Daily Archives: February 19, 2018

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Creaming the Competition: Black Panther, With $192M

5th biggest opening weekend ever

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
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(NEWSER) – Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, Black Panther is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend, the AP reports. That makes Black Panther the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend. Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most big-budget, largely black ensemble film in years and among the few to be centered on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests Black Panther will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker. The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97% fresh rating (100% from top critics) from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore
Article Appeared @http://www.newser.com/story/255537/creaming-the-competition-black-panther-with-192m.html

Fergie Is Sorry About That National Anthem Fiasco

The singer’s performance at the NBA All-Star game had some fans bewildered

By Josh Gardner

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(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(NEWSER) – Fergie has responded to widespread criticism surrounding her decidedly non-traditional rendition of the national anthem at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. The 42-year-old singer attempted a slowed down, jazzier version of the song in what she now admits was an artistic risk gone awry, per People. “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in a statement. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.” Fergie’s performance was panned online almost immediately and was compared by some to “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” as sung by Marilyn Monroe to John F. Kennedy in 1962, only “screechier,” writes Variety.

Article Appeared @http://www.newser.com/story/255592/fergie-is-sorry-about-that-national-anthem-fiasco.html

Eat Your Stomach Flat

By: Siddiqu The Personal Trainer 

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Whenever I’m out anywhere and someone finds out I’m a personal trainer I get the exact same question, female or male, black or white, tall or short, they look down at their stomach, touch it with both hands and say “what can I do about this stomach?”  I always give the same answer, “Which stomach, I see two?”  A tight, flat, toned stomach comes about with the reduction of ones body fat percentage.  There are two critical keys to reducing your body fat and getting the stomach you want while still eating food. 
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The Trump Budget: More Poverty in America

Food swiped off the table for millions of men, women, and kids. Low-income families left out in the cold amid an affordable housing crisis of historic proportions. Critical health insurance stripped from children, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-wage workers. State governments in utter fiscal disarray. Above all, more poverty, suffering, and homelessness; less opportunity and justice; and worsened racial and economic inequality.

By John Bouman

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Is this the country that most Americans want? According to recent polling, the answer is no.  Yet this is the harsh vision set out by the Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2019 budget released yesterday. While the outline is merely a proposal, and does not have immediate bearing on the recent bipartisan spending deal, it represents the administration’s latest attack on low-income people and people of color-and it must be swiftlyly and categorically rejected.   Continue reading