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DETROIT…

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I often find myself sifting through the pages of the Internet trying to see what’s popping in the land of entertainment. Occasionally, I find gems. I had no idea this movie was thing and happening.

The movie Detroit is period drama based on the 1967 Detroit Riots. According to BlackPast.org:

The Detroit Race Riot in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1967 was one of the most violent urban revolts in the 20th century.  It came as an immediate response to police brutality but underlying conditions including segregated housing and schools and rising black unemployment helped drive the anger of the rioters. On Sunday evening, July 23, the Detroit Police Vice Squad officers raided an after hours “blind pig,” an unlicensed bar on the corner of 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue in the center of the city’s oldest and poorest black neighborhood.  A party at the bar was in progress to celebrate the return of two black servicemen from Vietnam.  Although officers had expected a few patrons would be inside they found and arrested all 82 people attending the party.  As they were being transported from the scene by police, a crowd of about 200 people gathered outside agitated by rumors that police used excessive force during the 12th Street bar raid.  Shortly after 5:00 a.m., an empty bottle was thrown into the rear window of a police car, and then a waste basket was thrown through a storefront window.

Detroit features a few notable faces such as John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jason Mitchell (Straight Out of Compton), Algee Smith (The New Edition Story),  Jacob Lattimore (Black Nativity), and Anthony Mackie (Captain America).

Now, I would be remised if I didn’t include some of the criticisms that I’ve been reading about this movie regarding the erasure of black women from the trailer. If you noticed, out of all the names listed above not one of them was of a black actress. Ebony Magazine clocked the erasure and wrote an article about it that can be found, here.

Detroit hits theaters on August 4th. The trailer can be found below!

 

 

 

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What to Watch: The Wolf of Wall Street

220px-WallStreet2013poster Chile’ nothing says, “What kind of foolishness am I watching?” like seeing Leonardo DiCaprio snort Cocaine through a straw…from a woman’s boo-tay. Yeah…that happens in the film. Spoiler alert…sorry…not really though.

So, I guess I’m late to the party huh? I mean we are in full film award season and I am just now seeing it. Don’t judge me. First things first I did NOT get the “This film is full of sex…so don’t go see it with your father!” Memo…so there I was, in the theatre, watching tits and ass with my dad. Nothing says, “awkward” like watching people fool around with your parent sitting next to you. In the voice of Kevin Hart, “I wasn’t ready.”

The raunchy sex scenes actually made sense though, parental awkwardness aside, because the story is basically about a drug addicted Stock Broker who made a TON of money and lost his mind in the process. I mean he went full plum crazy!

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort a man who gets his start on Wall Street at a big investment firm only to be let go a few months later after the company goes under. Jordan then takes at a job at a hole in the wall investment company where the brokers trade penny stocks for 50% commission. Jordan being the sharp salesman that he is quickly realizes that there is MONEY to be made trading penny stock because of the high commission. He strikes it rich, goes into business for himself, and the mayhem and debauchery that only greed can bring starts from there.

The cast includes DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill (he was fantastic), and a lady I’ve never really seen in anything else named, Margo Robbie. The Legend that is Martin Scorcese did his thing in the Director’s Chair.

The movie was awesome! They were really on some sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll at that company! Madness.

TWWS was nominated for five Golden Globes and two Academy Awards. DiCaprio won Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards will air on March 2nd.

Go see it!