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King of the Dancehall streaming on @YouTube Red via All Def Digital

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Nick Cannon, with a net worth of $50 Million, portrays the struggles of a New York transplant that find his calling in Jamaica as a dancer, in an effort to impress a female.
Sounds familiar?
Born in 1980, Nick Cannon began his career at 8 on his father’s local cable access television show. Nick’s big television debut came when he landed a role on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, “All That” in the mid-90s.
Now fast forward to 2017. An American born actor tells the story of dancehall in his exclusive YouTube Red release of “King of the Dancehall”.
The cinematography was amazing. The look of the project was top notch, but what more would you expect from a media mogul like Cannon?
The all star cast of seasoned actors and new comers, like (Collie Buddz, Whoopi Goldberg, Louis Gossett Jr., Barrington Levy, Rohan Lyttle, Beenie Man, Ky-Mani Marley, Busta Rhymes, Peter Stormare, Kreesha Turner, Kimberly Patterson to name a few), had an on screen chemistry that was a joy, however; the cliche storyline destroyed the potential of the film.
The allure of the big names and expensive equipment may be hard to resist, but it is not worth distorting the view of our culture or misleading the millions of viewers that these big names have access to with misinformation. I am a BIG support of US telling our own stories, controlling the narrative and sharing the truth as we have experienced it.
The person with the funds ultimately controls the storyline. The ending of King of the Dancehall was weak. The build was excellent, but ultimately, we as Caribbean people walk away feeling duped.

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