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

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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.

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.

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

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Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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