JOHN SINGLETON'S DOCUMENTARY "L.A. BURNING: THE RIOTS 25 YEARS LATER" AIRS APRIL 18 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT ON THE A&E NETWORK.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
A&E Network will air the original two-hour documentary "L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later" from executive producer John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood,” “Shaft” and “2 Fast 2 Furious”) and Trevor Engelson April 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the A&E Network.
"L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later" marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous L.A. riots that reexamines the intense and life-changing events through the eyes of those who lived it.
On April 29, 1992, the corner of Florence and Normandie Avenues in Los Angeles became ground zero for a racially and politically-charged uprising following the jury acquittal of four LAPD officers in the Rodney King case.
Fueled by injustice; riots, killings, lootings and widespread civil disturbance swelled throughout L.A. for six long days while the rest of the world watched a deep racial divide unfold.
"L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later" utilizes rare archival footage and exclusive, deeply engaging interviews with those who saw it happen firsthand.
Film director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton speaks to his own experience which was impacted by the fact that the riots happened shortly after releasing his prolific film “Boyz in the Hood” just the year before.
Additional detailed accounts include: actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos as well as innocent bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media, and rescuers, each telling their own unique story of this violent flashpoint in American history.
"I believe the1992 LA Uprising has never truly been given a voice until now... we've attempted to chronicle the untold stories and unique perspectives of people whose lives were profoundly affected by this event," said Singleton. "As a native Los Angeleno I know the actions of that three day event didn't just appear out of thin air ... the city was a powder keg boiling at the seams for many years under police brutality and economic hardship of people of color."
"L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later" is produced for A&E Network by Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films. The documentary is directed by One9 and Erik Parker. Executive producers for eOne are Tara Long and John Morayniss.
Executive producers for Creature Films are Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.
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Luke James” will play Sean "Puffy" Combs, the young and wildly successful founder of Bad Boy Records and the label of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls.
James is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose collaborative works include the co-writing of Britney Spears' "Kill The Lights."
He also penned songs for Justin Bieber such as "That Should Be Me" and Chris Brown's "Crawl."
James’ self-titled, debut album "Luke James" was released in September 2014 by Island Records/New Age Rock Star Records and featured the Grammy-nominated single, "Options" with Rick Ross.
James began his acting career with the drama film "Black Nativity" alongside Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Most recently, he starred in the successful miniseries "The New Edition Story."
Aisha Hinds has been tapped for the role of Voletta Wallace. The mother of Biggie Smalls, Wallace talked to her son every day before his death and, ever since, has never stopped seeking justice.
Hinds is best known for her role in the Emmy-nominated series "All The Way." Currently, Hinds can be seen in the second season of the hit drama series "Underground." She is also co-starring in the 10-part drama "Shots Fired."
Letoya Luckett will play Sharitha Golden. In 1997, she was the estranged wife of Death Row records CEO Suge Knight and seemingly one of the only people at the time not intimidated by him.
Best known for her recurring roles in "Rosewood" and "Ballers," alongside Dwayne Johnson, Luckett can also be seen on "Single Ladies," "Treme” and “Greenleaf.”
Luckett began her musical endeavor as an original member of Destiny's Child co-writing gold-certified singles "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name." Her self-titled debut album "LeToya" was certified platinum and included the No. 1 hit "Torn," while her 2009 collection featured her Top 10 single "Regret" with Ludacris.
Luckett is set to release her highly-anticipated third album later this year.
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Unsolved: The Murders Of Biggie And Tupac is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") will direct and executive produce along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway/Taylor production company.
Kyle Long (“Suits”) is writing the pilot and will also executive produce.
The drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who is consulting on the pilot script and will also serve as co-executive producer.
Kading led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book "Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations."
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases. Photo Courtesy Of: A&E Network.