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ScreenTime: Straight Outta Compton

A tale of betrayal, brother vs. brother and rags-to-riches ...  the spirit of Shakespeare lives on in Straight Outta Compton. We invite a film critic, a local rapper and a Shakespearean scholar to share their thoughts on the rap biopic.


  • Russ Simmons, resident movie critic
  • Laurie Ellinghausen, Associate Professor of English at UMKC
  • Reach, local emcee and arts educator


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