Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel and Kartemquin Films, the non-profit organization that brought us documentaries like Steve James’ Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, bring an insightful, new feature documentary that steps outside of the boxing ring and focuses on one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century that risked his fame and fortune for his beliefs in The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
Synopsis: The film covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali hits select theaters starting August 23 in NYC. The complete list is below. (New theaters will be added soon here.)
8/23 – 8/30: New York, IFC Center.
9/12 ONLY: Palm Springs, Camelot Theatre.
9/13 – 9/19: Atlanta, Landmark Midtown Arts Center.
9/13 – 9/19: Greensboro, Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema.
9/13 – 9/19: Dallas, Landmark Magnolia 5.
9/18 ONLY: Albany, NY, Spectrum 8.
9/27 – 10/3: Denver, venue TBD.
9/27 – 10/3: Philadelphia, Ritz At The Bourse.
9/27 – 10/3: Santa Fe, The Screen.
10/11 – 10/17 Los Angeles, Landmark Nuart Theatre.
10/11 – 10/17 Palm Springs, Camelot Theatre.
10/11 – 10/17 Santa Ana, Regency South Coast Village.
10/11 – 10/17 Ft. Worth, Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth.
10/11 – 10/17 Pelham, NY, Picturehouse.
10/18 – 10/24 San Diego, Landmark Ken Cinema
10/18 – 10/24 Cambridge, Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
10/18 – 10/24: Minneapolis, Landmark Lagoon Cinema
10/18 & 10/20 ONLY: Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art
10/25 – 10/31: San Francisco, Landmark Opera Plaza
10/25 – 10/31: Berkeley, Landmark Shattuck
10/25 – 10/31: Monterrey, Osio 6.
11/4 ONLY: Anchorage, AK, Bear Tooth Cinema
Watch The Trial of Muhammad Ali trailer below.
Sango is bringing that chill vibe for the summertime. The rising Michigan-based producer’s debut album, North, fuses smooth rhythms and electronic elements with chopped vocal samples. As noted from the album’s description, “North features collaborations from a diverse group of artists like Australia’s Ta-ku, cinematic downtempo producer Atu, nu-soul singer JMSN, story-telling rapper WALDO, newcomer vocalist Brea and Dpat who produced ‘Remember You’ for Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.”
Stream North by Sango below. [iTunes]
Filmmaker Spike Lee sat down with the crew of the Black&Sexy, an independent series on YouTube, and talked about his upcoming film, as well as a surprising sequel for his 1988 joint, School Daze.
“I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze—a contemporary version, same school, 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president, now, of the school. It would deal with issues in HBCUs today, including some of the same stuff from the last film like the pledging process, but also lots of new stuff like homophobia, class issues, color, hair texture. It’s stuff happening today.”
Watch Spike Lee’s interview with Black&Sexy below.
Wouldn’t it be dope to see some form of entertainment at the laundromat while your clothes are doing its thing on the rinse cycle or be able to hit a two-step while folding them?
Well it happened!
The oh so lovely singer-songwriter Solange and her band turned the Atlantis Super Wash Center in Brooklyn into an all out, neon-hued concert for 150 guests. As part of Fader’s “Uncapped” series, Solange stood on top of a row of washing machines and performed a couple of tunes from Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams, her latest True EP, and fittingly covered Nivea’s 2002 duet with R. Kelly entitled “Laundromat.” This is such a genius idea, but only unique artists can get away with it.
After the concert, Solange sat down with Hot 97′s Miss Info and revealed her future plans,
“I’m not leaving Brooklyn, that is a statement. I am going to live part-time in New Orleans. I’m more so excited about going down to the South again. New Orleans is such a magical city and I’m really excited to explore all of the creative and cultural aspects that it has to offer. It’s going to be nice, but I’m for sure still going to be a Brooklyn girl.
New Orleans is deeply rooted in music, but I feel like, the sonics [of the new album] will be set here in New York. But I’m probably gonna record my vocals there [in New Orleans].
For the full interview, stop by Fader. (The video footage below was captured by True Exclusives).
Watch Solange’s performance of “Losing You” below.
Watch Solange’s performance of “T.O.N.Y.” below.
Watch Solange performs Nivea’s “Laundromat” below.
Rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress Lauryn Hill expressed her love for Stevie Wonder and reminisced about her first time hearing his classic, 1976 record, “Isn’t She Lovely,” before giving an impromptu rendition for BBC2′s Soul Night segment, Soul Talking, in August 1998. That same month she dropped her, now iconic, debut album entitled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Watch Lauryn Hill’s interview and performance below.
“My mom spent her life as an educator and I am happy that Donda’s House
can pick up her torch and honor her life’s mission.” – Kanye West
Honoring the educational legacy of his late mother Dr. Donda West, Kanye West has founded Donda’s House, a new non-profit outreach organization for Chicago youth. Partnering with the ARK of St. Sabina, Donda’s House will ”implement arts and literature experiences that transform the youth through education and training programs called ‘Got Bars.’”
Donda’s House co-founder and assistant director Che Rhymefest Smith adds,
“I am so happy to launch ‘Got Bars’ to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my Aldermanic campaign goals. ‘Got Bars’ will change our youth musically, get them healthy and keep them busy in a creative, peaceful environment. I know it will be an even stronger program because of our partnership with the ARK of St. Sabina.”
Below are a list of requirements and program goals:
The “Got Bars” program invites 15 – 24 year olds to apply for participation. The Program Goals include:
- Each participant will create an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed.
- Each participant will improve his/her physical health through exercise and nutrition.
- Each participant will learn life-skills (e.g. etiquette training, goal –setting, media-literacy, etc)
Young people interested in applying can visit the Donda’s House website at dondashouse.com for an online application, or visit The ARK of St. Sabina located at 7800 S. Racine for a paper application.
Applications will be accepted now through Friday, August 2, 2013. All applicants will be notified on Monday, August 5, 2013. The pilot program will run from August – October of this year.
Here’s the first look at the upcoming VH1 original movie, CrazySexyCool: The TLCStory, starring actress Drew Sidora as T-Boz, rapper Lil Mama as Left Eye, and actress/singer Keke Palmer as Chilli from the iconic ’90s girl group TLC.
The Charles Stone III-directed biopic, which is executive produced by members Chilli and T-Boz, will chronicle the trio’s struggles and rise to fame.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres on VH1 on October 21.
Watch the teaser below.
You’ve probably seen a lot of beatbox performances before…but certainly not like this. Filmed at TEDxSydney, “beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile.”
Watch Tom Thum’s incredible beatbox performance below.