Spike Lee will be adapting a DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel called Prince of Cats into a movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comic, which was written and illustrated by Ron Wimberly, is described as an “80s-set hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, with the tragic star-crossed love story seen through the eyes of Tybalt, Juliet’s angry and duel-loving cousin.”
The description continues:
“The film centers on Tybalt and his Capulet brothers, who navigate Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword dueling — including katanas — with the rival Montagues blossoms into a vibrant world. That world includes hip-hop essentials such as DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti.”
Lee will rewrite the script and partner with Wimberly and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds for the story.
Hinds wrote the initial screenplay for the adaptation of the graphic novel. His knowledge of the hip hop world stems from his tenure as the editor-in-chief of The Source magazine. Hinds also doubles as a comic writer, having penned an episode of Jordan Peele‘s update of The Twilight Zone.
Lakeith Stanfield was original slated to star in the Prince of Cats movie, however he’s no longer attached.
Meanwhile, Lee is still building off the success of his movie BlacKkKlansman, which garnered him Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Director. He won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film. Currently, Lee is in postproduction on Da 5 Bloods, a thriller which includes Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser and Jonathan Majors in its ensemble.
Colin Kaepernick‘s impromptu NFL workout has been surrounded by shadiness, cynicism, and side-eyes from the very beginning.
Yesterday we reported that #7 would be getting an official shot to get back into the league but the conditions are not exactly ideal. The workout is in Atlanta on Saturday as opposed to the industry standard Tuesday and there was a concern that many teams would not be able to attend because they are preparing for games on Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the suspicion was the NFL’s refusal to share the names of teams that WOULD be attending to watch Colin do his thing.
However, just moments ago, the NFL did, in fact, release a list of teams who will be in attendance.
That’s not all. ESPN’s Josina Anderson is also breaking new news about the workout.
Just spoke to Hue Jackson. Confirmed he’ll be involved in leading Colin Kaepernick’s workout that’s scheduled for Saturday. “I just found out about it today. The NFL asked me to do it. I’m excited about doing it for Colin & the league. As far as I know…Colin’s still attending.”
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 14, 2019
We hope this whole spectacle turns into a job for Kaep. We shall see.
The past few weeks have been a storm for Atlanta and its police department with highly publicized crime making national news day after day. The majority of that news was around missing Clark Atlanta student Alexis Crawford. That case came to a close after her body was found in an Atlanta Park. Now police believe her roommate and her boyfriend were the ones who caused the manhunt and ultimately were the ones that killed her. All the while another story was coming out of Atlanta that left local residents puzzled for a month.
The AJC reports, that an Ex-APD officer allegedly went through Cobb County playing real-life Grand Theft Auto.
Justin Mikale Thorne, 22, of Atlanta, was arrested Friday on multiple felonies after he was connected to the alleged armed robbery, Cobb police told Channel 2 Action News. On Tuesday, a surveillance photo was released that appears to show Thorne inside the Comfort Inn & Suites off Windy Hill Road just before the Oct. 17 incident.
What makes this newsworthy and so unique is Thorne was sporting an official APD uniform while committing these crimes. To make matters worse he had just recently resigned from the police force due to an internal investigation. Thorne had been on the force since October 2017. Not only that he had his badge visible during the robberies and no facial covering. After robbing his two victims (who were in town from Arkansas) Thorne made away with a little over $800 and a brand new iPhone. This may go down as the dumbest crime committed in 2019.
If things weren’t bad enough now you can’t even trust the police you come across.
Have y’all ever met someone new and instantly connected in such a way that it was like you already knew them? Well, that’s kinda what Shaman Durek, a spiritual guide who works with Hollywood types like Gwyneth Paltrow and Nina Dobrev, and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, who is fourth in line for the Norwegian throne, say they felt. Except not exactly. In an interview with People the self-described “sixth-generation shaman” addresses skeptics, talks his new book “Spirit Hacking” and talks about their past life “connection” and how they do cartwheels together. Like what a love right?!
“We’re holding the same frequency of love for the planet,” Durek says of Märtha, 48, who has three daughters with ex-husband Ari Behn. “And that is worth everything.”
Durek told PEOPLE that after he and the Princess were set up by a mutual friend they immediately recognized one another.
“She walked in and she said, ‘I remember you, I know who you are,’ ” says Durek. “I was like, ‘Yes, we knew each other from a very long time ago.’ It just came out of my mouth.”
Märtha tells PEOPLE, “I came in the door, and I recognized him straight away. I was like, ‘I know you.’ That’s the first thing I said to him.”
