Friday, August 26, 2016
Can John Legend Help Save How Blacks Are Portrayed on Film?
As you know, Southside with You (the Barack and Michelle love story) is now in nationwide release. Its Executive Producer is recording artist/emerging media mogul John Legend and the reviews have been decent. However, this is not his first foray into screen, as he is also one of three EPs behind the WGN smash series Underground. This period piece about slavery has also been renewed for a second season.
So after years of Tyler Perry and Wayans Bros entertainment styles waning (slightly), does this mean that America gets to see more uplifting content in regard to black history with emphasis on triumphant moments? I hope so.
I still appreciate the simplicity of straight-to-DVD/Aspire/BET/TVOne movies with a small budget and new faces, or those that were once popular (I see you, Robin Givens) but now are more humbled, I want to see something new.
Will John Legend come to the rescue again? According to Rhymes with Snitch, a series about Black Wall Street is currently in development. Here are some more facts, for those who are unaware of this period in history.