SEASON ONE: African American 80s & 90s Nostalgia, Pt. 1

THE NEXT TO THE LAST DRAGON

Directors:  Aaron Morton & Nikkole Salter

Screenwriter:  Nikkole Salter

Genre:  Action Comedy

 

THE LAST DRAGON, an action film released in 1985 follows LeRoy Green's journey to finding self-confidence (aka "the glow").  Written by Louis Venosta, directed by Michael Schultz, produced by Berry Gordy and starring  Taimak, Vanity, and Julius Carry, THE LAST DRAGON inspired a generation of young people to seek self mastery, to conquer bullying, to consider the responsible use of violence, to respect Chinese martial arts, to release hyper-masculinity ...and to save clearly independent women who keep getting kidnapped while fulfilling their professional obligations.  THE LAST DRAGON got us thinking, among other things ... how do grown men and women end up becoming ShoNuff's goons?

Click below to check out our parody and then tease your hair or put on your yellow banana suit and join us for "After the Cut" to fan-out!

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REALLY BAD

Directors:  Aaron Morton & Nikkole Salter

Screenwriter:  Aaron Morton

Genre:  Comedy

 

BAD, a pop album and song released in 1987 follows Michael Jackson's declaration of self-empowerment. Produced in part by Quincy Jones, BAD concretized Michael Jackson as the absolute King of Pop, inspired a generation of young people to thrust their pelvises, don their fingers with band-aids, and got African Americans' irreverent appropriation of the word  'bad'-as-untouchably-good, into the mouths of non-African Americans all over the world.  Who's bad?  As the first album to get 5 Billboard Hot 100 #1s, and the first video to be shot as a film directed by the likes of Martin Scorsese, BAD got us thinking, among other things ... what if Wesley Snipes n' them actually wanted to stop being bad...where bad was actually bad, not good?

Click the poster to check out our "Floor Cut," and then moonwalk over (if you can) to join us for "After the Cut" to fan-out!

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LOVE JONES*ISH

Directors:  Aaron Morton, Nikkole Salter and Bjorn DuPaty

Screenwriter:  Nikkole Salter

Genre:  Romance Drama

 

LOVE JONES, a romantic film released in 1997 follows Darius Lovejoy's journey to finding love.  Written and directed by Theodore Witcher, starring  Larenz Tate, Nia Long, and Bill Bellamy, LOVE JONES inspired a generation of young people to go to poetry clubs, to write and spit poetry, to try to Chicago step, and to listen to 'In a Sentimental Mood' on never-ending rotation.  One of the few moments in an 90s romantic film with a truly honest depiction 20-something urban intellectual/artistic African American life, LOVE JONES got us thinking, among other things ... what the hell happened when that jones came down on Savon (Isaiah Washington) and his wife Troy (Cerall Duncan)?

Click the poster to check out our "Floor Cut," and then pull out your poetry book (you know you still got it) and join us for "After the Cut" to fan-out!

THE MISEDUCATION OF MURDER

Directors:  Aaron Morton & Nikkole Salter

Screenwriter:  Aaron Morton

Genre:  Comedic Thriller​

 

THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL, a hip-hop/r&b album released in 1998 is Lauryn Hill's magnum opus about love and integrity.   With all but three tracks being penned by Ms. Hill, THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL moved hip-hop culture into mainstream consciousness when Ms. Hill was pictured on the cover of Time Magazine.  One of the most successful woman-identified hip-hop artists and the only one who consistently and effortlessly moved between rap and lyrical vocals, the candor of THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL inspired a generation of global Black women to embrace the beauty and power of their natural Afrocentricity, and the lovers of the culture to let "hip-hop meet scripture."  Listening to the album again got us thinking, among other things ...what if Lauryn's love descended a little closer to hell before it reached heaven?

Click the poster to check out our "Floor Cut," and then let your edges shrivel up and join us for "After the Cut" to fan-out!

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LIFE-LIKE

Directors:  Aaron Morton & Nikkole Salter

Screenwriter:  Aaron Morton

Genre:  Comedy

 

LIFE, was film released in 1999 that follows two men in the 1930s wrongfully convicted, from their arrest through their life imprisonment.   Written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone, directed by Ted Demme, and starring  and unbelievable cast of comedic talent including Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Bernie Mac, LIFE inspired pressed us to use humor to cope with the rage and heartbreaking impact the prison industrial complex has had, and CONTINUES to have, on the lives of too many Black men and their families. Politics aside, LIFE got us thinking... how did Sylvia (Lisa Nicole Carson) get that two dollars from Claude (Martin Lawrence)?

Click the poster to check out our "Floor Cut," and then grab your ball and chain and join us for "After the Cut" to fan-out!

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