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Shonda Rhimes Announces Her First Netflix Project, Rap Superstars Celebrate Tha Carter III’s 10th Anniversary, It Sequel Casts Isaiah Mustafa & More!

Shonda Rhimes Announces Her First Netflix Project, Rap Superstars Celebrate Tha Carter III’s 10th Anniversary, It Sequel Casts Isaiah Mustafa & More!

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Shonda Rhimes Details First Project Under Netflix Deal

Shonda Rhimes made waves earlier this year after signing a multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix, in lieu of continuing at ABC.  Now, the producer extraordinaire has revealed details about her first project under that deal.  She has acquired the rights to a New Yorker article titled, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People”. She’ll develop a series and pen a pilot based on the story, which details how a young woman scammed her way into the upper reaches of New York society.  Read additional details at Shadow and Act.

Rap Superstars Honor 10thAnniversary of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III was an astonishing rap feat that left a lasting mark on the genre.  To honor the album’s influence, a host of today’s top rappers, including Chance The Rapper, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert, recreated its iconic cover using their own faces.  See all the images at Pitchfork.  The celebration comes on the heels of news that Lil Wayne has finally settled a years-long lawsuit with his label Cash Money. It seems the long-awaited Tha Carter V could see the light of day.

The Breakbeat Poets’ 2nd Volume Celebrates Black Girl Magic

The Breakbeat Poets’ first volume centered around hip hop-inspired poetry, merging blackness and literary art into one enthralling read.  The second volume, Black Girl Magic, pulls together the work of many black female poets.  They cover everything from personal experiences to a love of Fetty Wap.  VIBE’s Jaelani Turner-Williams reviews the anthology here.

It Sequel Casts Isaiah Mustafa

Last year’s It reboot was a huge, and scary, box office hit. The follow-up will center around the second portion of the source material, in which the lead characters face evil as adults. Isaiah Mustafa has been cast as the adult version of Mike. He joins an all-star cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy. The film is slated to hit theaters in September 2019. Read more at Variety.

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Food for thought

Rapper JPEGMAFIA uses his music to take on powerful themes like racism and toxic masculinity. Pitchfork’s Paul A. Thompson talks to the artist about internalizing and flipping the rationale of online trolls to send a strong message through his art. Read the Q+A here.

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