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All Grown Up: 'Boyz N The Hood' Turns 20-Years-Old

It's hard to believe that Boyz N the Hood was released this month 20 years ago (1991). While some of you reading this weren't even born yet, those who do remember this movie recall how big of a deal it was. It was the start of several movie careers including John Singleton, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and Cuba Gooding Jr. Nowadays, when you look at how far some of those people have come, it's amazing to see where they used to be.

NPR takes a look at the making of Boyz N the Hood, one of the most classic hood movies of all time:

In the original trailer for John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz N The Hood, violent images play over a thudding drum track, as voice over introduces viewers to the hard heart of South Central Los Angeles. "This is Los Angeles, gang capital of the nation." Then, "In South Central L.A., it's tough to beat the streets."

Even before the strain between police and the black community became symbolized by the videotaped beating of Rodney King at the hands of LAPD officers, the city was becoming synonymous with crack cocaine and gang violence. In particular, South Central was notorious for gang colors and drive-by shootings.

Into this environment, 20 years ago this month, Singleton's film exploded off the screen, challenging the tabloid stereotypes of urban life and chipping away at notions of who could and should be making movies in Hollywood.

Stephanie Allain, who worked at Columbia Pictures at the time, was one of the few female executives — and one of the few executives of color — at a major Hollywood studio. In May of 1990, Allain says, she was looking for an assistant who would read scripts for the studio.

"I heard about a kid who was still in school who was interested in the job," Allain says. "So I called him up. Little John shows up in my office and he starts telling me about the script he wrote. And he's telling me how he's gonna direct it, and he's not even out of school and he has an agent. And I'm thinking, 'Okay, this kid's not really a reader, he's a writer. Let me read the script.'"

The kid was 22-year-old John Singleton, and his script told the story of Tre, Ricky and Doughboy, three friends growing up with dreams of one day moving beyond their violent circumstances in South Central. The script focused on the relationship between Tre and his father, Furious Styles, a single parent trying to instill values in his troubled son contrary to the pressures and temptations of his environment.

"It's a story that a lot of those cats used to make in the '80s, in the suburbs, but made in the 'hood," Singleton says of the films that inspired Boyz N The Hood. "I loved the pictures, but none of those people looked like me. So me and my friends would catch the bus up to Hollywood, and we'd go see the movies, and we spent the whole time going down Vermont talking about the movie we would make. And the movie that we would make would always be something like what I did with Boyz N The Hood."

Singleton's script was written with power and immediacy. Allain says it absolutely floored her.

Read more at NPR.

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Lee Daniels Finds Viral Star For Gay Superhero Film

Nearly a decade ago, Lee Daniels revealed that he dreamed of creating a superhero film starring a gay protagonist. It's been a long time in the making, but apparently his dream is on the verge of coming true. Daniels recently took to Instagram on Tuesday (Jan. 15), and announced that he will be making a gay superhero flick, and he's found the perfect lead.

Daniels is reportedly teaming up with viral star, SuperB***h for the new movie. "Y'all remember maybe 10, 12 years ago I said my dream was to make a gay superhero film?" he said in a video message on IG. "Dreams do come true. And I found my superhero. America, world, get ready."

 

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Dreams really do come true!! I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only @theoriginalbigdaddy. You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas. I can wait to work with you!. ❤️❤️🌈🌈

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SuperB***h also commented on the news in the caption of the video. "You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas," he wrote. "I can wait to work with you!"

For those who aren't up to speed, SuperB***h is both an actor and comedian from Southeast, D.C., who rose to Internet stardom for his social media videos that feature him twirling, flipping, and protecting the world from homophobic trolls, horrible ex-boyfriends, and other villains.

Daniels has not leaked any details regarding the film at this time. Check out the video message above and below.

 

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John Boyega Launches Record Label To Oversee Soundtrack For Upcoming Movie

Great things are coming from John Boyega. According to Deadline, the actor will be executive producing a crime-thriller God Is Good alongside Josephine Rose (who was an executive producer for Slaughterhouse Rulez), a vein of Prisoners and City Of God as described by the movie's producers. While overseeing the film's major and minor details, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor has decided to open a record label dedicated to supervising the movie's soundtrack.

Boyega's newly founded record label is called UpperRoom Records. Tasked with more than overseeing the picture's tracklist, the label is expected to deliver emerging African artists like YoungstaCPT, who is set to feature on the project. The record label's team will include VP of Production, Yara Shaikh, and Stefan Wade, Head of A&R.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming once again with Josephine Rose on such a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power," the 26-year-old said.

 

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Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton To Be Houseguests on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

Xscape musician and Real Housewives star Kandi Burruss, singer and reality star Tamar Braxton, NFL running back Ricky Williams and more are among some of the upcoming houseguests for the next season of Celebrity Big Brother. The new season begins on Jan. 21 and wraps on Feb. 13.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the houseguests that will be joining the aforementioned stars include Olympic track athlete and bobsledder Lolo Jones, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, Kato Kaelin, a witness who came forward during the O.J. Simpson murder case, and former White House Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci.

“The spinoff of the longtime CBS summer flagship will see its famous cast cut off from the outside world as they live together and compete in a slew of competitions and a social game battle for the $250,000 grand prize,” writes the site of the show’s synopsis.

Last season, some of the houseguests invite to the U.S.’ first celebrity installment of the popular reality show included Omarosa, NBA star Metta World Peace, and former Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam. During last season, Omarosa spilled secrets about Donald Trump’s White House, stating that the American people should be afraid, and that working in the White House was like working on a plantation.

READ MORE: People Are Not Buying Omarosa's Tears About The White House On 'Big Brother'

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