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Kendrick Lamar Covers EBONY Magazine’s June 2015 Special Edition Issue + Michael B. Jordan RESPONDS To ‘Fantastic Four’ Race Critics

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Kendrick Lamar lands the cover of EBONY magazine’s June 2015 Celebration of Black Millennial Music issue. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan is blasting internet trolls who are upset over his Fantastic Four role. So why are folks mad? Well…because he’s black and the role was written for a white man. Deets inside…..

Kendrick Lamar is having an amazing year thus far. His highly anticpated sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and stayed there for two weeks in a row. He was recently awarded the "Generational Icon Award" by the state of California and he recently got engaged to his high school sweetheart Whitney Alford. Life is good for the west coast rapper and it’s only getting better.

The Grammy-winning recording artist has landed the cover of EBONY magazine’s June 2015 issue. And it’s a special edition issue, celebrating Black Millennial Music. And who better to have on the cover than the TDE honcho.

On Friday, Kendrick took to his Twitter to release the cover himself. Once his cover story is released, we will definitely bring it to you. Other artists being celebrated in the issue include Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Tink, FKA Twigs and more. You'll be able to get your hands on a physical copy once it hits stands next month.

In movie news....

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Michael B. Jordan made headlines when he took on the role of Johnny Storm the Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four reboot. And it came with a lot of negative backlash since race plays a role. The Johnny Storm character was written for a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes, so some folks are all up in arms because a black man will be starring in the upcoming reboot.

The sexy actor decided to respond to the “internet trolls” who have an issue with a black man playingJohnny Storm in an open letter via Entertainment Weekly. And here’s what he said:

You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.

To read his entire letter, check it out here.

If you haven't checked out the trailer yet, take a peek at it HERE. Fantastic Four is slated for release in the US on August 7th.



Photos: Kendrick's Twitter/Getty

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