‘Stomp The Yard’ Banned From Theater In Illinois, Sony Donates Proceed To MLK Memorial

The

new movie Stomp The Yard has been banned from a chain of movie theaters

in Springfield, Illinois, for fear it could trigger the same gang violence that

erupted during another movie showing last month.Tony

Kerasotes, CEO of the 40-plus Kerasotes theater chain, told officials he feared

a repeat of a fight and shooting that occurred during a Christmas Day screening

of Black Christmas at Parkway Pointe Theater in Springfield."I

was fearful (Stomp the Yard) could become the occasion for more gang violence,

because I felt certain it would draw that audience," Kerasotes told the Associated

Press.Police

said two groups of youths began fighting inside the theater and at least two fired

shots in the theater’s lobby. One

teen was shot during the fight, which police said stemmed from a long-standing

feud between two local gangs. Kerasotes added that he made the decision, in part,

because "virtually all" of the people involved with the shooting are

still at large.Stomp

the Yard, stars Megan Good, Columbus Short, and R&B crooners Ne-Yo and

Chris Brown and depicts the fraternity scene as it pertains to stepping at a historically

black college in Atlanta. The

film will be shown in more than 2,000 locations nationwide starting today (Jan.

12). The

movie also recently came under scrutiny from Greek organizations who were concerned

about the authenticity of the movie, depicting the importance of stepping rather

than the traditions held by the fraternities and sororities.In

celebration of the film’s release, Sony Pictures announced that 2.5% of the proceeds

from its opening weekend numbers would be donated to the Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorial in Washington, DC. Stomp

The Yard features music from the likes of Bonecrusher, E-40, The Pack, UNK,

Field Mob, Public Enemy, Trick Daddy, Lil Jon, Trina, the Roots as well as Chris

Brown and Ne-Yo.

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