Master P's Family 17th Annual Thanksgiving 2015 Event Watts, California. P and the No Limit Forever Team fed thousands hot meals from honey baked ham and handed out turkeys to underprivileged families and children.
On this day of giving thanks, Master P said;
This is Our 17th Year celebrating Thanksgiving with the families in Watts. We're connected to so many families, a lot of these kids have the potential to make it out just like me. I hope that my success will be able to inspire. Master P Family Empire 17th Annual Thanksgiving event was a success thanks to all of the volunteers and helpers. We hold this Thanksgiving event in 10 other cities and we are growing every year.
Too often the problem with a great movie franchises is that the films that follow can't handle the task of staying true to what was special about the original while still being strong enough to stand alone. In order to hide these gaps, sequels routinely get crammed with a superfluous glut of famous names and expensive action sequences dripping with inconsequential cinematic fluff. Happily, CREED is not a part of this hackneyed tradition. Due largely to the clear-eyed and naturalistic steering of director Ryan Coogler, CREED more than rises to the occasion as a boxer's clinic on staying true to a classic while also forging it's own very unique and entertaining path.
Make no mistake, there are famous names in the film, starting notably with Sylvester Stallone's Rocky and ending with the very palpable specter of the ghost of actor Carl Weathers' Apollo Creed. However, the sizable bulk of CREED's star power comes from today's world of professional boxing versus Hollywood, giving CREED an understated but singularly modern authenticity. With former WBA and WBC Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and Philly born and bred Puerto Rican Light Middleweight champion Gabriel Rosado putting in major screen time, even if you don't know who they are going in, the fights in CREED crackle with an electricity that can't be ignored and are very exciting to watch.
While the fighting is top notch in CREED with a stylistic POV bent that gives EA Sport's FIGHT NIGHT video games a run for their money, the film doesn't get lost in the purely physical. What makes CREED transcend its subject matter is that it taps into the universal by changing focus from the enemy without to the more elusive enemy within that we all carry. Indeed, the fact that the film's primary antagonist, "Pretty" Ricky Conlon, played with a lot of success by former British WBC Lightweight champion Anthony Bellew, doesn't have more screen time is an intriguing departure from most ROCKY films. But rather than obsess about this creative choice, filmmaker Coogler embraces it by doubling down and posing one question via every central character in CREED both old and new: "What makes a person fight when they are almost certain to lose?" The answers in CREED aren't simple nor do they disappoint. It is almost guaranteed that every moviegoer based on their own life experiences will have their own takeaway on the validity of these answers as shown though CREED's lens in this atypical but fresh addition to the ROCKY series.
Michael B. Jordan is both moving and believable physically and mentally in his portrayal of a young guy who can mix it up in the ring, but suffers greatly from the demons that put him there. Tessa Thompson has a fire and vulnerability as Adonis' love interest, a woman who supports Adonis, but has a life of her own. Phylicia Rashad is the best that we have ever seen her as the concerned yet deeply conflicted parent who cannot bear to be too close or too far from the child that she has decided to love against all odds and convention. However, despite all of these wonderful performances, by far the best fusion of old and new is the beautifully wrought yet easily fractured relationship between Michael B. Jordan's Creed and Sylvester Stallone's shopworn Rocky Balboa. As the cinematic relationship between their fictional characters suggests, the scenes that Jordan and Stallone play together bring out the best of both in this very satisfying movie to knockout cinematic results.
CREED from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema opens nationwide today, November 25, 2015.
Nerds, Geeks and The Gen Pop are having a collective nerdgasm as the good folks at Marvel reveal the first official trailer to the highly anticipated movie "Captain America: Civil War". The move basically has the world's most mightiest heroes at odds with each other. The trailer is awesome. It show Falcon, Bucky, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye and Cap warring with Iron Man, Black Panther (YES!), Black Widow, War Machine and others. This epic movie is in theaters May 6!
On this episode of Odell's RoundTable the topic is "Cuffing Season". It is getting colder and people are going out less and want to snuggle up with someone. What goes in to cuffing season? Is this really a scenario where you are only dating someone for a Season rather than a Reason? Do you let the person you know that this is temporary and not to catch any feelings? What about you do you catch feelings or what happens if someone tells you this was only temporary? The panel consists of host Odell along with Alita, Brittany (from ATL Remix show) & guest BoxMann. Funny but informative discussion like always on the Round Table. Follow the show on Twitter/Instagram and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
In fitting fashion, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY PART 2 picks up right where THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY PART 1 left off with the immediate aftermath of the horrible and unpredictable ways that war and the mental and physical violence that defines it irrevocably affects people. If anything, from the start of the series, THE HUNGER GAMES has been a very personal treatise on the politics of war and what people are capable of doing - both good and bad - under it's influence. As such, it is sadly but eerily fitting that the final installment of this series is being released when the world is experiencing such turmoil with the #blacklivesmatter movement, terrorist attacks in France, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the torrents of refugees pouring across Europe, weathering international waters off the coast of Asia and seeking asylum here in America to escape civil horrors that do not pale when compared to the terrors suffered in fictional Panem. Yet despite the worry of MOCKING JAY PART 2 seeming too hollow or too movie magic contrived due to these realities, the movie soars. MOCKING JAY PART 2 works winningly as a highly entertaining end to a series with characters that we have come to care about. It also works extremely accurately as a parable of warning. If we can't learn as a global community to strengthen the connections that join us and release our grip on the differences that divide us, we may soon find ourselves in our very own worst self made Panem - if we aren't already halfway there.
