Beyoncé Drops Trailer For ‘Black Is King,’ A Visual Album Coming To Disney+

On Saturday night, Beyoncé surprise-released the teaser trailer for her new visual album, ‘Black Is King,’ coming to Disney+ next month

“A journey is a gift,” Beyoncé opens the trailer posted to her website Saturday night, teasing her new visual album, Black Is King, slated to release on Disney Plus on July 31. The trailer follows the release of her new single, “Black Parade,” which was released on Juneteenth.

Written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift  released last year in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Lion King remake, for which she voiced Nala. Black Is King will tell the story of a young king’s “transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity,” the announcement states.

“You can’t wear a crown with your head down,” Beyoncé later says in the trailer for the visual album, which will feature special guest appearances by Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Jessie Reyez. The visual album will also feature African artists Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Busiswa and Salatiel.

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According to Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, Black Is King is a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.”

“The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present,” they added. “A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”

Beyonce Black Is King

The visually stunning trailer is an explosion of color, power, and truly moving images teasing what appears to be an epic visual album à la Beyoncé — one that, according to Disney and Parkwood Entertainment, will reimagine lessons of The Lion King for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”

“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” the announcement states. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”

Beyonce Black Is King

The diverse cast and crew spent one year producing and filming Black Is King, with Beyoncé involved in every aspect of production.

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Kelly Clarkson Gets Real About Her Depression With Demi Lovato

Kelly Clarkson talked to Demi Lovato on The Kelly Clarkson Show and opened up about her depression, praising Lovato for always being so open about her own mental health

On June 24, Kelly Clarkson (remotely) invited singer Demi Lovato on to her talkshow, The Kelly Clarkson Show, to have an honest and vulnerable conversation about mental health. During the segment, Clarkson discusses her own experiences with depression and thanks Lovato for her openness around the subject.

“I love how open you are about mental health, because I have similar issues, and I’ve suffered from depression,” Clarkson says in the first few seconds of the video. She added, “I think a lot of people, especially in the creative world … [are] kind of trained to just keep going and ‘you can handle it,’ especially as a woman it’s like, ‘don’t let them see you sweat.'”

The reason why Clarkson brings up Lovato’s candidness around her mental health issues, is that it’s important for fans to know they’re not the only ones who are going through similar experiences. When a mega star like Lovato shares that she, too, has “ups and downs” with her depression and bipolar disorder, she shows people all over the world that they’re not alone, and that it’s okay to feel vulnerable and to seek help. Back in February, Lovato discussed her mental health journey on Ashley Graham’s podcast, Pretty Big Deal. “Woke up feeling not super confident even tho my PBD episode just came out. Let this be a reminder to anyone struggling out there — this life is a journey with tons of ups and downs but you can’t give up,” Lovato told her fans on social media. During the show, she emphasized the importance of self-care and honoring boundaries for yourself.

On the recent The Kelly Clarkson Show clip, Clarkson validates Lovato’s encouraging messaging around taking care of one’s mental health (and not being ashamed of it). Lovato gushes to Clarkson that she always looked up to her, saying, “I wouldn’t be the artist or even the person I am, with being so outspoken and vulnerable and fearless if I hadn’t had you to look up to. You are fearless and courageous and real as fuck… When I was younger I always thought to myself, ‘If I ever make it, I want to be like her, because she’s real and she’s genuine.'”

“The thing about it though, is even you’re saying like, you know, ‘you’re strong, you’re courageous’ and all those things. I’m not all the time. It takes work. Everybody looks at us. Like even when you overcome something, they’re like, ‘OK, she’s already overcome it.’ I’m like, ‘No, no that’s a daily effort in, like, trying to be positive,'” Clarkson replies, addressing the fact that her positivity isn’t just a button she’s able to switch on and off. Her depression isn’t just “over” after going to some “magical therapy session.” It’s constant work.

“It’s a daily thing that you work at and a daily thing that I work at,” Clarkson says, adding, “…it’s not always easy to have a spotlight on you and arrows being aimed at you especially when you are vulnerable and you give people more ammo for all the trolls out there.”

Although Kelly hasn’t always been so open about her mental health, she’s recently made it a topic of discussion on her show. On June 23, she and Chelsea Handler had a frank conversation about about how therapy has helped them cope with trauma. “I actually, 100 percent, know and go to therapy. You think you’re past it, and although you know the situation and think you figured it out, you just don’t realize how much PTSD comes into play when something triggers you like that.” Clarkson said in the recent The  Kelly Clarkson Show segment.

We’re thankful that more and more celebs are speaking up about their mental health and the importance of therapy and self-care. The more we’re able to normalize this subject, the less isolated people who do grapple with the ups and downs of mental health issues feel.

