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Gangs Stand Tall In “Blue Story” As Friendship And Violence Collide At The Center

Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 4/5

Gangs are present in many pockets throughout the world. Various institutions, cultures and societies have their own form of cliques, but they’re all one in the same. They’re groups of people that share common interests. Those groups may or may not include friends, family members and loved ones. However, those gangs can influence a person to distance themselves from those friends, family and loved ones. “Blue Story” is a film that covers the above mentioned areas of thought plus others.

Directed by Rapman, “Blue Story” tells the story of two friends. Their bond was created at adolescence and extended into their teenage years. Marco and Timmy both share mutual interests and acquaintances. However, they’re ultimately separated by their neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods eventually ruin their friendship and this is where the film truly finds its substance.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. The story is a familiar one, but it’s more relevant today than ever. Opinions, relationships and geographic locations have the ability to place us in boxes and separate us from people whom we share common interests. It’s been that way throughout the lifespan of humanity. “Blue Story” touches on that fact perfectly, but with a backdrop of gang culture. As individuals, those we love may separate us from those with our best interests in mind. Do we allow them to do so or do we end the cycle?

Bottleneck And City Works Are Raising Money For Breast Cancer Awareness For The Lynn Sage Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s chilling to know that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will hear the words, “You have breast cancer.” The Lynn Sage Foundation seeks better breast cancer outcomes by funding innovative research. 

To support their effort, City Works is donating $1 from their very own Goose Island-brewed beer, Bottlenectar, to help raise funds. For every Bottlenectar sold, we will donate $1 to the foundation, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Goose Island. 

So visit City Works in October, enjoy a Bottlenectar, and know that you’re contributing $2 to breast cancer research. We’ll cheers to that!

Catch Tomorrow’s Hour Long @kanyewest Episode Of The “Fire Pro Mixshow” With DJ Rico Banks In Full Early Exclusively Via The IMN

Tomorrow, DJ Rico Banks returns to The IMN. As the resident DJ on Z-101.6, Rico has held it down with the “Fire Pro Mixshow” since 2018.

Rico is back with another hot episode dedicated to Kanye West. Get your radio’s ready!

Tomorrow’s episode of the “Fire Pro Mixshow” is now available to stream in full exclusively on The IMN before it’s release tomorrow. Listen to the full episode below.

Markus Castro’s Award-Winning Swedish Feature “GHABE” Releases This October From GVN Releasing

Markus Castro’s award-winning Swedish feature GHABE releases this October from GVN Releasing.

A Syrian refugee explores the mystical Swedish forests and his own traumatic memories of the war, while battling the local racism and ignoring his over protective cousin, warning him not to endanger his application for residence permit because he is falling in love with a local woman only to find out how deep the racism really goes. Stars Adel Darwish, Nathalié Williamsdotter, and Ahmad Fadel.

GHABE, in select theaters this from 10/16 and On Demand 10/20.

GHABE screens at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn from October 16 and is available On Demand October 20.

Vans “The Tony Alva Story” Chronicles The Rise To Fame Of A Skateboard Legend

One of the key figures in the early evolution of skateboarding from a wholesome, contest based “sport” into the freewheeling art form that it is today was Tony Alva. Tony is now 63 years old, the oldest professional skateboarder in the world, is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding.

Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the 70’s set the stage for the way skateboarding would be forever defined.

Vans’ “The Tony Alva Story” chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over. Watch the full documentary below.

Laemmle Theaters To Add Virtual Theatrical Screenings Of “Last Call” Starting Friday, September 25

Laemmle theaters will add virtual theatrical screenings of the critically acclaimed LAST CALL from Friday September 25.

LAST CALL stars Daved Wilkins (The Mindy Project) and Sarah Booth (The Moodys) in a film that follows a suicidal alcoholic on the anniversary of his son’s death. When he attempts to call a crisis hotline, a misdial connects him with a single mother working as the night janitor at a local community college. The split screen feature showcases both characters in real-time as they navigate a life-changing conversation.

The film,the latest for award-winning filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth, is presented in a split-screen format over real time across two long takes shot simultaneously.

Deion Sanders Shares Why He Chose To Coach At An HBCU On NBC’s “Good Morning America”

Deion Sanders is a football legend. A legend known for his winning pedigree.

The NFL Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl winner was recently named head coach at Jackson State University. This morning, he spoke with Michael Strahan, a former HBCU athlete and NFL All-Pro about his decision.

The interview is definitely worth the watch. Watch the full interview below.

Catch Today’s Episode Of The “Fire Pro Mixshow” With DJ Rico Banks In Full Exclusively Via The IMN

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Today, DJ Rico Banks returns to The IMN. As the resident DJ on Z-101.6, Rico has held it down with the “Fire Pro Mixshow” since 2018.

Rico is back with another hot episode for the summer. Get your radio’s ready!

Todays’s episode of the “Fire Pro Mixshow” is now available to stream in full exclusively on The IMN. Listen to the full episode below.

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