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5 Pop Culture Stories from Last Week That You Should Know About

This post is part of the Pop Culture Rewind Blog Series.

Last week was full of juicy pop culture stories. A lot happened in the world of film and entertainment. ABC made history with the casting the newest bachelorette. The GRAMMY Awards provided sporadic entertainment and notable tributes to artists we lost last year. An immortal story will be told…by Oprah, of course! Basketball legends are being made in New Orleans. Additionally, the world celebrated Black Love Day and Valentine’s Day while preparing to celebrate Presidents’ Day (or Past Presidents’ Day).
Check out this roundup of pop culture stories from last week.
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Pop Culture Stories – February 19

1…The Next Bachelorette will be….BLACK ?

Rachel Lindsey is the “Bachelorette” for Season 13. This marks the first time that ABC has cast a black lead on a “The Bachelor” franchise series. It is an awesome moment in pop culture. Read more about the historical “Bachelorette” >>> HERE.

 

Well, well, well! I never thought ABC would dip in the chocolate pond for a leading role on The Bachelorette series. I mean, I wanted the show to add more diversity and open their minds to multicultural dating scenarios. They went much further (than before) with the current season of The Bachelor. However, with all the good news about the first African-American Bachelorette, I am a bit low-key upset that the announcement was made prior to the end of the season and Rachel is still “in the running” for Nick Viall’s love. Put 2-and-2 together and we know Rachel didn’t get the final ring.

 

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Anyway, I will be sure to watch the premiere episode of the next season of The Bachelorette. I’m interested to see what Rachel’s pool of eligible bachelors looks like. Will you be watching?

“President Agent Orange”

~Busta Rhymes during the A Tribe Called Quest GRAMMY performance

2…The GRAMMY Awards Show broadcast was lackluster with a few bright moments.

I watched the live broadcast last Sunday and was waiting for something groundbreaking to happen. As I tweeted with the Twitterverse and posted with friends on Facebook, several key moments begin to emerge. Below are my Top 5 Tweet-able GRAMMY moments.

  • Twenty One Pilots accept their GRAMMY award in their underwear.
  • Beyoncé’s 10-minute performance in a chair with the strength of Samson [bible reference, look it up]. Some fans loved it. Other folks were not impressed. Does it matter what people think when you are Queen Bey ? carrying two new members of American Royalty?! #JustAsking
  • Chance the Rapper’s faith-infused performance that included Kirk Franklin in a New York Fashion Week-rejected outfit complete with a tuxedo coat and jeggings/leggings/capri pants. What was Kirk wearing? I’m asking for a friend.
  • Bruno Mars channels Prince ☔️ in the tribe to “the Purple One” with Morris Day and The Time.
  • Adele dedicates her Album of the Year Award to Beyoncé and proceeds to rip it in half [to symbolize sharing it with Bey].
Due to the controversial selection of Adele for the Album of the Year, the talk of the internet has been focused on debating whether the race/ethnicity of the recording artists has an impact on their chance of winning a GRAMMY award. Even, Adele asked the question [from the stage], “what the [expletive] does Beyoncé have to do to win [Album of the Year]?” However, several people are debunking the myth by explaining that awards are based on a multitude of things – record sales, etc. It will be interesting to see how The Recording Academy handles the inquiries and speculation. Truth be told, people watch the awards broadcast show for the performances, there were hits and misses this year. Which performance was your favorite of the night?

3…HBO announces premiere date for Oprah’s film about Henrietta Lacks

HBO’s presentation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premieres in April. The story, based on the the book by Rebecca Sloot, follows the investigation of Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in medicine without her permission. Oprah stars in the film. Get the details of the movie and the Henrietta Lacks story on Huffington Post >>> HERE.

 

Are you familiar with the Henrietta Lacks story? If not, you have a few months to get the information. This movie is based on the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” book by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks played a major role in medical development over the years. Her story needs to be told. Seems like, Oprah talks about this movie often, thus showing her passion for the story. This is why I plan to watch. Will you tune in for the premiere on April 22?
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 4…Rosario Dawson and Eric Andre are dating.

