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Let awards season begin!

Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens announced the nominations for the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and now, film and TV’s biggest stars are starting to celebrate.

Nominated celebrities include Will Smith for King Richard, Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Andrew Garfield for Tick, Tick … Boom!Bradley Cooper for Licorice Pizza, Jennifer Hudson for Respect and Kirsten Dunst for The Power of the Dog.

On the television side are Margaret Qualley for Maid, Oscar Isaac for Scenes From a Marriage, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show, Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha and Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong for Succession

Squid Game, Yellowstone, Only Murders in the Building and Ted Lasso are among the shows nominated for their ensemble performances, as are films such as Don’t Look Up and Belfast.

What makes the nods all the more exciting is that historically, the SAG Awards have been a reliable predictor of Oscar nominations. The acting categories are particularly noteworthy, as only three actors have ever gone on to win an Academy Award without a SAG mention since the Guild’s inaugural awards show in 1995.

See how stars are reacting to their nominations below.

The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Andrew Garfield, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Tick, Tick… Boom!

“This honor and recognition from my peers and friends in the Screen Actors Guild means more than I’m able to express,” the actor said in a statement. “Anyone with a SAG card feels and knows the story of Jonathan Larson in tick, tick…BOOM! because it is their story.  It’s the story of an artist longing to express themself, an artist longing to sing as much of their song as possible while they are here alive and breathing. It’s a story about longing to bring our gifts to the world; about following the thread of our destiny in the face of failure and rejection.”

Garfield continued, “I’m grateful to the SAG voters for this encouragement to continue to follow my own thread of life. I’m mostly grateful to them for giving Jonathan Larson more life. For giving him his flowers and helping to keep his spirit alive for the world to hear more of his life affirming song. I share this honor with my genius director, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and this most incredible ensemble cast of actors, singers, dancers and creators. We are a true community and none of this could happen without everyone’s unique giftedness and heart. Thank you from the very bottom of my overflowing heart.”

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Elisabeth Moss, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, The Handmaid’s Tale

“What wonderful news this morning!” Moss said in a statement. “Safely making Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale during the ongoing pandemic was a challenging undertaking but we are so incredibly proud of what we accomplished and receiving these SAG Award nominations is a beautiful cherry on top. I’m most especially thrilled for our cast nomination as I am lucky enough to work alongside some of the best actors in the business and I will never tire of seeing them acknowledged. Seeing them work through the lens as a director this season gave me an entirely new love and appreciation for them as artists and who they are as people. They lift me and the crew up every day!”

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Will Smith, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, King Smith

“I am humbled and honored that the Williams family trusted me with their story and that my fellow actors have given our film such a warm reception,” Smith said in a statement. “Getting to walk in Richard‘s shoes and having the opportunity, not only to show the world how misunderstood he was, but also to illuminate the true plight of this family as they paved their own road to becoming two of the most iconic names in sports history.”

The actor continued, “AND to get to do it with this absolutely beautiful cast of actors – Aunjanue, Jon, Tony and the powerhouse performances by two of the best young actors I’ve ever seen on film, Saniyya and Demi! I’m beyond grateful for this experience, for this ensemble cast being recognized, and am mostly proud to play a small part in shining further light and love on the Williams family!”

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Lee Jung-jae, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor In a Drama Series, Squid Game

“I am speechless and beyond excited to be nominated, not just individually but for our entire Squid Game team!” the actor said in a statement. “I vividly remember the precious moments we shared together, putting in all the hard work to film the intense six rounds of games. On top of the unforgettable memories we shared, today’s SAG Awards nominations will forever be remembered as a precious and touching moment. Thank you so much to the members of SAG-AFTRA. I am also so humbled and want to share this moment with all the fans of Squid Game who have faith in justice and love, we as people cherish.”

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Elle Fanning, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, The Great

“Thank you to SAG-AFTRA,” Fanning said in a statement. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers for a role that means so much to me, alongside actors I greatly admire. The Great is made possible by our fearless ensemble cast, our writing genius Tony McNamara, the tireless hours of our hardworking crew, and the one who raises our bar every day, Nicholas Hoult.”

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Margaret Qualley, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, Maid

“Wow! This is so cool!” the actress said in a statement. “All I hope for when I’m making something is that the people I look up to see me and think I’m alright. I couldn’t be luckier to have had the opportunity to bring Stephanie Land‘s beautiful and heartbreakingly real story to life, alongside my own mom and my incredible on-screen daughter, Rylea Nevaeh. I’m so flattered and I really love being a part of this community, thank you!”

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Michael Douglas, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, The Kominsky Method

“Great way to start off the New Year,” the actor said in a statement. “Thank you to all my peers who voted. Kominsky Method was a career highlight from start to finish.”

