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‘Black Panther’ Is Now The Top-Grossing Superhero Movie Of All Time In The U.S.

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Wakanda Forever

Since its debut in theaters last month, Black Panther has earned an estimated $630.9 million (and more than $1 billion, global), skyrocketing it to the place of highest grossing superhero in U.S. box office history—in only 36 days, too.

This also means Black Panther officially takes the all-time No. 5 spot in the North American box office overall, and it's only one of seven films to ever earn $600 million or more in the U.S.

While the film is undeniably fantastic with a talented and handsome cast, powerful soundtrack, and quality production value—that a film about an African country featuring a nearly all-black cast has achieved this feat, beating out the longtime keeper of the title, The Avengers is of notable significance.

The movie, which portrays the fictional country of Wakanda as the most technologically sound and advanced in the world (albeit hidden under the guise of being a third-world country), suggests to the U.S. an improved narrative: That of black power and black wealth, unmarred by the white man. Wakanda is filled with black royalty, and the movie promoted this during its premiere when castmembers arrived in traditional African dress, celebrating the regality of the African-American community's roots.

Considering America's deeply complicated and shameful history in its treatment of the black community, that a diverse superhero film celebrating the triumphs of a minority group has reached the number one spot of this category of films is a truly beautiful thing.

Given Hollywood's lack of representation of minority groups, here's to hoping that the success of Black Panther encourages the industry to shine a greater light on diversity and minority representation in its work.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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