Roxanne Roxanne Celebrates the Teen Rap Revolutionary at the Forefront of Hip-Hop History

There is a hope that Hollywood—namely, for the naive and optimistic—will tell stories that go under-documented, exposing real truths to what history has presented inaccurately, or in severe cases, demonized. At the end of last year I, Tonya sought to recontextualize our villainous view of Olympic ice skating hopeful…

Lifetime's Michael Jackson Biopic Shouldn't Be Happening But Here's the Trailer 

In a world already filled to the brim with the bad, grotesque and unnecessary, I’m not sure why Lifetime felt the need to add more. Yet we now have the trailer for the network’s upcoming Michael Jackson biopic based on the book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, written by two of the the…

The New Edition Story Is a Diamond in the Trash of TV Biopics

New Edition’s first big song, “Candy Girl,” released in 1983, was a sweetheart of a hit designed to evoke Jackson 5. The song plays multiple times in part one of BET’s biopic mini-series, The New Edition Story, and every time it plays, it’s a reminder of innocence. (If you’re younger, it might also be a reminder of…

The Screenwriter for New Biopic of Sufi Poet and Mystic Rumi Wants to Cast...Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar-winning screenwriter David Franzoni created Gladiator, and now he’s writing the story of a man who battled within the arena of his own mind. The Muslim poet and scholar Rumi lived in 13th century Afghanistan, then the outskirts of the Persian Empire; he is still well beloved, and soon his life will be on the big…

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