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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