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Classic Movies and Television-House Party Collection Tags: classic tv movies house party kid N' play word life production.feature artist

House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris in his last film appearance (who died of a heart attack nine days after House Party was released). The film also starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Gene "Groove" Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. This was Robin Harris' last on-screen performance before his untimely death, shortly after the film was completed.

The film was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, based on his award-winning Harvard University student film.[3] The film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being 700 theaters. The film has since become a cult classic.

The lead roles were originally written for DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

While in their high school cafeteria, Peter, also known as "Play" (Christopher "Play" Martin) announces to his friends Christopher aka "Kid" (Reid) and Bilal (Martin Lawrence) that he will be having a party at his house that night, as his parents are on vacation. The reluctant Bilal is to be the DJ. Kid is then involved in an altercation with school bully Stab (Paul Anthony) and his two brothers Pee-Wee and Zilla (Bowlegged Lou and B-Fine). When Kid comes home, he tries to convince his father, "Pop" (Robin Harris) to let him go to the party. At first Kid's father relents, but soon grounds Kid when a note from Kid's school informs him of the fight he was in. Rather than miss the party of the year, Kid sneaks out while his sleeping father is watching Dolemite - not realizing that his father woke up just as he closed the door. On his way to the party, Kid runs into Stab and his brothers, and ducks into an Alpha Delta Sigma reunion nearby to get away from them. Crashing the reunion, Kid has the DJ (George Clinton) scratch and mix a few of his old doo wop records so that he can liven the party with a rap, until Stab and the others turn up again. When trying to get away from Stab, he winds up knocking an older man down before attempting to make a run for it. However, Kid and the bullies are caught by the neighborhood police, who humiliate the four teenagers in front of the reunion party attendees before letting them go. Before that, he jumps over a fence to get away, ending up looking in a window where a fat man is having rough sex with his lady, and when he is discovered, Kid runs away, and the three punks are shot at.

When Kid finally makes it to the house party, he finds it in full swing, with attractive girls Sydney (Campbell) and Sharane (Johnson) also in attendance. After some music and dancing, Kid and Play first get into a dance contest with Sidney and Sharane, and later have a quick freestyle battle. Stab and his friends attempt to break up the party, but are arrested a second time by the policemen, who take delight in the prospect of beating them up. Kid's father eventually makes his way to the party, demanding to know where Kid is. When he doesn't spot Kid - Kid is upstairs helping Sharane get her coat - Pop vows to wait for the boy at home. Although Kid and Sydney each have an eye for each other, Sharane decides to openly flirt with Kid, much to Sydney's disgust. The three of them soon leave the party, but when Kid tries to make advances on Sharane, she rebuffs him. Kid then walks Sydney back home, and after some argument the two of them finally calm down and make conversation.

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Sydney allows Kid to sneak into her house, and the two are about to have sex in Sydney's room when she stops him, wanting to know if she is simply his second choice. Kid admits that Sydney was his first choice all along, but they do not do anything when they see that the only condom Kid has is too old to be used. When Sydney's parents come home - now revealed as one of the couples at the high school reunion, including the man Kid ran into - Sydney hastily helps Kid sneak out of the house. He manages to get out of yet another scrape with Stab and his brothers, and they all end up in a jail cell, where Kid entertains the rest of the men in the cell by rapping, distracting them long enough for Play, Sharane, Bilal, and Sydney to arrive with enough cash to bail him out. Later on, the five friends say their goodnights. Kid and Sydney share a long passionate kiss goodnight. After Play and Bilal drops him off, Kid sneaks in the house and gets undressed. As he is about to get into bed, he looks up only to find Pop holding a belt. The movie then cuts to the credits where Pop whipping Kid can be heard.


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Kid N' Play are considered to be one of hip hop's Pioneers-Classic!
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Kid 'n Play is an American hip-hop and comedy duo from New York City that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The duo was composed of Christopher "Kid" Reid (April 5, 1964) and Christopher "Play" Martin (July 10, 1962) working alongside their DJ, Mark "DJ Wiz" Eastmond. Besides their successful musical careers, they are also notable for branching out into acting.

Music career

The pair met while performing in rival high school groups The Turnout Brothers and The Super Lovers, and initially formed their duo under the name The Fresh Force Crew. In 1986 She's a Skeezer and Rock Me were recorded. By 1987 they had changed their name to Kid 'n Play.

