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“Black Panther” Soundtrack Debuts At #1 On Billboard Top 200 Chart

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Great news for TDE supporters. The “Black Panther” soundtrack curated by the label has reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album moved 154, 000 album units it’s first week. 52, 000 of the album sales were from traditional albums.

The movie also topped box offices over the weekend. “Black Panther” grossed over $218 million domestically.

@ZO2_ @bigballerbrand Team Up To Release New Album “Born 2 Ball”

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Los Angeles Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball has teamed up with Big Baller Brand to release his latest album. “Born 2 Ball” is Lonzo’s first release after signing to the Lakers.

The album features tracks such as “Get Off,” “Super Saiyan,” and “Money Talks.” The album also features “Lavar,” a tribute track to basketball players father.

“Born 2 Ball” was released on February 15, 2018 via Big Baller Brand and 80s Baby Entertainment. Stream the album below:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/7iazAX1vFHINDjamTG5nQW

Ryan Coogler Talks “Black Panther” Movie With Ebro And The @Hot97 Team

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Ryan Coogler stop by the Hot 97 studios recently for an interview. The interview was part of the press run for his film that opens this weekend.

Coogler breaks down the making of “Black Panther” for the hosts. He also discusses black girl power and speaks about his visit to Africa before making the film.

He also would talk about what sparked his vision to create the film a certain way. Before closing the interview he would also talk about the process of building Wakanda.

Cash Money Documentary “Before Anythang” To Be Released February 16 Via Apple Music

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Much has been said about Cash Money CEO Birdman. Questions have gone unanswered leaving people to wonder about the mogul’s personal life.

All questions will be answered on February 16, 2018. That’s the date “Before Anythang,” the Cash Money documentary will be released.

The film will document the upbringing of both Cash Moneys heads Birdman and Slim. It also will detail their personal lives and rise to being two of music’s biggest moguls.

The documentary will be released via Apple Music. Watch the full trailer below:

Sony Pictures Unleashes New “Venom” Trailer

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Watch the #Venom teaser trailer now. 10.5.18.

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

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TVOne To Premiere “Behind The Movement” Film This Sunday

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Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film will reveal the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.

Behind the Movement features Meta Golding as Rosa Parks and Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks. Loretta Devine and Isaiah Washington star as Jo Ann Robinson and E.D. Nixon. Shaun Clay portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Derek Roberts and Keith Arthur Bolden star as Fred Gray and Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Behind The Movement premieres this Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7pm/6cst on TV One.

Nipsey Hussle Partners With Real Estate Developer To Open STEM Centers

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Los Angeles Rapper Nipsey Hussle is making news for all the right reasons. This time it’s for announcing the opening of a new STEM center.

The initiative is a partnership with real estate developer Dave Gross. The purpose is to create a direct pipeline from inner cities to Silicone Valley.

The STEM cneter is a space for those interested in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. They also plan on opening other STEM centers in cities like Baltimore, Atlanta, San Diego and Washington D.C.

Worlds Intertwine In Unusual Fashion As “Entanglement” Cruises Into Theaters @entanglementmov

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna… But when he and Hanna (Jess Weixler) inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected – and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.

Pain and love are contrasting feelings. Love can make you feel wonderful. Love can make you feel spirits from another world. Pain also can make you feel spirits from another world, but bad ones. Pain can make you feel miserable and weak. “Entanglement” is a film that touches on both these contrasting feelings.

Ben is the star of this film. Ben is a tortured soul longing to feel affection. After divorcing his wife, Ben feels like something is missing from his life and his life doesn’t serve a purpose in the world. This film follows Ben as he searches for his purpose. Not only does he search for his purpose, but he also embarks on a mission to rebuild his life.

This film has a dramatic feel. It’s a comedy at heart, but disguised under a serious message. Hope is a continuous theme. Hope that things will always get better and it doesn’t matter how bad things get. It takes courage to survive pain. Ultimately, courage is the only thing that can support hope.

