Anika Noni Rose Talks 'For Colored Girls,' Going To A Dark Place, Tyler Perry's Support

Anika Noni Rose played Disney’s first Black princess in her last film but her role in Tyler Perry’s upcoming For Colored Girls, will take viewers to a darker place. In the movie adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s iconic choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Rose depicts a happy-go-lucky woman who endures date rape. Rose, who plays Yasmine/Yellow has never experienced what her character does in real life, but she hopes to give a voice to people who may not have been able to speak up.

“I thought that what Ntozake had put down on paper about the way we trust people with ourselves, with our spirits with our bodies, with our lives⎯it was so clear to me that I had to allow it to live it,” the Tony Award winning actress told VIBE at a For Colored Girls press junket. “My plan was to live these words so that it was clear because so many people don’t get to say that out loud. So many people go through these things and they never get to say, 'Somebody hurt me and I didn’t deserve it,' or either they are afraid to or they’re told not to, they’ve been scared into silence.”

Rose admitted that repeatedly acting out the scene got so intense at times that it was sometimes hard to snap out of it. However, she credits Tyler Perry with providing great support. “There were times in a scene where Tyler would just stop and hug you. There were times for me, and a few of the women throughout where it felt like air was a luxury⎯to get another breath was a luxury at one point,” said Rose. “And Tyler came up to me we had already cut and he just put his arms around me and held me for a while. And we did it again and again, and again. But to have that support of the mind and of the spirit, but also of the body is something we had and I’m grateful.”

So far, this may have been the most emotionally challenging role Rose has taken on. Some viewers might have a hard time watching the scene but Rose’s goal was to take people to another level. If her tears in the film, which were real, get a rise out of audiences, then she has accomplished her goal. “I try to always do something different from the last thing that I did. I don’t want to see me in the same role all the time and I don’t know why somebody else would want to,” she said. “So try to shake it up and I choose things that are challenging and different and will allow me to attempt to turn myself into that character.” ⎯Starrene Rhett

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Netflix Gives Sneak Peek Of Jay-Z Produced Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Netflix gave a preview of the streaming giant's upcoming films on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Among them, the highly anticipated western, The Harder They Fall.

Produced by Jay Z and written and directed by musician Jeymes Samuel, the film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Woody McClain.

The Harder They Fall follows the fictional character, Nat Love (Majors), as he seeks revenge on the man who murdered his parents. Besides signing on as a producer, Hov also created original music for the film.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed filming, which began in March of last year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Filming resumed in September but was paused again after one of the actors tested positive for coronavirus.

“What I love about movies is that they can make you feel every emotion,” King says in the Netflix teaser.

“And show you something you’ve never seen before,” adds Majors while clips from their film plays on the screen.

The Harder They Fall is one of 27 films headed to Netflix. See more in the video below.

2021 = a new movie EVERY WEEK on Netflix. Here's a sneak peek at 27 of the biggest, brightest, fastest, funniest, feel-good, feel-everything films and stars coming to Netflix this year

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) January 12, 2021

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Issa Rae Announces ‘Insecure’ Will End After Season 5

Insecure will return this year for a fifth and final season, Issa Rae revealed on Wednesday (Jan. 13). In a statement to Deadline, Rae and executive producer Prentice Penny showed gratitude to HBO and fans of the show.

“Prentice and I are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept the faith in us to see our vision through the end,” said Rae.“We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn’t have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience. I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”

HBO’s Programming EVP Amy Gravitt, noted that Rae has “turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy.”

Based off the 36-year-old’s popular Awkward Black Girl YouTube series, lnsecure was created by Rae and Larry Wilmore. The series premiered on HBO in 2016.

Season five will reportedly begin filming later this month with Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell and Amanda Seales all expected to return. The previous season ended with Rae’s character at yet another crossroads with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Lawrence (played by Ellis).

Season five of Insecure debuts later this year.

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