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Chadwick Boseman To Portray First Known African Samurai

From Black Panther to African samurai.

Chadwick Boseman is set to take on an a little-known story in an upcoming film project. The 41-year-old actor will star as Yasuke,  Japan's first and only known African Samurai, Deadline reports.

The film, set in 16th century Japan, will recount what little is known about Yasuke’s story. Narcos creator, Doug Miro, is penning the script according to Variety.

Boseman and Logan Coles will produce the film through their Exception Content imprint, along with Picturestar, De Luca Productions, and Solipsist.

Yasuke is believed to have been from Portuguese-ruled Mozambique and arrived in Japan in 1579 as a slave to Italian Jesuit missionary, Alesandro Valigano. Yasuke either belonged to the Makua tribe of northern Mozambique, or the Yao people found further inland in Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania.

His arrival in Japan caught the attention of warlord Oda Nobunga who allegedly thought his complexion was painted on and made him scrub his skin. After Yasuke proved that his skin color was real, Nobunga apparently took an interest in him. Yasuke was likely the only non-Japanese person to serve Nobunga who gave him his own residence, a katana sword ceremony, and the job of weapon bearer.

Per Deadline, the two forged a “complicated” relationship where Yasuke earned Nobunga’s trust and respect, along with the rank of samurai.

Meanwhile, Boseman is used to taking on real life figures having portrayed Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall in previous films.

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The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

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A Dru Hill Biopic Is Reportedly In The Works

Dru Hill’s story could be getting the film treatment soon. Following the success of Sunday’s (Feb. 23) Unsung season premiere episode chronicling the Baltimore group’s rise to fame, Dru Hill announced plans for a biopic.

According to the R&B group’s official Twitter account, the biopic is in development at BET. The informal announcement was tweeted in response to fans complaining about the Unsung episode being too short.

Working with BET on biopic as we speak. https://t.co/5zKC7QFygs

— Dru Hill (@DruHill4Real) February 25, 2020

BET has found a niche in R&B biopics. In 2016, the cable network debuted its first miniseries, The New Edition Story, which became the highest rated program on BET in four years. The network scored another ratings hits with The Bobby Brown Story, a two-part miniseries produced by the team behind The New Edition Story.

It’s unclear when Dru Hill’s biopic will debut, although the project appears to be in the very early stages of development.

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Netflix Releases Trailer For 'Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker'

The story of Madam C.J. Walker's rise to self-made status will premiere on March 20 on Netflix. Starring Octavia Spencer as the titular character, the four-part limited series will depict the entrepreneur's rise in the hair care industry and the obstacles she faced from those within and outside of her community to become the nation's first black woman self-made millionaire.

According to Deadline, the show takes its cues from A'Lelia Bundles' book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is the great-great-grandaughter of Walker, born Sarah Breedlove. The show is directed by DeMane Davis and Kasi Lemmons, touting production by SpringHill Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Wonder Street.

The series also stars Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Garrett Morris, and Carmen Ejogo.

View the trailer below.

Meet America’s first empire-building, barrier-breaking, self-made female millionaire

Octavia Spencer stars in Self Made, a limited series inspired by the incredible life of Madam C.J. Walker pic.twitter.com/VGAi2uNVW7

— Netflix US (@netflix) February 25, 2020

#SelfMadeNetflix is out March 20th! So proud to be apart of this project about Madam CJ Walker!! @strongblacklead pic.twitter.com/w49Y7iigQw

— Kasi Lemmons (@kasi_lemmons) February 25, 2020

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