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FLY News: Donald Glover Set To Travel To A Galaxy Far, Far Away As YOUNG LANDO CALRISSIAN IN UPCOMING HAN SOLO STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM

Donald Glover is having himself a good year! His show Atlanta currently owns Tuesday nights and now it looks like he can add playing an iconic Star Wars character to his still growing list of accomplishments.

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It’s a good day to be a blerd (black nerd) and fan of Star Wars today! Announced on the official Star Wars website today, Glover will be playing a young Lando Calrissian (originally played by Billy Dee Williams) alongside Alden Ehrenreich who will take on the role of a young Han Solo (originally played by Harrison Ford) in an upcoming solo film about our favorite intergalactic smuggler.

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The upcoming film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller spoke on Donald joining the cast:

We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us.These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.

We are absolutely excited for Donald and can’t wait to see him the upcoming untitled Han Solo film which is slated to hit theaters in 2018. Glover is also starring in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Homecoming so we will be looking out for him in that as well.

Congrats Donald!

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Fly News: Google Opens “Code Next” Tech Lab in Oakland in Effort to Bridge Digital Divide

Google’s Code Next, an effort to find and foster the next generation of Black and Latino tech leaders in their communities, finds its first home recently in Oakland, California.

Research shows that 51% of Black students and 47% of Hispanic students don’t have access to computer science (CS) classes in school. Without this access, students are unable to discover an interest in computer science or be inspired by the possibilities that come along with it. ‘Code Next’ fills this gap with a curriculum to get students started, and provides opportunities that may have been otherwise out of reach.

The inaugural space in Oakland is a 1500-square-foot lab conceived in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, The Unity Council and Kurani design. The space in Harlem, New York is slated to open in 2017—until then, students will attend classes at Google’s New York headquarters.

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Google selected Oakland and Harlem based on density of the target student population and commitment to CS education at both the grassroots and partner levels. Funded entirely by the major company, the program is free for all participants. Partner organizations, such as Black Girls Code and local middle schools, nominate students to join, and the fun and culturally-relevant curriculum focuses on general CS concepts. In the long term, their goal is to open-source the curriculum to educators everywhere.

‘Code Next’ aims to create ”aha!” moments that connect computational ideas to students’ everyday lives. Participants drive their own projects, and after months of learning, rise into leadership roles—probably the most moving part of the journey.

Nilka Thomas, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Google said:

During my visits to the pilot program, I took great joy in meeting the participants and admiring their creations. I felt humbled by their questions, focus and commitment.

Looking out over a crowd of 30 young people coding, white-boarding, and 3D printing—all while celebrating each other’s company — convinced me that Code Next has power beyond the present to transform both our industry and the communities in which we live.

A special THANK YOU to Nilka & Google on the tremendous effort on bridging the gap. You are appreciated.

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300 Entertainment Announces BONN Tour with Shy Glizzy, PNB Rock & Dae Dae [Trailer]

300 Entertainment and Worldstarhiphop.com present the Birth of a New Nation tour featuring Shy Glizzy, PNB Rock and Dae Dae alongside London on Da Track.

The tour kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio in November – and be on the look out for a special edition of Digital Trapstars Screens on Lock mixtape featuring the 300 artists on the bill and more.

Get More Info HERE.

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Mitchell & Ness and Enterbay Celebrates Allen Iverson’s Hall Of Fame Induction

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Just in time for Allen Iverson‘s Hall of Fame induction tomorrowMitchell & Ness x Enterbay have created a special Collector’s Box honoring the 11-time NBA All-Star — celebrating his incredible career in basketball.

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Super limited, with only 100 units produced, the premium black box set includes the Mitchell & Ness Allen Iverson Sixer’s Jersey 2 and Enterbay’s museum-like sculpture representation of Allen with authentic likeness.

The Mitchell & Ness Jersey is identically to the actual jersey Allen worn in his prime and is an officially licensed product. The collector’s jersey is made from polyester mesh body and features an embroidered gold NBA logo on left shoulder.

Additionally, included in the collector’s box is Enterbay’s newly developed Allen Iverson body with 30 points of articulations, the height is according to Iverson’s actual height; 9 pieces of newly developed Allen Iverson signature interchangeable hands, Spalding basketball, Official Number 3 NBA Philadelphia 76ers, Team Home Jersey with shorts, THE ANSWER” Arm Band, Basketball Sleeves, Head Band with NBA Logo, NBA socks, Iverson player edition sneakers. Special developed figurines stand which can be easily twist and curl with base printed with Philadelphia 76ers logo.
Limited edition, only 100 units produced.

