If you are a long time fan of the Barbershop movie franchise you are going to love Barbershop: The Next Cut. Although this installment of the franchise is hilarious it also so touches based on current topics that are affecting communities across the nation.
It’s been 10 years since our last appointment at the Barbershop and Calvin (Ice Cube), and Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) are together again in “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Although, Calvin (Cube) and his longtime crew are still there the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop, challenging the guys at every turn. But despite the good times, big laughs and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and his friends to come together in an effort to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Here’s the Stars of Barbershop: The Next Cut perspective on the meaning of community
Ice Cube “What I try to do is help not just my community but communities all over because I like to help in any way that I can. I’ve helped with the Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles (http://www.apla.org) for years because I think that is just something that we suffer from, but we don’t have the solutions or resources to educate and combat Aids (H.I.V). I’m also active with an inner-city program for kids in Chicago. I try to reach out to where ever I can to be able to help the youth. But I don’t go overboard as far as pushing the money out. I’m present and personal time to each organization because I want to be there to influence the kids myself. I think that goes a long way and a lot further.
Anthony Anderson “It’s about being present in the community so the youth can see you actively being involved in their community and not just a signature on a check. It’s like no he actually took the time to get on a plane to come and talk with me. You asked what does my community mean to me? My community built me and helped mold me into the man I am today. I was there this Christmas and helped feed six thousand people at the local mission. However just like Ice Cube, I’m all over the country in the community trying to lead by example for our next generation of leaders coming up”.
Common “I have a foundation called the Common Ground Foundation that I started it back in 2007 with my mom who was a teacher and worked with the Board of Education before I was board. She later became a principle and she the visionary behind the program.
The focus is empowering the youth through Creative Arts and Academic programs. We have programs that run two weekends then we have a summer camp that goes on in July. Our goal is to give the kids a supportive community to help them reach their dreams”.
Lamorne Morris “Community means family to me. It uses to be a time where the community was limited to just your family. Your raise in your house where is was your mom, dad, brothers, sisters and that was your little tribe. However, now the community has expanded past those walls into your neighborhood where everyone is there to help you grow”.
Eve “What community mean to me is coming together with people to make a change and to make a difference. I currently donate to charity in Congo for young girls. Also, since everyone knows my mom when every I’m in town, I am always speaking at local events for young girls in the Philadelphia area.”
Regina Hall “I’m from D.C and actually my friend that I grew up with is now the Mayor. I’ve been talking to her to try to figure out different ways can help make a difference in the community I grew up in. This movie was specific because they were all working regular people. I think that we’ve forgotten at this point and time that our voices really do matter”