Like the classic 1977 musical, Annie centers on 11-year-old little orphan Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis), who has a chance encounter with wealthy businessman Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx), an update on the Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks character. Turns out Benjamin, who’s running for mayor, needs a feel-good story to boost his stock; that’s where Annie comes in. Meanwhile, Cameron Diaz takes on the mean-spirited orphanage owner Miss Hannigan.
On March 10, 9-Year-Old Chachi will launch a new web show dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Black women. In her first show, she spotlights astronaut Mae Jemison, and in another video she honors the genius of pioneers like Audre Lorde, Shirley Chisholm, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
After starring as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming Long Walk To Freedom, Idris Elba will be heading back to the continent (Africa) to star in Cary Fukunaga’s film adaptation of Nigeria author Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling debut novel Beasts of No Nation.
Red Crown Productions will produce the film adaptation which follows the journey of a young boy, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country. His fledgling childhood brutally shattered by the war raging through his unnamed West African country, the boy finds himself simultaneously fascinated and revolted by the mechanics of war.
Could not love Oprah more for this critique of the struggle between the work of the Civil Rights workers of yesteryear and our evolved young men in the present. She uses the roles of Cecil (father and Butler) and Louis (son and young activist) to explain how both Harry Belafonte and Jay Z complete their roles as activist. Harry Belafonte through his marches and protest; and Jay Z through his music and other works. They were both right, she says. Jay Z is the example of our evolution, which was destined to be in light of Harry Belafonte’s struggle. Glorious.
We sat down with Ms. Winfrey to get her views on the movie’s father/son conflict, and how this generational disconnect continues to play out with the recent clash of ideals between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte
Hello Beautiful caught up with Issa Rae at the Los Angeles viewing of her latest web series “The Choir,” and she revealed that ABC passed on what would’ve been her first break into network television.
“ABC passed on [“I Hate LA Dudes”] so I am working on another series right now,” she said. “But the process of working with [Shonda Rhimes] was freaking amazing and I learned so much from her.”
The annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival returns with a diverse array of shorts and features tomorrow, August 6. If you’re heading to the vineyard this week, here’s a sampling of short films you may want to check out. For a full schedule and tickets, visit mvaaff.com.