Buzzfeed: “17 Black Women Who Deserve their own Biopics”

Not enough roles for black women in Hollywood? Let’s make some!

1. Thandie Newton/Alice Walker, 2. Amber Riley/Aretha Franklin, 3. Kerry Washington/Vonetta McGee, 4. Lupita Nyong'o/Grace Jones, 5. Mo'Nique/Hattie McDaniel, 6. Oprah Winfrey/Mary McLeod Bethune, 7. Regina Hall/Moms Mabley, 8. Teyonah Parris/Assata Shakur, 9. Viola Davis/Shirley Chisholm, 10. Jurnee Smollett/Eartha Kitt

Exclusive: First Look Queen Latifah as Blues Icon Bessie Smith In 2015 HBO Film

The multi-hyphenate celeb will be making her return to the small screen in 2015 for HBO’s new film BESSIE. In the film—which is executive produced by Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel—Queen will star as the iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith, during her transition from humble beginnings to “The Empress of the Blues.”

BESSIE is directed by filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Rees, Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois. The film is also rounded out by a star-studded cast including Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique.

While Murray assumes considerable real estate in the foreground of the painting, there is great care in the representation of Belle. She is not darkened nor obscured, her gaze is fixed and direct; she is smiling and is dressed as an aristocrat. The portrait is exceptional for these reasons.

Other images of the period present a black identity negatively and these images exist in great abundance. And what we learn from looking back at these images is telling: the white European perception of our bodies, our beauty rendered in such monstrous ways to the edification of whiteness is the tool of white supremacy.

We are very much still negotiating the impact of seeing images that erase and obscure black beauty and humanity today.

Our blended histories have yet to be accurately represented in popular consciousness, so every old story uncovered becomes a new retelling and a demand that we examine some painful truths about our past and how it shapes our present.

-Syreeta McFadden, “Belle Navigates Blurred Lines Between Race, Gender, and Class in 18th Century Britain” (

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The Black Count is Being Adapted for a New Film!

Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, which details the true story of Général Thomas Alexandre Dumas (father of author Alexandre Dumas), is being adapted into a film directed by Cary Fukunaga (director of HBO’s True Detective).

No actors have been named so far, although some people are already speculating that Howard Charles may be considered for the lead. He’s known for playing the role of Porthos on the BBC’s Three Musketeers:

You can read a bit more about this story and hear an interview with the book’s author here at Indiewire.

You can read an excerpt of The Black Count here.


2Pac Biopic: ‘All Eyez On Me’ Teaser Trailer



Directed by Angelina Jolie and featuring a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Unbroken tells the incredible true story of former Olympian Louis Zamperini and his experience as a WW2 prisoner of war. With Skins’ Jack O'Connell as Zamperini, the film will also star Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleason and Luke Treadaway. It is slated for release on December 25, 2014.
Don Cheadle Announces Launch Of Indiegogo Campaign To Help Fund His Miles Davis Project

“… most studios don’t make these kinds of movies anymore, so we are doing it independently […] I’m personally putting a big chunk of money into our budget as well as putting all my fees back in […] But the extra money we hope to raise on Indiegogo will help us re-create the multiple time periods we’re dealing with and (help with) the logistics of incorporating all the music.”

The actor hopes to raise $325,000 to finance ‘Miles Ahead’