From Amazon celebrating hip hop to another Coogler hit, here are your top entertainment stories:
Amazon & Hip Hop
Amazon Music has jumped on the train headed to hip hop's 50th anniversary celebration and is set to boost the profile of a few key figures in the genre as part of the festivities. The platform will host the 50 & Forever program, which will pay homage to pioneers and elevate budding legacy acts.
The first project, Generational Queens, focusesd on Queen Latifah's iconic song U.N.I.T.Y., which was released 30 years ago. The short film, which features an all-Black female cast as they dig in the crates, so to speak, and discover the three-decade old bop.
As J.Cole's Dreamville Fest gets underway in Raleigh, N.C. this weekend, Amazon Music will be on the scene to host a special 50 & Forever exhibit on the start of the Dreamville record label, its artists and its ascension to the mainstream. The streaming giant will also livestream the entire two-day festival starting Saturday, April 1. Fans are in for a major treat as slated performers include J.Cole, Usher, Drake, Summer Walker and Ari Lennox among others.
Amazon Music will also livestream events from Mary J. Blige's Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit in Atlanta May 11-14 including panels, workshops and a B-sides concert featuring legendary stars like Busta Rhymes, Method Man and Jadakiss.
CNN Viewership Decline
The leadership shakeup over at CNN is having dire consequences on the network's viewership. Since former CBS producer Chris Licht was tapped to help shift the direction of the network and take over as CEO, viewership has plummeted significantly. The network saw a staggering 61 percent drop in rating during its most crucial primetime hours in March.
While viewership of cable news is down across most major networks, CNN saw the steepest drop off. Fox News channel, CNN's biggest rival network, saw a 27 percent drop but averaged 2.09 million viewers. In the same period, CNN only averaged 473,000 viewers, marking some of the network's lowest viewing figures in decades, according to the Associated Press.
Coogler Stays Busy
Director Ryan Coogler has been busy as ever following his hits, Creed III; Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever; and Stephen Curry: Underrated, which is expected to get a wider release later this year after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Now he's rumored to be tapping into sci-fi realm.
The Oakland native is apparently taking the helm of a new X-Files reboot. In an interview, the series creator, Chris Carter, revealed that Coogler was nearing a deal to sign onto the project. "I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast," he told On The Coast With Gloria Macarenko.
Carter told the hosts that Coogler has "his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory." So far, no details have been revealed on where the new series would air or stream.