WEEK IN WOMEN: Spencer and Union Nab COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer has announced that she is teaming with Wyolah Films’ Tate Taylor and John Norris and award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Union to produce the film version of the seminal novel Coffee Will Make You Black under her Orit Productions shingle.

The film will follow a smart, funny and naive African-American teenager finding her voice as she navigates conflicting relationships with her mother, her best friends and her crushes amid racism, sexism and colorism in 1960s Chicago, according to a news release. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.