KEANU: Star Studded Screening in New York

Last night, various New York influencers flocked to AMC 19th Street to enjoy a special screening of the new film KEANU hosted by VIBE Magazine. The screening kicked off with an introduction from VIBE editor Mike Yi followed by a night of raucous laughter, as guests enjoyed the film starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Method Man, Tiffany Haddish, Jason Mitchell, Will Forte and Luis Guzman.
 
Special attendees included Raven Symone (The View), Yandy Smith (Love & Hip Hop NY), BBOD’s Moe (Love & Hip Hop NY), Dutchess (Black Ink Crew), Puma (Black Ink Crew), Monifah (R&B Divas Atlanta), and Terez Thorpe (R&B Divas Atlanta). 

KEANU is in theaters today!
 
Raven Symone
Monifah
Yandy Smith

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ROYCE 5'9" LAYERS DEBUTS AS #1 AND KICKS OFF TOUR


 
Bad Half Entertainment announced that ROYCE 5'9"'s  LAYERS debuts as Billboard's  #1 "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" in the country.  While celebrating the success of Layers, Royce 5'9" embarks on his Layers North American Tour which kicks off in Vancouver, BC today, April 28th at Alexanders and ends in the US in Seattle, WA on June 29, 2016 at Crocodile.

Released April 15, LAYERS marks a turning point in ROYCE's career. Not only is the 17-track project the first to be released via his Bad Half Entertainment imprint but is his first solo album in nearly six years. Layers is Bad Half's first release through their worldwide Label Services deal with INgrooves Music Group.

"Layers is 100 percent Royce 5'9", he told Complex prior to dropping the album. "I love rapping and creating music with Marshall, Slaughterhouse, and Premier because they all inspire me creatively in different ways but I haven't released a solo album in five years and Layers is the beginning of new chapters in my life now."

Using his signature irreverence to tackle topics both personal and worldly - with songs ranging from autobiographical to anecdotal to political - ROYCE fearlessly opens himself up to fans and critics alike. And while this may be his most vulnerable release, it doesn't stop Royce from claiming his position in the Rap pantheon while thumbing his nose at doubters on songs like "Pray," which LAYERS collaborator Pusha T tweeted is one of his favorites. Even Pusha's appearance on the project alongside Rick Ross on the title track is a sign of Royce's dedication to stretching his creative muscle.

His efforts are paying off: critics are praising the autobiographical album, with Vibe calling the album, "One explosive Hip-Hop project," XXL gives Layers an XL rating and states "Six albums deep on the solo tip, Royce's introspective side clearly shines through on Layers," while DJ Booth says the album is "theatrical, daring and adventurous."

COMING SOON: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS


Discover the world of Kubo nationwide on August 19, 2016.


"Kubo and the Two Strings" is an epic action-adventure set in Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones") ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
        
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Celebs Come For a Laugh at Screening of 'KEANU' at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

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Keanu PosterLast night, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and All Def Digital hosted a special “All Def Comedy” screening of KEANU at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Hundreds packed the theater for a chance to preview the hilarious film which stars Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Nia Long, Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Haddish (“The Carmichael Show”) who was in attendance.
 
Special guests included rapper The GameMichael Jai White (“For Better or Worse”); Gillian White; Joseline Hernandez (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); Sundy Carter (“Basketball Wives”); Hazel-E (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood"); Miles Brock (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”); Lil Rel Howery (“The Carmichael Shown comedia Joe Torry; writer/comedian Chris Spencer; social media stars King Keraun, Simone Shepherd and Dulo; Marcano Parnell (“Greenleaf”); Marcus T. Paulk (“Moesha”); E.B Wright (daughter of Eazy-E); actor/comedian Buddy Lewis and more.

KEANU is in theaters April 29.  

Photos: Erin G. Wesley

NEWARK MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA TO SPEARHEAD "POWER POLITICS & COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT SUMMIT" JUNE 10-11

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka will host the inaugural "Power, Politics & Community Reinvestment Summit" on June 10-11, 2016 at the Robert Treat Hotel (50 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102).
 
This two-day, closed door, invitation-only event will feature a series of roundtable discussions with top political thought-leaders, activists, community organizers and social influencers who will produce solutions to various issues facing the African American community. The Summit will focus on the following topics:
  • Urban Marshall Plan - Setting an agenda for education reform and exploring avenues to combat five decades of poverty and unemployment.
  • Closing the Wealth Gap - Technology and new paradigms in economic innovation
  • Black Lives Matter - Combating criminalization, mass incarceration and the killing of black men and women.
  • Arts & Culture - Examining the perennial question: does art imitate life or does life imitate art?
  • Coming Together - How to achieve unity among different communities for a common objective.
Confirmed participants include author/scholar Jelani Cobb, Pastor Jamal Bryant (Empowerment Temple, Baltimore MD), Umi Selah (formerly Phillip Agnew, Dream Defenders), Dante Barry (Million Hoodies for Justice), Lennox Yearwood (president, Hip Hop Caucus), Khalil Muhammad (Schomburg Center), Charles Smith (Retired NBA Player & Entrepreneur), Angela Benton (NewMe Accelerator), Pastor Michael McBride (Director Urban Strategies And Lifelines To Healing) and Rahiel Tesfamariam (Founder, Urban Cusp).
 
"We live in severe times which calls for swift action," says Mayor Baraka. "I'm calling this meeting of the minds to leverage the genius from the experts, leaders and strategists within our community. I firmly believe that together we can bring about the necessary change to heal our nation."
 
Often referred to as "the people's mayor," Baraka has an extensive track record in advocating for citizen rights and addressing the needs of the community. He's fought for police reform in Newark, created a Department of Public Safety, supported a $15 an hour wage increase for airport workers and recently settled with UBER to allow them to operate in the city while protecting the business interests of the taxi and limousine industry.
 
Similar matters will be discussed at the Power Politics & Community Reinvestment Summit in June.