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“Conflicted” Movie Review

Thick grey clouds hung in the sky as the sunset on an intimate crew gathered outside a discreet DIY venue. West Side Gunn Day was winding down to a close and it was here I had the pleasure of attending a private viewing of the long awaited and highly buzzed Griselda movie “Conflicted”.

Conflicted is  a crime drama movie that occurs in some fairly present time in Buffalo, NY . I LOVED that this film was told by Black voices and captured through the lens in which they were experienced. Conflicted was directed by AK. Reed  stars and was executively produced by Benny the Butcher, J Holiday, Adiyon Dashalon and Michael Rapaport- a mostly Buffalo crew y’all !

Conflicted does contain violence/ harm against Black Men and Black Women – please be advised as you read further . I will not, however divulge details as I don’t want to give spoilers!

Conflicted pays homage to a history of storytelling that is uniquely done by Black Men. In the 90s and early Millennia , many rappers crossed over into film telling their own stories on the big screen . Conflicted is giving me early Master P and Cameron film maker , Belly, Juice type of vibes .

In “Conflicted” we follow the lead character , Hunter as he re-enters society after serving five years in prison . I appreciated the choice of direction of Hunter’s first 24 hours back to Buffalo. The sequence of these scenes incited feelings of warm nostalgia in the audience that could be felt as people laughed and agreed with the characters on screen . “Conflicted” addresses topics we, Black people , in our own community experience and aren’t ready to talk about yet . There was the gun violence yes, yet they went the additional layer to how PTSD affects not only the victim and their families.

It is so important that we hold this truth about how the trauma of gun violence transforms our community when we are actively working to build a future that is a systematic alternative to the police state we are currently living in. In the film the police nor state address the emotional distress or safety concerns of the characters. The characters do not express any desire for them to do so either. In fact, they devise resolutions to situations each exposing more about their beliefs of justice. This film brought back familiar questions I’m often left toying with like:

 ‘How Do we define justice?’

‘How do we hold people accountable when harm happens?’

And “How are we healing ourselves?” 

Silence fell on the audience at the accurate depiction of Rape Culture perpetuating itself in an all too familiar scenario. The portrayal of the events , or women in this film for that matter- depicted how society has influenced the ways in which Black men have learned to be in relation to Black women and the desperate need for that to change. I found myself desiring more from the women in the film, who often served as comic relief or comfort. I felt their characters came off two dimensional leaving much of their personalities to be filled by the imagination of the audience. 

Buffalo culture seeped through this film so effortlessly. I enjoyed the sprinkled cameo appearances of Buffalonians throughout our the film. And yes, a hilariously accurate La Novas scene, well placed to interrupt the serious tone and showcase some of that Notorious Buffalo culture -Something that I am excited for so many Buffalonians to enjoy!

I feel deeply honored to have been able to experience a Buffalo story on screen in our hometown . And proud that Buffalo Kids are now on a platform to be seen and heard by all .

Conflicted does not have a public release date as of yet . Stay tuned to Griselda for updates on this!

Nneka Gigi – Uninvited (2017) [Short Film]

A Street Couture Short Film Directed by Ronnell Hudson, Zachary Bxllion & Nneka Gigi.   The visual that was premiered on 4/20 in Los Angeles at a private event by Nneka Gigi is now here for the public.

Instrumentals provided by Young Simba.

For those of us who “stand out”
we can never really “fit in”
We are not praying to be popular
We are not praying to be understood
We would much rather be “us”
We would much rather be “real”
And that’s a party you will never need an invitation to – RLH

http://www.nnekagigi.com

 

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#AroundLA: Nneka Gigi’s UNINVITED – Art Exhibition & Film Screening [APR 20]

Uninvited (2017) is a street couture inspired short visual project directed by Zachary Bxllion, Nneka Gigi and Ronnel Hudson.  On April 20th, 2017 the team will be screening the project for the first time, accompanied by Nneka Gigi’s debut collection in a gallery style exhibition!

Please don’t miss this event, we were NEVER invited.

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FREE Ticket Registration Available here: NNEKA GIGI’S UNINVITED 4/20/17

This event is sponsored in part by BuffaLowe PR and Flagrant City!

The Dunning Man Cinequest 2017 Film featuring @DeuceEllis [FILM TRAILER]

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Flagrant City veteran Deuce Ellis takes to the big screen in the 2017 premiere of The Dunning Man, a film based on the novel by Kevin Fortuna. Fortuna’s book follows the main character, Connor Ryan, as he encounters several anti-heroes who thrive in rejecting society’s rules. Ryan must make it out of each meeting alive and learn more about himself along the way. Want to see what role Deuce plays in the film? Check out the trailer and keep your eyes peeled for the release!

