CULTURE

  • Colbert on Biden’s Putin summit: better than Trump’s ‘nauseating’ boot-licking
    by Guardian staff on June 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Late-night hosts discussed Biden’s much-anticipated meeting with Putin and how Republicans have melted down over critical race theoryOn The Late Show, Stephen Colbert spoke about “an epic confrontation” that finally took place between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Biden entered the meeting, hoping for “predictability and stability” which Colbert called “the most boring Jane Austen novel”. Continue reading…

  • Scarlett Johansson and a decade of gender politics in the Marvel universe
    by Ben Child on June 17, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Eleven years ago, Iron Man’s girlfriends were disposable eye candy. Now women form the foundations of the franchiseIn the history of Hollywood, there are far worse moments than the deeply cringeworthy one in Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark eyes up Black Widow and tells his aide: “I want one.” Anyone who has hit play on Pulp Fiction in recent years, only to find themselves squirming during the scene in which the director shows up as a character who liberally drops the N-word will be well aware that some moments are almost enough to make you switch off a once-beloved classic. (Let’s not even mention the masturbation scene in The Exorcist, starring a 13-year-old Linda Blair.)But what’s different about that offending scene in Iron Man 2, which Scarlett Johansson condemned this week, is that the film feels far more closely connected to the current time. It is more recent, of course, but it is also part of a film series that continues to unfold, largely with the same actors playing the same characters. Both Johansson and Robert Downey Jr will return in forthcoming prequel Black Widow. The fact that the Iron Man 2 scene – now noticeably jarring – was apparently acceptable as recently as 2010 is symptomatic of the radical change both Hollywood and wider culture have been through. Continue reading…

  • Michael Wolff to publish third exposé of Trump, covering last days in office
    by Alison Flood in London and Martin Pengelly in New York on June 17, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Author of Fire and Fury’s final book on Trump, Landslide, will cover his ‘tumultuous last months at the helm of the country’Michael Wolff’s third book about Donald Trump, focusing on the final days of his presidency, will be published in July under a provocative title: Landslide. Related: Trump tells Fox News he ‘didn’t win’ election but doesn’t drop fraud lie Continue reading…

  • The Friends Carpool Karaoke is even more mortifying than the reunion
    by Stuart Heritage on June 17, 2021 at 11:22 am

    The stars of Friends initially seem more relaxed in James Corden’s golf cart than on stage at the recent reunion. But if you look closely, it’s utter horror you seeLike everyone, I had two main criticisms of last month’s Friends reunion special. The first is that, after almost 30 years of watching the cast suspended in the throes of perfect youth, the sight of their weird, cosmetically altered faces in HD came as such a shock that I would have preferred it to be called something like All Things Decay: A Harrowing Reminder That Everything We Love Will One Day Be Dead. The second is that James Corden didn’t make it enough about him.Oh, sure, he made it plenty about him. He hosted the thing, despite having no tangible connection to Friends. And, yes, when the cast came on, he spoke for more than two minutes before bothering to ask them a question. But did he make it about himself, in a truly Cordenesque way? No, he did not. Continue reading…

  • Scarlett Johansson criticises ‘hypersexualisation’ of Black Widow in Iron Man 2
    by Andrew Pulver on June 17, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Actor says her character was ‘talked about like a possession’ in her first appearance in the Marvel film franchiseScarlett Johansson has spoken out against the sexualisation of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, the 2010 blockbuster in which her character first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series.Speaking to Collider in the run-up to the release of the standalone Black Widow film, Johansson said: “While [Iron Man 2] was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualised, you know? [She is] really talked about like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever – like a piece of ass, really. And Tony even refers to her as something like that at one point … ‘I want some.’” Continue reading…

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Sounds of Blackness

You know I got a bit of age on me, so I remember when NWA scared the bejesus outta the white establishment. When the FBI deemed them “dangerous” The freakin F.B.I !? I remember when I was kicked out of the mall, because some of us in our group wore one pants leg up, like … Continue reading Sounds of Blackness

BEYONCE: Putting Rhythm to our Heartbeats with BLACKPARADE

Beyonce has been speaking through her music for some time. While some may ridicule musicians when they speak out , musicians in many respects serve as our society’s conscience and with these times of social and political upheaval, we need them more than ever to put fire in a movement, to wield and leverage their … Continue reading BEYONCE: Putting Rhythm to our Heartbeats with BLACKPARADE