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Despite Earning $150K For 'Barbershop,' Cedric The Entertainer Admits It Bolstered His Career

The year was 2002, and moviegoers were introduced to what would become a Black movie universe with the release of “Barbershop.” The film centered around the importance of communal gathering through a local institutional staple, the Black barbershop. In it, we see the struggles of entrepreneurship, the importance of relationships, an exposition of gender equity, and an emphatic acknowledgment of Black cultural norms. Among the many characters in the film, one of the most memorable was “Eddie,” portrayed by Cedric The Entertainer. However, the audacious and opinionated onscreen uncle we all grew to love almost didn’t come to life in the same way. Born Cedric Antonio Kyles, Cedric The Entertainer started his career as a stand-up comedian gaining some acclaim as the host of BET’s “Comic View.” From there, his career would blossom as he became a co-star of the WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show” as well as a co-headliner on the comedic tour and movie “The Kings of Comedy,” with Steve Harvey, DL...

Josh Rodgers

Feb 23, 2023

Tech Startup theCut Raises $4.5M Round To Transform The Booming Barbershop Industry

With over 100,000 new subscribers every month, TechCrunch reports theCut is transforming the landscape for barbers across the country. Founded in 2016 by Obi Omile Jr. and Kush Patel, the tech software is designed to create a more efficient process for barbers and improve the customer experience. “Kush and I both had terrible experiences with haircuts, and decided to build an app to help find good barbers,” Omile said. “We found there were great barbers, but no way to discover them. You can do a Google search, but it doesn’t list the individual barber. With theCut, you can discover an individual barber and discover if they are a great fit for you and won’t screw up your hair,” Omile Jr. shared, according to TechCrunch.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 3, 2021