*It’s a narrative that’s needed and starting to be discussed more prevalently in Hollywood.
And that’s colorism.
Like a few other now popular black actresses in Hollywood, Naturi Naughton is opening up about her struggles with being a darker-skinned black woman in Tinsel Town.
*Yes! Another black female lead coming to TV screens.
Another potential series for Black Twitter to get behind?
Well, maybe — especially since Shonda Rhimes is bringing Viola Davis right along to star as the lead in a new ABC drama, “How to Get Away With Murder.”
*Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez will star as grieving mothers who take matters into their own hands in the upcoming film “Lila and Eve.”
Directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline,” “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”), “Lila and Eve” tells the story of a grief stricken mom (Davis), who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting, attends a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to track down her son’s killer herself.
The two women soon embark on a killing spree of their own, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.
Singer Jill Scott attends the 2013 Delete Blood Cancer Gala which honors Vera Wang, Leighton Meester and Suzi Weiss-Fischmann on May 1, 2013 in New York City
*Jill Scott and Dan Akroyd have been added to the cast of “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic due next fall from Universal and Imagine Entertainment.
Chadwick Boseman (“42”) is portraying Brown in the film, which follows the singer from humble beginnings to the height of stardom while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirtation with financial ruin.
Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, the New York agency that repped Brown for over 40 years.
In a part that is being written specifically for her, Scott will play Brown’s wife.
Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Lennie James are among those cast in the production, which is to start shooting in November. The movie is set for an Oct. 17, 2014, release.
Tate Taylor, who helmed “The Help,” is directing and is also producing along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman also producing under their Jagged Films banner.
Singer-actress Scott has starred in HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” remake and last month’s “Baggage Claim.”