We have another Black Excellence Week in Hollywood and this week you all have to make way for a Queen.
Black people often like to quote “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” (thanks to the recall of the character’s name in her new movie Milkshakes with powder) When it comes to What does love have to do with it star Angela Bassett. In real life … the actress can absolutely have her cake and eat it too. Taste? Real hard money, baby!
According to Deadline, Bassett will become the highest paid black actress on television, following the audience success (and renewal of the fifth season) of her Fox show, 911. Check the numbers … she will earn up to $ 450,000 per episode! Get it, queen!
In 2020, Halle Berry made her directorial debut at the Toronto International Film Festival with the film bruised, in which she also plays. A little less than a year later, that labor of love will finally make its way to a small screen near us soon. According to Entertainment Weekly, Berry’s film will arrive on Netflix as early as November 24 after striking a massive deal with the streaming service, landing somewhere north of $ 20 million.
As previously stated by The root, bruised is set to follow “a failed MMA fighter who fights for redemption as an athlete and mother.” Jackie ‘Justice’ has held multiple jobs and has barely tried since losing an important game years ago. When her boyfriend Desi manages to trick her into engaging in an underground fight, her passion for the sport is rekindled. As Jackie prepares to return to “the one thing she’s good for,” the son she once abandoned is dropped off at her doorstep. Faced with her choices and past traumas, Jackie will have to fight to reclaim the two most meaningful things she strayed from: 6-year-old Manny and an MMA title.
Green leaf actor Keith David and The job and Half half Actress Rachel True will soon be bringing the spooky vibes in a supernatural new feature film. Title The last caller, per Variety, the film will tell the story of “Dr. Amara Rowen, a documentary filmmaker who, after what appears to be a cult collective suicide, is contacted by the group’s survivors. As she begins to uncover the truth about the Cult founder and her abilities, she and the surviving members are hunted down and killed, which could lead to a shifting reality. True will play the lead role of Dr. Rowen with David playing the cult founder, Dr. Joseph Crawl. Film for The last call is scheduled to begin Aug. 9 in New Jersey and Los Angeles.
“Sicko Mode” rapper Travis Scott will make his first foray into the world of cinema. According to Pitchfork, Scott’s Cactus Jack Films will team up with A24 Films, the studio behind critically acclaimed films such as Moonlight and Uncut Gems. Their first project? A feature called Utopia. Scott announced the new deal to his fans and followers with a photo of the script from the “first draft” in an Instagram post, writing: “Life is a movie. The same goes for this album @cactusjack and @ a24 aim to bring incredible content for the future. Through film and media. Starting with that. Astromonde the artist previously hinted that his next follow-up album would be named Utopia. Considering this new announcement, there’s a good chance this rollout will be one for the books.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is about to “do the right thing” when it comes to Spike Lee. According to Variety, the museum will release catalogs dedicated to Lee’s work for an inaugural exhibition scheduled for release in April 2022. Entitled “Spike Lee: Director’s Inspiration,” the catalog will include “items from the director’s personal collection, as well as interviews and contributions from collaborators and friends including Cheryl Dunye, Terence Blanchard, Giancarlo Esposito and Dee Rees. The museum is scheduled to open on September 30. Lee has had one hell of a year; in March, he was selected as president of the Festival jury Cannes Film Festival, according to the deadline, Film at Lincoln Center also recently named Lee the recipient of the 46th annual Chaplin Award at this year’s New York Film Festival.
The Academy (the people behind the Oscars) elected the members of the Academy’s Board of Governors 2021-2022, according to the official press release sent to The root.
Of course, the president of the Academy is again a white (reelected president David Rubin) … you know, regular lineup. But of course we want to highlight the black members, so kudos to DeVon Franklin (vice-chair, chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee) and Wynn P. Thomas (vice-chair, chair, Education and sensitization).
Hours after Showtime’s season finale Chi, the company announced that the series has been renewed for a fifth season. The show, which is fast becoming one of Showtime’s most watched programs, is produced and created by Lena Waithe and co-produced by Common. Season 4 examined the conflict and the aftermath of police interactions with young black men and women on the south side of Chicago after Jake, played by Michael V. Epps, had a “fateful brawl with a group of officers. “, according to Deadline. Season 5 does not have a confirmed release date but will be available sometime in 2022.
Netflix just hired Nia Long to star in the upcoming romantic comedy, More less. The film follows Natalie (Reinhart) as her potential future converges on two parallel timelines the day before she graduates from college – one showing her staying in her small hometown of Texas to raise a child, and the other showing her living through her dreams in Los Angeles. Long will be alongside Lili Reinhard, Luke Wilson, Danny Ramirez, David Corenswet and Andrea Savage. According to Variety, Long’s role has yet to be announced.
The inspiring and rhythmic memories of Diane Cardwell Rockaway: Surfing head down to a new life, is being adapted into a Netflix film, written by NAACP Image Award winner Nichelle Tramble Spellman and produced by Kerry Washington for Netflix. Washington will also play in Rockaway where she will play a New York journalist who is passionate about surfing on a mission and goes to Rockaway Beach. The book was originally published in July 2020 and “tells the story of Cardwell’s own reinvention as she entered the world of surfing,” according to Variety. Rockaway is Washington’s last film with Netflix after starring alongside Lawrence Fishburn and Charlize Theron in the upcoming film, The School of Good and Evil.
August is Black Business Month and to honor businesses owned by black women, Jennifer Hudson has teamed up with MasterCard to produce a show at the Apollo Theater. By a press release provided to The root, MasterCard provided a ‘limited number of cardholders with special access to the red carpet premiere of Respect at the Regency Village Theater ahead of the film’s world premiere on August 13. In addition, MasterCard presents the “Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo” concert, which will take place on August 19th. This concert will be the first live performance at the Historic Theater since March 2020. Hudson will perform classic Aretha Franklin songs and attendees will be a group of black women who are all entrepreneurs and selected cardholders.
Jodi Baskerville worked for the Bachelor franchise for nearly a decade and in August 2021, became the series’ first black executive producer. His first season as an EP will begin with The Bachelorette season 18, airing this fall. Season 18 Bachelorette is Michelle Young, the third woman of color and the third black woman to be chosen for the Bachelorette. Young also appeared in the 25th season of The single person. According to People, Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment released a statement surrounding Young and Bakersfield’s announcement. “As we continue the dialogue on achieving greater equity and inclusion within The single person franchise, we are committed to improving the BIPOC representation of our team, including in the ranks of executive producers.