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Next Friday Nola Darling is Back in Season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It!

When the trailer for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It dropped earlier this month I was SO excited. I’ll admit my focus pretty much all of the month of May has been consumed by Disney and Aladdin so I should’ve shared this sooner but, better late than never! I first learned about She’s Gotta Have it when I attended Curlfest in 2017. AND I got to meet Spike Lee in person! It was amazing to even be in the presence of that kind of creative energy.

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What is Going on in Casting Over at Mixed-ish?

The official trailer for Mixed-ish was released a few days ago and well…. a lot of people are confused. Before we get into all of that, if you don’t know then Mixed-ish is the prequel to ABC hit tv series Black-ish. I initially spoke about my thoughts with my co-hosts a few weeks ago on The Brown Side of Disney. While I am excited for Mixed-ish to be giving it another go at sharing the black experience from yet another perspective, I’m kinda turned off by the name. Though I get it. They have a thing going so why stop a good thing. So I may be able to excuse the name thing. But then.. oh but then, ABC released the official trailer for Mixed-ish the other day. I’ll let you guys take a look yourself.

Mixed-ish Synopsis

In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

Let me start off by saying I LOVE the trailer. And the concept if the show itself is exciting. I cannot wait to see the world through young Bow’s eyes. And it will be interesting to see how Mixed-ish handles topics such as race, colorism and other controversial issues. Black-ish does a good job of handling all these things in a way that is real, and not too cheesy. But I couldn’t help but notice a couple of things odd about the casting.

Mixed-ish Casting is Just Sloppy

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I LOVE Tika Sumpter… LOVE LOVE LOVE! But this was just sloppy ya’ll. Are they telling me that as Bow’s mother aged she got lighter? What exactly happened. I have seen people talking about this “reverse Aunt Viv” all over social media. Black-ish did you guys think we wouldn’t notice? On one hand it makes me sad because we fight so hard for representation for darker skinned women in the media. But this wasn’t it. This was not one of those times. This was sloppy AF and I’m disappointed.

I’m also a little leery about the casting of the younger version Rainbow’s siblings Johan and Santamonica. While it’s not as bad and blatantly obvious as Alicia Johnson, it still made me raise an eyebrow. Everyone just looks so…. different. Either way, like I said originally I am excited for another “ish” spinoff and I can’t wait to see where Mixed-ish takes us.

Mixed-ish is coming soon to Tuesday nights on ABC. Are you going to be tuning in?

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Will Smith Performs Prince Ali + Aladdin Printables

We are a week and a half away from Aladdin being released in theaters everywhere and literally every clip that I have seen has no disappointed. I keep telling y’all I had faith in Aladdin since the first trailer. And I’ve held on to that optimism since. With every trailer that followed that, the visuals have continued to stun and the characters I’ve loved since I was a little girl have literally come to life. There have been some doubts about Will Smith playing the role of genie, but I’m excited to see him take on this role. If anyone can do justice to the role played by the late Robin Williams, it’s him.

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Is UglyDolls Appropriate for Young Children?

*My family and I were invited to an advance screening of Uglydolls by The Moms Network. While our screening was complimentary, all opinions in this post are my own*

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the boys and I screened UglyDolls but the movie is still crystal clear in my head. I fell in love with UglyDolls from the moment I saw the first trailer. I knew it was going to be good. Then I realized that Janelle Monae was the voice of Mandi, one of the dolls. So I REALLY knew it was going to be good. The cast of UglyDolls is filled with some amazing musical voices, and if you don’t know we LOVE a good musical movie. So when we were invited to an advanced screening of the movie I was IN. After all, I wasn’t going to turn down a chance to witness the movie musical event of the year.

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Disney+: The Cast of Disney’s Live Action Lady and the Tramp is Overflowing with Black Girl Magic

A few days ago I shared a good amount of what Disney had planned for their new streaming service Disney+ set to debut this fall. Among the announcement were plans for a number of live action movies that would be available exclusively on Disney+. Plans for a live action version of classic Lady and the Tramp were announced a while ago in 2018. Disney finally gave us a first look  at the Disney+ announcement event.

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 The cast of Lady and the Tramp is FULL of black girl magic!

Up until recently not much was known about this version of the movie. It’s reportedly a combination of live animals and CGI which should make for a pretty interesting movie. Tessa Thompson is the voice of lady, and the cast announcements have been flowing since then. In this version of the movie, Kiersey Clemons is set to play Darling, the human owner of Lady.

Also set to join the cast is Janelle Monae voicing the part of Peg, a super cute pound dog from the original movie. How awesome is it to have both Janelle and Tessa in one movie?! Too bad it’s a CGI film because I would love to see them on the “big screen” together. I’ve spoken about how representation in Disney films has made a difference before, so I am so glad to see it’s continuing into this year. The live action remakes haven’t come without controversy. Yet and still, I am so glad they are continuing to remake the classics we know and love. Not every one has been a hit, but I’m excited to see how this version plays out.

