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Title: Surviving Compton
Year Of Release: 2016
Review Date: October 31, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Running time: 105 minutes
Box Office Gross: N/A
Site Rating: 4 out of 10 stars

"Surviving Compton" is the biopic of singer/songwriter Michel'le, playing off the box office success of "Straight Outta Compton." The movie is a sad retelling of her life, after years of abuse at the hands of music producer, Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young. I grew up in the 1980s hearing Michel'le's voice on the radio on songs such as "Something In My Heart" "No More Lies" and "Nicety." I remember her videos on the BET network. I also remember her from the World Class Wrecking Crew song "Before You Turn Out The Lights."

Little did most of us know of the painful beatings Michel'le endured at the hands of Dr. Dre, who behaved like a monster. Dr. Dre even shot at her with their infant son present. Then, Michel'le got into a relationship with Suge Knight, who was also physically abusive. Through this movie, she got to tell her story.

The film also follows the rise of Ruthless Records and Death Row Records. No one should be surprised at the terrible domestic violence in the film. The violent and misogynistic music and videos Ruthless Records, Death Row Records and Aftermath Records released is full of misogyny, sexism and overall dysfunctional behavior. Women are not respected in rap music. 

The domestic violence present in Dr. Dre abd Michel'le's relationship was horrible. Often nice, unassuming young women are preyed upon by domestic violence abusers, who unleash their anger on innocent victims. No one deserves to be beaten. No one deserves to live in fear.

Dr. Dre also has a history of violence, having beaten television host and entertainer, Dee Barns and thrown her down a flight of stairs. Barnes sued Dr. Dre and he settled the case out of court. In 2015, Dr. Dre publicly apologized to Michele and Barnes via an article.


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