As a kid, Kaya Thomas enjoyed reading. “No matter how old I was, what I was going through, how I felt in any moment, a book was always a means of escape” she wrote in a blog post in 2015. “A way to dive into a new world and become a new character.”As a self-professed “nerdy black girl in
Following the literary and film success of “Hidden Figures,” author Margot Lee Shetterly will turn her attention to two little-known but prominent Black families in Baltimore. Viking Books announced today (April 10) that it has acquired the rights to Shetterly’s next two books. The first will focus on the mid 20th-century achievements of the Murphys, a publishing family, and the entrepreneurial Adams family. As described by PBS, formerly enslaved patriarch John Henry Murphy founded
If you’ve been pining for a Foxy Brown television adaptation, then your prayers have been answered. Meagan Good will be starring as the iconic lead in Hulu’s new reboot. Good will not only take on Pam Grier‘s role in the upcoming TV series, but she’ll produce alongside her husband DeVon Franklin and his production company Franklin Entertainment. The show has also snagged Empire‘s
Gayle King has agreed to stay on as host of “CBS This Morning” after signing a 3-year deal for $16.5 million. The deal would see King making $5.5 million per year, as “CBS This Morning” has been the only morning new broadcast to gain viewers this year. “Gayle is a huge asset to the show, and her chemistry with Charlie
Born in 1972 in Long Beach, California, Ava DuVernay worked in film publicity and marketing, and established her own agency, before deciding to become a filmmaker. She helmed hip-hop documentaries and then released two feature films: I Will Follow (2010) and Middle of Nowhere (2012). The holiday season of 2014 saw the release of Selma, which follows a portion of Dr.
Zero Gravity Management has optioned A’Lelia Bundles’ 2001 nonfiction book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is actually the great great granddaughter of Walker. According to Deadline, Octavia Spencer intends to star and produce a limited series based on Bundles’ biography. Nicole Asher will write the script. Kasi Lemmons has agreed to serve as the director. Here’s more from The
Ariell Johnson, the founder of Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, is the only Black woman to own a comics shop on the East Coast. Johnson opened Amalgam Comics to tremendous fanfare in January. Now, her important contributions to geek culture and entrepreneurship for women of color has been immortalized in the most appropriate way possible. Johnson appears on a
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose killing sparked a national firestorm about white violence against African-Americans, are writing a book titled Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. The book will be published by Random House’s One World, the multicultural imprint being rebooted by editor Christopher Jackson,
The sweet success of Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pies exclusively available at Walmart has led to a major expansion of her personal recipe-based product line. In fact, the pies have been so successful that she and Walmart have recently announced the release of three new Pattie Labelle premium cobblers and a new apple pecan cake.
Natalie Baszile has had the kind of pipeline success every first-time novelist dreams about. A few years ago, she read a chapter of her then forthcoming debut, Queen Sugar, at an artists’ retreat. The excerpt caught the attention of Leigh Haber,the books editor at Omagazine, who later asked Baszile to send her an advanced copy of the finished