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Hype List: What to check out this week, including ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Welcome to the Hype List, a weekly recommendation series in which columnist Tirhakah Love highlights all of the pop culture happenings — movies, music, television, books and more — you need to know about.

TV: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Cable’s premier true-crime series returns for a long-awaited second season.

More than a year after FX and Ryan Murphy scored a smash hit with 2016’s The People vs. OJ Simpson (and after some behind-the-scenes readjustments), American Crime Story is back for a second season. Staying true to its roots of sensational real-life crime sagas that happened in the ’90s, the show is now focused on, as the subtitle states, the assassination of Gianni Versace.

Based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, tells the story of Versace’s 1997 murder and the investigation into Andrew

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Angela Henderson-Bentley: New offerings ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Versace’ have shaky starts

The CW has had a ton of success with dramas based on DC Comics superheroes. But their newest, “Black Lightning,” is unlike any of the others. Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not quite sure.

Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, the principal of an inner city charter high school who was once the superhero Black Lightning. Jefferson retired nine years ago when being a superhero destroyed his marriage. But when the dangerous local gang, The One Hundred, threatens the safety of his daughters, Black Lightning returns to the streets.

Black Lightning is an adult hero with a family, which gives him an interesting dynamic that’s different than most superheroes, and Williams is great at playing that inner conflict of family vs. duty.

The problem is that Jefferson is way more compelling of a hero as a principal than he is as a superhero. Black Lightning just struts down the street with the

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Some New Jersey Prisons Have Banned a Seminal Book About the Mass Incarceration of Black Men

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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.

Nina

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Did an Accused Pimp With Hollywood Connections Kill ‘The Black Dahlia?’

In a new book, British author Piu Eatwell reveals unpublicized details about the notorious 1940’s murder mystery of the “Black Dahlia,” presenting a case that the starlet’s killer was an accused pimp who had Hollywood connections.

On the morning of January, 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short was discovered on the sidewalk of a Los Angeles parking lot. The 22-year-old’s body was found cut in half. She had been bathed and drained of blood.

As details of her gruesome murder began to emerge, the press dubbed her the Black Dahlia after the exotic but intoxicating flower.

Eatwell’s book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose, paints a picture of Leslie Dillon, an accused pimp with purported associates in both Hollywood and the Los Angeles Police Department, as the prime suspect. At the time, an LAPD psychiatrist told the local press that Dillon knew “more about the Dahlia murder than the police

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/black-dahlia-murder-mystery-new-book-claims-solve/

The Black Dahlia: New Book Points Finger at Former Pimp – People

In a new book, British author Piu Eatwell reveals unpublicized details about the notorious 1940’s murder mystery of the “Black Dahlia,” presenting a case that the starlet’s killer was an accused pimp who had Hollywood connections.

On the morning of January, 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short was discovered on the sidewalk of a Los Angeles parking lot. The 22-year-old’s body was found cut in half. She had been bathed and drained of blood.

As details of her gruesome murder began to emerge, the press dubbed her the Black Dahlia after the exotic but intoxicating flower.

Eatwell’s book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose, paints a picture of Leslie Dillon, an accused pimp with purported associates in both Hollywood and the Los Angeles Police Department, as the prime suspect. At the time, an LAPD psychiatrist told the local press that Dillon knew “more about the Dahlia murder than the police

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/black-dahlia-murder-mystery-new-book-claims-solve/

Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside Hedges, with Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/10/julia-roberts-lucas-hedges-ben-is-back-peter-hedges-black-bear-30west-1202192880/

‘Black Dahlia, Red Rose’ Author Piu Eatwell Sheds New Light On A 70-Year-Old Murder Mystery

“I’m particularly interested in cases where it’s not just a murder or a crime, but there’s a whole kind of mythological significance — you know, the murder or the crime suddenly became much bigger in a way than the actual event, and came to represent something,” Piu Eatwell, author of Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsovled Murder, a new book that claims to have solved the famed 1947 case, tells me over the phone on the October morning of the book’s United States release.

Like any true crime obsessive, I know about The Black Dahlia — or at least I thought I did. The unsolved murder of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles has been a subject of fascination for 70 years. Black Dahlia, Red Rose looks at the story with fresh eyes, going back to

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‘People v OJ Simpson,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘black-ish’ and Beyoncé are big winners in 48th NAACP Image Awards

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Moonlight” and Beyoncé were major winners Friday during the non-televised portion of the 48th NAACP Image Awards, which honors excellence by artists of color.

Other major awards are scheduled to be handed out Saturday in a live broadcast on TV One from the Pasadena Civic Center.

The winners of the non-televised categories for the 48th NAACP Image Awards are:

Television categories

ABC)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Tichina Arnold — “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jussie Smollett — “Empire” (Fox)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Naturi Naughton — “Power” (Starz)

 

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special

“The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story” (FX)

 

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special

Courtney B. Vance — “The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story” (FX)

 

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special

Regina King — “American Crime” (ABC)

 

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“BET Love and Happiness White House Special” (BET)

 

Outstanding Talk Series

“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

 

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

“Iyanla:  Fix My Life” (OWN)

 

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

“2016 Black Girls Rock”

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-image-awards-20170211-story.html

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce true crime drama The Black Hand

Leonardo DiCaprio’ next big film will be based on a forthcoming nonfiction book about the origins of the mafia in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Stephen Talty and due out in April, The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History follows the true story of Joseph Petrosino, an Italian detective chasing the perpetrators of a crime wave that hits New York City in the summer of 1903. The organization behind the crimes leaves a black hand symbol as its calling card.

Paramount had acquired the rights to the book, and DiCaprio is set to produce the cinematic adaptation via his Appian Way banner alongside The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell. DiCaprio will also star in The Black Hand, presumably in the lead role as Detective Petrosino.

The Oscar-winning actor seems to have taken a

Read more at: http://consequenceofsound.net/2017/01/leonardo-dicaprio-will-star-in-and-produce-true-crime-drama-the-black-hand/