Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Partners with Jason Zeldes to Release ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’

ftr-romeo-is-bleedingAll Def Digital and Russell Simmons have partnered with award-winning editor Jason Zeldes to executive produce Zeldes’ documentary feature directorial debut “Romeo Is Bleeding,” which explores the power of spoken word poetry to save and elevate youth, in one of the most violent suburbs of the country. With Donté Clark’s evocative and stirring street poetry serving as a backdrop, “Romeo is Bleeding” captures the community tensions, violence and heartbreak that haunt neighborhoods like Richmond, California across the country (and around the world). As Donté leads a cast of high school students in an effort to mount a fresh adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” the film uses the Bard’s classic to delve deeper into the contemporary socio-economic issues that drive the violence in their city. As the play comes together on the stage, real life begins to parallel the Shakespearean tragedy. Pushed to his limits, Donté must decide if he is capable of being the leader that Richmond’s youth wants and needs him to be.

The Film Collaborative will release the award-winning documentary in select theatres beginning July 28. The announcement was jointly made today by Sanjay Sharma, President and CEO of All Def Digital, and Romeo is Bleeding producer Michael Klein of Circadian Pictures.

“This is a powerful and provocative film that could not be more timely, or timeless. It carries a critical message about the power of the written – and spoken – word to save and transform individuals and communities,” said Simmons. “As funding for the arts, the youth, and community services continues to get slashed, Romeo Is Bleeding and its star show us the importance of the arts in our lives and how one person can make a huge difference in even the most hardened of communities.” Simmons, known widely as the founder of iconic hip hop brands such as Def Jam Records and Phat Farm, also brought spoken word to the forefront of artistic culture through nearly a decade of Def Poetry Jam on HBO. He also received a Tony Award for Brave New Voices, a spoken word inspired play on Broadway.

Starz Dates ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Season 4 + Releases First Look Images

Today, S02drunk190.1tarz announced the highly-anticipated Season Four return of STARZ Original comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” on Sunday, August 20th at 10PM ET/PT. The upcoming season of “Survivor’s Remorse” executive produced by Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O’Malley, Paul Wachter and Victor Levin will include ten half-hour episodes and include guest stars: Isaiah Washington, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Neal McDonough and DJ Khaled to name a few.

“Survivor’s Remorse” Season 3 averaged 3.0M viewers per episode among all reportable platforms, +30 percent vs. Season Two and +58 percent vs. Season One. The series is a top-6 scripted program on cable among African-American viewers and a top-4 weekend program on cable among African-American viewers.*

In the upcoming Season Four of the Mike O’Malley-created comedy series, Cam Calloway thought he’d finally reached the top when he signed his massive contract to play basketball in Atlanta. But the higher you reach, the farther you have to fall. His success has impacted the lives of everyone in his life and that kind of change comes with unintended and far-reaching consequences. The past that he has been desperately trying to avoid comes rushing back with a vengeance and family secrets threaten to destroy everything he has worked so hard to achieve. Plus, Cam’s mom, Cassie Calloway, is dating the man who pays him to wear sneakers.

“Survivor’s Remorse” follows the life of Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher, a hard working, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam moves to Georgia with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, played by RonReaco Lee, to begin the journey to superstardom. The two confront the challenges of carrying needy family members who are along for the ride and their strong ties to the impoverished community where they were raised. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

Kevin Hart Tells All in New Memoir: 5 Bombshells About Sex, Drugs and Succeeding in Hollywood

There’s so much you don’t know about Kevin Hart. Sure, he’s a Hollywood star that can create a box office hit over night. And the funny man can also laugh your butt off thanks to his comedic chops and wicked timing. But in his new memoir titled I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, the actor opens up about a variety of topics he doesn’t always talk about. As the book hits stores today, we decided to take a look inside the new memoir. From finding success and rejection in Hollywood to his childhood life, you may be surprised at Kevin’s candid confessions. Losing His Virginity: In the chapter titled “Life Lessons from School,” Kevin recounted the time he lost his virginity twice. “Her name was Angie. We didn’t go to the same school, but she lived in the neighborhood,” he wrote. “The first time, I couldn’t tell whether we did it or not. This time, I was certain we did it. So I double lost my virginity. I had to lose it twice, just to make sure.” Kevin later admitted that it took him awhile to comprehend that “even though I wasn’t tall or good-looking, women were still attracted to me.” Greatest Pilot Never Seen: At one point in his career, Judd Apatow wanted the actor to be in one of his pilots alongside the one and only Amy Poehler and Jason Segel. “At the time, the most famous actor doing the pilot was Judge Reinhold, who had starred in Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy. The rest of the cast I’d never heard of before – a funny little improve comic named Amy Poehler and a big, goofy twenty-one-year-old named Jason Segel,” he wrote. “Though they’re household names now, and they had more experience than I did back then, they were relatively unknown at the time.” Sadly, the pilot never got to air.

The Lawless Presidency

Twitter Users Blocked by Trump Seek Reprieve, Citing First Amendment By CHARLIE SAVAGE JUNE 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Twitter users blocked by President Trump after they criticized or mocked him are asking him to reverse the moves, arguing that the Constitution bars him from blocking people on the social media service.

The request raises novel legal issues stemming from Mr. Trump’s use of his Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, to make statements about public policy. In a letter sent to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, lawyers for several users he has blocked argued that his account was a “public forum” from which the government may not constitutionally exclude people because it disagrees with views they have expressed.

“This Twitter account operates as a ‘designated public forum’ for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional,” the letter said. “We ask that you unblock them and any others who have been blocked for similar reasons.” The letter implies that if the Trump administration does not comply, a lawsuit may follow. The blocked Twitter users are represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, whose executive director, Jameel Jaffer, said in a statement that Mr. Trump did not have a right to exclude his critics from engaging with his posts. READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/us/politics/trump-twitter-first-amendment.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=homepage&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Home%20Page&pgtype=article

Obamacare Didn’t Destroy Insurance Markets, but It Also Didn’t Fix Them

Most Americans get health insurance from a job or government program, but about 8 percent, or some 22 million people, now buy individual policies under the Affordable Care Act. Insurers began offering these plans in 2014.

Republican lawmakers and President Trump have criticized Obamacare, saying it took away people’s ability to choose their health plans and doctors, pointing to a recent exodus of insurers that could leave areas with a single insurer or none at all. Mr. Trump has insisted the markets are failing.

 

And the markets took another hit on Tuesday when Anthem, one of the nation’s largest insurers, pulled out of Ohio, leaving about 20 counties with no Obamacare carrier.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hoped the law would spur more competition among insurers across the country.

But so far, the law has not delivered on that promise, especially in states that never had much competition, but it didn’t create the lack of choice in those states, according to a Times analysis of insurer participation provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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