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Halle Bailey responds to racist backlash over new Little Mermaid film: ‘I know that I’m worthy’
supports HTML5 videoThe Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey has addressed the backlash against her playing the new Ariel, after Disney dropped the trailer for the live-action remake.The 22-year-old, best known as one half of Chloe x Halle, stars as the iconic mermaid and fans have been gushing over her version of Part Of Your World, teased in the trailer, which was originally sung by Jodi Benson (who is a fan of Halle’s casting, by the way).Emotional videos of Black children, particularly young girls, watching the trailer for the first time have had us all in bits, but the upcoming film has also been the subject of a lot of racism.After trolls took aim at the fact that Halle isn’t Caucasian (but not apparently with the fact that she isn’t actually a mermaid either), YouTube actually disabled the dislike counter on the trailer.But now, Halle has addressed the backlash in a video on her YouTube channel.‘I dedicated so much time, blood, sweat and tears into this work for this film and in the process I learned so much about myself,’ Halle began.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘I remember at the very, very beginning of filming I was way more timid than I was coming out of it so I kind of felt like I grew with Ariel’s character in a way and that makes me really happy so yeah I think that was kind of the biggest takeaway for me is just to believe in myself and know that I’m worthy.’‘And even still today like with all of the commentary and people’s opinions going on, it just reminds me to be number one grounded and grateful that I have this opportunity and the fact that it’s sparking such a discussion for all of us,’ she continued.‘I mean, I know what it
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SZA, Clipse, Anderson .Paak And Q-Tip Added To Pharrell’s Something In The Water Festival
Pharrell Williams shared some of the featured artists that will appear with him for his “Pharrell and Phriends” set at this year’s Something In The Water festival in Washington, DC from June 17 – 19.The list of newly released special guests include Clipse, Justin Timberlake, N.O.R.E, Q-Tip, SZA and more.  Earlier this month, the festival revealed additional performers including Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, bLAck pARty, J Balvin, and 21 Savage, along with several others.Previously announced performers 6LACK, Adekunle Gold, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Ashe, Baby Tate, Baird, BIA, Blxst, Calvin Harris, Chloe x Halle, Dave Matthews Band, Davido, Denzel Curry, DJ Domo, Dreamer Isioma, Duckwrth, EARTHGANG, Emotional Oranges, ericdoa, Gracie Abrams, Hope Tala, Jean Dawson, Jeremy Zucker, JID, Jon Batiste, Lakeyah, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Lucky Daye, María Isabel, Mariah the Scientist, Moneybagg Yo, Montell Fish, Ogi, Omar Apollo, Ozuna, Paris Texas, Pharrell & Phriends, Pusha T, Q, Quinn XCII, Rae Sremmurd, Raveena, Rei Ami, Roddy Ricch, ROLE MODEL, Run The Jewels, Saba, Sabrina Claudio, Skepta, Skiifall, Skillibeng, slowthai, Snoh Aalegra, Sound of the City, Syd, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat, T.I., Tierra Whack, Tobe Nwigwe, Tokischa, Tyler, The Creator, Usher, and YVNGXCHRIS are all slated to hit the stage on Juneteenth weekend.Produced by Redrock Entertainment and Live Nation, this year’s SOTW festival will celebrate art, culture, and music, and will continue its mission to unite communities, celebrate diversity and empower everyone from the youth to small business owners in Washington, DC.