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Caleb McLaughlin, AKA Lucas Sinclair on Stranger Things, recently opened up about dealing with racism he’s faced since the show's debut.

The 20-year-old actor gained recognition for playing the role of Lucas since season one.

At this year’s The Heroes Comic-Con Belgium, McLaughlin went into detail about the racism he faced from some Stranger Things fans and how it affected him when he was younger.

“My very first Comic-Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, ‘Oh I didn’t want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven [Millie Bobby Brown].” - McLaughlin told the crowd in Belgium

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Sadly, this is nothing new. In fact, just a few weeks ago singer/actress, Halle Bailey, faced backlash from some who said her depiction of Ariel in next year’s Little Mermaid film, doesn’t resemble the original protagonist who is - 100% - a mythical creature.

Let’s not overlook the racism thrown toward actors of color in shows like HBO’s House of Dragons, or Amazon’s Rings of Power. Earlier this year, “Star Wars” released a statement after Moses Ingram acknowledged on social media that fans flooded her DMs calling her the N-word and a “diversity hire.”

"They are happy with a dragon flying. They’re happy with white hair and violet-colored eyes, but a rich Black guy? That’s beyond the pale." - Steve Toussaint of ‘House of the Dragon commenting on his casting.

In a world where representation matters more than ever, it saddens me to see such bright, talented actors, accosted for the color of their skin.

But there’s still hope, especially when actors like McLaughlin decide to open up, speak their truth, and use their platforms to bring light to relevant issues so many of us face in our day-to-day lives.

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It’s just over a week since rapper PnB Rock appeared on DJ Akademics’ Off The Record podcast discussing the increase in brazen LA robberies. And in a strange, horrifying twist of events, it’s now been confirmed that PnB Rock was shot inside a South Los Angelos Waffle House. He was hit with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the hospital 45 minutes later.

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Editor’s Note: Reggaeton rapper gave a special remote MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Tití Me Preguntó” at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Sunday - moments after winning artist of the year at the 2022 VMAs.

If you weren’t watching the 2022 Video Music Awards last Sunday, I gotta ask what the hell were you doing?

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I’m so happy to report, that - like zillions of people on our planet - I spent most of my weekend and then my week dancing to Hold Me Closer. The latest tantalizing, club-ready duet features none other than musical icon Elton John and THE one and only Britney Spears!

And, I’m not just stanning - okay, maybe I am just a lil’ - according to the iTunes charts, Hold Me Closer reached the top in 40+ countries - talk about a bonafide hit!

Elton John & Britney Spears ‘Hold Me Closer (Official Audio)’

Hold Me Closer is Spears’ first release since she was freed from her 13-year conservatorship and her first new song in close to six years. If this is any indication of what we can expect from the Baby One More Time hitmaker, then fans are in for quite a treat.

“She’s unbelievable at layering her voice and doubling, which is one of the hardest things to do. She really pushed herself, vocally … She’s so good at knowing when she got the right take. She took complete control.” - Andrew Watt, Producer of ‘Hold Me Closer’

From the first note of this song, trust me, you won’t be able to stand still - you will be dancing. I mean, even Paris Hilton took to TikTok to shimmy to Britney’s new track:


“Hold Me Closer” is officially out & I’ll be playing it on repeat until further notice! So proud of you sis @britneyspears 👑🧚‍♀️💖 #HoldMeCloser #Sliving #ThatsHot 🔥

I can’t help but speak for every Britney fan out there when I say we want more Britney. Especially now that Britney is in complete control of her life and can make music on her own terms!

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Singer-songwriter and Grammy Award Winner Solange Knowles has built a blockbuster career in the R&B space by pushing boundaries and thinking outside of the box. And not only that, she’s Queen Bey’s younger sister.

She’s continuing on her path as a trailblazer by becoming the first Black woman to compose a score for the New York City Ballet.

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After delivering Lemonade in 2016 - what many believed was Beyoncé's most culturally relevant album in her outstanding body of work - and surviving the constricting world of covid lockdown, Queen Bey has turned to the liberation of the dancefloor. Bey’s inviting the world to shed our stress and sweat it off to her blockbuster seventh studio album, Renaissance.

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