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Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore Reminisces About The Hip Hop Shop On ‘People’s Party’



The latest episode of People’s Party With Talib Kweli welcomes Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore to reflect on her career as a poet and playwright. That career includes performances on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, appearances on albums from Kweli, Jeezy, and Nas, establishing her own publishing company, Moore Black Press, and friendships with Detroit hip-hop legends like J Dilla, Eminem, and Proof, whom she encountered at the city’s famed venue, The Hip Hop Shop.

Asked about how she became a “go-to poet for hip-hop artists,” Moore details the importance of The Hip Hop Shop to Detroit’s underground rap scene. “I used to run the Hip Hop Shop with Maurice Malone,” she elaborates. “I used to open and close the shop. It was the gathering place for rappers and poets and dancers and culture right on 7 Mile [Road]… Em would come through, Proof hosted the open mic… it was a retail clothing store with a DJ booth and a microphone on the floor. We spent all day there.” Moore details learning business management and credits Malone with popularizing streetwear and hip-hop styles early on.

She also credited J Dilla with being one of the first to think that the idea of putting beats behind her spoken word was a great idea and recalled watching Proof battle Busta Rhymes — a battle she says Proof won handily. “Busta may not admit to this moment,” she chuckles. Kweli affirms, “Proof’s impact was national and it was global.” Moore also takes moment later in the episode to promote her new book, We Want Our Bodies Back, which Refinery29 listed as one of their “Books By Black Women We Can’t Wait To Read in 2020.”

Watch the clip of Moore reminiscing about The Hip Hop Shop below and watch the full episode up top.

People’s Party is a weekly interview show hosted by Talib Kweli with big-name guests exploring hip-hop, culture, and politics. Subscribe via Apple, Spotify, or YouTube.


‘Clueless’ Series Reboot Focused on Dionne in Development at Peacock (EXCLUSIVE)



Peacock has landed the series reboot of “Clueless” centered on the character Dionne for development, Variety has learned exclusively.

The untitled comedy series is described a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sun-glasses wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?

News of the show’s development was first reported last October, though no network or streaming service was attached at the time. Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey will serve as writers and executive producers on the project. Corrinne Brinkerhoff, Scott Rudin, the film’s producer Robert Lawerence, Eli Bush, and Tiffany Grant will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce.

The film version of “Clueless” debuted in 1995 starring Alicia Silverstone as Cher and Stacey Dash as Dionne. It is now considered a cult classic. A TV adaptation aired on ABC and then UPN from 1996 until 1999 for three seasons. Rachel Blanchard played Cher in the series with Dash reprising the role of Dionne. In 2018, “Clueless: The Musical” debuted onstage in New York.

Reddout and Hickey’s past credits include the NBC revival of “Will & Grace” as well as shows like “The Muppets” and “Grown-ish.”

They are repped by Paradigm and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Brinkerhoff has a longstanding relationship with CBS Television Studios, having created the CBS series “American Gothic” and worked on shows like “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Jane the Virgin” and “No Tomorrow” for the studio.

She is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

This is now the latest example of a female-focused 90’s staple that will get a fresh take focused on a Black character. It was previously announced that Tracee Ellis Ross is set to voice the lead character in the animated comedy “Jodie,” which is a spinoff of “Daria.” That show is currently set up at Comedy Central after originally being in the works at MTV.

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Before the Fire Reverse-Engineered a Pandemic Script



Before the Fire director Charlie Buhler and writer-star Jenna Lyng Adams didn’t have millions of dollars when they started work on their sci-fi drama, but they did have access to a few things they knew could be very cinematic — planes, Humvees, a farm, and a house that needed burning down.

In the purest DIY, indie filmmaking fashion, they reverse-engineered Adams’ script. And because Adams had long been fascinated by end-of-the-world scenarios, they happened to make a film about a pandemic.

A pandemic that bears striking similarities to COVID-19.