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Ariana DeBose, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, West Side Story

“I am honored to be recognized by my fellow SAG-AFTRA peers for a project of which I am so ridiculously proud,” the actress said in a statement. “Any recognition is amazing, but coming from my community of actors, it’s beyond special. What an honor to be included amongst these stunningly talented women and all of this year’s nominees. I’m so thankful to Steven [Spielberg], Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum, Disney, and the entire cast, crew & creative team of West Side Story, especially my fellow actors with whom I worked so closely and who helped lift me through this performance.”

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Javier Bardem, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture, Being the Richardos

“Thank you, SAG-AFTRA, I am honored to be nominated by my peers and to find myself in such remarkable company,” the actor said in a statement. “Today’s nominations for Being the Ricardos are a tribute to the trailblazing couple that are Lucy and Desi Arnaz. It was a great privilege to portray Desi Arnaz – a groundbreaking visionary, proud immigrant and veteran who transformed modern television.”

The 2021 SAG Awards will air Sunday, April 4 on TNT and TBS.

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Remembering The Black Mamba: 24 Hip-Hop References That Honors Kobe Bryant

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It’s been exactly 24 months since we lost the precious life of Kobe Bryant. On January 26, 2020, the world went into deep devastation when we discovered that Kobe, along with eight other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.

The eight victims included his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, John Altobelli, 56, his wife Keri, and 14-year-old daughter Alyssa. The Mamba Academy girls coach Christina Mauser, Gigi’s teammate Payton Chester 13, and her mom Sarah Chester, 45 also died. We also remember the life of Ara Zobayan, the instructor and charter pilot.

As huge as an influence that Kobe Bryant had on the court, he also had a heavy presence in hip-hop. Every time a rapper mentioned his mane, they mentioned it in the same category as greatness.

Today, the Source honors the great man who made the number 24 just as famous as the cliche phrase “24/7,” by giving you the 24 best references in rap music.

In no particular order, here are the coldest rap lines that honor Kobe.

1. Lil Wayne – “Kobe Bryant”

Kobe doin’ work/ Two four on my shirt/ He the greatest on the court/And I’m the greatest on the verse”

2. Chief Keef -“Kobe”

“I been ballin’ so damn hard, I swear I think that I’m Kobe/ Young bull of this rap sh*t, but I think that I’m Kobe/ I swear I’m dunkin on these hoes, on these niggas, I’m free throwin’ /These boys, they don’t like me ’cause I think that I’m Kobe”

3. Drake – “Stay Schemin’”  

“Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s, Kobe my ni**a, I hate it had to be him, B**ch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.” 

4. Kanye West-“Swagger Like Us”

Na-na-na, how it feel to wake up and be the shit and the urine Na-na-na-na /Trying to get that Kobe number, one over Jordan

5. 50 Cent-“You Not Like Me”

You wanna get acquainted with me, you wanna know me/ From three-point range with a Glock, I shoot better than Kobe.”

6. Young Thug – “Check” 

“I promise I won’t ever quit, bitch I’m Kobe.”

7. Travis Scott- “Stargazing”

“I’m way too gold for this beef, feel like I’m Kobe, yeah/ This right here is astronomical.”

8. Drake- “Views”

“Now me and Kobe doin’ shots the night before the game/ Still drop 40 with liquor in my system.”

9. Kendrick Lamar- The Heart Part 2”

“Put burners in the hands of the black man. One hood with 20 four-fours like a cloned Kobe Bryant.”

10. The Game – “Remedy”

“I’m hard as a mothaf**kin’ ounce of raw, Dribble rock like Kobe Bryant bounce the ball.”

11. JAY-Z – “Some People Hate”

With a splash of Monster Kody, shoot faster than Kobe, nigga/You bastards know me, the one and only.”

12. Juicy J – “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”

“I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night

Like taking from a girl don’t know no better, I know that ain’t right.”

13. WC – “Guilty By Affiliation”

“Whether it’s the yay or the 9-to-5/ The pills or the chronic, we hustle to stay alive/ And if you ain’t Reggie Bush runnin’ a rock/ You better be good as Kobe slangin’ a jump shot.”

14. J. Cole – “Cole World”

“I ball, I ball, like Kobe in the fall/ Put trophies on wall, rather trophies on my mantle.”

15. Kanye West – “All Mine”

“All these thots on Christian Mingle/ Almost what got Tristan single

If you don’t ball like him or Kobe /Guarantee that bitch gonna leave you.”

16. Lloyd Banks – “Beamer, Benz, Or Bentley”

“Where my ring and my confetti/ I’m Kobe Bryant ready

Pink Rose and chronic smelly while I’m stumbling out the telly.”

17. JAY-Z – “Venus vs. Mars”

“My dollars was down, she left me for some Euros/Took my whole flavor, I call her Coke Zero/ We were co-MVP’s like Kobe and Shaq

Left me for the Heat, we were winning back to back.”

18. Lil Wayne – “Show Me What You Got Freestyle” 

“And when it comes down to the recording/I must be LeBron James if he’s Jordan/No, I won rings for my performance/I’m more Kobe Bryant of an artist.”

