Primetime Emmy winning producer Bruna Papandrea is looking to sell her production company Made Up Stories per sources.
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Angelique Jackson Award-winning producers Mimi Valdés and Nina Yang Bongiovi are teaming up for a new venture, Fly Green Socks, a multicultural media company focused on producing hip-hop narratives in film. “Hip-hop is a culture defining superpower, influencing fashion, technology and even politics.
But it’s severely underrepresented in Hollywood as its own film genre,” Valdés and Yang Bongiovi said in a statement announcing their partnership. “Our goal with Fly Green Socks is to create a new lane of films dedicated to uplifting the hip-hop ecosystem.” According to an IFPI survey, over 1.85 billion people worldwide listen to hip-hop.
The co-founders added: “With hip-hop celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, there’s a goldmine of untapped stories for us to champion with innovative filmmakers. We look forward to using our combined experience and deep relationships in music and film to deliver high-quality storytelling that impacts culture.” Valdés and Yang Bongiovi first met while producing “Dope,” the indie darling that debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.
They collaborated again on 2017’s “Roxanne Roxanne,” a biopic about hip-hop icon Roxanne Shanté, and now make their partnership official with Fly Green Socks. Under the leadership of two women of color, the new company is founded with the mission to tell “fun, bold stories inspired by the world of hip-hop,” and its name pays homage to a phrase from the rap song “La Di Da Di” by Doug E.
Fresh and Slick Rick. Both individually and as a duo, Valdés and Yang Bongiovi have made immense cultural impact in their acclaimed careers, shepherding such projects as “Fruitvale Station,” “Hidden Figures,” “Sorry to Bother.
Primetime Emmy winning producer Bruna Papandrea is looking to sell her production company Made Up Stories per sources.
One of Meghan Markle's close friends - Mandana Dayani - is believed to have inadvertently proven that the Duchess of Sussex has relaunched a personal Instagram account, after she and husband Prince Harry ditched social media in 2020.The former Suits actress' gal pal - with whom she worked closely alongside during the filming of the ex-royals' Netflix docu-series - followed the new page, which is understood to have gone live this weekend, yesterday. Mandala is now listed as one of '@meghan's' 104,000 followers, joining the likes of author and activist Malala Yousafzai in implying it's a real account to be used by mum-of-two Meghan, 42.The American star quit social media back in 2020 after the Sussexes officially opted to step down from royal duties, with she and Harry having shared a joint royal account.
Livestream shopping platform NTWRK is teaming up with Amazon Music and its audio storytelling app Audible for Hip-Hop Sounds & Stories: A 50 & Forever Celebration, an immersive two-day experience that explores how fans have been listening to hip-hop over the last five decades. Read Next: NTWRK, Paramount Pictures, and streetwear brand We Are Little Giants celebrate Mutant Mayhem Happening August 26 and 27 at NTWRK LA, the free event will feature live performances from DJ Drama and SleazyWorld Go, exclusive audio content, and an in-depth discussion on the influences that have shaped the genre.
Ethan Shanfeld As a co-writer of 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” David Ayer helped launch one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. Yet, the “Suicide Squad” and “End of Watch” director says he has “nothing to show” for his contributions to Universal Pictures’ high-octane racing series. “Biggest franchise in Hollywood, and I don’t have any of it,” Ayer said on a recent episode of Jon Bernthal’s “Real Ones” podcast (via EW).
Universal Studios Group Chair Pearlena Igbokwe has said there is determination from all sides to find an “equitable” solution to the Hollywood labor strikes.
Manori Ravindran Executive Editor of International U.K. consultancy and theatre company Access All Areas is launching a new production outfit, co-led by learning disabled and autistic talent, and focused on improving learning disabled and neurodivergent representation in TV and film. The launch coincides with a renewed drive for inclusion via the TV Access Project — a coalition of U.K.
Mick Jenkins has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to defending hip-hop’s under-appreciated underground. “We’re celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, and a lot of artists like myself who’ve been in this joint for 10, 15 years, underground the whole time, don’t get to be a part of the celebration, but artists who’ve been here for six months get to be on stage at the award show,” he points out in conversation with Dylan Green on this week’s episode of The FADER Interview. “We’re celebrating 50 years of hip hop, not 50 years of rap.
Dozens of female celebs stepped out to take part in the 25th Day of Indulgence, an annual event held by film and TV producer Jennifer Klein at her home in Los Angeles.
Gerard Butler was spotted enjoying a meal in Edinburgh on Monday night. The Paisley-born star delighted staff as he popped into the popular Italian eatery on Merchant Street.
Chuck D has narrated a new audio docu-drama series about the rise of hip-hop, which is available to listen to now.The American rapper and Public Enemy frontman recounts the story of hip-hop’s birth in the Bronx, New York during the late 1960s and early ’70s on new series Can You Dig It? A Hip-Hop Origin Story.Across five 30-minute episodes, the hip-hop pioneer retraces the genre’s rise through a blend of “immersive reenactments, oral history and expert discussion”, according to the show’s summary notes.“How did hip-hop happen? To understand that, we have to go back to before the birth’ of the culture,” the description reads.It continues: “It wasn’t a given that the Bronx of the late 1960s and early 1970s would be the birthplace of an American art form. Urban renewal had left the borough neglected and in crisis.
