Why People Want a Dark-Skinned Storm

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Along with Misty Knight, who appeared in comics the same year (1975), Storm (Ororo Munroe) is one of the first female black comic book superheroes. While the character has a messy history sometimes, as the result of mostly being written by white men throughout a majority of her existence, she is still, along with Black Panther, one of the most important black characters. Which is why her live-action counterparts have been some of the most hotly debated casting choices.

Halle Berry was cast as Storm in the first X-Men film and if you speak to any black person about that choice, even ones who didn’t care about comics, they will tell you it was because Halle was the black female celebrity at the time. She’d just come from winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and it catapulted her onto the national stage. So in 2000, she was the perfect choice for a mainstream studio. Angela Bassett was originally up for the role, but she declined, much to the chagrin of people everywhere (and this makes her casting in Black Panther extra delicious).

Storm in the X-Men films is basically a non-entity. She is boring, dull, and uninteresting, which isn’t the fault of Halle Berry—but Berry also didn’t bring anything to the role. So when it came out that they were going to be recasting Storm for Age of Apocolypse, people were excited to see Storm done again and done right.

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For a lot of people, this meant having Storm be a darker-skinned black woman. As we discussed yesterday, calling out colorism in Hollywood, and the choices being made, doesn’t mean we are calling out or dismissing the black experiences of mixed-race or lighter-skinned black women. However, it means being aware that there are biases in place.

Halle Berry is a mixed-race woman (white mother/black father), and the actress chosen to take up the mantle of playing a younger Storm was 26-year-old Alexandra Shipp, who is also mixed-race (white mother/black father). While this made sense because Shipp was supposed to be playing a young version of Berry’s Storm in whatever weird time-warp sense this whole X-Men Universe is, people were disappointed.

While Storm’s complexion has changed over the years and depending on the artist, recent versions have made it clear that she is on the darker side complexion wise. Somewhere between Gabrielle Union and Lupita if you need a reference.

As Storm is one of the most powerful and most desirable women in the Marvel Universe (list of people crushing on Storm includes Wolverine, Magneto, Thor, Loki, and Doctor Doom), to have her be dark-skinned in a society that created phrases like “you’re pretty for a dark girl” would be unbelievably powerful .

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So now that Disney has control of Fox, people have already been thinking about ways to bring Storm and Thor together for much lightening play (please, please, please) and that led to a conflict between people on Twitter, and Shipp.

Now, I understand Shipp’s anger about being called out for being “racially ambiguous,” because she most certainly is not and neither is Halle, but the frustration isn’t directed at Shipp. It is directed a society that takes one of the few positive black female African characters, and lightens her constantly. Black comic book fans have been fighting to maintain Storm’s blackness for decades, and deserve to be recognized. We cannot pretend that there aren’t perceptional differences between African-Americans and black Africans—and that there isn’t a reason that a majority of the female black stars we have today are lighter-skinned or mixed-race women. Again, that isn’t the fault of the actresses, but if they dismiss all conversation around the issue as hate, then nothing can be done.

I recognize that Shipp is young, and an actress, and she is not going to stop her career, which is just now picking up, and turn down roles because of colorism. However, that doesn’t make the conversation about Storm stupid. It is not stupid to want one of the most important, most powerful, and most beloved black female characters to be dark-skinned. Especially when she is. Black Panther can’t be the only place where a range of blackness is shown in comic book movies.

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Strictly bosses fear Debbie McGee might drop out of Saturday’s final for THIS reason

Is this the end for Debbie?

Hotly-tipped Strictly Come Dancing favourite Debbie McGee is said to have fallen ill just hours before the show’s final this weekend.

The BBC bosses are reported to be worried that she could drop out after admitting she felt ‘like a zombie’.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Debbie, 59, said: ‘On Tuesday I was like a zombie. I was brain dead and physically washed out.

‘I am now more tired than I have been in any other week. The pressure is much heavier.’

It’s no surprise the radio presenter has run out of steam – every week she’s been wowing the audience and judges with high-scoring, energetic routines alongside partner Giovanni Pernice, 27.



She’s also recovering from a back injury, not to mention travelling to York back-and-forth to rehearse for her upcoming pantomime performance in Beauty and the Beast.

Debbie has spoken about how her late husband Paul Daniels has kept her going throughout the competition.

Speaking to The Mirror, Debbie said: ‘Paul would always have wanted me to do better than I was doing.

