Even though the characters of Erik Killmonger and King T’Challa were from two different worlds, the storyline of Black Panther proved that they were fruit of the same tree.
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman played opposite sides of the coin of justice in the 2018, but these two men were connected before their appearance together in Wakanda and the Creed star spelled out their decade long destiny in a heartfelt tribute on his Instagram page.
“Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with ‘All My Children’ when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me,” wrote Jordan about him replacing Boseman on the famous soap opera. “You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.”
He reminisced about their friendship, their professional relationship and all of those little things like “every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug.” He made a vow to dedicate the rest of his days to living as Boseman did, “with grace, courage, and no regrets.”
And all throughout, that heartbreaking refrain, “I wish we had more time.”
Urban Legends, a division of UMe, Universal Music Group’s global catalog company, is continuing to spotlight one of the greatest artists of all-time, “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown, with the second installment of the animated mini-series Get Down, The Influence of James Brown.
On September 1, 2020, James Brown’s official YouTube Channel will unveil Funky President, episode two of the new three-part series, following the first episode, Funky Drummer, released on July 10th. Narrated by Questlove (The Roots, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), and featuring Lord Finesse and Co-founder/former EIC of Wax Poetics Magazine, Andre Torres, the three-part series was created by UMe along with Dreambear and explores the sonic DNA of James Brown whose music is continually sampled and whose trademark vocal phrasing is deeply woven into the fabric of Hip-Hop.
This second episode explores the fascinating and unpredictable politics of James Brown while following the influence of his second-most sampled track of all time, “Funky President (People It’s Bad).” Touching on the civil rights movement and Brown’s seminal “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” Funky President shows how James Brown, as well as his musical peers and successors, has been able to encourage social change and raise political concern from a black American perspective.
The full episode of Funky President premieres on September 1, 2020, and can be viewed here with part three (The Payback) coming later this year.
New York City is one of the greatest radio cities in the country. You can now explore its “Golden Era” in a new documentary.
Revolutions on Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980-1988 takes watches on a historical and musical journey back in time when hip-hop found its voice on the airwaves during the 80s.
Produced by Red Bull’s Music Academy, the documentary takes you on a trip from NYC radio from 1980-1988 featuring a dynamic soundtrack. The documentary brings mix show legends and studio icons like Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries, The Latin Rascals, Marley Marl and Kool DJ Red Alert to one production. Coming from the documentary is the furthering of hip-hop, electro, freestyle, and house music scenes to radio listeners.
Jamie Foxx has pursued the Mike Tyson biopic for quite some time. Now his calls have finally been answered. The Hollywood star is arguably the most versatile and talented entertainer we have seen in our lifetimes. In 2005, Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor following his portrayal as Ray Charles in Ray. Now he is stepping in the ring to play Boxing legend, Iron Mike Tyson.
Foxx confirmed the up-coming role during an appearance on Mark Birnbaum’s, Catching up With Mark Birnbaum Instagram Live Series.
“Doing biographies is a tough thing,” said the actor. “Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done, but we officially got the ball rolling.”
Playing one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time is a tall task. At his peak, Tyson weighed over 200 pounds of lean muscle. Jamie Foxx goes into detail on how he is preparing to transform throughout the movie from young to old.
“Every other day, I do 60 pull-ups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 push-ups…[but] I ain’t got no calf muscles, so we’re gonna have to get some prosthetics for that,” he adds.
“Just the technology of how I’m gonna look,” he continued. “I guarantee you people will run up on me in the street, and ask for autographs, and think that I’m Mike. I think when we lay the layers on Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.”
Watch the Hollywood veteran detail the opening scene of Finding Mike back in 2015.
In this throwback video of Tupac Shakur, the rapper strolls the Venice Beach Boardwalk while being interviewed by MTV News Tabitha Soren who seemed lost and out of touch. This classic video from 1995 gives us a glimpse into the heart of Tupac who dropped tons of jewels in between the horrible invading questions. As a journalist myself I remember as a child watching MTV and wondering how these professionals were so uninformed and unprepared about the people they were interviewing.
This awkward video includes constant questions about why he didn’t have a father growing up, his mother being a crackhead, and repeatedly questioning if Tupac himself abused crack. Tabitha’s interrogating questions seemed more like someone being nosey and wanting gossip as opposed to showcasing her talents and his as well. The topics stayed negative and she unleashed a hail of questions that seemed amateur. In true Tupac fashion, he knocks it out the ballpark teaching Tabitha along the way. He stops to relate to fans walking by and continues to show that even at 21-years old he was powerful, educated and able to pull himself up and out of poverty as he shared himself with the world. Tupac was so eloquent with his words and vision and we love to watch his words captured on film.
Back in 1993, a 22-year-old Tupac Shakur took the podium at the 23rd Annual Indiana Black Expo and bared his heart about police brutality, going to war and ownership.
Introduced by Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who held the same sentiments as the late rapper…Tupac told the kids of the 90’s to put their minds together and go to war. Speaking on ownership as a man and woman, bearing arms, and togetherness, an emotional Tupac shared his experience as a black man in America who became successful. The platinum rapper stopped his busy schedule to influence a group of young black teenagers who were hanging on his every word, Tupac commanded the crowd to stand up for something. Shoulder to shoulder. And today his words are echoing the feelings of the new generation of this nation.
“We can’t be do but so much marching…We’ve been marching for damn near 100 years. We are marching on the anniversary of marches from when we marched 25 years ago.” Pushing the kids to arm themselves and challenge the system many disagree with his words. It still remains that the soldier attitude and passion Tupac illuminated seems to be gone from this era.
