Straight Outta Compton

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Live Aid to Sonic Death Monkey – the best gigs at the movies
As the Queen and Elton John biopics prove, great concert performances are at the heart of the best films about music. Here are 15 of the finest

Tom Fordy

29, May, 2019 @6:32 AM

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Why Hollywood's hip-hop stories are fatally flawed
The film industry is rushing to tell hip-hop’s greatest tales, but the music’s true voice has been muted as its icons simply burnish their own legacies

David Turner

10, Jul, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Straight Outta Hollywood: how hip-hop saved the biopic
The film biography has a chequered past, but a rash of dramas based on the lives of 90s rap stars such as Tupac and NWA has juiced the genre

Ben Westhoff

06, Jul, 2017 @4:46 PM

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The new NWA movie depicts Michel'le's abuse by Dr Dre – but is it true?
The Lifetime biopic Surviving Compton fills in the gaps left by the other NWA movie – and reveals that women in the rap stars’ orbit were callously abused

Ben Westhoff

17, Oct, 2016 @7:56 PM

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Ava DuVernay: 'This patriarchy is often shocked when a black film does well'
During a LA film festival panel the director gets candid about the challenges minority film-makers face and why she turned down the Black Panther project

Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles

06, Jun, 2016 @8:45 PM

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Facebook's 'ethnic affinity' advertising sparks concerns of racial profiling
Advertisers can target African American-, Asian American- and Hispanic-affiliated groups through the site

Alex Hern

22, Mar, 2016 @12:42 PM

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Straight Outta Compton and Will Smith win prizes at Russell Simmons' 'alternative Oscars'
Hip-hop mogul’s All Def Movie awards launched in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite row to honour African-American talent snubbed by the Academy

Ben Child

26, Feb, 2016 @12:30 PM

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What #OscarsSoWhite got right – and wrong
Voter prejudice is shouldering much of the blame for the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity. But who is really responsible?

David Cox

26, Feb, 2016 @9:40 AM

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Chris Rock's brother Tony to host Russell Simmons 'alternative Oscars'
Comedian’s younger sibling signed for All Def movie awards, which the Def Jam founder has said will poke fun and provoke debate after #OscarsSoWhite row

Ben Child

24, Feb, 2016 @4:27 PM

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Universal Hip-Hop Museum is finally open to visitors – at least virtually
The museum was announced with fanfare two years ago, but while it seeks a location in the Bronx – where hip-hop began – it’s accessible as a virtual space

Ben Westhoff

18, Feb, 2016 @11:00 AM

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Straight Outta Compton producers hit back at NWA manager's $110m lawsuit
Film-makers including Ice Cube and Dr Dre reject claims that NWA biopic unfairly painted music mogul Jerry Heller as ‘sleazy’ in box-office smash

Ben Child

11, Feb, 2016 @10:23 AM

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Screen Actors Guild awards set to further expose Oscars' lack of diversity
As the Academy continues to confront criticism, success at the Sags on Saturday for stars such as Viola Davis, Queen Latifah and Idris Elba seems likely to further highlight how far film lags behind TV

Andrew Pulver

29, Jan, 2016 @2:10 PM

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