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Ashton Sanders Slated to Play Bobby Brown in Whitney Houston Biopic

Kasi Lemmons will direct the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Under her vision, cast selection has been taken very seriously in order to tell such a lucrative love story in Hollywood, between Houston and pop sensation Bobby Brown

It’s been recently announced that Ashton Sanders will play Brown in the upcoming film. Sanders is best known for his roles in Moonlight and his current illustration of RZA on Amazon’s series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga

The Whitney Houston Biopic is being co-produced by Pat Houston to align the interruption closely to the original story shared by the Houston estate. Music will be in the hands of legendary producer Clive Davis. 

Looking to embody the legendary diva is Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth). In addition to Lemmons’ direction, the narration is being developed by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten. The film’s goal is to impart Houston’s journey through finding herself in her career in music. 

COMPLEX news source captured Davis stating, “Naomi Ackie’s screen test was so powerful, it sent shivers up my spine,” he continued,  “Although Whitney’s incomparable vocals are used for all the songs, Naomi’s extraordinary acting range enables her to masterfully capture Whitney’s unique charm, star power and, of course, her personal struggles. Naomi is the real deal and I can’t imagine a better choice for this iconic role.”

The film is slated to be released in December of 2022. I Wanna Dance with Somebody will bring more closure to such an iconic light that Houston continues to be in this world. IMDB has described it as a “joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston…tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.”

Using the title from one of Houston’s biggest hits, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, the biopic will carry the air of stardom Houston wore with humility of being a vulnerable woman in love. 

Betti Halsell, senior writer at Hollywood Melanin

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Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Zahara Will Attend an HBCU (Video)

Angelina Jolie’s daughter Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt is college bound!

On Sunday, the Oscar-winning actor announced her 17-year-old will be attending Spelman College, an HBCU, this fall. Included in Jolie’s post is a picture of Zahara posing with schoolmates and a caption that read,

“Zahara with her Spelman sisters! Congratulations to all new students starting this year,” the mother of six wrote. “A very special place and an honor to have a family member as a new Spelman girl. #spelman #spelmancollege #spelmansisters #HBCU.”

In addition to the Eternals star’s post, a video taken during an alumni college event was published on TikTok. The clip, which has now gone viral, shows Jolie attempting to join in on the electric slide. You can watch it below.


Morehouse and Spelman alumni showing Angelina Jolie and her daughter how to hit the electric slide at their event in Los Angeles. @morehousela @naasclosangeles @angelinajolie @bcrainey @purplephy27 #Morehouse #Spelman #SpelmanCollege #AngelinaJolie

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Honors The Late Chadwick Boseman (Video)

Marvel has finally released the official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel of Black Panther. The 2-minute video features new and returning characters and unveils a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.

photo: Marvel Studios

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 11.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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