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‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’ Begins Streaming On Hulu On February 14th!

‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’ Begins Streaming On Hulu On February 14th!

Hulu and Lionsgate today announce that UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1, the powerful and inspiring true story of how Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) transcended sports to become a global phenomenon, will stream exclusively on Hulu.  From first time filmmaker Dexton Deboree, the documentary interviews culture-defining titans, including NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan himself, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Lena Waithe, Carmelo Anthony, Chuck D, and Phil Knight among others, to explore how AJ1 was not just a sneaker, but a worldwide movement that broke through barriers of race, age, and gender to define the culture in which we now live. Lionsgate acquired the documentary which is set to make its exclusive streaming debut on Hulu on February 14.

“Sneaker fans all over the world remember the thrill of getting their first pair of Air Jordans, and this film explores the story behind and incredible impact of that iconic shoe,” said Heather Moosnick, Senior Vice President Content Partnerships, Hulu. “At Hulu, we’re focused on bringing highly compelling films and series to our viewers that reflect the culture and inspire conversation – and UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 is exactly that.”

“We were thrilled to get behind Dexton’s captivating film exploring the cultural phenomenon of the AJ1,” said Jared Goetz, Lionsgate President of North American Television Distribution. “With Hulu’s longstanding commitment to premium quality content, we’ve found the perfect partner to launch this film.”

This is the story of Air Jordan 1, the shoe that tapped a cultural nerve deep inside a generation, unlocked the voice of so many voiceless and transcended sports to become a global phenomenon. Beyond the shoe’s iconic image and deeper than the legend of its namesake – Michael Jordan – UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 explores AJ1’s role in giving birth to sneaker culture, re-shaping the game of basketball and the very identity of the NBA. It revolutionized the business of the professional athlete as a brand and radically disrupted a generation to define our modern global culture on and off the court. Through a riveting journey of powerful voices that also include Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, actor Anthony Anderson, DJ and record producer DJ Khaled across all aspects of culture from then and now, the film chronicles the shoe’s explosive impact on history and our modern world.

“I’m excited for the world to witness a story that breaks some rules and explores some new ground in expressing a tale as remarkable as any great fable we’ve heard or seen before,” said writer/director Dexton Deboree. “This film unearths a very powerful story that is beneath a cultural icon to share something that transcends sport, sneakers, and the popular zeitgeist of much of what happened not only with AJ1 and even Michael Jordan himself, but the radical cultural revolution that unfolded in its wake.”

UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 chronicles the dawn of the sneaker craze and the sneaker’s explosive cultural impact on music, fashion, art, and entertainment through powerful voices of then and now. The film is produced by Dexton Deboree and Stef Fink. 

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Rock Legends Living Colour Reinvent Notorious B.I.G.’s Iconic Track “Who Shot Ya”

Rock Legends Living Colour Reinvent Notorious B.I.G.’s Iconic Track “Who Shot Ya”

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Legendary rock band Living Colour will release ‘Mixtape’ on September 9—a new EP based upon their powerful reinvention of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya” and a subsequent series of remixes. The cornerstone of the set is producer Andre Betts‘ remix, which includes guest verses by Chuck D., Prodigal Sunn, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch and Kyle Mansa. Living Colour, who’ve been politically outspoken in the past, were inspired to release the song by the ongoing crisis of gun violence and police brutality towards people of color in the U.S.

“Our version of ‘Who Shot Ya’ was initially an organic outgrowth of pure fandom for the work of the brilliant Christopher Wallace. Corey would frequently sing the song during soundcheck, so we worked it up,” says Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. “But tragically Biggie’s question has taken on new and urgent significance over the last year. The amount of people who die on a daily basis because of gun violence is unacceptable in a civilized society. The disproportionate use of deadly force in communities of color is equally unacceptable in a civilized society. It inspired the idea to reach out to some of the most provocative voices in hip-hop to invite them to add their words to the track. We all feel paralyzed as to how we can meaningfully effect change, but at the least we can keep our voices raised in solidarity and not let this plight fade into the background until it happens again.”

Living Colour continue to tour prolifically around the world, including shows this summer with Jane’s Addiction and Dinosaur Jr.The band will be among the headliners at AfroPunk Fest next week in Brooklyn. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their first new full-length studio album in seven years, entitled ‘Shade,’ which is planned for an early 2017 release.

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2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Rocks HBO Tonight!

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Rocks HBO Tonight!

rock-and-roll-hall-of-fameAre you ready to rock? The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony debuts on HBO Saturday, May 18 at 9pm!

The Performer Category Inductees this year are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer. The Ahmet Ertegun Non-Performer Category Inductees are Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. The HBO special features a star-studded lineup, including: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Jennifer Hudson, and rock legends Tom Petty, John Fogerty, and Jackson Browne.

HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the HBO special beginning at midnight the same day the special debuts on HBO, and concluding May 19 at midnight.

Other HBO playdates: May 24 (5:00 p.m., 12:15 a.m.), 26 (4:10 p.m.), 28 (9:45 p.m., 4:05 a.m.) and 31 (12:30 p.m.), and June 1 (1:00 p.m.), 3 (1:45 p.m.) and 5 (2:20 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), 22 (12:10 a.m.) and 30 (10:55 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), and June 9 (7:30 a.m.) and 18 (5:30 p.m.)

Don’t miss the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm, only on HBO.

