The VH1 TV special, Behind The Movie: Exploring Chicago with the Cast of Barbershop: The Next Cut, features college students and community leaders discussing some of the challenges they are facing with street violence so prevalent in Chicago and across the nation.
The discussion is also the central theme in Cube and Common’s upcoming movie Barbershop: The Next Cut (in theaters April 15). The hip-hop vets also addressed the topic on their just-released single, “Real People.”
Along with host Sway Calloway, Barbershop: The Next Cut co-stars Vic Mensa, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole, Regina Hall, Eve and Nicki Minaj will also appear on the special.
“It is important to me that Barbershop does more than entertain, said Ice Cube. “Along with comedy, the story touches on relationships and gang violence. This partnership with VH1 is the perfect way to expand this conversation.”
Behind The Movie: Exploring Chicago with the Cast of Barbershop: The Next Cut is set air on April 10 at 10PM ET. The special is the inaugural episode of VH1’s new Behind The… series that explores the intersection of pop culture and political issues.