Women’s Month: Regina King Appreciation

With this being Women’s History Month, I decided to dedicate a post someone who’s been on the screens since I could remember. Let’s take a moment to idolize and appreciate Ms. Regina King. She’s a prime example of “Started From The Bottom,” when it comes to film.

Let us start from the beginning. Her first starring role was “227” as Brenda Jenkins.

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Then she went on to play a small role in Boyz N Da Hood in 1991, which was directed by John Singleton. This was/is a classic movie that she played a ghetto girl in 😂

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Then in 1993, she co-starred with Janet Jackson, 2Pac and Joe Torry in another classic film directed by John Singleton titled Poetic Justice. Another ghetto role but she was entertaining to say the least. She was the real friend who keeps it real with you.

A third classic film that Regina King was part of was Friday, which was written by Ice Cube. This was just two years after Poetic Justice. She stayed pretty busy during the 1990s.

Regina switched back to the her tv role days and had recurring roles on shows such as “Leap of Faith,” “24,” “Southland” and “Shameless.” She got an even bigger role in “The Boondocks,” playing the voices of Huey and Riley from 2005-2014.

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Regina had another recurring role in “American Crime” WHICH got her an Emmy!!

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Another favorite of mine was the Netflix Original movie Seven Seconds. Regina played a mourning mom trying to solve her son’s hit and run case, which was caused by the New York Police Department. She had sleepless nights and even stalked the home of the guy involved. She did a stellar job, which landed her ANOTHER Emmy.

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More recently, like weeks ago, Regina got her FIRST Oscar for her supporting role in the James Baldwin novel turned film, If Beale Street Could Talk. She played a mother who’s son was wrongly incarcerated for the rape of a white woman. She remained supportive and calm throughout the process even though it was stressful.

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To say that Ms. Regina King has came a long way would be an understatement. So, we’ll just say SHE DID THAT!!

I’m happy for this beautiful black queen and I’m excited to see what else she brings to the movie screens and tv screens. What is your favorite Regina King movie or show?

Danii Gold out!! ✌🏾 ✌🏾 ✌🏾

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The Players Club 20th Anniversary

Today, 20 years ago, the Players Club was released and it’s still relevant today. Looking back, there were a lot of big names actors in the film such as:

Bernie Mac

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Terrence Howard, Charlie Murphy and John Amos

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Jamie Foxx & Ice Cube

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Of course there were many more but that’s just to name a few. Many of the movies quotes are still used today such as

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Danii Gold out!

 

#OscarsWhiteout Nominations 2016

  The list of Oscar Nominations came out yesterday and as person could notice, there was something missing from the categories—black actors/actresses. I understand that the year 2015 wasn’t a big year for us, Blacks people to star in a lot of movies. A few movies that came out last year starring Black people were:

  • Selma

  • Focus

  • Straight Outta Compton

  • The Perfect Guy

  • Beast Of No Nation

  • Concussion

  • Creed

Maybe a few more, but anyhow, Selma already received “some” recognition by, at least, getting a nomination for “Best Motion Picture” and won the award for “Best Original Song” created by John Legend and Common.

As far as the other movies, there should have been a nomination for at least Will Smith in either movie he starred in;  O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jason Mitchell, and or Corey Hawkins for playing Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre; Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy for The Perfect Guy; Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation”; and finally Michael B Jordan for playing in “Creed.”

  

 

Speaking of the movie “Creed”, actor Sylvester Stallone was able to get a nomination for his supporting role as Rocky Balboa. Even a few days ago he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Golden Globe Awards. How is it that, he was able to get  two nominations, and one that turned into a win–for a SUPPORTING role, which is okay, BUT how come the leading actor Michael B Jordan wasn’t able to snag at least one nomination? That’s not right at all. One reason why I think that Sylvester Stallone was able to get a nomination and win, is because he’s gotten some recognition in the past for his roles playing Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies. The movies as a whole were nominated for four awards and the First Rocky Movie won the Best Picture Award. Stallone was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Rocky IV movie. So, I feel that the executives think they owe at least a nomination to the man, since he’s gotten nominations in the past–BULL SHIT right, but that’s my opinion.

 

According to Marc Malkin, from E News, he says that this is the second year in a row where all 20 actors and actresses nominated are white and he says sarcastically that you can guarantee that the hash tag for the night of the show will be #OscarWhiteOut

On the brighter side, Chris Rock is hosting the awards (the least they can do, right?) and I’m sure he’ll have the crowd laughing and cracking a few jokes about the obvious snugs.

