It’s been over 10 years since Barbershop: Back in Business, graced movie theaters across the country. Now, Ice Cube and company are bringing back our favorite characters in the three-part series, Barbershop: The Next Cut.

The movie, based on Calvin and his team of barbers and beauticians—including franchise newbies Nicki Minaj and JB Smoove, hilarious customers and now, a salon ran by Angie (Regina Hall)—kicked off its promo run in Chicago (where the film is based) on the south side of the Windy City.

The cast, including head honcho Ice Cube, Chicago natives Common and Deon Cole, Anthony Anderson, Think Like a Man’s Hall and comedy legend Cedric the Entertainer, who reprises his controversial and brash character Eddie, graced the Showplace ICON, the downtown Chicago movie theater to screen the movie with fans and press Monday, March 14.

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The comedy, known for being lighthearted with side splitting laughter, tackles the serious issue of gun and gang violence, parenting and a community plagued with savagery, with solutions to save their neighborhood.

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“Laughter is important, especially when you’re dealing with something as heavy as what’s going on here in Chicago and what’s depicted in the film,” says Black-ish star Anthony Anderson.

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Hollywood starlet Regina Hall spoke on the violence happening in Chicago, which is addressed in the film: “Chicago is such an amazing place so to see the violence and the imminent threat, I think it affects all of us. It might just be happening in Chicago, but it affects everyone.”

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The cast stayed around discussing the movie afterwards:

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Barbershop: The Next Cut, which also stars female MCs Nicki Minaj and Eve, hits theaters on April 15.

Photo credit: Juan Anthony Images

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