Spike Lee wins Oscar Award
Spike Lee’s first competitive Oscar win (for co-writing BlacKkKlansman) on Sunday night resulted in cheers, a standing ovation, and a jubilant leap into longtime friend and collaborator Samuel L. Jackson’s arms on stage at the Dolby Theatre. Inside the White House, though, his achievement led to the opposite reaction. On Monday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that Lee’s speech was “a racist hit on your President.” Though Lee hadn’t mentioned Trump at all, he had wrapped up his acceptance speech with a plea for voters to “be on the right side of history” and “make the moral choice between love versus hate” at the 2020 presidential election — a statement that appears to have caused the president’s reaction.
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Music Icon & Grammy Winner Speech Responds To The Capitol Insurrection (Single)
“This song had to be made to become proactive in shaping our collective future, because the rebellion that happened on January 6, 2021, in Washington D.C. was the curtain being pulled back on race, lies, and darkness in America,” Speech explains. “It’s obvious that about half of America is living in a fictitious bubble and are responding accordingly. That’s why I wanted to share facts about the lawlessness and hypocrisy that was occurring. We may be at the start of another Civil war and a lot of bloodshed.” -SPEECH
Atlanta, GA…Like millions of other Americans, Grammy Award-winning artist Speech of the legendary Afro-centric Hip Hop group Arrested Development watched in horror as a swath of die-hard Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. As the dedicated MC he is, Speech put the pen to paper and spit out the single “A Different World,” an anthemic call-to-action that both preserve his artistic integrity and passion for socio-political issues.
“On the night of the terrorist attack that already killed five people, I did a YouTube post, I posted various things on social media, but none of it seemed adequate, especially from a music documentation perspective,” he said of the song’s evolution. “So, I went into the studio, pulled out my Beat Thang, sampler, etc. The jazz/boom bap energy for this song was intentional, meant to be a throwback energy from the ‘90s-type approach. In my opinion, those sensibilities lend themselves to reflection, grooves, and hope, while still showing the urgency of this moment. I also purposely rhymed with a higher pitch, cuz I wanted my emotions of helplessness, rage but also engagement to come through.” -SPEECH
“A Different World” follows Expansion Pt. 1, Speech’s first solo EP in 14 years, and will appear on his upcoming full-length album Expansion. As he flirts within the song’s breakdown, “This is a time for good-hearted people of all races that love Hip Hop to show the world a path to peace and truth! Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize and Mobilize. Please spread the vibes. We aren’t helpless, we can make a different world.”
Watch the teaser video and get “A Different World” below on preferred platforms.
https://youtu.be/dK1M9YMisUI”A Different World” on preferred platforms
Luke Perry, star of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Riverdale,’ dead at 52
(CNN)Luke Perry, who played the beloved Dylan McKay on the hit coming-of-age series “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died.
Philly Film Producer Nina Brooks Presents “The Lovers Lyfe”
“The Lovers Lyfe” is based on a true story that shows no matter how long or how far apart if its meant to be.” The film centers on the story of Nina, a young, single mother in Pittsburgh during the 1990s.
At just the tender age of 19, Nina must act with bravery and determination when she is faced with multiple challenges at once: losing her mother to cancer, parenting on her own, and supporting herself and her young daughter. While working in a Pittsburgh nightclub Nina meets Chris, a spirited young entrepreneur who shares Nina’s resolve for a better life. While time and circumstance drive the two apart, a chance Facebook message – sent nearly two decades after their first encounter – ultimately brings them back together.
Inspired by the events of Brooks’ own life, her goal in creating the series is to encourage others to overcome their greatest challenges, and remind them to never give up on love. “Who would have thought a simple Facebook message would rekindle a lost love in such an unforgettable way. Here’s the story of “The Lovers Lyfe”
“As a native of Pittsburgh, it is both a privilege and honor to film “The Lovers Lyfe” amid what is one of the most cinematic skylines anywhere in the world. I’m excited and blessed to film here in Pittsburgh, not only because of the talent and visual splendor of our city, but to help advance film in Pittsburgh for all artists, African-American performers and independent film producers.” –Nina Brooks
Emmy Award-winning film director Emmai Alaquiva, nationally-renowned actress Christina Cooper, and celebrated screenwriter Cambreisha Montgomery are among the cast and crew. With an emphasis on bringing African-American talent to the screen, “The Lovers Lyfe” spotlights the extraordinary abilities of artists from both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. In addition to sharing her story and expanding opportunities for African-American artists, Brooks also hopes to strengthen Pittsburgh’s burgeoning footprint in the film and television industry.
About Nina Brooks
Film Producer, Writer, Creator and IT Guru, powerhouse of leadership and the creative force behind production. Humble beginnings as an orphan teenage mother , she is now Co-Founder of CEP Productions, LLC., a film production company. Nina attended the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and has acquired a Master’s Degree in Leadership from prestigious Duquesne University. Nina’s work has been selected to showcase at The 2019 PAN African Film Festival.
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