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I don’t think I will be watching this year. Only because I believe boycotting, along with other black celebrities, will show white America that this acknowledge is in order and once their ratings show a decline, the executives will get it together.

 

DANII GOLD—OUT!

 

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Barbershop 3: The Next Cut in theater next year!

 

I am soooo excited to announce that there would be a new Barbershop coming out next year, April 15, 2016.

The film will have some of it’s original cast members such as Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer, Eve and Sean Patrick Thomas. The movie even added a few new faces like, the lovely Regina Hall, one of my favorite actresses; and the talented Ms. Nicki Minaj.

Malcolm D Lee, the director of this film, has also directed The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Roll Bounce, Undercover Brother and many more; so you KNOW that this film will be a MUST-SEE plus Ice Cube is in the movie and he never lets us down.

Here is a trailer for the movie that is coming out next April.

 

 DANII GOLD–OUT!

Straight Outta Compton Movie Review

So I went to see the movie Straight Outta Compton this past weekend and it was EVERYTHING. It showed each artist’s background information as well as paying homage to the late rapper Eazy E.

Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the late rapper Easy Z were all members of the group N.W.A which stood for N.W.A. It starts out showing their different backgrounds and how they became a group. Eazy E was into the streets and was more of a business man. Ice Cube was in High School and was a dope writer or lyricist even just cooking up rhymes in his head and putting them on paper. Dre was cold on the turn tables wanting to follow his dreams of being  producer, despite his mother’s wishes.

All three guys were homies to each other and they all decided to put their talents together creating the group N.W.A. Cube was the writer, Dre was the producer and at the beginning stage, E was the “business man” putting the money up to be in the studio and benefiting from it in the long run, but they decided to put him in booth to see what his rapping skills were like; now it wasn’t all peaches and cream at first but with little grooming, he sounded like a pro.

 

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Collectively they put together Ruthless Records, the name of the record company, but Eazy was in charge of it. Then their manager came along, looking out for what was supposed to be the group but instead was only looking out for Eazy. The movie shows what the men had to go through dealing with the Compton Police. They had so many issues with the authorities for no reason, and even getting harassed outside their studio one day when they were recording.

After having countless run-ins with the police for no reason, Dre, Eazy and Cube were inspired to write the song “Fuck The Police.” This was a big controversal issue back then but they didn’t a damn, they wanted to be heard and as Cube said they have “freedom of speech,” which was and is still true. They had white people destroying their cds and burning them but at least they were buying them, as Eazy said. It got to a point where they were banned from rapping the song at their own concert. Welp that didn’t stop them from doing so while they were in Detroit, Michigan. They were, of course, arrested but their motto was “bad publicity is better than no publicity. ”

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Fast forward a little bit, after the money was coming in and the contracts were finalized for the rest of the group, minus Eazy since his contract was already signed. Cube was skeptical for a while on the contracts because it took so long for it to get finalized, so he didn’t sign it and went on a solo artist, producer of movies and even an actor.

After Cube left, N.W.A. went on to recording music. Suge Knight got interested in Dre and even to the point where he wanted Dre on his label, Death Row but Dre was still signed to Ruthless Record. Eventually he got off the label after Suge beat up Eazy in order for Eazy to release Dre. In the midst of that, the movie showed Eazy getting sick. Before he was hospitalized he saw Ice Cube and they talked about linking back up to do some music, with Dre too of course, Next thing you know, Eazy is in the hospital and was diagnosed with AIDS in February of 1995, he died a month later.

The movie showed all that and then some, so you can’t do anything but respect Ice Cube, Dre and Eazy E. Cube walked away from $75,000, which was a lot at the time, all because he didn’t agree with signing his contract on the spot, it all paid off. Dre walked away from Death Row because he didn’t like the lack of professionalism that going on AND he left his plaques with Death Row and started his own label, then there’s Eazy, who started the lady and was the brains behind N.W.A. and not to mention he brought Bone Thugz N Harmony into the rap game. You can’t do nothing but respect these, as well as the other two members, MC Ren and DJ Yella.

I would go see it again AND buy it when it comes out on DVD. This movie is worth more than buying it on a bootleg.

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