By ARTHIA NIXON
2015 is turning out to be the year of Black biopics, as viewers gear up to witness history told through the eyes of some of the nation’s most talented Black directors and actors, combined with the contributions of those who actually lived through the events.
And while many are still singing ‘Glory’ from the movie “Selma”, the 80’s and early 90’s are coming coming back with a bang as movie goers (and now those in their mid-40s and up) are getting
ready to sing-a-long as they watch the birth of hip-hop on the East Coast with “Straight Outta Compton”.
A report reaching our newsroom on the eve of the film premier claimed that some movie theaters were beefing up security, a move some considered bordered on racial profiling.
A synposis states in 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels armed only with their lyrics, swagger,
bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
“Straight Outta Compton” stars Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. As for why Oshea Jackson, Jr, is a deadringer for his portrayl of Ice Cube, it’s because he’s Ice Cube’s real life son.
The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job).
The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr.Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.
The film is in theaters now.