A documentary about the the legendary story of Reginald F. Lewis is set to premiere on PBS later this month:
“This seems timely, as we continue to celebrate several recent Hollywood “firsts” when it comes to recognizing the contributions made by people of African descent.
Roughly 7 years ago, a biopic of the late African American lawyer, entrepreneur, Wall Street wizard and philanthropist, Reginald Lewis – once the wealthiest black man in this country – was put into development with Jamie Foxx attached to play the lead role.
Stephen Belber (who has penned scripts for TV shows Rescue Me and Law & Order: SVU) was tapped to adapt Lewis’ book Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun, his inspiring story of how he would grow out of poverty to become the wealthiest black man in American in the 80’s, building a billion dollar multinational company in Beatrice International (a food, beverage and grocery store conglomerate – the largest African American owned and managed business in the USA at the time), and accumulating a personal fortune of over $400 million at the time of his death in 1993 from brain cancer.”
Originally published: 2/5/2018