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Racism Should Be Addressed More Often in Media: Tom Hanks Urges

Famous actor Tom Hanks said that filmmakers should tackle racism better. He explained that Black history and the societal effects of racism were underrepresented in the entertainment industry and American schools. 

After the Tulsa race massacre marked its 100th anniversary on Friday, Tom Hanks wrote that history is “written mainly by white people about white people like me and that history of Black people, including the horrors of Tulsa, is ignored too often.

It is something that the entertainment industry, which many people use as a base to determine what history is and what is forgotten, has done until relatively recently. I include projects of mine in that list, he said. In a message to his colleagues, he explained that historical fiction entertainment must better portray racism currently present in our country, considering the art form’s claims of genuineness and authenticity.

“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific,” and “John Adams” are among the historical films and TV shows in which Hanks has appeared or produced, and he has also appeared in documentaries about the history of the United States. 

Following years of debate about a lack of diversity in the film industry, he urges his fellow filmmakers and producers to participate. This issue is discussed virtually every time an awards season rolls around. According to Hanks, the TV series “Watchmen” and “Lovecraft Country” depict the Tulsa massacre in an insightful way.

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that 32% of top-grossing movies in 2019 featured an underrepresented actor in the lead role or co-starring role — a significant jump over the 13% figure recorded in 2007 when the study began. 

Nevertheless, most of the industry’s major award ceremonies are frequently criticized for their lack of diversity in nominations. While the #OscarsSoWhite campaign has plagued the Academy Awards for years, this year’s Golden Globes was in the spotlight for being over-represented by members of the White ethnicity. 

In one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history, the Tulsa massacre, which took place over two days from 1921 to 1922, caused the death of 300 black people and the destruction of a once prosperous Oklahoma neighborhood.

In the United States, a day of remembrance commemorated its 100th anniversary. President Joe Biden also discussed the erasure of the event from the historical lore of the United States in a speech. The President stated that it was not a riot. He described the massacre as “among the worst in our history, but it wasn’t the only one.” He added that our past had forgotten this tragedy too long. After it occurred, there was an apparent effort to blot it out of collective memory.

Salma Hayek Struggles With Weight Loss

A new interview with Salma Hayek shows the actress being incredibly vulnerable about aging and weight loss. A 54-year-old actress told InStyle magazine that people expect her to be an appropriate size because it’s “what’s expected of a person who is considered attractive.” 

Hayek said that as she gets older, people expect her not to age. However, after gaining a few pounds to prepare for her upcoming movie, “House of Gucci,” she is proud of her body despite not being at her target weight.

“There hasn’t been much loss on my part. But, it’s like wow, wow, wow. You get it so fast, and it’s like, oh my goodness, it’s so hard to lose it,” she confessed.

She said her body had been “very generous,” no matter how much pressure and criticism she put on it. “I don’t think I am a tamale, but I know that for my age and for the lifestyle I lead, I am not doing too bad.”. She spoke of meditation as the source of all her results.

“A great thing about meditation is that it makes you feel like your body is at rest, which is delicious and satisfying. Taking time to breathe and go inside helps us discover our bodies in a new way and not to worry about the expectations.” 

Hayek stated that she has been meditating ever since she was 30 years old. “It gives you a feeling of lightness and satisfaction in your body,” she said. “With your breath and going inside, you see things differently than you previously might have. As a result, you learn not to get sucked into other people’s expectations.”

Divide in the Markle Family: Meghan’s Relatives Won’t Talk to Her

A family source said that Meghan Markle became physically closer to her family members when she and Prince Harry moved to California last year, but that doesn’t mean they can reconcile – as the source pointed out. 

As a result of their decision to move to North America to pursue independent work, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned fans with their decision to step down as senior royal members. Since the couple settled in Montecito, Calif., located in Santa Barbara County, it’s been almost a year since they purchased their first property together.

Despite Markle’s return to her native coast, a close relative of the actress who wishes to remain anonymous declined to consider a potential play date between her kids and those of her extended family following the birth of Lilibet Diana, the Sussexes’ second child. “Yep, after I set up a play date with the Winfrey family, too?” the family source jokingly stated.

Markle has long avoided in the media her relation to her father, Thomas Markle, because of their strained relationship. The family source added that the family division has crept up between Markle and her extended family. As the source reported, the new mother of two has made it clear she now believes she’s above her family and where she came from.

I value a real family, making a meaningful contribution to my life, continued the relative. But, an insider added, “You shouldn’t have to be someone you’re not to be accepted and loved.” Markle’s estrangement from her family is “her choice,” the insider said, adding they would not be reaching out to her because a reunion was unlikely. The person who doesn’t want to talk to me is not who I’m chasing after. A family source said, “I have a family, and we couldn’t be happier expressing the love that we have. So in short, I couldn’t give a damn about anything.”.

There may be some tension in Markle’s family, but it doesn’t mean her distant relatives do not wish her well. Markle and Harry’s second child, Lilibet Diana, was born on Friday, June 4. “I’m happy for them,” the relative said about Markle and Harry. I wish them success as they embark on their journey of raising a family.

