Movies:: HBO to Air Jordan Davis Documentary

Via BET

The killing of unarmed Black youths by cops and vigilantes has become tragically common in newspaper headlines, but it’s only when the topic is explored in film — such as in 2012’s Fruitvale Station — that we get a deeper understanding of the causes and implications of police brutality.

An upcoming documentary about Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old boy who was shot to death at a Florida gas station by a white customer who objected to the music playing in his car, aims to do just that.

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3 1/2 Minutes, directed by Marc Silver, has been picked up for broadcast after its premiere in documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film explores “the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.”

“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away,” says Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

“When we started this journey, our aim was make sure that Jordan’s story was not going to be forgotten, that he would not become a statistic in an increasingly violent world; this is why we are so fortunate to be partnering with HBO and Participant Media for the distribution of 3 1/2 Minutes,” says Silver. “We are now certain that Jordan’s story will reach the widest, most diverse audience possible.”

HBO will air the documentary in the fall.

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Event Recap:: Travis Porter & “We Up Next Tour”

Event Recap:: May 16 it went down at Mojoes. Two cool events went on at the same time in different areas of the building bringing out the whole city. Travis Porter and “We Up Next Tour did numbers.The support for the independent artists, producers, and dance crews were amazing. I can only speak of the positive highlights of the night. I saw many artist come and give their all on the stage. Appearances from Raw Radio’s Seandale, Loc Star Dollaz, Reggie Loc, Gentry, Joliet Doe, Lana, Big Zar and more.

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Rapper Chinx Shot & Killed In Queenshi

Via Hip-Hop Wired

A shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and critically injured another early Sunday, police said.

Police responded to a 911 call in Briarwood around 4 a.m., where they found the two victims in a car at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. Pickens was transported to Jamaica Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead.

Pickens has collaborated with French Montana in the past. He grew up in Far Rockaway, he wrote in his bio.

The other victim, a 27-year-old man, was shot in the back. He remains at Jamaica Medical Center listed in critical condition.

– See more at: http://hiphopwired.com/2015/05/17/french-montana-affiliated-rapper-chinx-shot-killed-in-queens/#sthash.eFoU2PaN.dpuf

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