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The Version Of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ That Might Have Won An Oscar (Video)

Starring Paul Giamatti…Hahahaaaaa! Satire so perfect it deserves an Academy Award! Check out this Super Deluxe trailer ‘remix’ for the box office hit that was not quite acclaimed enough for The Oscars“Straight Outta Compton.”

For your consideration: He wasn’t afraid to take a chance, and became the most important figure in hip hop history. Two-time Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) stars in “Straight Out of Compton,” a biopic about Hip-Hop pioneer and N.W.A. creator Jerry Heller, a courageous man who risked it all and sparked a music revolution.

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Nine From Little Rock (Documentary)

“Nine From Little Rock” is the Academy Award-winning (1965) documentary short that chronicles the experiences of the nine students selected to integrate Central High School in Little Rock (Arkansas, USA) in 1957. One of those nine students, Jefferson Thomas is the narrator. Famed doc director Charles Guggenheim helmed the storytelling effort. Though scripted, Thomas’ polish does not prevent viewers from understanding the realness of what the nine – Ernest Green (b. 1941), Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1941), Terrence Roberts (b. 1941), Carlotta Walls LaNier (b. 1942), Minnijean Brown (b. 1941), Gloria Ray Karlmark (b. 1942), Thelma Mothershed (b. 1940), and Melba Pattillo Beals (b. 1941), and Thomas himself (1942–2010, RIP) – went through.

Sure, first days at school can make you nervous. But how about riding there and being walked in by armed military escort; being eyeballed by the overly curious and malicious haters alike. Then imagine the pressure to perform! Folks already thinking you should not be there; expecting you to fail!

Watch. Make your Black History Month OFFICIAL!

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Spike Lee Speaks On Being Honored At The Oscars, With Having A Street Named For Him And More (Video)

There’s no overnight success. You gotta bust your ass.
Spike Lee

Truth spoken by the one bringing us the forthcoming “Chi-Raq” movie; a and a right to speak it, backed by decades of movie-making experience. Truly starting from nothing, getting a recent nod from the Academy (honorary Oscar award), and moves being made today; Spike speaks on all that and more with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (starting around the 29-minute mark of the full episode embedded above).

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