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Web Series 'LIBERTY' Targets Stigma Against Interracial Dating In America

LIBERTY highlights all of the taboos and stigma that still remain within interracial couples.  

Race relations have always been an issue in America. The government has even tried to control who you’re allowed to marry based on the pigmentation of one's skin. In 1967, Supreme Court Case Loving vs. Virginia garnered nationwide attention when the court ruled unanimously in favor of the plaintiffs (interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving); banning laws that at the time prohibited mixed-race marriages in 16 states.

Since then, things aren’t as segregated, but the turbulent history of this country still permeates through its wide sidewalk cracks. More than 50 years later, we’re still fighting against police brutality, advocating for Black Lives Matter while, simultaneously, desperately battling against white supremacy. Throughout all of this, we’re trying to find love, but sometimes even that’s hard.

A new five-part web series titled LIBERTY written and produced by actress Reese Antoinette places a magnifying glass on that same conundrum the Lovings had more than 50 years ago, with a modern twist. Antoinette plays Liberty, an African-American college freshman who battles being in an interracial relationship with a white young man, Paul Giordano, (Alexander Pepper). Amid their love story, there is familial troubles and society listing all of the reasons why they shouldn’t be together.

The series takes place in New York City’s Staten Island, where racism is still prevalent, and communities of color are often segregated from the borough’s upscale south side. “I wanted to write a love story, a story about two modern-day young people who love each other despite their family’s disapproval,” Reese explained. “The story takes place on Staten Island because racism is prevalent here, but this story is common in many cities across America."

"I wanted to give life to the two perspectives and create a dialogue around what happens when we don’t talk about the divide," she continued. "When we ignore all of the socio-economic issues that have contributed to the America that young people are trying to survive in today.”

LIBERTY premieres March 1 on YouTube.

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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, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Wiloughby 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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