“Entanglement” is a good film. The acting is good, but the storyline is better. Pain, lost, confusion and depression can stimulate illusion. Is everything as you see it? Do things feel the way they make you feel? Can you survive those emotions?

I really like this film. This film has substance. It serves a purpose. That purpose simply states that everything will be ok. Things will be ok once you truly let go of pain and embrace. Love conquers all. Love is life, life is love and all is well if you would only believe.

ENTANGLEMENT IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Distributor : Dark Star Pictures
Director : Jason James
Writer: Jason Filiatrault
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang

Uncork’d Entertainment Gives Birth To Evil With “The Lullaby” @uncorkdent

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Childbirth can be a beautiful experience as mothers feel their children’s first embrace. However, childbirth can also be very painful. The experience can live many mothers scared. Parents may also feel a diminished spirit after a traumatizing birth. Paranoia can make anyone feel crazy. The lines between reality and illusion begin to blur and even something as innocent as a “Lullaby” can feel like a cut through your soul.

“Lullaby” follows the life of a mother after giving birth to her first child. The birth is painful and bloody. The mother and child both survive the grueling experience, but the mother is left weakened. Chloe, the mother, is left feeling broken and diminished after the birth. She feels guilt from the painful experience and becomes paranoid after her depression sets in. This leads to Chloe hearing voices and this is where the film forms.

“Lullaby” is a horror film filled with pain. Gore is a constant theme and pain affects all the characters. Chloe is deeply affected by the voices she hears and endures endlessly trauma throughout the film. The pain Chloe experiences drive her crazy as the film gets closer to it’s bloody finish. Chloe must fight off the spirits and demons in her life to ensure her survival and the survival of her child. Chloe will fight and giving up isn’t an option as pain conquers her life.

I thought this film was good. It’s an horror film so the blood and evil was expected. It’s very dark and gets creepy at times. The drama is constant and served up with a fresh batch of gore. The horror is real as the demons begin to reveal their faces to Chloe. That’s when I felt the voices she was hearing became real. Only then do we see Chloe truly regain control of her life.

Overall I liked this film. I think horror lovers will enjoy this film. The gore is definitely prevalent. The suspense, action and drama is also there. Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in this Darrell James Roodt film. It opens in theaters across the U.S and will also be available on VOD starting March 2, 2018.

Pacific Rim Meets Independence Day In “Battalion” @HighOctanePics

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

War and destruction are powerful acts of chaos. They rip apart families, destroy friendships and ultimately end lives. The world we live in is filled with mystery as it continues to evolve. Daily we find out new things about ourselves and our overall existence within the universe. “Battalion” examines our existence as we engage in intergalactic warfare with an army from another galaxy. The war is fierce, but it must be fought to maintain our existence.

“Battalion” follows the life of John Blake (Jesse Richardson) as he lives the life of a surfer in California. Things are going good for John as he mixes and mingles with friends before eventually meeting up with his family. Upon returning home, John greets his army brother Chris (Michael Thomson). Chris is enjoying a break from duty with the family before an intergalactic war breaks out that turns everyone’s life upside down. The war affects citizens throughout the world and leads to John enlisting in the army to help his brother in the fight to save the world.

This film is a Sci-fi film filled with action. The action takes place from beginning to end. The war is the overall theme of this movie and this war has devastating results. All of the characters are continuously affected by its devastation. The objecting army in relentless in their pursuit of global dominance. Their quest for dominance leads to countless battles throughout the film.

I enjoyed the action and suspense of this film. It’s unpredictable at times, but in a good way. Movie goers don’t want to know what’s going to happen in every scene that appears. The battle scenes are engaging and the cast fights as if their own personal lives were on the line. I thought that was cool about “Battalion”. The film is very engaging and the cast made all their roles seem believable.

Overall I enjoyed this film. I enjoyed the acting and the presentation. This film is a good war film that also involves a good degree of drama, suspense, comedy and love. It sparks various emotions at different points of the film. I think audiences will enjoy this film. I also think they will appreciate the acting of all the actors/actresses involved.