For some artists, it takes them time to hone their skill and emerge as themselves. For others, they reach their peak early and decline when they should be evolving. Donald Glover at his core is a writer. He was hired at the age of 21 to help write for the NBC show 30 rock. As a writer your avenues are endless, and for Glover this meant venturing into music.
What he struggled with musically in Camp evolved into something isolated and vulnerable in Because The Internet. The “prelude” to the album is a 24-minute short film titled Clapping For The Wrong Reasons; the film leads to nowhere but is a signature style of his. A 73-page screenplay correlates with the album. It focuses on his relationships with technology, himself and the people around him. The music features a more refined rapper deviating from his earlier days. “3005” became a hit, but what stands out most from the album is the smooth transitions and that the entire album plays as s soundtrack to his screenplay.
Glover shared his deepest personal fears on his deleted instagram during the previous album rollout. “I’m afraid people hate who I really am,” he wrote, “I’m afraid I hate who I really am.” His transparency was concerning but refreshing because he spoke not only to the ignorance that we have about mental health, but also to the ignorance within the black community towards mental health. His music has always been hyper confessional and laden with references to pop culture and his own life. In a world of violence and the outside world, Glover focuses on his inner self.
This year has been sort of a breakthrough for Glover. In a celebrity-driven culture, Glover is non-existent. He is now 33 with a child. Two years have passed from the success that was Because The Internet and Glover’s then seclusion from the world. His twitter is a relic of the past with only music links to his upcoming album Awaken, My Love!(releases December 2nd). As we wait for a drastic shift musically from Glover, his vision of a tv-show came to fruition in Atlanta. FX’s highest-rated comedy in its first season exploded on the scene and will be back for a second year. The show was created by Glover and features him as a character throughout the season. But he is a struggling adult who captures the frustrations of worrying if the next paycheck will be enough to survive on. The tv show feels like nothing else right now. It is post-sitcom in its style; Atlanta is an extension of his mind with instances of surrealism and realism which meshed into one of the best new shows this year.
His ideas that have expanded over multiple genres were exhibited with the Pharos concert and concept. During Labor Day Weekend, fans could travel to the Joshua Tree and witness an unusual concert. You had to download the app and pay $99 dollars to attend the concert. While phones were not allowed at the event, there is a wonderful article on Fader that catches what his next album will sound like, and what a unique experience this was. Glover is going back to black 70s music to create a new identity (think Sly & The Family Stone and Earth, Wind & Fire). The two singles released from Awaken have been outstanding and everything a music lover needs. “Redbone” resembles early Prince meets The Parliament Funkadelic. His tuned-up voice dances carefully alongside a trippy guitar rhythm and vibrant bass. The other song features a cracked voice and raw transparency. “Me and Your Mama” signals the culmination of what has been a great year for Glover.
Glover has broken the mold that the world has placed on him. Because The Internet started what this year has completed. He’s more than just the babyfaced actor from Community or his comedy stand-ups. He is more than just a gimmick rapper. In 2016, Donald Glover solidified himself as one of the most creative young minds who does not care what we think and wants to use multiple platforms to express his thought-process. He wanted to create a TV show that spoke to social constructs and race and succeeded in that. Now with his upcoming album, we hope he can inspire us in a different way.
For a man who has never fully been recognized by mainstream media, 2016 has been a year to remember. From the TV screen to our smartphones, we are all better when Glover comes out from his own world.
Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!
Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!
Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.
Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel! They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair, who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.
The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.
Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20 After a Seizure, family says
Actor Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20.
A spokesperson for his family told CNN that Boyce died in his sleep after a seizure resulting from an ongoing medical condition.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” the spokesperson said. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”
“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” the family said in a statement.
Boyce starred in “Jessie,” a television show about a small town girl, played by Debby Ryan, working as a nanny for a wealthy family after moving to New York City. Boyce was one of the children she cared for.
“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said.
“He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
A veteran actor at 19
Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, and was dubbed an old soul by those who knew him, according to Disney Channels’ biography of him.
“His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and not long after television and film,” the channel says.
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Boyce also starred in “Mirrors,” “Eagle Eye” alongside Shia LaBeouf and “Grown Ups” with Adam Sandler. In “Descendants,” he played Cruella De Vil’s teenage son, Carlos.
By the time he was 19, Boyce was “already a veteran to show business,” Disney says.
He was a passionate advocate
Boyce was set to appear in the comedy series “Mrs. Fletcher,” which is set to hit HBO this fall.
He was also cast in the leading role of Cal in the indie feature, “Runt,” according to his biography.
Boyce was involved in many philanthropic causes, according to the channel. It said he was mostly involved with the Thirst Project, a nonprofit that provides communities with safe drinking water.
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Boyce’s Instagram account has received close to 3 million “likes” for a head shot he posted Friday, his final communication to the world via social media.
Celebrities and fans respond
Fans and celebrities alike have expressed disbelief following his death.
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Actor Adam Sandler, who played Boyce’s father in the “Grown Ups” movie franchise, offered a heart-felt eulogy on Twitter.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid,” wrote Sandler. “Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken.” Sandler concluded his message by sending his “deepest condolences” to Boyce’s “amazing family.”
Actor Mason Cook called the news “hard to digest.”
“He was a great guy,” Cook said on Twitter. “Genuinely nice and definitely gone too soon.”
Choreographer Kenny Ortega, who directed the movie “Descendants,” wrote a touching tribute on Instagram.
“Cameron brought love, laughter and compassion with him everyday I was in his presence,” Ortega wrote. “His talent, immeasurable. His kindness and generosity, overflowing. It has been an indescribable honor and pleasure to know and work with him. I will see you again in all things loving and beautiful my friend. I will search the stars for your light. Rest In Peace Cam.”
Beauty vlogger James Charles said Boyce was one of the kindest people he’d ever met. “He was so young, incredibly talented,” Charles said.
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