Mar 2

Five events everyone will be talking about tonight.
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Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone Outrages The Internet (Again)


The back and forth over whether Zoe Saldana is the right actress to portray the iconic musician/actress/civil rights activist Nina Simone has blown up again, this time following the release of a trailer and poster for Cynthia Mort's unauthorized film, "Nina".

The issue? In the film, Saldana, a light-skinned Afro-Latina actress, wears blackface and a prosthetic nose so she can appear closer to Simone's likeness. This sucks because failure to lock in a naturally dark skinned black woman, with a naturally wide nose, underscores Hollywood's erasure of dark skinned WOC in favor of light skin WOC for every role other than a house keeper or slave.

Nina Simone's daughter spoke out against the film and its casting telling the NYT, that her mother was often told she was "too black" and her nose was "too wide". So it's pretty fucked up that a dark-skinned, wide-nosed woman who felt discriminated against because of her identity will be played by a light-skinned, slender-nosed, Dominican actress. In other whitewashing diversity news, Simone's assistant turned manager, Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), is apparently her lover in the film, when in real life he was gay. #Hollywood

I say we move on and enjoy the "What Happened, Miss Simone" documentary starring the actual Queen Simone. (via: EW)


Watch The Trailer To "Finding Dory" Because Ellen Wants You To

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Book Your SXSW Visit Because President Barack And Michelle Obama Are Keynote Speakers

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In a move that shouldn't really surprise you, the coolest POTUS and FLOTUS tag team are headed to SXSW, where they'll each give keynote addresses. This magical moment marks the first appearance at the festival by a sitting president.

President Obama will deliver his keynote during the "interactive" segment of the festival, and take part in a conversation on "civic engagement in the 21st century" with Evan Smith, the CEO and editor in chief of The Texas Tribune. MObama will appear the following week on March 16, during the "Music" portion, where she'll discuss the "Let Girls Learn" initiative. Both talks are open to festivalgoers with an Interactive and Music badge.

Malia is probably so embarrassed, and I'm DEAD. (via SXSW)


KAYAK Is Sending You To Canada To Escape Donald Doom


Nervous Americans fearful of Trump's takeover can finally move to Canada for free! After noticing a peak in searches for "How to Move to Canada" following Trump's Super Tuesday sweep, KAYAK launched a genius Twitter contest offering 10 one-way tickets to Drake's homeland.

To score a ticket, from Wednesday, March 2 through Friday, March 4, retweet @KAYAK's #1WaytoCanada tweet for a chance to win.


Gallant Announces "Ology"

The singer, whose recent track featuring Jhene is arguably the cuffin' jam of the season, has announced his new album "Ology" due out April 6 via his Mind of a Genius label. Along with the album announcement, Gallant released a tour line up (he hits NYC at Terminal 5 May 12) and a new single, "Bourbon". Steam it below:


Mar 2, 2016


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