The Movie New Jack City Is Now A Stage Play!

Hip-hop artists Treach (from the trio Naughty By Nature) and Big Daddy Kane will join actors Flex Alexander and House Of Payne star Allen Payne on the stage-play New Jack City. Payne starred in the actual film – released in 1991 – alongside Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock.

Producer Je’Caryous Johnson, the mastermind behind New Jack City, will take the play to Philadelphia, Washington, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston. The tour will start in November and will run through to January, 2023.

Jennifer Hudson Adds TV Host To Her Already Impressive Résumé (@IAMJHUD)

On Monday, September 12th The Jennifer Hudson Show will debut on Fox TV, as well as on channels owned by Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TEGNA, Nexstar Media Group, and other networks.

The actress and singer promises to take the program beyond celebrity guests and musical performances; choosing instead to shine a light on everyday heroes. Although The Jennifer Hudson Show is not a replacement for Ellen (DeGeneres), it is worth noting that it will be filmed on Ellen’s old set by many of the same staffers.

Oliver Samuels Is “Guilty With Explanation”

Jamaica’s king of comedy, Oliver Samuels, will be heading to Canada for back to back shows on Mother’s Day weekend. Samuels along with Lakeisha Ellison and Tesfa Edwards will star in the play Guilty With Explanation.

The team will be at L’Agora De Norte Place School (1780 Meadowvale Blvd.) in Mississauga, Ontario on May 6th at 8pm; and at The Metropolitan Centre (3840 Finch Ave. East) in Toronto on both the 7th and 8th.

Tickets are available at several West Indian locations in the GTA and online via Ticket Gateway. This is an Ebony Nile Production presentation.

Kudos To Questlove On His Oscar Win! (@questlove)

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Despite all the hoopla surrounding the Oscars on the weekend, there was a very good moment for black music that persons within the culture should not miss and/or forget. That’s the moment when Questlove‘s Summer of Soul won in the Documentary Feature category.

Questlove directed the 2021 Summer of Soul documentary, which was about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted black pride and unity. Congrats Quest!

The Movie Inspired By Turbulence’s Song “Jamaica Holiday” Is Out Now!

In July of this year, Marlon Folkes, the CEO and owner of Reggae Vibes Music, announced that their latest release at the time – Jamaica Holiday, which is performed by Turbulence – has inspired a movie. 

The one hour and twenty-six minutes film, which has just been uploaded to YouTube, was written and directed by Richard Brown and Glenroy Dodd; with production credits going to both Richard Brown Films and Jammiwood. 

When asked to give a quick synopsis regarding the movie, Folkes said it’s about “a character with life challenges who decide to travel the country to clear his head. The journey shows [the] good and bad of Jamaica, [but] mostly good and how the bad turns into good.” 

It goes without saying that reggae recording artist Turbulence is one of the stars; but in order to find out what role he plays persons will have to watch the entire film for themself.

Jamaica Holiday, the movie, was to be released in August but it was delayed because of the ongoing lockdowns caused by the covid-19 pandemic. Now that it is out, we are encouraging everyone to not only watch the movie but also download the song that inspired it. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MOVIE

Jennifer Hudson, Nas & Others Star In The New Netflix Movie “Monster” (@IAMJHUD @Nas)

On Friday, May 7th, Netflix will premiere the film Monster. This is a movie about a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem, attending an elite high school, through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

Monster stars Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones, Tim Blake Nelson and John David Washington. The executive producers are John Legend, Nas and Jeffrey Wright.

Watch Jamaica’s Two Biggest Comedians Oliver Samuels & Delcita In “Entanglement”

If you have not done so as yet, check out the new comedy – Entanglement – starring two of Jamaica’s biggest comedians: Oliver Samuels and Delcita. It is currently streaming via mytelefy dot tv, and it will be available until February 28th.