Black & Winning in Entertainment News This Week 


It’s been a busy week in entertainment news. We’ve read so much good news, we just wanted to recap. 

Aisha Hinds, known for her roles in “All The Way” and “Under the Dome”, is set to play the legendary Harriet Tubman in WGN America’s  “Underground” when it returns in early 2017. Production is to begin next week in Savannah, Georgia.

The official trailer of Halle Berry’s upcoming movie “Kidnap” (directed by Luis Prieto) was released this week and the movie is to debut December 2nd. Berry stars as mom who goes on high speed car chase to get her son back. 

 Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas was tapped to be an official judge for the Miss America 2017 pageant. 
“The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent,” Douglas said in a statement. 

Michael Strahan sold his scripted series “Hobbs” to ABC. The Hollywood Reporter described it’s plot as the following, “The drama, which has received a script commitment, follows Tommy Hobbs, a former Heisman Trophy winner who joins the Miami police force after not being drafted by the NFL, as well as a meticulous, rule-following detective who has trained her whole life to become a police officer.” 
John Legend and his film company, Get Lifted, are teaming up with Tika Sumpter to create series around the historical Black Wall Street for WGN America. If picked up, it will debut in 2018. 

Also,last week it was announced that Zendaya would be playing Mary Jane in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. While many have voiced their opinion about the matter, Stan Lee, the character’s co-creator said the following to the Toronto Sun in an interview Sunday, “If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think she’ll be absolutely wonderful. The color of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter, all that matters is that this is the right person for the role.”

Last but not least, it’s Ava Duvernay’s birthday today!


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