'Woman King,' Viola Davis and the culmination of a struggle
When Viola Davis, sculpted and hardened from months of training, first stood in the full garb of the Agojie warrior women, with her bare feet in the African sand, it was the culmination of not just the years-long push to make “The Woman King,” but of a lifelong battle.
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is using major philanthropic donors to build her future as a tenured professor at Howard University, just as other major donors sought to stymie the Pulitzer Prize-winning Black investigative reporter at the University of North Carolina.
Oprah, Lionsgate to help adapt The 1619 Project for film, TV
Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside The 1619 Project architect Hannah-Jones to develop a multi-media history of slavery and its effects in America for a worldwide audience. The 1619 Project launched in August 2019 in an issue of The New York Times Magazine to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the American continent. Hannah-Jones will be a creative leader and producer in developing films, TV series, documentaries and more inspired by the reporting. The 1619 Project is also being adapted into a series of books.