Coffee Talk: Dwayne Johnson to Play a Superhero Villain in 'Shazam'
Plus, Ruby Dee's public memorial will feature a star-studded lineup, Will Smith heads to Burning Man and Young Jeezy donates to scholarship fund.
Here’s what we’re talking about over our green juice:
After teasing everyone with the possiblity of a Shazam role, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson confirmed that he will play in the upcoming superhero film. The actor turned to Twitter to spill the beans that he’ll be playing Black Adam, the villain in the film. Accompanied with an image of the animated version of his new character fighting Shazam, was the caption “‘Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.’ My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics.” As the the arch-nemesis of Shazam (or Captain Marvel), Adam is a slave turned defender of the Khandaq nation. After talking with the Associated Press back in August about how he was “putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role,” we can’t wait to see how it turns out. [ETOnline]
According to a press release, the legendary actor and activist Ruby Dee will be remembered with a public memorial celebration, including a star-studded lineup of performers and honorees. Tributes and reflections—both musical and poetic—will be given by Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad, Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte, Woodie King, Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, Pauletta Washington, Sweet Honey In The Rock and more. Her children and grandchildren will be there to give a personal tribute on her outstanding life and work. The memorial will take place September 20 in Harlem, New York.
Will Smith made an appearance at Burning Man, in only a way that Will Smith can: Shirtless, on a segway and with a black gas mask and brown top hat because…why not? The Fresh Prince showed off his balance skills as he “got jiggy with it” while riding with his Segway friends. [Gawker]
Although most of the Young Jeezy news has been revolving around his latest album, Seen It All, we’ve got something a little more inspiring to share. The Jay Morrison Academy received a whooping $1 million dollar donation from the rapper, to go toward scholarships. Way to pay it forward! [HelloBeautiful]