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Usher, Stevie Wonder, and Will Smith are among the all-star cast that gathered to perform for, speak on, and celebrate the recent unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.
The celebration was documented with a special, “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America,” that will air on ABC on Thursday night, and will pay tribute to the ways in which African-American culture and entertainment has made an impact in American society.
Each act at the event either spoke on a particular aspect or artifact of African-American culture that is presented in the museum, or performed a piece of spoken word, song, or dance that is representative of an influential person, group of people, or moment in African-American history. Usher channeled icon James Brown in his performance, and Mary J. Blige performed a tribute to widely celebrated 20th century singer Marian »
- Sarah Ahern
The “xXx” franchise could expand beyond a trilogy, at least according to star Vin Diesel.
Diesel told Variety at the London premiere of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” on Tuesday night that Paramount has already expressed interest in continuing the story in a fourth film.
“Well, it’s funny,” Diesel said when asked about future sequels. “I was in the middle of an interview and Brad Grey — who runs Paramount — calls me and says, ‘Will everybody come back to work in May?’ I’m like – everyone’s in interviews right now!”
The returning co-stars in question would be talent from across the globe, who assembled for the “Return of Xander Cage” premiere, including Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Nina Dobrev, and martial artist Tony Jaa. Paramount didn’t respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
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- Helen Jackson
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