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MSRP: $550

The Mitchell & Ness x Enterbay Special Collector’s Box honoring the 11-time NBA All-Starwill be available on Mitchellandness.com and Enterbay.com beginning tomorrow, September 9th @ 8AM ET.

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Fly News: Tyler, the Creator Lands TV Show On Viceland

Tyler, the Creator is making his return to the silver screen.

The Odd Future MC has joined forces with VICELAND for a late-night program that draws inspiration from his Golf Media app.

This will be Tyler’s second foray in television. His bizarre sketch comedy show Loiter Squad debuted on Adult Swim in 2012 and lasted for three seasons. At the moment details regarding the new series are scarce, but we do know it is set to air during Viceland’s next programming block.

Tyler will be joining emcee Action Bronson on the 24-hour cable channel. Bronson currently stars in two shows: Fuck That’s Delicious and Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens, which recently featured the Goblin rapper as a guest. Tyler also recently sat down with Afropunk to discuss the demise of his brash Twitter handle @f*cktyler.

Check out his appearance on Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens and his chat with AP below.

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Fly News: Dwayne Johnson Solidifies Baller Status, Tops Forbes Highest-Paid Actors List

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the epitome of baller!

In a year the actor has gone from No. 11 on the Forbes highest-paid actors list to the very top; outing Robert Downey Jr. from the No. 1 spot with $64.5 million in earnings between June 2015 and June 2016.

Not only did Johnson move up 10 spots on this year’s Forbes list dethroning Downey who nabbed the No. 1 spot three years in a row, he more than doubled his earnings of $31 million from the previous year. Johnson’s raking in the dough from his roles in the Fast & Furious franchise, San Andreas, the HBO series Ballers, and Baywatch. 

 

Upon learning of the news Johnson tweeted the following message,

“Want to say two things about this. I started w/$7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!”

The Ballers star is followed by Jackie Chan with $61 million, Matt Damon with $55 million, Tom Cruise with $53 million, and Johnny Depp with $48 million; which rounds off the top five.You can check out Johnson’s tweet and Forbes complete highest-paid actors list below.  

Forbes Highest-Paid Actors of 2016
1. Dwayne Johnson — $64,500,00
2. Jackie Chan — $61,000,000
3. Matt Damon — $55,000,000
4. Tom Cruise — $53,000,000
5. Johnny Depp — $48,000,000
6. Ben Affleck — $43,000,000
7. Vin Diesel — $35,000,000
8. Shah Rukh Khan — $33,000,000
9. Robert Downey Jr. — $33,000,000
10. Akshay Kumar — $31,500,000
11. Brad Pitt — $31,500,000
12. Adam Sandler — $30,000,000
13. Mark Wahlberg — $30,000,000
14. Salman Kahn — $28,500,000
15. Leonardo Dicaprio — $27,000,000
16. Chris Pratt — $26,000,000
17. Will Smith — $20,500,000
18. Amitabh Bachchan — $20,000,000
19. Matthew McConaughey — $18,000,000
20. Harrison Ford — $15,000,00
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Cashing In: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Top Earners In Their Respected Fields!

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ailure is not an option when it comes to these two juggernauts in the entertainment industry. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart are two of Hollywood’s busiest actors and it’s clearly translating in their bank accounts.

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Hart and Johnson both landed on Forbes annual Celebrity 100 list once again with each topping their last year ranking by miles on the list.

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Kevin Hart landed at #6 pulling in a whopping $87.5 million, a huge leap from #95 in 2015 making him the highest paid comedian on the list. Hart’s comedy tour filled over 100 stadiums and arenas and grossed an average of over $1M at each show.

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Forbes didn’t even mention Hart’s high earning movies and his groundbreaking deal with Nike for the launch of his own signature sneaker.

We don’t expect Kevin to take his foot off the gas no time soon either, congrats Kevin on the accomplishment.

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson also made a lot of noise again this year. The Rock has basically been on television and movie screens all year-long and it helped him bring in a cool $64.5 million landing placing him #19 on the list. With his most recent film Central Intelligence also starring Kevin Hart pulling in over a $100 million at the box office it’s no mistake he made the leap from #81 on list last year.