The symbolism is done well in MOCKING JAY PART 2, but it isn't with such a heavy hand that the visually cinematic art, action joie de vivre or the essence of the characters is lost in the making. After the initial shock of Peeta's complete loss of identity, the audience goes on a dangerous nail-biting journey to see if Katniss can retrieve the real Peeta or if she must abandon him completely in her war against President Snow and all that is wrong in the world of Panem. The symbolism lies in everything that the old Peeta represents for both Katniss and Panem at large - the gentleness and kindness that the Hunger Games' looks to destroy in the name of a better more efficient society. Appropriately for fans and regular moviegoers alike, Katniss's way of protecting and relocating a kinder gentler world as well as a kinder gentler Peeta is anything but non violent or vague. Also as MOCKING JAY PART 2 is truly an urban legends road movie from hell, in the bargain Katniss is constantly hunting the omnipresent but remote President Snow, played with deliciously craven duplicity by Donald Sutherland.
While the movie could get bogged down in an overly simplistic hunt for Snow as the root of all evil, MOCKING JAY doesn't disappoint by taking the easy way out of the bigger issues of culpability in war.
For those who want to escape the weighty issues of the world, this is a movie that also delivers as a purely escapist action adventure survival of the fittest romp. Indeed, when at one point Katniss accuses Peeta of being nothing more than a "mutt", the weight of the insult becomes all too real when we see the "movie magic" version of exactly what everyone is talking about.
Jennifer Lawrence is electric as the bluntly motivated Katniss, forced to make the best of untenable situations under the unblinking scrutiny of those who see her as something to be killed or revered. Josh Hutcherson is more nuanced and soulful as ever as Peeta, the man who can't decipher reality from fantasy. Mahershala Ali does a great turn as the dutiful but moral Boggs, President Coin's watchdog with a conscience. Jena Malone is satisfyingly acidic as Johanna, the tribute who can't help hating Katniss for wanting to be her. Elizabeth Banks remains a brilliant concoction of female drag queen and postmodern lady in waiting to Lawrence's heroine who could use a good shoulder to cry on if she didn't always have to be the resident badass of the free world.
If any criticism could be waged against the film, it would be that Jeffrey Wright, always a brilliant actor to watch, doesn't have much screen time. However, this criticism, as there is almost an over abundance of talented actors involved in MOCKING JAY PART 2, would be quite petty and frankly this film is just too good for that. MOCKING JAY PART 2 is the perfect end to a great series as well as a wonderful addition anyone's Thanksgiving season must see in the theater list. Don't miss it.
There it is. Music doing what it is supposed to do... The music entered his soul and spoke... made him a dancehall producer and bade him come to its home. Now it feels like his home. Watch the above vignette of producer Dre Skull traveling (once again) to Kingston; to immerse himself in the culture AND to link up with artist Popcaan to do work!
Martell Cognac Celebrates Ty Dolla $ign's FREE TC Album Release
Martell Cognac Celebrates Ty Dolla $ign's FREE TC Album Release
Since the Ty Dolla $ign album, Free TC hit shelves and online retailers last Friday its been a world wind of events and appearances for Ty Dolla $ign. The homie put together a solid project touching on R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Trap, Funk and all elements necessary to show that he truly is the rising star everyone says he is. Ty made it to mainstream success, it's been a long road, but this past week was time to celebrate enjoy the release of Free TC. Check the pics below with Wiz, the Taylors and the Atlantic team.
Ronda Rousey is not as talkative after losing her UFC title to Holly Holm. Over the weekend, Rousey was decimated in the second round, finished with a brutal kick to the face. She reportedly has already undergone plastic surgery for her injuries. In an airport, she shunned the media, completely covering her face.
Meanwhile, one-time arch nemesis Floyd Mayweather offered her and encouraging word. AND, offered to help her improve her boxing skills.
BT: Champ, I hear you're about to get on your plane. Is there anything else you want to say before you have to go?