‘I could imagine, if Paul was alive and watching me every week, he would give me notes.

‘There is no doubt about that – he would find something.’

Jive jive jive !! 😍

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Debbie has also said that despite her former ballet training, she gets terrible stage fright and gets through it by knowing that Paul is watching over her.

‘I feel he is with me,’ she said. ‘When I walk down that studio floor, there is always a moment I think of him.

‘He had so much confidence.

‘I kind of say, “Come on, darling, give me some of your confidence”. And it takes away my nerves.’

Strictly has hit record viewing figures this series with an average of 11 million viewers per episode, beating last year’s average of 10.9 million.

In contrast, The X Factor has been having its worst viewing rating in history, drawing in only 6.3 million people per episode.

This Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing live final is expected to draw in even more viewers, with last year’s racking up an impressive 13.3 million viewers.

From our sister site, Woman. Words by Isa Jaward.

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‘Our family is complete’: Katie Piper shares adorable first photo as she welcomes baby daughter

The star gave birth just in time for Christmas…

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Prepare to say ‘awww’ as Katie Piper has announced the birth of her second child with husband Richard Sutton.

The presenter – who is already mum to three-year-old Belle – revealed the news on Instagram, sharing a super sweet snap of herself snuggling up to her little bundle of joy.

MORE: Katie Piper lets daughter Belle give her a makeover and the results are HILARIOUS


The TV presenter and author captioned the shot: ‘We’ve been blessed with the safe arrival of a baby girl. Our family is now complete 🌸👶🏾

Check out the cute announcement below!

All together now…

Fans rushed to congratulate the 34-year-old star, with the snap racking up 40k likes in less than an hour.

Many people also commented of the festive timing of Katie’s arrival, with one posting: ‘Fab early Christmas present for you all. 💕💜💕

It’s thought that Katie gave birth to her as-yet unnamed daughter via caesarean, telling Mail Online earlier this year how ‘medical problems’ made giving birth more complicated for her.

Referring to old scarring on her stomach from the horrific acid attack she suffered in 2008, Katie said: ‘I’m a bit restricted because I have a medical problems, I have scar tissue in my stomach.’

Baby mama and dadda Katie and Richard married in 2015 after becoming parents the previous year to daughter Belle.

Earlier this year, the 34-year-old said that Belle predicted she was going to have another daughter.

She told Hello! magazine in June: ‘This morning, when I was getting dressed, Belle came over and kissed my tummy.

‘I asked what she thinks I’m having and she said, “A girl, like me”.’

Good instincts, Belle!

Whilst we’re sure Katie can’t wait to spend some quality time with her baby girl, she’s already scheduled to get back to work next spring. Her debut tour, Katie Piper: What’s In My Head, kicks off on 13 March.

Huge congratulations from everyone at CelebsNow, Katie!

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‘Absolutely gutted’: This Morning fans’ concern for Rylan Clark-Neal as he mysteriously QUITS the show

Miss you already, Rylan!

We don’t know about you, but *nothing* wakes us up in the morning quite like a good cuppa and a bit of This Morning

Holly and Phil, what would we do without ‘ya?!

However, fans of the show have woken up to some devasting news regarding a regular favourite on the show.

Rylan Clark-Neal has announced that 2018 will see him opt for some down time away from cameras, as he takes a break from his spot on the show.

Chatting with Holly and Phil on today’s show, Rylan explains that he is taking a hiatus from his role for the foreseeable future – but will not be permanently leaving the gang. Phew!

See: Rylan Clark-Neal poses with rarely seen stepson for sweet family photo


Rylan explained: ‘I’ve not really said anything but after Christmas, next Friday, I’m going to be going away for a little bit’.

He then added: ‘It’s definitely not goodbye but I’m going to be taking a little bit of a break in the new year’.

Rylan ended with a message for Holly and Phil, who he joined on the show back in 2014: ‘But I just want to say thank you because it’s been lovely and I will be back. I will be back’.

Fans were quick to share their thoughts on Rylan’s planned departure from the show, and it’s fair to say there has been some outcry.

One user shared: ‘@Rylan gutted you are not going to be on this morning anymore, love watching you’.

Agreeing, another added: ‘Aww sorry to hear your having a break @Rylan @thismorning hope you enjoy your time off for what ever reason’.

A third wrote: ‘You will be sadly missed, but good luck on your next venture xx’.

