Barbershop: The Next Cut
Was a prequel to the Barbershop franchise necessary? The answer to that is: probably, not. However, after the enormous success of Straight Outta Compton, I’m sure most wouldn’t mind watching another Cube Vision. Nicki Minaj did really well in one of her few movie roles to date.
Barber Shop 3 stays true to its ‘around the way’ neighborhood feel with Chicago as its backdrop. The movie made sure it genuinely portrayed the current state of this crime-ridden city. Gunshots rang midday while the Barbershop employees had to routinely duck for cover. The breaking news of 24 murders in 24 hours made the me cringe an serve as a reminder that “Southside” is much different then it’s counterpart, the “Northside”.
On a lighter note, there were several notable Chicagoan cameos. Don from Black Ink Chicago and Chicagoland’s unstoppable Principal, Ms. Elizabeth Dozier, both made brief but memorable appearances.
Barbershop 3 is unapologetically ‘Black’. It is authentic in representing the current sentiment of African American Millennials. The film affirms that “Black Twitter” is current on the latest initiatives. Instead of “bitching” about the violence the shop coordinates a community meeting to brainstorm ideas in an effort to cease violence citywide. After bringing together two leaders from rivaling gangs, the barbershop simultaneously conducted a 48 hour of peace offering, which consisted of free haircuts and women’s styling.
Trust there is no topic off limits in this film. Did I mention that Common, with his fine, baldhead, cute smile and nice body…I mean, the conscious rapper from Chicago, wowed me with his break-dancing skills? Common actually danced! There were no weird abrupt edits featuring a body double.
Overall the movie makes you feel good about being Black and reminds its audience of this pivotal time for America. What we do with this momentum of culture is totally up to us. So be brave, be active and stop bitching.
by Ayana Morris
SYNOPSIS: It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
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