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13 items from 2015


Black Cult Classic Films Streaming on Netflix

20 February 2015 11:05 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

-Jasmine Grant

These nostalgic cult classics may not have won Oscars, but they’ve delivered tons of iconic quotes, life lessons, and may have even inspired a few stand out celebrity Halloween costumes (Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka as Lisa McDowell and Prince akeem — genius). This time of year, there’s nothing better than snuggling up and having a Netflix night complete with the flicks that made you laugh, cry, and discover your first Hollywood crush (looking at you, Morris Chestnut).

In honor of Black History Month, here are the 10 best black cult classics streaming on Netflix right now. Since we know Netflix likes to change their movie line-ups like underwear, we’ve saved you the trouble of a search.

Coming to America (1988)

This romantic comedy is such a classic that “black cult classic” is simply too confining of a description to categorize it with. Legendary comedian Eddie Murphy plays »

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Ariana Grande Wears Big Sean's Clothes to Bed (Because She Looks ''Cuter'' in Them—Duh!)

11 February 2015 3:51 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sorry, Big Sean, but your girlfriend Ariana Grande is workin' that shirt better than you ever will. The 21-year-old singer took to Instagram last night to post a sexy picture of herself sprawled out in bed while rocking her boy's Tupac Shakur T-shirt. She captioned the black and white snapshot, "when u look cuter in his clothes than he does." Well, we can't argue with her there (no offense, Sean Don. But don't worry, we're sure you look handsome with your 2pac gear, too.). Even cuter than Ariana in that shirt? The lovefest between her and her rapper beau. The darling duo were absolutely adorable on the Grammys red carpet together last weekend, and instantly became a »

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Kendrick Lamar's Fiery New Song ''The Blacker the Berry'' Tackles Racism and Violence in America—Listen!

10 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kendrick Lamar's Grammy wins are further proof that he's undoubtedly one of the best artists in the rap game right now, but his latest work also shows that the 27-year-old is using his talent and status in the industry to deliver messages that matter. The Compton rapper dropped a fiery new single on Monday titled "The Blacker the Berry" (inspired by the line "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," which was also famously used in Tupac Shakur's "Keep Your Head Up"), and not only does it have a crushing beat that inevitably causes you to head-nod for five minutes straight, but each lyric is laced with a powerful and emotional response to the ongoing race and violence issues in »

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Suge Knight to Stay in Jail Until Next Court Hearing

9 February 2015 9:57 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A judge says former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should stay behind bars until his next court hearing, in March, related to a deadly hit-and-run. A prosecutor and Knight's attorney asked for a delay in a bail-review hearing Monday, with both sides stating they needed more time to prepare. Read More Suge Knight: 911 Call Released in Murder Case Knight is the co-founder of Death Row Records, which once boasted Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. The 49-year-old, who appeared in court Monday, has been charged with murder, attempted murder

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Suge Knight’s Greatest Hits: A Timeline of Shootings, Threats and Arrests

9 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marion “Suge” Knight’s business was one of running the West Coast rap game and intimidation tactics — and for years, business was good. Knight co-founded Death Row Records with Dr. Dre in 1991, and his street savvy combined with business acumen helped score chart-topping hits with some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. But after a series of jail stints, the shooting death of Shakur and Dr. Dre’s departure from the label, Knight’s life as a shot caller crumbled. The music mogul now sits in a Los Angeles jail cell facing a murder »

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Suge Knight Has Been Charged With Murder

31 January 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Lapd has charged Marion "Suge" Knight with murder after he allegedly ran over two men — killing one — on the set of Straight Outta Compton. Knight turned himself in and is currently being held on $2 million bail in a West Hollywood jail. His attorney James Blatt told the Los Angeles Times that a group of people were "attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape ... in fear for his life." Blatt added, "I am confident Mr. Knight will be exonerated." Knight is no stranger to fishy, controversial narratives: May we remind you that he was driving the car when Tupac Shakur was killed. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Suge Knight: See His Many Run-Ins with the Law

