Angie Rose | Hip-Hop Evangelism
This week we share an amazing conversation with Hip-Hip Artist, Activist, and Entrepreneur, Angie Rose. We also talk about HBO's new Gen-X focused show, Euphoria, and the changing trend of teen dramas, female portrayal in Marvel movies, and even Bob Ross' painting show.
Up and Coming Indie Actor...Shia Labeouf?
LaBeouf began his career in performing by getting on stage at comedy clubs around his neighborhood at age ten. He found himself an agent and ended up getting his big break on the Disney Channel original series, Even Stevens. This break was quickly followed by Holes. He also starred in a historical drama, a thriller, was a host on SNL, and then ascended to his first big adult role as Sam Winnicky in the Michael Bay Transformers series.
Lady Gaga: Calculation or Evolution
I used to think that Lady Gaga was of the devil. I know. I know what you’re already thinking. She rose to prominence during my formative middle school years. Years in which I was just beginning to scratch the surface of more mainstream music. But there were still areas into which I did not venture, music tastes that required a greater level of maturity than I possessed at the tender age of thirteen.
A New Kind of Female Spy "The Operative"
I offer an alternative to this overplayed sexy spy trope with a gritty, realistic, and hopefully well-written narrative. This film looks magnificent and is the anti all of the previous films that I just described. It is at least endeavoring to be fresh and authentic.
Why You Should Care About Pop Culture Scandals
Why do we enjoy hearing the latest scandals about stars, singers, and icons? Is it because we enjoy having new people to judge? Is it because we like the burst of self-righteous self-satisfaction of knowing that we would never do anything that stupid? All of these are probably true for anyone who enjoys pop culture news and many of these ring true for me. But maybe there is something greater and more positive that we can glean from our guilty pleasure.
The Division of "Black and Blue"
How many times a day have we heard someone make the statement “Black lives matter!”, only to have another person respond with “Blue lives matter!”, only for a third party to chime in saying “All lives matter!”, thinking that they are being helpful but in reality are screaming into an aching void of trite sentiments.
Black and Blue, directed by Deon Taylor, has no time for any such sentiments. It is bent on delivering harsh cold reality in the guise of a thrilling action film. It stars powerhouses Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, and Frank Grillo.
How Jordan Peele Brings Originality Back to Hollywood
Back in April of 2016, Jordan Peele, alongside his co-star Keegan Michael-Key, opened their first major theatrical outing in the form of Keanu, which unfortunately underperformed at the box office, taking in around $9 million during its opening weekend and barely doubling that before the end of its run. After such an unfortunate performance, no one would have expected that Peele would soon become one of the most talked about names in Hollywood thanks to his directorial debut, Get Out.
Stockholm: The High-Stakes Robbery Film You Probably Missed
Americans do the craziest things.
On August 23, 1973 an Swedish criminal named, Jan-Eric Olsson entered a bank and proceeded to hold everyone present as hostage, at gunpoint. He then demanded that the police bring his friend, Clark Olofsson to the bank to assist him. The two bonded with the four hostages during the holdup, the hostages even going so far as to try and protect Olsson and Olofsson. The situation was ended and the two apprehended through the use of teargas.
From Indie Flicks to Captain Marvel
In April 2017 Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were approached with the opportunity of a lifetime: to direct the upcoming Marvel film, Captain Marvel. The two were actually previously considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy. It is interesting to see a pair known mostly for lower budget films or indie flicks chosen to represent a rather daring film for a billion dollar franchise.
New York, 1978, Hell’s Kitchen. The wives of Irish mobsters, Kathie Brennan, Ruby O’Carroll, and Claire Walsh, are struggling to support themselves after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. They are promised protection and support by the Irish mob but are not even given enough money to cover the rent. With nowhere left to turn the women band together and begin taking over the crime operations themselves. Much to the chagrin of their husbands and the mob.
The Art of Listening: Interview With The Couch
The Couch is a group of creatives who believes in the art of listening. Their mission is to embrace diversity and listen to the stories of people from all walks of life. They carry the same couch with them, everywhere they go, and they welcome conversations with people from all walks of life. They work to amplify the voices of people who feel unheard, to help them know that they have a voice that has power.