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Rihanna & Glover Heating Up “Guava Island”-Plus, New Movie Looks at Racism in Religion: Black Hollywood Wrap Up




by Ms. Black Hollywood

Rihanna & Donald Glover Heat Up Cuba  If you want to keep a secret, don’t film a project with one of music’s most iconic stars or have the man with one of the year’s most talked music videos.  Once Rihanna and Glover were spotted in Cuba, the speculation train pulled out of the station.  People first hinted at a romantic rendezvous, some guessed they are shooting a music video possibly.  The Bajan beauty fueled speculations as she posted a ton of behind the scene pics on social media. IndieWire says, “a report from the Cuban culture magazine Vistar, claiming that the two performers were shooting a mysterious project called “Guava Island,which would also feature actors Nonso Anozie, Letitia Wright and be directed by Glover’s long-time collaborator Hiro Murai.”  The article continues saying. “the Cuban project appearing to be Rihanna-centric, Vistar showing photos of her in character on set of the “musical film,” the pop singers fans are convinced the project is a music video – tied to what promises to be a Rihanna-heavy fall – which Childish Gambino (Glover is shirtless in the photo, as he often is when performing under his rapping moniker) would appear in.”   That’s as good a guess as any, but some still say that’s a lot of effort, money and travel for a music video.  Given that some videos are basically feature films, it’s actually not an over the top idea, but just when you think you’ve figured it out, IndieWire adds, “It is also hard to imagine one of Hollywood’s hottest directors with features and a first-look deal to produce his own projects at FX on his plate – and a cinematographer who just received Emmy nominations for both of his shows (“GLOW” and “Atlanta”) – would spend their summer in Cuba preparing for a single music video, no matter how lavish and star-studded.” So bottomline, no real idea on what the couple is working on.  Stay tuned!

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Sykes’ Serious Look Behind the Laughs in “Unprotected Sets”   Comedian Wanda Sykes is back on late night with a docuseries that explores what it’s like for young comedians.  According to ShadowandAct the show will take “viewers on various locations like Portland, Atlanta and Minneapolis, Unprotected Sets will chronicle stand-up acts on the verge of being the next phenom in comedy. ” Sykes says of the new venture where she’ll serve as executive producer,”We’re excited that we get another opportunity to give up-and-coming comics a chance to shine“.  The show promises a “diverse lineup of breakout talent” and to offer real “insights into the motivations behind baring one’s soul for a living. Their dynamic, personal, and hilarious performances – where nothing is off limits – will show us exactly how, in their own inimitable way, each comedian turns life into art.”  The twelve episode series will kick off October 5 with its premiere on premium cable channel Epix.

Blacks and the Early Church in “Jane & Emma” Deadline reports that a Utah-based distributor has acquired the rights to “Jane & Emma”–a faith-based film looking at the discrimination practices of the early Mormon church.  According to the site, the story revolves around “two women, Emma Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and Jane Manning, one of the first black members.”   People of African descent were rejected by organized religion for centuries because it was believed they carried “the curse of Cain“(the biblical figure who murdered his brother Abel).  Deadline says, “For 136 years, the Mormon Church excluded African-Americans from many of its most cherished religious rites and rituals. Yet, Mormon founder Joseph Smith and his wife Emma took the opposite approach, embracing racial diversity in the early days of the church, at a time when slavery was still an established practice in America.  Excel Entertainment hopes the film “presents an opportunity to talk about race, gender, and religion in a healing constructive.”  “Jane & Emma”  heads to theaters on October 12. Until then, here’s a peek at “Jane & Emma”.

For this week’s look at what’s happening in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!

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