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Deadline Hollywood just reported that Netflix has bought worldwide rights to “Barry,” just a week after the movie about young Barack Obama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

According to Variety, “The movie is set in New York City with Obama as a college student faced with questions about race, culture, and identity.

This is how Variety‘s Owen Glieberman described the film:

“Set in 1981, when Obama was a 20-year-old college student who moved to New York to transfer to Columbia University, the film is rooted in the murky, drifting, sleep-late-and-get-stoned-and-do-whatever nature of college life that the movies almost never get right. This one does, and that’s one reason it feels bracingly authentic.”

This is how GQ’s Scott Tobias described the movie:

“Having spent a childhood whisked from Hawaii to Indonesia to California, Obama landed in New York City in the early ’80s, where he studied at Columbia University. Barry presents Obama as a wayward, curious, chain-smoking 20-year-old who shows flashes of charisma and intellectual prowess but hasn’t yet found his way in the world. In the meantime, he reads Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin, goes to parties and nightclubs, acquits himself nicely in pick-up basketball games, and gets a white girlfriend, Charlotte, played by The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy.”

“Barry” went into production just a month after, “Southside With You,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “Southside With You” a film about the early stages of Barrack and Michelle’s relationship grossed $6.1 million in three weeks.

When speaking to GQ about playing the role of Obama, Australian actor, Devon Terrell described the headspace of 20-year-old future president as curious.

“I think he was confused and curious about the world and reading Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and learning about all these incredible people. Vikram was so helpful in terms of understanding the headspace and understanding every moment where we were going.

But I really think it was a phase in his life where he never thought he was going to be president of the United States. He just wanted to change things, and he was frustrated at how things were going in the world. When he got to New York, he was just amazed by where the world was at. And I think there was a curiosity of, “Where is my life taking me?”

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Netflix’s Luke Cage Subtly Revealed That Black Fraternities/Sororities Exist Within The Marvel Universe

(Spoiler Alert: If you have not made it halfway through season one of Luke Cage, you may find some spoilers in this article. It was written in 2016 though, so if you have not seen Luke Cage yet, get on it.)

This last weekend Netflix released Marvel’s Luke Cage series and so many people scrambled to watch it that it actually crashed Netflix servers.

People seem to gravitate toward this show because of its unabashed blackness and the fact that it is so DAMN entertaining. And if you are a member of a black fraternity or sorority, there is a very good chance that you spit out your drink, dropped your popcorn and hit the rewind button as soon as you heard the subtle Black greek reference made during the show when it was revealed that two of the characters in the show are supposed to be a members of a black sorority.

Yes, that is right! The show alludes to the fact that one of the villains, Mariah Dillard aka. Black Mariah who is played by Alfre Woodard, as well as the character Inspector Priscilla Ridley, are members of Delta Sigma Theta.

During one of the scenes the non-greek GDI(lol) Misty Knight makes fun of Inspector Priscilla Ridley for being members of Alpha Kappa Alpha with the villain Black Mariah.

“Look, I was just about to compel her to make a statement before you let your little soror Skee-Wee on out of here,” she states poking fun at them by naming the wrong sorority.

The show makes you believe they are AKAs until The Inspector final corrects Misty and lets her know that they are Deltas by stating the proper call is “OO-OOP”. As soon as the black corners of the internet got word of this scene it FREAKED out! Just look at some of the Tweets that went out! People were HYPED!

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According to the internet, Alfre Woodard’s character, Mariah Dillard, was created by Billy Graham, George Tuska, and Steve Englehart, and first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire Vol. 1, #5 in 1973. Her storyline is a little different than in the comic books than it is in the Netflix Original Series but that mostly has to do with her appearance.