And they’re weren’t the only ones…

Whilst Rylan is yet to address the mysterious reason for his departure from the show, he later took to social media to thank fans for their concern.

He shared: ‘Thank you for all your lovely messages . I’m sure I’ll be back soon see you next week xxxx’.

We better be seeing your lovely face soon, Rylan!

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‘Irresponsible and idiotic!’ Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry slammed after giving HERSELF lip injections in Snapchat video

Chloe has landed herself in hot water with fans…

Whilst fame might seem like a breezy walk in the park with a few sponsored Instagram ads along the way, we could imagine it might get a lil’ tricky sometimes.

With the influence of social media, one slip up can spread like wildfire.

And yes, we *are* talking about your 4am snapchat rants in the Kebab shop.

One lady who is certainly feeling the brunt of social media is Geordie Shore‘s Chloe Ferry– who has managed to spark mass outcry following a recent video posted to her Snapchat account.

The lovely lass has been very vocal in the past about the cosmetic procedures she has undergone- even going as far as to admit she is possibly addicted to surgery!

See: Fans accuse Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry of having BUM surgery as she uploads sizzling bikini snap


However, some fans feel she may have taken it a little too far now- having shared a Snapchat video of herself almost injecting her own lips with lip filler.

In the shock video, Chloe raises a needle to her lips as she tells the camera: ‘Got some lip filler here, might just inject myself’.

Chloe almost carries out the procedure before telling audiences: ‘I am too scared todo it myself’.

Whilst Chloe didn’t actually go through with the procedure herself, fans watching the Snapchat have expressed concerns over the possibly reckless message Chloe had sent out to audiences.

Taking to social media, one user has shares: ‘@Chloe_GShore you have nearly 700k followers some who are young & impressionable. Very very irresponsible & idiotic!’.

In reaction to the video, another user shares: ‘No wonder some teenage girls are so insecure when the likes of Charlotte Crosby & Chloe Ferry have cosmetic surgeons on tap to reconstruct themselves every few weeks. Social media is an awful thing sometimes’.

Celebrity doctor Dr Tijion Esho has also blasted Chloe for the content posted to her account, having shared with Ok!: ‘Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers are still invasive medical procedures with potentially serious risks. Seeing something like this is very disappointing’.

Whilst Chloe is yet to respond to the backlash from her video, we’d love to hear your thoughts @CelebsNow!

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Holly Willoughby reveals ‘final day on This Morning’ look as sad fans ask: ‘What am I going to watch now!?’

Holly has gone out with a sparkly bang…

The star wore this sparkly outfit to host her final This Morning of 2017

The ever-gorgeous Holly Willoughby wowed This Morning viewers on Friday morning as she signed off from her hosting duties.

The blonde beauty wore a sparkle-tastic outfit to present her last show of the year – leaving fans amazed and devastated in equal measure.

Holly shared a snap of her spangly look – which featured a sparkly gold skirt and a sweater emblazoned with the words ‘golden girl’ – on her Instagram page.

MORE: ‘What’s wrong with you?!’ This Morning viewers SLAM Holly Willoughby as she makes EPIC blunder


Captioning the pic, the 36 year old wrote: ‘Today’s our final day on @thismorning before Christmas… let’s go out in a sparkle fest!!!!’

Many rushed to compliment the mum of two on her stunning look, with one fan writing: ‘You look incredible 🌟

Another added: ‘You are so gorgeous Holly 💙😂

A third posted: ‘Love this outfit xxx’

However, others were gutted that Hols wouldn’t be on their screens again this year, with one writing: ‘What am i going to watch now?? 😣

Another said: ‘You look wonderful… but I’m devoted its your last day!!!’

MORE: Ooh! Rylan Clark-Neal reveals a cheeky secret about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s dressing rooms

Holly and her presenting partner Phillip Schofield will take a well-earned break from the popular ITV daytime show over the Christmas period.

But don’t worry! They’ll be back on the This Morning couch in the New Year from Tuesday 2 January 2018.

This Morning will continue to air in the run up to Christmas, with husband and wife duo Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes taking on the role of hosts from Monday 17 to Friday 22 December.

In other Holly-related news, fans were recently stunned to discover just how much the star and her husband Dan Baldwin earned last year.

The cute pair have both built stellar careers in TV as a presenter and producer respectively, but we were still a little amazed to discover that last year the couple paid themselves a staggering £1.3million from their company Roxy Media, which they run together. Wowzers!

