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Sydney Scott
Jan, 05, 2018

Casting news and a cancellation have pop culture fans buzzing, along with the recent unveiling of a new character poster for The CW's Black Lightning. What's everyone talking about today? Keep reading for the must-read news of the day.

DeWanda Wise has landed a major role in Marvel's upcoming film Captain Marvel. Wise, whose Netflix series She's Gotta Have It was just picked up for a second season, will star opposite Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, and Ben Mendelsohn. (Deadline)

Black Lightning has unveiled a new poster, teasing a first-look at Thunder, the daughter of the show's titular hero. The unveiling has fans buzzing as Thunder is one of televisions first major Black lesbian superheroes. (Nerdist

Bad news for fans of ABC's The Mayor, the series has been canceled. The Tuesday night sitcom will be replaced by reruns of Modern Family. However, there is hope that another network or service will pick up the series. (Variety)

In totally random news, iguanas are freezing and falling from trees in Florida. Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees in part of South Florida, resulting in iguanas receiving a shock from the sudden cold. (BuzzFeed)

Childish Gambino will take the stage at this years Grammys. Gambino is nominated for four awards including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. (The Fader

Diddy wants to be called "Love" again. The hip-hop mogul retracted his retraction during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! telling Kimmel "I’ve unretracted the retraction" and adding that he initially walked back the name due to pressure from his PR team. (YouTube)

Game of Thrones will return in 2019 for its eighth and final season, which will consist of just six episodes. The news is bittersweet, but we're looking forward to seeing what am ice dragon can do. (Vulture)

Jennifer Hudson is getting real about the prejudice and racism she has faced. The singer said in a new interview there have been several instances in which fight attendants have assumed she was seated in the back of the plane and that her home belongs to her white driver, Charles. (Cosmopolitan)