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Luka Sabbat Will Debut His Acting Skills on “Grown-ish” Spinoff

On Monday, September 11th, model, fashion stylist and friend of our very own Downtown Sweetheart, Luka Sabbat took to Twitter to confirm that he will have a recurring role on Freeform’s new show “grown-ish,” a clever spin off of their

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Review: Whose Streets?

Almost fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, a new propagation of activists is picking up the torch of Michael Brown. Directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis‘s Whose Streets? (2017) documents the origination of the Black Lives Matter movement from the point

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Why Girls Trip Is the Movie We Didn’t Know We Needed

    It’s no surprise that Girls Trip will have you holding your stomach from beginning to end. The chemistry between these four women is authentically amazing. I saw a little of myself in every character as well as a

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Hey Arnold! Makes a Return

A couple weeks ago, a 90’s kids fan favorite cartoon made an appearance at Comic-Con. This wasn’t the typical Comic-Con feature as it was the revival of the hit tv show Hey Arnold! The upcoming TV movie, Hey Arnold!: The

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Cinematic Saturday: Jay-z’s ‘A Genius Leaves the Hood’

Before we begin, let us start with the facts. Sean Carter, known to most as Jay-Z was born December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in Marcy Projects, Jay-Z would go from a (very profitable) drug dealer to an

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More Than Just a Party: Celebrating Pride by Hearing New Voices

Pride Month as many of us know it, is a celebratory staple of remembering the way in which the LGBTQIA community has fought for their rights, acceptance, and visibility within the states. The month of June was specifically chosen in

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Cinematic Saturdays: Must Sees for the rest of the Summer

With summer officially starting last week, here is a rundown of 5 must see films and tv shows before summer ends in September. Girls Trip Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, this movie looks exactly

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Cinematic Saturday: What Happened Miss Simone?

  The Minnesota Officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted. Philando Castile was murdered in a routine traffic stop in July of last year. Officer Jeronimo Yanez believed that Castile was reaching for a gun when he shot him. However his girlfriend,

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Ben Stiller Reunites ‘Dodgeball’ Cast For Charity Fundraiser

The early 2000’s gave us many comedy classics, perhaps one of our favorites was Dodgeball. So shout out to Ben Stiller for reuniting the cast of his 2004 film, not only for laughs but for charity. Stiller is back as

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CINEMATIC SATURDAY: Girlhood, A Tale Of Inspirational Perseverance

Ever so often, there comes a film that tells the story of what it’s like to go through the struggles and strife of teenage life. Life can be crazy – from the hormones to the feelings to the in between

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Throw It Back: The Greatness Of ‘Martin’

No matter where you’re from or how old you are, Martin will forever be a classic. “Martin” ran for five seasons on Fox from 1992 to 1997.  During it’s runtime it would garner some of Fox’s highest ratings ever.  Martin was seen as the

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Cam Kirk and Collective Gallery Offering Photography Classes This Summer

Renowned photographer, Cam Kirk, has recently announced the open enrollment for a Summer photography class he’s hosting. Cam is partnering with Collective Gallery on the project to help aspiring photographers find their angle. Cam emerged on the entertainment scene as Wiz Khalifa‘s photographer back

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CINEMATIC SATURDAY: ‘School Daze’, An HBCU Classic

College is a time for making friends, learning lessons, and finding yourself. A time for students to try out different things and figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. College is all about growing

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A Tribute To Designer, Actress And All Around Visionary: Sofia Coppola

As an icon in filmmaking, she is known for aesthetically beautiful films which centre around young women.  The third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director -Coppola is an inspiring force who has paved the way

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Cinematic Saturday: Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’

It’s been 23 years since Crooklyn dropped in theaters and it will forever be a classic. The Spike Lee directed feature debuted in 1994, peaking at number three in the box office. How? Well, Crooklyn is probably as real as life gets

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Bruce Willis’ Classic Film ‘The Fifth Element’ Turns 20

In honor of the 20th Anniversary, The Fifth Element will make a brief reappearance in a theater near you. The screenings will take place on Sunday, May 14th and on Wednesday, May 17th (for screening locations and ticket information click

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Congrats Rosario Dawson: Another Trip Around The Sun

We would like to wish the lovely Rosario Dawson a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This beauty has been a staple in the entertainment industry since 1995. She landed her first role in the early 90’s picture, Kids.  That sweet 15-year-old later grew

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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What ‘The Wood’ Taught Us About Generational Friendship

Aren’t coming of age films the best? In the films we’ve watched growing up, a majority of us have learned about sex, love, violence, friendship, and essentially everything else. As curious kids, they provided the answers to our many questions,

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More Than Muses: The Badass Women of Disney

“Nevertheless, she persisted…” Women are strong, intelligent, amazing beings, who’re still fighting to prove their worth and obtain equal rights. This same fight has spanned over hundreds of years, and we’re still going strong. In light of the solidarity of

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The Trailer For ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Will Break Your Heart

It was a sad day yesterday as family and supporters of the late actor, Heath Ledger mourned his 2008 death resulting from a prescription drug mix up. With nearly ten years since his passing, director Derik Murray has released the

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Screw Netflix, Watch Kodak Black & Sampha’s Films Tonight!

