YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar junta imposes curfews, bans on gatherings in two biggest cities to try to stem protests against coup.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar junta imposes curfews, bans on gatherings in two biggest cities to try to stem protests against coup.
I’ve been a comic book reader since the age of 10. When I discovered the Black Panther comics, I realized what true representation felt like. I finally saw a character that looked like me, one that I could dress up as for Halloween. I was ecstatic when the character appeared in “Captain America: Civil War” and got his own movie. I was brought to tears when I learned of Chadwick Boseman’s passing. Then when Kevin Feige announced that Marvel will not be recasting his character T’Challa, it was yet another unexpected emotional gut punch. The more I thought about what this could mean long-term, the more depressing, bleak, and short-sighted this decision started to seem. There were two options that I dreaded for T’Challa’s character in the MCU moving forward: 1. They would relegate him to just being a background character (a la Paul Walker from the “Fast & Furious” franchise) or 2. they’ll kill him off. The first option would be so disappointing, but that latter option would be even worse. T’Challa was already presumed dead in the movie, then he came back to life. Then the real-life actor passes away, only for the studios to potentially kill off his fictional character again? Anyone who even entertains this thought needs to examine just why they’re so comfortable with emotional trauma porn of Black death. We’ve already had enough of that in real life with the pandemic and police brutality, and the last thing we need is for that to be reflected in our fictional superheroes. Boseman played a strong, intelligent and capable Black king. (Photo: Marvel Studios) Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa was significant because he brought to life an image that many Black boys and men rarely see — an advanced, prosperous world led by a strong, intelligent and capable Black king. The character was originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to be an uplifting anti-stereotype during the 1960s. T’Challa was the very first Black superhero in mainstream comics; he is literally Black history. If Marvel Studios removes T’Challa, then that would be at the expense of the Black boys who looked up to him. Black boys do not deserve to have their hero pushed off to the sidelines or worse. No child deserves that. Think back to “Black Panther” when T’Challa was presumed dead, only to heroically come back to life. Then for us to learn that the actor ends up dying in real life. Follow that up with Marvel finding whatever creative way to kill him on/off-screen (AGAIN!?) in “Black Panther 2.” Do Black lives no longer matter? I would like to believe that it is the fantasy of the character of T’Challa that helps us all escape the painful realities of the real world. Another painful reality that dawned on me with Marvel’s decision is how it could inadvertently play into Hollywood’s already discriminatory track record with minority characters. No, I am not calling Marvel racist. What I am saying is that Hollywood has typically demonstrated absolutely no issue when it comes to recasting fictional white characters. We have had a plethora of Batman, Superman, Spider-Man or James Bond movies and actors over the decades. No matter how iconic an actor may be in the role, or how bad the movies may be, or even if the death of the actor was involved, the fictional character lived on. It would be inconceivable to even imagine not recasting Superman because Christopher Reeves passed on, or Joker because Heath Ledger was just so amazing in the role. A Disney+ series is in the works featuring Wakanda as a setting. (Photo: Marvel Studios) It feels unsettling that the option not to recast is happening to one of the few Black, leading superheroes we have in T’Challa. I understand that Marvel believes their decision is based on honoring Chadwick. However, it stifles the opportunity for one of the most popular, leading Black superheroes to add on to their legacy. T’Challa still has decades-worth of fantastic stories left to tell, and the MCU only scratched the surface with his arc. Black superheroes like T’Challa shouldn’t be subjected to discriminatory Hollywood math: Black characters are dealt with subtraction and division while white characters get addition and multiplication. T’Challa deserves the same luxury of living on (and being seen) just like all the other popular superheroes get to do. When it comes down to it, I do believe that the simplest option for Marvel Studios is just to recast the character of T’Challa. If they need more time for people to emotionally heal from Boseman’s passing, then that’s fine. I’ve proposed the idea in the past that a Disney+ Wakanda series would be a great placeholder and just delay “Black Panther 2.” (Luckily, Marvel Studios has done just that!) Also Read: Watch Chadwick Boseman Widow's Tearful Golden Globes Acceptance: 'He Would Say Something Beautiful' (Video) My heart still carries some emotional, recency bias and it’s hard for me to see someone else in the role. At the same time, I know that if the role were to be recast, the next actor would not be trying to replace Chadwick. Rather, they would be picking up the baton he worked so hard to carry and bring something unique to the role. Marvel simply needs to get an exceptionally talented actor (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II or John David Washington, perhaps), and fans will be won over. They should also rephrase and clarify their position by saying something to the effect of, “We do not have any plans of recasting at this time.”At least that way, the window of hope to see T’Challa on screen again isn’t slammed in our faces. Also, let me just say that even if Marvel wanted to pass on the mantle of the Black Panther to Shuri (Letitia Wright) or someone else, T’Challa can still exist. Even in the comics, Shuri was both queen and Black Panther while T’Challa was alive doing other things. As a matter of fact, that dichotomy within their relationship had some great storylines, too. At the end of the day, I still believe in the creative genius of Ryan Coogler and producer Nate Moore. I also believe that Kevin Feige has only the best intentions in mind. I’m sure they know the impact of the Black Panther franchise on society, and T’Challa’s significance too. Marvel should continue to honor and celebrate Chadwick in as many ways as they wish without compromising the legendary character of T’Challa. While I’ll be first in line to support anything Black Panther-related, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned until Marvel does right by T’Challa. [Editors note: You can watch Emmanuel Noisette’s video explanation on why T’Challa should be recast here.] Read original story Why Marvel Should Recast T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’ to Honor Chadwick Boseman (Guest) At TheWrap
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The Biden administration backed Democrats' efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent commissions on Monday, weighing in on a political fight that is likely to dominate Washington in coming years. The United States is facing an "an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country," President Joe Biden's Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. The House of Representatives is set to vote and likely to pass a sweeping election reform bill, HR-1, as soon as this week.
