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Film
Iverson (Trailer)

Iverson (Trailer)

Take a look at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson film Iverson, premiering on Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Zatella Beaty, the documentary runs 97 minutes and follows the life story of the 6’0″ guard from Hampton, Virginia. If you’re in the New York City area, you won’t want to miss out on this....
Spike Lee to Attend "Do The Right Thing" Screening at Ebertfest 2014

Spike Lee to Attend “Do The Right Thing” Screening at Ebertfest 2014

It’s April in Champaign, and that means that the late Roger Ebert‘s film festival is right around the corner. Movie fanatics and filmmakers from across the globe visit the Virginia Theater each spring for the legendary U of I alum’s annual festival. This year, Ebertfest is highlighted by one very special guest appearance. Spike Lee...
Vic Mensa at SXSW 2014 (Video)

Vic Mensa at SXSW 2014 (Video)

Vic Mensa had quite the time at SXSW this year. He had many performances throughout the week and even got to chop it up with Nardwuar the Human Serviette. Since many of us were stuck at school drowning in midterms and weren’t able to catch Vic’s shows, the talented gals over at Verluxe have directed and edited a...
Supreme Presents "cherry"

Supreme Presents “cherry”

It’s no surprise that there’s a huge skateboard following when it comes to Supreme. As a result, the clothing brand has just released its first ever feature length skateboarding film, entitled “cherry.” The film, directed by William Strobeck, features Tyshawn Jones, Sage Elsesser, Sean Pablo, Nakel Smith, and many more, along with the people who helped Supreme...
Kanye West - Yeezus (Film Trailer)

Kanye West – Yeezus (Film Trailer)

Taking a break from the Yeezus tour, ‘Ye previewed a clip for the audience during his appearance on Seth Meyer’s new show “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” This is not the first time Kanye West has ventured into making collaborative films with albums. However, he officially announced his Yeezus film directed by Hype Williams with a video teaser...
Childish Gambino - Chicken and Futility (Short Film)

Childish Gambino – Chicken and Futility (Short Film)

It’s no secret that Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) has an interest outside of the realm of hip-hop music. He first started as a comedy writer and an actor, as I’m sure many of you know. Last summer, he even dropped an oddly introspective and humbling short entitled Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, which left many...
The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop, and Hope in Chicago (Documentary)

The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop, and Hope in Chicago (Documentary)

World Star Hip-Hop released an original documentary titled The Field a few days ago which highlights the growth of violence and hip-hop surrounding the drill movement in the murder capital of the United States, Chicago. Featuring interviews with an impressive amount of Chicago artists, including Lil Durk, King L, Lil Reese, and Young Chop, who all give...
Ron Burgendy Anchors North Dakota Newscast

Ron Burgendy Anchors North Dakota Newscast

Ron Burgendy (Will Ferrell), the top-rated anchorman for San Diego’s Channel 4 News, emerged as a guest anchor on North Dakota’s KX News on Saturday, November 30th. Ron put aside his jazz flute and glass of Scotch to do news as news is suppose to be done, co-anchoring a news program that discussed everything from...
A BATHING APE 20th Anniversary History Movie

A BATHING APE 20th Anniversary History Movie

One of the biggest streetwear brands in the game has just hit the big 2-0! A BATHING APE is celebrating it’s 2oth anniversary by releasing this video that take us back to memory lane, as we follow their long, successful journey. It’s no surprise that Bape has been one of the most premier streetwear brands on the...
Linsanity: The Movie in Champaign, IL on 11/14

Linsanity: The Movie in Champaign, IL on 11/14

Unless you were living under a rock at the time, you remember Jeremy Lin‘s record-breaking string of games in February 2012. Lin’s stellar play set off a phenomenon appropriately dubbed Linsanity, which started off as the biggest story in the sports world and morphed into a worldwide cultural event. And while that part of the...
Chi Raq by Will Robson-Scott (Short Film)

Chi Raq by Will Robson-Scott (Short Film)

London-born photographer and filmmaker Will Robson-Scott delivers a powerful and intimate video portrait of life in South and West Chicago with his latest short film Chi Raq. If you have 13 minutes to spare, I highly recommend taking the time to check this out. For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic,...
Childish Gambino - Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (Video)

Childish Gambino – Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (Video)

Yeah, my work weeks alsways seem to mimic this too. After a year of silence, Donald Glover’s release of the single “Centipede” last week reinvigorated his fans while leaving them hopeful and anxious for the announcement of the next Childish Gambino album. The video above offers a second elusive clue to the mystery surrounding the...