Kid 'n Play in 1992

Kid 'n Play recorded three albums together between 1988 and 1991: 2 Hype (1988), Kid 'n Play's Funhouse (1990), and Face the Nation (1991). Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, the producer for Salt-n-Pepa (who had been a member of the The Super Lovers with Play) served as Kid 'n Play's manager and producer during the early portion of their career. All three albums focused upon positive lyrics backed by pop-friendly instrumental tracks. Among the group's most successful singles were 1989's "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play" (#11 on the Billboard R&B singles chart), 1990s "Funhouse" (#1 on the Billboard rap singles chart), and "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" (another #1 rap hit). The group's stage show highlighted their teen-friendly personalities, and dances such as their trademark, the Kick Step. Kid's visual trademark was his hi-top fade haircut, which stood ten inches high at its peak. Martin regularly wore eight-ball jackets.

Kid 'n Play were also notable for their dance known as the Funky Charleston, first seen in their video "Gittin Funky". Also affectionately known as the Kid and Play Kickstep, it was influenced by the 1920s era dance the Charleston. The Funky Charleston featured the New Jack Swing-aerobic dance moves typical of late 1980s urban street dancing. Unlike the original Charleston, The Funky Charleston requires two participants instead of one. This dance also was made quite popular in Kid 'n Play's feature film House Party, in which Kid and Play have a dance competition with Tisha Campbell and A.J. Johnson.

Acting careers

In addition to their music, Kid 'N Play starred together in four feature films, all of them based around hip hop characters and themes. The duo also appeared on the soundtrack albums to these films. Three of the Kid 'n Play films were entries in the House Party series. The first two House Party films (1990's House Party and 1991's House Party 2) also featured the then-relatively unknown Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell, later stars of the TV sitcom Martin. House Party 3 featured hip-hop/R&B girl group TLC as the music group Sex as a Weapon. Kid 'n Play were absent from the fourth film House Party 4, which has no connection to any of the prior films or the following film, House Party 5. House Party was originally meant for DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Years later in an interview with Halftimeonline.net DJ Jazzy Jeff revealed:

?When we did ?Nightmare On My Street? New Line Cinema sued the daylights out of us, but they liked the record and they thought Will and I were talented from ?Parents Just Don?t Understand.? So part of the settlement was that we had to pay them some money, but they offered us two scripts to do two movies. The first script was House Party because if you think about the premise of House Party one dude was a Dj and the other was a rapper so House Party was set up for Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. We weren?t thinking about doing movies back then. Then Kid N Play blew up off of that. ??????????? ?

Class Act, produced in 1992, was a comedy in the same vein as the House Party films. For that film, Reid traded his trademark hi-top fade in for braids instead. The haircut is used as a plot device in the film.

Kid 'n Play even had their own NBC Saturday morning cartoon, Kid 'n Play, for one season from 1990 to 1991. On the show, Kid 'n Play were regressed to teenagers, but their recording careers remained intact, as did their comic personas. The real Kid 'n Play appeared in live-action wraparounds of the cartoons, but voice actors (again including close friend, Martin Lawrence) performed in the animated portions of the show. The show stressed positive role models, teaching kids how to get along and stay out of trouble. A 1992 Marvel Comics comic book based on the cartoon lasted nine issues. They also shot some segments for the PBS math show Square One TV and Sesame Street.

Kid 'n Play were featured in the Adult Swim animated special Freaknik: The Musical as themselves. They also returned to the House Party series, appearing in House Party 5: Tonight's the Night in which they reprise their roles from the first 3 films. Since the events of the 3rd film, the two have gone on to become music superstars and CEOs of their own record label- Kick Power Records (a venture they began in the third movie).

After the duo

Reid continued acting, guest starring in a number of television sitcoms, including Full House and Sister, Sister, and hosting shows such as It's Showtime at the Apollo and Your Big Break. Martin became a born-again Christian, and devoted his time to working on Christian-based hip-hop music projects. He eventually took his industry experience and founded HP4Digital Works, a multimedia company that provides pre- and post-production for film, digital, and live theater productions. He also founded Brand Newz, an online syndicated magazine focusing on positive community leaders and events. Martin became a professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina (where he now resides). Martin was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards. The duo is currently on a tour of the House Party anniversary along with other rappers such as Salt n Pepa.

In 2009, State Farm released a commercial featuring LeBron James dancing to the music of Kid 'n Play.

In October 2009 the duo appeared on the BET Hip Hop Awards where they did their trademark dance. On Feb 9, 2010 the duo appeared on The Mo'Nique Show.

On June 23, 2010 the duo appeared on Lopez Tonight and performed 'Rollin' with Kid 'N Play' from their album, 2 Hype.

At 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Kid stated that "Play and I also have a television series in the works, so the future is bright."

Reid makes a cameo appearance at the end of the LMFAO video for Sorry for Party Rocking which recalls Kid n Play's House Party movies.

On February 27, 2012, Kid N Play released an "open letter" detailing planned future events.

On July 30, 2012, Kid 'n Play joined Salt-N-Pepa onstage at a concert in Brooklyn, NY.

