5 Books That Just Got The Greenlight For TV/Movie Adaptation With Black Women That We Need To Watch NOW!

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A handful of Black women are doing the Lord’s work in Hollywood. Go inside for five books that have received the greenlight for a TV/movie adaptation that involve Black women doing what they do best: create magic…

Black women are making moves in Hollywood and everyone better catch up because we are not playing games. It’s about time stories we as black women can relate to…and the time is NOW.

We’ve rounded up a few books that were given the greenlight to move into a TV or film adaptation where Black women are calling the shots. Yes, stories that resonate with Black women are getting a push in Hollywood and we can at least respect the fact that people who look like us are being put in position to tell our stories.

Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can now add producer to her resume after her new political thriller was scooped up for a small-screen adaptation.

The Associated Press reports:

The rights for “While Justice Sleeps” will go to Working Title Television, part of NBCUniversal International Studios, it was announced Tuesday, the day of the novel’s release by Penguin Random House.

Abrams will serve as an executive producer for the project, which is based on the first work published under the name of the politician, activist and writer. She’s used the pen name Selena Montgomery for her previous works, including romance novels.

Abrams served in Georgia’s House of Representatives, was the Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 and is a leading voice on ballot access.

“I created ‘While Justice Sleeps’ to unravel a political mystery about power and secrets through the eyes of a protagonist dealing with her own demons,” Abrams said in a statement.

Working Title said it won a bidding war for the book, which was described as revolving around a Supreme Court justice whose “descent into a coma plunges the court, and the country, into turmoil,” with young law clerk Avery Keene pulled into the fray.

Oscar winning actress Regina King is back to work after all of the success she received from her epic film, One Night in Miami, which marked her directorial debut.

She’s going behind the camera once again to direct and produce the feature adaptation of Bitter Root, which is the acclaimed Image Comics series created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and indie veteran Chuck Brown. Black Panther writer/director Ryan Coogler is attached to the film.

Deadline has the deets:

King will also produce with Reina King via their Royal Ties banner, alongside Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity Media. Walker, Greene, Brown and Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo will executive produce. Bryan Edward Hill is currently rewriting the draft.

The story is set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, when a fractured family of once-great monster hunters faces an unimaginable evil that descends upon New York City. For generations, the Sangeryes have hunted and cured those infected by a supernatural force that feeds off the prejudice of the era, transforming human beings into hideous monsters. With most of the family dead, and the surviving Sangeryes at odds between saving or killing the creatures, they must overcome the wounds of the past in the hopes of thwarting an invasion.

Looks like we can expect more projects where Regina is calling the shots, and we’re totally not mad about it.

Oh yes. Our faves are getting work in Hollywood.

Actress/director Tasha Smith is gearing up to direct the pilot and second episode of the upcoming FOX drama series, “Our Kind Of People,” from writer/executive producer Karin Gist, executive producer Lee Daniels, 20th Television and Fox Entertainment.

Famed actor Morris Chestnut has been tapped as the male lead opposite “ANTM” alum Yaya DaCosta in the upcoming drama. The series is about the rich and powerful Black elite who vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, inspired by the book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class” by the late author and attorney Lawrence Otis Graham.

Deadline reports:

The project reunites Smith with Fox, Empire and Star co-creator Daniels, Star executive producer Gist and 20th TV. Smith had a major recurring role on Fox/20th TV’s Empire and directed two episode of the network and studio’s Star in addition to reprising her Empire character in a guest-starring stint.

Written by Gist inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically praised book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, the drama, which received a straight-to-series order for the 2021-22 season, takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for more than 50 years. Our Kind of People follows strong-willed, single mom Angela Vaughn as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever.

Sounds like something we can get into for sure.

Bridgett M. Davis, a professor of journalism and the writing professions at Baruch College – CUNY, will have her memoir “The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers” transformed into a move thanks to Plan B Entertainment, the Brad Pitt-fronted production banner.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Plan B Entertainment, the Brad Pitt-fronted production banner behind Oscar winners Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave, has teamed up with Searchlight Pictures to adapt The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, a memoir by Bridgett M. Davis.

Davis is writing the script. The project is also getting an assist from Lynn Nottage, who is acting as a consultant. Nottage, the only woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice for her plays Ruined and Sweat, is known for her work as a mentor of playwrights and a dramaturge, and will apply that skillset to the film project.

Fannie Davis tells the true story of Davis’ mother, a woman who “made a way of no way” her motto as she did whatever it took to offer her children a middle-class life in 1960s and 1970s Detroit. In this case, it meant that Davis’ mother became part bookie and part banker to run a numbers racket out of her home, allowing her children to go to good schools and have nice clothes, all the while keeping the entire operation a secret.

The book was praised for being a look at a slice of Black America, showcasing what a marginalized class had to do to break down obstacles to the middle-class American Dream. The numbers, as the long-standing racket was known, was dominated by men and offered ways for the Black community to lift itself up from poverty by giving them access to cash when normal mainstream ways didn’t.

Def sounds interesting.


From prosecutor to “The View” co-host to novelist! Sunny Hostin is making moves.

While the book hasn’t been given the greenlight for film just yet, Sunny Hostin is causing a splash on the scene with her debut book, “Summer on the Bluffs.”

The lawyer/journalist/television host calls her new book “a love letter to Black and Latina women.”

PEOPLE has the deets:

On Tuesday, the author, 52, released her debut novel Summer on the Bluffs, which she tells PEOPLE is her “love letter to Black people, Black women and Latina women.” Set in Oak Bluffs, a town located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and the most exclusive Black beach community in the country, Summer on the Bluffs follows the lives of Amelia Vaux Tanner and her three older godchildren from different backgrounds, whom Amelia considers to be surrogate daughters.

“I love beach reads, but I never see beach reads with people of color. I really wanted to write about characters that have similar lived experiences to my own,” Hostin says. “When I would travel, I would run into the little airport bookstores, and I would look for characters of color on the cover — they just didn’t exist. I thought that if I was looking that maybe other people were looking as well, and Toni Morrison often said, ‘If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.’ “

Check out her “Good Morning America” clip where she talks about what inspired her to write the book above.

We’re just waiting for “Summer on the Bluffs” to be turned into a movie.


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