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FLY NEWS: Starz Developing New Series Based Off Popular ‘Black Samurai’ Novels With Common and RZA

Starz wants our viewership and they will definitely get after this announcement. Today Starz revealed that they will be developing an action-drama series under the working title Black Samurai with producer Jerry Bruckheimer  (Pirates of the Caribbean), starring Academy Award winner Common (John Wick 2, Selma) who will also  serve as Executive Producer under his Freedom Road Productions banner.

Wu-Tang Clan’s own RZA will also be in the mix to help bring the Marc Olden novels to life. Common will play the role of Robert Sand, a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is changed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who is trained in the ways of the samurai. He goes on a conquest for revenge when his master and his samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries.

The series will get a much need update from the classic novels and the 1977 film. The series is being toted as a mash-up of spy and martial arts  genres infused with heart,soul backed by the music of Common and Wu-Tang Clan.

Jerry Bruckheimer on Black Samurai:

We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Starz, Common, RZA and Andre Gaines on ‘Black Samurai.This incredible creative team will combine all of their talents and experience to bring the classic book series to brand new life with cutting edge artistry, music and imagery.

President of programming for Straz, Carmi Zlotnick on the new series:

We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today. ‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.

Common on starring in the new series:

I’m beyond excited about ‘Black Samurai.’ This is a unique and special project that offers something rarely seen in art and culture today. It’s an honor to play the character of Robert Sand and to have my production company, Freedom Road Productions partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, RZA and Starz to deliver something fresh and new to people. I can’t wait to dig into this character and the martial arts worlds of gun-fu, kung-fu, jujitsu and more. Look out world, ‘Black Samurai’ is coming!

RZA added:

I’ve been a fan of the Robert Sand character since I was a kid, ‘Black Samurai’ being one of the films that got me into the martial art genre. A chance to combine with Jerry Bruckheimer, Common and Andre Gaines to reintroduce this character to a new generation makes myself and my partner Mitchell Diggs at Wu Films super stoked. With the Wibbs leading the writing team and Starz as our outlet, I’m certain the series will find its fan base.

We are absolutely excited about this new series and look forward to adding it to our already crowded line-up of shows to watch.

Are you guys excited for Black Samurai?

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The Daily Word: RZA Opens Up About The Bizarre Incident That Took Place Between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe

The RZA has finally broken his silence about the bizarre incident we reported on involving controversial rapper Azealia Banks and famed actor Russell Crowe. It’s not looking too good for Azealia once again who claimed she had receipts about what happened that night. RZA opens up about the night after Banks says she felt RZA “betrayed her” by not sticking up for her that night and doesn’t want to be associated with him “personally and professionally”.


To bring you up to speed if you don’t know exactly what happened, Azealia accused Russell Crowe of assaulting her by spitting on her and calling her the n-word. This all happened at a private dinner party Russell held at his Beverly Hills hotel suite. Multiple witnesses including the RZA backed Crowe insisting that Azealia was the one acting “erratic” and was the one slinging the n-word around before Crowe deposited her outside of his suite.

Today we get even more details from that night as the RZA opened up to his fans about the night and his dealings with the troubled rapper. In the lengthy Facebook post RZA talks about trying to help Azealia get back on her feet. He details the many times he has come to Azealia’s aid landing her a role in his new film Coco, securing her a record deal and even helping her out financially.

Azealia was brought to my attention while I was casting my next Film Coco. I heard the rumors of her problems in the industry but disregarded them with the rationality everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So my producer and I fought for her to be in the film and we succeeded. During the filming process things ran smooth and she delivered. Thus my only experience with her had been professional. The only brief social moment was at the wrap party. Therefore “I HAD NO REAL EXPERIENCE OF HER SOCIAL BEHAVIOR…”

A few weeks ago Azealia hit me up for some economic help and bong I gave a helping hand.
She then followed up asking me to help her get a record deal.
I called a friend and bong a record deal was on the table. The only clause my buddy gave was I be the filter because the word is “she is volatile”.
I called her and told her a deal was in the workings. She immediately, prematurely went to social media and claimed she signed a deal with RZA Yet no deal was signed.

He then follows that up with the full details of what happened that night in Crowe’s hotel suite pretty much corroborating with the other witnesses that night.

Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious.
There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest.
Still verbal abuse can be tolerated but when it goes physical…
Azealia threaten to cut a girl in the face with a glass, then actually grabs a glass and physically attacks for no logical reason.


You can peep the RZA’s full statement on the incident below:


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Oh Azealia!


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The Daily Word: Azealia Banks Accuses Actor Russell Crowe of Assaulting Her!


The Daily Word: Azealia Banks Accuses Actor Russell Crowe of Assaulting Her!

Azealia Banks is being spoken about and no surprise it has nothing to do with her music.


The “ATM Jam” rapper who can no longer harass us on Twitter took to her new favorite social medium Facebook to address her fans about an alleged incident. The very weird incident in question took place between Banks and famed actor Russell Crowe. Banks posted on her Facebook page (now deleted) about the alleged incident where she claims that Crowe “choked her, called her the n word and spat on her”.


TMZ exclusively reports that Banks lied about the incident according to numerous witnesses. The incident took place Saturday night in Crowe’s room at a Beverly Hills hotel. Crowe invited over 10 people to have dinner and listen to music, one of those guests was the RZA.

If you have been one of the many people still keeping up with Azealia Banks she let the world know that she was signing with RZA to his record label. Which now brings us back to the bizarre incident, Banks was RZA’s plus one at the dinner so that explains why she was there in the first place.

Here’s where it gets interesting, according to multiple eyewitnesses things began to get out of control when Banks “laughed out loud” at Russell’s taste in music and then called him and another guest “boring white men”. Sounds like something she would allegedly do.


Wait there’s more! A source tells TMZ that one of the female guest jumped to Russell’s defense and told Banks to “pipe down”. Of course Banks didn’t heed those words and took it to another level.


Banks then says “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino s***.”  and also dropped some n-bombs.


Crowe was reportedly still calm till Banks attempted to throw a glass and that was the final straw. Crowe picks up Banks, puts her in a bear hug and carries her out of the suite.


According to TMZ at least 4 witnesses confirm that version of the story happened and described her behavior as “erratic”. Even the RZA stated that his artist was the one that used the n-word not Crowe.


Banks hasn’t said much about the situation but she did tell her Facebook followers that she has receipts with her last post.


These better be some damaging receipts Azealia cause right now it looks like she’s about to take another L. We will keep you updated if Azealia ever drops these so-called receipts.






6 Iconic Rappers That Turned Into Filmmakers


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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[New Video] Keith Robinson Releases Videos for “Same Rules” & “My Hustle”

Dysfunctional Friends, leading man, singer-actor Keith Robinson releases the video for his new song entitled “Same Rules” produced by Polow Da Don’s protégé, Hollywood Hot Sauce. “Same Rules” is featured on the soundtrack of the film, Dysfunctional Friends in which Robinson stars along with Stacey Dash, Meagan Good, Hosea Chanchez and Terrell Owens. Robinson’s new song is also the title track to the film and trailer. Also, check out his new video for “My Hustle” as well.

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Kanye West’s “So Appalled” of G.O.O.D. Friday Drops Tonight!

Kanye West hits us with another one on this week’s edition of G.O.O.D. Friday! So Appalled will drop tonight! Stay tuned!

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