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WATCH Teaser for Michel’le biopic ‘Surviving Compton’ (VIDEO)

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Check out the newest teaser for the upcoming biopic about R&B recording artist Michel’le. The Lifetime Original Movie is titled “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” and debuts on Saturday, October 15 at 8PM EST.

Rhyon Nicole Brown stars as the First Lady of Ruthless Records—Michel’le—alongside newcomer Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre and R. Marcos Taylor, who reprises his role as Suge Knight after having starred as the music executive in last year’s feature film, “Straight Outta Compton.” Jamie Kennedy also stars as music manager Jerry Heller.

Discovered at a young age, the shy, squeaky-voiced Michel’le (Brown) was plucked straight from South Central, Los Angeles and catapulted into the spotlight while riding N.W.A.’s rocket ride of early success. Surrounded by industry visionaries from Eazy-E to Tupac Shakur, Michel’le quickly climbed the charts; but, her musical successes were soon overshadowed by betrayal and corruption. A nearly decade-long romance with the infamous Dr. Dre (Hamilton) pushed her into a life tarnished by alcohol, drugs and violence until her savior came in the unlikely form of Suge Knight (Taylor), co-founder of Death Row Records and Dre’s business partner. Friendship would turn into a courtly romance, but the union Michel’le thought they had did not end happily-ever-after. With children from both men and a career to protect, Michel’le’s voice became silenced by Compton’s biggest power players. Until now.

“Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” is produced for Lifetime by Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.

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WATCH 1st Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new trailer for the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” The film features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper along with Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Jamal Woodard as Biggie Smalls, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre. There will also be appearances by Keith Robinson, Cory Hardrict and Hill Harper.

According to the film’s IMDB page, “All Eyez on Me” centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist—Tupac Shakur. The rapper, poet, actor and political activist, shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now,” lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69.  The film opens on November 11, 2016.

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Rhyon Nicole Brown to star as Michel’le in new Lifetime Biopic

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Former “Lincoln Heights” actress Rhyon Nicole Brown has been tapped to star as 90s R&B singer Michel’le in a new biopic for Lifetime.

According to DEADLINE, “The Michel’le Story,” details the life of the singer, who was discovered at a young age by N.W.A’s Eazy-E and became a platinum artist on Ruthless Records. Dr. Dre’s girlfriend for more than a decade and later married to Suge Knight, Michel’le was there for N.W.A’s wild ride, with all of its dramatic ups and down. Finally, after years of silence, she is ready to reveal her side of the story.

Also starring in the project is Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre and “Straight Outta Compton” actor R. Marcos Taylor will reprise his role as Suge Knight.

Principle photography will begin next month.

Stay tuned…

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CASTING NEWS!

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“True Blood” star Rutina Wesley has been cast in OWN’s upcoming drama “Queen Sugar.” She will portray Nova Bordelon, a New Orleans journalist and activist whose life is changed when her sister Charley returns home from L.A. to help her run the family’s sugar cane farm. The series is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile and will be written and directed by Selma’s Ava DuVernay.  [SHADOW & ACT]

Versatile actors Jamie Hector and Kat Graham are joining the cast of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me.” Hector will portray Mutulu Shakur, the stepfather of the slain rapper while Graham will portray actress and close friend Jada Pinkett-Smith. The film chronicles Shakur’s rise to superstardom and features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira as his activist mother Afeni Shakur, Jamal Woolard as rapper Biggie Smalls, and Dominic L. Satana as Suge Knight. “All Eyez On Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is currently being shot in Atlanta, GA. [DEADLINE]

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will star as Little John in “Robin Hood:Origins.” The role is being described as “a war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out as distrusting of Robin Hood before warming up to him in what is being called a gritty take on the legendary story.” Foxx joins Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. “Robin Hood: Origins” is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way Productions. [BLACK ENTERPRISE]
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Big Boi throws Halloween Party to support ‘Big Kidz’ [PHOTOS ]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Outkast’s Antwan “Big Boi” Patton hosted his highly anticipated Halloween Costume Party last night at the legendary Stankonia Studios. The “Dugeon” themed-soiree was a fundraiser for his Big Kidz Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides culturally enriched programs for inner city youth. The year-long initiative focuses on education through music, art and literature.

The VIP party was attended by a number of Patton’s celebrity friends including R&B/Soul singer, Joi and Notorious actor Jamal Woolard. The event also featured an open bar, an array of assorted desserts and live DJ.

Attendees also had a chance to win up to $500 in cash for best costume and believe me, the judges had some stiff competition. There was a variety of looks including “Suge Knight,” “Cat Woman” and Marilyn Monroe.”

Check out a few of our favorites below:

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Ghouls

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Suge Knight

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Rapper’s Delight
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Big Kidz’s Jennifer Lester and Jamal Woolard

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Bishop Don Juan with Marilyn Monroe

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V is For Vendetta with Frida Kahlo

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Grrrrr! The one and only Joi as Cat Woman

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DJ spinning the hottest tunes

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May the Force Be with You!

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U.S. Soldier, Cat in the Hat and Run of Run DMC

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Egyptian Lovers  

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Soul Sistah #1

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Sweet Treats

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Straight from the A’s Michelle is a “Slave to the Rhythm”

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Jennifer Lester with Sherlita Patton as a Warrior Princess

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SUPERFRIENDS 

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Caught by APD!

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Reno 911

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Tut and Nefertiti

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Oh God!

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STANKYou for coming!

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