Posts made in January 2023

Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season 3

Off the release of their debut album and their continued rise to fame, we follow the Wu-Tang Clan over the course of their five-year plan as they face and overcome different challenges.

While each of the members go on separate journeys to figure out where they fit in the music world, RZA struggles to stay on top of things in order to fulfill the promise he made to his Wu brothers.

As money, fame, ego, and business threaten to tear the group apart, they must find a way to come together and cement their legacy.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Tse, The RZA, Method Man, and Brian Grazer.

CAST: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Julian Elijah Martinez, Marcus Callender, Zolee Griggs, T.J. Atoms, Dave East, Johnell Young, Uyoata Udi and Damani Sease.


S3 Episode 308 ‘Liquid Swords’


For the third allegorical movie of the season, we follow GZA, who takes on the persona of “The Genius” as he journeys through an alternate reality New York City to unite the people using the music from his debut solo album, Liquid Swords.

S3 Episode 307 ‘Shadowboxin’


In order to secure a deal for their new label, Divine must deliver on the promises he made to music executive Tommy Mottola. But upon returning to Wu mansion, he learns that signing members and getting Dirty to feature on a song is easier said than done.

S3 Episode 306 ‘Criminology’


In our second allegorical movie of the season, we examine Raekwon’s inspiration behind his first solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… through the lens of 90s gangster cinema.

S3 Episode 305 ‘A Better Tomorrow’


Following the completion of the tour, we see the paths of a few lesser known Wu-Tang members as they search for their individual voices amongst the crowd.

S3 Episode 304 ‘Daytona 500’


The Wu-Tang Clan goes on a tour of the East Coast as we follow what happens between the shows on the tour bus. The guys quickly discover that living on a bus together might not be all fun, as they’re forced to deal with their problems face-to-face.

S3 Episode 303 ‘Dirty Dancin’’


In our first allegorical movie of the season, we see Dirty take on the persona of “Dirt McGirt” in the theme of a 1970s blaxploitation film, as he finds inspiration for his first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers.

S3 Episode 302 ‘All I Need’


As an album deadline nears, RZA must reconcile with his cousin Dirty by any means necessary. Dirty, however, takes refuge at Shurrie’s apartment. The friendship between Ghostface and Raekwon strengthens as they discuss a potential collaboration.

S3 Episode 301 ‘I Can’t Go to Sleep’


Following six months in the wake of the season two finale, we find RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan have moved out of Staten Island to a mansion in the woods of New Jersey. Despite the massive success of their recently released album, they’ve only just begun.

S3 Episode 300 ‘Season 3’


STAND, the feature-length examination of the remarkable life of social justice activist and basketball prodigyMahmoud Abdul-Rauffrom SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films, will premiere Friday, February 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and will be available across the network’s on-demand and streaming platforms at premiere.

SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films also released the official poster art for the documentary that features in-depth interviews with basketball and entertainment stars including Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr,Shaquille O’Neal, Jalen Rose, Mahershala Ali,Ice Cube and more.

The raw and unflinchingSTAND details Abdul-Rauf’s unprecedented journey from schoolboy prodigy to NBA All-Rookie team to national pariah. STAND explores the personal struggles of Abdul-Rauf – born Chris Jackson in Gulfport, Mississippi – and how he overcame overwhelming odds, including extreme poverty and Tourette’s Syndrome, to make it to basketball’s biggest stage.The film also details Abdul-Rauf’s conversion to Islam and his groundbreaking stand against racism and for social justice, and the backlash that ensued.

The film is directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons, making her feature-length directorial debut. The executive producers are Sarah Allen, Mike Tollin and Mason Gordon of MSM. The film is produced by Colleen Dominguez and Tom Friend.

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Blue Note Jazz Club Announces February Talib Kweli Shows Featuring Bob James

Special Guests Include Rakim, DMC and Slick Rick

Talib Kweli, Bob James, Slick Rick at Blue Note Jazz Club on Jan 24, 2022

New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club announces an important run of Talib Kweli (one half of iconic duo Black Star) shows alongside heavily-sampled jazz pioneer Bob James. Taking place this February 7-9, the shows promise to be the can’t-miss kick-off to 2023’s 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop celebrations. Living legends Rakim, DMC and Slick Rick, who will receive a Lifetime Achieve Award from The Recording Academy next month, are confirmed as special guests joining this culture-filled run. Slick Rick, Talib Kweli and Bob James performed together for the first time last year at Blue Note. 

Watch footage of Talib Kweli, Bob James and Slick Rick’s 

2022 Blue Note performance here: 

“I’m very happy for this opportunity to join up with my friend Talib Kweli to perform with Slick Rick again on the Blue Note stage,” states Bob James. “We had so much fun last year, and I’m excited to have legendary artists DMC and Rakim join us this time around to revisit the past and make new history together.”

