Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Mona Scott-Young, Joseph Sikora, Ari Melber, and More Attended ‘Hip Hop Homicides’ Event in NYC
On Thursday, November 10, WE tv celebrated the new investigative series, “Hip Hop Homicides,” with Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mona Scott-Young, and Vanessa Satten at the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC. The event kicked off with a special advanced screening of the third episode featuring Magnolia Shorty (airing Thursday, November 17), followed by a panel moderated by Emmy-winning journalist Ari Melber, with the series’ executive producers as panelists.
Before the screening and panel, opening remarks were given by Brett Dismuke, General Manager of ALLBLK & WE tv at AMC Networks and Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Referring to the latest incidents, 50 Cent noted, “There are over 600 homicides connected to hip hop culture. Since we’ve been in production on the show there’s been a new season of homicides.
During the panel, Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson shared why it matters to tell these stories saying, “I think because it enlightens everybody on the overall situation, the loss of loved ones” and that he hopes that the series “gives you a closer look at who the artist was and leaves a little more legacy.”
Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young opened up about how this show is “part tribute and part investigative reporting” saying, “we really wanted to find a way to not only uncover new leads or provide some measure of answers if not closure for family, friends and fans, but also find a way to keep those memories and to get to know them in different ways.”
Executive Producer Vanessa Satten spoke about how they wanted to give a light to these stories that are happening constantly and shared “We actually had this show premiere the week that Takeoff had passed, which was a very hard thing to figure out how to celebrate and how to deal with that when you’re dealing with that tragedy at the same time.”
The evening continued with an intimate reception at the venue, where guests enjoyed food and drinks and mingled with the creators. Also in attendance were Head of Original Production & Development at WE tv, Lauren Gellert, “Power Book IV: Force” star Joseph Sikora, Singer D. Woods, and Singer Brave Williams.
“Hip Hop Homicides” premieres new episodes on Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv.
New episodes will become available on popular AMC streaming service ALLBLK, every Monday, following their premiere on WE tv.
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