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Sundance Film Review: ‘Roxanne Roxanne’

27 January 2017 8:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the built-in hooks of the biopic is that it tends to involve fame and fortune. Even if the person in question winds up descending from fame and squandering the fortune, tumbling into addiction and falling from grace, at least he or she had their moment in the sun. Part of the genre’s allure is that we get to revel in that moment. That’s why the hardscrabble hip-hop biopic “Roxanne Roxanne” is in a category all its own.

The movie tells the story of Roxanne Shanté (née Lolita Shanté Gooden), the girl rapper from the Queensbridge projects who in 1984, at the age of 14, recorded (in one tossed-off take) “Roxanne’s Revenge,” an answer record to U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” that quickly became an epochal underground single. The original U.T.F.O. track dissed a girl named Roxanne for being cold and hard to get. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Feature Documentary ‘Hustler’s Convention’ Tells a Forgotten Story of the Roots of Rap (Trailer)

17 January 2017 4:28 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Executive Produced by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and directed by Mike Todd, “Hustlers Convention” is a documentary film on the forgotten roots of rap. The film centers around the life and times of Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of The Last Poets,… Continue Reading → »

- shadowandact

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Chuck D Says Back Off Steve Harvey, We Need an Inside Man

17 January 2017 12:12 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chuck D doesn't think people should be going after Steve Harvey for rubbing elbows with Donald Trump ... because he thinks it's vital to have someone keeping tabs on the Prez-elect. The leader of Public Enemy tells TMZ ... certain members of the black community need to sit face-to-face with any perceived adversary so they can find out what's really going down with the new administration ... and let everyone else know. On the flip side, Chuck says »

- TMZ Staff

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