ODB's Widow, Icelene Jones Tells Her Side of Story on Failed Documentary Screening

(AllHipHop News) Threats, misinformation and entitlement are three themes that permeate Icelene Jones’ response to Chris Kanik’s retelling of why the screening of the Ol Dirty Bastard documentary Dirty Platinum failed to come to fruition. In an interview with XXL, Jones spoke on the legal issues that prevented the documentary from being screened, the inconsistencies in NuHo Film Festival’s owner’s Chris Kanik’s story and more.

[ALSO CHECK OUT: Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Documentary Gets Complicated, Family Gets Accused of “Greed”]

The documentary Dirty Platinum was scheduled to be screened on the late rapper’s birthday (November 15th) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Kanik maintained that he was notified about a cease and desist order placed on the film by ODB’s estate 24 hours prior to the screening. However, Ms. Jones claims Kanik knew about the order “2-3 weeks” before the event:

It wasn’t a last minute thing. The communication has been very clear. The letter didn’t go out the day of, this is something that’s been going back and forth for a while. And that’s what they tried to make it seem like—like Icelene Jones messed up everybody’s good time and stopped everybody from seeing the film.

Both Kanik and Jones agree that the family requested up front money for the rights to ODB’s likeness, image and music. However, whereas Kanik viewed the request as “greed”, Jones’ manager Melissa Jacobs believes the estate is entitled to such compensation:

He’s turning this into a personal thing. We asked for money up front. We are the estate of Russell Jones, we have been appointed by the courts. You’re using his birthday, you’re using his picture, you’re promoting this event, you’re promoting this website. Then when we ask for compensation he’s trying to make it sound like we’re asking for something we’re not entitled to have.

Jones also refutes Kanik’s claim that he offered her and/or the estate 25% of all the profit the documentary accumulated.

Check out the full interview here

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17 Responses to “ODB's Widow, Icelene Jones Tells Her Side of Story on Failed Documentary Screening”

  1. Mr. Starr Vision

    Sounds about right…ppl wanna use someone else death to boost theyre agenda but doesn’t want to compensate the family of the deceased…and then they use that last minute cancellation trick because they wanted to sell as many tickets as possible…she probably has the proof that the c&d order was known well before the day before.

    • ZUBU

      I agree bro, and I think the family deserves more than 25% of the profits. I think at the least they should get 50%. If they want to use his likeness pay up.

      • Nervz

        50% for? Lets be real, OD’s estate isn’t making money like that. Also, 50% for doing nothing, really? They didn’t even have the brains to come up with the idea. I’m sure now that they see they can profit of a documentary they will try to put one together them selfs. If I was that guy, I would release it for free on Youtube. Fuck’it- If he releases it for free no one can get sued and his name will be out there.

  2. Jayson C Williams

    See the other day when this posted everyone jumped on me! She deserves by law what ever they negotiate. Cashing in on dead Celebes and getting rich.. So they thought.


    This is what’s clearly wrong with black people & the financial system: ignorance. Instead of negotiating with the reality that ODB is not around to earn for his family, they should’ve let him earn some cash for them & split the proceeds. Instead, they’re getting a full percentage of “nada”! #NiceGoing Asking for upfront cash would assume that this guy has it, while ignoring the fact that he’s trying a to eat just like everyone else. The family/estate may be entitled to upfront money (per deem), but it’s pretty ignorant to have representation that doesn’t bother to find out if that’s even possible, ahead of the event. #GreedSoundsPrettyAccurate #SMDH #RIPODB

  4. Linkz

    its wack to ask for upfront money when you could have just negotiated something 25% for doing nothing is alot foh here with oh thats what shes owed but the other wu members who was involved making this film you think they got up front cash come on no wait to see what the responses is to the project before asking for bread come one now

    • Da Ledgendary

      She owns the rights to Ol’ DB’s estate. The other Wu members have nothing to do with his estate. That is standard business practice. The documentary is about Ol Dirty Bastard not the other Wu members. If someone did a documentary about you, you would want your bread upfront too, or at least negotiate something, but you would have the final say so with what your name and likeness is used for just like ol dirty bastard’s wife has the final say so on who what when where and why her husbands name and likeness is used and has the right to demand whatever compensation since she controls his estate.

      • Linkz

        well they wont be getting that money and i doubt they can do a better doc fyi ive seen said doc but i know for a fact they cant make a better one and its a shame cause this would have been great

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