Lena Waithe Wants to “Bring People Together.”
And her new short film, Rising, aims to do just that. Created for the Love Has No Labels campaign—which is working to create more inclusive communities—the film features a diverse group of people coming together to save a boy’s family from drowning during a storm, highlighting how it unfortunately often takes tragedy to bring folks together.
“So excited to be involved,” Waithe told PEOPLE of working on the project. “We need stories like this that bring people together, especially now.”
Game of Thrones director David Nutter, who is also behind the film, added, “We live in a time of tribalism. Rising is a story about shifting the way we communicate. Through this film we want people to go from being defensive of those who are different to accepting and embracing our differences.”
Head here to watch.
Kevin Durant vs. Draymond Green.
Witnesses of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s post-on-court locker room fallout on Monday night are calling the scene “one of the most volatile episodes of the Warriors’ dynastic run.” In fact, Warriors general manager Bob Myers says Green’s actions ended up leading to suspension.
“We just felt like this rose to the level of acting the way that we did,” he stated at a news conference ahead of Tuesday night’s Oakland game. “That’s a decision that we have to make. I’m certainly involved in it, so is Steve [Kerr]. … This was something that required the action that we decided upon.”
ESPN reports that Green’s suspension will cost him a hefty $120,480.
A Chance the Rapper Musical Feature Film Is on the Way.
It’s called Hope, and it’ll tell the story of a group of Chicago teens who team up to spark change in their community.
“The screenplay will reportedly be written by Empire’s Carlito Rodriguez,” VIBE reports. “Straight Outta Compton’s co-producer Scott Bernstein and Chance’s manager Pat Corcoran will bring the film to life alongside Chano himself. Chance’s frequent collaborator, Donnie Trumpet—who is known at [sic] Nico Segal—is also cited as a collaborator on the film.”
More details should roll out soon.
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