The Week In Rap: “Black Panther” Crosses $1 Billion, Converse Pays Homage to Michael Jordan's Early Days With Special-edition Jordan' Sneakers, Braided Hairstyle Ideas for Black Women & More

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“Black Panther” crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office on Saturday, making it the fifth Marvel movie to do so.

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It took 26 publisher rejections before Madeleine L’Engle could get “A Wrinkle in Time” into print in 1962. The book was an instant hit, winning the Newbery Medal the following year, but despite its wild success, L’Engle still had fierce critics — including a good number of them who disliked her book for faith reasons.

While L’Engle considered herself a devout Christian and sprinkled the book with scriptural references, she was accused by some conservative Christians of promoting witchcraft and the occult — an accusation made later against “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

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Disney's mega hit "Black Panther" has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The studio said Saturday that the milestone is based on Disney's estimate of ticket sales. The announcement comes on the 26th day of release for the blockbuster. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.

Disney notes that "Black Panther" is the fifth film in its Marvel universe to reach the milestone. The others are "The Avengers," ″Avengers: Age of Ultron," ″Iron Man 3," and "Captain America: Civil War."

The film has made $521 million domestically, becoming the No. 2 superhero release of all time, surpassing "The Dark Knight."  Read More Here

Converse made special-edition 'Birth of Michael Jordan' sneakers for the UNC Tar Heels.

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The "Team Pack" consist of six colorways of its HOVR Phantom runner inspired by various UA-sponsored universities that could be chasing an NCAA National Championship during March Madness. Read More Here

If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that Nike is doing quite a bit for female sneakerheads at the moment, in terms of designing and marketing sneakers for the fairer sex.

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As a lead in to their next Illect Recordings album release, Sareem Poems & Ess Be collaborate with Sean C. Johnson on "Way Up There".

Audio: Sareem Poems & Ess Be "Way Up There (feat. Sean C. Johnson)"

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A teenager raised $20,000 in the hopes of helping to send hundreds of girls to the upcoming science fiction film “A Wrinkle in Time,” according to the fundraising website GoFundMe.

Taylor Richardson, 14, is no stranger to fundraising for a good cause. At age 9, she raised enough money to send herself to space camp and moved a step closer to her dream of a career in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She also raised more than $18,000 and hosted multiple screenings to help 1,000 girls see “Hidden Figures” last year in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

In an interview today on “Good Morning America,” Taylor said she came up with the campaign for “A Wrinkle in Time” because “representation matters.” Read More Here


Release Date: 2008

In 2005, hip hop fans were treated to an excellent record from supergroup Deepspace 5, containing emcees the likes of Playdough, manCHILD, Listener, and several others. Those 19 tracks were made up of beats created by two men, DJ Dust and Beat Rabbi. Since that album, Beat Rabbi has been working on a little project of his own, with the intention of going old school with his beats. And from all of his hard work comes Deepspace5oul.

SHO BARAKA & VANESSA HILL ‘SO MANY FEELINGS’ 
‘So Many Feelings’ was produced by Nate “TheBeatbreaker” Robinson. Vanessa Hill flexed with the vocals. Sho brought his though-provoking barz and timeless flow.

‘So Many Feelings’ is grown-folk music that speaks on topics like relationships, commitment, and marriage. Song of Solomon vibes are strong on this. If you’re immature and not creative, you might not rock with this dope work of art or certain biblical passages. 

If you have not read it yet peep HowTo Advance Your Swagger, IMPROVE YOURSELF & HELP OTHERS PART 12...

 

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?

1 Corinthians 6:15a

 

Some Christians are very busy.  With work, families and ministry, we barely have a chance to rest.

Finding time to exercise can be tough.  How long do we need?  20-30 minutes? One 30-minute TV show a few times a week?  Exercise does not require a fancy gym membership.  What about a walk during our morning prayers, a short walk after dinner or maybe even a walk during our lunch break?

