WEEK IN WOMEN: Ledisi to play Mahalia Jackson in REMEMBER ME – Brandy McDonnell reports
Grammy-nominated R&B recording artist Ledisi will again portray legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the planned biopic Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story. Ledisi previously played Jackson in the Oscar-winning 2014 fact-based film Selma, director Ava DuVernay‘s chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Columbus Short (ABC’s Scandal, Stomp the Yard) will play MLK, who was a close friend of Jackson’s, in Remember Me. Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Walking Dead, The Steve Harvey Show) also will co-star in the biopic.
Named after one of Jackson’s signature songs, Remember Me will be set during the tempestuous years between 1956 and 1963, and it chronicle the Queen of Gospel’s friendship with King and her often overlooked contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. She was a key inspiration of MLK’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech and often accompanied King to perform at his events. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN