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Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Is A Cultural Phenomenon Because We Made It So

A week after its release in theaters across America, director Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel comic-adaptation, Black Panther, is still setting box office records. The film is the 5th highest domestic debut of all time, and the highest grossing February release in history, with a staggering $202,003,951. It earned more in just 3-days in theaters than any other film featuring a black director and predominantly black cast with an impressive worldwide opening weekend gross of $350 million. The success of the film has not only shattered age-old myths surrounding the “unpopularity” of all-black ensemble movies in Hollywood. It is also changing the way Hollywood, and America at large, view films that deal primarily with black and African American culture. But why is Black Panther such a big deal for America and not simply just another superhero movie with a hero who happens to be black? Continue reading

Coldway – Kosher Ft. James Onyx Casher

Awhile back we received a record from Coldway all the way in Memphis, Tennessee. There’s always a lot of focus on Atlanta, but there are plenty of artists coming up throughout the south with current hot spots in Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. Coldway’s new record “Kosher” steers away from his usual crooner style, an unabashed banger, this should keep the streets hot through October. Peep “Kosher” for yourself above and stay tuned for more from Coldway.

B.B. King Documentary ‘The Life of Riley’ Now Available on NetFlix

Director John Brewer (Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero, Nat King Kole: Afraid of the Dark) released his documentary on the late B.B. King back in 2012, but it wasn’t released in the US officially until 2014. That said, the film, titled The Life of Riley (B.B. King’s name was Riley B. King), is now available on Netflix. Narrated by Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight), the film features a plethora of musicians, friends, and family, who discuss B.B. King’s long and revolutionary career as an American bluesman, including Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Bono, Ronnie Wood, Dr. John, and Solomon Burke. B.B. King hailed from the flat delta land in Mississippi and eventually made his way to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began regular work as a blues artist. He secured a number of record deals, and when rock music took off in the ’60s, a new interest in King’s and other blues artists of his era as they had never experienced before. Continue reading

New Amy Berg Documentary ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Opening In Theaters Friday November 27th

A new music-documentary from director Amy Berg (West of Memphis, An Open Secret) titled Janis: Little Girl Blue is opening in theaters this Friday, November 27th. The last we heard news of this project was back in October, when it was to be headlined (among other contenders like Trumbo, Black Mass, and Spotlight) at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was an Offical Selection winner. The film also received Official Selection at this years Festival de Rio and BFI London Film Festival. Featuring Cat Power (V for Vendetta, Boyhood) as the narrator, the film takes a close look at the life of blues/rock-n-roll star Janis Joplin and her roll as a woman and key figure in the Rock-n-Roll movement through personal letters she wrote to friends, family, and fellow musicians. Continue reading

New Release Schedule For ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’ This Summer


We’ve been keeping an eye on this project for what seems like years now (which isn’t far from reality considering it has taken more than a decade to get a Pablo Escobar biopic on the big screen), but now we finally have some more news as to a nationwide release. Escobar: Paradise Lost, which is directed by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano (Nine, Life of Pi), was originally given a limited release back in January of this year, but now the film will see another release in theaters this June 26th in New York, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Memphis, Tulsa, Phoenix and Washington DC. Leading the cast in the role of Escobar is Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Red Dawn), and Claudia Traisac (The 7th Day, Apaches). The international trailer is available here on MADE. Be sure to check your local listings if you live in any of these areas!