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Disney+ Drops Celeb-Filled Trailer For Unscripted ‘Muppets Now’ Series

Muppets Now is a six-part unscripted series landing on Disney Plus next month

How did we live before Disney Plus? I’m seriously asking because the streaming giant continues to churn out joyful, escapist entertainment and no disrespect to any other platforms, but only one streamer has Hamilton, Star Wars, Frozen, and now… MUPPETS! In today’s Disney Plus news, the streamer just dropped the trailer for Muppets Now, a new Muppet-centric show coming to the platform on July 31.

The trailer itself doesn’t reveal much about the plot as Kermit attempts to share the good news about the show but is constantly thwarted by “Joe from legal,” who appears to be a… weasel? You know, just a weasel who is also an entertainment lawyer. However, what we do know is this: Unlike previous Muppet fare, this will be the first-ever unscripted project to come out of Muppets Studio and while the show is being kept under wraps, D23, the official Disney fan club, reports that the six-episode series follows “Scooter as he rushes to round up the Muppets and ready them to upload their first streaming show.”

Also, the official press release (via Collider) says that the show is broken up into different segments as each Muppet is the “star” of his or her own unscripted series — like “zany experiments with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker” or “lifestyle tips from the fabulous Miss Piggy.”

Like The Muppets, which aired on ABC in 2015, and followed the iconic Jim Henson puppets as they worked to put on Miss Piggy’s nightly talk show, and the original The Muppet Show from the ’70s was about the making of a variety show, so the Muppets clearly thrive in the faux showbiz space and love a good behind-the-scenes romp.

The tag alongside the trailer promises “Classic Muppets, new unscripted mayhem” and like many past Muppet projects, this one is stacked with famous faces. In the trailer alone, I spotted Aubrey Plaza, Taye Diggs, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, and RuPaul.

Listen, it doesn’t matter if the Muppets are solving crimes or doing makeup tutorials, the trailer looks like all sorts of energetic, frenzied, fun. Also, the fact that it’s unscripted means seeing the Muppets do improvised comedy for well, the first time ever, and RuPaul ad-lib riffing with Miss Piggy is the content we are here for.

The “Muppisodes” land on Disney Plus on July 31.

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The First Trailer For ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 Is Here

At long last, the trailer for Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale has arrived — and it’s lit (figuratively and literally)

We’ll have to wait a little longer before binge-watching the full season, but Hulu just dropped The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 trailer to tide us over. This is an exciting development in and of itself, obviously, but it also confirms two questions fans have been wrestling with since we last visited Gilead: when the dystopian drama will return, and June’s fate. Spoiler alert? The streaming service has done us all a solid with a double-dose of good news. Which, let’s be real, is a nice break from the garbage fire that is reality right now.

The trailer starts by revisiting June (Elisabeth Moss) as we last saw her — bloody and being carried out of the forest, having been shot while sneaking Gilead’s children onto a plane bound for Canada. As June’s eyes open, scenes and dialogue from Season 4 start to filter in. So, hooray, June lives to see another day! And by the looks of it, she does more than just survive.

“I can’t rest,” June says. “My daughter deserves better. We all deserve better. Change never comes easy. This war isn’t going to win itself.”

Finally, the real rebellion is afoot. There will undoubtedly be casualties (“It isn’t safe anywhere,” says one Martha). But the Season 4 trailer offers something Season 3 was largely devoid of: hope. “These women deserve to be helped, but I can’t do this alone,” June says, suggesting it’s time to “unite and fight.”

Of course, Gilead won’t go down without a battle. Aunt Lydia — who apparently has enough lives to survive anything — seethes, “She is out there planning who knows what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation. I never allowed myself to see her for what she really is: beyond redemption.”

It helps that June already has a couple of key allies on her side. We get to see Nick again (yay), and it looks as though Commander Lawrence (played by the always-excellent Bradley Whitford) will have a larger role this season as well. “What happens in the next few weeks will determine the fate of this country,” the Commander says, with June promising, “We’re just getting started.”

Perhaps the most surprising part of the trailer, though, is a new mantra. One that will surely launch one million t-shirt designs and memes: Blessed be the squad. Blessed be the motherf*cking squad, y’all.

Who’s ready?! Alas, we now have yet another reason to wish we could fast-forward through the rest of 2020, because Season 4 won’t hit Hulu until next year.

