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NWA biopic casting call criticized for being racist

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:14 am July 18, 2014 The casting call for the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is, well, racist. The call is looking for women extras in the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, set to be released next year. The call describes a hierarchy of women, “graded” from levels A through D. Read the casting […]

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Zendaya Coleman exits Aaliyah biopic, film production on hold

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:11 am June 30, 2014 17-year-old singer Zendaya Coleman will no longer portray late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime Television’s made for TV movie. The network made the announcement via Twitter. 

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Aaliyah’s family protesting biopic, fans start petition in protest of film

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:48 am June 18, 2014 The family of the late R&B singer Aaliyah has expressed outrage over news that a film about the star’s life will be made. 

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Zendaya Coleman to star as Aaliyah in biopic

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:46 pm June 16, 2014 It looks like singer-actress Zendaya Coleman will be starring in the role of Aaliyah in VH1′s upcoming biopic. Filming starts in a few weeks, and the movie is set to premiere in September. 

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Director of Nina Simone biopic files lawsuit over film

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:55 pm May 16, 2014 In the midst of the debate about whether or not Zoe Saldana was the best choice for the Nina Simone biopic, news that Director Cynthia Mort has filed a lawsuit has surfaced. The lawsuit comes after Mort was cut out of decision-making for Nina. 

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Queen Latifah set to star in Bessie Smith biopic

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:32 am May 1, 2014 Queen Latifah will be playing Bessie Smith in a biopic, and Dee Rees, director of the movie Pariah, is slated to write and direct the film, which will air on HBO.

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Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid sues Viacom for TLC biopic

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:20 pm April 29, 2014 Perri “Pebbles” Reid, former manager of the girl group TLC, is suing Viacom for $40 million over the movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” Reid claims that the movie, which was released late last year, portrays her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent […]

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Oliver Stone walks away from MLK biopic because producers are ‘suffocating the man & the truth’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:28 am January 23, 2014 Director Oliver Stone was slated to spear-head a biopic on slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the movie creator recently announced that he will no longer sit at the helm of the production because producers wouldn’t approve his script that showed King’s flaws. 

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Perry “Pebbles” Reid responds to portrayal in TLC biopic, threatens lawsuit

Although TLC’s money issues have been well-documented, this was the first time we saw a dramatization of what happened. Former R&B singer Perry “Pebbles” Reid, who discovered and managed the group when they first started out, was not portrayed positively, and as a result, viewers attacked Reid on social media. As might be expected, Reid took to Twitter to defend herself and is now threatening to sue.

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TLC biopic premieres tonight, will you be watching?

The highly-anticipated biopic on the Grammy award-winning R & B group TLC airs tonight. The two-hour movie stars Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer and Lil Mama as T-Boz, Chilli and Lisa “LeftEye” Lopes respectively.

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