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  • Amid Distress, J. Cole Kicks Knowledge & Spreads Love

     

    J. Cole is coming off of an incredible high.

    His third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 last week. It amassed over 375K album unit sales (streaming included) in its first week, making it the biggest hip-hop release of 2014 (beating out Rick Ross’ Mastermind, that tallied 179k, by nearly 200k units).

    It also broke Spotify’s record for most one-week streams, previously held by One Direction at 11.6 million, by racking up 15.7 million streams. Absolutely incredible.

    So how is it possible for an artist – not named JAY-Z or Beyoncè – to experience this much success, releasing unexpectedly, with no album promotion, or radio single manning the airwaves?

    It’s because J. Cole, like very few in this industry (i.e. Kendrick), is a poster-boy for authenticity in a world filled with many of the opposing. He is a voice speaking on behalf of the people; providing the blueprint for makin’ it, the honest way, all while chronicling the struggles that we’re subject to on a daily basis. 

    And there’s no better time than now, amid the discouragement that national headlines have lended within communities nationwide, for a respected, relatable voice to emerge and hold us down with substance-laced punchlines and a willingness to speak from the heart.

    In promoting his latest project, Cole has gone on an incredible media tour delivering the type of content that is often overlooked at the moment, but appreciated decades later – like vintage ‘Pac footage.

    A legendary performance on David Letterman, an FMSL (Fuck Money, Spread Love) bus tour and one amazing interview, with Angie Martinez on HOT 97, highlight his recent efforts.

    To lend a hand in helping you STAY WOKE (if you’ve been living under a rock) or simply refresh your memory, we provide you with a breakdown of his awesomeness, below:

     

    Cole performed the emotional “Be Free” track live on David Letterman 

     

    …Then had an honest, unfiltered conversation with HOT 97′s Angie Martinez

     

    On capitalism, selfishness…

     

    On “Fire Squad”, the system and the future of hip-hop…

    “Let the culture be pushed by something real, not capitalism”

     

    On industry music, today…

    “We’ve been pimped.. we’ve gotten into a cycle of thinking that this music that we sell to the world – or that we ingest – really represents us… We really think that this music represents who we are… If you really take a listen to what’s being played right now, it really doesn’t represent us anymore.. Or i don’t know if it ever did! Or if it just represented what could be sold, or what could be marketed.”

     

    On Love & Hip-Hop, and selling out…

    “It’s trash… it’s corrupting people. What other shows do they show you, that could counter [reality TV]?”

     

    On politicians, Barack Obama…

    “I don’t know what else he could’ve done.. You could only work within the confines of the system..”

     

    On his success, love and values…

    “We place our importance, as a world, on the wrong things.. We’ve let this system tell us that these things are important… Have your things, but don’t place value in them.. It ain’t real.. LOVE is real”

     

    The elementary concept of spreading love, is one of the ways Cole believes we could unite as a people and live happier lives. In attempts of practicing what he’s preached, he engaged in twelve city bus tour surprising loyal fans with dope gestures.
    This included visiting their homes, playing pick-up football at LSU, buying Behinana’s for select Atlanta fans and renting out an entire movie theatre to watch Chris Rock’s “Top FIVE” with Charlotte fans – all to thank them for their constant support.

    FMSLSpearheaded by J. Cole, consciousness, authenticity and love is trending up…

    Which is awesome, because it’s certainly needed during these emotionally trying times.

  • Watch Jasmine V’s New Video For Her Single “I Love Your Crazy”

    Jasmine V gets sultry in new video.

    Singer Jasmine V released her new video for the single, “I Love Your Crazy.” The visual is shot in black & white and is off her debut EP That’s Me Right There. The 21 year old sings about how she embraces her man no matter what.

    Her EP features an appearance from rapper Kendrick Lamar on the track “That’s Me Right There”. Just in time for Christmas, make sure that you get her album off of iTunes. As 2014 comes to an end, we look forward to hearing more from Ms. Jasmine V in 2015.

     

    Matia (@ms_hip_hop) has “I Love Your Crazy” on repeat as we speak

  • HBO to Film “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” Special Starring Audra McDonald

    Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald reprises her acclaimed role as Billie Holiday for HBO’s version of ”Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill”.

    Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming announced earlier this week that HBO will film ”Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” The film will be directed by Lonny Price and produced by Allen Newman and Two Hands Entertainment. The play-turned -TV movie will be filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans this month. ”Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” was originally written by Lanie Roberston for off-broadway in 1987 and depicts Holiday’s life through her most notable songs including “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child.” McDonald has said,“Playing Billie Holiday in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ on Broadway’ was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career, and it is an absolute honor to be able to bring Lanie’s incredible work about this extraordinary woman to film, thanks to HBO.” McDonald has previously appeared on other HBO films such as “Wit,” for which she received an Emmy nominations. She’s also received Emmy nominations for her TV appearance in “A Raisin in the Sun” and the live telecast of “The Sound of Music.”

    Earlier this year, Audra McDonald made history as Broadway’s most decorated performer by winning her sixth Tony Award for ”Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” She’s also set the record for most competitive wins by an actor and became the first person to receive an award in all four acting categories. McDonald has also received five Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk awards and the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award. Along with her acting achievements, McDonald is also a two-time Grammy recording artist. Check out a clip from the broadway performance to get a taste of what to expect from the HBO film:

     

     

    -Nishat Baig

     

  • Bringing Back the Classics with Jay Z, 50 Cent, LL Cool J & Many More!

    Universal Music Enterprises’ Respect The Classics reissues vinyl classics by hip hop legends in time for the holiday season. 

    Some featured albums and LPs that have been re-released this season include Jay Z’s “In My Lifetime, Vol 1 (2LP),”  ”Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life,” “Vol 3…The Life and Times of  S. Carter (2 LP)” and 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin.”  Jay Z’s “Vol 1″ was mostly produced by Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy label achieving a more crisp commercial sound than Jay’s 1st album an features artists like Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Babyface and Blackstreet. The reissuing of this album commemorates Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary. Jay’s third studio album, “Vol. 2″ was by far his most successful, garnering a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1999 and debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. “Vol. 2″ helped Jay achieve mainstream success and was the first of nine consecutive albums to chart. “Vol. 3″ allowed Jay to revisit the grit incorporated in his earlier albums such as “Reasonable Doubt.”  ”Get Rich or Die Tryin” was 50 Cent’s first studio album and featured production from Dr. Dre and Eminem and guest appearances by Llyod Banks, Young Buck and G-Unit. “Get Rich or Die Tryin” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 850,000 copies within its first week.

    Universal Music Enterprises’ Respect The Classics reissues classic out-of print albums on vinyl with a modern twist such as 3D lenticular covers, picture discs, updated artwork and much more. Originally launched last september, Respect The Classics released five priority albums including the 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s triple platinum solo debut, Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s album, Strictly Business. Other notable reissues include the 15th Anniversary vinyl LPs for DMX’s first two album. Along with these hip hop gems, other releases now available this season include LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” Warren G’s “Regulate…G Funk Er,” and works from Public Enemy and Talib Kweli. To purchase any or all of these vinyl head over to www.RespectTheClassics.com.

    Check out the video below by Respect the Classics to see what else is available this season:

    -Nishat Baig

  • Amazon’s New ‘Prime Now’ Vows To Deliver Your Orders Within An Hour

    Our prayers, finally answered.

    Shopping in New York City can be a hassle. Between the crowds, unreliable subway system and smug retail workers, many prefer the world of online shipping over perusing the standard brick-and-mortar store. Amazon looks to make the online shopping experience more convenient and quicker than ever with its new “Prime Now” service.

    Prime Now will provide Amazon Prime members with “tens of thousands of daily essentials”, delivered to their doorstep within an hour of their purchase. Using bike couriers, Prime Now delivers products such as electronics, toys, toiletries, small appliances and even televisions.  “There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go. There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less,” Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark explained. The app also allows you to track your package/the courier.

    As of now, the service is only available in the following Manhattan zip codes: 10001, 10010, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10024, 10025, 10028, 10036, 10065, 10075, and 10128. However, Amazon plans to expand to other cities in 2015.

    To get started with Amazon Prime Now you need an active $99 annual subscription to Amazon Prime, to download the Amazon Prime Now app and to live in one of the above mentioned zip codes. Couldn’t be more simple.

     

    You can find Khari Clarke at your local bar or pizza shop and on Twitter (@KINGCLARKEIII). 

     

  • Man Tries To Smuggle Coke Through Airport Using Curry Food As A Disguise

    Because good curry makes drugs undetectable

    People that try to smuggle drugs through airports in post-9/11 America have to be among the most non-creative people in the country. However, trying to smuggle drugs using food that, by default, has to be checked by TSA, is just brainless. Cue Mr. Caines.