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Animal Advocates Are Helping Pets Left Behind By Owners Sick With COVID

Animal specialists are stepping in to take care of pets left behind when their owner was hospitalized with coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus devastated New York City, the focus was on the people who were dying or spending long stints in the hospital recovering. What the news probably didn’t mention is that many of those patients had pets at home and no one to help take care of them in their owner’s sudden absence. That’s where a group of animal-loving heroes stepped in to make sure those innocent creatures weren’t left behind.

The New York Times reports that Dr. Robin Brennen, a veterinarian at Animal Care Centers of NYC, is one of the animal specialists to step in and try to help rescue and care for these abandoned pets while their owners are unable to be at home. The Times reports that Brennen is a trained disaster responder, so she knew exactly how to stay safe when entering the residences of people who had fallen ill from the highly contagious virus.

The specialists enter those homes in full protective gear to care for and feed the lonely pets, sometimes even taking custody of pets whose owners never return home. According to Animal Care Centers of NYC, at least one dog died of starvation before anyone checked their hospitalized owner’s residence.

Cats carry a slightly greater risk when it comes to these visits as they’re susceptible to catching coronavirus (it’s still unproven whether cats can pass the virus to people). The city has taken to quarantining the cats in their homes for 14 days, monitored by the animal specialists, before they can be removed.

Sometimes residents in a sick person’s building are the ones alerting Dr. Brennen to a pet in need, as was the case with a pair of cats left behind by a woman who dearly loved them. Brennen fed them twice a week while their owner was in the hospital. “I knew how much she wanted those cats and loved them,” Brennen said. “And I wanted them to be there for her when she got home.”

Sadly, the woman died from the virus. A neighbor later adopted the cats. “They don’t have her, but they had people willing to help her,” said Brennen. “And that is something.”

The Times reports that some patients who are intubated haven’t been able to tell anyone that they have pets at home with no one else to care for them, so neighbors overhearing them was the only hope they’d be discovered. In April, New York City’s emergency management and animal welfare offices rolled out a hotline for owners struggling to properly care for their animals during the virus. So far, around 117 pets have been surrendered via the hotline in hopes that they’d find a better home.

As the pandemic continues, it’s clear that human lives are the first priority — but thankfully, there are those like Brennen who focus on these innocent creatures so they’re not left behind when their owners face the heartbreaking unthinkable.

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Pink Says Couples Therapy Is The ‘Only Reason’ Her Marriage Works

Pink says couples therapy is “only reason” she and husband Carey Hart are still together

There is a common assumption, or stereotype, that if a couple is in therapy together, it spells trouble. However, I like to think that when two people decide to go to couples therapy, they’re just realizing their limitations and saying, ‘Hey, let’s get someone else in here to help us out.” Which is why it’s awesome and profound that Pink just opened up on Instagram about her and husband Carey Hart’s longterm experience in couples therapy, and why she credits it for saving their marriage.

Pink went on Instagram Live with the therapist she’s been seeing since she was 20 and got real about going to couples therapy with her husband, saying “without [a therapist] translating for me for the last 18 years, we would not be together.”

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Last year Pink revealed in an interview that she and Hart have been in therapy together for 17 years, almost the entire duration of the relationship, and the singer has always been honest about the ups and downs in her marriage, even writing in a wedding anniversary post that their relationship “isn’t perfect”. But through all the trials, the couple relied on therapy, which Pink says is the “only reason” they are still together.

“We are not taught as kids how to have relationships, how to get along with people,” Pink told her therapist Vanessa Inn during the IG Live. “I mean, what’s happening in our country right now is a perfect example of that. We don’t know how to love each other, we don’t know how to get along, we don’t know how to communicate.”

“I think partners, after a long time — I can’t say it’s a man and woman thing, I think it’s a partner thing, a spouse thing — you just speak two different languages,” Pink explained.

She went on to give an anecdote about a time that she complained about Hart not “hearing her emotionally” but when push came to shove, she realized she wasn’t being 100% truthful either.

“I had been complaining about him for years about how he’s just not present, he’s not here, he doesn’t get it, he’s not hearing me emotionally, he’s not even trying to understand my language,” she said. “And [the therapist] was like, ‘OK, everybody shut up, stand up, put your hands on each other’s hearts and just look into each other’s eyes.'”

Pink said they did as the therapist said, but instead of welcoming her husband finally being “present” with her, Pink “started giggling” and “looked away.” “In that moment I realized that I was a little bit full of shit,” Pink added.

Personally, I love therapy and my partner and I call up the couples therapist when we need it, because my attitude is why argue with your partner like two squabbling idiots when there are professionals out there whose literal job description is to work that shit out with you. If you’re willing to pay someone to paint your toenails but not willing to pay someone to help you deal with your brain, I don’t know what to tell you. The fact that Pink is out here normalizing therapy for her nearly eight million followers is awesome. Listen to Pink, just go to the damn therapist.

