Over the past few months there have been several biopics that captured the stories of some of our favorite music artists. There was the controversial Aaliyah movie, which was then closely followed by a movie about the life of the late Whitney Houston — both on Lifetime. One of the latest projects in the works is a film about R&B group, New Edition. A group of die-hard New Edition fans joined forces to create “NE Heartbreak The Movement.” The group says it wants to bring a movie about New Edition’s highs and lows in the music industry to fruition. In order to rally support for the project, the group has shot and released a trailer which was directed by Atlanta-based independent filmmaker Bobby Huntley. The film crew spent six weeks auditioning for the cast, and another six weeks rehearsing; they hope their efforts will bring the film to life. Read more.
South Africa’s Bala Brothers Commemorate Nelson Mandela through Song
Earlier this month marked the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela being freed from prison. In recognition of the leader, South Africa’s Bala Brothers have decided to use their next album to pay homage to Mandela. Their new project will feature their own rendition of the anti-apartheid anthem “(Something Inside) So Strong.” “The Bala Brothers are a true representation of the values that our Founder, Nelson R. Mandela, stood for. They are men of integrity who have always been willing to selflessly serve the causes of our charity over the years, and are great ambassadors for their country, South Africa. We have always been proud to be associated with this immensely talented family,” said Kathi Scott, Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK in a statement. The Bala Brothers’ CD will be released on March 3. They will also have a DVD and Blu-Ray release on March 24. The Bala Brothers will go on tour in the U.S. in May 2015.
Maryland Students Get Candid about Experiences with Racism in New Video Campaign
A new campaign reveals the harsh truths concerning racism and black youth. African American students from top tier high schools in Maryland shared their candid experiences with discrimination and stereotyping in a new video project called “I, Too, Am B-CC.” Many of the students featured in the video and who attend Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, share how even though their schools are perceived to be diverse and accepting of all races, internally they encounter jabs from their white counterparts. Some of them discussed how racism has given them identity issues. “Growing up I felt like I have had to look like the white man, dress like the white man, talk like the white man in order to be seen as being on the same level with the other white kids,” B-CC senior Sisan Dorsu says as she bursts into tears. “Now, I’m in a situation where I really don’t know, like, what am I?” Read more.