by TRN Staff
Jill Scott Signs on for “Black Lightning” Four-time Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott joins the cast of the upcoming “Black Lightning” series headed to the CW this fall. Cress Williams will bring the comic book superhero to live action in the starring role as Jefferson Pierce–a retired superhero drawn back into the fight. One of the people he will be fighting is Scott’s “Lady Eve”–a funeral parlor owner who also has a hand in the crime world through her involvement with a secret group of corrupt leaders. Scott is best known for sultry, jazzy vocals showcased in hit songs like “Golden” and “Cross My Mind”, but she’s also racked up some acting credits including Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married”, “Steel Magnolias” and guest starring in TV roles. You can catch Scott on the “Black Lightning” series which is set to premiere on the CW in 2018.
John Legend & Jesse Williams Team Up for “With Drawn Arms” Doc The NFL national anthem protests have been a divisive and jarring reminder that fighting for your rights is never easy. But Colin Kaepernick and the NFL players aren’t the first athletes to take up the mantle of activists. Grammy and Oscar winning singer/composer John Legend and “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams want to keep the struggle in the spotlight and are teaming up to produce the documentary “With Drawn Arms”. The film will focus on the life of Olympic gold medal winner and NFL wide receiver Tommie Smith whose image has stands as a powerful reminder of the fight for equality. Smith brought home the gold in the 200-meter competition in the 1968 Olympics. But it was his performance at the medal ceremony that left an indelible mark in history. Smith and Bronze medal winner John Carlos raised their fists on the podium as a symbol of protest against racial injustice. Their stance led to their suspension from the U.S. team and the two were forced to leave the Olympics as threats were lodged against them. Legend says the documentary is relevant to the times we are facing, “In this current climate we are once again being charged to stand up to bigotry, fear, and hate. We are inspired by this story... ” “Williams adds, “Tommie Smith is more than an iconic poster or risky act of defiance that inspires people the world over. He is a living man, whose incredible journey is worthy of examination.” “With Drawn Arms” is currently in production with a target release date of October 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Smith’s raised salute.
For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!