Lupita Nyong’o’s Us Performance Just Made History for Black Women.
Not only did Us kill the box office during opening weekend ($70 million in its first three days!), but it also became the highest domestic opening weekend gross for a film lead by a Black woman.
According to Shadow and Act, the last Black actress to pull off this feat was Sanaa Lathan, who was the top-billed actor in Alien v. Predator. That film brought in $38.2 million during its opening weekend. As noted by Shadow and Act, these are the top five highest-grossing films with a Black woman as the top-billed star, according to Box Office Mojo:
- Us (2019) – Lupita Nyong’o, $71M
- Alien v. Predator (2004) – Sanaa Lathan, $38M
- A Wrinkle in Time (2018) – Oprah Winfrey, $33M
- Girls Trip (2018) – Regina Hall, $31M
- Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) – Janet Jackson, $29M
The FBI Is Reportedly Probing Why Jussie Smollett’s Charges Were Dropped.
Page Six reports that the investigation began just one day after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped its 16-count felony indictment.
“Based on the facts and the evidence . . . this office believes that they could prove him guilty,” State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV. “I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Holmes, released a statement on Wednesday, speaking against the authorities who “have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped.”
“The case is closed,” she continued. “No public official has the right to violate Mr. Smollett’s due process rights.”
Billboard Has Removed Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from Its Hot Country Songs Chart.
“Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts,” they told Rolling Stone in a statement. “When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
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