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So the weekend came and went and there was no violence at any of the Straight Outta Compton screenings. That’s 2,757 theatre screens and zero, zilch, nada incidents!

But, you know what did happen? Record setting sales! The film that depicts the history of rap group NWA brought in over 56 million dollars during it’s opening weekend making it number one at the box office.

And although those numbers are great, it doesn’t take away from the fact that Universal Pictures seemed more concerned with amping up security than setting records. Last week, the studio made headlines saying they would reimburse theatre owners for added security at Straight Outta Compton showings and the LAPD stepped up their presence at certain theaters because, according to spokesman Andy Smith, “Maybe different factions of youngsters from different gangs will show up at the same theater at the same time and that’s always a bad mix.”

Ironically, it wasn’t droves of “gun-toting gangbangers” that filled theaters, actually 52 percent of the audience over the weekend was women. So, why did they need extra security at this movie?

When NWA hit number 1 in 1991, according to Soundscan, it was becuase a majority of their records were purchased by suburban teen boys … not gangsters, not killers, not even black people … but suburban teenage boys, much like Jonah Hill. Check out what he had to say about Ice Cube when he was promoting 22 Jump Street.

Yes, 46 percent of the audience that helped make Straight Outta Compton the highest grossing R rated August opening in history, was African American … but that also means that 54 percent wasn’t.

Some theatre owners ramped up security for Straight Outta Compton, but these same owners failed to increase security at TrainWreck screenings nationwide after a man opened fire in a theatre in Lafayette, La. And will they seek added protection for the upcoming Batman vs Superman release? Remember the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colorado? Those were at a showing of The Dark Night. It all makes you go hmmmmm.

What do you think, was the extra security for Straight Outta Compton justified or was the movie, like so many people, a victim of the way america views Black lives.


Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer & More … Is This The New Cast For “Black Panther 2”?



We’re still reeling from the high of Black Panther’s recording setting debut — pulling in $241 million opening weekend — however, we can’t help but think about the future and what could be in store for BP2.

While we’d want to see the original cast reprise their roles, we think these celebs could be a great addition to the group. Why, you ask? Because when Black Panther dropped they put their money where they mouth was and bought out theaters for kids to see the film. That deserves a little screen time in the sequel, right?

All right, maybe they won’t make it on the big screen for Black Panther 2, but here’s the list of stars who talk the talk and walk the walk, so we want to show them some luv…

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade – The Wade’s post on Instagram about the importance of “Black Panther.” They also partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Miami, Omaha & Watts to send 100 kids from each club to see the film.

Octavia Spencer – Octavia also hopped on Instagram to give families from Jackson, MS, and surrounding areas, a chance to see the Marvel movie.

Snoop Dogg – Uncle Snoop was so moved by Frederick Joseph, the New York-based philanthropist, who started the #BlackPantherChallenge encouraging people to donate to a GoFundMe page that would help provide children in Harlem with the opportunity to see BP, that he decided to do the dame for kids in LA. “I’m going to donate some money to the cause for the kids to check it out and also I’m going to reach out to the homeboy Ryan Coogler so that we can get an L.A. version of that so that kids in L.A. can go see a superhero movie and learn about a real black superhero,” Snoop stated. Not to be outdone, Viola Davis also took part in the challenge and sent kids in Austin to see the superhero flick.

Serena Williams – The tennis champ, and new mommy/wife, surprised a group of young ladies from Black Girls Code in San Francisco with a private screening of Black Panther on Thursday night. Her hubby Alexis Ohanian captured the sweet moment on IG.

T.I. – The ATL rapper teamed up with Walmart to give away 300 tickets for an advanced screening of Black Panther last week in his hometown. “I think it’s imperative to know that there’s greatness inside of all of us and our children should know that early — that there’s greatness inside of them and that they all possess superhero-like qualities that will allow them to change the world. All they have to do is activate it,” T.I. said at the screening, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Offset & Lil Yachty – Not only have the two rappers teamed up for a new song (“Truck Load”), but they also took time out to join force for a philanthropic effort. The pair hit up El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, where “This is Us” writer Jas Waters set up a fully-funded screening for 500 foster and at-risk children. According to Waters, Offset and Yachty surprised the fans and ended up buying out the rest of the theatre!

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