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NEWS BRIEFS

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

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The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

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Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

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UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

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OPINION

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...

ENTERTAINMENT

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'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

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AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

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Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

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Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

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Ice Cube and son
Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — O'Shea Jackson Jr. was determined to play his father, Ice Cube, in "Straight Outta Compton." Not only does the 24-year-old look uncannily like his dad, but he's also got the rapper-turned-movie star's mannerisms and expressions down — something he used to his advantage during the two-year audition process.

Jackson Jr. makes his acting debut in "Straight Outta Compton," opening Aug. 14. The film captures the rise and rupture of N.W.A., the group credited with starting gangster rap and inspiring warning labels on album covers for its provocative, incendiary lyrics. Founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are among the film's producers.

Father and son sat side by side to talk with The Associated Press about bringing Ice Cube to life on-screen.

The remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.

 

Associated Press: What's it like seeing your story told by your son?

Ice Cube: I'm proud on a thousand different levels. You always want your kids to step up at the moment of truth, and he did more than step up. He just owned it. I'm just proud of the production. I'm proud of the movie. I'm proud of the group. I have never been this happy for any project that I've ever done.

 

AP: Kids often think their parents are dorky in some way. Did you discover anything like that in portraying your dad as a teenager?

O'Shea Jackson Jr.: The only thing that would be remote to that would be the lingo of the '80s, just the things that they said that were 'in'. ... No pun intended: Ice Cube's the coolest dad.

 

AP: Was there anything you didn't want your son to know about you?

Ice Cube: Seeing my son getting roughed up by the police is not fun. It brings back memories of when I got roughed up by them. He grew up totally different than how I grew up, and to me, he shouldn't have to go through that. But in a movie like this, and to understand really what we all went through, I'm glad that he did feel the tone of what we went through so he could understand it a lot more. He was able to do it in a controlled environment, and not really have these police put their hands on him, because that would hurt me if they did that for real.

 

AP: How was it rapping your dad's words, and Ice Cube, how was it watching him do it?

Jackson: I've been seeing him rap these words forever, you know? So it's cool to finally be on the other side of that. To have been looking at his movements and then getting them down. I had the time of my life.

Ice Cube: We first took him on tour, me and my wife, when he was 1½. ... So he's been around movies and music his whole life. ... Then at 18, he started to really perform with me. So he has a knack for the stage. I've seen him rap my songs before on stage, with me. So to see him do this on the big screen, it was great. I wasn't surprised that he was so good, because I knew how good he was.

 

AP: Ice Cube, would you ever write an autobiography?

Ice Cube: I don't know. I think I have so much to do. I don't want to have like volume one, volume two. I just feel like I got a whole lot of living to do before I think about summing it up in a book.

 

AP: What's next for you?

Jackson: I'm working on my autobiography (laughs). I'm definitely ready to get my foot in as far as the cinema, definitely trying to get my acting career off the ground. I want to wait until 'Straight Outta Compton' is well in everyone's minds and see where we go from there.

 

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy.

This story has been corrected to show the age of Ice Cube's son is 24, not 23.

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