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OMG picture! Romeo Beckham looks just like Victoria in his latest pouty Instagram snap

With Victoria and David as parents, it’s unsurprising that the Beckham children are highly photogenic, and aren’t afraid to show it off.

On Wednesday, Romeo Beckham, the second eldest son of Victoria and David, uploaded a snap on Instagram that showcased just how much he looks like his stunning mum – right down to the famous pout!


Amazing photography @brooklynbeckham ❤️

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MORE: David Beckham gets a sweet surprise as he’s served a dessert with his own face on!

The black-and-white pic, taken by budding photographer and older brother Brooklyn, received thousands of comments from fans noting the uncanny similarity.

‘Absolutely handsome..male version of @victoriabeckham,’ wrote one. ‘You’ve got your mother’s beauty – very handsome young man,’ said another.

One follower commented: ‘You look exactly like your mom! @victoriabeckham xx’ – we couldn’t agree more! See the resemblance for yourself.

With my boys!! Love u @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham x VB

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Fun night out with my mum @victoriabeckham

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The Beckham children are no strangers to working the camera like their good-looking parents. Even their younger brother Cruz, 12, is known for striking a pose or two alongside Dad.

Come on @manchesterunited @davidbeckham 😜

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Another spitting image!

The eldest two sons have both worked for Burberry – Romeo as a model, Brooklyn as a photographer – and Romeo features in his brother’s photography book, What I See, which came out earlier this year.

Brooklyn often takes snaps of his siblings, but seems particularly proud of his images of his little brother. Romeo has previously posted Brooklyn’s pics on Instagram.

Such a cool pic by @brooklynbeckham

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We can’t get enough of the Beckham family this week. Yesterday, we swooned over new snaps of David with his new baby niece, Peggy.

The former footballer took to social media to say how proud he was of his niece and his little sister, Joanne, writing alongside the pic: ‘Welcome to the world little Peggy So proud of my little sis and congrats @krissydonners #Daddy such a beautiful family #proudUncle@joannebeckham’.

From our sister site, Woman. Written by Isa Jaward. 

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Louise Redknapp criticised for SWEARING during live performance – and she’s STILL wearing her wedding ring!

Yikes! Louise has left audiences divided…

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Louise Redknapp
‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 29 Sep 2017
Recent headlines might be focussing on her marriage, but Louise Redknapp is is also hard at work – playing the lead role in the hit musical Cabaret. The 42-year-old musician and TV presenter joins us in the studio, to explain why she’s decided to shed her good girl image – and her clothes – for the risque role of Sally Bowles in the 1966 classic. Louise will also explain why she’s chosen to revive her pop career after more than 10 years away from the recording studio, and she’ll discuss how life has changed for her since finishing in second place on Strictly in 2016.

As 2017 draws to a close for Louise Redknapp, it’s fair to say the lovely lady has had one heck of a roller coaster of a yer.

With speculation surrounding her marriage to Jamie still in the pipeline, it was all eyes on Louise as she took to the stage for a performance on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Louise had performed a rendition of her hit 2000’s hit 2 Faced, but had managed to spark some controversy with viewers at home after the lady swore on during her performance- as she used the word ‘bitching’.

Now, fans have been having a bit of a debate over whether or not Louise had broken the watershed rule of not swearing after the controversial performance.

See: Louise Redknapp branded ‘pathetic’ and ‘selfish’ in the wake of Jamie Redknapp split

One angry viewer has taken to social media to slam Louise’s decision not to censor her lyrics: ‘Family programme? Not today! Louise Redknapp singing lyrics with b**ch every 5 seconds. Time to find the remote control’.

Another shared the possibilty of the song being about her rumored estranged husband, writing: ‘This @LouiseRedknapp song is blatantly about Jamie’.

However, others have been quick to defend the mother-of-two, with many arguing that she hadn’t really used a swear word on TV.

One user argues, ‘Just caught up on #ItTakesTwo. @LouiseRedknapp was my fave musical guest they’ve had purely for bringing 2 Faced back & basically swearing on live TV’.

Another shares, ‘Omg people complaining now cos Louise Redknapp sang the word ‘bitching’ in her song before 7pm. Seriously it’s not really a swear word is it’.

Despite some fans thinking the performance had indirectly referenced her alleged marital woes, Louise had opted to wear her wedding ring for the appearance on the prime time show- suggesting her relationship is still very much on.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Louise’s performance, so Tweet us @CelebsNow!



