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Production of Queen Latifah‘s new drama series “The Equalizer” has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was “necessary” in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

“The only reservation I had was Denzel,” Latifah told USA Today. “I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either.”

She said she liked the idea of “delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun.”

“When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country,” said the multi-millionaire actress.

“We just didn’t know that, God, would we need to see justice. There’s just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely.”

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an “Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes.”

One viewer wrote “This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!”

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch “The Equalizer” on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 


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Cardi B Teams Up With Real Women Are For Her Own Limited-Edition Doll

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Cardi B has teamed up with doll company Real Women Are to release a limited-edition doll designed exclusively by her.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper announced on Friday that her doll was now available for pre-order. According to Real Women Are official website, the exclusive doll can only be reserved for the next 72 hours. The Cardi-inspired toy will begin shipping in July 2021.

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The 28-year-old mother of one says that she was inspired to get into the doll business so that her daughter would have a toy that looks like herself.

“As everyone knows, I’m a mom. And today, more than ever, it’s important to me to give my daughter inspiration and badass women to look up to.”

Real Women Are is an up-and-coming brand that thrives on providing representation to young girls of all ethnicities in the form of trendy dolls. As the first minority-women owned and led doll brand, Cardi believes it would be the perfect company to bring her vision to life.

“Working with Real Women Are is a chance for me to provide my daughter and other little girls something that looks like them to play with to inspire them. We’re in the White House now, but we’re still so far behind in other places. Representation matters.”

Those looking to obtain one of these exclusive dolls will spend $35 to get on the limited pre-order list. The doll will include the signature style reminiscent of the trendsetter Cardi herself. Fans can also purchase the VIP Cardi B x RWA Gift Set, which features the doll with gold-plated accessories. The special edition set is priced at $99. Other accessories and doll clothing will be made available for purchase at a later date.

Cardi said in an Instagram video that she wanted to create dolls inspired by other women artists and career women as the toy line expanded.




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HBO Max To Offer Lower Monthly Payment Plan Because ‘Most People…Are Not Wealthy’

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HBO Max is thinking about lowering its price because the streaming service’s execs believe “most people…are not wealthy.”

It’s only been one year since HBO Max came into the streaming service arena, and now the brand is considering creating a new tier of pricing for those who can’t afford the current payment plan, which is $14.99 a month.

“It turns out that most people on this planet are not wealthy,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said during a virtual appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom conference via Deadline. “If we can wake up and use price and be able to kind of invent and do things elegantly through advertising to reduce the price of the service, I think that’s a fantastic thing for fans.”

Like Hulu and Peacock, HBO Max will now offer an ad-based payment plan tier, which is expected to launch later this year, according to UPROXX. The streaming service announced that thanks to Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max is now two years ahead of schedule. The film’s January release reportedly doubled its subscribers after its theatrical and streaming release.

The streaming service believes the numbers will only grow higher, as Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to drop on the platform later this month.

Is HBO Max too expensive? Netflix’s highest payment plan tier is $17.99.

 




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Apple’s AirTags To Have Feature That Allows Users To Know If Someone Is Using Bluetooth To Track Them

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Apple‘s upcoming AirTags will provide a way for users to track a person or an item and allow a user to know if a person is tracking them.

According to Mashable, Apple has developed a new option called “Item Safety Alerts” within the iOS 14.5 beta feature. The outlet reports that the feature will alert a user when an unknown item is on their person or object being tracked. This feature would benefit someone if someone were to place an AirTag on an object, person, child, or pet of someone.

The Item Safety Alerts feature can be switched on or off in the Find My App tab. If a person chooses to have the feature turned off, a notice will alert the user to know that someone could potentially track them without the user being notified.

“The owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location, and you will no longer receive notifications when an unknown item is found moving with you,” the notice says.

The AirTags have Bluetooth capability and can easily be attached to bikes, clothing items, purses, or bags.

The Verge reports that the new feature may also not be solely exclusive to AirTags, as Apple reportedly plans on opening up the Find My app to other companies like Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.

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