“When I wrote this movie, I didn’t see this happening realistically in this world,” said Adams. “A lot of it was guessing.”

She made some very good guesses – about transportation troubles, panic, people stockpiling weapons, and even the current fight over the U.S. Postal Service.

But even the decision to make a pandemic the focus of the film came out of DIY necessity.

“We wanted to create something that would cause worldwide upheaval, worldwide chaos, that would also be invisible — and therefore cheap,” says Buhler in the latest MovieMaker Interviews podcast. She and Adams walk us through every aspect of shooting Before the Fire in the episode, which you can listen to on Apple or Spotify or right here:

Adams and Buhler had just premiered their film at the Conquest Film & Creativity Festival in March when the world began shutting down, in a way very similar to the way the world shuts down in the opening scenes of Before the Fire.

Early in the film, Ava Boone (Adams), a successful TV actress, is trying to catch a flight out of Los Angeles with her boyfriend. Then LAX abruptly cancels all flights. Through a very dramatic turn of events — involving one of those planes — she ends up being shipped back to her very rural hometown, which is full of secrets she fled years ago. Everyone knows her as Amanda, just another reminder of the past she wanted to escape.

Jenna Lyng Adams in Before the Fire, written by Adams and directed by Charlie Buhler.

“The story of Before the Fire began when Charlie and I asked ourselves: what resources do we have access to?” Adams says in the press notes for the film. “We have talented friends and big-hearted families willing to dig in and get their hands dirty. We have acres and acres of beautiful farmland, private planes, National Guard Humvees, and a house condemned to burn. The story was then reverse engineered to fit these epic set pieces, and I began weaving characters into the potential storyline.”

In some versions of the script, Buhler and Adams went deep into Ava/Amanda’s past trauma. But they decided the film was better without it.

“Have you ever heard of the Jaws solution? They were shooting Jaws, and they were looking at the shark, and it just wasn’t scary,” says Buhler. “It was a little animatronic, and it wasn’t as scary as it needed to be. So the solution was to not show the shark. And so you rarely see the shark in Jaws. And there’s something about not seeing that shark that’s way scarier than anything you can see onscreen. Because your brain will fill in the gaps.”

Before the Fire, directed by Charlie Buhler and written by and starring Jenna Lyng Adams, is available now on virtual cinemas and on digital from Dark Sky Films.

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Mo Bamba Will Leave The Bubble To Undergo A ‘Comprehensive Post-Coronavirus Evaluation’



Mo Bamba didn’t appear in the Orlando Magic’s final six seeding games in the NBA’s Bubble. A report indicated that Bamba, who played 10 combined minutes in the team’s first two games, contracted COVID-19 in June, with the big man telling Josh Robbins of The Athletic that he wants people to “take it as seriously as possible.”

While he’s gotten past COVID-19, Bamba is leaving the Bubble to undergo what the team is calling a “comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation.” It is unclear exactly what this means or what medical professionals will be trying to determine by putting Bamba through this evaluation, but the team did announce that he will miss the remainder of the season.

Magic coach Steve Clifford had previous said that Bamba’s conditioning was not up to par, although he could not mention exactly why that was the case. As The Athletic laid out, Bamba catching the virus understandably caused major setbacks in his ability to be in playing shape.

Bamba was fully on track with his hiatus training regimen until the virus prevented him from going to the Orlando Magic’s practice facility for individual workouts at a time the performance staff was increasing players’ cardio routines.

Then, after Bamba had gotten better, after he and his Magic teammates arrived in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort, he registered of couple of false positive tests, which forced him to quarantine for extra time inside his hotel room and miss three days of practice.

There is still plenty we do not understand about how COVID-19 impacts individuals, but some thing we do know include the fact that this can serious sap the strength out of individuals, and as we’ve seen with Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (and numerous others), a condition called myocarditis in which the heart muscle gets inflamed. Hopefully nothing this severe is impacting Bamba, and he’ll be able to get back to 100 percent as soon as possible.

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