O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer.
Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1986 as a member of the hip hop group C.I.A., which gained limited commercial success prior to disbanding around the time N.W.A formed. Ice Cube, alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy E, formed the group N.W.A, where he gained extreme notoriety as the group's primary songwriter and performer, noted for becoming one of the founding artists of gangsta rap, and pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos.
After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, Ice Cube embarked on a successful solo career, releasing the albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991), both of which have attained platinum certification in the United States, while also being classed as defining albums of the 1990s. Much of his musical output has contained harsh socio-political commentary and storytelling, which has earned him several accolades from multiple publications and artists, often cited as an influence and one of the best rappers of all time.
Following the release of Death Certificate, Ice Cube transitioned into film, where his popularity was further enhanced by his starring role in Boyz n the Hood (1991), where his performance was heavily praised. He also wrote and starred in the Friday film series, which contributed to reinventing his public image as a movie star. Ice Cube has also featured in the Barbershop, Ride Along, and XXX film series, while also serving as a producer to several other films, including Straight Outta Compton (2015), a biographical film depicting the career of N.W.A..
As a businessman, Ice Cube has founded his clothing line, Solo by Cube, as well as the 3 on 3 basketball league Big3, which primarily features retired NBA players.
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Omari Latif Hardwick (born January 9, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles in the TV series Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna (2008), The A-Team (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010) and as Andre in BET Network's Being Mary Jane. He currently stars as James "Ghost" St. Patrick in Starz's Power.
Hardwick's first big break came in 2003, when he was cast in his first major role as a series regular in Spike Lee's Sucker Free City (2004). Two years later, he landed the feature The Guardian (2006) and TNT's Saved (2006) - both of which he booked within a three-week span in 2005. Throughout 2007 - 2009 Hardwick worked on various projects, including guest starring on several television series, and filming several movies including Summit Entertainment's Next Day Air (2009) and Touchstone Picture's Miracle at St. Anna (2008). In 2008 he landed the role of "Ty Curtis" on the TNT series Dark Blue (2009). Season 1 aired throughout 2009.
In addition to acting, Hardwick is a founding member of Plan B Inc. Theater Group, and a co-founder of Los Angeles Actor's Lounge. He has big plans for his production company, Bravelife, in 2010 as well, and plans on expanding the company. Hardwick also continues to work on his poetry, and has written over 4,000 poems.
Our attendees, fans and followers range in age from 13 to 65, with the majority being between the ages 25-44. The patrons of the Hip Hop Film Festival are a fast growing multi ethnic “super consumer group” who drive over 50% of sales growth in all industries representing over 2 trillion dollars in discretionary income combined.
HHFF WORLD TOUR
2019-2020 tour season
Kenya - Ivory Coast - South Africa - Rome - Paris
The festival runs August to August, which allows the momentum to continue year round as the festival tours around the world with film competitions, Master Cyphers and music/art showcases while delivering branded curated content directly to it’s growing network WORLDWIDE.
What They Are Saying
What They Are Saying
Press, Film Makers, Fans
Avoiding the all too common pratfalls of pageantry and name-dropping, the organizers created a genuine promotion and educational vehicle for up and coming talent.
-Rory Winston, Writer, The Resident
The festival provided a great and unique experience. The people behind it work hard, and the lines of communication were terrific. I can see this being a monster festival in years to come...
-Chris Thorne, Film Maker
The founders were incredible supportive and made sure that each filmmaker was given valuable feedback, marketing advice and tips on how to make their submissions better. A great community!
Melissa Mickens, Film Maker
2019/2020 Hip Hop film Festival