by Ms. Black Hollywood
Will Smith, JayZ Take On Black History Rappers Smith and JayZ have a lot to say, but this time they’re saying it on film. The two megastars are teaming up for a couple of projects retelling Black historic landmark events. The first is a miniseries based on the book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement”. Till was a 14-year-old boy tortured and eventually killed in Mississippi for whistling at a White woman. In 2007, Carolyn Bryant admitted she embellished the story of Till’s actions. According to Atlanta Black Star, “Jay-Z will produce the eight-episode project under the Roc Nation umbrella…Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce it through their company Overbrook Entertainment.” In addition to the Till miniseries, the rappers are reportedly joining forces to work on an in-depth look at the life of Rosa Parks for the upcoming season of “Women of the Movement”. The two projects will dovetail as Smith and JayZ “hope to use the story of Emmett Till and his mother as a tie-in to Parks’ story.”
Guess Who Else Is “Coming to America” Too!
Pssst…don’t tell the president, but Zamunda is sending a caravan of people this way. Actor Wesley Snipes is the latest star to join an already stellar cast for the long-awaited sequel to “Coming to America”. The original 1988 hit introduced us to Prince Akeem, played by Eddie Murphy, who wanted to leave the luxurious life of the throne in his fictional African homeland of Zamunda and decided Queens, NY gave him plenty of opportunities to work and live like ordinary people. In the sequel, Akeem is back in America looking not for a wife this time, but his long lost son. Snipes joins the film as General Izzi who rules a neighboring nation in Africa. According to entertainment site Shadow and Act, Snipes won’t be the only newcomer on set, rapper Rick Ross is also onboard. But don’t worry, a lot of your favs from the original cast will be back as well including Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Paul Bates. “Coming to America 2” is coming to theaters August 2020.
Aaliyah Forever Immortalized Her talent and beauty made her “One In a Million”, now Madame Tussaud’s is hoping to immortalize that essence in it’s latest wax figure. The museum announced this week “We are proud to announce that Aaliyah will be the next iconic star immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas!” Singer, actress Aaliyah was at the top of her game when tragedy ripped the 22-year star from adoring fans. In 2001, Aaliyah had just wrapped a video shoot in the Abaco Islands for her single “Rock the Boat and she and her entourage boarded a twin-engine plane to head back home. The plane crashed as it struggled to get off the runway killing all eight people on board in the explosion. Her death devastated her fans, but their devotion to the star remains undying so Madame Tussaud’s better not mess up this tribute. Fans celebrated the news but wrote, “Y’all better not mess this up!… but thanks for FINALLY having her!”… “KING LIYAH!!!! Y’all better come through! She’s a legend!” The museum will unveil the wax figure tribute to Aaliyah in Las Vegas on August 22.
For this week’s look at what’s up with some of your favorite Black Hollywood celebs, that’s a wrap!