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Southern sensibilities inspire "Hustle & Flow" writer-director

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Writer-director Craig Brewer of the movie "Hustle & Flow" says his hometown of Memphis is growing less apologetic.

Brewer told The Associated Press that Memphis has a little bit of a scar as the city where Martin Luther King was slain.

He says a lot of people now want to claim their heritage and also build something new.

"Hustle & Flow," filmed in Memphis, was about a street-wise Tennessee pimp who finds redemption in rap.

It opened to critical acclaim, won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and earned star Terrence Howard a Golden Globe nomination for best actor.

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