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Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae Join Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)
Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are set to star opposite Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming film for Universal. Originally titled “Marwencol” and based on the 2010 documentar…
By Justin Kroll

Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are set to star opposite Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming film for Universal.

Originally titled “Marwencol” and based on the 2010 documentary of the same name, the moving true story follows one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Details about Mann and Monae’s characters are unknown at this time.

Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner will produce with Zemeckis, alongside Cherylanne Martin. The movie is executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.

VP of production Maradith Frenkel and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.

Mann’s 2016 slate included New Line’s “How to Be Single” and “The Comedian,” opposite Robert De Niro. She is currently filming “The Pact,” which Universal is also distributing, and stars Jon Cena. She is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

Monae recently starred in two critically acclaimed films, “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” both of which were nominated for best picture Oscars, with “Moonlight” taking home the prize. She is repped by WME and Wondaland Management.


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Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe did an outstanding job in the roles as Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Three African American women who were the brains behind one of NASA’s (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) greatest missions : launching John Glen into orbit!

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is a physicist and mathematician who made contributions to space programs at NASA. Dorothy Vaughan was also a mathematician at NASA who became the first African American woman supervisor for the West Area Computer Center. Mary Jackson was a mathematician and aerospace engineer for NASA as well.

This film couldn’t have been more accurate with the production & details that helped capture and depict perfectly how both racism and sexism affected the lives of these 3 black women in the 1960’s.

These women were relentless. They stayed true to their values and ambition and did not betray their goals for anyone or anything. Even as mothers and wives, they found a way to make their dreams come true. With love as their strong bond in their friendships, each pushed one another to strive forward despite their circumstances.

Each saw beyond themselves on a grander scale. That achieving their goals was not just about themselves but about the black women that would come after them. They knew breaking down these racial barriers set against them would be a light in the tunnel for little black girls to have someone to look to. Someone had to be the first to do it and they did just that.

One thing i did take notice of, was the fact that each time one of them hit a road block because decrimination for being black AND a woman, ….. everyone benefited.

I’ll provide 1 example.

Katherine was the one who dealt with solving the formulas that would give the spaceship coordinators an estimation of coordinates that would get the ship into orbit as well as timing the orbit reentry AND landing. (Not a soul a NASA could do what she could do.) They’d perform tests using Katherine’s results for the perfect take off and landing. After each experiment, a meeting would be held to discuss what went wrong and what needed to be corrected going forward to make this a successful mission. She was not allowed in these meetings, nor was she told what resulted from the discussions about the last test because she didn’t have “authorization” or “clearance” aka she was black and a woman. So instead of them giving her a briefing of the last mission, EACH TEST, she had to start from square one to try and come up with the successful formula to make this mission a success without knowing what went wrong in the last try. I failed to mention that they were on a time frame as well. The guy who worked with her and also attended the meetings with their boss was the one making this process harder than what it should have been for her. (So here’s the part you have been waiting for.) Just before 1 meeting, he pushed her buttons one last time. She had to remind them the clock was ticking and that it’s ridiculous and backwards how they are working. How can she do her part when they give her no answers? She also told her boss HE IS THE BOSS but he needs to start acting like it and call the shots. If he makes the call that she can come into the meeting, she’ll be able to get the answers they’ve been looking for all that time. So after she spoke up, he gave her clearance to come into the meeting. In that meeting, she showcased her abilities and formulated promising coordinates. Everyone was impressed. The coordinates worked.

This is what i mean by everyone benefiting from her fighting racism and sexism. Once she was granted access she was able to make the mission a success.

I digress.

Overall, i loved this movie. I could watch it over and over and you should go see it.

Afrofuturism through Music!

Welcome back, loved ones! 

In today’s post, I am going to be speaking about one of my favorite things on this Earth; music!

But not just any kind of music. Today I will be talking about music with elements of Afrofuturism!

As stated in the my previous blog, Afrofuturism is a speculative art form that raises awareness and conversation about a number of issues that are often specific to the black community. Music was no exception to this form, as the word, often times futuristic rhythms, projected imagery and sentiments of escape from harsh realities; creating images and sentiments for a better furture for those within the black community.

The earliest forms of Afrofuturistic takes on music come from the esteemed Sun Ra (not pictured up above); with his most famous album entitled “Space is the Place”; explicitly speaking on the presence of a better place, outside of our universe, for black people.

More contemporary forms of afrofuturism through sound comes speaks on a variety of issues impacting the black community today ranging from the acknowledgment and empowerment of the beauty within blackness to the systematic oppression of black people in forms of police brutality and mass incarceration. The artist I will focus on for the remainder of this post is the beautiful and electrifying Janelle Monae (pictured above). Monae focuses on issue that impact the overall black community, but often times she highlights the plight of black women in regards to their identity as both being black and women.

Afrofuturistic in the musicality, words and visuals of her songs, Janelle Monae speaks on embracing the beauty of black women in her song “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring the honorable Erykah Badu. Set in the future, the video opens with a museum exhibit with human subjects in which have been frozen in their places from the past. One can even find the parallel in the United States first World Fairs, in which human expositions depicting minority groups in their “natural habitat” for the amusement of whites who came to visit. 

Promptly after, the “frozen” human expositions came to life after the sound of music, and ring leader, Janelle Monae takes center stage filling the electric personally, prompting the other black women (and men) to come “back to life” with the music; embracing one another and reveling in their glory. 

In the song and the video, Monae promotes the “carefree” black woman and man; believing in and embracing their innate beauty despite popular discourse that discourages them from doing so.

This is a project that I would I have loved to have had the opportunity to be a part. With such and important and impacting message, Monae is setting the stage for more of a self-loving and carefree future for black women and men for generations to come.

Here is the link to the video below if you haven’t had the chance to see or need a refresher on the magic of visuals.

Until next time loves,

mama melanin <3

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Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu

“I wanted to create something for people who feel like they want to give up because they’re not accepted by society. ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ definitely is an acronym. Monae explains during an interview at Fuse HQ. It’s for those who are marginalized. She says the "Q” represents the queer community, the “U” for the untouchables, the “E” for emigrants, the second “E” for the excommunicated and the “N” for those labeled as negroid.’’


Why you looking at me now?
Why you looking at me again?
What if I pulled my teeth?
Cut my hair underneath my chin 
Wrap my curls all around the world
Throw my pearls all across the floor 
Feeling my beat like a sniper girl
(Cause I want it more)
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