L.A. Riots Movie ‘April 29, 1992′ Could be a Pivotal Film for Black Americans
By Donte Slocum
As Straight Outta Compton continues to boast its box office muscle and leave audiences humming about cruising down their respective blocks in a ’64, an interesting story popped up last week. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Ice Cube and his son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. were set to re-team with Straight Outta Compton executive producer Will Packer for a film based on the L.A riots titled, April 29, 1992. It made sense— the Rodney King trial, racial profiling and the L.A. riots were featured throughout Straight Outta Compton. Though Ice Cube and his representatives denied that he or his son is involved with the film, the movie is scheduled to begin filming in February of next year. The script is written by Sascha Penn and Packer is producing the project.
April 29, 1992 is a reference to the first day of rioting after the Rodney King verdict. The L.A riots were among the bloodiest in America’s history but its legacy seeps all over our national reality today. The acquittal of four white police officers despite evidence showing excessive force echoes and screams in relevance after riots broke out in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s and Freddie Gray’s …read more
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