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Jill Scott, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and More featured in “Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia” Soundtrack

Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia
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Director and producer Kyra Knox’s award-winning film, Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia, sheds light on the stories of those deeply affected by gun violence, particularly young individuals, and the grassroots movements dedicated to combatting this pervasive issue. Knox’s film is a testament to the strength of community and the indomitable human spirit, featuring NBA legend Allen Iverson and his childhood friends Cleon Lockett and Paul Taylor.

Inspired by the profound impact of violence on her friends, family, and neighbors, Kyra Knox embarked on the journey to create a film that would give voice to the often-overlooked perspective of teenagers affected by gun violence. The impetus for the project also came from Knox’s cousin, Garry Mills, and his non-profit organization, Shoot Basketballs Not People, which is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community.

The realization of this impactful project was made possible through a fortuitous connection. Knox found a collaborator in Grammy-nominated producer Mark Mims of Home Studios, who shared her vision for the film. Mims, committed to the cause, assured Knox that he would secure the necessary funding. This partnership proved to be instrumental in bringing the project to life.

As the project gained momentum, Knox and Mims secured the involvement of NBA icon Allen Iverson. The basketball legend, driven by a desire to make a tangible difference in the communities he holds dear, joined as an executive producer. Allen Iverson and his childhood friends Cleon Lockett and Paul Taylor brought their shared commitment to the forefront, making the project a true embodiment of community collaboration.

Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia has garnered acclaim and recognition at various film festivals, with multiple awards to its name. The film’s powerful narrative and commitment to shedding light on the impact of gun violence have resonated with audiences and critics alike.

The film made its national broadcast premiere on Fox Soul and Prime Video on December 2, 2023, reaching a broader audience and further amplifying its message. Accompanying the film is a compelling soundtrack album featuring renowned artists such as Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Jill Scott, Beam, Canon, and YungDave67. Released by Shanachie Entertainment on December 1, 2023, the soundtrack is executive produced by Stellar Award-Winning Producer Gabe Johnson, Cleon Lockett, Jerry Cox, Mark Mims, and Naquis Brabham of Home Studios, who also played a crucial role in mixing and mastering the album.

Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia is a testament to the transformative power of community, resilience, and the human spirit. By bringing together influential figures like Allen Iverson and passionate individuals like Kyra Knox, the film sheds light on the devastating impact of gun violence. It inspires hope for a brighter, safer future. As the film reaches a national audience, it is poised to spark conversations and ignite change, making a real difference in the ongoing fight against gun violence.


Fharnell M.