Netflix provides us with a constant array of options to dive into and binge on. Despite all of these options, sometimes we feel like we’ve literally watched everything Netflix has to offer and need something else to capture our attention.

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Rick Ross Talks New Album and Movie With Gucci Mane

Rather You Than Me is the title of his ninth studio album, but Rick Ross is making it clear that he’d rather—and can indeed—take the lead in all of his endeavors, regardless of industry. The Boss announced over the weekend

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New “Rush” Visual Takes You Inside Starrah’s Hyper 3-D Universe

In less than a year, singer/songwriter Starrah has become the main architect of a new sound shaping pop music. Her golden pen has quickly made her the most in-demand artist crafting hooks for the iconic voices of our generation, her

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‘Get Out’: Now You’re in the Sunken Place

When was the last time you’ve seen a movie that touched the surface of just about every genre, and succeeded? Have you seen Get Out yet? This film was impeccably made with smooth transitions from horror to laughter and even

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The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

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Notorious B.I.G. ‘One More Chance’ Documentary In Production

As the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.‘s tragic death draws near, a biographical documentary is officially underway. Under the direction of the Malloy Brothers, the life and times of the legendary rapper will be brought to the small screen. The

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Chance The Rapper Hosts Private Screening of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”

Jordan Peele of the Comedy Central series, Key & Peele, has written and directed a new horror film, Get Out. Yesterday, Chance The Rapper hosted a private screening of the highly anticipated movie in Los Angeles. Peele and the rest of the cast Daniel Kaluuya,

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“The Boondocks” Creator Aaron McGruder Is Developing New Amazon Series

We were all heartbroken when the cartoon television series, The Boondocks, came to an end in 2014. Creator and writer, Aaron McGruder, decided a few years ago to leave the show behind and is now developing a new series for the streaming

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Flashback Friday: ‘Pulp Fiction’ And The Staying Power Of Its Appeal

As loud guitar riffs vibrate through the room, giant yellow letters raise slowly on to the screen:“Pulp Fiction.” In 1994, Quentin Tarantino released his second feature film, Pulp Fiction, and made his mark on cinema. It might be hard to

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‘Kuso,’ a NSFW Short Film Directed by Flying Lotus

The ever-so talented Flying Lotus, formerly known as Steven Ellison, debuts his film school talent with the release of an excerpt from his first feature film, titled Kuso. Although most are familiar with his musical skills, Ellison proves himself to

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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Is Back With His Best Film Since ‘The Sixth Sense’

With the recent release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split, we decided to examine the trademark style and calling signs of his films. Shyamalan’s film career is an interesting one to study because he has arguably had more success and more

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New Adidas Campaign is a Star Studded Cinematic Gem

Perhaps reflective of the overwhelming feeling’s of anxiety for the future, Adidas Original’s “Originals Never Die” campaign depicts this sense of subtle strife palpable among today’s youth. A cinematic representation of the figures reppin’ for the culture, a motley crew

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Tupac’s Biopic Finally Has An Official Release Date

For the past year, we have been hearing rumors and bits of info here and there about the biopic “All Eyez on Me”on the legendary Tupac Shakur being in the works. Since the news circulated, actors like Adrian Arthur and

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How One Man Saves a Music Video: “Wyclef Jean”

Yesterday Young Thug’s music video for “Wyclef Jean,” the first song on his album Jeffrey, was released and it has become an overnight success. In the past 24 hours the video has racked up over 1.8 million (well justified) views

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Watch The Trailer for Cam’Ron’s ‘10,000 Miles’ Movie

10,000 miles the single, will be out nx week, the movie coming this summer.. Directed by @iamghettonerd ? A video posted by @mr_camron on Jan 16, 2017 at 10:53am PST Cam’Ron just announced his latest cinematic effort, 10,000 Miles via Instagram.

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Happy Anniversary to ‘Half Baked’, The Stoner Cult Classic

My first experience with Half Baked was over my grandmother’s house in 2000. A friend from school – who had stolen the VHS from his brother – let me borrow it, and I was determined to watch. Upon arrival, I

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Remembering A Basketball Movie Favorite, ‘Coach Carter’

On this day in 2005, ‘Coach Carter’ starring Samuel L. Jackson rolled into theaters. The classic flick is directed by Thomas Carter (who also brought us ‘Save The Last Dance’) and tells the true story of Richmond High School’s nearly undefeated

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‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’ is 21 Years old today

In 1996 on today’s date, the theaters were graced with one of our favorite parody classics Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. The 90’s film that stars Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans

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Throw It Back: Great Moments From The Classic ‘House Party 3’

Kid N’ Play have given us a lot of great moments and content during their run. High top fades, leg breaking dance moves, songs to do these dance moves to and of course a wealth of cult classic films. House

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