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Songs on Screen: 'Streets of Fire's Lost Masterpiece 'I Can Dream About You'

25 June 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here.  When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill.  Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies.   In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill."  Some great.  Some solid.  (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.)  There were clunkers »

- Michael Oates Palmer

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‘Fresh Dressed’ is a fun look back at the evolution of fashion in hip-hop

23 June 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fresh Dressed

Written & Directed by Sacha Jenkins

France/USA, 2015

With “bling-bling” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and the television program Empire’s unprecedented ratings run, it is difficult to believe that hip-hop culture remains in its relative infancy. Director Sacha Jenkins’s film, Fresh Dressed, goes back to hip-hop’s inception and examines the evolution of hip-hop culture, its rapid growth, and style influences. The result is a cinematic boom box, pumping out a string of little known facts and celebrity interviews aimed at schooling hip-hop fans and non-fans alike.

Hip-hop culture is, and always has been, ostentatious. From graffiti art’s bright flashy colors to rap music’s thumping, bass heavy beats, every aspect of hip-hop culture is drenched in excess. From the film’s opening moments until the final credits roll, Fresh Dressed authentically captures the spirit of hip-hop. The film kicks off with a throwback Soul Train style »

- Victor Stiff

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Jesse Collins To Produce 2015 Soul Train Awards On Centric

8 June 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jesse Collins is expanding his portfolio of awards shows for Bet Networks. The prolific producer has closed a deal with Centric, a Bet Network, to produce the 2015 Soul Train Awards via his Jesse Collins Entertainment shingle. Collins will be an executive producer and writer on the show, which has been televised on Centric since 2010. The Soul Train Awards gig falls under a multi-year first look production deal Collins and his banner signed with Bet Networks this… »

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‘Supersoul Brother’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

16 April 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

a.k.a The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger

1978, dir: Rene Martinez

The film opens up in the laboratory of pint-sized Dr. Dippy, played by Peter Conrad (Porky’s), where we find himself and his attractive laboratory technician are working on a serum to give people superhuman strength. Unfortunately, those who use it will die within a few days.  Bob and Jim, the thugs funding the project played by Benny Latimore (Soul Train) and Lee Cross (Guns of the Timberland), are growing impatient with Dippy’s slow progress of creating a neutraliser for the potent serum and decide to take matters in to their own hands by finding a wino to inject with the serum so they can rob a safe from a local jewellery store. Luckily for them, a local wino by the name of Steve, played by Wildman Steve (Petey Wheatstraw), fits the bill perfectly! He is scooped off »

- Mondo Squallido

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Watch Pharrell, Fallon Form R&B Duo 'Afro & Deziak'

2 April 2015 6:19 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

One night after singing Bob Dylan lullabies with Ethan Hawke, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was back in a musical mood with guest Pharrell Williams as the two unearthed footage of their long-forgotten (fictional) R&B duo Afro & Deziak. "They were the best. They used to sing all those crazy love songs but people never really got on board with them," Fallon reminisces.

In a series of clips from the Soul Train-inspired American Power Hour, Williams' Afro & Fallon's Deziak – who attempts to keep control of the world's worst taped-on moustache – perform three tracks, »

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RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode three – Shakesqueer

17 March 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Performing a Shakespeare parody proved taxing for the queens, thanks to a beard malfunction and an onstage meltdown that would have shamed Hamlet

It was high drama on stage and off this week, with yet another performance challenge that didn’t quite suit the younger queen’s strengths. This week’s mini-challenge – get dressed up in Golden Girls drag and do a little Soul Train-style dancing – gave Max and Kennedy Davenport each a win, and thus team leadership for the main challenge: performing a drag-themed Shakespearean parody. Team Max got “Romy and Juliet” and performed the lesbian-themed anti-teen suicide parable with panache; Team Kennedy got “MacBitch” and fell apart like the three witches had personally cursed their cheerleader-themed production.

Max helped Jaidynn Diore Fierce overcome an onstage Shakespearean meltdown with some great leadership, and snagged both the team win and a personal win (along with one of the most »

- Megan Carpentier and Brian Moylan

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Rosie Perez: I Set Up Madonna and Tupac!

12 March 2015 3:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "v5InGoSQ9ww"] Madonna recently admitted to a surprising, long-hidden romance with Tupac Shakur, but it's Rosie Perez who has the inside scoop: She set them up! The View host told her fellow panelists Thursday that it all started at the 1993 Soul Train Awards, when Perez got stood up and Shakur offered to be her date for the ceremony. Even though, Perez, now 50, said every woman in the room was jealous - and some even wanted to beat her up for being with the late rapper - one woman in particular caught Shakur's eye. "Madonna comes over," Perez said. "She looks at me, »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Rosie Perez: I Set Up Madonna and Tupac!

12 March 2015 3:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "v5InGoSQ9ww"] Madonna recently admitted to a surprising, long-hidden romance with Tupac Shakur, but it's Rosie Perez who has the inside scoop: She set them up! The View host told her fellow panelists Thursday that it all started at the 1993 Soul Train Awards, when Perez got stood up and Shakur offered to be her date for the ceremony. Even though, Perez, now 50, said every woman in the room was jealous - and some even wanted to beat her up for being with the late rapper - one woman in particular caught Shakur's eye. "Madonna comes over," Perez said. "She looks at me, »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Rosie Perez Reveals She Set Up Madonna and Tupac Shakur (Video)

12 March 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Many people were surprised when Madonna revealed on Wednesday's Howard Stern Show that she once dated Tupac Shakur. But that's old news to Rosie Perez, who explained on Thursday's The View that she set up the two musicians. Perez explained that Shakur took her to the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards after her original date stood her up. Read More Rosie Perez Says She Understands Jennifer Lawrence's Larry David Crush (Video) Shakur happened to call her after the actress learned she was dateless, and he asked her why she was crying. As she tearfully explained that the guy she was

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- Hilary Lewis

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Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic: Did Whitney Make You Feel 'So Emotional'?

17 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Question for the group: Should Whitney — Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, which premiered Saturday — have been titled Whitney… and Bobby, instead?

The Angela Bassett-directed film is as much about Bobby Brown’s fall from grace as it is about Houston’s rise to stardom, chronicling the former R&B king’s drug addiction, musical aspirations and sexual indiscretions in vivid detail.

Then again, it’s only appropriate, considering Brown essentially called the shots in Houston’s life — at least according to the film — from the moment they first clicked that fateful night at the Soul Train Awards. From that point on, »

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‘Whitney’ Review: Angela Bassett’s Directorial Debut Glosses Over the Big Ugly

16 January 2015 6:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lifetime’s original movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the troubled late singer, feels half-baked

Despite the sentiment of one of her most famous songs, Whitney Houston was definitely not every woman, but instead a talent on a larger-than-life scale.

In her directorial debut, actress Angela Bassett‘s depiction of the “Greatest Love of All” singer, played by Yaya DaCosta (“Lee DanielsThe Butler”), attempts to show the human side of the legend, but occasionally staggers along the very line it tries to cross — where genius-level skill meets basic human need for love, understanding and companionship.

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- Deborah Day

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