February 6-19, 2024
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD

Stars Come Out for World Premiere of Music Comedy ‘A Hip Hop Story’


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LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles’ rainy weather couldn’t keep Black Hollywood from coming out to celebrate the world premiere of the new music comedy “A Hip Hop Story” Thur., Feb. 7 at the Writers Guild of America in Beverly Hills, CA.

Produced by Affion Crockett (Wild ‘N Out, Black-ish) the new comedy “A Hip Hop Story” stars Crockett alongside Cedric the Entertainer, Damaine Radcliff (Glory Road, Rambo: Last Blood), Jevin Smith, Damien Dante Wayans, Lil Rel Howery, Wayne Brady, Lil Mama, and Norm Nixon, Jr.

Directed by Radcliff, and written by Crockett, the film is a social commentary on the state of hip hop culture. A yoga posing rap mogul tells the greatest story of the time he joined forces with a few of rap music’s elite performers to attempt to save hip hop from its state of 9-1-1.

A Hip Hop Story is produced by Crockett, Radcliff, Charlie Mack, and Talitha Watkins, and will be distributed by AMCi distribution (Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce).

A Hip Hop Story kicked off PAFF’s two week celebration that is taking place through February 19, 2024. Now in its 32nd year, PAFF is returning to the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza will once again feature the PAFF ArtFest with over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from all over the Black Diaspora.

An encore screening of “A Hip Hop Story” will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD on Friday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

This year’s film festival features over 200 films from 54 countries, in 28 languages, including 68 World and 25 North American premieres. Of the films selected for the Festival, 49% are helmed by female, queer or non-binary filmmakers. Tickets and passes are on sale now at paff.org.


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About the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) makes its return to Los Angeles February 6-19, 2024 at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.

Since 1992, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

PAFF is supported in part by the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, LA Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA Councilmember Curren Price, LA Councilmember Heather Hutt, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Senator Steve Bradford, and Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas.

The 2024 PAFF is possible through the generous support of sponsors including Color Creative, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Stocker Street Creative, Disney, Andscape, BET+, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic, Black Alliance for Justice Immigration, Cal State University, Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit paff.org.

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