WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King’s Shirley Chisholm biopic lands at Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Academy Award and Primetime Emmy winner Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk, HBO’s Watchmen) will portray trailblazer Shirley Chisholm in the upcoming biopic Chisholm.

Written and directed by John Ridley (Needle in a Timestack), Shirley, initially announced in early 2021, has landed at Netflix.

Producers are King and her sister, Reina King, for Royal Ties Productions; Anikah McLaren and Elizabeth Haggard for Participant; and Ridley (Guerrilla, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992).

Executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Ted Gidlow, according to a news release.

Shirley is billed as the intimate portrayal of trailblazing political icon Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress and to run for U.S. president, and the cost of her accomplishments for Chisholm herself. Based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best, the film will tell the story of Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic 1972 presidential campaign. 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.