Documentaries


If, like me, any tiny bit of D’Angelo news stops you in your tracks, you’ll be pleased to know that a new documentary has been made about the Virginia-born virtuoso.

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Late last year, The Diplomats released their first album in 14 years Diplomatic Ties. Teased during the lead-up for the project, the Harlem collective finally debut their documentary of the same name. Available exclusively on TIDAL, the 17-minute piece stars the quarter of Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey, where they discuss their rise to fame, early beginnings in Harlem, being trendsetters and their impact in Hip-Hop culture, and they take viewers through the preparation and recording process of their latest album.

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In this new age of digital streaming, Netflix is considered one of the top, if the not the No. 1 production company in the world — and it’s only getting bigger. But like every other success story, there comes struggle in the early days of its come-up.

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As you may have heard, today marks the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal debut album Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers). To celebrate, Certified Classics have released this documentary titled For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Directed by Shomi Patwary, the 17-minute film finds RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and U-God discussing the making  — and legacy  —  of the album while sharing rare stories (did you know the snare on “Bring Da Ruckus” was actually the mic hitting a paint bucket?)

Friends, fans and fellow artists like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and ODB’s son, Young Dirty Bastard, also reflect on the impact of 36 Chambers from a young G’s perspective. Wu-Tang forever.

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This Friday (Nov. 9) marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most influential rap albums of all time, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). To celebrate, Certified Classics is releasing a documentary titled For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Directed by Shomi Patwary, the man behind music videos like Clipse and Kanye West’s “Kinda Like a Big Deal” and Offset and Metro Boomin’s “Ric Flair Drip,” the short film explores each song on the album through untold stories from the Wu themselves. Family and friends like A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and Joey Bada$$ also reflect on the impact of the album.

For the Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) premieres on YouTube this Friday.

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Executive produced by Big Sean, the History Channel premiered it’s 40-minute television documentary ‘Detroit: Comeback City’ this past weekend. Chronicling how Michigan’s capital went from the engine of American capitalism to a city of ruins that is now on the cusp of an exciting rebirth. The story of the city is told by real natives who recount the stories of their relatives who helped build the birthplace of Motown Records and the country. Among the interview subjects are Alice Cooper, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Bill Ford and NASA Astronaut Jerry Linenger.

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On July 19th HBO will release its Robin Williams documentary ‘Come Inside My Mind.’ Featuring previously unheard and unseen glimpses into Williams’ creative process through intimate interviews with the comedian, the film reveals what drove him to give voice to the characters in his mind.

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ESPN and Netflix join forces once again to deliver probably their most highly anticipated 30 for 30 documentaries ‘The Last Dance.’ Detailing the greatness that is Michael Jordan, filmmakers have gathered about 500 hours of unseen footage which includes interviews with the Chicago Bull’s legend and his peers.

Peep the minute-long trailer after the break and expect the series to be released early 2019.

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Gucci Mane or T.I.? Whoever deserves to lay claim as the originator of trap music, there’s no denying Zaytoven’s importance to the genre (better yet, culture). In the latest installment of their documentary series The Note, Red Bull Music explores how the legendary Atlanta producer honed his music skills in Church and became one of the key sonic architects behind trap music’s rise, a go-to collaborator of Gucci Mane, Future and Migos as well as a mentor for newer acts like Yung Pinch.

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trayvon martin documentary

Paramount Network have released the first teaser trailer for Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary series on the tragically short-lived life but far-reaching legacy of Trayvon Martin. Executive produced by JAY-Z, the series “delves deep into the heart of the story which is more than a tragic narrative about a young man’s life cut short — it’s a story about race, politics, power, money, and the criminal justice system.” The series is based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story premieres in July on Paramount Network.

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