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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 09, 2019 at 01:31. 6 comments

Let's Talk About This Lifetime Salt-N-Pepa Biopic—It's Actually Authorized!

Let's Talk About This Lifetime Salt-N-Pepa Biopic—It's Actually Authorized!

Oh, Lifetime. Here they go, here they go, here they go, again.

According to Variety, a Salt-N-Pepa biopic is coming and the project has found its leads. G.G. Townson (In the Cut) will be portraying Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom (The Bobby DeBarge Story) will be portraying Sandra “Pepa” Denton in the film with a script penned by Abdul Williams (The New Edition Story).

And guess who’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 21, 2019. 8 comments

Wait a Minute...Suge Knight Reportedly Signed Over His Life Rights to Ray J

Wait a Minute...Suge Knight Reportedly Signed Over His Life Rights to Ray J

If Ray J had one wish , would it have been to tell the authorized story of Suge Knight?

Well, if it was, Marion “Suge” Knight has granted that wish! According to TMZ, Suge wants Ray J to take over his life story.

TMZ reports:

Sources close to the former Death Row Records boss tell TMZ ... he’s signed over his life rights to Ray, with the expectation he’ll make the right decisions with Suge’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 04, 2019. 9 comments

Cynthia Erivo to Portray Aretha Franklin in First-Ever Authorized Limited Series About the Queen of Soul

Cynthia Erivo to Portray Aretha Franklin in First-Ever Authorized Limited Series About the Queen of Soul

Fresh off the heels of Harriet , Cynthia Erivo will be portraying another beloved woman in black history—Aretha Franklin.

According to Variety, Erivo will be taking on the role of Franklin in National Geographic’s third season of Genius, an anthology period drama.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” Erivo said in a statement, following the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Sep 19, 2019. 6 comments

Trevante Rhodes and Andra Day Cast in Lee Daniels' Billie Holiday Project Set to Explore Lesser-Known Love Affair

Trevante Rhodes and Andra Day Cast in Lee Daniels' Billie Holiday Project Set to Explore Lesser-Known Love Affair

God bless the child who’s got his own Billie Holiday biopic.

According to Deadline, one of Lee Daniels’ new projects, The United States vs. Billie Holiday is set to start production soon and has cast a few leading roles, including Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight, Bird Box), singer Andra Day, Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite is My Name), Garrett Hedlund (Tron) and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 08, 2019. 10 comments

Ain't No Way: Estate Conflict Reveals Aretha Franklin Once Kept $750,000 in Uncashed Checks in Her Purse

Ain't No Way: Estate Conflict Reveals Aretha Franklin Once Kept $750,000 in Uncashed Checks in Her Purse

The battle over Aretha Franklin’s estate has gotten capital M-MESSY, requiring a long, drawn-out court hearing this week in which deep familial divisions—and some pretty shocking details about the late great singer’s finances—were on full display.

Among the revelations: Franklin, who allegedly did not have an accounting system while she was alive, once had $750,000 in uncashed checks in her...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 07, 2019. 7 comments

In New TV Series, Jay-Z and Will Smith Will Show the World Through Mamie Till's Eyes

In New TV Series, Jay-Z and Will Smith Will Show the World Through Mamie Till's Eyes

A long-delayed TV series focusing on Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, will finally see daylight, thanks to executive producers Jay-Z and Will Smith.

The anthology series, which currently has the working title Women of the Movement, was picked up by ABC, which announced the project Tuesday, according to Vulture. Previously, the series had been languishing at HBO for several years;...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 04, 2019.

Poetry In Motion: Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic

Poetry In Motion: Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic

Barry Jenkins has a new project in the works and I’m about to 8-count my coins and hand over my wallet so he can hurry up and take my money.

Jenkins has been confirmed as the director of an untitled Fox Searchlight film based on the life and works of acclaimed choreographer and activist, Alvin Ailey.

Reports Deadline:

Searchlight made a deal early last year with the Alvin Ailey American Dance...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Mar 31, 2019. 16 comments

Exclusive 'Bobby DeBarge Story' Trailer Set to Air During NAACP Image Awards

Exclusive 'Bobby DeBarge Story' Trailer Set to Air During NAACP Image Awards

Viewers tuned into the NAACP Image Awards tonight at 9 P.M. EST will get a sneak preview of TV One’s Bobby DeBarge biopic, “The Bobby DeBarge Story,” set to premier in June.

The film, which explores DeBarge’s tumultuous life filled with sex, drugs and iconic music. As former lead singer of Switch and oldest sibling of pop group DeBarge, Bobby’s story shows the singer’s perilous life navigating...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Feb 07, 2019. 13 comments

'She's Small Like Me': First Look at Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman

'She's Small Like Me': First Look at Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman

As film is a visual medium, it makes sense that buzz heightens once the audience gets a peek at movie stills, photo shoots or other behind-the-scenes photos connected to a film.

Such is the case with Harriet, an upcoming biographical drama from Focus Features, chronicling the story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves in the South following her own successful escape in 1849....

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 11, 2019. 5 comments

What You Want? Baby, You Got It: Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Lands Black Female Director

What You Want? Baby, You Got It: Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Lands Black Female Director

As long rumored, the late Queen of Soul is finally getting her just due respect via the silver screen.

The biopic on the late great Aretha Franklin is aptly titled Respect, after her most noteworthy song. According to Variety, the film is making progress as a director has been secured— Liesl Tommy will be helming the biopic.

