I WANT MY NAME BACK Comes to DVD Today
The fathers of hip hop are back! One Village Entertainment, an entity of RLJ Entertainment, takes you back to the birth of rap with I WANT MY NAME BACK, available on DVD and digital download today, June 11, 2013. Directed by Roger Paradiso, the film stars Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee - the one and only, Sugarhill Gang.
What you hear is not a test - it's rappin to the beat! On June 11th, One Village Entertainment, an entity of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), takes you back to the birth of rap with I Want My Name Back on DVD and digital download. This is the unfiltered, unbelievable and unheard story of the originators of Hip Hop - Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee - the one and only, Sugarhill Gang! From a pizza shop in Harlem to performing on the biggest stage in the world, these young MCs seemed to be On the Road to endless fame and fortune in the early 80s. But, they would soon find out that they would be taken for a ride by an unscrupulous record company, stealing their money and their name. I Want My Name Back will be available for an SRP of $14.98 for DVD. Pre book date is May 14th.
Watch the official trailer here!
If you know your old-school rap history, then you know that the legendary Sugarhill Gang introduced Hip Hop to the world with the Top 40 Hit "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. But the story you haven't heard is the shocking truth about how greed and betrayal led to the band's fall into obscurity. From chart-topping superstars to broke outcasts, band members Master Gee and Wonder Mike were left with almost nothing...not even their names. In their own words, this is the true and tragic story of the former original members of The Sugarhill Gang.
Much like last year's Academy Award winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, here is a film that goes behind the music and reveals the realities of what happens after the gold records and the hype are gone. I Want My Name Back is the journey of two men who want what was taken from them: their names, their legacy and their music!
About RLJ Entertainment:
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent Branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
About One Village Entertainment:
Launched in 2007, One Village Entertainment is a part of the Image division of RLJ Entertainment devoted to the development, production and acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries and music content targeting the African-American consumer and urban market. The programming is distributed across multiple platforms including theatrical, broadcast, Blu-ray/DVD, digital streaming and downloading. Among the more than 125 titles that carry the One Village imprimatur are live stand-up performances featuring Kevin Hart and Charlie Murphy; documentaries 2 Turntables and a Microphone: The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay and I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; the feature films American Violet starring Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard, All Things Fall Apart featuring 50 Cent, the latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn Red Hook Summer and the acclaimed theatrical romantic comedy Russ Parr's 35 & Ticking. Bestsellers include the stage play production of What My Husband Doesn't Know by David E. Talbert, who is described by Variety as "the acknowledged kingpin of urban musicals."
I Want My Name Back DVD
Genre: Documentary/Special Interest/Music/Rap/Hip Hop
Rating: Not Rated
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Street Date: June 11, 2013
Pre-Book: May 14, 2013
Length: 94 minutes
More On: On the Road, Kingdom, Agatha Christie, Branded, Kevin Hart, Bernie, Alfre Woodard, 50 Cent, Spike Lee.