In one of the most shocking pop cultural stories of the week, Rosario Dawson announced her new relationship with Eric Andre via Instagram on Valentine’s Day. Eric Andre is out here giving hope to men across the nation…just as Jermaine Dupri gave hope [to men everywhere] when he dated Janet Jackson. Hope, meaning guys could have a chance to date a beautiful woman. Eric Andre has dated Tatyana Ali, Amber Rose and now Rosario Dawson. He’s winning at life and fans are either loving it…or confused. The Hollywood Life post showcases fan reactions to this surprise couple. Even Chance the Rapper was like “Whet! Is this for real?”

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5…NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and it’s almost over.

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It’s the annual party weekend for the NBA league. I mean, it’s the annual weekend to highlight and showcase the skills of the some of the best players in the professional basketball league. This year the festivities are in New Orleans (which means triple the party atmosphere). From parties to beignets in the French Quarter to basketball skills at the Superdome, I’m sure everyone attending All-Star Weekend is having a blast. I have friends who attended past All-Star Weekends. Consequently, they shared stories (too many stories) of fun times and adventures, but I’ve never been inspired to attend. Womp. Womp. Will you watch the All-Star game tonight?

Elsewhere in pop culture…

▶︎ American Girl plans to release a Boy Doll. American Girl is finally releasing a boy doll as part of a more diverse collection. [Huffington Post]

▶︎ “Prison Bae” Jeremy Meeks Walks in New York Fashion Week Show. Jeremy Meeks, dubbed the “Hot Convict” or better yet “Prison Bae” (thanks, #BlackTwitter) in 2104, walked the runway in the Philipp Plein Show during fashion week. [New York Daily News]

▶︎ Lifetime aired the Britney biopic, “Britney Ever After” this weekend. After watching a clip online for this movie, I’m not sure how I feel about it. Did you watch the premiere? [People]

Which pop cultural stories caught your eye? Did I miss anything? Share your thoughts in the comment section below or on social media – Facebook or Twitter.

 

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  1. Ty

    I actually enjoyed the Grammy’s this year. As far as everything else…not really interested but at least now I’m up to date on what’s going on. Thanks!

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  2. Nay

    The Grammys were really good this year. It’s been awhile since they had a great all around show, so it was great to watch. To see artists that have perfected their craft.

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  3. Kirstin Fuller

    Love these recaps. I can’t wait for the HBO movie on Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah. That story is long overdue and John Hopkins Hospital and that doctor owe her family billions of dollars. It’s wrong on so many levels! They straight took advantage of her and her family!

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  4. Jonna

    I was working on my blog the night the Grammys came on so caught the literal last few seconds of Beyonce’s performance. And heard the Britney biopic was garbage.

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  5. Shantel Collins

    I see these TV show producers and mainstream media period, are starting to see just how much difference black viewership can make. I never watched the Bachelor or Bachelorette series. It will be interesting to see what her selection of men will look like and how much diversity will exist.

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  6. Mimi Green

    Dear The Bachelorette welcome to 500 years ago. I don’t watch the show but glad they finally caught up with the times.

    I love that Chance the Rapper included other artist from his community.

    Bruno Mars killed it at the awards and I love seeing Morris Day and the Time. I didn’t get Beyoncé performance. I ador Adele.

    They are an odd pairing, but good luck to the new couple. I so can’t take him seriously.

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  7. Toiia L. Rukuni

    WOW! Thanks for this pop culture update. I have to admit that I did not plan on watching the Grammy’s and I caught the ending and Chance the Rapper brought it home for me! I saw the Britney Spears Biopic and it answered a few of my questions about her life, but the New Edition Story is the best music biopic of the year! I hope that in your next review you talk about This Is Us that is my favorite network tv show!

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      Ramona

      Toiia, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the updates. I love This is Us as well. I agree about Chance the Rapper. I’m a new fan. I wasn’t aware of his faith platform and his premise, but he’s the real deal. Amazing that he won a Grammy without a record deal.

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  8. Sonya

    I loved the performances by Beyonce, A Tribe Called Quest, The Time, & Chance the Rapper. My favorite moment was Busta Rhymes calling DT President Agent Orange…lol.
    I can’t wait to see Oprah’s film in April. HBO films are usually really good. I loved Confirmation with Kerry Washington.

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