There was a brief moment during Hip Hop 50 Live — an epic celebration of the golden anniversary of hip-hop that stretched from Friday night into Saturday morning at New York’s Yankee Stadium— that provided a quick reality check.In between Kid Capri’s DJ set and a breakdancing segment featuring Rock Steady Crew legend Crazy Legs, Yankee legend Derek Jeter crashed what felt like the world’s biggest block party and reminded you that it was actually the home of the Bronx Bombers.But on this unforgettable night, the stadium belonged to hip-hop — the music and the game-changing culture that was fathered by DJ Kool Herc at a party in the South Bronx 50 years ago on Aug. 11, 1973.And with a loaded lineup that included golden-age groundbreakers (Run-DMC, Slick Rick), West Coast rap royalty (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube) and new-millennium masters (Lil Wayne, T.I.), the marathon, seven-hour-plus concert felt like the Live Aid of hip-hop.
A.D. Amorosi Hip-hop may belong to the world now, but there’s little question that the sound and culture that took over the world had its start in the New York City borough of the Bronx in the summer of 1973, where DJ Kool Herc and others held neighborhood block parties — mixing, scratching and rhyming over records. In observance of that anniversary, Run D.M.C.
YouTube has announced that they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop this year by launching the FIFTY DEEP campaign.This month marks 50 years since DJ Kool Herc performed at a party in the Bronx and showed off his DJing invention of scratching records to extend the instrumental breaks in the song. This revelation was the cornerstone for hip-hop as people could dance longer (evolving into breakdancing) and aspiring MCs could rap during song breaks.In honour of the musical milestone, YouTube has launched FIFTY DEEP, “a cultural campaign on YouTube that salutes how far [the genre] come.” Director of Black Music & Culture Tuma Basa wrote a blog post on the new campaign, saying that the mission “is for every generation to dig into the gems of YouTube’s archival treasury of Hip Hop.”They plan to fulfil their mission by collating a visual library of 2,000 videos that “have changed the game” for hip-hop music, having a custom Yoodle (YouTube’s version of the Google Doodle) to pay homage to the phenomenon of type beats, and creating a Google Arts & Culture Hip Hop Hub to collate “a wide range of cultural institutions’ collections and curated stories.”FIFTY DEEP will kick off this Friday (August 11) with a live stream of Hip-Hop 50 Live on Mass Appeal’s official YouTube channel.
Run-DMC, a 12-year-old Darryl McDaniels got his first education in hip-hop at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic school in Jamaica, Queens.“I was in seventh grade, and Billy Morris — who was in the eighth grade — walked into the schoolyard with a flat Panasonic tape recorder that all the kids would use [back when] there were no boomboxes,” DMC, 59, told The Post.“And he said, ‘Yo, come listen to this!’ He pushed play, I heard a beat … and it was about, like, a minute and 30 seconds of this guy rapping over this little drum beat.
Anna Tingley If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission. Igloo is keeping their brand cool with a new collaboration with the iconic ’80s hip-hop group DMC, in celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.
Da Brat and her wife, Jesseca «Judy» Harris-Dupart, shared adorable photos of the newborn from a recent photo shoot with photographer Kelsey Freeman. Set against a red background, True clutches a felt microphone and boombox while dressed in pants and a long cap. «It was only right,» the proud moms captioned the three-slide gallery post on Instagram.«We took True for a NEWBORN photoshoot session with Kelsey Freeman Photography like 2 weeks ago and I 5000% suggest her to anyone, she's like a baby whisperer,» Dupart wrote in a Thread screenshot in the final slide of the gallery.
Anna Tingley If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission. Color-blocked bomber jackets, rib-knit jumpers, chain-link necklaces and Nike Air Max sneakers are just some of the pieces in a new collection curated by Farfetch and Stadium Goods.
RZA has shared his thoughts on hip-hop and the culture surrounding it in a recent interview honouring Hip-Hop 50.This month, hip-hop music celebrates its 50th anniversary. The milestone has been marked by numerous events and performances so far this year.While talking to Rolling Stone, the Wu-Tang Clan member reflected on what is next for hip-hop. “Somebody tweeted recently that ‘We are still not aligned.’ I think we need to align,” he said to the publication.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and her Buffy The Vampire Slayer co-star Seth Green reunited at a recent Taylor Swift concert.The mini Buffy reunion took place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, one of the final US stops that Taylor Swift has lined up for her ongoing ‘Eras’ tour.Sharing an update on Instagram, the former co-stars took a selfie together at the live show – showing Gellar kissing Green on the cheek with the audience at the arena behind them.In the post, Gellar also shared a video of them both getting into the live show, featuring them singing along to her music at the gig. Other images included a snap of her outfit, as well as backstage photos with HAIM singer Este, director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and screenwriter Alison Rose Greenberg.
Hip-Hop 50 with some of the biggest stars from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Aug. 11.The one-night-only event will feature mega stars like Run-DMC, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Lil Kim.They’ll be joined by icons Nas, Fat Joe, Common, Ghostface Killah and Lupe Fiasco.A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Slick Rick, Wiz Khalifa, Kurtis Blow and Cam’ron round out the lineup.Of course, the founding father of Hip-Hop DJ Kool Herc will be there too.And if you want to take part in the extravaganza, it isn’t too late — as of now, last-minute tickets are still available.At the time of publication, the lowest price we could find on tickets was $57 before fees on Vivid Seats.Lower-level and floor tickets are a bit more pricier.How much are they going for now?Keep scrolling.We’ve got everything you need to know and more about Hip-Hop 50 at Yankee Stadium below.All prices listed above are subject to fluctuation.A complete breakdown of all the best ticket prices by upper, lower and floor level sections for Hip-Hop 50 can be found right here:(Note: The New York Post confirmed all above prices at the publication time.