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This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

Ja Rule filmed a commercial at his house to help out a local restaurant and it’s everything

Ja Rule just dropped a hilarious new homemade commercial to help out a local restaurant and honestly, it’s the 2020 boost we never saw coming. The rapper filmed the low-budget spot for a Los Angeles Greek restaurant, and when I tell you it’s every-single-thing, I am 100 percent not joking.

Please prepare yourself because what you’re about to see kind of defies description. Just… watch.

The joint has the “best mother-fucking gyros,” Ja Rule says of the cuisine at Papa Cristo’s. And if Rule says it, you know it’s true.

This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

Donning an “I ❤  Greece” shirt, he then gamely works through a few charmingly botched pronunciations of the various menu items. But as Rule says, “Whatever, it’s good!”

This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing
This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

Then.. this part happens. That’s the face of Papa Cristo’s’ owner on the body of an animated club DJ, and somehow, it totally works?

This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

And Ja Rule breaks it down too, of course.

This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

He ends the spot with an enthusiastic endorsement for the restaurant and tells viewers to either call the establishment to order takeout or visit them at their West Pico Blvd. location in Los Angeles. “I’m telling you, come on down to Papa Cristo’s. You can’t even pronounce the food it’s so god damn good!” We believe you, Rule.

This Bananas Ja Rule Commercial Is Your New Favorite Thing

Ok, but you guys, Ja Rule didn’t just use his considerable talents to make us laugh or to make money by being a Greek deli commercial mascot. He did it to help out a local business amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has made life extremely difficult for so many small business owners. He filmed the commercial as part of TBS’ “Celebrity Show-Off” series where celebs compete to see who can make the best content in order to garner the most YouTube views. He decided to use his time to help promote Papa Cristo’s and honestly, it’s making me feel things.

“I feel like you captured me in the best way you could and you’re showing my family and my store the way I’m so proud to show it,” the owner tells Ja Rule over video call after seeing the commercial. If this exchange isn’t the purest thing on the planet, I don’t know what is.

As the pandemic rages on, many businesses are struggling from prolonged shutdowns and customers deciding that eating out isn’t something they’re comfortable with right now. Some restaurants have even made the decision to close down again after reopening due to employees becoming infected with the virus. It’s not an easy time to own a restaurant, and Ja Rule helping this place out is pretty much amazing.

So if you’re local, give Papa Cristo’s a try, and let’s hope that Ja Rule gives us more very good content by helping create ads for other businesses in these uncertain times.

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Speech Pathologist Creates Books To Help Kids With Autism Understand COVID

Her stories talk about masks, school, bus rides and more

Teaching children about the pandemic and all of the changes happening in their world hasn’t been easy. One speech/language pathologist who started Autism Little Learners to help teach children with autism created some incredible stories to help them navigate the uncertainty they may be feeling.

Tara Tuchel has specialized in autism for the past 20 years and created Autism Little Learners as a resource for families and educators. When the pandemic started, a friend of hers asked her to write a story for her daughter to help explain what is happening and she took that and created more stories as interest grew. All you do is print them out and share them. You can also buy licenses to share with other parents or teachers.

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“As the Coronavirus pandemic started, I had a friend who asked if I could write a social story for her daughter, who was having a hard time suddenly having to stay home,” Tuchel tells Scary Mommy. “She missed going to her favorite stores and restaurants. So, I wrote her a story about Coronavirus and staying home.”

Tuchel said it helped her friend’s daughter a lot so she put that story out for free on her social media platforms. She said the demand for more spurred her to create several more stories about what was happening in the world. “I wrote stories about COVID and staying 6 feet apart. Then, about distance learning and how-to video chat,” she said. “Then, it moved to seeing people wearing masks followed by wearing a mask. Then, a story about not going back to school.”

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“The new topics just kept coming and I was getting requests for stories on these new topics,” Tuchel shares. “So, I relied a lot on what parents and teachers were asking for. The stories spread around the globe and started being translated into many, many different languages. This really made me realize that the entire world was in this together and facing the same challenges.”

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Tuchel has a bunch of awesome tools on her site including stories and flashcards on toilet training, screaming, fire drills, and school safety as well as speech and language resources for parents and teachers to help children with autism. She also has a tab dedicated to COVID-19 so her resources are easily downloadable for sharing.

She also received requests for a story about speech/language pathologists wearing masks during speech therapy sessions, so she created special ones just for her fellow speech/language pathologists! “I’ve also added stories for OT’s, PT’s, Psychologists and Therapists in general,” she said on her website.

