Beyond the Lights (2014)

lightbulbThe Buzz: At first glimpse I dismissed this film as a Lifetime version of The Bodyguard. But after watching the emotional first trailer I was pleasantly surprised to discover the film was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. I was a big fan of both Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, and so I’m looking forward to seeing her latest film after a six-year break. I’m confident Gina’s strong storytelling will take this familiar concept to a new level. The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Why Lifetime’s Aaliyah Bioptic is Going to be a Disaster

aaliyah-lifetime-edit-620x400If there is one thing that we can be sure of, it’s that Lifetime’s interpretation of Aaliyah’s short dramatic life – Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will be a pretty bad movie. The project has been swimming in controversy from its inception and now that the finished product is almost upon us, we can’t help but be wary. After a chaotic casting session, Alexandra Shipp who is known primarily for her work on Nickelodeon bravely stepped up to the plate right after teen sensation Zendaya Coleman wisely rejected the part. We are sure she did the best she could to fulfill the obligations of the role, but the fact that Lifetime is steering this ship spells trouble.

The network has been known for its salacious tales that border on tacky and at times outrageous. They excel at using the memory of dearly departed celebs for financial gain – remember The Brittany Murphy Story? So it’s no wonder that Aaliyah’s loved ones were not supportive which explains why the trailer utilized the music of Iggy Azalea to get the word out. Weird? We think so. But even worse is the fact that Aaliyah’s world famous tunes are not featured in the film because Lifetime failed to successfully gain access to her catalog of hits. This already guarantees that viewers will be experiencing frequent moments of delirium as they are being subjected to recreations of the real thing. Who wants to watch a film about a fallen star without the original content? CONTINUE READING

New Music: DJ Khaled feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih & Future ‘Hold You Down’

02drunk190.1DJ Khaled may be spotlighting his metamorphosis on his forthcoming album I Changed A Lot but his latest release remains true to his “We The Best” mantra. For “Hold You Down,” Khaled celebrates the ladies by tapping every chart-topping R&B dude to sing to ‘em including Chris Brown, Jeremih, August Alsina and (if you count AutoTune wailing serenading) Future. The hip-hop ballad serves as the follow-up to his rap star-studded street anthem “They Don’t Love You No More,” which Remy Ma recently blessed with a remix. Hop into bed with the Bkorn, Lee on the Beats, & LDB-produced after hours banger below, courtesy of Miss Info. “Hold You Down” makes its worldwide debut on BET’s 106 & Park today (Aug. 11).

Barneys Settles Racial Profiling Allegations For $525K

realtalklogoBarneys has agreed to a $525,000 settlement for racial profiling after a nine-month investigation found that the security and staff personnel of its flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue were targeting minority customers.

According to the New York Daily News, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigators interviewed nearly a dozen complainants, including customers and former employees, who noticed a pattern of racial profiling began last year following a “dramatic spike” in shoplifting and credit card fraud.

“This agreement will correct a number of wrongs, both by fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees to make sure that past mistakes are not repeated,” Schneiderman said.

In April 2013, a 19-year-old college student named Trayon Christian said he was racially profiled and accused of fraud by two undercover cops after purchasing a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys. Two months prior, 21-year-old nursing student Kayla Phillips said she was also accused of credit card fraud by four plainclothes cops after buying a $2,500 Celine bag.

Rap mogul, Jay Z, came under fire last fall after teaming with Barneys for a holiday collection. He issued a statement, saying, “I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?” Continue reading