TV/Film

Eddie Murphy Is Starring In & Producing Beverly Hills Cop 4

As a sequel to Coming To America is currently being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie Murphy confirms that he's reprising another role from his 1980s string of blockbuster movies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy is producing and starring in Beverly Hills Cop 4 in a partnership between Netflix and... Read more

Ice Cube Says Hollywood Let John Witherspoon Down, In A Powerful Tribute

Late last month, comedian and actor John Witherspoon passed away at the age of 77. The man affectionately known as "Pops" had a career that dated back to the 1970s. After working with Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and David Letterman on stage and screen, Witherspoon (born John Weatherspoon) experienced a... Read more

Eddie Murphy Explains Why He Doesn’t Agree With The Term “Blaxploitation Film” (Video)

Eddie Murphy co-produced and stars in Dolemite Is My Name, a new film that looks at the creative pursuits of Rudy Ray Moore. Murphy, who plays Moore and his alter-ego "Dolemite," began plans to make the movie more than 15 years ago. He recently recalled telling the Arkansas native, who... Read more

It’s Vince Staples’ Show But Ray J Steals This Episode (Video)

Vince Staples has shown time and time again that he makes his own rules. Although he is from Long Beach and aware of the rich tradition of Southern California Rap artists, the MC is much more interested in blazing his own path rather than carrying on tradition. In fact, in... Read more

Doctor Dré Reveals He Has Lost Eyesight To His Ongoing Battle With Diabetes (Video)

Doctor Dré and Ed Lover are behind many fans' fondest memories of Hip-Hop on television. The former Yo! MTV Rap hosts added comedy, swagger, and lots of authenticity to the show between 1989 and 1995. Those TV talents extended to making music, 1993 film Who's The Man?, and radio. For... Read more

Eddie Murphy Explains Why Dolemite’s Story Was So Inspirational (Video)

This month, Eddie Murphy stars in Dolemite Is My Name. The new film, available in theaters and on Netflix, finds the star actor playing the late Rudy Ray Moore, who died in 2008 at the age of 81. Moore created the "Dolemite" persona, which made films, albums, and merchandise. Appearing... Read more

Eric B. Is Getting Paid In Full…As An Actor On TV

Eric B. is recognized as one of Hip-Hop's earliest artist-executives. As one-half of Eric B. & Rakim, the Queens, New Yorker helped was part of a movement that raised the bar on lyricism, production, and album-making in Rap. Now, the man born Eric Barrier is lending his talents to the... Read more

King Los Kicks The Best Verse Of The Night In The Last Standing BET Cypher

Last night (October 8), BET broadcast the 2019 Hip Hop Awards. The event included a tribute to Lil' Kim (featuring a Junior M.A.F.I.A. reunion of sorts), performances by Rapsody, YBN Cordae, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Rick Ross, and a salute to Battle Rap. Notably, a TV event recognized for... Read more

Wesley Snipes Explains Why He Refused To Be In The New Jack City Sequel

In 1991's New Jack City, "Nino Brown" tells "G-Money," "It can never go back to the way it was." It's a profound scene in the movie where one character eventually asks the other, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The actor who played "Nino," Wesley Snipes, has a similar sentiment surrounding... Read more

A New Jack City Remake Is Reportedly In The Works. Is It Time For Change?

Among the canon of Hip-Hop lifestyle films, few have had the impact and longevity of New Jack City. The 1991 Warner Bros movie, which was written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, ushered in a new era of cinematic storytelling that not only brought to life the narratives... Read more

T.I. & Teyana Taylor Hunt Traffickers & Abusers In A Powerful New Video

T.I. recently dropped a 12-plus-minute double video for the songs “You” and “Be There” off of 2018’s DIME TRAP album. While many recording artists claim their visuals "are a movie," the “You (Be There)” vid' may deliver on that promise with higher production value. More importantly, Grand Hustle’s head honcho... Read more

Puff Daddy Details How “I’ll Be Missing You” Saved His Life & Put Hope In Rap Music

Earlier this month, the third season of Hip-Hop Evolution released on Netflix. Hosted by veteran London, Ontario MC Shad, the documentary series continues to tell the stories of our culture through intimate interviews, rare footage, and all the right music. In Season 3, Episode 2, "Life After Death," Biggie's later... Read more

