Daniel Kaluuya Isn’t Feeling Samuel L. Jackson’s British Actor Comments

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We shall make this quick: recently, actor god Samuel L. Jackson sat down with HOT 97 to promote Kong: Skull Island, and the conversation turned to the mega-success film Get Out:

I think it’s great, that movie is doing everything that it’s doing and people are loving it and they’re feeling it…the thing in my mind is, I know the young brother that’s in the movie, and he’s British. So, there are a lot of Black British actors that work in this country, all the time. I tend to wonder, what would that movie have been with an American brother, who really understands that in a way…Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years…what would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but everything ain’t

And he keeps going on about how Britain doesn’t understand the American black plight, as well as how America tends to use British actors over American ones because they’re cheaper. Unsurprisingly, this sparked a pretty big debate.

Anyways, the Daniel in question — actor Daniel Kaluuya, who played the lead role in Get Out — responded (as seen in GQ):

Big up Samuel L. Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors. He has done a lot so that we can do what we can do.

Here’s the thing about that critique, though. I’m dark-skinned, bro. When I’m around black people I’m made to feel “other” because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going “You’re too black.” Then I come to America and they say, “You’re not black enough.” I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!

[Black people in the UK], the people who are the reason I’m even about to have a career, had to live in a time where they went looking for housing and signs would say, “NO IRISH. NO DOGS. NO BLACKS.” That’s reality. Police would round up all these black people, get them in the back of a van, and wrap them in blankets so their bruises wouldn’t show when they beat them. That’s the history that London has gone through. The Brixton riots, the Tottenham riots, the 2011 riots, because black people were being killed by police. That’s what’s happening in London. But it’s not in the mainstream media. Those stories aren’t out there like that. So people get an idea of what they might think the experience is.

Let me say, I’m not trying to culture-vulture the thing. I empathize. That script spoke to me. I’ve been to Ugandan weddings, and funerals, and seen that cousin bring a white girl. That’s a thing in all communities. I really respect African American people. I just want to tell black stories.

This is the frustrating thing, bro—in order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black. No matter that every single room I go to I’m usually the darkest person there. You know what I’m saying? I kind of resent that mentality. I’m just an individual. You probably feel that as a writer, too. Just because you’re black, you get taken and used to represent something. It mirrors what happens in the film.

I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it.

So: does Samuel have a point? Or is this an example of racism against one another?

Forthcoming Pro-Vegan Film To Feature Jme

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A director named Simon Amstell is preparing for the debut of his first feature film, titled Carnage: Swallowing The Past…the film is set in the not-all-that-distant utopian future (2067), where everyone is a vegan and the thought of consuming another animal is mind-numbing. What’s dope about this is that it happens to feature none other than Grime’s resident vegan Jme, who will be playing himself.

We wonder: will the animals that exist in this world be vegan as well? Will lions be bullying other herbivores for their plant-based meals?

Carnage: Swallowing The Past is set to premiere on BBC’s iPlayer this Spring. You can read more about it here. In related news, Jme also recently starred in Grim Sickers new visual for ‘Kane’, directed by Mike Skinner….you can check that out below.

Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ Now Has A Release Date

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As can be seen above, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me will land in cinemas 16th June, 2017 (also known as Shakur’s birthday). It was originally supposed to drop earlier this month.

We can’t wait!

BBC Announces New David Bowie Documentary

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Above lies a teaser for BBC’s forthcoming documentary titled David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which contains interviews and previously-unseen footage created during the late artist’s last two albums (The Next Day and Blackstar). We also get to see Bowie’s Lazarus musical (which is now in London), including final a cappella recording that he made for it; producer Tony Visconti also participates alongside The Next Day band. [And more!]

Said Francis Whately, who produced and directed the documentary (which is seen as a sequel to Francis’ previous work, David Bowie: Five Years):

I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to scratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn’t expect it to be this soon… However, looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change – Bowie the chameleon.

Instead, I would like to show how the changes were often superficial, but the core themes in his work were entirely consistent – alienation, mortality and fame.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years is said to premiere this coming January, one year after Bowie’s untimely death.


Eagles Of Death Metal Have Created A Documentary About The Paris Attacks

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Teaming up with Live Nation, Eagles Of Death Metal have announced a new documentary titled Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends), which centres around last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The band was performing in The Bataclan when the attack there took place (making up a large amount of those senselessly killed). The film will also show the band’s return to the city.

