Bruce Willis & Queen Latifah's "Hip Hop Project" Hits Theatres Nationwide

The critically-acclaimed documentary The Hip Hop Project is scheduled to hit theatres across the country this weekend.

The film, which is co-executive produced by Bruce Willis, Queen Latifah and Q-Tip, tells the story of Chris "Karma Kazi" Rolle, a former homeless teenager who inspires a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into art, using hip-hop.

Rolle started the project in 1999 as a way to give youth a positive outlet for expression and to help teens develop skills for their futures.

After learning of the main character's story, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons partnered with Willis in donating a recording studio to the project, enabling the youth in the film to complete a collaborative CD over the course of four years.

All of the film's proceeds are being donated to various organizations that focus on working to improve the quality of life for youth. Profits from the sale of the CD as well as T-shirts, posters and all other marketing material will also be placed into a special scholarship fund set up for students of the program.

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The Hip Hop Project opens in theatres nationwide on May 11.

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