Snoop Dogg explains why his life story is bigger than a biopic

Snoop Dogg’s 25-plus-year career has been one rollercoaster ride that will surely one day hit the big screen, but the Long Beach, California MC thinks his journey might be too large to compress into a two-hour film. Snoop recently spoke with Yahoo Entertainment and revealed he was down for the biopic but it would have […]

‘Straight Outta Compton’ actor Jason Mitchell arrested on gun and drug charges

Jason Mitchell, who is best known for portraying the late iconic rapper Easy E in the critically acclaimed film Straight Outta Compton, is on a dangerous downward trajectory that is punctuated by his latest arrest. The 33-year-old New Orleans-born actor has been arrested in Harris County, Mississippi, for possession of guns and a copious amount […]

Suge Knight’s fiancée, Toi-Lin Kelly, is sentenced

Toi-Lin Kelly, 37, is guilty of violating a court order that limits jailhouse phone communications with Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. He could only speak with his attorneys. She reportedly arranged interviews with producers of a BET documentary about Death Row Records. Kelly is accused of putting money on other inmates’ books to help Knight make the […]

Trey Carswell III talks life on film set, love of creativity

Trey Carswell III is a two-time Howard University graduate who earned his bachelor’s in political science and economics (2011) and master’s in international relations and public administration and policy (2013). “While my academic career took the political route, it was my love for acting and filmmaking that brought me directly to the production industry,” he says. […]

Suge Knight’s phone call from jail gets him in trouble with prosecutors

As former rap music mogul Suge Knight awaits his trial for murder, prosecutors are alleging he tried to buy witnesses. According to the New York Daily News, prosecutors in Knight’s murder case filed paperwork claiming that he and his lawyer, Matt Fletcher, were recorded during a phone call from jail in March 2015. During that […]

‘Straight Out of Corporate’ pushes budding and existing entrepreneurs

After 12 years as a corporate climber, K. Renee Ward decided to retire, putting the corporate rut behind her. The Atlanta resident with New Orleans roots already had a plan B in mind; she had witnessed the day-to-day hustle of an entrepreneur while growing up by watching her parents, both of whom worked for themselves. […]

Actor who plays Suge Knight in films arrested for acting like Suge Knight

Richard Marcos Taylor, the man who portrayed Suge Knight in the blockbuster motion picture Straight Outta Compton, was arrested in Miami for allegedly beating up a security guard.Richard Marcos Taylor, 40, was charged with misdemeanor battery and is being held at a Miami-Dade jail. The fracas started Sunday night when a uniformed security officer at the […]

Ice Cube exercises his CubeVision with ‘Fist Fight’ and more

Ice Cube is back on the big screen. But this time he’s not in a sequel but in a brand new film called Fist Fight. It’s a twist on the classic bully tale in that it’s the teachers, not the students, who meet up in the parking lot for an after-school showdown. And, for Cube, […]

Aldis Hodge ticks off his bucket list, plays opposite Tom Cruise

Aldis Hodge has been making his rounds in many of the top films these past two awards seasons. The North Carolina-born-and-New York-bred actor played MC Ren in Straight Outta Compton, Levi Jackson in Hidden Figures and was a kick-a** actor in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, opposite Tom Cruise. Hodge started his career at the […]

Jerry Heller, N.W.A manager, dead at 75

Jerry Heller, N.W.A’s former manager and a music industry legend died. The 75-year-old had a heart attack on Friday evening, Sept. 2, 2016, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The devastating news was confirmed by his cousin Gary Ballen who shared chilling details. Ballen confirmed Heller died after suffering from a heart attack while driving his vehicle. […]

Aretha Franklin chooses actress who will play her in new biopic

At a recent birthday celebration for iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin, it was revealed that her anticipated biopic is close to beginning production and that the lead actress who will play Franklin has finally been chosen. The singer held her 74th birthday soiree on Thursday at New York City’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, where several of […]

Ice Cube vs. O’Shea Jackson: Rapper eclipsed by Hollywood producer and father

O’Shea Jackson has been entertaining for over 30 years. While just a teen, he made an impression on his first fans at parties organized by Dr. Dre. He was a member of C.I.A. (Cru’ in Action!) a hip-hop group, alongside K-Dee and Sir Jinx, who provided backing vocals for Dre’s World Class Wreckin Cru’s single “The […]

Kendrick Lamar’s key to Compton represents hope to a troubled city

Kendrick Lamar

The city of Compton has captured the nation’s attention over the past 12 months. With the release of the cinematic gem, Straight Outta Compton, it revealed how the city has become a breeding ground for great entertainers and athletes. Along with the success of Compton-made N.W.A.(Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E), Venus and Serena Williams (tennis); Game […]

Ice Cube on Oscars boycott: ‘I never used to go anyway’

You would think of almost anyone, Ice Cube would be one of the people with the biggest gripes against the Oscars and their apparent diversity issues with this year’s award field. After all, it was his critically acclaimed film, Straight Outta Compton, based on his groundbreaking group, starring his son, and produced by his production […]

Will Packer gives his thoughts on the 2016 Oscars’ lack of color

Esteemed film and television producer Will Packer took to Facebook yesterday to give his thoughts on the lack of diversity reflected in this year’s Oscar nominations. In a lengthy and heartfelt post, the Straight Outta Compton producer congratulated all of the nominees, including the two white screenwriters of Compton, then gave something of a shoutout […]

Blacks snubbed again at all-White Oscars

2015 appeared to be an exceptional year for Black filmmakers and actors in Hollywood. However, another year has passed and Blacks have been shut out, again, at the Oscars. This year’s Oscar nominees were recently announced and every major category was filled by a White actor or filmmaker. A few notable snubs were Will Smith […]

Class of 2015: The Highlights

Choosing the right weekly cover story to complement the zeitgeist of pop culture can sometimes be a daunting decision. The appetites of the rolling out audience change frequently, sometimes so swiftly, once our covers hit newsstands, the American public is focused on the next celebrity divorce, arrest or Twitter beef. The impactful, cultivating and edifying […]