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Cook up some holiday cheer - Healthy Desserts Tags: healthy desserts christmas kids health mental wellness word life production feature blog

Cookies, popcorn, and other kid-friendly holiday treats are often loaded with fat and sugar. Ditch the store-bought varieties and make these simple recipes with your young foodie. Make a treat together as a fun holiday activity, while taking the time to teach him or her about nutrition and cooking.

Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

Simple substitutions cut out fat and sugar without compromising flavor or fun. These Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies keep saturated fat and cholesterol low, while adding a punch of fiber.

Low-Cal Sugar Cookies

These low-cal sugar cookies are quick, easy to make, and guilt free; one will only set you back 69 calories.

Flavor your own popcorn

Cut out fat by flavoring your own popcorn using canola oil instead of butter; maple kettle corn and cinnamon-sugar are both perfect winter flavor combinations.

White Peppermint Snowballs

These White Peppermint Snowballs are easy to make with your favorite brand of packaged sugar-cookie dough, or dough you create yourself. Adding in some crushed peppermint candies makes them extra festive, and the minty smell may actually help you eat less.

White Chocolate Holiday Bark

Kids will love this White Chocolate Holiday Bark. This one isn’t necessarily low in calories, but it is low in cholesterol and sodium. This treat is also packed with heart-healthy dried cranberries and antioxidant-rich almonds.

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need.

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit, and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well — use a different type of filling or other extracts to create a completely different cookie.

Chocolate Coconut Meringues

These chocolate, coconut, and almond meringue cookies are so light and airy, they are a perfect little treat that's not too heavy.

Outrageous Macaroons

These luxurious macaroons studded with pistachios and dried cranberries hail from recipe developer Katie Webster. Although you can concoct them with either sweetened or unsweetened coconut, we find that the unsweetened packs a more coconutty wallop. For a variation, substitute chopped crystallized ginger and mini chocolate chips for the pistachios and cranberries.

Almond Cherry Bites

Dried cherries, ground almonds, and a drizzle of chocolate make these cookies festive for the holidays.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

Master of Fine Arts student Allyson Lea Smith consulted with her mother and baked at least six variations to create this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Fig 'n' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

These spiced molasses cookies have applesauce to help keep them moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.

One Nutty Date

Financial adviser Linda Croley was inspired by childhood memories of a family treat when she created these peanut butter-date cookies. "I get a great feeling when I bite into these cookies and think of my family who are around me today and those whose memories I'll always cherish," says Croley. Once you try them, you may never make an ordinary peanut butter cookie again.

Ida's Mandelbrot

This tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) was adapted from a 1950s family recipe.

Double Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewies

These soft chocolate cookies have a big peanut flavor since they use both peanut butter and peanut butter chips.

Double Nut and Date Tassies

These two-bite pecan tart cookies satisfy the sweet tooth with far less guilt than pecan pie.

Pineapple Coconut Bites

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tart "cookies" from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

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Ice Cube is not just a classic hip hop legend but also a phenomenal actor & role model
Category: Classic Hip Hop
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Actor and rapper Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. With fellow rappers Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, he rocketed to fame in the late 1980s as a member of the hard-hitting gangsta rap group, N.W.A. After breaking off on his own in '89, Cube has put together a successful recording and acting career, having appeared in the films Friday (1995), Barbershop (2002) and Are We There Yet?

Early Life

Rapper, actor and producer Ice Cube was born O'Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969, in South Central Los Angeles, California. Ice Cube was raised by his mother—Doris—who worked as a hospital clerk, while his father—Hosea—was a groundskeeper at the University of California, Los Angeles.

With a set of strong parents behind him, Cube was able to navigate the tricky landscape that was his neighborhood, which became increasingly shaped by drugs, guns and violence. Cube was a good student who was passionate about football and music.

When Cube reached his teens, his parents pulled him out of his local school and bussed him to a suburban high school in the San Fernando Valley. For the young Cube, who'd known little beyond the deteriorating South Central L.A., the affluence and stability that marked his new surroundings left a deep impression. He saw his hometown in a new light and wondered why the violence and drugs that were wreaking havoc on it weren't generating more attention.

As he saw more of his friends get killed or go to jail, Cube became determined to create a better life for himself. After high school, he enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, where he earned a two-year degree in drafting in 1988.

N.W.A.

Around this time, he also continued to get involved in music, with much of his interest focused on the still emerging world of rap. He started writing his first raps in high school, and in the mid-1980s started a group with two others called CIA. The group, and Cube in particular, soon caught the attention of another up-and-coming rapper, Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre.

Together, the two teamed up with a small crew of other young rappers (DJ Yella, Eazy-E and MC Ren) to form N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude).

