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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Movie Review: Who killed Tupac?

All Eyez on Me conveys the story of the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. The film is also named after Tupac’s last and most successful album, All Eyez on Me. The film gives an insight into Tupac’s childhood, raised by his mother and stepfather, both of whom were active Black Panther members. The film shows how his background - raised by a black activist family - played a role in his interest in social injustices. In the film, Tupac decides to tell the world how black people are treated through his rap music. As the fame grows, we see how Tupac struggles to embrace his image of a badass gangster rapper.

Whilst the film tries desperately to tell the story of how one man became a legend, the audience attention is far preoccupied with the man playing the legend. Demetrius Shipp Jr makes his acting debut as Tupac. Shipp is not only the spitting image of Tupac; he’s also the main reason why the film was not a flop. His performance is engaging as he embraces the passionate style of the late rapper. Like in many biopics produced without the involvement of the original persons, this film doesn’t really unveil anything new or answer the age-old question: who killed Tupac?

There’s nothing better than watching a discussion on talk shows, watching the hosts give a variety of opinions and most importantly we wait for the dramatic moments when the hosts’ debates turn wild! For instance who can’t remember the famous war of words between Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View? If such a fight goes on on-screen, imagine what happens behind the scenes! Well we don’t have to imagine any more. Thanks to Starr Jones, former host at The View, we can get a show that reveals all the cattiness that goes on off-screen. The show is loosely based on an all-female panel show like The View and The Talk.

The Lunch Hour is a show developed by long time journalist Maxine Robinson. On her panel is a Kibby- a former child star, Nina- a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Heather- a conservative and Mo- an eccentric comedian after Maxine’s job. The show is also produced by Maxine’s son Shawn. On screen the ladies are friends who have real conversations trying to empower other women but what happens behind the scenes is a whole other story. The drama between the women as they struggle to exist (or replace) each other is extremely hilarious. The show show is funny, satirical and sensational to watch.

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