SHIRLEY – Review by Lois Alter Mark

In 1968, Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. She’s a standout – especially in the freshman class photo – not just because of her race and gender but because she refuses to abandon her principles in order to fit in. Played lovingly by Regina King, Chisholm is feisty, whipsmart and utterly likeable. With her penchant for McDonald’s and abhorrence for the word “can’t,” she’s easy to relate to – and to aspire to be like. The former schoolteacher, who served seven terms in Congress and introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation, is someone more people should get to know, especially during this important election year.

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

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).

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Portray Shirley Chisholm – Brandy McDonnell reports

Even as she’s building Oscar buzz for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, Regina King is lining up another big starring role in front of the camera. The Academy Award-winning performer (If Beale Street Could Talk) will portray trailblazing politician Shirley Chisholm — America’s first Black congresswoman — in the upcoming biopic Shirley. The film will be produced by Participant and is expected to begin production later this year.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 15 – August 19: BEN-HUR

Opening Aug. 19, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ben-Hur,
One’s first thought on the remake of Ben-Hur might be “Why, exactly?” The era of sword and sandals epics may have reached a fever pitch in 1959, with Chuck Heston traipsing about in a metal skirt and breastplates Even in the early days of the genre, the camp factor was high, with Tony Curtis and his liquid eyes getting Laurence Olivier into hot water in <emSpartacus (1960). The genre seems to be periodically rediscovered every few years. Read On…

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