Photo Credit: Adam DeGross
Viceland recently released the second episode of their Noisey series, this installment took a closer look at Atlanta’s ever-rising hip hop scene. Once one of the city’s best kept secrets, photographer Cam Kirk has seen great success over the last few years photographing/documenting some of Atlanta’s most prominent artists. Vice coupled the release of their Atlanta episode with a chat with Cam, check out the video above and keep an eye out for more.
Writer, director, and lead actor Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Red Tails)’s The Birth of a Nation is now playing in theaters across the country, but not in the light the young filmmaker was hoping for. The film struggled to reach $7 million in domestic box office sales in its opening weekend. Several factors could have contributed to the surprising low, but the most likely cause of the low turn out is Parker’s 1999 rape allegations during his time at Penn State. Although Parker was exonerated, news that his alleged victim committed suicide in 2012 and his handling of the case back in 1999 have caused a great controversy that has women’s rights and sexual assault advocate groups shouting boycott all across the country.
While Parker’s film may be controversial in its own right, the original Birth of a Nation, which was a silent movie released in 1915, was just as controversial, if not more so. The original Birth of a Nation is remembered for its blatantly racial undertones and simultaneous impressive contributions to filmmaking. Continue reading
In a historical week that also saw The Bridge Over the River Kwai released in 1957, Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961, director Don Siegel and actor Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz) do their first work together on Coogan’s Bluff (1968), and Lars von Trier drive the film festival circuit wild with Breaking the Waves (1996), we have to recognize one of the sole reasons that any of these accomplishments were able to happen. On October 5th, 1864, Louis Lumière was born Besançon, France. Lumiere and his brother Auguste, would grow up to provide perhaps the most significant contribution to film as both an industry, and an art form. Continue reading
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Last night, we made our way into the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis. The night featured a large list of artists. With Dis-Play & AKAGOD (Gorgeous Gang) holding their release show, they were supported by Nazeem & Spencer Joles, J. Plaza and CRAM to name a few. Here is a glimpse from the night and we have more photos to come. Stay tuned.
Last night, Lucien Parker headlined at The Cabooze and was joined by the likes of: GainesFM, Destiny Roberts, Sieed Brown, Kaleem The Dream and D.A.G. If you couldn’t make it last night, we got your back. Take a look below and stay locked this weekend for more events to come.
The Judges (for the most part).
Last night, The Best Damn Beat Battle 4, was held over at Honey in NE., MPLS. With a variety of producers involved, the help of our judges, and our host deM atlaS, the night was definitely another to remember. The battle consisted of 16 producers, all competing for a the grand prize ($250). At the fifth and final round, it came down to both BLXCK.on.BLXCK and Dimitry Killstorm. With two completely different styles going head to head, it was all up to the final votes, with BLXCK.on.BLXCK taking the crown. Make sure to stay locked here for more to come and feel free to let us know who your favorite was below.