This week was another busy week in news and accomplishments for many creators for The Culture so here are some quick hits highlighting some of the things you might’ve missed.
This week marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the Wu-Tang Clan‘s debut album, the instant classic Enter The 36 Chambers. And to celebrate the seminal piece of hip-hop the Wu released a documentary For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The documentary is directed by Shomi Patwary, and features members of the crew plus the new generation of New York MC’s including ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, Joey Badass and more discussing the timeless impact of the group on New York rap and The Culture as a whole.
Comedian, actress, writer, hosts (and a million other job titles) Amanda Seales is set to make her comedy special debut on HBO. Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, is written by Seales and directed by Stan Lathan. “Being a stand-up comic is an honor I don’t take lightly,” Seales said, “because I consider humor to be a superpower that allows us to bear the weight of issues and concepts that otherwise seem so much bigger than us.” The one-hour special will be taped this month in New York and will air in early 2019.
Stars in two of the biggest film franchises own the planet are coming together to star in an intergalactic romance. Star Wars‘ John Boyega and Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright are attached to star in Hold Back the Stars based on the Katie Khan science fiction novel. It’s being called Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity and revolves around a man and a woman who revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only 90 minutes of oxygen left. A sci-fi dramatic romance based on a best-selling novel. These types of roles are not often given to The Culture but we’re sure Boyega and Wright will knock it out of the park and hopefully open the door for more.
Luke Cage star Mike Colter and voice actress supreme Cree Summer are both set to lend their voices to a new podcast “The Angel of Vine” a fictional account of an unsolved murder mystery told in the style of a modern true crime podcast. “The Angel of Vine” follows a journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950s private eye who cracked the greatest unsolved murder mystery Hollywood has ever known. The series will explore the investigation in 30-minute segments and run for 10 episodes. A balc crime noir podcast? Sign us up.
Netflix is getting a black anime. From LeSean Thomas, producer of The Boondocks comes Yasuke that is being executive-produced and composed by Flying Lotus and staring Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Atlanta”) voicing the lead role. The story revolves around “a retired ronin who must take up his sword when he is charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child who dark forces want to eliminate.” Sounds mysterious and interesting and definitely something for the blends of The Culture.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord