The sentencing follows the 53-year-old former rap mogul making a plea deal to avoid a murder trial.
I would recommend seeing Straight Outta Compton. I hope the producers recognize their obligation to the community that is making it such a success. The movie has a lotta heart. Now Cube, Dre, and F. Gary Gray, please show that heart to Compton.
Of the core trio of actors, all three deliver. While's O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s relative newness to acting is evident at times, he has an undeniable screen presence that, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to his pop, manages to do a lot of the lifting.
This is a movie that should appeal to a limited audience, but it is presented with such skill and with such compassion and heart that it should draw in huge numbers of persons wanting to see a real work of art.
As national outrage over state violence grows, the release of the film should prompt fresh reconsideration of how institutionalized sexual and intimate partner violence against black women continues to be all but invisible in mainstream discourse about black self-determination.
"Herron styled himself a rap artist, but the evidence proved that he was a murderous thug who sought power through violence
Please know that I love Jay's music. He is quite possible the greatest rapper to ever step into a booth. But somewhere along the line his story (fatherless child turned drug dealer turned mogul) became the only acceptable answer to what is the "real" black male experience.
You know that moment when your dog walks in from a long day of playing in mud or water, and decides to shake off... everywhere
Black parents already tell their sons not to give police any excuse to shoot them. Must that warning now be broadened to include any white man who might have a gun?
Today, with so much to be pissed about, so much to rally for and against, we need an N.W.A more than ever. We need a group to fear, a post 9/11 rap conglomerate with no filter or concern for what radio may or may not allow. Really, we need to be provoked.