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'Hate In America' Chronicles The Sad Truth About Racism In America

Despite America's many advances in science, technology and cultural tolerance, Hate In America proves old habits die hard...if they die at all.

On June 17, 2015, 21 year old Dylann Storm Roof walked into Charleston's historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and killed nine parishioners with the intent of starting a race war. The bold and horrific act broke the hearts of many Americans who couldn't understand how in 2015, such an act of terror could take place.

Rev. Daniel Simmons Snr was one of the nine victims killed on June 17, and his granddaughter, Alana Simmons was on hand Thursday (February 25) to attend an advance screening of Hate In America, a docu-series by the Southern Poverty Law Center in coordination with the Investigation Discovery network.

Moderated by journalist Tony Harris, the series chronicles six specific cases and acts of hate in the United States dating back to 1981's Klu Klux Klan killing of Michael Donald in Mobile, Ala,. Famously known as the "Last Lynching in America," two Klansmen saw the 19 year old walking down the road and asked for directions. Once Donald approached the car, a Klansmen took a gun out forcing Donald into the vehicle. After driving to a remote location, Donald attempted to a make a run for it, but was caught by both Klansmen who beat him within an inch of his life and then slit his throat. Donald was then placed in the trunk of the car and driven back to a nearby neighborhood where his lifeless body was hung from a noose and placed on display.

Harris spoke to Donald's surviving family and the lawyer, Morris Dees, also co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, about how he prosecuted the Klan to win the landmark case.

Donald's case along with the Charleston Nine and more are all brought to life in the series. With re-enactments and actual footage from certain event, viewers will see the extent many will go to carry out their heinous crimes. And while the the acts of the transgressors are repugnant, vile and pure evil, the faith, mercy and forgiveness of those effected by it continue to demonstrate the power in humanity.

Hate In America premieres Monday, February 29 at 8PM EST on Investigation Discovery

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Andre 3000 Stars In New Space Thriller 'High Life'

A new space thriller is coming to theaters this year. Andre 3000 will star in the new film alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in High Life, and the first trailer looks pretty intense.

The feature focuses on a group of criminals who are coerced into a mission to travel towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. They are also forced to undergo sexual experiments while in outer space. The 2-minute preview features Pattinson and Andre 3000 as they struggle to survive on the spaceship.

High Life originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2018. It received positive reviews from numerous film critics.

"High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis," Rotten Tomatoes said of the film.

The film is written and directed by Claire Denis. High Life will hit theaters on Apr. 12. Watch the new trailer in the video above.

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