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“Black Panther” Top Grossing Superhero Film Ever and Serena’s Softer Side: Black Hollywood Wrap Up

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by Ms. Black Hollywood

“Black Panther” Takes Down All the Superheroes   More than five weeks after it hit theaters and there’s just no stopping Marvel’s “Black Panther”.  The movie shatters another record by becoming the top grossing superhero film of all time in North America.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Disney and Marvel release achieved the milestone on Saturday after passing fellow Marvel title The Avengers, which grossed $623.4 million in 2012.”  That puts the Wakandan king in some exclusive territory making the film one of only seven movies ever to earn more than $6oo million domestically.  “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role along with Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett.

Nate Parker’s New Project Has Him “Black & Blue” Director/actor Nate Parker is back at the helm of a new indie film that’s shining the spotlight on true life hero detective Ralph Waddy.  The former LAPD officer was on the front lines during some of his city’s darkest hours.  According to entertainment site The Wrap, “The incredible life story follows an LAPD sleuth with a hand in iconic American events like the Watts riots, the Robert Kennedy assassination and the Manson Murders.”    This will be the first major project for Parker since his “The Birth of a Nation” two years ago was overshadowed when the director’s rape trial from his college days re-emerged after the victim committed suicide. The Wrap says singer Macy Gray may be on board for roles both onscreen and off as the voice of the movie’s original score.  No word on how soon “Black and Blue” will begin filming.

New Doc Film Reveals What It’s Like “Being Serena”  HBO is airing a five part documentary on the life of tennis superstar Serena Williams. The doc will go beyond the wins and losses of her career and delve into her new life as wife of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and as mom to daughter Alexis.  Nothing will be off limits including Williams story about how she almost died giving birth to the daughter that is now her pride and joy.  If you think that’s all there is to Serena, then the doc will help you explore the 36 year old as a businesswoman, social activist and humanitarian.  The first episode of “Being Serena” airs on HBO May 2.

For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!

 

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