Azealia Banks (@AZEALIABANKS), Jill Scott (@missjillscott), Common (@common) To Star In RZA (@RZA) Directed film “It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme”

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New York rapper Azealia Banks is set to make her acting debut in a film directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Previously titled Coco, the musical drama will now go by It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme and will also star Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint.

A release from The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as being similar in tone to “8 Mile,” the drama tells of a female rapper (Banks) who enrolls in college and enters a poetry course. While the class doesn’t improve her lyrical skills, as she had hoped, it does unleash in her a passion for slam poetry.

Neo soul singer Jill Scott will be playing the role of a professor who believes that rapping and slam poetry cannot co-exist, while Lorraine Toussaint is set to play the mother of Azealia Banks’ character. Rapper Common will also appear as a mentor figure.

Filming begins this week in New York.

Because some people may be unfamiliar with some or all of the actors involved in this project, Kontrol Magazine has compiled a list of fun facts for each of them.

*RZA is the leader of rap group Wu-Tang Clan and RZA directed his first feature film, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ in 2011, from a script he wrote the previous year.

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Spider-Man Talk? Tyler James Williams (@TylerJamesWill) Confirms he’s read for Marvel!

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The world of comics is becoming more diverse than ever. Thor is female, Captain America  and The Human Torch are Black, there are all-female superhero teams, and Marvel’s newest version of Spider-Man is Blatino (Black and Hispanic). Yep it looks like of the many Spider-Man rumors swirling around out there one for sure centers around Miles Morales, the aforementioned Spider-Man. With actor, Tyler James Williams, reading for the role this makes this version of Spider-Man all the more plausible.

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Movie News! Jaden Smith (@jadensmith) Confirmed as “Static!”

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Superheroes, superheroes, and more superheroes are taking over the Big Screen! Now it looks like the latest character to add to the latest slate of superhero films is Static! Virgil Hawkins/Static, sometimes known as “Static Shock,” is a Milestone/DC Comics teenage superhero with electromagnetic powers. You will be pleasantly surprised with whom they have pegged to portray the popular urban hero–Jaden Smith!

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Summer Just Got Interesting! Gear Up for HBO’s “Entourage!”

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HBO is known for its legendary television series. Through them we have met some of the most stylish women, Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones; the most ferocious criminal, Simon Adebisi, and the coolest guys in Entourage. Thankfully, the execs at HBO wizened up and decided that Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys, Turtle, Drama, Ari, and E. deserve a Big Screen shindig of their own this summer!

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The film picks up where the series left off still chronicling Vince’s career. This time, however, Ari has started his own film studio and has to bankroll Vince’s directorial debut. Vince’s film hits snag when it goes over its $100 million dollar budget by an additional $15 million dollars. Now the guys have to court and unwilling billionaire into fueling the rest of the project. Is Vince worried at all? Nope! He figures if all else fails he and his boys can just go back to Queens. Ari might just have a problem with that!

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This film is gold for fans of the series and will definitely attract new viewers. It is great to see the guys back together and up to their old antics. Then check out the star studded guest appearances from some pretty stellar celebrities. It is definitely going to be interesting when Vince meets Mark Wahlberg, the star Entourage  is based off of. I know I will be first in line on. Gear up this is gonna be one helluva movie!

You can catch Entourage in theaters everywhere June 3rd!

The Story of Emmett Till Comes to the Big Screen

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Looks like the story of Emmett Till will make its way to the big screen and I must say I’m thoroughly excited about this!

Chaz Ebert and Shatterglass Films will bring his story to life educating those who does not know Emmett Till and the tragic death he suffered at the age of 14.

Roger Ebert’s, who was an American film critic, journalist and screenwriter, widow will adapt the Emmett Till book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America into a film.

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If you don’t know the horrific story already here’s the gist: In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi. After going to the store with a cousin he was kidnapped and viciously murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His face and body were so gravely mutilated and distorted that you could hardly recognize him leaving his mother to have an open-casket funeral to show the world what racism did to her son.

Per Deadline:

“The full Emmett Till story needs to be told now and told well as a narrative for our times, given all that is happening on American streets today, and Shatterglass Films are the people to tell it,” said Ebert, the widow of Roger Ebert.

Luke Boyce, Brett Hays and Jen Shelby are producing for Shatterglass, and Benson also is producing. Ebert and Nate Kohn are executive producing. The plan is to wrap principal photography next year after shoots in Chicago, the Mississippi Delta and Central Illinois.

This is story that needs to be told especially with race-related crimes plaguing our community. Times seem to be going back to the 50s/60s with how African Americans (most notably men) are getting picked off every other week. I can’t wait to see what brave young man will play Emmett.


Written By: Samantha Denae

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Mad Max: Fury Road is Hell on Earth AND Wheels!

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Max (Tom Hardy) is back in Mad Max: Fury Road and The Earth is still one giant, hellish, post-apocalyptic mess. This time around, though, Max seems to have bitten more off than he can chew. Desperate to put his failures and mental demons behind him, he wanders the vast deserts aimlessly until he is overtaken by a tribe of zealots under the command of a cruel warlord, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who is worshiped as a god. His legacy is threatened, however, when his greatest warrior, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) steals five of his greatest assets. These prizes are up for grabs and the victor is he who endures the race to the end!

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This movie was great action wise, but as for its plot–it needs some work. I have seen previous installments of the Mad Max franchise and they definitely told more of a story. This film, however, was kind of all over the place. One minute we are dealing with kamikaze foot soldiers and before you can blink we are racing into a sandstorm, and then we are trekking to a “Green Place.” The true plot of the film is not revealed until the end and even then it is truly a Pyrrhic Victory as both sides suffer dearly. I have no doubt there will be another installment in the franchise. Let us just hope the next one is better!

First Look: “Jem & The Holograms” Movie Trailer!

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Jem & The Holograms the hit animated series of the eighties now a live action movie. Yep, now you can see Jem, Rio, Kimber, Aja, Raya, Shana, and The Misfits are all back and on the Big Screen! The film centers on a small town girl, Jerrica Benton, with dreams of stardom. She and her three sisters are go from virtual unknowns to megastars overnight, realizing their talent is too great to keep under wraps. Still, the girls have to learn sometimes fame comes at a price.

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