5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (7/26/13)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2013 3:11 PM
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5. And finally, I Want My Name Back, directed by Roger Paradiso, centers on Master Gee Wonder Mike of the ORIGINAL Sugarhill Gang who, 30+ years after the historic recording of their iconic mega-hit Rapper’s Delight, have come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in Hip Hop history.

Described by the subjects as the "classic label versus artist battle" story, the film is said to give the audience an honest inside look at the origins, trials and tribulations of the original Sugarhill Gang.

Longer description:

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. 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!

It premiered at the 18th Slamdance Film Festival in January this year, and soon after One Village Entertainment, an entity of Robert Johnson's RLJ Entertainment, picked it up and released the film on DVD and digital download, last month. 

It's not streaming on Netflix as well.

Trailer below:

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13 Comments

  • Streaming | August 21, 2013 2:22 AMReply

    Thanks for sharing it. Its an great opportunity to watch all these shows streaming can so helpful it also provides us to learn and study easily. For further information streaming

  • Mayne | August 15, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    Apartment 4E was horrible!! Watched it based on your recommendation. It was HORRIBLE!

  • Aggravated | July 28, 2013 6:40 PMReply

    Wow. NONE of these titles are available on Netflix in Canada. Big shocker there.

  • Seen It | August 17, 2013 5:07 PM

    All of them are on mine

  • KMM | July 27, 2013 1:12 AMReply

    Informative...though choppy with not always the best sound quality. But yes. A must see for the information alone.

  • Africameleon | July 26, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    Dear S & A,

    Please stop recommending or "FYI-ing" DREAMS OF A LIFE. I've seen the film and I was extremely offended by the way they dramatized and characterized the woman at the center of the docu-drama. It was not ok. It was like an assault after the fact. They made up sh*t about this woman w/o even knowing what actually happened to her, how she died, or even acknowledging that her family searched for her suffered a great lose in her passing. I say we all skip that one, and save ourselves the offense.

    Sincerely,

    AC

  • IGBO | August 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    I disagree with the comments regarding DREAMS OF A LIFE. It's a fascinating piece of work. It is also very disturbing. What was really disturbing about the film is all of these so called "friends" of hers, who apparently did not care enough about her to check on her well-being. And if the family had been searching for her as Africameleon claims, they obviously were not very close. That's why I was very disturbed by the friends. Some of them surely had to know where she lived, but in three years, not one of them paid a visit to see how she was doing. My only fault with the filmmaker is she did not ask that very obvious question to the group.

  • CareyCarey | July 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    Speaking of disappointing ( and yes, I TRIED Dreams Of A Life too... failure) Undefeated was a big disappointment... unless one loved The Blind Side. Listen, that doc was a "White Savior Film" mammy.

    Again, if one found rewards from watching Sandra Bullock and her white family save the po' black undevloped youth, step right up, 'cause this time, it's a white man coming to the rescue of a Memphis inner school. And just like Sandra Bullock's Blind Side, he has a big white house on the hill where he allows one of the po' uneducated black youths to spend time with his family.

    I am not making this up. While I was watching the film I started singing the theme song from Mighty Mouse:

    "Here I come to save the day!
    Choir: Thank goodness Mighty Mouse is on his way
    So let the trumpet players play
    For Mighty Mouse is here today!"

    I kid you not, in this version of Blind Side 2013... with P-Diddy's blessing, we are get the fine opportunity to witness the white savior crying on the shoulders of his black players. Also, if that doesn't tug at your heart, we hear his stories of woe about how his business and family life are suffering because of his commitment to the inner city youth and a football program that's in grave need of a Mighty Mouse to save the day.

    Well, I sat through that drama, but I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. However, speaking of another disappointment, I have to mention Nicole Beharie. Now don't get mad at me 'cause I'm just the messenger.

    Okay, at first thought, y'all are probably thinking I am referring to Apartment 4E. Nope, I'll get back to that but the film on my mind is "42" . Listen, do I have to say it... that movie was nothing but another White Savior film. Damn, it was sappy, slow, and filled with loads speeches from another white savior, Branch Ricky, played by Harrison Ford.

    Oh, and I think Nicole Beharie and another black person was in the movie as black pawns. That's right, I believe the black male actor was playing the part of Jackie Robinson. Btw, his acting was nothing to write home about, which reminds me. I think a better or more appropriate title for that Lifetime schlocky film should have been Jackie Robinson's Daddy.

    Having said that, since I am a die-hard movie fan, Apartment 4E is on tonight's slate. Yep, Ms. Beharie gets one more chance to convince me that she shouldn't end up on the pile of "not ready for prime time players".

  • Val | July 29, 2013 4:18 PM

    I agree. The film was really disappointing for many reasons and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless I wanted them to see how not to make a film about an actual person.

  • Dee | July 26, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    Cool...will check out this weekend.

  • blank | July 26, 2013 4:56 PMReply

    It would be helpful, Indiewire, if you formatted articles like this into a single webpage? Why are you making me click and click and click through?

  • BLANKER | July 27, 2013 6:05 PM

    I agree!

  • S.K. | July 26, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Oh wow. A Shadow and Act post that references a previous post AND includes an internal link to said post. That's an ultimate shocker. I don't know what you guys have against internal links, but it's nice to be able to actually go back and see something that you make references to in your new post. It keeps me on the site much longer when I can do that. As if I'm not on this site long enough, but that's not the point. Internal links. You should do 'em a lot more often.

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