30 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Marion "Suge" Knight's alleged involvement in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles on Thursday is far from the rap mogul's first run-in with the law. The Death Row Records cofounder, 49, has a decades-long criminal record. Here's a sampling of his various legal troubles. 1990s Following two battery charges in 1990, Knight became embroiled in a long legal battle stemming from a 1992 incident when he allegedly beat two men at gunpoint at the Solar Records recording studio. Three years later he received a five-year suspended sentence and served one month in a halfway house. In 1996, he was sentenced to nine years in »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Suge Knight: See His Many Run-Ins with the Law

30 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Marion "Suge" Knight's alleged involvement in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles on Thursday is far from the rap mogul's first run-in with the law. The Death Row Records cofounder, 49, has a decades-long criminal record. Here's a sampling of his various legal troubles. 1990s Following two battery charges in 1990, Knight became embroiled in a long legal battle stemming from a 1992 incident when he allegedly beat two men at gunpoint at the Solar Records recording studio. Three years later he received a five-year suspended sentence and served one month in a halfway house. In 1996, he was sentenced to nine years in »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Kelly Clarkson's Daughter River Rose Rocks Bandana in New Photo

22 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

River Rose is channeling the late Tupac Shakur! Kelly Clarkson shared the cutest photo of her baby girl River Rose via Twitter on Monday. "Ain't nothin' but a G thing baby.... #feedingtime #iwillcutyou," she captioned the hilariously adorable pic. In the candid snap, the "American Idol" alum's daughter is rocking a yellow bandana around her head, while posing with her arms straight out. The "Stronger" singer and hubby Brandon Blackstock welcomed their baby girl last June, and Kelly's been sharing a ton of photos of the little cutie on her social networks. The new mom recently revealed that she was hospitalized during her pregnancy with her now seven-month-old, which definitely put a hold on her time in the studio. "I had to take longer off because I had such a horrible pregnancy," Kelly told Radio 1 Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw. But it sounds like all the struggle was worth it »

- tooFab Staff

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Tony Awards preview: What is ahead for Best Musical?

22 January 2015 4:12 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Unlike most years, there is no clear frontrunner for the Best Musical Tony Award for 2014-15. Last season, the battle lines were clearly drawn between "A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder" and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," with the former, a critical darling, emerging victorious over the latter, a popular jukebox musical. This season, no strong candidates have emerged so far because only one new musical -- "Honeymoon in Vegas," the stage version of the 1992 film comedy with Tony Danza starring in the James Caan role -- is still running.  -Break- There have only been two other original musicals to have opened on Broadway, both with pedigrees from the pop music world: "Holler If Ya Hear Me" and "The Last Ship." "Holler" employed the music and lyrics of the late rapper Tupac Shakur to tell the story of an ex-con’s attempts to go straight. It got blasted »

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Tupac Biopic to Start Filming This Summer

14 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A Tupac Shakur biopic is in the works - and it's coming soon. The so-far untitled movie about the rap legend and actor is set to start filming in June, and the production company has secured the rights to the musician's catalog, Collider confirmed with the project's producer Randal Emmett. John Singleton, who directed Shakur and Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice (1993), will be steering the film. Also on board with the project to ensure the rapper's story is told respectfully and honestly? Shakur's mother, Afeni, who will be executive-produce, according to the site. "The script is great, and we're ready to make the movie, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Michael K Williams on drugs, guns and avocados

13 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He ended up a coke addict while playing Omar in The Wire. But the ‘hood with a heart’ became his speciality – and now he’s back in The Gambler as a gangster who dreams of becoming an avocado farmer

• Michael K Williams’s guide to being a badass

• The Gambler first look review

Michael K Williams is sitting in a hotel in midtown New York wearing a black T-shirt that reads: “I can’t breathe.” Those were the final words of Eric Garner, the black man who died last July after a police officer held him in a chokehold on Staten Island, another part of the city. Last month, when a grand jury decided not to indict anyone in connection with the death, protests sprang up all over the Us. Williams’s choice of clothing isn’t fashionable: it’s just something he feels duty-bound to do, a reminder of where he’s come from. »

- Lanre Bakare

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‘Keep on Keepin’ On’ Could Join 17 Music-Related Oscar-Nommed Docs

8 January 2015 8:52 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.

The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:

Festival (1967)

Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which »

- Anjelica Oswald

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