“This version is depicted as a councilwoman of Harlem and the cousin of illegal drug dealer “Cottonmouth”, who aids in the funding of some of her political campaigns. She is not depicted with a large physique as the comic version has. Though she initially tries to avoid too much involvement in Cottomouth’s affairs, she kills him in rage after Cornell accuses her of wanting to get raped by her Uncle Pete when she was younger. She then allies with his right-hand man, Shades, to pin the murder on Luke Cage and tries to get the aid of Cage’s enemy Diamondback to bring him down. She is nearly arrested by Misty Knight, but Shades killed her primary witness to confirm Mariah’s crimes. Due to Mariah name-dropping Luke’s original name on television, Luke is arrested and taken back to Seagate, while she and Shades continue Cottonmouth’s criminal empire.”

This is how she was depicted in the comics:

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Inspector Priscilla Ridley AKA Inspector By-The-Book, who is played by Karen Pittman in the show, is a hard to like police character who really wants to take down the good guy. While she is not as big of a character in the show, it alludes to that she is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

While the show gives us no background as to where they fictionally crossed and this moment actually seems pretty small in terms of plot development, it is important to us over here at Watch The Yard because by having characters reference Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta, we now know that Black fraternities and sororities as well as Howard University(the campus on which both the AKAs and the Deltas were founded) exist within the Marvel Universe.

If we believe this to be a fact, it means that Black Greekdom exists within the Marvel Universe and that it is very probable that other superheroes who are black and have attended college, or have educations could possibly also be Black greeks!

Yeah…that is right! Just stop and think about this for a moment. It means that there could be a fictional NPHC chapter in Wakanda! Can you imagine if Marvel decided to retcon some of their famous Black characters such as Storm, War Machine, Blade, Miles Morales(the afro-latino Spiderman), Nick Fury and give them Black greek plotlines?

This could mean that your favorite Superhero could possibly also be your fictional frat brother or soror.

Let that marinate…

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These Two Famous Alpha Kappa Alpha Members Are Getting Their Own Legos

Lego has announced it will soon release a set of minifigures of five pioneering female scientists whose contributions to NASA have largely been underappreciated. Two of these four women just so happen to be members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority! Yes, that is right, your kids will soon be able to play with Black women scientist legos!

The set of female NASA mathematicians and space scientists includes Katherine Johnson, 98, who is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs and was recently celebrated in the Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures where she was played by Taraji P. Henson.

Johnson has co-authored 26 scientific papers and in 2015 President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a Diamond member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

The astronaut and physician Dr. Mae Jemison, 60, who became the first African-American woman in space in a 1992 mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavour will also receive her own lego character.

Fun Fact: In true Alpha Kappa Alpha spirit, she carried an Alpha Kappa Alpha banner with her into space with her personal belongings. We’re pretty certain that Lego won’t include that as an accessory but there is no doubt that someone will craft on themselves.

The others characters are:

  • computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, 80, who worked on the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions
  • astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, 91, known as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope
  • the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space in 1983

Lego has approved the minifigures and is currently in development to have this released at a date that has not been yet announced.

We are sure that this set of Legos is going to fly off the shelves! With all of the parents of Black children who are paying extra attention to STEM educations as well as all of the lovely women of AKA out there who are amazing mentors and mothers, you are definitely going to want to get a pre-order because these are guaranteed to sell!

Click here to read the full story on Dr. Jemison.

Click here to read the full story on Johnson.

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15 Of Your Favorite Black 90s Cartoon Characters Reimagined As HBCU Students

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WatchTheYard.com teamed up with the amazing artist Ashleigh Sharmaine to tackle the question, “What happened to our favorite black cartoon characters from the 90s and early 2000s when they grew up?”

Our answer? They went to Historically Black Colleges and Universities of course!

Click on the link arrows below to see which colleges and universities your favorite Black cartoon character would have gone to and make sure to check the talented Ashleigh Sharmaine out on Twitter and Instagram for more amazing work.

We are planning on selling shirts with these 90s HBCU Cartoon Characters on them with the artist over the next couple of weeks. Are you interested in buying one?

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