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[03/28/16 - 09:00 AM]
VH1 Teams Up with Ice Cube and Common for Chicago Town Hall Special Premiering Monday, April 11 at 10 PM
Set at a local college, the special spotlights a variety of topics that young people are facing across the country ranging from relationships and artistic expression to gun violence, and the importance of barbershops to community activism.

[via press release from VH1]

VH1 TEAMS UP WITH ICE CUBE AND COMMON FOR CHICAGO TOWN HALL SPECIAL PREMIERING MONDAY, APRIL 11 AT 10 PM*

"Behind The Movie: 'Exploring Chicago with the Cast of 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'" Highlights Young Adults' Hopes and Challenges Across the Country

NEW YORK, March 28, 2016 - VH1 is partnering with hip hop legend and producer Ice Cube and Chicago native and Academy Award-winning artist Common, for a one-of-kind community town hall in Chicago. The special "Behind The Movie: 'Exploring Chicago with the Cast of 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'" will premiere Monday, April 11 at 10 PM on VH1.

Set at a local college, the special spotlights a variety of topics that young people are facing across the country ranging from relationships and artistic expression to gun violence, and the importance of barbershops to community activism. Common and Ice Cube along with VH1's Sway Calloway will lead a dialogue with local college students and grassroots organizers, most of whom have been impacted personally by gun violence.

The program will also include segments where the superstars visit a local barbershop and other Chicago South Side locations to discuss challenges living in the city. Also appearing in the special are:

· Liz Dozier, acclaimed former Chicago high school principal and "Chicagoland" star

· Ryan Henry from VH1's "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" whose tattoo shop is a legacy to his late sister and niece

· Vic Mensa, Chicago hip hop performer who keeps his hometown's challenges in his art

· Anthony Anderson, Cedric The Entertainer, Deon Cole, Regina Hall as well as Eve and Nicki Minaj who all co-star with Ice Cube and Common in the April 15th release "Barbershop: The Next Cut," from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures , New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.

"It is important to me that 'Barbershop' does more than entertain," said the film's star and producer Ice Cube. "Along with comedy, the story touches on relationships and gang violence. This partnership with VH1 is the perfect way to expand this conversation."

The special is the inaugural episode of VH1's new "Behind The... " series which will explore all facets of pop culture and its intersection with current cultural and political issues. The series is hosted and produced by new VH1 personality Sway Calloway.

"Pop culture has the power to broaden conversations that are central to our audience," said Amy Doyle, Executive Vice President/Deputy General Manager, VH1 & Logo. "With Ice Cube and Common, two of the most important voices in hip hop and entertainment, this town hall will bring national attention to issues that affect communities across the country."

Coodie Simmons, Chicago-born director who along with Chike Ozah directed the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Benji" about murdered Chicago high school basketball player Ben Wilson, will serve as creative consultant. Jason Rzepka, Director of Cultural Engagment for Everytown for Gun Safety, is also a creative partner.

Join the conversation using #BehindTheMovie and visit BehindTheMovie.VH1.com for more info. Follow @VH1 on Twitter and 'LIKE' VH1 on Facebook for more updates.

"Behind The Movie: Exploring Chicago with the Cast of 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'" is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Amy Doyle, Ryan Kroft, and Sway Calloway. Matt Harper is Producer for VH1. Elena Diaz is Talent Producer.

VH1 is the dominant pop culture brand for adults 18-34, creating their pop culture today while celebrating the pop culture of their past. VH1 is available in 93 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, the VH1 App, VH1.com and @VH1, the hub for all things music and pop culture. Fans may also access current and retro VH1 programming via the VH1 App, the network's three-in-one video, new form content and co-viewing app, available for free on iOS and Android platforms. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About the Movie

Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are reunited in the comedy Barbershop: The Next Cut, opening nationwide on April 15, 2016. It's been more than 10 years since our last appointment and Calvin (Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. But despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

Barbershop: The Next Cut also stars Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, JB Smoove, Common and Nicki Minaj. It is directed by Malcolm D. Lee from a screenplay by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver, and produced by Robert Teitel, George L. Tillman and Ice Cube. Malcolm D. Lee, Becki Cross Trujillo, Ronald G. Muhammad and Jeff Kwatinetz served as executive producers. Greg Gardiner is the director of photography; Paul Millspuagh, the editor; Ina Mayhew, the production designer; and Danielle Hollowell, the costume designer. Music is composed by Stanley Clarke. Barbershop: The Next Cut is a presentation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Rated PG-13.

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