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Janelle Monae Joining Cast of Upcoming Harriet Tubman Biopic

She will join Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo and "Hamilton's" Leslie Odom. Jr.

Janelle Monae is deep-diving into another acting role, and this project may be her most challenging one yet. Monae is reportedly joining the cast of Fox Searchlight's forthcoming biopic, Harriet, which will tell the historical and moving story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Harriet will reportedly chronicle Tubman's journey from escaping slavery to becoming a conductor on the Underground Railroad and successfully leading dozens of slaves to freedom during the pre-Civil War era.

While it is unclear what role Monae will play in the upcoming film, she will be joining an elite cast. Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo, "Hamilton's" Leslie Odom. Jr., and more have also been cast in the biopic.

 

Kasi Lemmons, who has previously directed critically-acclaimed films like Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Eve's Bayou (1997), will direct the screenplay that she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Sparkle's Debra Martin Chase, Beasts of a Nation's Daniela Taplin Lundberg, and Howard will produce.

Janelle Monae has previously had lead roles in major films, including Hidden Figures (2016) as Mary Jackson, and as Teresa in Moonlight (2016).

Harriet will begin filming in Virginia in Oct. 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

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Kevin Hart Debuts Trailer For Netflix Comedy Special 'Irresponsible'

Kevin Hart's latest comedy special, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, is set to stream on Netflix for all to see. The one-hour stand-up, which was filmed before 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, England, will be Hart's fifth comedy special to hit the streaming site.

Piggybacking off of the recent scandals and mayhem, this special will focus on the 39-year-old's friends, family, travel, and a year full of antics that made him "irresponsible."

April 2nd people.....MARK YOUR CALENDARS DAMN IT!!!!! Let’s gooooooooo #ComedicRockStarShit #Irresponsible #Netflix

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The stand-up's taping derives from his most recent tour through North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia which kicked off in March 2018, according to Rolling Stone. The special will be available on Netflix on April 2.

The last time Hart was a trending topic was for past tweets that were deemed homophobic and resulted in him canceling his hosting position at the Oscars. Maybe his content will include this unfortunate situation.

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The HBO Trailer For Richard Wright's 'Native Son' Paints A Modern Day Tragic Story

Bigger Thomas is a young, black man from Chicago's South Side uninterested in diving into the world of crime that surrounds him. With his leather jacket, beanie and black painted nails, Bigger would much rather make a name for himself that doesn't involve crime and potential jail time.

And then, an opportunity falls into his lap.

Adapted into an HBO series, Richard Wright's Native follows Bigger as he finds himself at the center of a crime. after he accepts a job as a driver for Mr. Dalton. Bigger is thrilled at the $1,000 a weekly payday, and for a while, the sun is beginning to shine in his world. Then Bigger comes in contact with Mr. Dalton's daughter, Mary and the trouble that's been held at the wayside now boils over.

Moonlight's Ashton Sanders embodies the role of Bigger, while fellow Barry Jenkins' alum Kiki Layne plays his girlfriend, Bessie. Rounding out the all-star cast is Sanaa Lathan, David Alan Grier, and Stephen Henderson.

Watch the trailer for Native Son below

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Tevin Campbell Lands Guest Role On 'Queen Sugar'

The cast of Queen Sugar plans to welcome a new face to its plot for the upcoming fourth season. On Tuesday (March 19), series creator/director/producer Ava DuVernay announced the addition of R&B legend Tevin Campbell in a guest starring role.

Since August 2018, DuVernay had plans to construct a persona for Campbell after the "Can We Talk" vocalist received controversial commentary on his importance to R&B. "Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW," the award-winning director wrote on Twitter. "On general principle."

Campbell's film and television resume date back to his memorable appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, The Parent 'Hood, voicing Powerline in A Goofy Movie, and now OWN's Queen Sugar.

"This is so exciting for me and I want to thank Ava DuVernay. She's a do-er, she kept her word," Campbell said in a video message on Twitter. "I want to thank the cast and the crew for making me feel like I'm home like I've been here for years."

Queen Sugar is set to premiere on OWN on June 12.

Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW. On general principle. pic.twitter.com/mcNCGBnvDv

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 17, 2018

“@Ava is a doer, she kept her word.” Welcome to #QueenSugar, Tevin Campbell— stay tuned! 🎤 pic.twitter.com/jKKUcBreyO

— Queen Sugar (@QueenSugarOWN) March 19, 2019

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