Spirits were high on the night of November 20th as HBO Max presented the screening of DMX’s documentary “Don’t Try To Understand” and the launch of Scene in Black.
Scene in Black is HBO Max’s home for creators, change-agents, taste-makers, doers and dreamers. Leveraging our rich history in amplifying Black stories and talent, this platform spotlights the visionaries amongst us, and collectively promotes and supports the telling of stories from the Black perspective.
The documentary covers Earl Simmons better known as DMX- as he transitioned from his last prison sentence back into the world of DMX.
Don’t Try To Understand- highlights Simmons instrumental role not only to his friends and family of the Yonkers community he was raised in but his impact on a global scale with his music both in the past and the present.
Highs and lows are instrumental in someone’s growth; DMX was no different. He was the first artist to debut an album at No. 1 five times in a row on the Billboard 200 charts. And yet, he still found himself incarcerated several times during the heights of his fame.
Cameras followed DMX as he went city to city performing his hits, greeting fans and also coming to terms with the path that he had to take to become the person who was DMX.
As pressure makes diamonds the documentary is a glimpse into the immense pressure that goes into being DMX- not just the artist but DMX the father.
The spirits remained high well after the screening, as performances from R&B sensation Asiahn and former Ruff Ryders superstar Jadakiss commemorated the memory of DMX.
Jadakiss went so far as reminding everyone in
attendance before he began performing that they were all in the building to celebrate the life and the memory of the late great DMX.
As the night came to an end, everyone in attendance was elated to be a part of such a momentous celebration for something so necessary.