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Hip Hop Artists Common, Xzibit Close Out Last Day of the Pan African Film Festival

Sherri Shepherd was featured in the short film, ‘Hats’ and James Savage played the lead in Xzibit’s film ‘Broken Ground’

From left to right: Dante Brown, Sherri Shepherd and Common on the red carpet at the Pan African Film Festival (Photo credit: Naomi K. Bonman)

On Monday, February 18, hip hop icon Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown hosted a red carpet screening of the short film Hats at the 27th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival. Following their screening, was the premiere of Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner‘s film, Broken Ground, which featured James ‘Jayo Felony’ Savage. The premieres were held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

The Cast and Crew of Hats (Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman)

Hats, directed by Sadé Clacken Joseph, is about a young black, aspiring baseball player (Dante Brown) who struggles to find his place between his predominantly white high school and the gang-infested streets of South Central where he lives.

After the film, Hip Hollywood‘s Jasmine Simpkins moderated a Q&A with the cast and crew. To listen to some of the session, click below:

Also during the Q&A session, producers and writers gave aspiring content creators tips on how to succeed and breakout into the industry.

Other short films that were shown with Hats included Fayth, If I Knew You Were Coming and Still Harlem.

Photo credit: Naomi K. Bonman

Following the premiere of the short films, Xzibizt premiered his film, Broken Ground.

Broken Ground is about James Savage, a once prominent West Coast rapper until he was set-up, arrested and sent to prison. Upon his release, he seeks answers from the man who put him behind bars, sabotaging his life and career.

Xzibit, Babu and James Savage (Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman)

The cast features Anthony Michael Hall, Anna Hutchison, Sticky Fingaz and Slink Johnson. The film is the directorial debut from multi-platinum recording artist and actor Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner. It was written and produced by him as well. The Q&A session was moderated by Big Boy of Read 92.3

Cast, crew and friends of Broken Ground (Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman)

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Naomi K. Bonman is an entertainment and community journalist based out of Southern California. She has been in the field for 11+ years. She has had the pleasure of interviewing big names, such as Kelly Rowland, Chante Moore, Sway Calloway, just name to name a few. She was recognized by the California State Assembly for her work as a News Reporter. Bonman holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Clark Atlanta University, as well as her Masters in Public Administration. She is the founder of Purposely Awakened ( and she is also a screenwriter, author, and youth advocate.

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