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Manhattan D.A to Reexamine Malcolm X’s Murder Convictions Following Release of Netflix Documentary

The power of storytelling has been proven yet again in another Netflix documentary about Malcolm X.

The ABA Journal reported a preliminary review of the murder convictions is currently underway to determine if they need to re-launch an investigation.

The streaming service released a six-part documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X? which has the Internet buzzing about the who really killed the Civil Rights icon more than 50 years after his death.

“District Attorney [Cyrus] Vance has met with representatives from the Innocence Project and associated counsel regarding this matter,” director of communications Danny Frost told PIX 11 in a statement. “He has determined that the district attorney’s office will begin a preliminary review of the matter, which will inform the office regarding what further investigative steps may be undertaken.”

The preliminary review will be led by Senior Trial Counsel Peter Casolaro and Conviction Integrity Deputy Chief Charles King.

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Netflix Wins Bidding War Against Apple and Amazon Over Ava DuVernay-Directed Nipsey Hussle Documentary

Just one day before her series premieres on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, film director Ava DuVernay received the nod that she will be directing the highly anticipated Nipsey Hussle documentary for Netflix.

Co-produced by DuVernay’s ARRAY company and the late rapper’s Marathon brand, Netflix secured the full-length feature film for a whopping eight figures against some big competitors; namely Apple and Amazon.

The Oscar-nominated director will produce and direct the Nipsey Hussle documentary. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

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[WATCH] Martin Scorcese Caught Sleeping During Eminem’s Oscar Performance

Eminem’s surprise performance of his 8 Mile hit song “Lose Yourself” at last night’s Oscars had everybody into Mr. Mathers’ pop up show, except for famed director Martin Scorcese.

One of the cameras zoomed in on the Goodfellas director in full narcoleptic mode while Rabbit was spittin’ his famed battle-tested sixteen bars.

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Eminem Rocks the 2020 Oscars with a Chilling Live Rendition ‘Lose Yourself’

During an amazing segment looking at all the songs that have been nominated for Best Song for The Academy Awards, Hamilton director Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a surprise performance by Eminem who performed his Academy Award-winning song, “Lose Yourself.”

The audience was sprinkled with people who actually knew the song, but they emerged from their typical Oscar dismal with the affirmational head-nod and bop that the song evokes. The song while originally released in 2002, did not pop until 2004 when it was featured in The Rap God’s hit film, 8 Mile.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, also won two GRAMMYs for the song, “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Solo Performance” that same year. Rolling Stone has included “Lose Yourself” in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” entering it as one of the three Hip-Hop songs to make the honor. Rolling Stone also listed it as one of the “Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.”

The Diamond song also was the first rap song to win an Oscar. For his performance at the 2020 Oscars, while many did not get it, he received a standing ovation.

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Holla If You Hear Me: Joaquin Phoenix Calls Out Systemic Racism In The Film Industry at BAFTA Awards

EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 - Red Carpet Arrivals

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Joaquin Phoenix may have dominated the screen while playing role of the Joker, but when it comes to stepping up and being an ally to people of color facing inequality, he’s nothing but serious.

On Sunday (Feb. 2) while on stage accepting his BAFTA award for Best Actor for his role in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix took the time to call out the others and himself for the lack of diversity and not doing more to make sure people of color felt not only welcomed but fairly represented.

“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege. I think we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here,” Phoenix said. “I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.”

Phoenix’s speech comes just one month after BAFTA faced controversy once again for lack of diversity and inclusion after female filmmakers weren’t included in the Best Director slot nor actors of color in the remaining categories. Harriet actress Cynthia Ervio (who is nominated for an Oscar) was shut out of the nominations but was asked to perform.

“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work,” Phoenix continued. “This is not a self-righteous condemnation. I’m part of the problem. I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I was on are inclusive. But I think it’s more than just having sets that are multi-cultural. We have to really do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism.”

Although you can tell it was mildly uncomfortable for Phoenix to address in a room full of his peers, thespians of color took to social media to show their support in his decision, including Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and director Lulu Wang.

While many in the room looked uncomfortable, Joaquin Phoenix seemingly appeared unbothered as a he did a proverbial mic drop before exiting the stage. Although Phoenix’s speech was powerful, it will be nice to see if Hollywood will finally take heed.

Check out Joaquin Phoenix’s full speech below.

Source: HipHopWired.com

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Russell Simmons #MeToo Documentary Heads to HBO Max Amid Oprah’s Exit

The On the Record documentary about the women who accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, had a home at Apple TV before Oprah Winfrey parted ways with the project. But it secured a home at HBO Max following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Oprah explained that she was motivated to exit because Drew Dixon’s recollection had “inconsistencies” and she felt that “the film had not adequately addressed.”

Dixon is a former Def Jam executive and she is one of the women in the doc that claims Simmons sexually assaulted her. Despite the mogul’s departure, a number of distribution companies like Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, IFC and more attended the premiere at Sundance but no one picked it up.

