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Jamie Looking for “Just Mercy”, Questlove’s “Black Woodstock” and “The U.S. Vs Billie Holiday and :Black Hollywood Wrap Up

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by Ms. Black Hollywood

Here are some of the latest projects getting the green light in Hollywood…

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx Seek “Just Mercy”  Jordan stars in this true story of Equal Justice Initiative founder  Bryan Stevenson who saves an innocent man from death row.  Foxx stars as Walter McMillian–a man railroaded by both the political and justice system and thrown in jail in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year old girl.  The explosive case exposes dirty dealings and racism behind a man betrayed by those who took an oath to uphold the law.  The film also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Brie Larson.  “Just Mercy” hits theaters in a limited release Christmas Day before a nationwide release in January 2020.  Here’s the official trailer for “Just Mercy”

Andra Day as Billie Holiday    Singer Andra has proven she has a voice that can match most legendary singers. Her new role as a jazz icon will require not only her vocal virtuosity but her acting ability as well.  Day has the starring role in a biopic on the tumultuous and tragically short life of singer Billie Holiday.  According to Dailymail.co.uk, production on the biopic began about six weeks ago in Montreal, Canada.  The story focuses on the singer’s 1947 arrest for narcotics and all the legal woes her addiction created that plagued her life until her untimely death at age 44.  She was even arrested for heroin possession as she lay dying in her hospital bed. Co-star, Garrett Hedlund, who plays Federal Bureau of Narcotics head Harry J, Anslinger, posted this sneak peek from the set on his Twitter page showing Day all dolled up in a circa ’40/50s hairdo that was one of Holiday’s trademarks.   Oscar nominee director of  “Precious” and “The Butler” Lee Daniels is at the helm of the biopic and says, ” It is an extraordinary responsibility to tell the story of the iconic Billie Holiday…Her story is very personal to me and I hope to do justice when bringing to light this profound and complicated soul—a great artist and an unsung civil rights warrior.”

 

Questlove Telling The Never Before Told Story of “Black Woodstock”  If you could get a lineup of legendary singers that included the likes of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, The Fifth Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone and Gladys Knight, you would think it would be a historic event preserved by the media of the time.  It did happen and the only people who cared about it were the 300,000 people who attended. Grammy award-winning musician and journalist Questlove is on a mission to right the wrongs of history by bringing the story to audiences.  Questlove is directing the feature documentary that takes us inside the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969.  The outdoor festival was held to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr who was assassinated a year earlier and to promote Black pride and unity.  Questlove plans to showcase some of the “40 hours of footage that has remained in storage for 50 years”(Shadowandact.com)  No word on a release date for the project.

For this week’s look at what some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars are up to, that’s a wrap!

 

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