    A man named Oral Caines was caught by U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers after they discovered a bag of cocaine in his luggage bag, smothered with bags of curry and rice as Mr. Caines tried to enter the country from Guyana.

    He later admitted to authorities that he was pad $5,000 to smuggle the drugs and is still being detained in Brooklyn.

     

     

  • Sony Will In Fact Release ‘The Interview’

    Just kidding -Sony

    In the aftermath of prominent cinema chains pulling their plans to air The Interview on Christmas Day, and the Sony hackers–better known as computer geeks acting under North Korean orders–promising 9/11 style attacks on theaters planning to show the film, Sony hastily cancelled the release of the film, which was set to drop nationwide this Thursday. On Friday, during President Obama‘s  year-end press conference, he chastised Sony, declaring that they should have spoken to him first about the decision to cancel the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    Today, a Sony attorney, David Boies, speaking with Meet The Press revealed that Sony will still be releasing the film, and that the “cancellation” announcement was meant to be interpreted as a delay, not an abortion of the film itself.

    Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet.

    Those of you that were hotly anticipating The Interview will be able to see it in the future at some point. When, or how, is still up in the air.

  • WildStyleLA Presents Karl Kani’s Launch Party With Set By DJ Mustard
    Joyrich Los Angeles and WildStyle hosted a party for a major collaboration line with legendary designer Karl Kani.

    Karl Kani was the go to line for the hip hop community in the 90′s. Designer Carl Williams has reinvented the brand and line for an exciting new collaboration with L.A. / Japan based fashion brand Joyrich. The new line successfully brings together the nostalgia of the past with a fresh new spin on the future. Performances included the eccentric rap group Overdoz and the ever popular DJ Mustard.

    So you’ve been integrated with Hip Hop culture for 25 years, what about that translates to the new line?

    Karl: The new line is sick, we just take the heritage of how we started a revamped it for the young generation. After 25 years of history you know we got a lot of information. We’re trying to spread this information internationally with our new collection.

    Karl Kani

    Having Joyrich as a distribution facility, what does that do for your brand as far as getting it out to the different cultures of the world?

    Karl: The alignment is a dual respect. Joyrich is on a high level, they respect history. I think the most important is that they respect the history of the originator. Together we can create history again, it’s all about relationships and they understand what we’re trying to do and they respect our quality and they know where Karla Kani is at, so conjunction is good for the both of us.

    Going forward, how do you feel about the release of this new line?

    Karl: I love it man we’re in a different zone right now. We feel real energetic about our history and just building such a heritage. You know so many epic models and hip hop artist have worn my clothing. We want to bring this to the forefront now. Street fashion isn’t going anywhere, but we got to keep it energized and keep it focused, so with Karl Kani being successful, we’re going to continue to open up the doors for young designers and young artist out there doing their thing. Because it’s all about us united as a generation to bring an impact on this industry.

    So that’s part of the initiative – getting the young generation involved with fashion, showing them how to do it?

    Karl: Yeah because I feel like without the young generation, what do you have? You have to connect to the youth, that’s all Karl Kani is always about and that’s the way we started. Is connecting clothing and fashion together, so we feel like this is where it’s at right now for the next generation of fashion and hip hop.

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  • The United States Asked China To Cut Off North Korea’s Access To The ‘Net

    #BreaktheInternet

    Now that Sony has officially cancelled Thursday’s release of The Interview, and the United States government has confirmed that North Korea was behind the Sony hacks that have revealed everything from upcoming movies to controversial e-mails sent between Sony executives, President Obama has spent the past few days considering his next course of action. According to the New York Times, one of those courses involves soliciting China’s help in completely blocking North Korea’s access to the internet, but even that strategy comes with a bit of a snafu.

    It is unclear that China would choose to help, given tensions over computer security between Washington and Beijing since the Justice Department in May indicted 5 hackers working for the Chinese military on charges of stealing sensitive information from American companies.

    “What we are looking for is a blocking action, something that would cripple their efforts to carry out attacks,” said one senior administration official to the Times, which would be part of a “proportional response” to the hackers actions over the past few weeks.

    Only time will tell whether or not China will be interested.

  • Producer Oprah Winfrey & David Oyelowo Talk ‘Selma’

    David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Common, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Ava DuVernay (Director), Dede Gardner (Producer), Jeremy Kleiner (Producer), and Oprah Winfrey (Producer) participated in a press conference about “Selma.”

