“Beats” is a coming-of-age-drama set on Chicago’s South Side that chronicles the story of a teen musical prodigy played by newcomer Khalil Everage and a former music manager, turned high school security guard, played by Anthony Anderson, who both share a mutual love of hip hop. Through their relationship they both try to help free each other from the demons of their past and break into the city’s music scene.
The movie also stars Uzo Aduba and Emayatzy Corinealdi and was directed by Chris Robinson, the mastermind behind the cult classic ATL and more recently, BET’s New Edition Story.
Rolling out was on the scene at this year’s American Black Film Festival, where we caught up with the film’s leading man Anderson, and its director, Robinson, to discuss their thoughts on the new movie. The film also made its world premiere later that evening at the New World Center in Miami Beach, FL.