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Father And Son Moment: Ice Cube And O’Shea Jr. On ‘Straight Outta Compton’

August 14th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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A few ambitious kids from Los Angeles—Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, collectively known as N.W.A—changed rap forever.

Now, almost thirty years later, they’re getting the biopic treatment in Straight Outta Compton. In the film, the role of Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson, is played by his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

GQ Magazine got father and son together to talk about it all.

Here are some of the quotes we loved, check the whole interview here.

O’Shea: Dad, did it ever cross your mind that you might someday be starring in movies?

Cube: Not in a realistic manner. When John Singleton approached me to do Boyz N the Hood, I was like, “Me? I don’t act.” And he pursued me for a couple years, and I ended up doing it and caught the movie bug. O’Shea, what made you really go so hard with this part?

O’Shea: I didn’t want nobody else to play you. I didn’t want to go in the movie theater and see somebody else being called O’Shea or see somebody else re-enact the story that I remember. It would have made me nauseous.

N.W.A were political in a way that rap groups before you hadn’t been. Does that moment in retrospect feel similar to the social moment that we find ourselves in now?

Cube: It’s all the same thing, man. People don’t understand that songs like “Fuck tha Police” are 400 years in the making. It’s a constant racism that affects black people in this country that’s never stopped. What’s crazy is that the people who inflict the pain don’t expect you to scream, don’t expect you to holler, don’t expect you to say that it hurts, don’t expect you to say, “Leave me alone!,” don’t expect protests. They expect you to just grin and bear it. Hell no. Hell no.

O’Shea, are these conversations that you guys have between the two of you?
O’Shea: My parents wouldn’t have sent me out into the world with wool over my eyes. You have to be aware or you’ll be swallowed.

There’s A New Storm? 15 Things You Didn’t Know About X-Men Apocalypse’s New Star Alexandra Shipp

August 11th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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The new photos of 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse recently leaked with a big surprise: Alexandra Shipp will be the new Storm. While we’ll all miss Halle Berry, there are quite a few reasons to be excited about Marvel’s newest star.

15 Netflix Movies And Shows You Should Be Binge-Watching

July 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Netflix is truly the gift that keeps on giving. We all love a good Netflix binge-watching marathon. With thousands of hours of entertainment to choose from, it can be daunting to figure out what to watch next. We have some premium selections that you may love, including some new projects as well as some oldies (but goodies). Check out these 15 must-see Netflix movies and shows.


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Beyond the Lights

One of the best independent movies to come out in 2014, Beyond the Lights was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the talented woman who brought us Love & Basketball. It tells the story of a young pop star who must navigate the murky waters of fame, tragedy, and circumstance. It’s a must-see film with a great love story, awesome acting, strong direction, and a bangin’ soundtrack.

Sex And Shirtless Men: Recent Movies With Huge Female Audiences Reveal What Women Want To Watch

July 8th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Have you been going to the movies a lot more? Been watching a lot more TV? There’s a good reason. Recently, women-centered movies have taken over the box office. And with groups of girlfriends filling more and more theater seats and increasing the ratings of popular shows, movie and network execs have finally figured out what women want to watch. Did you see these films and watch these shows?

It’s Movie Season Ya’ll: Talkers, Seat Kickers And More Of The Worst People At The Movies

July 2nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Blockbusters are the best part of summer, but these customers are the worst part of the movies. From the chatty Cathys to the seat kickers, it’s hard to tell who’s more annoying.

Beyoncé In Avengers? Black Actors We May See In Upcoming Superhero Movies

June 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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As superhero movies keep rolling out, so do the opportunities for Black actors to take on starring role. Ava DuVernay directing? Beyoncé starring? Check out the Black actors and power players we may see in upcoming superhero movies.

Flashback Friday: 17 Nostalgic 90’s Films to Share with the Kids

June 26th, 2015 - By Rich
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With school out soon, there are many ways to keep your little ones engaged while indoors. Consider introducing them to never before seen nostalgic classics from the 1990’s such as Cool Runnings or Good Burger–remember that one? Click continue to browse our selection of classics.

Flashback Friday: 17 Nostalgic 90’s Films to Share with the Kids

Lap Dances And Fugees Reunions: 15 Of The Greatest BET Award Moments

June 26th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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With the 2015 BET Awards going down this weekend, we decided to take a look at some of the best tributes, reunions, performances, and hilarious moments from the award show over the years. What’s your favorite moment?

Story Of A Lifetime: 15 Celebs Who Need A Biopic

June 16th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Ike and Tina Turner were the subjects of one of the greatest Black biopics of all time: What’s Love Got to Do With It. Turner’s story revealed the trials and tribulations that she endured on her road to becoming one of the biggest names in music. And while we love that movie, we also feel that there are still so many people who need to be immortalized in film. Take a look at 15 stars who deserve a biopic.

MPAA Partners With “Dope” For American Black Film Festival Opening Night

June 3rd, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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DOPE-Poster-fullThe Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has partnered with the buzzed-about upcoming film Dope for an opening night premiere at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). And in keeping with the spirit of the movie, the showing will be followed by a throwback, old-school 90s party.

The June 11 opening night showing will be the New York premiere of the movie. (The Los Angeles premiere will take place two days prior.) The MPAA will sponsor the event. The ABFF will run through the 17th. Directed and written by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie tells the story of Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore) and his efforts to survive “The Bottoms” section of LA and college admissions during the 90s with a little help from his two friends and the vibrant hip-hop music of the time.

While the MPAA has been supporting film festivals for decades, its efforts to reach a more diverse audience have ramped up more recently. In 2012, MPAA CEO and chairman Chris Dodd (a former US Senator) launched the Diversity and Multicultural Outreach program. Last year, for the first time, Dodd went to the ABFF in Los Angeles.

Also in 2014, according to John Gibson, the advisor for the MPAA’s diversity group, the movie industry’s “Big Six” studios (Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Walt Disney) also made a debut appearance at the ABFF.

This year, the festival has moved to New York and the MPAA’s presence will be prominently felt again.

MPAA activities include movie screenings, lobbying, anti-piracy and education. While it’s not involved with funding or greenlighting films, Gibson assured MadameNoire in a phone interview that the studios have gotten the message loud and clear that diversity is a consumer mandate. That’s a conclusion they came to after the incredible success of Furious 7. That movie made hundreds of millions in its opening weeks. And had an audience as diverse as its cast.

“Lots of people are paying attention to Universal and Furious 7,” said Gibson, noting that Universal is one of the few studios with a multicultural department. Gibson says the film industry is also taking cues from television. “When something is successful, people want to replicate it.”

This explains the formula for having a Black lead in the Star Wars films (started with the casting of Billy Dee Williams) and the deluge of remakes, reboots and sequels that we always see at the theaters. When the money is flowing in, the movie studios will support it.

Which brings Gibson to the other important point he wants to make about diversity in the movies: the damage that bootlegging does. The MPAA has a site,, that spreads information about where you can legally see all sorts of entertainment.

“Especially for our community where so many filmmakers are self-financing, it’s important that their content does not get stolen,” Gibson said. “That’s why opening weekends are so important.” San Andreas’ monster opening was critical to that movie, he adds. And Furious 8 is already in the works.

For indie movies, this can be the difference between success and failure. And it’s critical if you’d like to see original content.

“Studios are putting effort behind making a difference,” said Gibson. “We must start supporting the next generation of content.”

For those who can’t make it to the ABFF next week, Dope opens in theaters on June 19.