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The Roots Score Indie Flick Starring Black Thought

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The Roots may be keeping it locked on late night TV as the house band for ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ but they’ve managed to sneak in some time to score a film. The legendary Philly crew has provided a ‘soul-drenched’ soundtrack for the new political drama ‘Night Catches Us’ starring Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie and Roots emcee Black Thought.

The Tanya Hamilton-directed film, currently playing in select cities, is set in 1976 Philadelphia, focusing on a Black Panther (Mackie) who moves back to the city to reunite with another ex-Panther (Washington). The flick has been nominated for a Gotham Award and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and stars the Roots frontman as Islamic convert Bostic Washington, brother of Mackie’s character Marcus.

Collectively, The Roots have appeared in several films including ‘Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,’ Spike Lee’s ‘Bamboozled’ and Marc Levin’s ‘Brooklyn Babylon.’ Black Thought, who acts under his birth name Tariq Trotter, appeared in 2004’s ‘Love Rome,’ ’08’s ‘Explicit Ills’ and last year’s ‘On the Inside.’ He is next set to appear in the 2011 indie flick ‘Yelling to the Sky,’ which also stars Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe.

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