25 Years Later, Easy Mo Bee & Mister Cee Recall Making Biggie’s Ready To Die (Video)

This week (September 13) marks the 25th-anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, Ready To Die. Part of Bad Boy Records' "B.I.G. Mack" campaign, Biggie Smalls and Craig Mack took the fledgling label to new places in September of 1994. Since its release, Biggie's breakthrough LP has been certified six-times-platinum... Read more

RZA Says The Wu Documentary & TV Series Have Strengthened The Clan’s Bond (Video)

Earlier this week, the first wave of episodes from Wu-Tang: An American Saga premiered on Hulu. The dramatic miniseries chronicles the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan. Executive produced by RZA and Method Man, the series follows The Abbott and his siblings on a street journey that eventually leads to one... Read more

RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films That Wu-Tang Clan Sampled (Video)

It's on the introduction of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) that listeners first hear a vocal sample that heeds a threat: "The Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous." The rough and unpolished sample, taken from the martial arts movie Ten Tigers from Kwangtung, presents a taste of cinematic flavor that... Read more

The 1st Look At Bad Boys For Life Is Pretty Epic. Will & Martin Are Back (Video)

The trailer for the third and final installment in the Bad Boys trilogy has been revealed. Titled Bad Boys For Life as both a nod to a Bad Boys II quote and an excuse to employ a cinematic remix of P. Diddy's "Bad Boys For Life." The movie is slated... Read more

Missy Elliott Works It! She Brings Her Classic Videos To Life At The VMAs

Last night (August 26), Missy Elliott accepted the coveted legacy prize at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The 48-year-old Portsmouth, Virginia MC, producer, dancer, and philanthropist was on hand to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard trophy, which puts her in the company of some of modern music's greatest... Read more

Eddie Murphy Will Return To Host SNL For The First Time In 35 Years

For four seasons, Eddie Murphy was the star of Saturday Night Live. During Season 6, Murphy joined a cast that was rebounding from the mass exodus of the "Not Ready For Primetime Players" squad that made the show a cultural touchstone in the second half of the 1970s. In the... Read more

The 1st Episode Of Vince Staples’ New Show Makes It Clear He’s One To Watch (Video)

Earlier this week, Long Beach, California MC Vince Staples teased a seemingly formless upcoming project titled The Vince Staples Show (embedded below). No one seemed to quite know what The Vince Staples Show would become, but many speculated that it would be Staples' newest record. After his latest music video... Read more

Murs Is A Super Hero. A Short Film Shows Lyricism Is Just 1 Of His Powers.

After 15 long years together, Murs & 9th Wonder are reportedly taking their final ride. If that's the case, it's a truly great and memorable trip into the sunset. One week ago (August 9) saw the release of what appears to be Murs, 9th Wonder, and The Soul Council's latest... Read more

Dave Chappelle’s New Comedy Special Is Coming Soon. Here’s The Trailer

In 2017, Dave Chappelle released four standup comedy specials. They came as part of a blockbuster deal with Netflix that returned the legend to the small screen. Dave's quartet of Deep In The Heart of Texas, The Age of Spin, Equanimity, and The Bird Revelation earned the comedian Grammy awards... Read more

Common Takes An MC From The Streets To The Tonight Show For A True Cypher

Anybody who has ever attended a Common concert knows that the Chicago, Illinois veteran is one of the best improvisers with the mic. For years, Comm' has impressed audiences with his knowledge of local landmarks, street names, and fun facts, no matter in what city he was performing. Meanwhile, even... Read more

Missy Elliott To Receive The Video Vanguard Award At 2019 VMAs

More than 20 years after "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," Missy Elliott will receive one of the highest honors for music videos. The Portsmouth, Virginia MC/producer has been confirmed to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The televised ceremony will broadcast... Read more

Eddie Murphy Is Bringing Dolemite To Life In A New Star Studded Film (Video)

For 50 years, Rudy Ray Moore was a force in comedy. A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Moore learned to command audiences as both a preacher as well as a nightclub dancer. Eventually moving to comedy, Moore would begin a recording career in the late 1950s that lasted until his... Read more

Watch A Video That Details The Events Leading Up To Little Brother’s 2018 Reunion

Less than a year ago, the three members of Little Brother performed together for the first time in more than a decade. Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th reunited at the home of the Durham Bulls in North Carolina for The Art Of Cool Festival. The setting was symbolic, as... Read more

The Wu-Tang Clan Series Will Be A Raw & Uncut Look At The Group’s Origins (Video)

Earlier this month, Heads got a 66-second trailer for the upcoming dramatic series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The 10-part biographical account of Wu-Tang Clan's beginnings is slated to premiere on Hulu on September 4. The trailer was a first look at Dave East (playing "Method Man") and Joey Bada$$ (portraying... Read more

Mahershala Ali Will Be The Star Of Marvel’s New Blade Franchise

Mahershala Ali is one of Hollywood's top power players of the last five years. However, the two-time Oscar winner in "The Best Supporting Actor" category is seeking leading roles, coming off his The Green Book win earlier this year. The 45-year-old Hayward, California native is taking his work into his... Read more

Eddie Murphy Is Reportedly In Talks For His 1st Standup Special In 30 Years

This weekend, Netflix released the latest season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. With the new batch of episodes, Eddie Murphy appeared as a guest. The two comedians who helped make NBC a destination network for comedy in the 1980s and 1990s, respectively, share memories of their trade... Read more

A New Documentary Tells The Story Behind Little Brother’s Debut Album (Video)

Little Brother is presently in the midst of a new chapter. After reuniting onstage less than a year ago in Durham, North Carolina, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh are currently recording new music together as Little Brother. Although 9th Wonder is reportedly not producing the material, he has given his... Read more

See The 1st Look At Wu-Tang: An American Saga Starring Joey Bada$$ & Dave East

Fresh off of Sacha Jenkins' recent Wu-Tang Clan documentary for Showtime, Of Mics And Men, Hulu has a new development in its dramatic series. Coming to the platform September 4, Wu-Tang: An American Saga unveils its first trailer. The one-minute clip features the origin story of Wu-Tang's founding members. Heads... Read more

Pete Rock’s Video For His Instrumentals Album Speaks Much Louder Than Words

In his accomplished career, legendary producer Pete Rock has crafted some of the most renowned tracks in the history of Hip-Hop music. Over three decades, his resume is replete with classic works with C.L. Smooth, Heavy D & The Boyz, Redman, Run-D.M.C., Nas, AZ, Common, Rakim, Raekwon, the late Big... Read more

J. Cole’s Dreamville Documentary Shows Creativity At Its Competitive Best

Throughout the ages, Hip-Hop benefits from the ensemble studio vibe. That was the case when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg rolled their Chronic. As Sacha Jenkins' film recently showed, this energy made Wu-Tang Clan form like Voltron for its 36 Chambers debut. Such was the vision for Tupac's unfinished One... Read more

Meek Mill’s Story Is Being Told In A Docuseries Produced By JAY-Z (Video)

Meek Mill is not only one of the biggest rappers of this decade; he has become a high-profile activist behind the ongoing efforts in criminal justice reform. Having been arrested at 19 years-old, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC has been on probation for more than 10 years. The terms of his... Read more

Mary J Blige & Method Man Show Their Duet Still Has Mad Love To Give (Video)

Last night (June 23), the 19th BET Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. For many Heads, the highlight of the evening surrounded Mary J. Blige, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Yonkers, New York representative also performed a medley of her hits, spanning nearly... Read more

The Truth About Kanye West: He’s Andy Kaufman (Video)

David Letterman and Kanye West's 2019 interview is available to the public. The highly-publicized My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode includes footage filmed at West's California home as well as an on-stage conversation before a live audience. Notably, during the revealing interview, the MC/producer/fashion designer makes a striking self-comparison... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Bio Series

Last month, following the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men, a DJ Juanyto interview for HOT 97 on Staten Island with members of the Clan and its extended family suggested that Dave East would not be the only rapper to appear in an upcoming biopic. Joey Bada$$'s name... Read more

Watch The Beastie Boys’ Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Ill Communication

Following the release of the Beastie Boys Book in late 2018, Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) have been in the public eye. Since the book hit store shelves, the two MC/producers expounded on the Beasties' bitter split with Def Jam, the group very nearly calling... Read more

Alabama MC Chika Makes Her TV Debut With A Fight For Women’s Rights (Video)

Last year, then-21-year-old Montgomery, Alabama MC Chika took to Twitter to drop a mighty freestyle. Using one of Kanye West's breakthrough instrumentals, Chika criticized the superstar's controversial political views of the time: "It don’t matter how much you have or you lack, when that check clears don’t forget your children... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Why Clarence Avant Is The Godfather Of Black Music (Video)

Clarence Avant is a man whose pioneering work behind the scenes has helped shape the careers of everyone from Quincy Jones to Barack Obama. Lauded as a trailblazing Black executive, Avant and his rise to fame are the subject of a forthcoming documentary called The Black Godfather, which aims to tell... Read more

Here’s The Story Behind The All-Star Cypher That Ended The Arsenio Hall Show

Twenty-five years ago this month, The Arsenio Hall Show dimmed the lights on a massive television platform, especially for Hip-Hop. Since early 1989, the actor/comedian/host planted his flag with a new kind of late-night talk-show with a penchant for the issues, people, and culture that inspired him. From M.C. Hammer... Read more

Menace II Society Director Allen Hughes Will Make A New Tupac Docuseries

In 2017, director Allen Hughes directed The Defiant Ones. The HBO docuseries traced the lives of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who would make millions (and later billions) together at Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Beats Music. The N.W.A. co-founder and onetime Chairman of Interscope Records were interviewed, as... Read more

Chris Rock Is Taking The Saw Film Franchise To A Twisted New Place

Fifteen years after Saw debuted in movie theaters, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedic icon Chris Rock will help lead the franchise in a new direction. The psychological film released in 2004 spawned seven further installments, most recently 2017's Jigsaw. For its ninth chapter, Rock will reportedly join Jigsaw writers behind the scenes for a reboot... Read more

RZA Explains Why He Believes Roc-A-Fella Records Mistreated ODB

This Friday evening (May 10), the documentary, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men will broadcast on Showtime. Veteran music journalist and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directs the film which retraces the origins involving one of Hip-Hop's greatest groups. The collective of RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck,... Read more

A New Documentary Sheds Light On The Secret History Of Ill Al Skratch (Video)

There are plenty of Hip-Hop artists whose moment seemed too short. The creators left us music that we still play and celebrate, but some of us do not know the story behind the work as well as higher-profile acts and artists. A new documentary by TRB2HH puts a spotlight on... Read more

The Cast Of In Living Color Reunites To Discuss Changing TV 25 Years Ago (Video)

Next month marks 25 years since In Living Color wrapped its fifth and final season. The FOX sketch comedy series started by Keenen Ivory Wayans introduced two handfuls of household names. The series, which debuted 29 years ago this month, also broke more boundaries in television than even its most... Read more

John Singleton Has Passed Away At The Age Of 51

UPDATE: Moments ago (April 29), the family of John Singleton confirmed that the 51-year-old film and television producer, director, and screenwriter has died. The report comes hours after family members released a statement to TMZ announcing that he would be removed from life support today. A Singleton family rep has... Read more

A New Documentary Explains D’Angelo’s 14-Year Absence From The Music Scene (Video)

Despite being one of the most acclaimed vocalists, musicians, and producers of the last 25 years, D'Angelo has released only three studio albums during his career. The 45-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer born Michael Archer debuted with 1995's Brown Sugar, before 1998's Voodoo, before taking 14 years to follow up with... Read more

John Singleton Is In A Coma After Suffering A Stroke

UPDATE: According to TMZ, director John Singleton remains in treatment more than a week after being hospitalized in California. The acclaimed director suffered a stroke on April 17. Sources now say that Singleton is currently in a coma. The publication obtained documents confirming that members of John's family are seeking... Read more

Geoffrey Owens Has Gone From Working At Trader Joe’s To Making Billions

Last August and September, actor Geoffrey Owens became part of the news cycle in an unexpected turn of events. The 58-year-old actor who famously portrayed "Elvin Tibideaux" on The Cosby Show throughout the late 1980s and early '90s was spotted by a customer at a Trader Joe's location in Clifton,... Read more

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Film Trailer Shows The Pain Of Injustice (Video)

Ava DuVernay famously recreated the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches and brought them to life for "Best Picture"-nominated film 50 years later. Selma portrayed the committed fight for civil rights in a way that was real, human, and palpable to the modern issues—beyond most textbooks. The Lynwood, California native next took... Read more