Donald Glover is on top of his game these days. The Grammy-nominated artist, former writer for 30 Rock and star of the cult-classic show Community is the creator (and star) of Atlanta, one of TV’s hottest shows right now.
And he’s about to become a comic-con legend, too.
Lucasfilm—as in, the studio responsible for Star Wars—announced today that Glover will portray a young Lando Calrissian in the yet-untitled Han Solo Star Wars story. Just like Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, which comes out later this year, dives into the backstory of events in the original Star Wars films, this project will explore the backstory of Harrison Ford’s iconic Han Solo. Naturally, Lando is central to that story.
Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced Alden Ehrenreich will play Solo.
This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
You've seen those billboards urging you not to drive and text. But what about driving and filming yourself singing? A guy named Travis Carpenter really could have used one of those billboards.
He recently learned singing selfie videos and driving don't mix.
Carpenter is totally singing Casting Crowns' "And Now My Lifesong Sings" and recording in on his iPhone when he hydroplaned in heavy rain, "My car slid sideways, and then was completely backward by the time I slid off the road and went down a small hill. I hit a mile marker sign on my way off the road."
Luckily, he didn't have any injuries and his car only had minor body damage but we assume he'll leave all the singing for the shower going forward.
A megachurch pastor in China's Shanghai region has been released after seven years in prison for protesting against the demolition of a house church.
On September 13, 2009, local government officials in Lenfi, broke into Christian churches and businesses in the area, beating approximately 100 believers. Days later, the government dispatched bulldozers to destroy multiple buildings and other church property.
Pastor Yang Rongli and her husband, Wang Xiaoguang were arrested shortly following these events for protesting the demolition of a house church. Two months later, they were convicted for organizing a prayer rally on September 14. They were presented in court under charges for “gathering a mob to disturb public order.”
A report from China Aid, a watchdog group that reports on Christian persecution in China, confirms that Pastor Rongli has been released and bears signs of brutality endured while held captive. She shows signs of malnutrition and has suffered from two kidney stones, diabetes, and a heart problem in jail.
Due to continued government restrictions against her, Yang is not able to provide interviews or speak to the media at this time. Discuss
When many Americans think of sex slavery, they imagine countries on others sides of the world— not their own neighborhoods.
Earlier this week, federal agents and local Washington State police arrested 14 people with connections to a multi-city prostitution ring suspected of forcing over 72 people victims of having sex in exchange for money, including 5 children, according to multiple reports.
All 72 victims have been freed.
The FBI declined to comment on where exactly the arrests and where the victims were found. The agencies involved used undercover agents to contact the women involved and canvassed areas where street prostitution occurs.
The operation is a part of a wider initiative aimed to prosecute sex slavery that has spanned the United States and other countries including Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines and Thailand. Discuss
Lecrae has released a new single from his upcoming follow-up to Anomaly called “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)”. Not only does the sound represent a fresh direction, but the lyrics are emotional and transparent, addressing police shootings, doubt and even depression.
He told Billboard that the new song started as a journal entry that he said he felt like people needed to hear:
The loss of lives from Michael Brown and Eric Garner to Tamir Rice and Philando Castile … these men and boys represented people who could be my family: nephews, cousins, brothers. So it grieved me deeply. I found that when I spoke about this, there was a large contingent of people with whom I may have shared similar beliefs in terms of faith. But they were completely on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of sharing my grief for the loss of these lives.
So they lashed out and accused me of being political. That drove me to a place of deep despair and depression. What I also found is that a lot of us are wrestling with PTSD. You can’t be exposed to that much death and injustice and walk around unscathed.
The hip-hop star said that the new album is “90% done” and will contain songs "that people will probably be shocked to hear.” Discuss