The film’s director, Michael D. Lee (The Best Man, Roll Bounce), tweeted the news earlier this week, revealing the new faces, as well as returning favorites Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, and of course Ice Cube himself.
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Upon hearing the Cecil B. Moore recreation center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was closing down, singer Jill Scott decided to use her return to the music scene as a way to raise money to keep the neighborhood institution open.
Joined by Black Thought and rapper Eve, Jill went back to the center to shoot the video for her new single “Shame.” Set to be the lead-off single from her upcoming “Light of the Sun” album, it was co-written by Jill, who describes it as a return to her original roots of hip-hop.
“I really wanted to go back to my original state,” Scott said. “I love hip-hop and I was born to do it. I needed to come back to it, it’s been awhile and I’m in a new environment.”
That new environment Jill speaks of is Warner Brothers Records. After over a decade with Hidden Beach Records, Jill parted ways with the label after a long court battle that eventually ended with the singer winning her musical freedom.
Jill says she is finally ready to move forward with a new sound and hopes her fans will be pleased when “Light of the Sun” is released later on this year.
After taking time off to record her 4th solo album, rapper Eve has decided to get back into the acting game. The raptress will play Rosa Sparks in the female roller derby comedy, Whip It, which opens in theaters on October 9th.
The trailer for the film was released earlier this week and you can check it out below.