A few months back I told you about the new Iceberg Slim doc in Movies To Check For. I got a chance to see this film earlier this year at the Atlanta Film Festival. It does a great job of giving your the foundation of Iceberg Slim. The conditions and situations which shaped his behavior. It also shows you the side many people probably have never seen… his wife and kids, as well as how his books became thing of legend.
It’s definitely a great piece of work and I can’t wait for the DVD to drop.
Until then… check out the official trailer, and remember, if you ain’t choosing, you losing. Make your next move your best move. Keep it pimping!
Keep an eye out for when this film hits your town. Check showtimes.
Been a minute since I left you with a movie to check for. Just found out, there’s a documentary about legendary pimp & author Iceberg Slim being shown in Atlanta. Directed by Jorge Hinojosa and produced by Ice T the film features interviews from Katt Williams, Birdman, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, and more.
There will be a screening via Atlanta Film Festival for the film this Tuesday 3.19 @ Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon Ave. Check the flyer below for all the info.
Here’s a look at Beyond Cinema with Jorge Hinojosa and Ice T speaking about the movie. Check it out.
Last Monday night I was hanging out with my OG Chicago homies Will Wes and Chicagorilla. We linked up to catch the Lions/Bears game, which the Bears made the Lions look like cubs. During one of the commercial breaks there was an advertisement for the newest 30 for 30 special entitled “Benji.” I thought it looked okay off first impression, I was happy to see directors Coodie & Chike working on something Chicago based for ESPN. But my friends, who were familiar with the story of Benji, were pretty excited about this documentary. I knew then it was something I would have to check out.
So I have to admit, before this documentary I had never heard of Ben “Benji” Wilson. I was just a toddler when he around. After watching this piece though I felt like he was of the homies who’d I played ball with at the YMCA, or walked to the store with to buy a quarter-water or a soda growing up. His story unfortunately is like that of so many in places like Chicago and New York, a dream deferred.
I must say I really commend ESPN or whomever came up with the concept of 30 for 30 programming and pitched it to them. It’s the best sports based documentaries I’ve ever seen. All of them are great, but some are better than others, and I think this is definitely one that stands out as one of the best.
I learned a lot from watching this piece. Not just about who Benji is and how he played, but also how he inspired a future generation of ball players like D. Rose and Juwan Howard. How basketball kept him and teammate R. Kelly off the streets of the Chi.
When the commercial first aired advertising the Benji special, Chicagorilla said “Man, I remember when that happened it shook the whole city.” After watching it for myself, I can definitely say he wasn’t lying.
Definitely check out this program when you get a chance. At a hour and 20 minutes long with no commercials, it’s a true movie and every piece is great. Salute to Coodie & Chike for representing the Chi to the fullest and telling this story as well as ESPN and Benji’s fam and friends.
RZA is touring the country right now promoting his new movie “The Man With The Iron Fists” which releases on November 2nd. During each stop, RZA is performing along with Wu’s own U-God and in ATL there was a special appearance by Boy Jones (O.D.B.’s son).
During the event which took place at Vinyl, there was also opening acts which included ATL’s own Clan Destined, Kosha Dillz, and Supernatural. Super does what he does best… Freestyling about items people in the crowd are holding up. U-God ran through some solo album cuts as well as his verses on classic Wu bangers such Winter Warz, Triumph, etc. RZA jumped on stage last, pouring champagne on the crowd before passing the bottle throughout the audience. Like U-God he ran through some of classic Wu verses as well as Gravediggaz and Bobby Digital tracks. All in all it was a dope event, glad I got a chance to check it out.
Been waiting on this joint here. New movie directed by Quentin Tarrentino. Featuring RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Lu, and host of others. Check out the official trailer. From what I’m hearing the soundtrack is sounding pretty mean too!
*Viewer Discretion Is Advised. Strong language and adult themes are featured in this video.*
This past Saturday night July 14th, I got the chance to catch the legendary Blowfly perform in ATL. The homie 4-Ize also opened the show, and I rocked a few joints with him as well.
Here’s some flicks and video footage I caught of Blowfly doing the “Alphabet Song” live. Check it out.
Also Blowfly currently has a movie / documentary out there that you can purchase at his shows. It’s called “The Weird World of Blowfly.” Check out the trailer below…
Acclaimed Miami musician Clarence Reid could easily be your cranky grandfather… until he puts on the gold-spangled superhero costume of his alter ego, Blowfly, and starts singing some of the filthiest songs you’ve ever heard in your life. A major force in the Miami soul scene of the 60s and 70s, Reid wrote Top-10 songs for some of the greatest R&B acts of the era, while at the same time, his X-rated recordings and stage antics as Blowfly made him a star of the “party record” scene. Having changed the game in 1965 with what might be the world’s first rap song, Blowfly has shocked and grooved audiences for over forty years since. Today, he is still on tour, struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. An intimate and revealing portrait, The Weird World of Blowfly celebrates Reid’s musical and cultural significance, and paints a picture of an unheralded, hilarious, and stunningly profane man that is as touching as it is obscene.
New film from Spike Lee. Look for this to be out on August 10th. Check out the poster and trailer below.
RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith), a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.
This Thursday night, there will be a special screening in ATL for Tattoo documentary “Color Outside The Lines.” The film is directed by good friend Artemus Jenkins and produced by one of ATL’s finest tattooist Miya Bailey. I’ve been hearing about this film for the past few years as it’s come together and can’t wait to check it out.
The primary purpose here is education, basically if people knew better they would do better. There are dozens of black artists who are trained and highly skilled in any form of tattooing one could ask for. Once people watch this film we really want them to have a better understanding of their options and a deeper appreciation for the art form.
The film highlights the history of black tattoo culture and how it began in the south despite a heavily segregated climate for black artists seeking entry.
We cover signature styles and how those styles have developed and influenced newer artists over the years. Tattooing in the media is another important aspect, as it is the biggest factor of how the cultures influence has spread. It is no secret that entertainers and athletes dictate the trends younger generations pick up on and tattooing is no different. What is surprising is despite the money these cultural icons have, some of their work is no better than the kid who got his in a basement down the street from his house. This further deludes the public as to what great artwork looks like and what is available to everyday people.
Aside from the art, we delve into the personal struggles associated with being an artist; how it affects your social life, personal relationships and other dreams you may have. There isn’t a person in this film who strives to just be a tattoo artist. There are artists who strive to musicians, painters, photographers, stylists, filmmakers, great parents and role models to their children, but they have to balance a demanding career choice that is also their passion in life.