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What a wonderful way to help kids learn and feel better about what’s happening in their world.

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Thousands Petition To Rename Columbus, OH ‘Flavortown’ To Honor Guy Fieri

So far, almost 50,000 people have signed the petition to rename Columbus, OH “Flavortown” in honor of Guy Fieri

The Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus, Ohio, is on its way out, and for some residents, the statue isn’t enough. They want a new name for the city, and why not pay homage to Columbus-born Guy Fieri by renaming it “Flavortown.”

Fieri has branded himself the “mayor of Flavortown,” in his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and his fans think this is the perfect moniker for Columbus. According to an online petition, over 47,000 people agree (and counting).

The petition’s creator, Tyler Woodbridge, said the purpose of the proposed name change takes care of two things. “For one, it honors Central Ohio’s proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and one of the nation’s largest test markets for the food industry,” the 31-year-old wrote. “Secondly, cheflebrity Guy Fieri was born in Columbus, so naming the city in honor of him (he’s such a good dude, really) would be superior to its current nomenclature.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city officials haven’t yet responded to the petition but I, as a native-born Ohioan, would wholeheartedly support this decision. Why not bring a little levity to renaming the city? You can’t watch Guy Fieri and not smile. The dude is passionate about food, chunky silver rings, all things “off the hook,” and “riding the bus to Flavortown.” It’s an easy change to get behind.

The petition comes days after Columbus State Community College dismantled the statue of Columbus and Columbus statues in other states are also being removed because the colonization that brought him to America was full of violence and murder against Indigenous people. David Harrison, the college’s president, described the move as a “symbolic gesture” to “continue and accelerate the fight against systemic racism.” A second statue of Columbus, located at City Hall, is also expected to be removed.

Fieri, 52, was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up mostly in Ferndale, California. In 2017, he brought the cast of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to Columbus’ Riverside Methodist Hospital where he was born to surprise the staff.

Last year, Fieri received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he’s filmed more than 600 episodes of his popular Food Network shows (of which I’ve seen 590).

Woodbridge, who now resides in Tennessee, said on the page that he’s, “not up to date on my Columbus town charter, so whether it takes a council vote or a petition or a town referendum – let’s get the ball rolling for a more flavorful tomorrow.”

Let’s make it happen, people.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Let Disney Censor ‘Hamilton’ So Kids Could See It

Yes, Hamilton will be censored on Disney Plus to be more family-friendly — but Lin-Manuel says everything will be fine

By now, anyone who has even a passing interest in musical theater should know that the theatrically filmed version of Hamilton will be available to stream on Disney Plus in less than two weeks (after being moved up more than a year because Lin-Manuel Miranda knows we all need something to look forward to right now). But with the film’s July 3 release right around the corner, fans have been wondering whether the notoriously family-friendly Disney brand would allow it to stream completely uncensored — naughty language, sexual themes, adult situations, and all.

Well, the answer is no. Hamilton will be censored on Disney Plus. But don’t worry, fans — things aren’t as bad as they sound. Lin-Manuel took to Twitter to explain how and why the show needed to be cleaned up just a tiny bit, and answer fan questions about the censoring. From his explanations, it sounds like the changes won’t be too heartbreaking, even for the most diehard Ham fans.

When the trailer for the movie dropped this week, fans were quick to notice that it was rated PG-13, not R. So they took to social media to see what changes had been made to warrant that rating. Here’s what Lin-Manuel had to say.

Apparently, the problem with the ratings is that the MPAA will only allow one F-bomb in a movie that’s rated PG-13. Any more than that, and it gets an automatic R rating. And as anyone who regularly sings along with the soundtrack knows, Hamilton has three of ’em.

And so, two lyric changes had to be made to ensure the PG-13 rating would stand, Lin-Manuel explained. Or, as he put it, “I literally gave two fucks so the kids could see it.”

The only changes we’ll hear when we watch Hamilton on Disney Plus will be, according to Lin, “a mute over ‘I get the f___ back up again,'” and “Southern *record scratch*kin’ Democratic Republicans.” That means a total of two songs will be slightly different — “Yorktown” and “Washington On Your Side.”

A quick reminder of just how amazing this movie is going to be — here’s the goosebump-inducing trailer that dropped yesterday:

And don’t worry, Hamilton fans. Lin-Manuel confirmed in the replies that all the show’s other language, from “bastard orphans” to “blood and shit spray” are fair game under the PG-13 rating, and they won’t be changed. And just because a couple of F-bombs will be muted onscreen doesn’t mean we can’t scream them at home when we sing along — as long as the kids have finished their viewing party and gone to bed already.

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