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Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and more Star In ‘Chapter & Verse’, Out Now!

After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader “S. Lance Ingram” (Daniel Beaty) re-enters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, he is unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison. Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry where he befriends “Ms. Maddy” (Loretta Devine), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year- old grandson “Ty,” a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish him for disobeying the “law of the streets,” Lance risks sacrificing his “second chance” at freedom so that Ty can have a “first chance” at a better life.

With Chapter & Verse, director Jamal Joseph, a filmmaker, acclaimed author, film professor, community leader, activist and a Black Panther who spent time in prison as a result of his involvement in the organization, reflects upon what it means to forge your own destiny in an outwardly harsh society.

Starring: Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine (NBC’s The Carmichael Show), Omari Hardwick (STARZ POWER), Selenis Levya (NETFLIX Orange Is The New Black).

Directed by: Jamal Joseph

Written by: Jamal Joseph and Daniel Beaty

The film has opened in New York today. Opens in LA and additional cities on February 10, 2017.

Check out the trailer below:

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Jay Z Partners With The Weinstein Company, Inks Film-TV Deal

Jay Z continues to build his empire, further proving he’s a business, man.

HOV has inked a two-year deal with The Weinstein Company for exclusive first-look options on any film or TV projects he takes on.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the partnership already has some projects in development with details to be released within the next few weeks.

 

This won’t be Jay’s first foray into Hollywood as he has been involved in several projects including The Great Gatsby, Annie, and Chris Rock’s Top Five. Hov also recently narrated The War on Drugs Is An Epic Fail, a short film.

When speaking on the partnership Carter had this to say,

“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. Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein at the amFAR Gala in New York City.
Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein at the amFar Gala in New York City.

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein reiterated those sentiments.

“Having known Jay on a personal level for many years we are thrilled by the opportunity to expand our relationship. 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. We already have some exceptional projects in the works and are excited to see what more is to come.”

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Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall Talks ‘When The Bough Breaks’, Regina Realizes Her Connection To Beyonce on SFPL TV

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What better way to end the week than to speak to two of our favorite Fly celebs, Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut. The talented duo stopped by SFPL TV to talk about their new film When The Bough Breaks, which is in theaters today!

In the movie, [slightly based on a true story] both Regina and Morris play a successful married couple, “John & Laura Taylor” who wants to have child but runs into some medical issues, therefore, seeking other options and needing a surrogate, which they found by the name of “Anna” (Jaz Sinclair). But unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse as the wanted lullaby life collides with a crush of psychoticism.

Also, Co-Creator/Editor of SFPL, Gabriel Williams advised Regina during the interview that she has been quite the social media star since a certain meme video has surfaced of her playing the past Scary Movie character of “Brenda,” but has been revamped of her watching Beyonce’s Lemonade film. Surprisingly, she never saw the clip and could not stop laughing.

Peep the clip below:

Take a look at the full interview above.

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6 Iconic Rappers That Turned Into Filmmakers

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With the impending release of rap icon Nas executively produced film got us thinking: What other musical masterminds have made the transition to film? The idea of rappers becoming actors has become the norm and is no longer a big deal because some of them are actually good. The new focus is directing or producing films. It’s not for everyone but each media requires the same skill set: an imagination, quick decision making to survive in the entertainment industry and patience.
Be sure to catch THE LAND in theaters July 29th, 2016.

Check out our list of the ‘6 Iconic Rappers That Turned Into Filmmakers’ and changed the game, after the jump…

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DreamWorks Animation’s ‘HOME’ Available on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD Now

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Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek!

In DreamWorks Animation’s ‘HOME’, Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named “Tip.” The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time…the journey HOME.

Hailed by critics as “an animated triumph” (CBS Radio News) that is “family fun with tons of heart” (Fox TV), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks Animation’s HOME PARTY EDITION on Digital HD June 26 and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 28. 

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Directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz), HOME features the voice talents of Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” The Muppets), Grammy® winner Rihanna (Battleship), Oscar® and Emmy® winner Steve Martin (The Pink Panther, Father of the Bride) and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol,” Maid In Manhattan).

Get your copy today!

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Entertainment Music

New Video: Tyrese – “Shame” Directed by Denzel Washington

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In case you missed it….After invading NYC, promoting his new album Black Rose, Tyrese debuts his new video for the hit single “Shame,” which was directed by the one and only Denzel Washington. How EPIC is that, right?!

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The visual music film stars the incomparable Jennifer Hudson as she shows off her dynamic acting chops sans lead vocals. She portrays as Ty’s wife and background vocalist in the film production, but Black Ty’s player card kicks in, as he literally cheats on his wife [Jennifer] with another singer — who sings shoulder-to-shoulder with the love of his life. Later, Tyrese asks for forgiveness and is ashamed for what he has caused within his own family.

Tyrese said to Billboard:

Black Rose is my most intimate album, it’s my most vulnerable album, and it’s my most honest album. Most of the people that hear it compare it to Confessions by Usher, because when you’re just being honest saying, Through my flaws and my shortcomings and relationships I lied, I cheated, I this and I that, whatever your story is or your scenarios, it goes back to blues. The reason why blues will be around forever is because people have to sing their most honest song or it just will be ineffective.”

 

Check out the video below:

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-@GabrielofSFPL

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New Video: Eminem – “Phenomenal” (Full Music Film)

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Eminem crashes the internet on a good Saturday by silently dropping his new Full Music Film “Phenomenal” on Apple Music‘s Connect.

The song was birthed the rapper’s executive produced Southpaw soundtrack.

In the 7-minute clip, Marshall throws a few punches and kicks, in super strength fashion, after waking up on a hospital bed with no memory of why he was there in the first place. As he tries to leave, just minutes after pulling IV’s out of his arms paired with a massive headache and dizziness, the rapper proceeds to walk out the door, only to be suddenly confronted by a doctor who tries to reprimand him, but Eminem fights back — recognizing that he now has special powers. He then fights his way out of the establishment, taking each guard down, one-by-one. But it only starts there.

Filmed in Los Angeles, you can also catch appearances by John Malkovich, Randall Park and Dr. Dre. The official ‘Southpaw’ soundtrack makes its debut July 24th.

With every ounce of my blood, with every breath in my lungs, won’t stop until I’m phenomenal.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION PACKED FILM HERE

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Join The Movement: Students Will Get to See SELMA for FREE In Other Cities!

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Yes, you’ve heard it correctly! Students will get to see the epic film, SELMA for FREE! Check out how below…

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Entertainment

Paying Homage To Jay Z: DJ Juss Releases Short Film To Commemorate Jay-Z’s 45th Birthday

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What would you do if you met your idol, a living legend in the flesh?! Ask for a selfie to do it for the gram, right?!  WWJD- What would JUSS do?! The Jay-Z Effect tells us just that. Check out more below…

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SFPL Exclusive: JAY Z – ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’ [Video]

JAY Z planned a movement that was so strong and inventive, that he had to exclusively release it through HBO.