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A biopic is about Hattie McDaniel–the first black woman to win an Oscar–is currently in development: “A Hattie McDaniel biopic is now officially in development, Shadow and Act has learned. Producer Alysia Allen is teaming up with Aaron Magnani to produce a biopic on McDaniel, the first black actress to receive a nomination for acting and to […]

It was recently announced at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party that Jennifer Hudson was hand picked by Aretha Franklin to star in the icon’s upcoming biopic ‘Queen of Soul’: “EXCLUSIVE: Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party is always the hottest ticket before the Grammy Awards. Tonight he dropped an exceptional surprise. Davis tonight introduced Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson to […]

Daughters of the Dust director Julie Dash is set to direct an upcoming film about the life of Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks: “Amazing news! Pioneer filmmaker Julie Dash has officially signed on to direct an upcoming biopic on Rosa Parks!  The film will revolve around the decade before her legendary moment on a Montgomery bus, when […]

Actress Taraji P. Henson is set to both produce and star in an upcoming film about the late Emmett Till: “‘Proud Mary” star Taraji P. Henson said she is producing and starring in a movie about Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who was beaten and shot for reportedly whistling at a white woman while visiting Mississippi […]