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“Jay Z’s Legacy Will Be A NI**A In Paris”– First Look At “A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story Of Jay Z”
A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and VHX now!
Though rapper Jay Z may be a man of many words on the mic, the Brooklyn Native is most definitely one to let his money talk for him when it comes to his legacy. Over the course of 20 some years we’ve seen Sean Carter go from selling on the corner to having a number of corner offices, but just how this genius managed to leave the hood has mostly been shrouded in mystery. Sure we can add up the business deals, the album sales, the lyrics, and the tour earnings to create a pretty good picture, but if you want to know the real story behind the man we know as Jay Z, you’re going to have to do some digging.
That’s precisely what Moguldom Films did for their debut documentary on the rap mogul, A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z. Featuring commentary from veterans in the hip-hop industry like Editor-in-Chief of The Source Kim Osorio and Hip-Hop Wired’s Deputy Editor Alvin Blanco, as well as harsh critics like Dr. Boyce Watkins, the documentary
“[U]ncovers the price Mr. Carter paid for his success through recent controversies including the racial debate of the Barneys deal, feud with Harry Belafonte and clashes with community activists over the construction of the Barclay Center. The film also explores rumors of association with the Illuminati, a highly publicized separation from the Roc-A-Fella crew, his estranged relationship with rapping mentor Jaz-O and break up with business partner Damon Dash.”
Divulging “the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided that being at the top of the charts wasn’t enough” is the focus of the 60-minute unauthorized story which finally paints the full picture of who exactly Mr. Carter is and the documentary is officially available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX now.
Check out the trailer for A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z below and purchase the new documentary here. What do you think?
It’s been a while since a biopic like “Crazy Sexay Cool” made us fall in love with a girl group all over again. Let’s take a look back at some of the best biopics to hit the big and small screens. If we’ve left your favorite out, put us on to the movie in the comments section.
Harlem USA is a film directed by Eric Schachter that documents and explores the rich history and dying culture of Harlem, New York. According to Shadow and Act, the film was first debuted nearly one year ago in front of test audiences London, Montreal and Atlanta. Schachter said the film was made with the intention of giving the residents “a voice and to let the world know just how it is between 110th St and 155th Street from the East Side to the West Side.”
After Schachter received feedback from his test audiences that his film didn’t offer a voice to Harlem’s wealthy newcomers who feel that the city offers promise, he realized that they were missing the point of the documentary. He went on to say that the goal was to offer “the quintessential knowledge that comes from being black in this little island in America.”
Going back to the drawing board, Schachter re-edited the documentary to simply reflect “a love for a way of life lost, a time to be recorded and remembered and an immense respect for the collective wisdom of a people who had once had a homeland and a culture to call their own, smack in the middle of the biggest and richest city in America”.
After some revamping, Schatchter is content that Harlem USA “pleases and speaks faithfully for the people in it and tends to offend those who need to believe that everything is always getting better”.
Harlem USA is slated to make it’s official world premiere Sunday, May 12th in Brooklyn, New York at the Cobble Hill Theater.
Turn the page to check out the trailer. Does it look like this film will do an effective job of reflecting the current state of Harlem?
For 40th Anniversary Of Title IX, ESPN Doing “Nine For IX” Documentaries On Women In Sports, Including Ava DuVernay’s “Venus VS.”
Venus is a superior athlete, a legend; but she is also an activist who revolutionized her sport off the court with her fight for prize equality. I don’t believe this story should be relegated to dusty history books and UK newspapers. People in the United States should know of her true professional bravery and personal tenacity in making sure women athletes are regarded and rewarded on par with their male counterparts. This is my mission.Another great feature during the “Nine for IX” series will be Swoopes, a doc on the life of WNBA icon Sheryl Swoopes, as she has “defied a multitude of labels.” And Shola Lynch is behind the documentary, Runner, about Mary Decker. Of course, Decker had her Olympic moment stolen in the worst of ways when she collided with a fellow runner after being thought as being in the forefront for the gold medal in the 3,000m final during the ’84 Olympics. But these of course are just a few of the documentaries ESPN is offering. You can check out the full lineup here. Starting on July 2, ESPN will debut the films, beginning with Venus Vs., and they will air until August 27. Check out the preview video for all nine films below! Will you be watching?
Rapper turned business mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has never been shy about his affinity for opulence. He’s been bragging about his bank roll for years (in songs like Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems”), and he even named his latest attempt at the next best thing in music Dirty Money. So it’s no surprise that the trend continues with his latest creative project, Paris Is Burning, a short documentary film about extravagance.
Diddy released the first trailer yesterday, shot by French director Julien Bachelet. The 1 minute clip follows the Ciroc owner through a maze of screaming paparazzi as he hops in and out of his limo to attend a fashion show, shop for Rolex watches, and simply enjoy the life his wealth affords him.
As he shops, he muses to the camera, “I’m fresh out the store, you see how we do it… collecting Rollies…. I’m a have over 100 Rollies within the next month.”
For the complete story plus a trailer video, visit TheGrio.com.
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It’s day two of Black History Month and if you’re looking for a way to expand your mind about the people in our history who helped shape the way we live, the way we dance, the way we do our hair (yes, that too), I would recommend doing the easiest and most fun form of research–watch a movie! But not just any ‘ol movie or random attempt at recreating black history. We’re talking documentaries! They keep it real. Literally. If you need help finding a few to pick up from Netflix or to watch online, and can’t sit through 14 hour-long parts of Eyes on the Prize, we’ve got you covered. Happy Black History Month!
Despite the enthusiasm around the film, the path to getting the doc to the big screen has not been smooth. In fact, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to both applause and controversy as, prior to the screening, Q-Tip took to Twitter to express his opposition. “I am not in support of the A Tribe Called Quest documentary,” he wrote. “The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that was made [about] the piece.”
(Washington Post) — Lobbying groups have long relied on traditional advertising to get their messages out to the broader public. Now one of Washington’s most powerful organizations has discovered a new medium: film. This week, a documentary called “InJustice,” which attacks America’s class-action lawsuit system, began airing on the cable television ReelzChannel. The film was bankrolled in part by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal arm, which has long lobbied for tort reforms more favorable to corporations. The release of “InJustice” comes at the same time that another movie about the civil-justice system, “Hot Coffee,” has taken the documentary world by storm. The film, which argues that civil lawsuits help protect consumers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is now airing on HBO.
(NPR) — Rapper-producer Q-Tip has announced that he doesn’t like Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, actor turned director Michael Rapaport’s portrait of Tip’s former group. Yet Rapaport, a longtime Quest fan, clearly admires Tip. He’s just too forthright a storyteller to bury the tale of the quartet’s acrimonious unraveling. For the uninitiated, A Tribe Called Quest was one of the 1990s’ most lauded hip-hop acts. At a time when gangsta rap was ascendant, the Queens-rooted quartet (along with such fellow travelers as De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers) had a sunnier, more playful outlook. The group also helped pioneer a jazz-based sound, favoring cool grooves and sinuous bass over the strident funk and rock loops of their neighborhood precursors, LL Cool J and Run-DMC. One of Quest’s biggest hits, “Can I Kick It?” was based on the distinctively sauntering bass line of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.”