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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SPOTLIGHT April 2021: Tami Reiker, Global Feminist Cinematographer

The first woman ever to win an award from the American Society of Cinematographers, Tami Reiker has been forging her own path as a cinematographer since her college days, making art with directors like Lisa Cholodenko and Gina Prince-Bythewood. Fascinated by people and their stories, her work has taken her to destinations that range from well-trafficked to hidden corners. She has many tales to tell and loves to do so — most often with a camera in hand.

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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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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Review by Diane Carson

One Night in Miami dramatizes four Black men’s extraordinary interaction

Imagine February 25, 1964, and four extraordinary Black men coming together for an evening of camaraderie. Then imagine these amazing men are Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Cassius Clay, and Malcolm X. This is exactly what director Regina King’s One Night in Miami spectacularly presents as this remarkable foursome talks, laughs, argues, and probes the most significant issues of Black America.

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Review by Susan Granger

Oscar-and-Emmy-winning actress-turned-director Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk, Watchmen) is determined to tell powerful stories that haven’t been heard – like this fictionalized meeting of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, NFL star James Brown and singer Sam Cooke in 1964.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 25, 2020: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Anyone who thinks female directors should stick to telling women’s stories is a) sexist and b) in for a surprise when they watch Regina King’s powerful directorial feature film debut One Night in Miami. Based on Kemp Powers’ same-named 2013 play, it imagines the fascinating conversation that might have happened between activist Malcolm X, boxer Cassius Clay, singer Sam Cooke, and NFL star Jim Brown had they all found themselves in the same place on the night of February 25, 1964.

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Review by Loren King

Regina King is such a brilliant actor that it’s not surprising she works wonders with the stellar male ensemble in her directing debut, One Night in Miami. Adapted by Kemp Powers from his 2013 speculative stage play, the action is set in just a single night —Feb. 25, 1964, the night that Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) won the world heavyweight championship at age 22 by defeating Sonny Liston in a title bout at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It unfolds largely in single hotel room where Clay celebrates with friends Malcolm X (Kinglsey Ben-Adir); football legend Jim Brown Aldis Hodge; and singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.).

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