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LL COOL J: New Album ‘Authentic’ Now Available For Streaming

LL COOL J: New Album ‘Authentic’ Now Available For Streaming

Living Legend LL Cool J

Living Legend LL Cool J

Two-time Grammy®-winning recording artist, LL COOL J’s upcoming new album AUTHENTIC is streaming now on Amazon. Fans can listen to the new Album in its entirety before it is released on April 30, 2013. With the release of his 14th studio Album AUTHENTIC, on 429 Records/The Savoy Label Group, the multi-platinum artist returned to the studio and kicked the volume up to create a powerful new album that came from his true passion for music and would speak to his fans.AUTHENTIC is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.comiTunes and Target.

AUTHENTIC features a diverse and wide array of legendary and new artists that underscore the Album’s roots of being born out of the true love for music, including, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie Van Halen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and many more. Collectively these artists have achieved tremendous success in music, including many Grammy® Awards, multi-platinum albums, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and nominations, NAACP Awards, and Country Music Awards, among many other accolades. 

“With AUTHENTIC, I wanted to work on a project that showed my genuine love for all music,” LL says. “Collaborating with these myriad of artists was an amazing experience and this album got me back to my roots and is for the fans across all generations who love real music too.”

Celebrating his 30th year in music, AUTHENTIC features the iconic rapper in his element. The album is anchored by LL’s expressive attitude where his sensitive side is as present as his slicing lyrical switchblades.  AUTHENTIC comes to life with rock-hip-hop anthems, crazy club jams, tender tracks, personal tributes, and hard-hitting commentary addressing the current hip-hop climate.

Fans have gotten an early taste of the musically diverse and genre defying AUTHENTIC with the release of the Album tracks, including the up-tempo single “We Came To Party” feat. Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop, “Live For You” featuring Academy of Country Music Award winner Brad Paisley, an unexpected love song, which features a soulful guitar and bass-leaning mid-tempo Hip-Hop/R&B sound, and “We’re The Greatest,” featuring Eddie Van Halen and Travis Barker, a thunderous rock/rap anthem which includes symbolic lyrics, frenetic, over the top guitar licks played with reckless abandon and solid drum beats.

On the heels of the release of LL’s new album, LL will tour this summer all across the country in support of AUTHENTIC. As a part of performing this summer, LL featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline “The Kings Of The Mic” Tour, joined by legendary Hip-Hop artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.   LL will kick-off touring May 23, 2003 in Tucson, AZ and wrap-up in Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2013. For a full list of LL’s dates and cities, and to purchase tickets, visit here.

First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.  The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for the most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. For three decades, LL has continued to influence hip-hop with rap ballads that captivate generations of audiences. Since then, the veteran rapper has evolved his scope of work across entertainment appearing in numerous television and film roles, among many other projects.

 

AUTHENTIC was recorded in Los Angeles and is Executive Produced by LL COOL J and will be released as a joint venture by LL COOL J, Inc. and 429 Records. For more information, details and updates, visit ­­­­www.LLCOOLJ.com, Facebook.com/LLCOOLJ, Twitter.com/LLCOOLJ and Twitter.com/TeamLLGoat.

 

AUTHENTIC TRACKLIST:

  1. “Bath Salt”
  2. “Not Leaving You Tonight” Feat. Fitz & The Tantrums with Eddie Van Halen
  3. “New Love” Feat. Charlie Wilson
  4. “We Came To Party” Feat. Snoop Dogg & Fatman Scoop
  5. “Give Me Love” Feat. Seal
  6. “Something About You” Feat. Charlie Wilson, Earth Wind & Fire and Melody Thornton
  7. “Bartender Please” Feat. Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins & Travis Barker
  8. “Whaddup” Feat. Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello and Z-Trip
  9. “Between The Sheetz” Feat. Mickey Shiloh
  10. “Closer” Feat. Monica
  11. “Live For You” Feat. Brad Paisley
  12. “We’re The Greatest” Feat. Eddie Van Halen & Travis Barker

 

LL COOL J TOUR DATES

5/23 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater

5/24 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint

5/25 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

5/26 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl

5/30 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

5/31 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Stir Cove

6/1 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

6/4 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

6/6 – St Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

6/7 – St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

6/8 – Orlando, FL – 94.5 Block party

6/12 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House

6/14 – Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park

6/15 – Portsmouth, VA – nTELOS Wireless Pavilion

6/16 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center

6/18 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

6/19 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

6/20 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom

6/22 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

6/23 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Outdoor

6/25 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

6/26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

6/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

7/1 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

7/2 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater

7/3 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

7/5 – New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival

7/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre

 

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Antonino D’Ambrosio’s ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ To Receive December Release

Antonino D’Ambrosio’s ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ To Receive December Release

If you are into documentary filmmaking, than ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ is a film that should peak your interest. From director Antonino D’Ambrosio, the film is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and features interviews with over 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices including street artist Shepard Fairey, comedian Lewis Black, musicians Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Chuck D (Public Enemy), and filmmaker John Sayles. CAVU Pictures is releasing LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR in select theaters starting Friday, Dec 14th. Check out the official synopsis below and visit the official website at www.letfuryhavethehour.com.

Official Synopsis: Rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational, LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture in 2012. In a time of global challenges, big questions and by-the-numbers politics, this upbeat, outspoken film tracks the story of the artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine the world – honing in on equality, community and engaged creativity – in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways.

Writer/director Antonino D’Ambrosio unites 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices –from street artist Shepard Fairey to rapper Chuck D to playwright Eve Ensler to musicians Tom Morello and Billy Bragg to novelist Edwidge Danticat to filmmaker John Sayles to comic Lewis Black – who share personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas. Mix-mastered with historical footage, animation and performances, D’Ambrosio presents a visceral portrait of a generation looking to re-jigger a system that has failed to address the most pressing problems of our times . . . or human potential.

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