“The re-joining of forces at Blue Note between icon Bob James and Talib Kweli with legends Rakim, Slick Rick and DMC is an exceptional moment,” states Blue Note Director of Programming Alex Kurland. “Bob James’ depth of history and contribution to hip hop and musical culture is remarkable. Our inspiration with these shows is to revisit that history and vibe through the samples originating from Bob James, in collaboration with three of the most prolific, powerhouse and pioneering MCs of all time who have a legendary connection of drawing from Bob’s music.”

18-time Grammy-Nominated artist Bob James forever cemented his place in hip-hop history with the release of his 1974 album One. The groove-heavy closing track “Nautilus,” featuring James on keyboard, Gary King on bass, and Idris Muhammad on drums, is one of the most sampled and interpolated songs of all time, beginning with Ultramagnetic MC’s using the bassline in their 1986 single “Bait.” In 1988, elements of the song found their way into Run DMC’s “Beats To The Rhyme” and Eric B & Rakim’s “Follow The Leader.” Slick Rick then famously used “Nautilus” as the backbone to his groundbreaking single “Children’s Story.” The list of artists who have since sampled or interpolated “Nautilus” is a who’s who of hip-hop history: 9th Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest, Ghostface Killah, Jeru the Damaja, Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Big L, El-P, Onyx, Ice T, Wale, The Game, EARTHGANG, Yung Lean, Salt-N-Peppa, and dozens more. 

Bob James’ “Take Me To The Mardi Gras,” from his album Two, is another staple of hip-hop culture. Alongside Run DMC’s “Peter Piper,” James’ single is a building block found in many classics including NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Beastie Boys’ “Hold It Now, Hit It,” LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells,” Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” Common’s “I Want You,” and Talib Kweli’s P-Money collaboration “Celebration Flow.” Talib also sampled James’ “Love Lips” on his single “Moodswing” alongside Soulution. 

Talib Kweli with Live Band featuring Bob James: Feb 7 – 9

Special guests include:

  • February 7: DMC
  • February 8: Slick Rick
  • February 9: Rakim

About Talib Kweli:

After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.

About Bob James:

Bob James’ recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set. He actually started out in music going in a much different direction. In 1962, James recorded a bop-ish trio set for Mercury, and three years later his album for ESP was quite avant-garde, with electronic tapes used for effects. After a period with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio musician, and by 1973 was arranging and working as a producer for CTI. In 1974, James recorded his first purely commercial effort as a leader; he later made big-selling albums for his own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collaborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. James remains relatively busy in the studio and since 2000 has released several albums including Dancing on the Water in 2001, That Steamin’ Feelin’ in 2002, Hi-Fi in 2003, and Urban Flamingo in 2006, among others. 

About Blue Note:

With jazz at its vibrant core, Blue Note New York has maintained its historical excellence while providing its audiences with a range of dynamic, culturally rich experiences and top artistry. At its storied Greenwich Village location, the club has hosted legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, and Ray Charles, along with contemporary jazz masters Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and Chris Botti. Blue Note offers an unforgettable night out, with shows by outstanding jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and funk players, trailblazers, and influencers—recently featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jacob Collier, Robert Glasper, Arturo Sandoval, Miguel, Lalah Hathaway, Macy Gray, DJ Logic, yasiin bey, and Galactic, among many others. Blue Note shows, recognized for their artistic integrity and “place-to-be” reputation, draw A-list fans and surprise stage appearances by artists like comics Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, and musical icons Steve Wonder, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and Liza Minelli. The club delights in its celebrity-studded audiences, recently sighting Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Waithe, Gary Dourdan, Mario Cantone, and the cast of “Black Panther.” Blue Note’s director of programming Alex Kurland tells Billboard: “unbelievable artistic and culturally iconic moments…. unique happenings and experiences within our intimate jazz club setting with the greatest artists and bands bobbing and weaving in and out of Blue Note, and on and off stage.” Anything can happen at Blue Note – a legendary club that continues to honor its deep jazz legacy while showcasing exhilarating contemporary music across the stylistic and cultural spectrum.



Veteran Actor Giancarlo Esposito who is no stranger to Classic performances is superb as the battle tested criminal mastermind in the Netflix film Kaleidoscope.

Spanning 25 years, Kaleidoscope (previously titled Jigsaw) is an all-new anthology series following a crew of masterful thieves and their attempt to crack a seemingly unbreakable vault for the biggest payday in history.

Guarded by the world’s most powerful corporate security team, and with law enforcement on the case, every episode reveals a piece of an elaborate puzzle of corruption, greed, vengeance, scheming, loyalties and betrayals. How did the crew of thieves plan it? Who gets away with it? Who can be trusted?

