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Joaquin Phoenix’s Hip-Hop Doc Gets Public Premiere
Is it a hoax or not? That was the big question when Joaquin Phoenix's hip-hop odyssey 'I'm Still Here' premiered at the Venice Film Festival Saturday night (Sept. 4). Phoenix, who has been a recluse since retiring from acting and starting the project, was a no-show at the premiere, but director Case…
Mos Def to Star in ‘Mama Black Widow’
The saga of 'Mama Black Widow' is a long one. Initially announced in 2008 as a gritty adaptation of an old Iceberg Slim novel, the movie has mostly been a mirage to film buffs for its lack of progress and hollow casting rumors. Now, the wait appears to be over and Mos Def is set to star in…
Mos Def Encourages Science Education
Mos Def wants to send students off into space. The Brooklyn emcee is partnering with NASA and singer Goapele to help promote science education at the I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Festival in Oakland, Calif. this weekend. Mos will appear alongside astronaut Leland Marvin and conduct a holographic p…
Mos Def Sued for Concert No-Show
Mos Def is the latest rapper facing legal woes for skipping out on a performance (see also: Ne-Yo, Akon.) In a new lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by concert promoters REMG Entertainment, the Brooklyn emcee is being sued for $57,500 after he bailed on a concert 24 hours …
Mos Def Returns to Theater in ‘A Free Man of Color’ Play
Mos Def has starred in films like 'Cadillac Records' and 'Next Day Air,' but the rapper-turned-thespian is ready to make his triumphant return to the theater. The entertainer, whose real name is Dante Terrell Smith, has been tapped to star in Lincoln Center's production of John Guare's 'A Free Man o…
Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monch to Headline Black August Project
Here's some good news for fans of real, lyrical and often militant hip-hop on the East Coast. Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monch and Sadat X are headlining this year's annual Black August Project concert in New York City. The event, which is now in its thirteenth year, is produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots…
Mos Def No Longer Appearing in HBO’s ‘Enlightened’
Mos Def seemed all set to take on a starring role in a new HBO series 'Enlightened,' but now reports are indicating that the rapper/actor failed to reach a deal with the network before filming began on the series last week in Los Angeles. In turn, Mos has been replaced by Timm Sharp -- sta…
Mos Def Cancels Glastonbury Performance
Mos Def had to duck out of his scheduled performance at U.K.'s Glastonbury music festival this weekend to tend to a death in the family.
The rapper was to perform twice during the renown three day fest -- a Friday night solo set on the West Holt stage and a guest appearance with headliners Gori…
Mos Def Gets ‘Enlightened’ on HBO
Rapper/actor Mos Def has lit up the silver screen and starred on Broadway, but he's ready to make the jump to the small screen as a series regular. The emcee, whose real name is Dante Terrell Smith-Bey, has joined the cast of HBO's single-camera comedy 'Enlightened,' marking for …

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