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The White House Loved Larry Wilmore’s Correspondence Dinner Jokes, And You Should Too

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A few nightlies ago Larry Wilmore, seasoned comedy veteran and host of The Nightly Show (Comedy Central’s popular news program filling the hole Colbert left behind) was the host of the White House Correspondents dinner. The role was suitable of him, as a public supporter of the president, Wilmore was the right choice in a comedian to send Obama out with his last Correspondence event.

The job is a hard one. It’s hard enough being the opener for the leader of the free world. It’s damn near impossible to put a smile on the faces of those in the one room in America filled with reporters who have professionally trained themselves for years to not laugh at things, such ludacris phrases like “Presidential Hopeful Donald Trump”. And yet, Larry did. He did his job, he told jokes, he roasted the pundits, the reporters, the news outlets, the politics of the media. And he did what he was hired to do based on what he has done for the last year on Comedy Central—Call American media out on its political BS.

And yet, everyone decided to have a fit when Larry used the N-word. A black man, who is allowed to say the N word, said the N word to another man who is allowed to say the N word. Why is everyone upset?

Well because they were uncomfortable, quite frankly. Because they didn’t know if they should laugh or not. They’re worried about losing their jobs, their dignity, their respect as reporters, and what not. Well… all aside from Don Lemon who flipped Larry off. But he doesn’t have to worry about losing his dignity as a reporter because he already said goodbye to that long ago when he joined CNN.

But to everyone else, the answer is of course is yes, laugh! Larry is a comedian. And he is black. He said the N word in conclusion to a very touching and true moment of the night—A symbolic evening, the end of an era of a black presidency, in one night where politics and comedy come hand in hand. Why should that not have been said? Especially from a comedian news reporter who has a regular segment on his daily program called “The Plot To De-Negro-fy The White House” or AKA “What’s Happenin’ In The Un-Blackenin’” I mean that should have been mentioned in the program, come on white people.

Why does everyone want to forget that Obama is black? Seriously. No one wants to talk about him joking about his weed smoking college days, or him schooling Ted Cruz on the linguistics of basketball, or that extremely blacker than black “mm-mmm-mhm” he gave us that night? And yet Larry Says the N word and suddenly the whole media erupts into hysterics. Where were those hysterics about ignoring his blackness when people were demanding he show his birth certificate? Where was that deep need to ignore his blackness when the media wanted to act like congress was just giving him a rough time because of “his policies”? In the black words of President Obama, “Mmmm-Hmmm…”

Following the events of the weekend, Wilmore recapped on his show: “Many people were upset about it. Many people supported it,” he continued. “And like the president himself, the reaction was mixed. Oh, shit, I did it again. Don’t make those jokes, Larry!”
Even the White House made reference to Wilmore’s usage of the N word, saying that the president found the joke appreciative. “What the president said is that he appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore’s expressions on Saturday night,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary said, “Any comedian who signed up to follow President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is assuming one of the most difficult tasks in comedy… it’s a tough job.”

Karina Rose is a young writer from Southern California currently contributing to and running online blogs ranging from entertainment, news, to creative arts. Working for and interning with filmmakers and social media personalities she hopes to continue sharing her unique perspective and original content.

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Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!

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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”.

Related: Original Little Mermaid’s Ariel defends Halle Bailey’s casting

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!

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Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!

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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.

Related: Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

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”.

 

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20 After a Seizure, family says

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20 After a Seizure

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.

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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