19. Kanye West, “Ego (Remix)”

“I had dreams of the league, one day I’d play Kobe/Or walk up to Puff and he would really know me.”

20. Big Sean – “See Me Now”

“They say G.O.O.D. Music like the new Miami Heat, Shit comparin’ them to us, man, they gotta add Kobe.”

21. Rick Ross – “Numb”

“I’m tryin’ to see a hundred of ’em, Kobe Bryant money, nigga you ain’t gotta love him.”

22. Nicki Minaj – “Ganja Burn”

“Still every team’s number one pick in the draft/ You could bring anybody, weatherman, pick a day/ I’m Kobe, KD, Kyrie, pick a K.”

23. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie –  “Still Think About You”

“I shoot up and lean back on some Kobe sh*t/ They don’t know how to pass on some Kobe sh*t.

24. Fabolous – “Black Mamba Freestyle” 

“Hope you ready for that Hall of Fame/ April 13th, Mamba Day forever/ Kobe gone, but his legacy gon’ play forever.”

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Remembering Kobe Bryant: Icon and International Sensation

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Words by: Johnnie Buck

Remembering Kobe Bryant. It has officially been two years since the day that left all basketball enthusiasts shook. The day a hero of the hoops became human as the world played witness to the horrifying news that Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi had passed tragically after being victims in a helicopter crash. Social media lit up with the news and many emotions had been stirred around the NBA. An icon of many facets had been lost and the world fell stricken over the grief.

The impact Kobe Bryant held was more than just the game, he was an international sensation.

Kobe’s career in basketball is one that can be broken down in so many ways. He joined the league at the age of 19 and left at the age of 37. With an overall average of 25 points per game in his career, Kobe managed to leave 3rd on the scoring list passing Michael Jordan in 2014. Kobe in his time managed to rack up the accolades as well. Bryant was an 18x all-star and 4x all-star MVP. He was elected an MVP in 2008.

The Legendary Laker was a 5x champion winning from 2000-2002, then again in 2009, and once more in 2010. In two of those championships, he was elected Finals MVP. His electricity on the court was similar to his role model Michael Jordan. Bryant’s on-court accomplishments pushed the league and brought the best out of all players that matched up against him.

Known as Black Mamba, Kobe was noted as one who was intellectually adept, going out his way to learn new languages to be able to converse and sometimes intimidate international players. There were no barriers to his reign. Players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant Steph Curry and more were products of his tenacity. He inspired players on and off the court to have a “Mamba Mentality”, urging players to simply do more.   

Kobe’s legacy is one that fared no boundaries. While climbing the heights of a legendary basketball career, doorways were opened for him to continue his success in other endeavors. Much like his tenacity on the court, his off-court prowess demanded leadership as well. With a combination of his star power, financial support, and overall urge to see growth, Bryant was considered a humanitarian contributing to a number of admirable causes.

The 5x NBA champion used his platform to speak out against the injustices within the world many times. He spoke out against the War in Darfur in 2008, he played an active part in raising money for cancer awareness, and alongside his wife Vanessa, they created the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to help homeless youths build self-sufficient lives.

Kobe was more than a player, he was a leader in every sense of the word.

Of the many feats that Bryant was most recognized for, one that came as a shock when first announced was the Oscar Award Kobe won for the best animated short film in 2018 for the piece he put together “Dear Basketball”. “Dear Basketball” was an animated film that was based on Kobe’s poem he wrote as he announced his retirement.

Upon winning his Oscar, Kobe was also working on a show titled “Detail” where he provided an in-depth analysis on the players in the game today. By doing so many of the NBA stars of today to his knowledge and soon after he received a wide number of requests from them to train with him in the off-season. Being someone whose world revolved around basketball, Kobe couldn’t stay away from the court for too long, ultimately taking many of the greats today under his wing and assigning them tasks to live up to.

As a player, Kobe will go down in history with his name being cemented in with the greats. In his time in the NBA he was able to accomplish what many players could only dream of. What he did off the court was both courageous and noteworthy.

Kobe believed in growth and the impact you create from what you do, his impact will not be forgotten. His spirit lives on in the players he inspired, the team he represented, and the family left behind. On January 26th, 2020, we lost a legend, but his legacy lives on.       

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The 40 Greatest Dr. Dre Productions

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Dr. Dre’s production career spans three decades and some of the most famous moments in American popular music. The Los Angeles musician is responsible for introducing so many acts to the pop mainstream — from childhood friend Eazy-E to Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and many others — that it’s difficult to narrow his achievements to a few dozen picks. Meanwhile, readers of this list will notice the absence of Kendrick Lamar: While the Doctor has played a crucial role in Lamar’s career, Dre technically hasn’t produced any of the rapper’s hits … yet. With Dre, Snoop, Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige set to headline the Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show next month, we look back at the productions that made him a legend. Take this list as a starting point for exploring an essential hip-hop icon.

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