Is the violence in Chicago the Purge films come to life?

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Have you seen the latest Purge film?  It’s being called the First Purge.  It’s the fourth film in the series.  The film is about pushing the crime rate below one percent. It’s supposed to be a test of the sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  This version takes place in New York.  In a mostly black area that has black people killing each other. When there isn’t enough killing to their liking the government sends in hired gunmen to kill citizens. But…this could never happen right?

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Or has it already happened before? Sometimes I wonder if it’s art imitating life?

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Well in this radio interview(above)  Umar Johnson believes that the Purge films represent what’s going on in Chicago right now.  He says that’s why you have all these unsolved murders throughout the city.  After listening to the interview I must admit he presents a strong case.  Take a listen and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Reign Entertainment(Black Business series)

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C.E.O./Curator/Creative Director of Reign Entertainment Co. Robyn Willard is an Entrepreneur and Businesswoman owner from Harlem, New York.  At the age of 17, Robyn founded Reign Entertainment Co., an arts & entertainment company that highlights Black excellence through all facets of the arts. From one of a kind paintings by R.E.C. Artist Stephanie Whittaker, to clothing, sneakers and much more.

Robyn Willard is a visionary, an innovator and creative spirit that has engulfed herself in the world of business and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Reign Entertainment Co., is also the umbrella company of two equally thriving subsidiaries:  World Wide Reign Graphics and Reign Entertainment Co. Animation which are redefining the worlds of arts and entertainment.

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The purpose of Reign Entertainment Co. is to highlight and restore the value, strength, and beauty within all people of color. The young entrepreneur states, “Somewhere along the way, we as a people have forgotten how epic we are and we must remember the greatness that lives within
us. Now Go Be Great #Great365!”

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http://reignentertainmentco.com/home.html

MaameYaa Boafo

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MaameYaa Boafo was born in Pakistan and hails from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in New York. Coming to the United States to obtain a double Bachelor degree in Journalism and French at Hood College, Ms. Boafo was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University where she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.  She has since gone on to play roles such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and made her off-Broadway debut as Walter Mosley’s leading lady in his play LIFT.

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Since making her on-screen acting debut in 2012, in the award winning indie film Asa as the title role, MaameYaa has gone on to star in other indies and short films ( Bus Nut. Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu as well as TV: Madam Secretary, Blacklist & Mysteries of Laura to name a few. Ms. Boafo also leads the cast of An African City, the international hit web series that is “Africa’s answer to Sex & the City” (CNN). Commercial appearances include Nickolodeon and Movicel starring Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and Dove Chocolate among others.

Ebony Obsidian

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Here’s her biography from her website:

Obsidian was born in New Paltz, New York, a small town halfway between Albany and Manhattan. Raised by her Mother and Grandmother, who migrated to the states in the late 80’s after having been displaced refugees in Sudan for several years as a result of the Ethiopian civil war, Obsidian was taught to be resilient in the pursuit of reaching her goals. After graduating High School early, she dove into journalism at Ulster Community College in a nearby town called Stone Ridge.

However, it only took one semester to reveal she was not in fact following her true career goal. Not long after her withdrawal from Ulster she was accepted into The William Esper Studio, a New York based acting conservatory, where she was trained by Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper.

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A string of indie projects followed including “Twelve Dollar Words,” which screened at the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival “Punkin Pie,” which won the Best Ensemble Cast Award at the Reel Heart Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, and “Where Hearts Lie,” which sold out two theaters at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square for its premiere in June of 2016. The series “Tough Love,” in which Obsidian stars as Alicia Davis, made a huge splash online in Fall of 2015 averaging over 500,000 views in total from all over the world and a highly anticipated second season which will be released Fall of 2016. black footnotes, by award-winning Director rajendra ramoon maharaj, marked her introduction to the stage. she was cast as eliza one, after eliza ann grier, an emancipated slave who history often forgets as the first african american woman to become a doctor in the state of Georgia.She has always been driven by passion. the passion to cover a story as a journalist morphed into the passion to embody the story itself. with each role she grows, because, well, its personal.

 

Justine Skye

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Justine Indira Skyers was born August 24, 1995, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Nova Perry, is a music attorney of Afro-Jamaican and Indo-Jamaican descent, and her father is of Afro-Jamaican descent. Justine Skye tagged along with her mother to a music panel held by performance rights organization BMI. During the question-and-answer session, Justine surprised everyone in attendance by asking to sing. In front of various music executives, she performed a cover of Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold.” The Brooklyn native subsequently took singing lessons and honed her songwriting, then worked with August Rigo and Eric Hudson. Their sessions led to Everyday Living, a confident contemporary R&B EP released on Atlantic in August 2013.

Justine got her start at a professional singing career when she performed songs to go with the book “Rules To Rock By”. She is known for having made a cover about “Headlines” by Drake which received 2 million views on youtube. Her debut EP, Everyday Living, helped the Brooklyn kid with the purple-hued hair ink a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013 and release with them the album Emotionally Unavailable. During that time she made a song “Collide” featuring the rapper Tyga. In october 2015, she performed at TIDAL10X20 an event created by JAY Z and at a Tommy Hilfiger show in Brazil. She also made an apparition in some tv shows like the final of House of DVF.

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In 2016 she left Atlantic and signed to Roc Nation  and Republic Records and is preparing a new album.

Joy Bryant

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Joy Bryant was born in a modest home in The Bronx, New York and as a young woman, was enrolled in an inner-city outreach organization called “A Better Chance,” designed to encourage minority talent. Joy was also blessed with brains as well beauty and remained an excellent student throughout her high school years. As a result, she was awarded a full academic scholarship to Yale University.

While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale, Joy was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management and subsequently pursued a career as a fashion model in Paris. Her slender yet classic beauty got her an exclusive contract with prestigious brand names such as Tommy Hilfiger and the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue.

Joy’s acting debut came about in 2001 in Robert Townsend‘s Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001). An MTV production, the film also starred Beyoncé Knowles and Mekhi Phifer, along with several hip-hop superstars. After a small role in the Eddie Murphy action comedy Showtime (2002), she made her big breakthrough in Denzel Washington‘s directorial debut, Antwone Fisher. Bryant played Cheryl, the beautiful and supportive girlfriend of Antwone (Derek Luke). In 2003, she co-starred with Jessica Alba in Bille Woodruff‘s romantic drama Honey (2003). That same year, she appeared in Mario Van Peebles‘ _Baadasssss! (2003)_, based on his father Melvin Van Peebles‘ autobiographical novel. Projects for 2004 included the crime drama Three Way (2004) with Gina Gershon.

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The year 2005 turned out to be an even better year for the actress. Joy appeared in high-profile films such as The Skeleton Key (2005), London (2005), and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005). Her performances as the sassy Mallory in London (2005) and the strikingly pretty Charlene in Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005) were critically acclaimed, and re-enforced her reputation as a versatile actress.