? Black women. The women who’ve carried and birthed nations. The women who’ve fearlessly aided and led historic uprisings while fighting on the front lines to spark social change. In the upsetting case of Breonna Taylor, one of the officers responsible for her death has been indicted on “three counts of wanton endangerment” for endangering the lives of those in a neighboring apartment.

One activist who has been vocal about the lives of Black people in America is eight-time Grammy award-nominated artist Janelle Monáe.

“I feel like this world owes Black women so much. At the very least, it owes us peace...I have to actively fight for my own peace,” shared the actress in a recent sit-down with VIBE correspondent Jazzie Belle. “It's tough, especially when you see your brothers and sisters, that look like you being murdered and killed, all you can really feel is rage. And when that festers in you, it's hard to shake it. It's hard for me to unwatch the videos I watched of Sandra Bland, of Trayvon Martin, of Jacob Blake, thinking about Breonna Taylor, it's difficult. So, you have to actively fight. I have to actively fight for my own peace.”

In the newly released thriller Antebellum, Monáe plays Veronica Henley, a best-selling author and outspoken sociologist. After speaking on the marginalization of Black people in America at an event in New Orleans, Veronica wakes up as Eden, an enslaved woman working on a Louisiana plantation in a Civil War era. As Veronica experiences the past life of slavery, she (Eden) finds her strength and voice to plan and lead fellow slaves to freedom. Even if she fails over and over again.

“I used to say, ‘Black women are superheroes.’ That's not what I say at all. It's not our job to be superhuman. It's not our job to clean up systemic racism or dismantle them,” pointed out Monáe.

“This film [Antebellum] is a look at what it is like for a Black woman to carry the burden of dismantling and deconstructing white supremacy every single day. We persevere through it. We are triumphant, but we shouldn't have to carry that emotional labor and that heaviness every single day.”

This same weight of responsibility can be seen in today’s oftentimes women-led social movements and calls to action in the streets of America. You can see how it’s cinematically embedded as a theme in the twisted Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz co-directed film. But there’s one thing that must take precedence during any physically and mentally demanding mission for change: rest. And those of us protesting for equality should have loved ones around to serve as a reminder of joy and lightheartedness. For self-care is an underrated superpower.

“I think that it's important to surround yourself around people that if you are doing heavy lifting, if you're out there on the front line, if you’re just having a difficult time, [you can] go watch some comedy films,” encouraged Monáe. “Just be around people that make you laugh. That's really important. I think laughter is something that we can do a lot more of together.”

Watch the full interview with Janelle Monáe above. Also, catch our chat with Antebellum's co-directors Bush and Renz where they talk about how one nightmare inspired the film’s premise.

Antebellum, co-starring Gabourey Sidibe, Kiersey Clemons, and more, is available now on premium video-on-demand platforms.

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The Game Reboot Lands At Paramount+ Streaming Service

A revival of the BET’s The Game is officially in development under the ViacomCBS digital subscription streaming service Paramount+, which was originally branded as CBS All Access.

The series reboot was announced on Tuesday (Sept. 15), along with a list of original and rebooted shows headed for the streaming outlet which includes a limited series chronicling the making of The Godfather, a new edition of VH1’s Behind the Music, and the true crime docuseries, The Real Criminal Minds. The programming will join CBS All Access’ list of more than 20,000 episodes and movies across BET, MTV, CBS, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, and more.

Although no details have been released about The Game revival, the series will fall under BET’s Paramount+ programming from CBS Television Studios and Garment Productions. It’s unclear if any of the show's original cast members like, Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, and Wendy Raquel Robinson, will be involved in the new installment.

The hit sports series was created by Mara Brock Akil, as a spinoff of her other hit sitcom, Girlfriends. Akil recently inked an overall deal with Netflix to develop new projects for the streamer. The company also acquired the rights to Girlfriends, Sister, Sister, Moesha, and The Parkers.

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