    Read what Oprah and David had to say about the project below:

     

    David, and speaking of unlocking Martin Luther King Jr. from the statue, you were given the task of doing that and translating that statue into real life. Please, tell us about your process. When we look at you now, obviously the transformation was dramatic, from who you are in real life to who you played on screen, David. Talk to us, if you will, about the creative process you undertook.

    DAVID OYELOWO: Well, you know, Dr. King did not think of himself as an icon. He didn’t walk around thinking of himself as a historical figure. He was a man. And you know, I am so full of admiration, in terms of what he did, and I am not him, but the thing that I could seize upon was he was a father of four, as I am, he was a Christian, as I am, he was someone who valued justice, as I do, and those were my entry points. One of the most valuable sources I had for finding him was [PH] Andrew Young. I spent a lot of time with Ambassador Young and he talked to me about his friend. He talked to me, as Ava just mentioned, he talked to me about the prankster, the father, the man who was at times unsure, and that was the foundation on which I had to build. Of course, as an actor, you have to do the technical things, you know, the weight gain. And also, you know what? One of the amazing things for me was the journey I went through in order to get to this place. I had the privilege of being in films like Lincoln, in which I played a Unionist soldier, I played a preacher in The Help, I played a black fighter pilot in Red Tails, I played the son of a butler in The Butler. And who was in the sit-ins, in the freedom rides, became a Black Panther, you know, all these things also went into this portrayal. So I kind of feel like in the seven years since I read the script, I was on this journey towards this and now, it culminated in the right people coming together to make the film. I have to give such credit to Jeremy and DeeDee for sticking with the project for eight years. A lot of producers, considering how many false starts we had, would have maybe shelved the project. They didn’t. And so, you know, the right people, as I say, came together to support me in doing what I did.

    Speaking of the right person, Oprah Winfrey, I want to talk to you so much about your motivating force behind this film as a producer. But you also decided to give us your creative talent to this film. Why did you choose to play a role in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes?

    OPRAH WINFREY: ‘Cause Ava made me do it. Ava made me do it. Ava sent me an online piece regarding the real Annie Lee Cooper that was from a Selma newspaper when she celebrated her 100th birthday in 2010. And in that piece, it talked about her life and her memories of that time in Selma where she actually knocked out a sheriff. She had the fight with Sheriff Clark, and at the end of the piece, it said every day now, she watched the Oprah show at 4:00, with a tuna fish sandwich. And she did that on purpose. And Ava said, “Don’t you think it would mean a lot to her to know that you who she watched every day at 4:00 with the tuna fish sandwich was portraying her?” And that was it, ‘cause I’d said, no, no, every film I’ve been in, I end up hitting somebody. My last movie I had to slap David. And I said, “I don’t want to do another film where I’m knocking somebody out or I’m having a fight” and so forth. But that, it really happened, and it happened that, you know, there’s a famous photograph of her being pinned down by the two deputy sheriffs. And so I said yes for Annie Lee Cooper, and the tuna fish sandwich and watching the Oprah show every day, but more importantly, for every other woman and man in my history who took that walk to the registrar’s office and was turned down and then went back home and tried it another year, and then went back and tried it another year. This was Annie Lee Cooper’s fifth time. And when you think about what it takes to keep getting up and saying, I will, and I can, in the face of an entire society that says that you cannot and you will not, I just wanted to be able to take the few minutes in that walk and pay tribute to all of those people. That’s why I said yes.

    You all have created, all of you, a masterpiece, Oscar buzz all the way. This film, I think, it looks at just how important knowing your history is, and I really think a lot of young people today are kind of far removed from that era. Like, for example, Oprah, in your Master Class, I remember when Cicely Tyson said she asked the 13 year old about Martin Luther King, and she said, “Who’s Martin Luther King?” So I would like to know from you how important is knowing your history, yeah, it’s very important.

    OPRAH WINFREY: You already know the answer to the question because you’re asking it. I think you don’t know yourself and you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve come from. And Maya Angelou has a wonderful poem, it’s called “To Our Grandmothers” and in it she says, “I come as one but I stand as 10,000.” And I’ve been in multiple meetings where I was the single woman and the single black person within a 50 mile radius, but I step into that room as one, and I come with 10,000, and 10,000 and 10,000, at my back and my sides. And knowing that means I can go anywhere, I can do anything, because I recognize where I’ve come from and what I’ve come from. So the Annie Lee Coopers of the world whose names a lot of people didn’t make the history books and aren’t as known as Dr. King and John Lewis and all the others, were equally important in the courage that they demonstrated daily to stand inside and stand up for themselves, and I think that there is no great val – when you understand your history, you understand you.

