Soundtrack Of Your Life #11: New Jack City

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Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 11, for the first time, Corey welcomes 2 guests at once. First there is Petula Neale, a local film fan who in her own words rightfully proclaims: “Gives good voice” . Additionally welcome David Voigt, a critic within Toronto for many years who recently has started up his own site, In The Seats. We bring them together as both have chosen 1991’s New Jack City, a goofy Scarface-influenced crime film with a soundtrack loaded with big rap & R&B hits, but more importantly the influential fusion genre of new jack swing. Tune in for discussions of explicit lyric stickers, hiding tastes from friends, hanging around the wrong crowd, and trying to find any crowd at all.

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DVD Review: Good Hair

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Director: Jeff Stilson
Writer: Lance Crouther
Producers: Jenny Hunter, Kevin O’Donnell, Jeff Stilson
Starring: Chris Rock, Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve, Reverend Al Sharpton
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 96 min.

Here’s something many of us take for granted: hair. I bet most of us don’t give it a second thought. We wake up in the morning, wash it, brush it, put it up. We run our fingers through it, sometimes we get caught in the rain. We swim, we make love and the entire time, the hair is in place; it’s such a natural part of who we are that it seems second nature. Enter Good Hair, a mix of comedy and documentary featuring comedian Chris Rock trying to answer the question: what is good hair? If you think that question has a simple answer, you’re obviously not: 1) a black woman or 2) dated a black woman.

Here’s the deal. The African American hair care business is a $60 billion dollar industry. We’re not talking shampoo, conditioner and hair spray either. We’re talking tons of Relaxer and perhaps an equal amount of hair; real human hair that has been cut from one woman to provide long, straight hair for another. And if you think it’s only the well to do who shell out upwards of $3,000 for hair weaves, you’d better prepare yourself because there are working women all over the US and Canada (as I’m sure there are in other places though the film focuses mainly on the US) walking around with hair that cost more than some cars. No joke.

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