Kehlani’s “Creed III” Cameo Seals the Franchise as Bisexual Gold

Think about me as a buddy with baited breath, recent out the movie show on a run… ON A RUN… to let you know this information the minute I bought out, as a result of I couldn’t maintain it in a single second extra. Don’t learn previous this level you probably have not seen Creed III, however nonetheless intend to. There can be spoilers. I repeat SPOILER WARNING… Okay for the remainder of us… no, critically look away now… for the remainder of us… Kehlani is in Creed III.

Is it a mere two minute cameo? Sure.

Did that cease me audibly screaming this morning in an empty theater? No, it didn’t.

(And sure, that IS embarrassing, I do want I had not advised y’all, however it’s too late to return now.)

For context, in case you’re , right here’s how Kehlani will get there: Should you recall, Tessa Thompson’s Bianca (the love curiosity of Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed) has been an alt R&B singer/songwriter, within the vein of Solange or SZA, because the franchise’s first film. She has progressive listening to loss and wears a listening to support (their daughter, Amara was additionally born deaf and it was necessary to Michael B. Jordan that the third film fully integrate ASL into Amara’s life). In Creed III we study that after a number of gold information to her identify and likewise a number of listening to loss incidents on stage, Bianca’s now stopped performing altogether and has since centered on producing. And as such, right here enters Kehlani, singing certainly one of Bianca’s songs at an trade launch get together.

Kehlani, who is Creed III, performs during the 2023 Adult Video News Awards at Resorts World Las Vegas. They have on a knit black top and matching black pants.

TECHNICALLY, this isn’t Khelani performing in Creed III, however I belief our imaginations (Photograph by Ethan Miller/Getty Photos)

Whereas the efficiency itself is fairly small (we’re not getting any L Phrase multi-episode arcs of Ivy sleeping with Shane in a parked automotive on Halloween evening), Kehlani manages to get in not less than two verses and refrain on stage — all of which have Tessa Thompson gazing upon them in that extraordinarily intense solely Tessa can manner . It’s sufficient to make a woman blush (it was me, I used to be the lady).

I don’t know how Kehlani’s identify got here up for this Creed III cameo. It may be due to Creed producer Ryan Coogler’s longstanding delight of his Oakland roots, however I personally select to imagine that Tessa rang up the Black queer cellphone tree and a Kehlani apple popped out.

To be sincere, for a sequence that’s ostensibly about cis males beating the hell out of one another and daddy points, the Creed franchise has at all times felt fairly bisexual to me? It may be that all the pieces Tessa Thompson breathes life into is bisexual, as a result of she fairly merely can’t assist herself. Or presumably as a result of Bianca relies on maybe-Sapphic SZA and noted queer icon Rihanna. It additionally doesn’t harm to have Michal B. Jordan’s face (even our Managing Editor Kayla Kumari agreed to be quoted for this put up, “MBJ is certainly one of many male celebrities who I’m like… as a lesbian I do perceive this one man’s enchantment”).

However Kehlani actually seals the deal.

It is best to go see Creed III as a result of because the antagonist, Jonathan Majors is electrical and charming; as a result of — my quibbles and nitpicks apart — MBJ’s direcorial debut is surprisingly assured and the battle scenes profit from his effectively established geeky love of anime; and sure, as a result of Tessa makes all the pieces higher by her sheer presence. But additionally, as a result of Kehlani.

Did I point out you may hear Kehlani’s entire song on the Creed III soundtrack? Right here’s a gift:

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