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Lashana Lynch Inheriting 007 James Bond

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Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch has been tapped to play MI6 special agent 007 in the upcoming Bond film.

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  • Lynch will become the new 007 in what is described as a “popcorn dropping moment” in the franchise’s 25th installment. The 31-year-old actress is best known for her role in Captain Marvel as pilot Maria Rambeau.
  • Since Daniel Craig announced he was stepping down, people began talking about who should be the next James Bond for a while and many people argued that Idris Elba should be a top pick. Lynch will not be the new James Bond, but just a character who has taken over the 007 identity.
  • Craig is reportedly brought back from retirement at one point in the movie and introduced to Lynch’s character, who has inherited his old code name that she will supposedly keep. “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning,” said a movie insider.
  • TMZ reports that the shift to 007 being a woman was thanks to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who helped write Killing Eve, a female-led spy thriller.
  • This news is significant as Hollywood continues to seemingly move forward and add more diversity to their casts. Halle Baily was recently cast to play Ariel in the live-action Little Mermaid which caused controversy about Hollywood’s diversity shift. Actress Scarlett Johansson recently faced criticism for her comments about the relationship between “political correctness” and acting.

James Bond 25 does not have a title but is set to be released on April 8, 2020.

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Cardi B Back with Offset After Filing for Divorce

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Currently, it’s unclear where their divorce situation is now since Cardi B addressed her on-and-off relationship with Offset after they were seen together during her birthday weekend.

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  • Cardi B and Offset are formally on. After a year full of a rollercoaster, the “WAP” rapper revealed that she’s back together with her previously estranged husband.
  • Cardi filed for divorce on Sept. 14, saying that their marriage was “irretrievably broken” and that there was “no prospects for reconciliation”.
  • Over the past weekend, Cardi B celebrated her birthday with a celebrity-packed party. There, she was recorded kissing with Offset and later was seen giving him a lap dance.
  • On an Oct. 13 Instagram Live, she revealed why she’s back with her ex, with who she shares a 2-year-old daughter, Kulture. *explicit content*

  • Cardi B went on Instagram and stated:

“I’m just a crazy bitch. One day, I’m happy, and the next day I want to beat a n— up and f—n, ‘I’m gonna teach ya ass motherf—n, I ain’t playin’ with you. You’re gonna see,'” she said in the Live video. “And then it’s like, I don’t know, I just start missing…”

“It’s hard not to talk to your best friend. You know what I’m saying? It’s really hard not to talk to your best friend,” she stated. “And it’s really hard to have no d—. And it’s just like, I don’t know.”

  • She went onto say that what she and Offset have is as “dysfunctional” as any other relationship; their romance is just “more public”.
  • In the video, Cardi B continued and referred to herself as “just a crazy bitch” again and rants against fans who claim that she returned with him because she’s “materialistic”. Offset’s birthday present to Cardi B was a Rolls-Royce.
  • Although they’ve been through wobbly patches before, and even though Cardi asked for a divorce last month, alleging their marriage was beyond repair, that does not seem to be the case anymore.

The day after the two got hot at Cardi’s party, Offset spoke over his wife on Instagram.

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RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Marries Mike Hill at Large Georgia Ceremony, Despite Pandemic

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Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill. (Credit: Media Punch/INSTARimages, Instagram)
Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill. (Credit: Media Punch/INSTARimages, Instagram)

Although the pandemic lifestyle is consuming our way of life, life must go on. Over the weekend, longtime Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) cast member Cynthia Bailey finally took the plunge with her fiancé Mike Hill on Saturday in front of a very optimistic crowd.

What We Know:

  • With gatherings being banned in much of the country, it seemed like many people’s weddings have been on hold this year. However, this couple stayed committed to their Oct. 10th date while the marriage had a crowd of roughly 250 guests at a country club in Georgia.
  • 53-year-old model and actress was accompanied by her bridesmaids and other RHOA castmates Kandi Burress, Kenya Moore and former member Eva Marcille. The beautiful wedding took place at the Governors Towne Club, just 30 minutes north of metro Atlanta in the city of Acworth.
  • Since there was to be a large crowd during a time of the pandemic, Bailey carefully abided by health guidelines in order to avoid spreading COVID-19. All guests were provided with face masks and shields from Masks by Jill & Ally. This was a brand created by Jill Zarin, a Real Housewives of New York alum, and her daughter Ally Shapiro. Bailey also made a note on social media that she hired a sanitization team to ensure the venue was clean prior to the event.

  • Upon each guest’s arrival, they were all subjected to routine temperature checks. “Everyone has to wash their hands before coming inside and we will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue,” Bailey stated. “And everyone must be wearing a mask at all times, it’s not optional.”
  • The couple had obvious concerns over the pandemic and feared their wedding dream could be squandered or at least delayed. But in fact, it was the pandemic that ended up persuading Bailey that time is precious and when ahead with their marriage. The state of Georgia currently has health safety mandates which ban groups of more than 50 people “unless there is at least six feet between each person”.
  • It was reported that the ceremony was originally scheduled to take place outdoors, where it’s been said it’s safer for larger groups, but Mother Nature got in the way. Inclement weather conditions caused by Hurricane Delta made the event retreat back inside to continue their vows.

Before getting married, Bailey and Hill spent months together in self-isolation. In a year where divorce rates are at an all-time high and lockdowns have broken many couples, their devotion kept them eager for the next chapter of their life. “If we could survive that, we can survive anything together,” Hill has said jokingly.

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PBS Documentary ‘Driving While Black’ Premieres This Week

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PBS’s new documentary Driving While Black examines the historical danger Black people face while behind the wheel.

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  • Driving While Black will premiere on PBS on October 13. The film is two hours long and chronicles Black Americans’ mobility from slavery through the proliferation of highway driving.
  • The film argues that there is still a pushback to Black people having the freedom to go where they like. White Americans have always feared Black mobility and that has manifested itself historically in the danger Black Americans face when they’re driving.
  • The film uses archival footage and interviews. The film shows the stories of harassment that famous Black figures endured and modern clips of people being pulled over and harassed.
  • The documentary is based on the book of the same name by Gretchen Sorin. Sorin is a historian who spent 20 years researching the topic of Black mobility, curating resources, and conducting interviews. Ric Burns, brother of Ken Burns, worked with Sorin on adapting the book as a documentary.

The film examines the life-threatening danger that Black Americans have always endured while on the road, but also celebrates the amazing things they have been able to do with their freedom to travel.

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