Nos Amis will premiere on HBA next February. Most recently, Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes found himself in hot water for controversial comments made about the French; he has since apologised.

Check Out The Official Trailer For ‘Logan’

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As Marvel movie fans know, the final film in the Wolverine trilogy is approaching. Titled Logan, the film sees Hugh Jackman as the iconic mutant in 2024, alongside Charles Xavier (we thought he died?) and a young girl named Laura that shares his powers. You can check out the trailer above.

Logan is set to hit theatres next March.

New Made-For-TV Film Puts The Spotlight On Dr. Dre’s Abusive Past (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: According to TMZ, Dr. Dre is prepared to sue Sony Pictures if the film premiered or is released. His team also already fired off a cease-and-desist letter.

UPDATE #2: Michel’le doesn’t give a damn about any of Dre’s threats.

Uh oh. Long-standing West Coast Hip-Hop fans are already familiar, but it wasn’t surprising to see — during the Straight Outta Compton campaign — a few of Dr. Dre’s detractors stepping out into the front to remind people about Dr. Dre’s abusive past (specifically, his public beating of presenter Dee Barnes). Now, a new film looks to focus on even more of this.

Titled Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, the made-for-TV movie centres around the life of R&B singer Michel’le Touissant, who was signed to Death Row and was in a relationship with Dr. Dre during that time (they were even engaged at some point). We also see Michel’le’s affair with Death Row head honcho Suge Knight.

You can watch the trailer for Surviving Compton above, which will air in America 15th October.

Nas, A$AP Rocky & More To Star In New Film ‘Monster’

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Nas, A$AP Rocky and Jennifer Hudson will be joining Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington, Jennifer Ehle and Jeffery Wright as the cast of the new film Monster. The film centres on a 17-year-old (played by Harrison) who is changed for a murder he claims he didn’t commit.

Well-known music video director Anthony Mandler is making his directorial debut for the big screen, while John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co., Tonik Productions and Born Studios will be handling production duties. As far as musically, Legend and Nas will be executive producing that as well.

Read more on the film over at Hollywood Reporter.

Jay Z To Produce Richard Pryor Biopic, Kalief Browder Series

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It looks like JAY Z’s newfound partnership with The Weinstein Company is already beginning to bear fruit. Via a recent news conference (above), the Hip-Hop mogul and Harvey Weinstein announced two projects: the first being his taking on the long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic titled Is It Something I Said. As a result, Empire director Lee Daniels (who previously left the film’s production) is back on board; presumably, comedian/actor Mike Epps will still be playing as the title character.

The second project revealed is definitely more serious: JAY will be creating a six-part docu-series titled TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, which centres around its namesake Kalief Browder and his short-lived life. Browder (at 16) was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack; he was then unlawfully held at Rikers Island for three years, two of which was under solitary confinement or “administrative segregation”. Following his release, he committed suicide two years later. Adding in his various suicide attempts while in prison, many (including us) feel that it was Browder’s time in prison that attributed to a decline in his mental health.

Is It Something I Said is said to begin production early next year, which should be the same time that TIME will premiere.

Jay Z Inks Film, TV Deal With The Weinstein Company

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Putting aside TIDAL for a second, it looks like JAY Z (still) cannot lose. According to reports, the Hip-Hop mogul has partnered up with The Weinstein Company for a two-year film and television production deal. Essentially, it gives the production company a “first-look” option to create “both scripted and unscripted” television and film projects with JAY Z.

Said co-chair Harvey Weinstein:

Jay’s ability to influence entertainment and pop culture has gone well beyond music for many years. He approaches every aspect of his career with both determination and effortlessness, making him one of the leading power players in entertainment history.

Said JAY-Z:

I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight.

So, perhaps a Streets Is Watching sequel is in order, then?


STREAM: The Birth Of A Nation OST



Before the release of the film The Birth Of A Nation, we get to hear the Hip-Hop and R&B heavy soundtrack, which features appearances from 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Ne-Yo, Nas, Vic Mensa and more. UPDATE: We’ve included individual streams of Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne’s collaboration, ‘Oh Lord’, and Vic Mensa’s ‘Go Tell ‘Em’ below.

You can read more about the film (and its polarising lead actor) here. Stream the soundtrack below via Apple Music.