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'Black Lightning' Adds Lesbian Superhero To Hollywood Lineup

The Black Renaissance is just getting started.

As Diddy — excuse us, Lovetweeted “The black renaissance has begun,” and he might be onto something. Joining Hollywood’s paradigm shift of more black representation on the silver screen and television, The CW’s second-biggest series in ratings Black Lightning is only two episodes in and has already garnered a lot of support.

First of its kind on network TV, the comic-turned-TV-show is set in New Orleans, and follows a black family with superhero powers. The father, Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams), is raising two daughters, Jennifer (played by China Anne McClain) and Anissa (played by the show’s breakout star Nafessa Williams). In an interview with Teen Vogue, Williams said this role means a lot to her because it gives her a chance to be the change she wants to see.

“I like to think we’re in the year of the black superhero … I didn’t have this coming up as a little black girl. I didn’t see myself as a superhero,” she told Teen Vogue. “I think we’ve stepped up and we want to see change, and we’re being that change. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s not about complaining about wanting change. It’s about being the change and stepping up and making sure that happens.”

Anticipation and support of the show isn’t just because of its husband and wife creators, Salim and Mara Brock Akil. The series also shows what life is like for a black lesbian, which is rarely shown on TV.

“I’m really honored,” Williams told Advocate. “We don’t really get to see young, black women opposite each other on TV and film. I’m really proud to play a role for young lesbian women to see themselves [and] to see how loving and supportive the family is. I believe that families of lesbian and gay teenagers need to see that, if they’re struggling with accepting their child’s sexuality.”

The show continues next Tuesday (Jan. 30) and Jill Scott will be making an appearance as the show’s villain Lady Eve, according to reports.

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Snoop Dogg's Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony speech was undeniably Snoop. The Doggfather, who received a coveted star back in November 2018, thanked himself for everything leading up until that point.

"I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work," he said during the speech. "I wanna thank me for having no days off. I wanna thank me for never quitting. I wanna thank me for always been a giver and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”

When discussing his prolific and lengthy career during a recent appearance on Ellen, he explained to the host exactly why he said what he said.

"The speech was, it was [a] spur of the moment," Snoop candidly stated. "I didn't really have time to come up with nothing, because I felt like the people that was there that were instrumental in my life– I wanted to speak to them."

"And then, I wanted to speak to myself because I felt like I was the one that did most of the work and I was the one that had to go out on the line and do it and make it happen," he continued. "So, I wanted to give myself some credit because– a lot of times– we fail to give ourselves a pat on the back, and I wanted to take that moment to thank myself for doing all the work I did to get to that point."

Can't knock that at all! Check out his explanation above, and his speech below.

Snoop Dogg: "I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work... Snoop Dogg you a bad motherf---er" https://t.co/NhwqManzAW pic.twitter.com/TbzBmMexmt

— Variety (@Variety) November 19, 2018

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Lil Nas X Gifts Billy Ray Cyrus A Maserati Because He's An Amazing Person

Prior to the success of "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X was a broke college student with $5.62 in his bank account. Now that the remix of the song, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week in a row, the hot new rapper has money to spend, and spend he does.

It was reported by TMZ that the 20-year-old crooner gifted his collaborator the red Maserati GranTurismo that appears in the music video of their song. With the help of food delivery service Postmates, Nas X had the car delivered to Cyrus' Los Angeles home. He rolled up to Cyrus' offering up the sports car to show his appreciation for the country singer hopping on his song.

"It's yours! 'Old Town Road' number 1 — seven weeks straight," Nas X announced to Cyrus, while decked out in tan cowboy boots and a matte black cowboy hat. In the video obtained by TMZ, Cyrus is visibly shocked by his new gift. "Wait a minute there's no way! 7 weeks! Wow man! That's.... Are you kidding me?! Are you serious man?"

 

After he got over his initial shock, Cyrus and Nas X took a spin in his new whip. Whether the two took a trip down the 'old town road,' or rode "down Rodeo," at least one thing is certain, they're one of the hottest co-collaborators out right now, and can't nobody tell 'em nothing...not even those protesting Wrangler for teaming up with the rapper.

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Romeo Santos Makes History As The First Latino Performer To Headline MetLife Concert

Romeo Santos is making history and his fans have the most to gain from it.

On September 21, Santos will perform at MetLife Stadium making him the first Latin artist to do so. The venue holds up to 80,00 seats, which is more than enough for Santos' fans who will go see the singer perform his recent number one album, Utopia.

The one-day event will be called, UTOPIA the Concert, and Santos, the King of Bachata has already taken to his social media to express his appreciation on being chosen to make history at the stadium.

"I've never performed in such a prestigious venue, not even when I was a part of Aventura or in my solo career," the 37-year-old said in a video posted to his Instagram account about his upcoming concert. The "Odio" singer shouldn't face too much of a challenge in filling up the MetLife stadium seats.

In 2014 he sold out two Yankee Stadium shows, the stadium holds over 50,000 people; during his Golden Tour he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden three times. His draw power is undeniably huge, so tickets may be hard to come by once they go on sale.

 

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Fans can expect Santos to perform hits from his Utopia album, which includes records with fellow Dominican singers Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos, Monchy & Alexandria, and his former group Aventura.

Ticket information is not yet available but is to be expected soon.

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