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F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton has been doing major numbers, which comes as no surprise… After leading both the U.S. and Canadian box office, raking in an estimated $157.5 million, Gray has officially become the highest-grossing black director of a single film in domestic sales, according to Forbes. Gray beat out both Tim Story’s Fantastic Four, which earned $154.6 million back in 2005 and Keenen Ivory Wayans’s Scary Movie… However, Straight Outta Compton’s international box office success doesn’t quite measure up to either of the aforementioned film’s international box office million’s. With $24.9 million in foreign ticket sales, Scary Movie’s $121 and Fantastic Four’s $175.8. Even still, Straight Outta Compton’s dominated the domestic lane, and brought a much needed hip-hop film to the forefront.
[MadameNoire]

Zendaya To Be Honored With One-Of-A-Kind Barbie For Encouraging Young Girls To ‘Raise Their Voices’

The controversy surrounding 19-year-old Zendaya Coleman’s 2015 Oscars hairstyle made numerous headlines earlier this year as former E! correspondent, Giuliana Rancic, made distasteful comments about her faux dreadlocks she rocked… Zendaya has managed to continue to slay every red carpet she struts down and dominate in the entertainment industry… Most recently, iconic fashion doll brand, Barbie, has taken notice of the multi-talented beauty too. [Sept. 19th], they announced that they will be honoring the rising starlet with her very own, one-of-a-kind doll for encouraging girls to “raise their voices.” The doll honors Coleman’s 2015 Oscars getup – dreadlocks and all – in which she took a stand and inspired individuals to be themselves.
[MadameNoire]

911 Dispatcher Who Failed Tamir Rice Resigns

…Beth Mandl, the Cleveland 911 dispatcher who neglected to tell responding officers that they were dealing with a child who was potentially holding a toy gun shortly before Tamir Rice was gunned down last November, has resigned. Reports Cleveland.com: Beth Mandl sent a two-sentence resignation letter to the department on July 16 after failing to show up for work since April 3. “I have enjoyed working here and I will miss you all,” the letter said. Mandl signed her letter days after the department gave the long-absent dispatcher an ultimatum: provide a “satisfactory explanation” for her absence or be considered resigned. Mandl said the job was stressful and spoke about quitting before she abandoned the post, according to a department letter. She was not paid during her absence.
[HipHopWired]


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