Hollywood should lead the way in healing. . . Hollywood should not be afraid of the subject matter Norman Lear dealt with 35 years ago.

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By: Russell Simmons

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons - speaking at the 2015 NATPE Conference - had harsh words about the lack of diversity he has encountered in Hollywood, since turning his focus to producing movies, TV shows and digital content. The event comes during a difficult time for race relations, after a series of police-involved shootings of black men.

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Run-DMC biopic to be penned by Notorious scribe

Cheo Hodari Coker, who wrote the script for Notorious, and has been contracted to pen the urban autos tale Lowriders, is attached to adapt Bill Adler’s book Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC for production company DJ Classicz, which is part of Davis Entertainment. This, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The biopic will explore …

Exclusive trailer for Hip Hop Project

The Hip Hop Project is the inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. The film traces the evolution of this award-winning outreach program developed by Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager turned …

NBC Seeks Diversity for Short Cuts Film Fest

Furthering its commitment to providing ongoing aid and opportunities to filmmakers of all cultures, Withoutabox, the market-leading network for independent filmmakers, has teamed up with NBC Universal’s Talent Diversity Initiative for the first annual Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival. NBC Universal tapped Withoutabox’s newly launched social networking platform AUDIENCE to help solicit top-quality submissions, and …