New Barbershop movie is a subtle “Chi-Raq”

Calvin and the crew are back for the third time to provide the crucial chronicles of the barbershop. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Deon Cole, and Common, “Barbershop: The Next Cut” balances the success of the barbershop with the failures of Chicago’s gritty streets.

We all know that barbershops (and hair salons) play a pinnacle, pivotal role in the community.  Barbershop owner Calvin (Ice Cube), his staff, and customers has plans to make an impact on the South Side of Chicago by ending the violence.

The police brutality, gang activity, and gun violence in Chicago is undoubtedly a national security issue.  Lately, this crucial topic has spilled over into the entertainment industry.  “Barbershop: The Next Cut” made the topic its platform as well as Spike Lee’s latest project, “Chi-Raq” (2015).

Director Malcolm D. Lee’s variation of Chicago’s recent spike in violence is softer and warmer than “Chi-Raq”.  Despite Barbershop’s more inviting approach, the topic is the same. The violence in the windy city is a deep, dark plague on the Black community.

What the movie lacked in hard core depiction of actual Chicago violence, it made up for in story-telling, comedy, and domestic familiarity.  Even in Pittsburgh, we have our own experiences with excessive gun violence. It’s hard to find a solution and it’s even harder coping with the pain.

It seems as if everything Ice Cube touches turned to gold.  With other notable film series such as “Friday”, “Ride Along”, “21 Jump Street”, and “Are We There Yet”, the N.W.A. rapper has broken entertainment barriers.  He is a household name in acting and producing.

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