Another Black Superman project is in the works! Ta-Nehisi Coates is currently working on a Superman reboot that explores the origins of a Black Superman, and on Friday, Collider reported that Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society production company are developing their own Black Superman for a limited series with HBO Max. While Jordan has yet to confirm the news himself, according to the outlet, the show will center on “the Val-Zod incarnation of the character.” Val-Zod is the second to use the Superman mantle along with Calvin Ellis, and is one of the last Kryptonians of his universe. Details about the cast and crew are still scarce, but it’s rumored that Jordan will produce and likely star in the exciting project.
Jordan has been involved in discussions about developing a Black Superman for quite a few years now. In 2019, the actor pitched a Superman reboot to Warner Bros., and most recently, he shot down rumors that he would be starring in Coates’s project with JJ Abrams. “You hear the whispers and the rumors and stuff like that and it’s just a compliment,” Jordan said. “I appreciate people that think about me in that type of way for these roles. I don’t really have anything more to kind of give on that, other than it’s just flattering and I appreciate it.” Hopefully, we’ll get more details on Jordan’s new series soon!
Megan Thee Stallion and Leyna Bloom celebrated their historic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers at the magazine’s reveal party in Florida on Friday night. The “Thot Sh*t” singer is the first rapper to ever cover the special-edition magazine, while Leyna made history with her SI debut as the first Black, Asian trans model to grace the cover. Naomi Osaka was also one of the three cover stars, however, she was not in attendance as she’s currently in Japan for the Olympic Games.
Megan considers the shoot “one of the best experiences in my life” due to the magazine’s dedication to diversity. “I think they are on the forefront when it comes to diversity and inclusion because they do not fear change, they lean into it,” Megan told People. “They see the world and have it reflect on the cover and pages inside. That is why they have been so successful.” Meanwhile, Leyna still can’t get over the major milestone. “There are no words to captivate how I feel or how anyone would feel – especially someone like me, because this has literally never happened to anyone like me on the face of the earth,” Leyna told SI. “I want to bask in this moment and enjoy July 19, 2021, because today will be a historical day in history.” See how Megan and Leyna celebrated their iconic covers at the SI bash ahead.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is proud of her name, and wants people to treat it with respect. The Never Have I Ever actress, whose Netflix show recently released its second season, gets faced with frequent mispronunciation – and even had clueless critics ask if she’d change her name when she entered the industry. But instead of further bending herself to the convenience of others, Maitreyi recently opened up about the importance of saying someone’s name right in a Twitter voice note.
“Names are so important, and I find that it’s a big part of your identity – it personally is for me. I love my name so, so much. And constantly, I get people saying, ‘Oh, you don’t even know how to say your own name right.’ It’s like, ‘No, no, no, I do. I do know how to say my own name right,'” she explained. “Because the reality is, no one knows how to say someone else’s name except for the person themselves, you know? Like, this is my name. I’m sorry, but I get to call the shots here. There is one answer and that answer is my own. There’s no discussion for that.”
After breaking down the proper way to say her name, Maitreyi doesn’t permit incorrect variations. She said, “Now ‘my tree”‘ is fun and all but lets make sure we remember that names have power. Pronounce people’s names the way they want it to be pronounced and put in the effort,” and later added she’s just “asking for basic respect.” Maitreyi put “active effort” into emphasizing the power of pronunciation. “My name really isn’t hard once you try a few times. everyone’s names deserve respect.”
Little Mix know how to turn up the heat, but they also know how to have a really good time. Over the years, the British girl group – Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock and former member Jesy Nelson – have gone all out for their visuals. Whether they’re dancing the night away or getting dolled up in fun outfits, they always manage to turn their music videos into a big party. Their latest collaboration with Anne-Marie is no exception to that rule. The music video for “Kiss My (Uh Oh),” which was released on July 23, shows the group going full Bridesmaids as they have a wild bachelorette party with the English singer. After watching their latest collaboration with Anne-Marie, see some of their sexiest videos as a group ahead.
Who doesn’t enjoy learning something new every once in a while? If you’re in the mood for something that’s entertaining and educational, then documentaries are the way to go, and Netflix has tons of options available to stream. In August, we’re getting 11 new offerings, including the true story behind How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), a Ryan Murphy-produced exposÃ© on harmful conversion-therapy centers, the tale of a Holocaust survivor who claimed to be friends with wolves, and so much more. Whether you’re looking to watch true-crime, uplifting, or sports documentaries, you’re sure to find something you like among these 11 new titles.