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If you are a part of Kanye West’s cult-following fan base, then you recognize the name Che “Rhymefest” Smith. The underrated Chicago MC was credited back in 2004 for co-writing West’s Grammy-winning “Jesus Walks,” and later for the 2015 Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the motion picture Selma. Now, Rhymefest is the subject of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s…

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Grammy and Oscar Award-winning rapper Common continues to make moves in the world of film and television. On the heels of announcing landing a role in the upcoming Keanu Reeves film, John Wick 2, the 43-year-old Chicago native has just signed a two-year deal with HBO that grants the cable giant first dibs on projects developed…

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By now the clip of Common’s awkward passing over of Oprah Winfrey’s high-five at last Sunday’s 87th annual Academy Awards has been seen across the world millions of time. In case you missed it, in the excitement of the moments after he and John Legend’s big win for Best Original Song for “Glory” from the film…

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The best ideas are those that stimulate change, encourage honest communications, and create value for an entire culture and community. A great example of this is Common and John Legend’s Grammy Award-winning song, “Glory.” It is a song so powerful that it seemed to put a healing salve on the injuries inflicted by America’s racist past…

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  Most movies are made to entertain but quite a few are used to educate. Black History Month is the month that the black community is recognized for its cultural, scientific, political, religious and social contributions in making America the nation that it is today. Watching movies that tell of the  hardships of what it…

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Due to the recent success of Quentin Tarantino’s new controversial film, Django Unchained, we at rolling out want to make note of other great movies, who in their time, dared to tackle slavery. While Django Unchained may showcase a more modern slave narrative, mixed with Western bravado, filled to the brim with raw, bloody gunfights;…

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Django Unchained hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but it’s already become the most controversial film of the season, with its central theme of slavery being mashed up with the extreme violence and humor of a classic Blaxploitation film. And though the film is already causing a stir, the film’s director, Quentin Tarantino, recently stirred…

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Just how great is Denzel Washington? The greatest actors of this generation sing his praises. Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) said working with Denzel was like going to film school. Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs) told rolling out at a movie premiere that…

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