FM: I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I'm here to help you. It's all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She'll be okay. You know, but I'm waiting for the comeback of Jon Jones and the other guy that Jon Jones faced before [Daniel Cormier]. I would love to sponsor those guys. I look forward to working with a lot of MMA f!ghters as far as teaching them boxing techniques. It's the little small things in contact sports that can take you to that next level.
A complex portrait of both the frailty and the tenacity of the human spirit, Warner Bros. motion picture release THE 33, starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne takes viewers on a harrowing ride to the core of a compromised mountain as well as a dark night of the human soul. With visceral action sequences that make you feel as if you are one of the trapped 33, paired with unexpectedly graceful touches of both humor and fantasy, THE 33 falls just shy of being the revelatory Lord of the Files masterpiece that it is aiming for, but is still an extremely worthwhile and moving film to see and experience.
THE 33, which references 33 miners who were trapped 2300 feet underground for sixty-nine days starting on August 5th, 2010 and ending on October 13, 2010 in Copiapo, Chile is a true story. As such, director Patricia Riggen had the difficult task of telling the story dramatically with a responsibility to 33 people and their families to get it right. Riggen does the job admirably with the help of a forceful performance from Antonio Banderas as the indomitable Mario Sepulveda and the unexpectedly authentic and incandescent portrayal by Juliette Binoche of Maria Segovia, a Chilean empanada vendor with an estranged brother trapped in the mines. Lou Diamond Phillips also serves as a brilliant counterpoint to Banderas' unflagging optimism as the pessimistic and guilt riddled Don Lucho, the hapless and impotent foreman whose sole responsibility was the safety of every man within a mine that he suspected early on could quickly become a deathtrap.
The job of the actors outside of the mine is where the stress of telling the real story of too many subjects and too many social issues starts to show. Gabriel Byrne in the role of Andre Sougaret, the mining specialist brought in to navigate bringing 33 men out of a situation no one truly expects them to survive suffers from the onus of too much stock exposition on the logistics of why only a miracle should be able to save those stuck underground. Additionally Rodrigo Santoro who plays Laurence Golborne, the lone Chilean politician that appears to have a conscience, does a great job with what he's given but would have been better served with more time spent explaining why he cares so deeply as well as what his personal familial cost was over those difficult and uncertain sixty nine days.
Of the brightest parts in the execution of THE 33, the last supper sequence which is as lush and fanciful as it is dire and despairing is a precious gem in a movie that truly does the story of a modern day miracle well without too many departures into the overly saccharine. Daring to communicate in the most direct and tangible ways that sometimes the worst of circumstances can bring out the best both technologically and personally in a world where often we expect and demand the worst, THE 33 is more than worth your time.
Several iconic sports memories have been enhanced by music's enchanting presence. Songs become enshrined into anthems and trump time. Recently, AllHipHop sat down with the special teams phenom, Dwayne Harris. Within this exclusive exchange, the gridiron Giant started off by explaining which of his past and present teammates are gifted in rhyme.
The established wide receiver immediately named this fellow Big Blue squad member and said, "I think after he gets done with football he'll become a rapper." When reminiscing about his former Cowboys squad, a matter-of-fact reply was quickly interrupted by a sincere chuckle. Harris mentioned this particular player and said, "[He] thought he had bars but he doesn't; he's a funny guy," he joked. Dwayne later mentioned that this player on America's Team is "probably going to be another Eminem."
As the dialogue became more introspective, Dwayne would assert that his receiving prowess is akin to T.I.'s flow and delivery. The intellectual, yet laid-back lyrical fineness of the king's creativity is Harris; they are both poetry in motion.
Press play and find out which football players could make it in Hip-Hop.
The astute athletic prowess of the New York Giants', Dwayne Harris, continues to earn him league distinction. Big Blue's number 17 is leading the league in kickoff returns with an average of 34.1 yards. Effortless play as a wide receiver and on special teams continues to garner the Atlanta native attention from a pliable public.
Within this AllHipHop exclusive, Harris keeps it classy when talking about his overzealous supporters. Although he doesn't share specific names of the people sliding into his direct messages he does offer, "People - they'll do anything for attention." As the conversation continues the subject of dating celebrities arises. The former Cowboy prefers a chill woman sans the spotlight.
With the clip's culmination, the discussion goes to forming a future with someone as opposed to friendly fornication. Check out the video and get Dwayne's honest reply.
Looks like it approaches a minivan or station-wagon design with a coupe's style. The trailer above hints at a vehicle that can provide a rolling room apart from the hustle and bustle of busy, busy city life and traffic (as found in Tokyo).
Of course, we don't get to see the inside for real. Rather, a concept with some futuristic 3-D playthings. And no, we won't elaborate. Watch for yourself.