    A lot of people are going to draw parallels, of course, to what happened then and what’s happening now. Talk to me a little bit about that three step strategy that the SCLC had that Dr. King’s character said. It was three steps. Do you think that strategy should still play to what we’re experiencing today? 

    DAVID OYELOWO: Well I think the parallels that I can see, in terms of Selma and Ferguson, is in the same way that in Ferguson, when it was voting rights that was being asked for, it was a black problem. Once Bloody Sunday happened and the country saw those images, it became an American problem. I think with Ferguson, when it was about Ferguson, it was a black problem. When the country saw the injustice of what happened to Eric Garner, it became an American problem. And that was the point beyond which black and white came together and these marches really gained momentum. And in that instance, in Selma, the problem was voting rights and there was federal intervention, because what you had is a situation whereby, for want of a better phrase, the game was rigged. You know, as a black person, if you got killed and someone was brought on trial, they most likely would get off because it was a white jury of their peers. You know, we have a situation now where what we need is police reform and the game is rigged again, because there is a conflict of interest, if it’s local prosecutors and the police. So I would say we need federal intervention again, but also we just need to focus in what are the demands. My fear at the moment is we have this amazing slew of protests but we don’t have someone like Dr. King articulating what it is we want, what it is we need.

    OPRAH WINFREY: A clear intention.

    DAVID OYELOWO: A clear intention. And that’s not to say that we need a Dr. King in order to do that, but what I hope Selma shows and what is clearly needed, is that clear intention. What are we asking for, how are we going to ask for it in a tactical, politically savvy way, and I really hope and pray that our film in some ways shows what was effective in the past and how we can be effective going forward.

    My question is for Ms. Winfrey. We all have moments in life where, you know, we meet someone and we sort of know that that person is special, you know, it’s like this moment where you might go tell your friends, or it sort of connects for you, when you know that this person is a game changer, they’re going to do something amazing. What was that moment for you? You can call it an Aha moment, with Ava, where you knew that this was a history maker, a visionary, she was it?

    OPRAH WINFREY: Oh, that’s a great question. Thanks for giving me that question. Actually, I had that moment first with David Oyelowo. David and I were in the trailer doing Butler, and David handed me the tape of – he said, “I did this little film.”

    DAVID OYELOWO: She always makes me sound like Oliver Twist.

    OPRAH WINFREY: Anyway, I looked at the tape, I googled Ava, I saw that she was an African American woman, director, and read a little bit of her history, and I emailed her, got her email address from David. Did I call you up? I didn’t call you up.

    AVA DUVERNAY: You called me up.

    OPRAH WINFREY: I did? I gave you a call. I emailed you first and said we’re going to be friends, and then I called her up and told her, we’re gonna be –

    AVA DUVERNAY: She emailed me and said we’re going to be friends.

    OPRAH WINFREY: Yeah, and emailed and said we’re going to be friends. Please send me your phone number so I can call you.

    OPRAH WINFREY: We’re gonna be friends, and send me your phone number. And I could feel from her countenance, from the spirit of her, that there was something inside her that I also had inside me, and I could see that in David and that’s why I befriended David on The Butler, you know? There is, I call it, you know, at my school, when I was looking for girls for my school, I call it the “It factor” and those who have it recognize it in others. And I could sense from David a level of humility and a level of pure passion and desire to honor his calling, and the calling beyond just being an actor, but his calling as a human being, to honor what God had put him here to do. And I saw that in him ‘cause I have that in myself, and I told him we were gonna be friends. I could see that he is favored, he is favored from on high. And I’ve had that favor, so I know what that looks like and I wanted to do whatever I could to elevate that. And I could feel the same thing in Ava. And I think the part of my trajectory here on the planet has been to try to inspire and lift other people up, so when I saw that here was somebody who has that thing, that “it thing” I wanted to do everything in my power to lift that up, to bring light to that, to bring attention to that. And so that’s what happened. And now, we’re just buds, [SOUNDS LIKE] real buds, yeah. Really.

    Have you heard from the King family? Have they seen the film?

