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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the…

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  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…

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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…

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Film and television producer Will Packer has his next project lined up and hopes it will continue his outstanding streak of box office smashes. Up next for the 41-year-old Florida native is a family comedy titled A Meyers Christmas featuring an ensemble cast that includes Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, and Omar Epps.…

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