This week was another busy week in news and accomplishments for many creators for The Culture so here are some quick hits highlighting some of the things you might’ve missed.
Netflix has announced a new hip-hop based competition series titled Rhythm + Flow and enlisted some major creators for The Culture to come onboard. Chance the Rapper, T.I., and Cardi B have all been confirmed to serve as judges with the aim to find hip-hop’s next star. Auditions will be held in New York, Chicago and Atlanta and the show is slated to debut in 2019 with ten hour-long episodes. BTW if you’re looking to take part in the competition you can sign up on RhythmAndFlowAuditions.com.
And speaking of Chance The Rapper, the uber busy creator for The Culture is also working on a musical film titled Hope. The movie, follows a group of Chicago teenagers that band together to turn art into action within their community. Nico Segal, a regular collaborator of Chance’s, will work on the music while Empire writer Carlito Rodriguez is working on the script. In many ways this is the most Chance the Rapper project of Chance’s career to date and it will be quite interesting to see how this turns out.
Legendary gospel group, The Clark Sisters, are the latest black creatives to get the biopic treatment. The singing sisters’ story will also be in great hands, as Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and Missy Elliott are producing the made-for-TV film based on their rise. You Brought The Sunshine is set to air in early 2019 on Lifetime. No word yet on who will portray the quintet of Dorinda, Jacky, Karen, and Twinkie. The sisters are undisputed legends in the gospel music world and have clearly inspired artists outside the genre like the 3 hip-hop and R&B legends that have come together to produce this film. They’ve been in the business for several decades and are the highest-selling female gospel group in history and have won three Grammy Awards.
Young rising star Kiersey Clemons (Dope) is set to both star and produce a film about Wall Street trader Lauren Simmons. The 23-year old Simmons made history as the youngest woman to ever be on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and only the second African American female to trade full-time. Simmons has an amazing story, she moved from Georgia to New York with a degree in genetics. She responded to a posting for a job in the financial industry on a whim and in order to get hired, she had to take a grueling exam with no formal background and only one month to prepare. She grinded and passed the test, got the job and made some history. Both Simmons’ story + Clemons starring and producing = #blackgirlmagic.
That’s the news for the week but give some of our other recent articles a look as well:
- Ranked: The Members of the Wu-Tang Clan
- Interview: Hip-Hop Weekly Editor-In-Cheif Kim SoMajor
- THE FEAT. Divas Can Cook YouTube Channel
Written by @TalentedMrFord