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The "kill a hipster save your hood" shirt that Miles receives refers to a song by rapper, George Watsky. Watsky himself has a cameo in the movie as the employee at the Kwikway.
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In Patrick's house, Miles is boxing up two portraits and Patrick says, "Dountes and Santiago can't be facing each other, they do not get along". The portraits are of Daveed's father (Dountes) and Rafael's father (Santiago).
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The movie was filmed in Oakland during the summer of 2017 concurrently with Sorry to Bother You (2018).
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Collin's alarm clock at the halfway house is set to 6:25. 625 spells out O.A.K. on a phone and is also on a shirt that Collin wears.
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Daveed Diggs and Jasmine Cephas-Jones previously worked together in the original Broadway cast of the hit Musical "Hamilton" as Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson and Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds
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The character Nak is a reference to Daveed and Rafael's longtime friend, poet and playwright Chinaka Hodge. Daveed also references Chinaka in the song "Something In The Water" on the "Collin EP" which is the first of three EPs that make up the Blindspotting soundtrack.
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The opening montage is set to Verdi's "libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups!") a duet with chorus.
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Miles and Ashley's son Sean is named after Rafael Casal's nephew. Rafael wrote and performed a poem called "A.D.D." about his nephew Sean and the over-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder.
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When Patrick encourages Miles and Colin to stare into each other's eyes, Miles demurs by comparing their relationship to Calvin & Hobbes. Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs previously portrayed Calvin & Hobbes in a series of live-action videos called "Hobbes & Me," which were posted to Casal's YouTube channel.
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John Waters named this film among his top ten favorites released in 2018.
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Daveed Diggs's Hamilton co-stars Jonathan Groff and Emmy Raver-Lampman star in uncredited cameos as the couple Colin and Miles see making out as they walk back from Kwik-Way.
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"The Regiment Horns" listed in the closing credits for music are also the Horn Section for Justin Timberlake, on both the 20/20 Experience, and the Man of the Woods recording and tours. They also have appeared with Talib Kweli, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, Usher, and many many others.
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The moving van says area code 415 which is San Francisco. Oakland's area code is 510. Oakland 415 area code decades ago
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On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah and Daveed Diggs refer to rapping as "heightened language." It is carefully introduced so that it seems natural by the time of the climax, a time when the brain activity is "heightened"
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Structurally, the film is close to a Shakespearean play with a small epilogue. The main action of the film is bookended by classical references: the opening montage of Oakland is not set to hip hop or other urban music, as is the norm for other "gritty city" films, but to an operatic chorus from Verdi's " La Traviata" "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups"), and the "Shakespearean" rap
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The use of "heightened" language at the climax is similar to Shakespeare's use of language. When asked by Trevor Noah if they use "heightened language" in Oakland, Daveed Diggs replied, "Yes," perhaps proving that Shakepeare and his contemporaries were not writing "poetry" in a vacuum.
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