Nicki Minaj Begins Filming Barbershop 3 + Azealia Banks Lands Lead Role in ‘Coco’

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Nicki Minaj was spotted in Atlanta filming her new flick Barbershop 3. Nicki will play Draya, a sassy hairdresser. The movie will feature original cast members Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Eve as well as new additions Regina Hall, Michael Rainey Jr. (Luv), and rappers Common and Tyga. Barbershop 3 is slated for release February 19, 2016.

Check out behind-the-scenes pics:

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In other news, edgy hip-hopstress Azealia Banks has booked a starring role in new movie Lionsgate film Coco. She will play a rapper fighting her parent’s disapproval and the hardships of being female in a male-dominated industry.

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Azealia Banks, the provocative hip hop artist who made her debut with the album Broke With Expensive Taste, has just landed her first starring role in a feature film. She’ll play the title character in Coco, a drama for Lionsgate that will be directed by Wu Tang Clan’s RZA. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and it will be produced by Paul Hall. In the Brooklyn-set drama, Banks plays an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in hip hop, but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While matriculating, she finds herself in the classroom; she experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a hip hop artist. It has a bit of 8 Mile edge to it. Banks, who is repped by Prospect Park and The Davis Firm, will tour overseas beginning next month.

Crossing over from music to the small and big screens is second nature these days. Are you here for Nicki and Azealia snagging these roles?

-Renée Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative

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