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2/26 Documentary-Bling: A Planet Rock

Posted by novoscene on February 26, 2008

No matter if you’re a rapper or an heiress, a bona fide star or a wannabe mogul, you might want to check out tonight’s free movie screening for the behind the scenes dope on the diamond industry. In her 1st film, Hip Hop journalist and editor Raquel Capeda takes an investigative look inside the world of Bling with a cast of unsuspecting, but jewel encrusted hip hop impresarios.

Rappers Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Wall and Tego Calderon travel to war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, and get a crash course in “blood diamonds” The dirty not to little secret of the multi million dollar industry so deeply entwined in hip-hop. The film explores the cultural significance of diamond jewelry in hip-hop and traces its evolution from early ’80s old-school ghetto culture to the bling-encrusted billion-dollar industry it is today. Featuring Ishmael Beah, best-selling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and interviews with Kanye West, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss and Mr. T. There will be a community discussion following the screening.

Bling: A Planet Rock
Free
7pm
Mills College Student Union
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
http://www.priorityafrica.org/

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