Considered one of the pioneers of gangsta rap, N.W.A.'s hard-hitting sound and lyrics jolted the music industry, all the while selling millions of records. The group's second album, Straight Outta Compton (1988) rocketed the young men to fame. Anchored by the controversial hit "F*** tha Police," the record made them one of the most contentious groups in the music business, while also delving into the complicated divide between black youth and law enforcement.

Other Endeavors

Cube's involvement with N.W.A. came to screeching halt in 1989. Angered over how little he'd been paid, he bolted the group and went solo. A year later, he released the first of several critically acclaimed albums, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. In 2013, he released his tenth studio album, Everythang's Corrupt.

Around the time of his departure from N.W.A., Cube launched his movie career with a highly praised performance in the John Singleton directed coming-of-age 'hood film, Boyz n the Hood (1992). Over the years, he's had major roles in several other successful films, including the Friday (1995) film series, Three Kings (1999) and Barbershop (2002).

Still, for all his success, Cube hasn't forgotten his roots. "I keep the fire in me," he said. "You gotta be able to survive in whatever environment you find yourself in. The 'hood means everything to me. You never know when you could wind up back there."

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IN THIS MONTH'S LEGENDARY CORNER, DJ KID CAPRI Tags: kid capri word life production hip hop music underground word life production feature

Born David Anthony Love in Bronx, New York, Kid Capri was born creatively ambitious, scaling his family's old Zenith stereo system as an attempt to scratch records before he was even ten years old. Kid first inched his way onto the Hip-Hop scene with the grass-roots approach of club gigs and creating mixtapes. Kid is, in fact, the Prime Minister of mixtapes, as he saw their profit potential early in his career. He managed to turn a small business venture into a $2,000 a night, underground empire! Once others caught on to the economic benefits of mixtapes, they soon followed in Kids footsteps and thus began the Kid Capri bandwagon.

Currently, there is no DJ on Earth more recognizable to both Hip-Hop heads and the general public, largely due to Kid's media sense. His face first became a part of the cultural landscape on the wildly popular Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam where he gave much of the world its first taste of live-performance Hip-Hop, as the first DJ to ever perform live on TV as a DJ. From that, Kid became the most heavily demanded entertainment personality by many of the industry's most respected and successful performers. Kid has toured extensively with multi-platinum artists such as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, NAS, Lil' Kim, Mase, Jay-Z, Usher, R-Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill, Ginuwine and Aaliyah, in shows like the 1998 Puff Daddy and the Family Tour.

However, beyond the show stopping performer aspect of Kid, sits another side of him, the meticulous studio-scientist working behind the scenes to lend that extra wisdom to some of hip hops hottest, turned classic records. He revels in the challenge of the ever-changing nature that defines the world of rap music. Prime examples of Kid's versatility are his production credits. He has produced music for power players like Foxy Brown, The Lox, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Heavy-D, KRS-ONE, Slick Rick, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, The Lost Boys, Brand Nubian, Camron, Noreaga, Big Pun, Da Ranjahz, Big L and Jermaine Dupri. He participated in national campaigns for Nike, Sprite, Bud Light, Pilot Pens, Lugz Clothing, FUBU Clothing and Diadora footwear.

Previously, Kid has guest hosted for numerous popular shows such as MTV's, "Beat Suite," and BET's "Tigger in the Basement." He was featured in the July 2000 issue of GQ Magazine, and was also featured as the DJ/announcer for the 2000 Source Awards. 2003 was a big year for Kid first he delivered an astonishing performance at the BET Awards. . In addition to spinning at the 2003 TJ Martell Foundation Gala alongside Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige, Mya and Liz Phair Martha Stewart herself made a personal request for him to spin at her Christmas party. NSYNC followed in her footsteps requesting Kid for their own, private, holiday party. In the years to follow Kid Capri appeared on 2004 VH1 Hip Hop Honors alongside Kid Rock and Grand Master Flash as they paid tribute to DJ Kool Herc, returning in 2006 he to pay tribute to Grand Master Flash. August of the same year, per Diddy's request, Kid Capri performed at his official after party for the MTV Video Music Awards.

At the present time Kid is expanding on his formula for success. The latest artist signed to Kid Capri's label NO KIDN Records is Bronx native Budda Early. In the works right now is The Kid Capri DVD entitled The Craziest Kid soon to be available in stores worldwide, which catches the beat-smith himself, off-guard in his own element.

Kid has far exceeded the expectations of his peers, critics and fans. His love for and careful nurturing of his immense talents has enabled him to represent the music industry in general, but Hip-Hop music in particular, with class and individuality and an intensity unmatched in the music industry. The impact Kid Capri has had, and will continue to have, is immeasurable. There is a steadily increasing demand by many of the industry's top performers for Kids guidance and expertise. He is continually touring, selling out shows in 10,000 seat arenas and balancing his heavy schedule with his favorite and most demanding job: fatherhood.


 

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