Despite her paternal family’s best efforts, Markle has had a rocky relationship with them from the beginning of their relationship. Her outspoken half-sister Samantha Markle has made various claims about how the duchess spewed “lies” in interviews, to which the duchess has never responded. 

It was revealed that her father would not attend the televised ceremony, causing Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to walk Meghan down the aisle, intensifying the drama during the week of her wedding. Over the past few months, Harry has revealed more details about how his relationship with the British royals, including his father and brother, Prince William, had broken down.

Kanye West Is Dating Irina Shayk? The Supposed Couple Was Spotted In France

There is a TMZ press report that Kanye West and Irina Shayk have begun dating. As TMZ reports, West and the model were spotted in Provence, France, on his 44th birthday, which was also a day for celebrating. In the report, there are several images of them walking around in a group and by themselves on a luxury boutique hotel premises.

During the final weekend of February, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West. She and West had been married for seven years. The ex-couple has four children: North 7, Saint 5, Chicago 3, and Psalm 2.

At the same time, Shayk, 35, was romantically coupled with actor Bradley Cooper and her four-year-old daughter, Lea, is a product of the former couple. “I consider my old relationship with Cooper as something that belongs to me, and it is private,” she told Elle of their relationship. 

West is asking the court for joint legal and physical custody of his kids. In any case, it’s a piece of inner self he doesn’t want to give up.

Despite both he and the Skims founder living comfortably within the realm of billionaires, “Jesus Is King” performer has also requested the court waive any spousal support or attorneys fees owed to either party in the divorce. Fox News requested comments from representatives for West and Shayk, but they did not respond immediately.

Did You Catch This Touching “Friends” Moment? Lisa Kudrow Almost Missed It

If you missed the perfect moment in the “Friends” reunion, you’re forgiven — Lisa Kudrow even admits she almost missed it herself.

In this beloved series, Lisa Kudrow, the actress who played Phoebe Buffay, told “E! News” that her co-star David Schwimmer had to point out the moment to her when they watched the HBO Max special. HBO Max (owned by CNN’s parent company) is a network owned by Time Warner.

Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow joined Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc in the star-studded reunion. Kudrow said Cox is usually not emotional, but she “crumbled into tears (on the set).”… 

Kudrow said, “I grab a napkin or tissue. LeBlanc takes it since he is telling us stories and doesn’t want to skip a beat, so he starts dabbing her eyes just on automatic.” 

It was a very endearing scene. Kudrow said, “That’s who we were!” The original NBC series ran from 1994 to 2004 and has since been highly successful in syndication and streaming services. Surprisingly, “Friends” still attracts a good audience today.

“Cruella” Is a Pleasant Surprise: Emma Stone Shines as the Villain

Despite being a supervillain origin story prequel based on a 60-year-old animated movie, “Cruella” still confounds expectations in many delightful ways. There is much to be credited to Stone and Thompson – both Emmas shine through. The film might have been influenced by “101 Dalmatians,” but this version centers around an exciting catfight.

Glenn Close portrayed Cruella de Vil in the live-action version of “Dalmatians,” setting the bar high for canine-hating villains. Disney is now extending its marketing efforts to accessories for the Disney brand. Nevertheless, Stone makes the character her own — her leather outfits and purring are as much Catwoman as any — and finds a worthy antagonist in Thompson. The two ladies model a parade of dresses that would suggest that the costumes and sets designers were having a great time.

In addition to Disney+ (just like “Mulan”) and theaters as well, “Cruella” has a surprising running time of two hours and fifteen minutes, overstaying its welcome a little. However, it may work well on the smaller screen because of its extended running time. As well, while children might like it, “Cruella” is dark in a way that could easily elude them, making it more appealing to adults who value punk-rock-tinged films.

Disney has traditionally fared better with routine adaptations — think “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” — than more adventurous ones like “Dumbo.” So the very reason that “Cruella” was a pleasant surprise might work against it commercially.

It seems like Disney’s risk in tapping Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) for directing this movie will pay off. The script is a joint collaboration between several writers, among them Dana Fox (“Couples Retreat”), Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”), and Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”). The original source material is based on a novel by Dodie Smith. The plot is exciting and is based in 1960: Young Estella sees her mother commit suicide after her plea for money is denied by a fashion diva named the Baroness (played by Emma Thompson). Accidently, the Baroness owns several spotted dogs.

Ten years later, Estella grows up and hones her thieving skills on the streets. She gets hired by the Baroness; she begins plotting revenge, creating Cruella as a kind of fashion vigilante. Cruella does thus operate like a caper movie at times while drawing on a seemingly unlimited song budget. The music sets a mood and atmosphere that is reminiscent of the ’70s. At first glance, Cruella and the Baroness find themselves in a showdown of hearts and minds, the latter finally facing an opponent who can match her extreme cruelty.

As the Baroness sneers, “Me or Cruella,” she shows unexpected admiration. We won’t spoil the movie for you, but we’ll only say the following: the movie “Cruella” won’t be to everyone’s taste, but to borrow from the original song, if Stone and Thompson duking it out doesn’t satisfy you at least a little, there is no evil in the world that will. 

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