Tommy has a stage directing background (specifically, the Danai...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 19, 2018. 8 comments

A Rosa Parks Feature Biopic May Be Coming to Theaters for the First Time

A Rosa Parks Feature Biopic May Be Coming to Theaters for the First Time

Rosa Parks’ legacy has been depicted in several forms, including the 2001 Academy Award-nominated documentary Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks, and the 2002 TV movie The Rosa Parks Story, starring Angela Bassett. Still, we have yet to see an epic feature biopic on the big screen about the iconic civil rights activist.

Winter Slate Entertainment is expected to start filming one in 2019,

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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Nov 29, 2018. 6 comments

Bobby Brown Suing Producers of Whitney Houston Documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, for Millions

Bobby Brown Suing Producers of Whitney Houston Documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, for Millions

Bobby Brown is looking for big bucks from the producers of 2017 Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brown and the estate of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, have filed a $2 million complaint against Showtime and BBC, alleging the documentary about his late ex-wife used footage of Brown and his children without obtaining their consent for...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Apr 18, 2018. 24 comments

10 Reasons I’m Excited About A Potential Jodeci Biopic

10 Reasons I’m Excited About A Potential Jodeci Biopic

I knew this would happen. As soon as I saw how successful BET’s “The New Edition Story” was on social media, I figured that any and all media companies who’ve had biopics in development would get the greenlight and go full bore. And I am very happy to be here.

According to Mr. Dalvin, a Jodeci biopic is in the works, with a script already written and has gone into production. This news is...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Mar 05, 2018.

"Straight Outta Compton" and The Gang Called N*ggaz With Attitudes

"Straight Outta Compton" and The Gang Called N*ggaz With Attitudes

Y'all gon' have to excuse me for a second because I'm about to go full fanboy.

NWA is my favorite rap group of all time. I love Outkast. I love Mobb Deep. I respect the hell out of Run-DMC. But NWA? That's how you do group. I've written about how I discovered a lot of early hip-hop via my older sister and NWA was no different. While I'd tangentially heard of NWA from my friends in elementary...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Feb 18, 2018. 11 comments

Tessa Thompson to Portray International Jewel Thief Doris Payne in Untitled Heist Drama 

Tessa Thompson to Portray International Jewel Thief Doris Payne in Untitled Heist Drama 

American actress Tessa Thompson will play the role of Doris Payne, famed international jewel thief, in an upcoming, still-untitled heist drama.

According to Variety, Thompson, alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan, will produce the film. Codeblack launched the project after obtaining Payne’s life rights.

Thompson’s credits include Thor: Ragnorok, Creed and Westworld. This latest role will...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Oct 13, 2017. 6 comments

Lionel Richie to Produce Biopic About Curtis Mayfield’s Extraordinary Life 

Lionel Richie to Produce Biopic About Curtis Mayfield’s Extraordinary Life 

Lionel Richie just secured the rights to bring Curtis Mayfield’s life to the big screen.

Richie, a former member of the Commodores, will be producing the movie under his RichLion Productions company, according to Deadline.

“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with [Mayfield’s widow] Altheida...

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Sep 18, 2017.

Dear Lifetime, Don't Make a Beyoncé Biopic. Signed, Original Member of the Beyhive

Dear Lifetime, Don't Make a Beyoncé Biopic. Signed, Original Member of the Beyhive

When will everyone learn that when you go against Beyoncé’s wishes, only failure and fury will follow? There are rumors floating that Lifetime is considering making a film based on the life of the finest Creole to twerk the earth. A source tells the Daily Star, “Beyoncé is arguably the world’s biggest star and has a story Lifetime thinks is too compelling to ignore.”

Oh, please reconsider.

Of...

Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Sep 15, 2017. 7 comments

Bobby Brown Sues TV One Over Bobbi Kristina Biopic

Bobby Brown Sues TV One Over <i>Bobbi Kristina</i> Biopic

Bobby Brown is hoping to put an end to TV One’s upcoming Bobbi Kristina biopic, by any means necessary. The R&B singer has filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York City against TV One over what he calls events in the film that are “defamatory and untrue.”

TV One’s Bobbi Kristina biopic focuses on the life of Bobby Brown’s and Whitney Houston’s only child, who died two years ago after...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Sep 01, 2017. 12 comments

Bobbi Kristina Brown Biopic Trailer Released, Leaving Us With 1 Question: ‘Why Does This Exist?’

Bobbi Kristina Brown Biopic Trailer Released, Leaving Us With 1 Question: ‘Why Does This Exist?’

When it comes to cable television biopics, they’re either a hit or a miss. And with the release of TV One’s biopic about the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, it definitely seems like it’s veering into the realm of “Who even asked for this?”

Bobbi Kristina tells the story of how she struggled with being in the shadows of her parents, particularly...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Aug 19, 2017. 11 comments

Mr. Dalvin Confirms Jodeci Biopic Is Coming

Mr. Dalvin Confirms Jodeci Biopic Is Coming

On the heels of the success of BET’s New Edition miniseries, The New Edition Story, it looks like its parent company, Viacom, sees that R&B biopics are the way to go when it comes to ratings.

According to Jodeci member Mr. Dalvin, a Jodeci biopic is in the works and will air on BET’s sister network VH1.

The series is going into production at the end of the month, with an end-of-the-year air...

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