HBO Max acquired the project with hopes to release it in theaters at a later date. “The fierce determination of Drew Dixon and all of the women who bravely chose to share their stories in On The Record moved us profoundly,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said. “I’ve been impressed with Amy and Kirby’s work over the years covering this complex subject matter, and look forward to this film finding the widest possible audience.”

Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick thanked the streaming service for giving their work a new home. They said they are “so proud to be teaming with HBO Max to give this film the outstanding platform it deserves and can’t wait for the public to see and hear the voices of these courageous women.”

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Joaquin Phoenix Calls Out ‘Systematic Racism’ at 2020 BAFTA Awards

Joaquin Phoenix is receiving tons of praise from his Black counterparts for calling out “systematic racism” at the 2020 BAFTA Awards.

“I feel very honored and privileged to be here tonight. The Baftas have already been very supportive of my career and I’m deeply appreciative. But I have to say that I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” Phoenix stated before addressing the elephant in the room. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here.”

The Joker star went on to say that he’s “ashamed” to be apart of the problem that he and his peers benefit from. “But I think it’s more than just having sets that are multi-cultural. We have to do really the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us.”

Viola Davis, who won a Bafta award in 2017 for her role in Fences, thanked Phoenix for his “honesty, solidarity and courage”.

Kerry Washington thanked Joaquin Phoenix for spewing “FACTS in his BAFTA speech.”

Check out the full speech below:

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Today in Hip-Hop History: ‘Gridlock’d’ Starring Tupac Shakur Was Released In Theaters 23 Years Ago

On this date in 1997, the Vondie Curtis-Hall-directed, Gramercy Pictures-distributed flick Gridlock’d, starring Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur, hit theaters across the country.

Taking place in Detroit, this film is about Spoon(Tupac Shakur) and Stretch(Tim Roth), two heroin addicts attempting to change their lives after witnessing their bandmate overdose on drugs the first time she used it. As they attempt to enter a rehabilitation program, they encounter a series of roadblocks, consisting of manhunts by the police and a drug dealer.

Other notable cast members include Bokeem Woodbine, Lucy Liu, Thandie Newton as well as the director himself. Just four months after the movie’s release, Tupac was gunned down on the Las Vegas strip. He succumbed to his injuries six days later, passing away on September 13, 1996.

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Join The Club: Daniel Kaluuya Says He’s Tired of Talking About Race: “It’s Just Boring to Me.”

"Queen & Slim" UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

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Queen & Slim star and British actor Daniel Kaluuya may have broken into the industry by utilizing roles in films that creatively addresses the issue of race in America, he doesn’t want to be typecast because of it.

According to The Guardian, in a recent interview with Radio Times, the Get Out actor revealed that he’s over talking about race relations all the time.

“What is there to talk about race?” Kaluuya said. “It’s just boring to me. What’s the debate? I’m more of a doer — I’m just going to do what I want to do.”

While the Black Panther star may be tired of discussing the matters, he notes he’s not oblivious to the plight that he faces daily—he just refuses to be defined by it.

“I’m not going to ignore that I’m surrounded by [racism], but I’m not defined by it,” Kaluuya continued. “I’m just Daniel, who happens to be black.”

While the actor addressed that he gained mainstream success in films that largely took the topic head on, he asserts that his also resume includes a variety of television shows and movies where the characters and narratives weren’t.

The Fades ain’t about race, Psychoville ain’t about race, Skins ain’t about race, Chatroom ain’t about race, Johnny English Reborn ain’t about race,” Kaluuya said. “But that almost gets erased. There’s a narrative that is pushed.”

Although Queen & Slim is being championed as the modern day Black Bonnie and Clyde story, Kaluuya states that it was the underlying love story that drew him to the role more than anything else.

“Yes, it’s got those moments [about race] but that’s more of a catalyst,” he said.

Despite his objections to being typecast, Kaluyya is gearing up to star in a biopic about Fred Hampton, the Chicago-based assassinated leader of the Black Panther party. The film, which is still in development, is set to be directed by Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler and will also star Kaluuya’s Get Out co-star, Lakeith Stanfield.

At the time the project was announced, Kaluuya made a similar statement noting that it’s a lot of pressure for one Black celebrity to be labeled as the spokesperson for all Black people.

“I’m not a spokesperson, I’m an individual,” Kaluuya told The Guardian at the time. “Who’s the spokesperson for white people? There isn’t one. No one’s expected to speak up for all white people. I’m just living my life. I’m a black man, I’m proud of it, but I’m just living my life.”

Source: HipHopWired.com

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[WATCH] Dominic is a Family Guy in ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Teaser

The ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is on the way and we’ve got a teaser here. Universal clearly has a generous marketing budget because the rollout sounds epic.

Universal has a concert scheduled during Super Bowl weekend in Miami where the full trailer will be unveiled.

In the teaser below, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is seen adjusting to his new life as a family guy, with his wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). “I have a gift for you. Your daddy gave me this, now I’m going to give it to you. It’s for protection from what’s coming,” Letty said before the teaser ends.

Check it out below, and look out for the full trailer on Friday. Fast & Furious 9 is speeding to theaters on May 22nd.

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