Actor Louis Gossett Jr. attends the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California
*Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jane Alexander will star in the six-hour miniseries adaptation of “The Book of Negroes,” based on the novel by Lawrence Hill.
Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin and Allan Hawco will also star in the production, set to air on BET in the U.S. and Canada’s CBC.
Cuba Gooding Jr. & Dennis Haysbert in ‘Life of a King’
*Cuba Gooding, Jr. is Eugene Brown in the remarkable film, “The Life of a King,” based on the real life of the Big Chair Chess Club founder. In prison 18 years for bank robbery, Brown learned how to play chess.
After his release Brown’s motto of “Teach the un-teachable, reach the un-reachable, and always think before you move” saved the lives of many doomed youths.
The Film Strip caught up with Gooding and writer/director Jake Goldberger recently at the Soho Grand in New York City. Gooding gives a lowdown of his newest release, the Oscars and the ‘Blacks don’t sell overseas’ stigma.
Actor Taye Diggs (The Best Man) is 43 today.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. – Althea Gibson
Jan. 2: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 46. Actor Taye Diggs is 43.
Jan. 2, 1800: Antislavery petition from free Blacks of Philadelphia presented to Congress.
Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful
*This year’s Tony Award nominated Broadway revival hit The Trip to Bountiful is currently in production in Atlanta for a television adaptation to premiere on Lifetime in 2014.
The film stars original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams who are joined by Blair Underwood in Cuba Gooding Jr.’s old role and Keke Palmer replacing Condola Rashad, the network announced today. Tyson also serves as an executive producer.
The play’s director, Michael Wilson, will make his television directorial debut with this project.
Author Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, tells of one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future.
Cicely Tyson and Condola Rashad in Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful
Carrie Watts (Tyson) begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie (Underwood) and her snooty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Williams). No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma (Palmer), a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.
The Trip to Bountiful closed its triumphant Broadway run on October 9.