Federer will miss out on defending his Miami Open title at the March 22-April 4 Masters 1000 event, although Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are expected to take part along with Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal. The 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer will make his long-awaited return to the court at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha next week and the 39-year-old may play an event in Dubai after that his agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed to the Miami Herald.
The United States men's under-23 soccer team are aiming to make up for past disappointments, coach Jason Kreis said on Monday as his squad gathered in Mexico for a training camp ahead of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. With the U.S. women having already earned their spot at this year's rescheduled Tokyo Games, the men will try to do the same and qualify for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics if they can reach the final of the March 18-30 competition. "I see it as opportunity, I presented it to the guys that we have a chance to sort of not rewrite history but take a major step forward," said Kreis, during a media call from Guadalajara.
Acclaimed film director Spike Lee is making a documentary for HBO charting New York's recovery from the 9/11 terror attacks through to the coronavirus pandemic, WarnerMedia announced Monday.
Thousands were left without power as a tropical low, which later developed into Tropical Cyclone Niran, brought powerful winds to Cairns in North Queensland on March 1.Ergon Energy reported around 40,000 customers had lost power due to the stormy conditions. Thousands of homes were still without power on the morning of March 2, according to local media.Tropcial Cyclone Niran formed on March 2 and was expected to move away from the coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Credit: Chelsea Rees via Storyful
The Recording Academy announced BTS will perform at MusiCares’ “Music on a Mission” virtual concert. We’re excited to announce that the GRAMMY-Nominated #BTS (@bts_bighit) are joining our incredible lineup of #MusicOnAMission performers! ⚡️🎟 Tickets are now available: https://t.co/rYpgPc30l1 pic.twitter.com/cKvILHBAsI — MusiCares (@MusiCares) March 1, 2021 The K-pop super group joins a lineup that features […]
The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after two-plus seasons, the team announced Monday. Pierce, hired in May 2018, went 63-120 in 183 games. The Hawks are currently 14-20 and sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Indira Varma has joined the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series at Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed. The details of the character Varma will play are being kept under wraps. She joins previously announced series lead Ewan McGregor, who will reprise the role of Kenobi from the films. Hayden Christensen will also appear, once again playing the role […]
Democrats across the country celebrated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the face of governing competence as President Donald Trump fumbled his administration's response to the exploding pandemic last year. Now, the Democratic governor is struggling through a sexual harassment scandal that's testing the limits of his party's support as Democrats grapple with one of the first political headaches of the post-Trump era. Both of New York's Democratic U.S. senators have publicly embraced the state attorney general's nascent investigation into Cuomo's behavior.
Roku is buying Nielsen’s advanced advertising business, which will allow the popular streaming platform to add more hyper-targeted advertising capabilities. Specifically, the deal calls for Roku to acquire Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising (AVA) business, which includes Nielsen’s video automatic content recognition (ACR) and dynamic ad insertion (DAI) technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the sale is expected to close in the second quarter of this year. The DAI tech is what will allow Roku to insert ads that are more targeted to consumers, which is known as “addressable” TV advertising. Essentially, this allows sponsors to target consumers down to the household level and break down viewers by a much wider swath of categories such as income level, lifestyle and shopping interests. This is much more granular than the age and gender demographics that Nielsen typically measures — and could lead to consumers seeing different TV commercials than their next-door neighbors. Also Read: Nielsen to Measure Onscreen Diversity on TV Shows The system has gained prominence thanks to the advent of connected TVs and streaming devices. According to eMarketer, addressable TV advertising spend will reach $3.6 billion by 2022. In addition, Roku and Nielsen are signing a separate multi-year agreement that will allow Nielsen to incorporate Roku ad data into its upcoming cross-media measurement product. Roku had more than 50 million active accounts as of the end of 2020. In December, Nielsen announced plans to combine linear and digital viewing into one number. This, Nielsen expects, will become the new industry currency metric. Nielsen ONE will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022. The “intention” is to “fully transition the industry to cross-media metrics” by the Fall 2024 TV season, according to the ratings currency company. Also Read: Roku Surges to 51.2 Million Accounts, Reports Unexpected Q4 Profit “Tens of billions of dollars continue to be spent annually on traditional TV advertising,” Louqman Parampath, VP of product management at Roku, said. “Combining Nielsen’s AVA technology with Roku’s innovative ad tech and scale will enable us to deliver the benefits of TV streaming advertising to traditional TV. Roku will bring the promise of DAI to the market for the first time ever at scale — providing better targeting and measurement for advertisers, creating easy integration and additional revenue opportunities for programmers’ ad sales teams, and improving the TV experience for viewers. We’re also excited to become a key strategic partner for Nielsen in their new cross-media measurement products, and jointly drive toward greater transparency and accuracy in TV streaming measurement.” “The measurement of ads and content on Roku devices will accelerate the path to a single, deduplicated cross-media currency,” Scott N. Brown, GM of audience measurement at Nielsen, said. “As Roku brings the power of dynamic ad insertion to all forms of TV, we’re excited to help monetize the addressable market by measuring smart TV as a currency, which Nielsen can do at scale.” Read original story Roku Buys Nielsen’s Addressable TV Advertising Business At TheWrap
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French international Joakim Noah announced his retirement from basketball on Monday, ending a 13-season NBA career.
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