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The Real Lives Of Real Life Sex Workers (Documentary)

Well done and done in a respectful way. Sometimes investigative journalists embed with subjects and get overly intrusive without at least building with them, ‘earning’ the right to pry, so to speak. But VICE always seems to get it right. Probably why they consistently turn out great documentary content.

Photographer Lindsay Irene travels to Toronto to shoot with a variety of sex workers in their homes with the goal of increasing the understanding of who they are.

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‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’ Documentary Covers His Rise From Prison To Hollywood

The video above is not the trailer for actor Danny Trejo’s upcoming documentary, but its interesting to provide you all an appetizer for the upcoming documentary ‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’. There was another documentary on Danny Trejo called “Champion” that we posted the trailer to after the jump.

“The big screen tough guy is currently in production on Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, a documentary that will chronicle his life and career — from his early days on the streets that led him to prison, to getting clean and working with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and appearing in films such as Heat, Con Air and Machete.

Today, Danny Trejo is temperate, benevolent and likely one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. But he wasn’t always this way”, says producer Adam Scorgie in a statement. “Growing up in the mean streets of Pacoima, California, he was raised and mentored by his uncle, a drug addict and armed robber. By the age of 12, he had tried heroin. By age 15, he was introduced to his first jail cell. At 23, he was sentenced to San Quentin for selling a $30,000 bag of heroin to an undercover agent.”

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is expected to be released in 2018.

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James Baldwin: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ (Official Trailer)

“In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.”

“One of the best movies you are likely to see this year.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

In theaters February 3rd

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NYFF: ’13th’ Documentary Film Panel Discussion (Video)

The day after Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13TH, opened the 54th New York Film Festival, subjects interviewed in the film came together for an extended conversation exploring the many issues explored in this powerful documentary about race and criminal justice.

From the portrayal of black men in popular culture, dating back to D. W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation, to the progression from slavery to mass incarceration and the persistent demonization and killing of black men by police in our cities today, the discussion will consider how the past connects with our present reality. Participants will include Ashley Clark (BFI), Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker, The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress), Malkia Cyril (Center for Media Justice), Kevin Gannon (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School; former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). 13TH is a Netflix original documentary.

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Hidden Colors 4: “The Religion of White Supremacy” (Trailer)

In America you hear talk about Police Brutality, Racism, and how Economics are used to disparage the Black community.  Rarely do we hear talk about the one topic synonymous with all of those which is White Supremacy.  Not saying that White people are superior to Blacks but the mind state of White Supremacy gives birth to so many racial issues not just in the US but the world.

Tariq Nasheed has decided to put this topic front and center with his latest installment of his critically acclaimed Hidden Colors series.  The documentary series that has had important black voices like Dr Francis Cress Welsing (RIP), Dr. Umar Johnson, Dick Gregory.  Also entertainers like Paul Mooney, David Banner, & Nas.  Tariq has released the official trailer and you can bet that organizations like Fox News, StormFront ad other race baiting groups will not be happy.  I look forward to the Atlanta premier and happy to see that Atlanta Rapper/Activist Killer Mike is part of the fourth installment along with Jim Brown, Dr Boyce Watkins to name a few.  So check out the trailer and get ready to go check it out official date not released yet but we will keep you informed here at

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David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust (Documentary)

Man. Rest In Power to rock legend David Robert Jones pka David Bowie. We are going to be sad for a bit, knowing that the guy who brought such surreal music and mania to the music world since the 1970s will no longer be here with us.

But his music (and film) work…they will live forever here on this plane with us. Speaking of films, check out this documentary from BBC; detailing the early times of David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.

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Rubble Kings (Documentary)

Maaaan. WOW! Shout and respect to Bad Magics for the scoop on this “Rubble Kings” documentary. The story of the cultures, the cultural war… that was ultimately averted because the combatants decided to start a new culture. They stopped the violence and started the party; laying the foundation for Hip-Hop. And it don’t stop!

From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to Hip-Hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.
– NewTrailersBuzz



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L.A. to The Bay (Documentary)

Screenshot 2015-07-13 22.49.21Like most anything, folks who don’t know what they are looking at will miss some things. Case in point: Y’all know the West Coast is not just some monolithic thing, right?

(If not, just nod along like you do. We got you after the jump below.)

Check out this BET documentary released in the buildup for The BET Experience. It’s entitled “L.A. To The Bay” and provides a good overarching look at two major pockets of music and culture that make up Hip-Hop out there in Cali. Competitive rivalry to making inroads. Up-and-comers and industry vets (including DJ Quik, E-40, Nipsey Hu$$le, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, HBK Gang, Problem, Bad Lucc, Bobby Brackins). Heavy baselines, g-funk, 808s and storylines. Gangbanging and pimping. And more. Let’s get some Left Coast perspective, shall we? Hit the jump below and click play.

