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Fourth Time's A Charm: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame To Induct N.W.A

To add the cherry on top to a sweet year, the famed and pivotal rap group are being memorialized in a grand way.

N.W.A was commemorated on screen earlier this year with the release of their globally successful biopic, Straight Outta Compton. To add the cherry on top to a sweet year, the famed and pivotal rap group are being memorialized in a grand way.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that they're inducting the Cali game changers at next year's ceremony. This was N.W.A's fourth time being nominated, and now they can finally join the likes of the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and Run-D.M.C. The event will premiere on HBO in the spring following the ceremony which will take place on Apr. 8 at the Barclays Center.

Ice Cube took to Twitter to share his gratitude on the momentous news by writing, "Thank you to all the people hitting me up about the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. I celebrate this win with U. Pop one or smoke one for ya boy."

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dr. Dre also spoke on his excitement to see the group's influence reach a coveted plateau of recognition. "I never thought the type of music we were making would receive such a high accolade," he said. "I have always done what I love to do, so to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is unreal. I am humbled to be included in such an amazing group of great artists."

The F. Gary Gray-directed movie received critical-acclaim across the board, even being named an early contender for a few Oscar nods. The motion picture was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast at the 2016 SAG Awards. In an interview with People, Gray spoke about the rigorous process to find that perfect ensemble.

“Not to sound cliché but we worked really, really hard to get this on the screen,” he said. “It took us years to find this cast and we put them through a lot to deliver those performances and they delivered. So to be acknowledged and amongst a lot of great artists and a lot of great films, we honestly didn’t expect it.”

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Kanye West Will Preview ‘Jesus Is King,’ And IMAX Film At Los Angeles Event

After previewing his album in New York, Detroit, Chicago and taking Sunday Service to Jamaica this past weekend, Kanye West will bring his traveling musical sermon back to Los Angeles for a special listening session and film screening.

West is expected to preview his forthcoming Jesus Is King album and accompanying IMAX film, at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Wednesday (Oct. 23). The Nick Knight-directed documentary, which was shot over the summer, brings the Chicago native’s “famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater,” artist James Turrell's  never-before-seen installation created in Arizona's Painted Desert.

Tickets for the Jesus is King Album & Film Experience are free to the public, and will be released on a first come, first serve basis, at 10 a.m. PST via Ticketmaster. Fans who pre-ordered Jesus Is King scored early access to tickets to the event on Tuesday.

West’s forthcoming release is a follow-up to 2018’s ye album, and marks the Grammy winner’s first LP to be dedicated to gospel music, but apparently not his last. West has reportedly shunned secular rap music, in lieu of gospel.

Jesus Is King is slated to drop on Oct. 25.

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Future To Honor Atlanta Senior Citizens At 8th Annual Golden Wishes Gala

In the coming weeks, Future will use his FreeWishes Foundation to honor senior citizens in his hometown of Atlanta.

The Golden Wishes Gala, now in its eighth year, "celebrates seniors and their impactful lifelong contributions to the community," according to a press release. The event has grown from 45 guests at the YMCA to more than 750 guests at Georgia Aquarium. Seniors aged 62 and up are all welcome with an ID and RSVP.

Future founded FreeWishes along with his mother Stephanie Jester and his sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson to "deliver a message of hope, perseverance and resilience to our community by lending support and making dreams come alive." Along with the annual gala, FreeWishes served more than 700 seniors from Metro Atlanta for the FreeWishes Senior Fitness Day, and presented scholarships at each stop of Future's Legendary Nights Tour earlier this year.

Visit FreeWishes.org to register for the gala, or email [email protected] for sponsorships and donations.

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Michael Jai White Expresses Concern Over Possible ‘Spawn’ Reboot

After playing Spawn in the 1997 film of the same name, actor Michael Jai White has expressed hesitancy over the movie’s reported reboot. According to ComicBook.com, White recognized the character’s creator and artist Todd McFarlane on his pursuit of getting the film off the ground, but he’s unsure as to what impact Spawn will have.

"I don't know anything about it. He's been talking about a reboot of Spawn for 20 years," White said. "I think he will continue talking about it, because people listen. I don't understand it, personally. I wish him the best of luck. But, Todd explained to me that this will be a character that you didn't see. You never see the character. It's just a character that's scarcely on film. Personally, I don't get it.”

Spawn, formerly known as Al Simmons (an assassin who was killed and sent to Hell), was commissioned by the underworld’s lord to lead Hell’s army in a battle against Heaven in exchange for seeing his wife and child again. The plot takes several turns depicting a series of deceitful actions, betrayal, and revenge.

A possible Spawn reboot adds to this year's steady reveal of films from the '90s and 2000s receiving the remake treatment. So far, Aladdin, Charlie's Angels, and The Lion King plus more have been reimagined. Earlier this year, New Jack City, The Little Mermaid, Clueless, The Matrix, and Set It Off stoked claims of being remade as well.

The news site also claims Spawn recently became comic publishing’s “longest-running independent comic.”

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