That year, Pac spoke to us, and his words still ring a bell today. What changes will we make? Where are our leaders today? Who will this generation listen to?
“These white people see us as thugs…”
Watch Tupac’s epic speech below. Rest in power king.
Producer/MCLord Finesse met Big L on125th street in Harlem years ago and went on to create classics alongside their group Diggin’ In the Crates. Following his untimely passing, Mass Appeal recently announced they are releasing a documentary, and Lord Finesse says its wrong. He nor Big L’s family is involved in the project.
Big L’s career began with the rap group Children of the Corn with Cam’ron, Bloodshed, and Mase. In 1992, he signed to Columbia Records and joined Diggin’ in the Crates crew alongside Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and AG and OC.
Mass Appeal released the first trailer for Foul Child: The Legend of Big L. The documentary explores the life and legacy of the slain Harlem MC. Mass Appeal CEO Peter Bittenbender spoke about the doc in a statement. “We hope this short documentary inspires the creation of a full-length piece to tell more of his incredible story. Although just a small piece of the puzzle,” Bittenbender continued, “we’re proud to unleash something for L’s fans to give a unique glimpse into his legacy.”
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous debuted at number 22 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip Hop charts in 1995. Shortly after, L parted ways with Columbia. After starting his own independent label Flamboyant Entertainment, he dropped the single “Ebonics” in 1998. The single aught the eye of Harlem native Dame Dash, who was about to sign L to Roc-A-Fella, along with Jay-Z and two other rappers in a group called “The Wolfpack.” Shortly thereafter, he was murdered in his native Harlem.
On his Instagram page, Lord Finesse expressed disdain over the release of the documentary. “I was just informed that the short doc got the green light because the people in charge of the funding was under the influence that DITC was gonna be involved. That’s definitely not the case.. I am not a participant in the upcoming short doc “Foul Child” but what caught me off guard is I was also informed neither is Big L’s family. . There’s a right & wrong way to do things. This is totally wrong. How do you put this together without Big L’s family involvement .??? Crazy.”
The legendary Showbiz added on his page, “The thought of making a Big L doc/movie or whatever w/o (Lord finesse) & DITC members sounds crazy and is for personal gain only. Docs from ppl who never met or knew him like that putting together his story w/o his fam? Whats the purpose? His story cant be told w/o his music family. So any doc/movie etc.. you see w/o DITC, preemo & kid capri it AINT official !!! Who tf are these ppl?? RIP BIG L!!”
Producer DJ Premier added a comment to both posts, “MIDDLE FUCKIN FINGERS UP…HOW CAN YOU EVEN FEEL RIGHT ABOUT YOURSELF?”
SUPER FUCKIN FACTS SHOW!!! BIG L IS TOO IMPORTANT TO BE THROWN OUT THERE WITHOUT PROPER HISTORY FROM THOSE WHO WERE THERE AND STILL LIVING…BIG L WE RIDE WITH YOU BROTHER… DITC AND FLAMBOYANT…
And Fat Joe simply joined in with “I stand with ness.”
While sex crime cases and trials of celebrities have been making news headlines since the spawn of the #Metoo movement, the court of public opinion will open the flood gates for judgment in the case of Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons after the release of On The Record, the HBO Max doc that chronicles the sexual assault allegations against the Def Jam co-founder.
The documentary, which is set to premiere on May 27, features Sil Lai Abrams and Sheri Sher, but the “headliner” of the HBO tel all is Drew Dixon, who claims she experienced “prolonged and aggressive sexual harassment” by Simmons.
Simmons, who is the older brother of DJ Run of the iconic rap trio Run-D.M.C., has denied all of the allegations against him.
The release of the new film in the Fast & Furious series, F9, has been delayed by Universal Pictures due to the coronavirus. The studio released the following statement:
To our family of Fast fans everwhere,
We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga.
That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see this film this May.
We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.
Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.
Much love, Your Fast Family.
Variety reports theaters in Italy, South Korea, and China are closed. As the virus continues to spread across the U.S., the belief is American theaters will soon close as well. The film was slated to launch on May 22 in America, but internationally in April.
“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” film star Vin Diesel wrote online. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.”
“While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration,” Diesel added.
Additional films delayed include A Quiet Place 2 and The Lovebirds.
Harvey Weinstein has now joined the Rikers Island distinguished fraternity of criminals. Until he hears his sentencing, he will find himself behind bars at the jail that has housed the likes of Tupac, DMX, Foxy Brown, ASAP Rocky, and Casanova. Weinstein may even bump cafeteria trays with Brooklyn’s Bobby Shmurda or Tekashi 6ix 9ine. Either way, he is going to the clink.
It’s about to be crazy for him. He will not be treated any more special than the other celebs that have darkened these doors. Clearly, this has caused him some issues. After he was convicted on Mon. Feb. 24th and as they were transporting him to the jail, the panic kicked in. His chest had pains, heart palpitations and his blood pressure was raised so elevated they took him to Bellevue Hospital.
Good thing too.
According to CNN, Weinstein had a blockage in his heart and the doctors had to put a stent in his heart. On Thursday, he was taken to the prison’s infirmary.
Interestingly enough, Weinstein will be one of the last generations of lawbreakers to reside on the island of incarceration. Rikers will be closed before his term is completed. This sentencing is for his crimes in New York. He still will have to stand trial in Los Angeles for the #MeToo associated crimes with women that have worked for him and he sexually abused.