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February 26, 2015

Remembering Trayvon Martin

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Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

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F. Gary Gray Acquires Film Rights to Frank Matthews' Debut Novel 'Respect the Jux'

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Since bursting on the scene as a music video director for the likes of TLC, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, filmmaker F. Gary Gray has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Just last year, the New York City native, who has helmed 'The Italian Job,' 'Set it Off' and 'Friday,' directed Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx last year in the thriller 'Law Abiding Citizen.'

Blackvoices.com has exclusively learned that Gray has acquired the television and film rights to Frank Matthews' debut 'Respect the Jux.'
"It's an unapologetic look into the dangerous minds of the modern criminal. It's gritty, seductive, and horrifying, all at the same time," Gray told us today. "Frank's gripping writing style pulls you into the depths of this shadowy underworld, providing an addictive... yet frighteningly educational read."

'Respect the Jux' follows Cat, a Jamaican born man with military expertise who organizes a band of thieves.

After a stint in prison, Matthews , who was inspired by the work of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, wrote and self-published the novel. It went on to sell over 20,000 copies. Major publishing house, Simon and Schuster, will re-release the book nationwide Sept. 21.

Matthews is also committed to giving back; earlier this year, the East New York, Brooklyn native created the Dream Ink Foundation, which will provide scholarships and mentorship to aspiring writers.

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