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Questlove's #WRINKLEChallenge Benefits Children Beyond Theaters

#WRINKLEchallenge aims to pick up where the #BlackPantherChallenge left off.

Acclaimed musician Questlove wants to breathe life into the saying, "there's strength in numbers" by announcing a challenge that will have a lasting impact outside of your local movie theater.

The Roots drummer shared the #WRINKLEchallenge on Twitter that will send a number of children to see the highly-anticipated flick, A Wrinkle in Time (Mar. 9). The reason why Questlove decided to take on this feat is "because it's IMPORTANT that children see this film," he said. "If you are able to donate ($10 bucks or $10 katrillion) please rise to the occasion."

As noted by Complex, the 47-year-old Philly native teamed up with AMC Theatres and Color of Change's "Give a Child the Universe" to make this goal a reality. The fundraiser will continue throughout the month of March, and once the donations are collected, Color of Change will transfer the tickets to local charities and schools, "allowing children to enjoy this highly anticipated film about empowerment and family on opening day."

Directed by award-winning visionary, Ava DuVernay, the film tells the story of a young girl's otherworldly quest to find her father. Alongside young actor Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon will star in the Disney reel.

According to NPR, DuVernay became the first African-American woman director to helm a $100 million budget movie. In the same vein as Black Panther and its praise for not only a captivating storyline but the genetic makeup of its star-studded cast, DuVernay also praised her film's strides in representation.

"I'm proud of what this crew looks like," she said. "It looks like the real world. Different kinds of people, colors, creeds, cultures of people. I cast it with what came to my mind, what came to my imagination, what came to my heart."

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No other details were released as both investigations are ongoing.

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

Watch the full episode below.

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Kid Cudi Announces Eminem Collaboration, "The Adventures Of Moon Man And Slim Shady”

Kid Cudi and Eminem are releasing a new single, "The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” scheduled to drop this Friday (July 10).

Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

Watch the trailer below.

 

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