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Award-winning actress and director Regina King sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and opened up about her success and creating a platform to tell Black stories. 

King is an NAACP, BET, Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy award-winning actress, producer, and director. From her role in the iconic and classic film “Friday” to her stellar performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” King has paved her own road in Hollywood. As great as she is, the 50-year-old questions how other greats have time to be as great as they are. 

“I guess I have a hard time with phrases like that,” King says about the word greatness. “Because what is that? It’s subjective. There are moments that I feel like I’ve always been great. (Laughs.) And then there are moments that I feel like there’s no such thing as greatness being a certain thing. Sometimes I look at people like Serena or Beyoncé, and I don’t understand how you can actually sleep and be able to put out what they put out. Like, how do you have the time to be you?”

She then thinks about beloved actor Chadwick Boseman and what he represented in his lifetime, not only as an actor but as a human being. “Then I think of people like Chadwick Boseman, and I’m like, He’s the best of who we are, I mean, as human beings. It almost feels like that is a whole other level of [greatness] because his heart was just so big, and he managed to live so selflessly. I remember the last time I saw him and knowing now what he knew then and how he was able to make me feel like the most special person in that moment, that working with me would be at the top of his list.”

She continued: “And after we finished talking, how he just stopped and held my hand and looked into my eyes, and in that moment, he made me feel so special. And to have a heart big enough to do that, knowing that I’m probably not going to see him again, is a level of selflessness that I do know. So, back to your original question of do I realize that I am operating on a level that feels comparable to what greatness may look like, I guess I don’t know.”

The conversation then turned to a discussion about Black women’s multifacetedness and how we’ve been perceived throughout history. “Yeah. I feel like just as Black women, we are so conditioned to not feel that it’s OK to want to be great. Hence how I came into my whole response when you asked that question. But also, something I find often with Black women is that you give us a little window, we’re going to kick it all the way open and take that moment. And sometimes it can be perceived as taking all the air out of the room or, ‘Wow, she is so big, she’s so [loud].’ But it’s also the very thing that makes us unique; it’s the history of what the Black woman has had to endure that has become part of our DNA. So when you see that window just crack open, you push through.”

King shared how her family unit, including her sons, sister, and mother, has always been her team. “My mother, my son and my sister are those people. My sister, Reina, is in the industry, but she’s keeping it real. And my mother is definitely grounding, always pushing me to dig a little deeper emotionally. And then my son, Ian, he’s 25, but in some ways he’s 12 and in other ways he’s 92. (Laughs.) So I have a really strong triad that helps me to hold myself accountable and be honest with how I’m feeling in the moment. Because sometimes I feel myself trying to push the emotion down. During the pandemic, I’ve discovered just how much pushing the emotion down away, protecting myself, that I’ve I been doing — I don’t think I’ve cried more since I was probably 14. It’s been cathartic in a lot of ways.”

The actress added that much of her life had been influenced by her sons. “So much of what I do, too, is influenced by my sons and how they view me. I want them to be proud of me — to be able to brag about their mom. You used the word “grounding,” and that’s them because they’re so honest. I was more scared to show them The Old Guard than anyone. What if they were like, ‘This is corny, Mom, your action sucks’? Also, so much of what we do is being away from them. And so, if I’m going to be away, it’s got to mean something, it’s got to be about something.” 

She says her sons’ influence helped her while directing her feature film directorial debut “One Night in Miami.” 

“When I read the script, I saw my son in these conversations. I could hear him and his Black friends. Growing up, I definitely had more Black friends than anything else. Sure, I had white friends and a couple Mexican friends, but the majority of my friends were Black. And for my son, it’s like the rainbow coalition, his friends. And when he was younger, he was always paying attention to our conversations, and he asked me, ‘Why when you guys talk’ — you guys being adults — ‘do you always have to ask what color someone was?’ And I was just like, ‘Wow, OK,’ and I said, ‘because it helps to put things in context.” He didn’t know what I meant, and I tried to explain it, but he really didn’t get it. He was around 11 or 12 at that time. In high school is when he started to understand and see it in context. Around the 11th grade, his rainbow coalition started to shift to be more Black,” King explained.