Lady and the Tramp will be available for streaming on Disney+ at the launch of the streaming service on November 12th. To stay up to date with all the latest Disney+ news, join their newsletter here

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Disney+: Here’s Everything We Know About Disney’s New Streaming Service

Prior to yesterday, much of what was known about Disney’s new streaming service Disney + was speculation. Don’t get me wrong, Disney did confirm a few details here and there but we finally have confirmed information on KEY details. Disney dropped all the details on pricing, release date and shows/movies that it’s new streaming service would provide. Get all you Netflix binging done now, come winter you may have a new favorite streaming service!

A Complete Guide to Disney+

Launch Date for Disney+

Disney + is scheduled to go live on November 12th 2019 in the U.S. A global rollout is scheduled to follow.

How much will Disney+ cost?

The price for Disney + is set for $6.99/month or $69.99/year

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I May Be More Excited Than The Kids About Secret Life of Pets 2

The official trailer for Secret Life of Pets 2 released early this morning and I may or may not have woke everyone up early so we could watch it together like we’ve been doing since they started. Secret Life of Pets has always been RJs favorite movie. It’s one of those movies your kids forced you to watch on replay so many times you couldn’t help but love it. So when I found out a second one was coming out this year, we have been counting down. We have filmed every reaction video together and honestly I didn’t want to wait until after school to watch this one. I have been DYING to see what Max and Katie are up to. The trailer did not disappoint! Check it out with our reaction below.

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Disney’s The Lion King Official Trailer Was ALMOST Everything I Wanted

This morning Disney made my day and released a new (new for real) trailer for the upcoming live action version of The Lion King. Of course I had a million and one things to do so I had to wait until this afternoon to watch the trailer but it was definitely worth the wait. The new trailer for The Lion King was ALMOST everything that I hoped it would be. Leave it up to Disney to have me all emotional in less than two minutes. Check out the trailer & my reaction below before you keep reading.

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This Halloween Get Ready to Meet the Addams!

The Addams Family Poster

Did you guys know that a new Addams Family movie was coming out? I honestly had no idea until yesterday when I saw it shared in one of the groups that I’m in. I’m interested to learn more about this movie because 1. the Addams Family is a classic! and 2. it’s the first time the show has ever been done in an animated version! When I saw the teaser poster I immediately thought of Coraline and today when I watched the trailer it looks like its going to be a cute movie. The movie releases in October so I honestly can’t wait to learn more about it and get more sneak peeks! 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for movies!

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY –  In Theaters Everywhere October 11, 2019
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Charlize Theron as the voice of Morticia Addams (left) and Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams (right) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.
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Is Missing Link Appropriate for Young Children? + Fun Activity Pages

*We attended a free screening of Missing Link in NYC courtesy of United Artists Releasing. All opinions expressed are my own*

I knew from the first trailer that Missing Link was on my movies to see this year. First of all I absolutely love Hugh Jackman (hello Greatest Showman) and Zach Galifianakis is super silly so I already loved the two actors that voiced the two main characters. Then I saw the official trailer and I knew Missing Link was going to be a super cute movie that had tons of lessons in them. But did it turn out to be a good movie for my preschooler? Check out what I thought of the movie after this trailer. And if you’re just here for the activity pages, scroll all the way to the bottom ;).

How long is Missing Link?

The run time for Missing Link is slated at 1 hour and 35 minutes. It was a great length for younger kids, and for an animated movie in general. It didn’t feel like it was dragging (like The Lego Movie 2 did) and I only caught myself checking the time once, towards the end of the movie.

Are there any parts of the movie I should worry about?

So I’m just going to put it out there and say Missing Link is not a movie for younger children. I wasn’t worried about the Sasquatch/Yeti aspect because we absolutely loved Smallfoot and RJ is excited to see Abominable later this year. However, the movie is rated PG and it is definitely geared towards older children. The “bad guy” of the movie is … persistent and there are a couple fight scenes, gun scenes and even rude jokes that I wasn’t prepared for.

I caught RJ covering his eyes at least twice because a few scenes were a little dark. One of the fight scenes even took place in a bar. No one mentioned alcohol but as an adult you’d definitely pick up on it. Also for the entire day after the movie RJ was pretending everything was a gun, he’s never done this before so that just shows you how prominent the scenes were.

Mr. Link voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release.
Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

My opinion of the movie overall?

Despite everything I enjoyed the movie. There are definitely some lessons to be learned from this movie about family, selflessness and finding your place among those you love. There were moments were I laughed, gasped and definitely reflected. Missing Link is definitely a movie that makes you think and one that makes you feel. Just not the little ones.

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman and Mr. Link (right) voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release.
Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

Synopsis: This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

MISSING LINK – In Theaters April 12, 2019

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