Venzella Joy Joins the Big Screen! [FILM]

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Venzella Joy takes her rightful place on stage as she joins the cast and crew of Pitch Perfect 3! The Buffalo native is already well-known as the drummer for Beyoncé, but now she’s expanding her talents to the movie screens as well! There’s a lot of buzz surrounding what PP3 is about, but either way fans are excited to see Venzella shine in every way possible. Break a leg Ms. Joy! (Or don’t…? That saying is tricky…)

Follow Venzella on IG to keep up with her progress and future projects! Wish her luck and check out this article for insight on PP3!

Flagrant City Spotlight: Convos w/ Friends by Produced By Girls [SHORT FILM]

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Nowadays it seems more and more people are discovering they suffer from depression. Though it may seem common, it doesn’t make the condition any easier to deal with and power through. Creatives, innovators and visionaries always seem to be victims of depression, and most use the void as a means of inspiration. This is precisely what Elyse Fox has done in her short film entitled ‘Convos with Friends’. In the film, Fox shows how friendship, music, and travel aide her in fighting her demons so she can continue to bring necessary art to her viewers.

You can watch the short film below.

Conversations with Friends. from Elyse Fox on Vimeo.

And read a few words from the creator herself below:

“New year, cooler tings! Thank you all for viewing/sharing #ConvosWithFriends. We’re so excited about the conversation the film has ignited. With the release of the film many amazing women have been reaching out for advice/answers regarding life, womanhood, depression (etc) We want to create a place where we can discuss freely and anonymously. PBG presents ‘Sad Girls Club’ email sgc@producedbygirls.com to chat with us XO<3″

Don’t forget to follow her on IG

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Acid Cupcakes Stars in ‘Acid Beauty’, a Short Film by Marysia Makoska [Video]

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Director Marysia Makowska redefines Effortless, Natural Beauty in her short film ‘Acid Beauty’. The film features Buffalo, NY natives Acid Cupcakes, a talented group of ladies who showcase their individual style while sharing their perspective of what it means to be in a culture obsessed with physical appearances. As they sport their own brand of clothing- shown in the video-the audience is presented with different facets of each character as they elaborate on terms others use to define Self.

Watch the video below:

Directed by Marysia Makowska 
Shot by Todd Antonio Somodevilla and produced by Kacper Sawicki and Karolina Kowalczyk from Papaya Films. 
Music composed by Scott Interrante and Michael Isabe

Models: Naomi Jones Ophelia Tiger Lily Marina Boswell Tiara Morris Kyjah Monai Katelynn Barlow
MUA: CE Eaton

Wardrobe: Acidcupcakes.com 

Buffalo, NY 
IG: @simonealexis_ @erratic_ink @acidcupcakess @acidcupcakesreviews

We Stole The Show – Arrested [Video]

Finally, it’s here, the “Arrested” video by We Stole the Show!   We originally premiered this charged up track earlier this year back in April on FlagrantCity.com.  Now the gents of WSTS, Rhys and Grand Phee is rounding out 2016 with the accompanying visual for the powerful track.

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH VIDEO

We Stole the Show says thanks to all the artists that came out and made time to be apart of the video and to everyone who came to see the premiere at Dreamland last Sunday in Buffalo.  In the words of Rhyson Hall, “This is a fun song and a real song, and another reason to continue to build community with each other. Love ya’ll, peace.”

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Nickelus F – Laced Weed [VIDEO]

 In true Sweet Petey fashion, Nickelus F hits us with a brand new, trippy visual to accompany his hit single, “Laced Weed.”  If you are a frequent Flagrant City visitor, or a fan of our yearly compilation mixtapes with DJ Tiger, then you’ve heard this track on Illicit Activities 7 (download the single on iTunes) or you checked out the chopped not slopped version we did with DJ Slim K (download on Soundcloud).

Stream the entire Illicit Activities 7 Mix on Soundcloud

Illicit Activities 007: Vintage Designer Drugs on Soundcloud

Roll up.  Spike the punch.  Then lace the trees. Enjoy the video below.

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ALSO: The FC (Flagrant City) Presents Nickelus F x Slim K – TRIFLIN’ Chopped Not Slopped [EXCLUSIVE RELEASE]

RELATED: Nickelus F – TRIFLIN’ EP – Official Release 8.28.15 [ALBUM]

Saint Opal – Lilac Corona [Short Film]

 

This short film comes to Flagrant City by way of Shawn Patterson of Haute La Vie.

The visual features Saint Opal, Angela Lopez and Max Darling.

The song “Lilac Corona” was Produced by Kage’ Durden of Haute La Vie since 2166 inc.

The short film was shot and directed by Chris Greco of Haute La Vie since 2166 inc. in Hamburg, NY (residence) and in Lockport, NY (campground).

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I like the creepy, rural feel to this visual. Beautiful lyrics and melodies to accompany the awkward lovers quarrel. Watch the film below!

Original track was released in Fall 2015. Visit Saint Opal’s soundcloud for more or keep up with her on Twitter at @saintopal!