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‘Black History Captured on Film’: The Johnson Brothers found the first Black-owned film production company

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In the early 1900s the Black community was growing economically into middle class wealth. There was a rise in art and consciousness. However, their needs as consumers were intentionally being left out and ignored. 

In the entertainment and media world, it was no different, not many films (if any) catered to Black audiences or portrayed Black characters with high intellect. 

African American actor Noble Johnson and his brother George Johnson saw an opportunity, and became the pioneering production company that made movies to reflect the growth within the collective community. It was the first taste of undeniable talent and Black excellence. 

The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was founded in the year 1915. The firm is acknowledged as the first to cater a niche market of “race films,”  identifying motion pictures that had an all black cast. At first they were located in Omaha, Nebraska, but then relocated to 1121 Central Ave, in Los Angeles, California.

Unfortunately, the glory of the production company didn’t last. With less than 10 years of active work, they were able to produce five movies that included: The Realization of a Negros Ambition, The Law of Nature, Troop of Community K, A Man’s Duty, and By Right of Birth. The Lincoln Production Company was the first to create serious dramatic films. 

This was the first time entertainment was created with a Black audience in mind, they were thought of and were served a product that was to their liking, and the Black community became loyal to Lincoln Productions. 

The Johnson Brothers broke through boundaries that were set up in a time of division. The Lincoln Motion Picture Company paved the way to a new genre of film that represented Black people as talented, smart, and creative.  

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Netflix Renews The Vince Staples Show For a Second Season

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‘The Vince Staples Show’ has been renewed for a second season. 

Created by Staples and executive produced by Kenya Barris (Black-Ish), the show follows rapper and actor Vince Staples as he navigates the challenges and surprises of everyday life in his hometown of The Beach.

The first season of the limited series debuted in February with a total of five episodes.

Also starring in the series are Vanessa Bell Calloway and Andrea Ellsworth.

“The Vince Staples Show is back!” Staples shared in a statement. “The people have spoken, and the most riveting, captivating, and polarizing show on Netflix is returning for season 2. Get ready for hijinks that only a mother can love. Thank you, Netflix!”

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Kerry Washington Confirmed To Join ‘Wake Up Dead Man: The Knives Out Mystery’

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Emmy-winning actress Kerry Washington has been confirmed to join the third installment of ‘Knives Out.’

Washington will join a star-studded cast that includes Daniel Craig, reprising his role as the enigmatic detective Benoit Blanc, Andrew Scott, Josh O’Connor, and Cailee Spaeny.

The ‘Knives Out’ series, directed by Rian Johnson, is a mix of whodunit mystery and comedy. The first film, released on Netflix in 2019, quickly became a hit among audiences and critics alike. Its success led to the announcement of a second and third film, with the third film’s title recently revealed as ‘Wake Up Dead Man: The Knives Out Mystery’.

While the plot is currently kept under wraps, the third installment is set to be a standalone mystery, not directly connected to the previous films. Washington’s addition and other new cast members suggest that the film will continue the series’ tradition of intricate, unpredictable plots and surprising twists.

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Eddie Murphy Returns as Axel Foley in ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’

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Eddie Murphy reprises his role as the iconic Detective Axel Foley in the new action-packed trailer for ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.’

After a nearly 30-year hiatus, Eddie Murphy is back as Axel Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.” The new trailer reveals that Foley returns to Beverly Hills to investigate the untimely death of a long-time confidant and to protect his daughter, whose life is in danger. Along the way, he teams up with a new partner, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and reunites with old friends Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton).

Eddie Murphy Returns as Axel Foley in 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F'
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In addition to Eddie Murphy and the original cast members returning, the new installment introduces some fresh faces to the franchise. Taylour Paige joins the cast as Axel Foley’s estranged daughter, Jane, a criminal defense attorney in Beverly Hills. Kevin Bacon stars as the Beverly Hills Police Department’s captain, Grant.

Eddie Murphy Returns as Axel Foley in 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F'

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First introduced to audiences in 1984, “Beverly Hills Cop” quickly became a massive hit, thanks to Murphy’s charismatic portrayal of Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who finds himself in the luxurious and unfamiliar territory of Beverly Hills. Two sequels followed, in 1987 and 1994.

Eddie Murphy Returns as Axel Foley in 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F'

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‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ is directed by Mark Molloy and written by Will Beall, Tom Gormican, and Kevin Etten. The action comedy is based on characters created by Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr., with a story by Beall. Jerry Bruckheimer, who has been involved with the franchise since its inception, produced the fourth installment.

The film is set to launch on Netflix on July 3, 2024.

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