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Behind-The-Beats with ‘Nottz’ (Video)

Virginia producer Nottz is one of my favorite beatsmith’s crafting quality hip hop music. Whenever I see a song produced by him I usually listen to it right away because I just KNOW it’s going to be some authentic hot ish! His track record dictates that urgency.  Surprisingly most of the general public may not be aware of just how deep his catalog is & I’m sort of surprised more in the media haven’t done more interviews with him in the past. The people over at DrumBroker, Scratch Magazine, & RawKoncept got together for this ‘Behind The Beats’ series with the focus on the grossly underrated music producer. Check it out above….

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Raekwon x Ghostface Killah Speak On Their Upcoming Documentary “Purple Tape Files” (Video)

Twenty years later, it’s time for you to see this film! Raekwon and Ghostface talk about their “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” documentary – “Purple Tape Files” – at Sundance 2015; where they debuted and interviewed. Connect… politic… ya know!

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Life Lessons: SLOMO (Short Documentary)

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

Winner of over a dozen awards, including: Best Short Documentary at SXSW and Best Short Documentary at the International Documentary Association Awards.

Director: Josh Izenberg
Producer: Amanda Micheli
Original Music: Nick Gage and Nate Sloan
Executive Producer: Neil Izenberg

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New Documentary, ‘The Swirl’, Takes A Comedic Look at Interracial Relationships (Video)

“There was a time when interracial dating was a taboo practice that could lead to physical harm or even death. Today it seems to be of greater acceptance as with celebrity power couples Kanye West and Kim Kardashian or Ice-T and Coco. “The Swirl” takes a comedic look at this serious topic by digging into the cultural shift in attitudes around interracial relationships.” – Moguldomstudios

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The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (Documentary Trailer)

“The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” a documentary that chronicles the Bitcoin digital currency, debuts Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“The film tells the story of Bitcoin, a revolutionary technology that’s changing the game of how money works. It takes you on a journey of how it all started and how it boomed, and highlights some of the early entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in the space that helped paved the way.”

Nicholas Mross, Director


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Beyond The Trial: T.I. Documentary (Video)

Embedded in-your-face film perspective of T.I. and the crew on tour. Brought to you and narrated by BI The Camera Guy.

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ESPN: Revis Island – The Darrelle Revis Story (Video)

ESPN’s E:60 takes on the life journey so far of one Darrelle Revis. “Revis Island – The Darrelle Revis Story” takes us from Revis’ small-town upbringing and career beginnings in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania… to entering the nearby University of Pittsburgh… to joining the NFL and playing for the New York Jets… to tearing his ACL… and to getting traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… all in the short clip above. Of course, Darrelle’s story is still being written.

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NFL All-Time Great Lawrence Taylor Profiled in “The Life & Times” (Documentary Trailer)

Drugs, sex, controversy… Probably traits of a life story that should be made into a movie. Oh, it’s Pro Football Hall Of Famer Lawrence “LT” Taylor’s life? DEFINITELY should have been made into a movie by now! Well, Showtime has done it. One of the most controversial professional athletes in history, over the top drug abuse, and crimes of a sexual nature… yeah, LT’s life will make for a compelling subject for the documentary debuting Friday, September 20, 2013, at 8pm ET/PT.

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12 O’Clock Boys (Trailer)

“I’ve been on this earth for a decade… and a couple of years. So, what’s that make me? I’m a grown a** man!”

Premiering at SXSW 2013, this is the documentary trailer for “12 O’Clock Boys.” At the core of the story is Pug, a hardened 13 year old, trying to join The Twelve O’Clock Boys, the notorious urban dirt-bike gang in Baltimore (Maryland, USA). The youth gang runs wild in the streets, clashing with police who cannot do not give chase for fear of endangering the public. Pug suddenly loses his older brother and really looks to The Twelve O’Clock Boys as a surrogate family. The “12 O’Clock Boys” documentary is directed by Lotfy Nathan.

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Unsung: The Ohio Players (Video)

Mainstay of 1970s pop, soul, and funk, The Ohio Players had the look, the radio, and their fan base on lock doing hits like “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” And don’t forget the album covers (hot)! Check out this Unsung episode on the legendary group.

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Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Documentary)

Happy Birthday El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz! Thank you for teaching us to love ourselves. In honor of Malcolm X’s birthday today check out this 1994 PBS documentary entitled “Malcolm X: Make It Plain”
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R&B: Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream Experience Vol. 1 (Video)

Without a doubt Miguel’s Grammy awarding winning album “Kaleidoscope Dream” was one of the best projects to come out in the last year fueled largely in part by his mega hit single “Adorn”. Now as Miguel begins his tour for the album he wants his fans to experience the ride with him in these new videos he’ll be releasing as he goes from city to city. Dope to see he started things out here in Atlanta at the historic Fox Theater. Check out vol. 1 of the mini-documentary above….
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