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BLING – Consequences and Repercussions


12 December 2005 No Comment

Bling – Consequences and Repercussions tackle the issues behind Hip Hop’s obsession with diamonds and the continued illegal diamond trade in Africa. Kanye West’s music video, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, introduced the topic of conflict diamonds to the urban communities. Bling looks to further educate the Hip Hop generation about the murder and carnage caused by the world’s greed for diamonds…

“I think Hip Hop is obsessed with diamonds, they can’t go to the stage without diamonds.” -Jeweler David Shimanov, Kinetics of New York

Bling has been under development for two years before shooting began in New York City and Miami during the summer of 2005. Interviewees include David Shimanov, renowned jeweler whose A-List clientele includes Hip Hops most prominent rappers – 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Fabolous and Jewelz Santana, to name a few.

In order to provide a first hand perspective on the struggles in Africa, Bling interviews Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stone.

“The point of the operation was just as simple as it sounds the rebels were instructed to invade the capitol and kill everything in sight.”-Greg Campbell

Narrated by Hip Hop Legend Chuck D, Bling: Consequences and Repercussions is a documentary short form and will be released as a feature length documentary in the Fall of 2006.

Festival screenings: H2O Film Festival, Pittsburgh Film Festival, Unity Shield Film Festival

Special Screenings: Baobab Urban Youth Conference in Cape Town South Africa and Amsterdam

Internet write ups- Hip Hop Galaxy, Amsterdam News, AOL Black Voices, All Hip Hop.com, Pittsburgh City Paper, SOHH.com, TheSourceMobile.com, AnnansiClothing.com

Newspaper mentions- New York Daily News, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh City Paper

Radio Interviews- Air America Radio Interview with Chuck D

Magazine Publications- The Shield, Elemental magazine, Back 2 Basics (New Zealand)

Cast and Crew

Narrator- Chuck D

Director/Producer/Editor-Kareem Edouard

Producer-Ashley Queen

Producer- Lathan Hodge

Executive Producer- Walter Lepart Jr.

Associate Producer-Jan Ascanio


Kareem Edouard- Director and Creative Conceptualist, Kareem Edouard has the rare vision.  He is able to create unique demographic-specific content with broad appeal while also being part of the primary 18 – 24 consumer demo.  This places him inside the pulse of contemporary pop culture. Kareem’s Motto: Beyond Conversation. His work has led to the formation of WGH Media, Inc.

Chuck D-As the founder of Public Enemy, is one of the most colossal figures in the history of hip-hop, not to mention its most respected intellectual. He redefined hip-hop as music with a message, and his strident radicalism ushered in an era when rap was closely scrutinized for its content; although rap’s primary concerns have changed over the years, its status as America’s most controversial art form has only gotten stronger since Public Enemy hit the scene.

Technical Specs

Title: Bling: Consequences and Repercussions

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 11:17

Format: Digital Video

Shooting Format: Sony HDV


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