Durek claims he once lived with Märtha in Egypt in a past life. “When we’re together and I look at [Märtha], sometimes I see another face,” he says. “And she sees it in me, too. I have memories of us in Egypt, and she was my queen and I was a pharaoh.”
See what we mean?
It must be the money… Or are we being too judgy? Have ANY of y’all ever experienced a past life connection like this?
For what it’s worth, Durek and Märtha, aren’t letting other folks opinions bother them.
“I’m not here to tell [critics] that something’s wrong with them,” Durek says. “When people say things like, ‘That’s not real,’ to me you’re basically narrowing down your consciousness and your ability to be aware of what’s possible. You’re only seeing one angle.”
Märtha addressed her critics and supporters back in May when she posted photos of the pair to announce their swirlationship on Instagram:
When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine. @shamandurek has changed my life, like he does with so many. He has made me realize that unconditional love actually exists here on this planet. He embraces all of me without question or fear. He makes me laugh more than anyone, has the most profound wisdom to share and all the bits in between from the diversity of his being. I feel so happy and blessed that he is my boyfriend. Thank you my love, for including me so generously into your family. I love you from this eternity to the next.
And to those of you who feel the need to criticize: Hold your horses. It is not up to you to choose for me or to judge me. I don’t choose my man to satisfy any of you or the norms or boxes you have chosen in your mind for me to be in. I don’t thrive there, nor do I exist in your illusion about me. I choose from love. And that’s it. Shaman Durek is merely a man I love spending my time with and who fulfills me. So thank you for respecting my actions and my choice of partner. All I know at this moment is that we love each other and I am super happy. Have a wonderful, loving Sunday and Mother’s Day(for the USA).
Naysayers aside, the pair have been selling tickets to the
freak show. They had a “wellness tour” earlier this year billed as “The Princess and the Shaman” that included a final performance workshop at Gamlebyen Kulturhus in Fredrikstad.
Durek is also pushing a book “Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Light Up the World” where he details his ability to commune with spirits.
He told PEOPLE he wants to help others “become more independent in their own evolution, how they deal with their relationships, the way they deal with problems that arise,” he says. “All I’m doing is throwing a bunch of tools in a container and saying, ‘How far do you want to go?’”
Sounds like he has pretty good intentions at least. Are you buying the book?
We know Märtha Louise bought a gang of copies. PEOPLE closed out the interview with Durek by publishing his praise of his love’s down to earth realness:
“I see myself in her, and she sees herself in me: the kindness, the love, the playfulness, the silliness,” Durek says. “She’s a princess, and she grew up in a royal family, but she’s real. She hugs people like I do. She plays video games with me, and she does fun things with me. If I skip down the street, she skips with me, and if I do cartwheels, she wants to do cartwheels. What kind of princess does that?”
Le sigh… Love is such a beautiful thing. It can really render you to believe in ALL THE POSSIBILITIES.. but do you think the first time he called her “Scam Risk Likely” came up on the caller ID?
There’s a super sweet video going viral of Philadelphia dads bonding with their daughters in ballet class. Last weekend an annual event at E’Chappe Dance Arts took place where the proud papas joined their daughters for one hour of ballet and one hour of yoga.
The super sweet event was filmed and posted on Instagram and quickly reposted by the likes of Jennifer Garner and Michael Ealy.
EDA’s founder, Erin Lee, was recently interviewed by Good Morning America about her beautiful class that celebrates the girls and their dance dads who gleefully do plies and allégros alongside their baby girls.
“Here we’re really big on dance dads,” said Lee. “They do pick up and drop off and are getting the girls ready for dance recitals.”
“Year-round those dads are here and it’s very rarely acknowledged,” Lee said. “We wanted to show the world that this happens.”
“There’s that stigma, that people say dads won’t want to do it,” she added. “You just have to give them the opportunity and sometimes pull them out of their shells and they’ll do it.”
One of the dads who regularly attends the class dubbed “BOGA” also told GMA that he’s glad that seeing black dads doing ballet with their daughters is helping to erase negative stigmas.
“In today’s climate that side of black men doesn’t get seen … black men who are there to support their daughters and be soft and vulnerable and show a different side,” said Julian Myers. “And it allowed our daughters to look to the left and look to the right and see other dads are out there doing the same things for their daughters.”
“It was so moving and so character-building,” he added.
Now, THIS is some sweet melanin excellence.
What do YOU think about the E’Chappe Dance Arts class?