Disney Uses Black Panther Success to Donate to STEM Education In The Hood

Of all the incredibly cool things in the recent Black Panther film, one of the coolest is Letitia Wright’s portrayal of T’Challa’s extremely tech-savvy teenage sister Shuri. The film has been making a lot of noise since its debut, helping IMAX break February box office records. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger said himself that Black Panther is a “masterpiece of moviemaking,… sparking discussion, inspiring people...

Black Panther Just Did Something Only Three Other Movies In History Did

Black Panther becomes just the fourth movie in history to make $100 million during its second weekend. Black Panther continues to dominate the box office. The superhero movie made $108 million during its second week at the US and Canadian box office, with a further $83.8 million coming from international markets this weekend. So far, the movie has made $704 million...

Kendrick Lamar to Start Banning Smartphone Photos at His Shows

Kendrick Lamar has joined an ever-growing list of musicians who have banned attendees from taking photos at their shows. He’s also banning professional photographers from taking pictures at his show, except for a few official photogs that have been approved. via The Guardian: After Jack White, the former White Stripes frontman, decided last month to stop the use of smartphones at gigs, hip-hop...

‘Hater In The Building’: Black Panther’s Receives Its First Bad Review — and people are mad as hell

One negative review has broken "Black Panther's" 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The review criticizes the film for not showing its hero beat up enough bad guys. People are not happy. On Thursday, "Black Panther" got its first and only negative critic review so far. It was inevitable. Not everyone can like all the same movies. (With the special exception...

Truth Is Scary: Your Smart TV Is Watching You Watch TV, Consumer Reports Finds

Testing found the televisions were also constantly tracking what their owners were watching and relaying it back to the TV maker and/or its business partners, using a technology called ACR, or "automated content recognition." ACR helps the TV recommend other shows you might enjoy watching, but can also be used to target your families with advertising. The data can also...

Kendrick Lamar Was Only Going to Do a Few Songs for Black Panther… Until He Saw the Movie

Black Panther is one of the most-anticipated superhero films to date, so it’s no surprise it also has an equally hyped soundtrack. This weekend will see the release of Black Panther: The Album, curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar. This was a collaboration dreamed up years in advance, but only became what it was after Lamar got a sneak preview of...

As Asian Hip Hop Rappers Rise, So Does The Problem of Race

In a 2016 reaction video to Indonesian rapper Brian Imanuel’s “Dat $tick,” Wu-Tang Clan member Dennis Coles, who raps as “Ghostface Killah,” couldn’t believe the then 16-year-old’s grasp on the type of Southern hip-hop popular online. But not everything about Imanuel’s debut and subsequent success, including 10 singles and multiple tours, has been positive. He has been criticized for cultural appropriation, stirring up controversy to...

When You Play This Song Backwards, You Can Hear Satan. Play It Forwards, and It Hijacks Siri, Alexa

Speech recognition systems seduced by masked messages Computer science boffins affiliated with IBM and universities in China and the United States have devised a way to issue covert commands to voice-based AI software – like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana – by encoding them in popular songs. They refer to these tweaked tunes, which issue mostly inaudible...

Hollywood Loves ‘Black Panther’ After Debut Screenings

“Incredible” and “kinetic” are just a few of the loving words that people are using to describe and praise Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The film from director Ryan Coogler had its first screenings Monday night and a premiere in Los Angeles. Official reviews won’t go out until Feb. 6, but audiences at the select screenings were able to share non-spoiler reactions...