Healthier eating options can be tricky   Unhealthy food choices are easier and sometimes less expensive.  We have to make choices.  Sometimes just eating less food is good.  Nowadays there is a bunch of unnecessary “Super-size” options.   We do not need to “Super-size” everything.  A regular portion is enough most people.  Another idea would be to eat more vegetables and lower the amount of the other foods you consume. Read More Here

2018 Braided Hairstyle Ideas for Black Women. Looking for some new ways to braid your mane? 2018 revamps tired old tresses with traditional African influences to modern braiding techniques. From the use of mixing in golden accents, to beads and shells, 2018 is all about embracing our culture and making it new again.  Check out some of the most popular braiding hairstyles that can be spotted in 2018!

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Time and time again, Chick-fil-A has inspired us all with everyday stories that show us they’re serving up more than chicken. The company’s culture has been known to live up to its foundational Christian values by going the extra mile to serve people with generosity and dedication.

One woman’s recent Chick-fil-A story was another example of just that, and it made our day. Lindsey Jones shared on Facebook:

As my family and I traveled back to Lorena from Taos, NM, we stopped at this Chick-fil-A restaurant to grab lunch to-go. Approximately THREE hours later when we stopped for gas in Abilene, I realized I must have left my purse back in Lubbock at Chick-fil-A. I called and spoke to a very nice woman named Darcy who assured me that they had my purse and would ship it to me right away. After thinking about all the very important things in my purse that I would need ASAP, I called back and spoke to a manager named Casey. 

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This year has seen the return of the Nike Air Max 98 silhouette, and with it, some OG colorways. Styles like  "Gundam" and "Tour Yellow" had nostalgic Nike heads rejoicing when they released in late February. Up next for the retro silhouette is a colorway that's guaranteed to grab some attention. VISIT WEBSITE

Hender Scheme and Adidas are rekindling their collaborative partnership that officially began in 2017 with a second round of premium renditions of Three Stripes models.

This brand new collection will include leather reconstructions of the Adidas NMD_R1, Superstar, and Micropacer. Unlike the prior release, the pairs will not be entirely made of vachetta tan leather. This time around, each is crafted to resemble the OG colorways of the base model. The NMD_R1 sports black leather upper with red and blue midsole blocks, the Superstar is black with white accents and a tan shell toe, and the Micropacer is outfitted in metallic silver foil with baby blue accents. Read More Here

Have you ever considered going meatless as a way to lose weight? I'm not suggesting a full-fledged vegetarian lifestyle. I'm talking about taking the meat off the dinner table one night a week - Mondays for example. Besides weight loss, there are many health benefits associated with substituting plants for meat. Check out this week's feature article to find out more about the benefits of going meatless on Mondays.

According to the Meatless Campaign, going meatless once a week can have the following health benefits:

1. LIMIT CANCER RISK. Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.  Read More Here

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Rob Gronkowski has yet to say what he intends to do in 2018, but it seems as though the star tight end still has football very much on the brain.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Gronkowski has been working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center this offseason, which is located at Gillette Stadium.

One note: TE Rob Gronkowski’s status may be officially up in the air, but he’s spent his days working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Gillette. That’s another good sign for New England.

LeBron James doesn’t like how the Kyrie Irving - Isaiah Thomas trade went down. After the Cavs would start to backtrack due to IT’s medical records, they would ask for an additional second-round pick. That’s it.In the meantime, LeBron would be “less than impressed.”“And there was a fourth factor that poisoned the pool for Thomas in Cleveland before he even dipped his toes into the water: James was against the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics to bring Thomas there in the first place.”But it’s not because LeBron dislikes Thomas. It’s anything but that.“As he showed last year, James had respect for Thomas and his battle back from a hip injury. But James was skeptical from the start. The injury itself was worrisome. James’ agent also represented Jonny Flynn, a small guard who had his promising career derailed by hip injuries.”Of course, IT wouldn’t work out in Cleveland. But does LeBron have a point beyond that? Should the Cavs have gone for more?

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Malachi @ The_Oracle_Mag

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