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I’m a Celebrity 2017: Amir Khan invites pregnant wife to be ‘special guest’ at his homecoming party

Amir Khan has left flans slightly perplexed. Again.

Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom out together, February 2016

Since Amir Khan had made his welcome way back to Blighty following his I’m a Celebrity stint in the jungle, we’ve been just *dying* to know what the ‘fella has been up to.

And it would appear that we’ve been blessed with an update from the ‘fella- as the details of his homecoming party have been released following him jetting out of Australia!

It’s been revealed that Amir will be celebrating his return to the UK with family and friends at a shisha bar in Birmingham on Saturday.

See: I’m a Celebrity 2017: Amir Khan FINALLY gets new BFF Kiosk Keith to smile – and the video is amazing!


Guests of the event can look forward to entertainment from belly dancers and fire displays. Oh, and there’s no doubt that Amir will probably say something funny too…

However, the real talking point of the night is the fact that Amir has listed his pregnant wife Faryal as the special guest of the bash- something which has left fans slightly confused considering the location of the bash, as smoking is obviously very unhealthy during pregnancy.

In a promo snap shared to Amir’s Instagram page, the soon-to-be father of two has listed his wife as the special guest of the event.

Amir captions the post: ‘Was getting millions of messages so decided killing 2 birds with 1 stone. @argeelalounge will host my birthday party and a little Q&A about the jungle experience’.

Confused fans have replied messages to Amir’s slightly strange choice of special guest, with comments reading things such as ‘What’s that mean lol she has to smoke?’ and ‘So she’s going sheesha lounge pregnant?’.

We’re sure Faryal just wants to enjoy her husbands return party!

Amir has been updating fans on his journey back to the UK. Two days ago, the jungle campmate had shared that he had begun his long journey back to Blighty in a message which reads, ‘Leave Australia today. Thanks for having me. The last month’s been amazing with jungle experience and seeing Australia’.

Amir also added, ‘Excited to see my little one and family and have some proper food (no rice & beans)’.

We’re sure rice and beans will be off the menu for a long time, Amir.

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Katie Price reveals details of ‘BAD fall’ from her beloved horse after a tough week

We’re hoping Katie is right as rain!

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Katie Price
‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 20 Oct 2017
2017 has been one of Katie Price’s most dramatic years ever. There was the shocking discovery that her husband Kieran had been cheating on her with the nanny, the heartbreaking news that her mum is dying, a terrifying blackmail plot against her son Harvey, and a bitter war of words with Love Island’s Chris who has accused Katie of sending flirty messages that he didn’t want. Katie is here to reveal the truth about all the latest headlines surrounding her life and tell us all about her brand new novel. We’ll also be asking her about her admission this week that she’ll never reveal the name of the celebrity who she says assaulted her at the start of her career.

If there’s one lady who knows how to ride out the tough of it all and still come out on top, it’s Miss Katie Price.

Yup, the lady is one heck of a tough cookie. Because, after all, never underestimate the power of the Pricey!

However, it would appear that the mum-of-five has found herself in a rather nasty batch of rough and tumble lately, having shared that she had been caught up in a very scary horse riding accident yesterday- in which Katie had managed to actually fall OFF her horse!

See: Katie Price fans hit out at the ‘irresponsible’ star for trying to flog her VERY expensive pets on Instagram


Taking to social media to reveal her close stroke with danger, Katie has explained that she had taken the tumble whilst riding her own horse- and is recovering on the sofa with her daughter Bunny.

Katie writes, ‘After having a bad fall off my horse earlier nothing better than cuddles with Bunny on the sofa’.

Yikes Katie, you’d better take it easy!

It’s fair to say Pricey has been in the wars lately, having made a very emotional appearance on Loose Women earlier in the week to discuss the updates surrounding her mum Amy’s heartbreaking battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).

Taking to the show to share the news of Celebrity Big Brother co-star Keith Chegwin‘s death after enduring the same illness, Katie had become visibly distressed over the topic at hand- emotionally telling audiences that she doesn’t want her mum to die.

Speaking of the incredibly sorry matter at hand, a tearful Katie told the cameras: ‘Once you’re diagnosed it’s too late. It’s incurable. You don’t know how you get it’.

For more information on IPF head over *here*. Sending Katie our very best wishes during this tricky time, hoping you’re back on the pony soon lady!





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