The Hip-Hop Project Documentary Successfully Appeals ‘R’ Rating
The Hip-Hop Project, a documentary backed by Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons, has successfully appealed the ‘R’ rating it received from the Motion Picture Association of America. The film follows formerly homeless teenager Chris “Kazi” Rolle as he works with a group of troubled teenagers to create a hip-hop album. The MPAA initially gave the film an ‘R’ rating because of 17 uses of the F-word throughout the movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rolle and director Mark Ruskin appealed the rating in an effort to make the film available to a wider audience. “After years of working with teens, I know you have to reach them when they are young,” said Rolle. “Just as I didn’t have a parent to take me to the movies when I was a teenager, many of the young people who would benefit most from this film would have been denied access if the R rating stood.” Following the appeal, six of the eight MPAA board members voted to change the rating to PG-13. All net profits from the film will be donated to youth organizations.