In episode 2 of WorldWide Entertainment TV’s Unplugged with Ashley, we take a look at the recently released One Night In Miami which was the directorial debut of award winning actress Regina King.
As articled on WWETV, One Night In Miami takes a look at the historic civil rights figureheads of the 1960’s in Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. During the tumultuous time period of breaking away from segregation and the rise of celebrities in the black community, there was a signal by many to ensure those with a platform helped with the struggle of the rest of the people.
The film definitely delves into that aspect and the pressures that come with that responsibility. Malcolm X portrayed by British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir. In a saga that is an imagination of the night of Muhammad Ali celebrating his upset victory over Sonny Liston to become the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion at the time, we also see Leslie Odom Jr. acting as the incomparable singer Sam Cooke.
The two legendary figures clash in the film as Malcolm X believes the true potential of Sam Cooke is not being reached due to the star wanting to be a commercial success. His original belief is that he was helping his community by providing an income to other singers under his wing.
Cooke’s thought process was of making crossover music to help put money in the pockets of his people, but Malcolm X brings another perspective of Cooke’s voice could be the biggest weapon in changing the United States landscape through messages in his music.
As it is today, artists sometimes believe they need to water down their craft because lyrical content with positivity isn’t exactly cool or sexy. We take a look at the movie’s message in this regard and wonder how does it translate into today’s world of artists such as Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Nas, Damien Marley, and more.
Check out the clip below.
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The breakdown of Lil Wayne and the impact of the legendary rap star that has lead his generation of rappers which brought us the reign of Drake. What would happen if we ever got Lil Wayne dropping gems like he did on the “My Generations” single collaboration with Nas and Damien Marley?
He once said he rhymes the way he does on songs like “Lollipop” until the wheels fall off because it makes money. Just imagine though he got a prep talk from someone legendary as Malcolm X where that could lead a new generation?
The lyrics to Lil Wayne’s verse on “My Generations” below.
[Verse 3: Lil Wayne]
If you weather that storm, then that rain bring sun
Been a long time coming, I know change gone come
Man I got to keep it moving to the beat of my drum
Last night I set the future at the feet of my son
But they thinking that my generation gotta die young
If we all come together then they can’t divide one
Don’t worry ’bout it; just be about it
Got a message from God: Heaven too crowded
But I say: Hey young world, you never looked better
And I heard change start with the man in the mirror, uh
This generation, I’ma represent
A generation led by a black president
Now hows that for change? Who knew that can change?
I don’t even look at the flag the same, heck
Uh, so when you finish reading Revelations
Thank God for my generation