    OPRAH WINFREY: Yes, we have heard from the Kings. Last weekend in Santa Barbara at my home we had a celebration with all of the Civil Rights leaders who were actually a part of the film. John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond and Reverend Lowery and Diane Nash and all of them were there. And along with Bernice King and Martin Luther King, Jr. III. They’ve seen the film now at least two times. They’re really impressed with Carmen. They think that Carmen really depicted their mother beautifully and felt equally so about David’s portrayal of Dr. King. So they’re pretty pleased with the film.

    OPRAH WINFREY: Ava is brilliant, because I think you all probably recognize, we didn’t have the IP for this, and so we were not allowed to use any of his original speeches. And there were times where, you know, we needed another scene and literally the producers would be on the phone and said, “Ava, can you write that this weekend? Can you go back and channel Dr. King and write that this weekend?” Which she did. So every single word coming out of his mouth for those speeches, Ava wrote them. And did it in such a way that in the end Bernice King says to you –

    DAVID OYELOWO: That “it’s the best interpretation of my father I’ve ever seen.”

    OPRAH WINFREY: There you go.

    Sidney Poitier said he chooses to do his work as a reflection of his values. Is this a project that you’ve chose, sir, as a reflection of who you are?

    DAVID OYELOWO: Yeah. Never before have I engaged in an artist endeavor that so brings everything I am as a man together. I’m a Christian myself, I have four children. Because of my faith, sacrificial love in the face of injustice, these are the things I hold dear. So, you know, as a man, as a storyteller, as a citizen of the world, you know, what you see when you watch Selma is everything I value and aspire to be. One of the things I was so glad that we showed – two of the things – was how humanity came together to fight this cause together, black, white, people of several faiths coming together. I think that that’s the most beautiful thing we do as human beings is coming together. I also feel, as a man, one of the things I was so proud of with this film was Ava bringing to light the women in this film. I have a beautiful wife. I have an incredible daughter. I am a big fan of women. And you know, they were marginalized within this movement, even though it was a movement against injustice and inequality. They were just as brilliant, they were just as bright, they were just as courageous and tenacious, and you know, I just feel one of the greatest blessings of my life was also seeing Ava and Oprah behind the monitor while we were shooting this thing. That, to me, is definitely a realization of Dr. King’s dream, this beautiful black woman telling this story so beautifully, this other beautiful black woman helping us get this story told. This wouldn’t have happened 50 years ago, in terms of them helping us get this done, and so if this is one of, if not the greatest, things I do with my life, I will be happy with that.

    Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Common, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, Carmen Ejogo Common, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, Carmen Ejogo Stedman Graham, Sidney Poitier Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi Carmen Ejogo Carmen Ejogo David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo John Lewis Diane Nash, Douglass Bevel Joseph Lowery, Cheryl Lowery, Karen Lowery E. Roger Mitchell, Courtney O'Neill C. T. Vivian, Kira Vivian Marian Wright Edelman, Ezra Edleman Robin Roberts Ben Vereen, Dick Gregory, Ayanna Gregory, Karon Vereen Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones Cookie Johnson, Magic Johnson Smokey Robinson, Frances Glandey Stephen Root, Romy Rosemont Bradford Young, Stephanie Etienne Jeremy Kleiner, Annette Savitch Melody Hobson, George Lucas Niecy Nash Roland Martin, Quincy Jones Berry Gordy, Eskedar Gobeze Tara Ochs, Common, Charity Jordan, Nigel Thatch, John Lavelle David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo Lorraine Toussiant Berry Gordy, Tyler Perry Nicole Edmonds, Kenneth Edmonds Al Roker, Deborah Roberts Paul Garnes Colman Domingo Tessa Thompson Deion Sanders, Tracey Edmonds Martin Luther King III,  Arndrea Waters King

    A special screening was held this month in California celebrating “Selma” and honoring the Legends who paved the way. Special guests included Oprah Winfey, Director Ava DuVernay and “Selma” cast including David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Tessa Thompson, Niecy Nash, Lorraine Toussaint, Omar Dorsey, Andre Holland, Henry Sanders, Wendell Pierce, Jeremy Strong, Stephen Root, Corey Reynolds, Colman Domingo, Keith Stanfield, and Trai Byers along with Civil Rights Legends: Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Dr. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones and Sidney Poitier. Also in attendance were Martin Luther King III, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, Tyler Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Stedman Graham, Gayle King, Portia de Rossi, Donna Brazile, Robin Roberts, Angela Bassett, Tracey Edmonds, Deion Sanders, Dr. Phil and MORE!

     

    “Selma” will be in select theaters December 25, 2014 and hit all theaters January 9, 2015.

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