Coming Soon to Netflix: A Madam C.J. Walker Limited Series starring Octavia Spencer

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Hello Lovelies,

Have you heard the news? At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, Netflix announced plans to produce an 8-episode miniseries about the life of Madame C.J. Walker.

The series will star Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and will be executive produced by LeBron James through his production company, SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity.

The series will be co-showrun by Janine Sherman Barrois (who is currently executive producing and showrunning TNT series Claws), and Elle Johnson; and will be based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Leia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.

In addition, the first episode is set to be directed by Kasi Lemmons, who directed Eve’s Bayou (1997), and most recently Black Nativity (2013), based on the musical by Langston Hughes.

For those of you who live under a rock and don’t know who Madame C.J. Walker is, a short history lesson is in order:

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Madame C.J. Walker photo via biography.com

Madame C.J. Walker was the first African American woman who became a self-made millionaire. The source of her fortune was from her line of hare care products that she developed herself.

Walker became one of the wealthiest self-made women in America, the wealthiest African-American woman in America, and one of the wealthiest African-American business owners to ever live.

We’re incredibly excited for this project not only because of the talent involved, but also because the story of Madame C.J. Walker is long overdue.

Keep your eyes open for this one.

XOXO,

Black Chick Media

 

Watch This Space! Announcing BCM’s Partnership with Americans for the Arts

Hello Lovelies,

We’re excited to announce our new collaboration with Americans for the Arts.For a limited time, Black Chick Media will be in charge of all social media and digital marketing for Americans for the Arts.

We look forward to promoting and supporting Americans for the Arts and their initiatives in the near future.

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Americans for the Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

To learn about the various initiatives and projects Americans for the Arts is involved in, head to their website for more information.

2018 Emmy Nominees

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Hello Lovelies,

It’s that time of year again! The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning by Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Ryan Eggold of “The Blacklist”.

For those of you aren’t familiar with the awards, the Emmys are the most prestigious awards for the medium of television. With dozens of excellent shows airing via streaming, cable, and premium television networks, the bar is higher than ever for television artists to reach.

Unsurprisingly, several of our favorite actors received nominations.

Here’s a full rundown of all the nominees we’re rooting for:

Comedy Series

Critical darling and cultural phenomenon Atlanta received its second nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for its second season. Likewise Black-ish received its third consecutive nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for it’s fourth season while also being the only network series nominated in the category. The other nominees aren’t even funny so we’re scratching our heads at there existence.

Lead Actor, Drama

Last year’s winner in this category Sterling K. Brown is nominated again for his work in This Is Us. Jeffrey Wright is also nominated for the first time for his work in the second season of  Westworld. We’ve personally been sleeping on Westworld because westerns are boring. #alltea #noshade

Lead Actress, Drama

So Viola was shut out of the category this year and the only nominee of note is Sandra Oh, who is the first Asian woman to be nominated in this category for her work in Killing Eve. Our guess is there’s only room for one woman of color in this category.

Lead Actor, Comedy

Last year’s winner Donald Glover and 4-time-nominee Anthony Anderson are both nominated again for their work in Atlanta and Blackish respectively and it’s guaranteed to go to either one of them. We’ve never heard of the other nominees but good luck I guess.

Lead Actress, Comedy

Tracee Ellis Ross is nominated in the category for the 3rd time for Black-ish while Issa Rae received her first nomination for her funny-yet vulnerable acting work in Insecure, the show she co-created, writes and produces.

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

John Legend received an (obviously) token minority nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Aaaaaand we don’t know what else to say about this….soooo…yeah….

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Regina King also received a token minority nomination for Seven Seconds a Netflix show that no one watched but we’re happy she’s getting some love even though a win isn’t happening for her.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

No one of note honestly…so we’re skipping this one.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Thandie Newton is nominated again for Westworld in this category and looking at her fellow nominees, she definitely has a chance of claiming the award this year.

Supporting Actor Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry FINALLY gets an Emmy nomination for his work in Atlanta. Seriously, he’s amazing. Watch the show just for him if you have to. He’s that good. And the best thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Burgess, received yes another nomination for his work as well. #YAAAAAS! Kenan Thompson is nominated too, making this category the one with the most black nominees.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Leslie Jones and Zazie Beetz are nominated for Saturday Night Live and Atlanta. We’re especially happy for Beetz, since this is her first nomination. This category is packed, but we’re hoping for a win in this category.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series

It seems like the limited series categories are full of token minority nominations, with Brandon Victor Dixon getting nominated for you guessed it, Jesus Christ Superstar. Good luck!

Supporting Actress Limited Series

Disney’s newest princess Letitia Wright received an Emmy nomination for her work in Black Mirror. Adina Porter, a woman whose name you may not recognize, but whose work you’re likely familiar with, was also nominated, but for the most recent season of American Horry Story which we haven’t watched since season 3 tbh…

There are many, many more people nominated that we don’t have the time (or energy tbh) to commentate on, but here are the categories and nominees we’re also going to be paying attention to:

Guest Actor Drama Series

Ron Cephus Jones for “This Is Us”

Guest Actress Drama Series 

Viola Davis for Scandal

Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away With Murder

Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale

Guest Actor Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Donald Glover for Saturday Night Live

Kat Williams for Atlanta

Guest Actress Comedy Series

Tiffany Haddish for Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph for The Good Place

Wanda Sykes for Black-ish

Writing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta, (“Alligator Man”)

Stephani Robinson for Atlanta, (“Barbershop”)

Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta (“FUBU”)

Congratulations to all the nominees. We’re looking forward to watching and reporting the results of the awards in September. While I’m happy that the acting categories are full of beautiful black faces, I was quite disappointed to see only 3 nominations for writing and directing being awarded (2 of which are for Donald Glover).

Despite this, as always, we’re rooting for everyone black.

What do you all think of the nominations? Let us know in the comments.