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Working in movies isn’t just a dream for Mandela Van Peebles -- it’s practically his birthright, given that he's the son of Mario Van Peebles ("Ali," "New Jack City") and the grandson of Melvin Van Peebles, the "godfather of black cinema," whose revolutionary 1971 film "Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song" remains one of the highest-grossing indie films ever made.
Just as Melvin cast Mario in his films, Mario cast the 17-year-old Mandela to star in "We the Party," a multicultural teen comedy that attempts to fill the gaping hole "House Party" left in 1990. The movie, inspired by all-ages underground clubs, features rappers Snoop Dogg, YG, The New Boyz, The Rej3ctz and The Pink Dollaz.
The multi-talented Mario also coproduced music videos for two soundtrack singles by MVP Boyz, a rap duo he formed with his brother Makaylo; and he's hard at work on his directorial debut, the short film "Flipped," which he's coproducing with "We the Party" costar Patrick Cage II.
The high school senior talked to us about which dances from the movie he can still do, his first on-screen kiss and the real reason everyone in his family has a name that starts with M.
50 Cent proves he's got game in the just-released unofficial trailer for "Things Fall Apart."
In the upcoming drama, the rapper plays Deon Barnes, the Milli Vanilli-haired star running back of a college football team. Following an awe-inspiring game that inspires a "That's what I'm talkin' about!" from Deon's dad (Mario Van Peebles), the coach tells Deon, "Every sportscaster in the country is going to be doing highlights of this game. Because of that, I'd like you to have this game ball. I want you to take it to the NFL with you."
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