Friday, February 20, 2015
Watch Salli Richardson-Whitfield Embody the Great Lena Horne in a New Digital Short
So, this is kind of amazing. You may remember three years ago when I first posted my own black women in Hollywood casting wishlist and suggested that Salli Richardson-Whitfield (I Will Follow) should play the late great Lena Horne. Coincidentally, at the time the actress was actually trying to get a passion project off the ground in which she did in fact portray the icon on screen.
Flash forward to 2015 and the the film is one step closer to coming to fruition with the release of a digital short titled LENA HORNE: A LADY MUST LIVE, courtesy of Codeblack Films and Ebony Magazine. In it, you'll see Richardson-Whitfield literally embodying the very essence of Horne, touching on topics like colorism and Hollywood diversity -- issues that still affect us today.
Watch it here.
Apparently there will be a full-length feature film and a stage play of the same title forthcoming (fingers crossed!). I cannot wait.