Welcome to the next edition of my monthly letter.
Well, too much has been going on in America, so let’s start there!
Action-packed ‘Black Panther’ is the most anticipated Marvel film ever and has a star-studded black cast. It’s on track to become one of the highest-grossing Marvel films of all time.
Fandango has reported that in its first 24 hours alone. The film – directed by Ryan Coogler – overtook Captain America: Civil War to sell more advance tickets than any other film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther’s pre-sale success will most likely be emulated on other sites. Signalling that, upon its release, it could smash opening weekend estimates of $90m (£66.8m). If this is the case, the film may even soar past Deadpool’s $132m (£97.9m). To become the highest-grossing February release of all time globally. It’s a must watch for me! Hoping to bump into some of you guys there at the cinema then.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have announced the birth of a third child via a surrogate mother. They have named her ‘Chicago’. The girl arrived on 15 January and weighed 7lb 6oz. So, congrats to this power couple once again.
Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. In an emotional statement, Biles said she would not let Nassar “steal my love and joy”. Nassar was jailed for 60 years for possessing child sex abuse images and has also admitted assaulting gymnasts.
Trump has been at it again, are we really surprised? But he surpassed himself this time – well, until the next time. The president had stated some countries – namely, Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa — as a “shithole”. Come on, is this man for real!
He then reportedly suggested the US should take more people from “countries like Norway”. He allegedly cited Norway because that’s where the population is predominantly white. The white House then tried to do the sideway crab and stated. Apparently, the president did not use the term “s***hole” to describe developing countries during a meeting on immigration. Instead, Trump is now said to have used the word “s***house”. You just couldn’t make this s*** up! Neither comment is better than the other. Sane Norwegians wouldn’t come to your s***house country, as theirs is a lot richer. I’m just saying.
America, currently, isn’t so great Mr President!
Now let’s chit chat about what’s on our own doorstep.
A Muslim beauty blogger has pulled out of a L’Oreal campaign. After it emerged she had posted “anti-Israel” tweets in 2014. Ameena Khan from Leicester did state that she ‘deeply regrets’ the tweets. In which she implied Israel is like Pharoah, amid the controversy between the Jewish state and the predominantly Muslim Palestine. My question is, will L’Oreal cast another hijab model or was Khan the only Muslim model they wanted? Shouldn’t they still have a hijabi in the campaign?
Ukip leader Henry Bolton said that he’s ended his relationship with racist 25-year-old girlfriend Jo Marney. Who referred to Ms Markle as: a ‘Negro’, ‘Ugly’, ‘Wet as a scrubber. Awful’, ‘A gender equality t**t’, ‘A dumb little commoner. Tiny brain’.
‘This is Britain, not Africa’, she continued before fuming, ‘[Black people] Pushing their way to the top slowly slowly. Next will be a Muslim PM [Prime Minister]. A black king’.
Let’s end on that note, I wonder if she’s related to Trump? If this is the state of things to come, I want out right now!
All the above articles and more can be found online www.thenubiantimes.com and of course much more in this month’s printed edition.
Until next month, stay blessed and love one another.