by G. Brown
Showtime’s “Raw and Uncensored” documentary on Whitney Houston Production gets underway on Showtime’s film exploring the incredible and explaining the complicated career of Whitney Houston. The project will rely on behind-the-scenes video, candid interviews and performance footage to piece together how the life and death of Houston impacted her fans and the world. Showtime officials say they want to tell “the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.” The film will be produced, directed and narrated by acclaimed BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield who Showtime describes as “a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking.” The film has already begun shooting in Los Angeles. No word on when the documentary will be released.
Oprah’s “Greenleaf” takes us all to church OWN’s new original series “Greenleaf” takes us between the sermons and choir stand to look at the life of a mega-church pastor and his family and their fight for faith in one another. The story centers on Grace Greenleaf who returns home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister Faith. Her difficult journey home is made even more challenging as she tries to reconnect with her powerful father who pastors Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. Grace soon discovers that all the sermons, songs and words of faith are hiding her own family’s sins. Merle Dandridge as Grace is joined in the cast by Keith David (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae Greenleaf) and Winfrey will play a recurring role—her first scripted television role in two decades. “Greenleaf” premieres on OWN June 21. Click here to get Your First Reel Look at the just-released first official trailer for the series.
Tyrese gives us a glimpse inside his “The Black Book” Tyrese Gibson the actor, model and singer is now also the director. Gibson also wrote the short film which tells the trials and challenges of a couple in love. Gibson also spends time in front of the camera for the project co-starring alongside Epic Records artist V. Bozeman. The short features three music videos including “You Can’t Break Me” and “Prior to You” featuring Tank. Gibson’s film will be released on March 27-Easter Sunday, but here’s your first reel look at the official trailer for “The Black Book”…
For this week in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!