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"The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part. Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied. We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend. #Celeb100 #SevenBucksProductions #HardestWorkersInTheRoom #1WolfOnThePlanet

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With his new ranking, he is now the highest earning actor on the planet!

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The Rock is not taking his boot off the throat of Hollywood either! With the R Rated comedy Baywatch on the way, Fast and Furious 8, Jumanji reboot rumored to also feature Hart and San Andreas sequel in the works, we will be smelling what The Rock is cooking for a long time.

I was evicted at 14-years-old and completely broke by 23.  Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Keep kicking ass and taking names Dwayne!

Stay Fly!

Source: Forbes

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JCPenney’s #HereIAM Campaign feat. Gabi Fresh, Mary Lambert and more [Video]

“My size isn’t an indicator of my worth.”

“The only person that should be defining me is me.”

“You can’t love your body for what you hope it turns into without actively loving it for what it is today.”

These are just a few of the quotes you’ll be inspired by from JCPenney’s new brand campaign video. JCPenney provided a platform to a range of plus-size influencers – Ashley Nell Tipton, Gabi Fresh, Valerie Sagun, Jes Baker and Mary Lambert. These women wanted to spark a conversation around an inspiring message of self-love and confidence. The following video encourages women to support each other by joining the social conversation at #HereIAm.

Check it out above.

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Fly News: Calvin Klein Taps Frank Ocean, Young Thug, and More for Fall 2016 #mycalvins Campaign

Calvin Klein is back with their latest #mycalvins campaign. Among the one’s chosen for the fashion brand’s Fall 2016 campaign are R&B crooner Frank Ocean and rapper Young Thug.

It’s nice to get a glimpse of Frank Ocean who has kept relatively to himself and out of the spotlight since the release of his debut effort Channel Orange. In his spot we find Ocean on a talk show, and in a pink room as he talks about the power of music in his life. Hopefully, Ocean resurfacing means we’ll be getting his sophomore album sooner than later. The “Pink Matter” singer’s spot wouldn’t be complete with out some thought-provoking words.

“It takes a mind to worry; a conscious to feel ashamed. But there’s no place to hide out here; these skies are filled with planes.”

Young Thug keeps things simple in his spot. Thug simply shares his views on fashion and what’s considered acceptable and not acceptable in his world; and if you’re not familiar with Thug he knows no limits when it comes to expressing himself through his clothing choices. The Slime Season 3 rapper leaves us with some words you wouldn’t expect to hear from a hip-hop artist.

“I feel like there’s no such thing as gender.”

Also tapped for the Fall 2016 campaign are models Kate Moss and Bella Hadid, along with actress Margot Robbie, illusionist David Blaine, and more. You can watch Ocean and Thug’s respective spots below. You can also check out the full campaign spot.

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Legend Shirley Caesar Honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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The Reigning Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar was honored in a jubilant celebration in Hollywood on Tuesday June 28th, as her trailblazing music career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Honored in the category of Recording, Shirley Caesar’s star was unveiled in front of the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with Pastor Caesar joined by world-renowned artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin as guest speakers, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler as the emcee, who also declared it “Shirley Caesar Day” in Hollywood during the ceremony.

Sharing this momentous occasion before a packed crowd of family, friends, peers and fans, the Gospel Hall of Fame icon and newly-minted Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipient took the stage, giving an inspiring, energetic and humorous speech.

Providing powerful words of encouragement that remain a hallmark of her longtime worldwide music ministry, with joyful gratitude Pastor Caesar declared:

I honor the Lord for this wonderful privilege….I feel as if I’m in a beautiful fairytale. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this? One who keeps blessing and showing you that your latter can be greater than your former. Been through the storm and the rain, but it’s alright, it’s ok. I made it!”

Marking her 50th anniversary as a solo artist in a music career spanning over 60 years and over 40 albums, Caesar continues to hit the road with her new hit album FILL THIS HOUSE, including TV performances on “Good Day LA” and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as preaching at home church Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC.  Released on June 3rd, FILL THIS HOUSE spent two consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its debut, garnering critical acclaim in 11 tracks delivering hope, unifying love and impactful ministry on songs such as “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), “Mother Emanuel,” “Prayer Changes Things,” and more.

Watch Shirley Caesar’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony at:

www.walkoffame.com