Loosely inspired by the real-life story where seventy billion dollars in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, Kaleidoscope consists of eight episodes spanning from 24 years before the heist to 6 months after.

The compelling crime anthology series takes a non-linear approach to storytelling, building intrigue and suspense uniquely, with Netflix members each having a different immersive viewing experience.

Some members may start with certain episodes (like episodes “Yellow or “Green”), then move deeper into their own personal viewing order with varying episodes (“Blue” or “Violet” or “Orange,” followed by “Red” or “Pink”) until the epic “White: The Heist” story finale.

All viewers will eventually see all episodes, but the order in which they watch the episodes will affect their viewpoint on the story, the characters, and the questions and answers at the heart of the heist. How will you experience the colors of Kaleidoscope?


Apple TV+ today unveiled the trailer for the third season of its NAACP Image Award-winning anthology “Truth Be Told” starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces, and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union, who joins the all-new season which is set to make its global debut on Friday, January 20, 2023. Hailing from acclaimed writer, showrunner and executive producer Nichelle Tramble Spellman, the 10-episode third season sees Spencer reprise her role as investigative reporter turned true crime podcaster, ‘Poppy Scoville,’ to take on a new case. “Truth Be Told” season three will make its global debut with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through March 24, 2023, on Apple TV+.
Based on the novel “While You Were Sleeping” by Kathleen Barber, “Truth Be Told” offers a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. In season three, Poppy (Spencer), frustrated by the lack of media attention for several young missing Black girls, teams with an unorthodox principal (Union) to keep the victims’ names in the public eye, while chasing down leads to a suspected sex trafficking ring that may have ensnared them. In addition to Union, season three stars returning cast members Mekhi Phifer, David Lyons, Ron Cephas Jones, Merle Dandridge, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood, Mychala Faith Lee and Tami Roman.

“Truth Be Told” is created and executive produced by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. Maisha Closson serves as showrunner for season three. Executive producers include Closson, Spencer, Mikkel Nørgaard, Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment, and Brian Clisham for Orit Entertainment. “Truth Be Told” is produced for Apple by Hello Sunshine, Chernin Entertainment, Orit Entertainment and Fifth Season.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 300 wins and 1,305 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

About Apple TV+
Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at, for $6.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.


The Iverson Classic Showcase Presented By SHOWTIME Basketball Will Feature Camden High School vs. Don Bosco Prep Live on the SHOWTIME BASKETBALL YouTube Channel

UNION, N.J. – January 6, 2023 – SHOWTIME® Basketball is in New Jersey for two days of elite high school basketball, where the burgeoning platform will stream its first-ever game broadcast. The Iverson Classic Showcase presented by SHOWTIME Basketball features the highly anticipated matchup between Camden High School (NJ) and Don Bosco Prep (NJ). The game, which takes place at Kean University, will be broadcast live on the SHOWTIME Basketball YouTube Channel and will be called by CBS Sports’ Brent Stover alongside two-time NBA Champion JR Smith. Watch for free tonight, January 6, beginning live at 7:30 pm ET.

Some of the best high school players in the country will be on display at this year’s Iverson Classic. DJ Wagner, the Kentucky University commit, son of former NBA player Dajuan Wagner and No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, will suit up for Camden alongside fellow Kentucky commit and No. 6-ranked Aaron Bradshaw. Don Bosco will be led by Dylan Harper, son of former NBA player Ron Harper and the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2024 according to 247Sports.

The Iverson Classic Showcase game is part of the New Jersey Blackout Signature Series, a new boys high school basketball event presented by SHOWTIME Basketball and Iverson Classic. Top-ranked players and teams from across the country will participate in two days of play at Roselle Catholic High School and Kean University. The Iverson Classic is emerging as the premiere All-American game for boys and girls high school basketball. Fifteen Iverson Classic alumni, including No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren, were selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

SHOWTIME Basketball is the home to premium basketball content including the acclaimed ALL THE SMOKE® WITH MATT BARNES AND STEPHEN JACKSON video podcast, KG CERTIFIED WITH KEVIN GARNETT and TICKET AND THE TRUTH video podcasts. SHOWTIME Basketball is anchored by feature-length, award-winning documentary films on SHOWTIME including IVERSON, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE, QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, PASSION PLAY: RUSSELL WESTBROOK, KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE and Kevin Durant’s NYC POINT GODS.

Follow @ShowtimeBasketball on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Check out the SHOWTIME Basketball YouTube channel for the game broadcast and other basketball content.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. For more information, go to

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The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Available Now on Peacock

Based upon the eponymous Classic Universal film franchise written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the series catches up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.