by G. Brown
“Cooley High”–the remix It’s a classic coming of age story about high school pals with dreams of making it big beyond 1960’s inner city Chicago. For a generation of baby boomers, the 1975 movie was the ultimate starring a Black cast and minus the blaxploitation stereotype most Black movies of the time signed on to. Now, a new generation of moviegoers will get to experience the flick as MGM gives the green light for a remake. “Cooley High” addressed some hard issues of the time like gang violence, sexism and education in the Black community. Rapper/actor Common is linked to the remake. No details yet on casting or when filming will get underway.
Yoba Onboard for “Designated Survivor” Malik Yoba fresh off several TV roles including FOX’s “Empire” lands a recurring role alongside Kiefer Sutherland in ABC’s new thriller drama series “Designated Survivor”. Yoba will play the role of FBI deputy director Jason Atwood who guides his team of investigators following a fatal explosion at the Capitol. In addition to his role on “Empire”, Yoba has been part of the cast on “Limitless”, “The Good Wife” and can be seen in the upcoming feature film “My B.F.F.”. Yoba is slated to appear in seven episodes of the new thriller when it premieres on ABC this fall.
“Ghostbusters” Star Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts…or Twitter Trolls After posting that she was heartbroken over racist comments posted on Twitter, Leslie Jones said she was shutting down her Twitter account because she couldn’t take it anymore. Well, Jones is back on Twitter with a witty return tweet of :
And for the racist who might think about going after Jones again….she’s back and she’s bought back up. Stars like Chrissy Tiegen, Loni Love and Margaret Cho joined a campaign to drown out the hate by showing Jones some Twitter love. Original “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd defended Jones and summed up the racist trolls as “insignificant gnats” who are “losers,they have no lives of their own” and are probably Republican “obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members”. Twitter has suspended at least one account holder connected with the racist attack on Jones.
For Black Hollywood, that’s a rap!