Gabrielle Union Leads Coffee Will Make You Black - The Color Brief February 18
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Gabrielle Union has signed on to star in a film adaptation of April Sinclair’s Coffee Will Make You Black. She’ll also produce the film through her company I’ll Have Another. Octavia Spencer will co-produce through her company Orbit.
Coffee Will Make You Black follows the story of Stevie, a young black woman living on Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s. She explores her identity, sexuality, and social awareness against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King’s assassination, and the rise of Black Power.
The project is already remarkable because of the number of black women involved in front of and behind the camera. In conversation with Deadline, Spencer said she was eager to use her platform to create opportunities like this for directors and writers of color.
Union was last seen in the 2018 sleeper hit Breaking In and is currently starring in and executive producing LA’s Finest, a TV series spinoff of the Bad Boys film franchise.
In other news…
Cardi B and Bruno Mars have teamed up once again for the new song, “Please Me”. The song evokes peak 90s R&B slow jams and features some NSFW lyrics. The duo last worked together on last year’s remix of the song “Finesse”.
Producer and frequent Amy Winehouse collaborator Salaam Remi released the single “Find My Love” over the weekend. The song features previously unreleased vocals from the late Winehouse and a rap from Nas.
Both are streaming on all major platforms.
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