“And it was because certain things were happening in conversations that were making him go, ‘Woo, OK, this doesn’t feel right.’ Certain things that some of the white boys would say that he was like, ‘Yo, you shouldn’t feel comfortable saying that.’ And the fact that they were made him feel like, ‘OK, well, I am clearly doing something that is misleading because they think that that can actually come out of their mouths.’ And then his first time getting pulled over, having that experience. And don’t get me wrong, he still has friends of all colors, but he started to see some nights it needed to just be me and my brothers. And so having witnessed that journey for him, I could hear that these were possible conversations they were having. And they were conversations I know my father and my uncle were having. But also, me, being a celebrity, I could relate to the conversations from a space of, ‘What is your social responsibility supposed to be when you have a platform? Am I Black enough? Am I too Black?’ Just having those conversations with, like, Tisha [Campbell] and Tichina [Arnold], and I mention them because they are the ones I’ve known the longest in this business — since we were teenagers. So, I really connected to [the script] on an emotional level, and when I met Kemp [Powers], the first thing I said was, ‘I feel like this is a love letter to the Black man.’ And he was like, ‘You get it.’ 

King shares more. To read the full story, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

 




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Major Janet Jackson Documentary Planned for 2022

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Janet Jackson fans never get tired of watching documentaries devoted to their idol.

A major documentary is planned to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s debut album.

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Jackson is the latest pop superstar to get the documentary treatment – Lifetime and A&E bosses in the U.S. will simulcast a new four-hour film, tentatively titled Janet, across two nights in 2022.

The documentary will chronicle her “musical success as well as her tumultuous private life”, according to a press release obtained by WENN.com.

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The reclusive superstar will discuss her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake, when she flashed a breast, and the death of her pop icon brother, Michael Jackson.

Deadline sources claim bosses at British production company Workerbee have been filming Jackson for over three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage, which will appear in the film.

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Chilling video shows balcony railing collapse as 7 students fall to their death

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Seven college students died when a railing they were leaning against broke, sending them plummeting to the concrete floor below.

The tragic incident happened at the Public University of El Alto in Bolivia on Tuesday.

About 100 maskless students were protesting in a packed hallway outside a lecture hall where a tense meeting was being held.

Fights broke out and some of the students were jostling each other when the railing gave way.

Seven students were pronounced dead at the scene. Five students are in critical condition at a hospital.

Disturbing video footage, captured by a bystander showed the moment before the railing broke. A dozen students fell to the concrete floor while a few students were pulled to safety.

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A female student in a blue blouse dangled precariously over the edge before her fellow students grabbed her shoes and pulled her back up.

Another female student fortunately landed on the floor just below where the railing broke.

An investigation has been ordered into the accident.

Engineering standards in the United States require balconies to withstand 100 pounds per square feet of load while railings must withstand 200 pounds of force at any point along the railing.

But construction projects are not up to code in third world countries.

CAUTION: These videos contain graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

 

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Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow II Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

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Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced to 14 years in prison under a plea deal on Wednesday. He was convicted for multiple rapes and sexual offenses against five Southern California women. 

According to the New York Post, Winslow, 37, was convicted on charges of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

He appeared in court virtually at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, California. At the advice of his attorneys, Winslow did not speak before his sentencing.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow could only be described with “two words, and that is sexual predator,” according to the outlet, and called his crimes “brazen.” Bowman also said that he preyed on vulnerable women, saying, “The vulnerability of the victims was no accident.”

The son of former San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow exposed himself to his 57-year-old-neighbor, who was gardening. He also performed a lewd act in front of a 77-year-old woman at a gym while concealing his ankle bracelet with a towel. 

The forcible rape involved a homeless Encinitas woman who was one of the four women who gave victim impact statements on Wednesday.

“It’s affecting my life every day and every night,” she said. “I don’t ever feel safe inside or outside. You brought so much damage to my life.”

All of the women who spoke described the emotional trauma they experienced due to the attacks and how it has impacted their lives.

But that jury failed to agree on other charges, including the alleged 2018 rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old high school senior who went to a party with him when he was 19, according to The Post. Before he was retried on those charges, he pleaded guilty to raping the teen and to the sexual battery of the hitchhiker.

Last month, both sides agreed to drop the sexual battery charge down to assault with intent to commit rape. In doing so, the maximum sentence was reduced to 14 years from the 18 years Winslow initially faced.

At one point in his career, Winslow was one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. A first-round pick, he played for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. His last season playing football was in 2013.




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