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The Lion King 2019 – Official Trailer

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Summer 2019 in the movie theaters!

This is the voice cast of the renewed Lion King movie

  1. Donald Glover as Simba, the crown prince of the Pride Lands.
  2. JD McCrary as young Simba
  3. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Simba’s childhood best friend, and future love-interest.
  4. Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala
  5. James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba. Jones reprises his role from the original 1994 animated movie of the same name.
  6. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, the treacherous brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba who seeks to take the mantle of king.
  7. Billy Eichner as Timon, a wise-cracking and loyal meerkat who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
  8. Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, a naive common warthog who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
  9. John Oliver as Zazu, a hornbill who is the advisor to the King of the Pride Lands.
  10. John Kani as Rafiki, a wise mandrill who serves as the shaman of the Pride Lands and a close friend of Mufasa’s.
  11. Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, the lead hyena of the trio, Scar’s henchmen.
  12. Eric Andre as Azizi, a member of Scar’s trio. This character replaces Banzai from the original 1994 animated film
  13. Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, an unhinged hysterical hyena who laughs a lot and is part of Scar’s henchmen. This character replaces Ed from the original 1994 animated film
  14. Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Mufasa’s mate, the mother of Simba, and queen of the Pride Lands.

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Get to know the Finalists of ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’

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Who are the finalists of ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’? Read more about them and get to know them better. Tomorrow the voting begins, do you have an early favorite?

#FaceOfMelaninWonder2020 #NextGeneration #Competition

Photos by: Pure Image – Kim Dijkstra

Chantal Bakker – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Christel Rodriguez – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Nyawal Ter Jour – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Destin Makiesse – Photo by Kim Dijksta
Tyra Cesar – Photo by Kim Dijksta
Gavin Dalusung – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Shanice Djemisi – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Christianity Fonseca – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Winanda Pinas – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Bryan Okello – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Jeffery Loewenicht – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Joann Meerzorg – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
Tesely Hooi – Photo by Kim Dijkstra
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Finalists ‘Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’

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Last weekend, on the 8th of February 2020, Melanin Wonder held its casting at the EFE venue in Amsterdam. After a lot of online entries, they shortlisted 30 models to come at the casting.


Out of these 30 candidates, the’ve chosen the top 13. These are the contestants that are in the running to become ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 – the next generation’:

Winanda Pinas, Gavin Dalsung, Nyawal ter Jour, Shanice Djemesi, Tesley Hooi, Christel Rodriguez, Chantal Bakker, Bryan Okello, Jeffery Loewenicht, Joann Meerzorg, Destin Makiesse and Christianity Fonseca.

Keep an eye on our socials and website, voting round starts anytime soon.

#FaceOfMelaninWonder2020 #NextGeneration #Amsterdam #Netherlands

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Melanin Excellence from Politics to Disney – our 2019 so far

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We are in the home stretch of 2019 and 2020 is fast approaching! What a year it has been! Black Excellence is truly on the rise! Personally, I have never been this proud to see our culture represented in such a positive light. – Tiesha

In the Political News – The United States has a black woman on the ballot for President of the United States!

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, United States Senator from California, is really making her mark in the presidential race. She is the first black woman that has run of the office for president in over 9 years. The US has had 11 black women to run for President of the United States over the years. 

Her campaign slogan “For the People” is not just a slogan but a true testament for the changes she has initiated in her political career. From introducing tax cuts to the middle class, proposals of tuition-free higher education, protecting the rights of refugees and immigrants, and so much more. Her work showcases her commitment to the advancement of the United States. These are perfect qualities of a President!

But Kamala Harris is not the only Black presidential candidate. Wayne Messam, a Florida Mayor, is also in the running for the election. His parents came to Florida from Jamaica with only a 5th-grade education to build a better life. The work ethics that were instilled in their son drove him and his wife Angela in building several highly profitable minority construction businesses.

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Wayne Messam

In the career of Wayne Messam, he has been an advocate of higher wages, job security for US workers, leading the cause of protection of immigrants to come to the US for a better life, and many other contributions to the country. His campaign slogan “For America” shows that he has what it takes to bring wealth and prosperity to the US.

In Entertainment News – Disney has not one but two new remakes that have featured lead black cast members. This is a major accomplishment and advancement for Disney. The last black lead role in Disney pictures was The Princess and The Frog released in 2009.

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Halle Bailey the new Ariel

The Little Mermaid Reboot featuring Halle Bailey as Ariel is a beautiful addition to the Disney family. Halle Bailey is a part of the R&B Group Chloe x Halle who rose to fame after their rendition of Beyoncé’ Pretty Hurts. This led to the group to be an opening act for Beyoncé’ Formation World Tour in 2016.

Halle being the starting role unfortunately suffered major backlash from critics.  Hashtags #NotMyAriel were trending on Twitter causing an uproar of negativity to the star due to the changing of the skin color by Disney from fair to a melanin complexion.

Even through the criticism, an outpouring of support on social media came forth for Halle. Fellow celebrities Willow Smith, Mariah Carey, Donald Glover, Jordan Sparks, and many others came to showcase support for her as well for the upcoming remake of the Disney film.

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Donald Glover as Simba in the Lion King live-action movie

The Lion King remake has a host of black excellence in the cast. Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chance the Rapper as Bush Baby, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, Eric Andre’ as Azizi, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Kamari, Phil Lamar and J. Lee offering voice supporting roles, and legendary artists Alfre Woodard as Sabri and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

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Beyonce as Nala in the Lion King live-action movie

The Lion King remake has made over 540 million dollars to date. It was reported by Forbes magazine to be the top-grossing live-action remake! Hats off to the cast!

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The movie “Little” features youngest executive producer 14-year-old Marsai Martin from the ABC hit show Black-ish.

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Marsai Martin – Youngest producer ever

This was a great breakthrough for the youth in film. Working alongside Regina Hall, Preston L. Holmes, and Josh Martin who also executive produced this film, offered support and guidance as she embarked on this journey. This movie opened more doors of opportunities for Marsai to produce a film adaptation of B.B. Alston’s debut novel Amari and the Night Brothers and another film Step Monster with future release dates coming soon.

In Beauty News -The US has three major Black pageant winners!

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Miss USA 2019 Chelsie Kryst

Miss USA 2019 Chelsie Kryst from North Carolina, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin from New York, and Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaleigh Garris from Connecticut.

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Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaleigh Garris

This is a record-breaking history-making victory to have such representation at one time in this space. For years black beauty has been commercialized and society unaccepted.

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Nia Franklin – Miss America 2019

As a black woman being born and raised in Mississippi, I have seen firsthand many accounts of racial injustice and heard countless stories from my elders. To see Black people, rise above the pressures of opposition and move into their appointed victory in black excellence inspires me to do the same.

I truly believe that James Brown says it best “Say it Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!”

Blogger: Tiesha (Latiesha Olive) is a beauty blogger with her own blog beautifulnaturalcurls.com. You can also follow her on Youtube- ‘Beautiful Natural Curls’ and Instagram @Bnaturalcurls. Tiesha is our USA correspondent for your Melanin Wonder News!

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