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JayZ, Chris Rock, Jesse Williams’ Life Confessions & TV Series “She’s Gotta Have It”:Black Hollywood Wrap Up




by TRN Writers,

Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Headed to Netflix Back in the late ’80s, long before Spike Lee was a household name, he was just a brother trying to make it as a director/actor/writer.  He used a credit card and his own money to bring his dream of being a director into reality with his film “She’s Gotta Have It”.  His debut wasn’t a mega hit by today’s box office standards, but it ranked in a respectable $7 million and more importantly, generated a lot of buzz, quickly became a cult classic and launched Lee’s now well-established career.  Now, the  film about a young sister trying to deal with life and love is getting new life breathed into thanks to Netflix which is streaming the classic as a new series.   Lee always referred to the movie as having a “special place” in his heart and is happy to bring it to audiences again after 30+ years.  Lee is on board to direct the 10-episode order that Lee says  he hopes “will still be relevant and avant-garde three decades later.”  Netflix will stream the series this Thanksgiving, but here’s your first reel look in a special sneak peek preview of “She’s Gotta Have It”…

“If Beale Street Could Talk” Heading to the Big Screen Director Barry Jenkins, still basking in the glow of his hit “Moonlight”, has already lined up his next major project.  Jenkins tweeted his joy in bringing author James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” to audiences…

The 1974 novel revolves around 1970’s Harlem and two young adults whose love affair becomes embroiled in the racism of the times. When 19 year old Tish discovers she is pregnant by her boyfriend 22 year old Fonny, he is later accused by a racist cop of raping another woman.  Jenkins believes the story is as relevant today as it was when the author first wrote it.  Jenkins says  “James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day. To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. ”  With Jenkins’ Midas touch, the film is likely to follow in the footsteps of his previous work “Moonlight” which won an Oscar for best picture earlier this year.  Production is slated to start on “If Beale Street Could Talk” this fall.

JayZ’s “4:44” Therapy for the Brothers   We’re learning Jay’s newest album “4:44” was more than a platform for him to get some things off his conscious (like his marital infidelity), but an opportunity for some other celebs as well.  Everybody from Will Smith to Chris Rock and Jesse Williams are featured in the albums’ mini documentary “Footnotes for 4:44” where they get to express what’s weighing heavily on their minds.  For “Grey’s Anatomy Star Jesse Williams, that happens to be his divorce.  Williams spends a full 11 minutes talking about the rumors that he cheated on his wife: “I was in a relationship 13 years ― 13 real years, not five years, not seven years, 13 years ― and all of a sudden mother f**kers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship, like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart, that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”  Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee were married for five of those years before filing for divorce.  Williams talks about losing the woman he says was by his side before Hollywood fame and he talks about the pain of only being able to spend precious hours a week with their two children because of the break-up. You can check out the full mini doc and J’s new album over at Tidal.

For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap.

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