April 10, 2018 – 5:07 pm
Billed as a drama, the show will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and executive produced by Cornelius’ son, Tony Cornelius.
The legendary Don Cornelius’ life serves as the basis for a new show on BET. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the famed network greenlit a 10-episode program that’ll take viewers through each pivotal part of Cornelius’ life and career.
Billed as a drama, the show will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and executive produced by Cornelius’ son, Tony Cornelius. The 1970s might also serve as a starting point since Don Cornelius’ Soul Train show began to pick up steam and critical-acclaim. Cornelius passed away in 2012.
In a 1970 interview with Billboard, Cornelius shared the premise of Soul Train in terms of marketing and the show’s significance. “With Soul Train we are trying to give people a choice between general market TV and ethnic programming. Actually, there is no general market or wide appeal TV in Chicago. All the stations are aimed at the upper middle and upper classes in the suburbs,” he said. “I’m willing to help get ethnic TV going, although it shouldn’t be necessary. If the media was doing its job, it would serve all the people. We’re just trying to give black people something to identify with. Right now, we’re only competing with cartoons and movies.”
The show has yet to present a premiere date.
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We’d be lion if we said we weren’t excited for the Jon Favreau-remake of The Lion King. The film stars Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earle Jones and many more, and it was revealed on Instagram that Chance The Rapper is also featured in the CGI-edition of the Disney classic.
In a social media post after attending the world premiere of the movie, Lil Chano wrote that he was a part of the film’s consulting process, which was a dream come true.
“I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing,” he wrote. “Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. So when my big bro Donald [Glover] got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor.”
He then continued his post by stating that what followed was recording some singing and speaking parts for the movie. According to reports, he can be heard in the film in the role of “Bush Baby,” and is billed as Chance Bennett.
“One day I’m there Jon [Favreau] asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines,” he continues. “Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING (NIGHT) LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING.”
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Here’s a short story. I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing; like all three films, the Timon and Pumbaa tv show, the broadway play and especially the broadway soundtrack. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. So when my big bro Donald got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor. So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING NIGGHT LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING
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Donald Glover showed up to Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss a myriad of topics and happenings in his world.
The multi-hyphenate– who voices Adult Simba in the highly-anticipated remake of The Lion King– chatted with the host about the film, what it was like to work with Beyonce, and the whereabouts of his popular FX series, Atlanta. While he was not fully discussing what the status of the show is, he did say that he was “working” on the series, per his contract.
“Um, I think my contract says I have to say ‘Yes.’ Yes,” Glover (who wore a lion costume the entire time) said.
“So, you’re supposed to be working on Atlanta right now?” Kimmel asked, which prompted a funny response from Glover (which isn’t too funny to fans of the show).
“Oh, I am working on Atlanta right now,” Glover laughed. “Literally, this is a script for ‘Atlanta,’ if anybody asks.”
Atlanta was renewed for a third season in 2018 and is currently on a hiatus. Production reportedly hasn’t started for the upcoming season, and in an earlier report, VIBE wrote that the new season would not be back this year as anticipated.
Check out his full interview above.
Academy-Award winner Regina King is set to make her directorial film debut with the adaption of Kemp Powers’ play, One Night In Miami.
The performance centers around a conversation between Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and 22-year-old Muhammad Ali who had not yet become a Muslim and was still Cassius Clay.
Ali’s enthusiasm due to his win against Sonny Liston was short-lived when the newly minted heavyweight boxing champ wasn’t allowed to party at several of Miami’s hotspots due to Jim Crow segregation, instead, he checked in to another hotel with the rest of the men to celebrate.
Set on Feb. 25, 1964–10 months before 33-year-old Cooke was murdered and almost a year to the date before Malcolm X’s assassination-the men were said to have had a lengthy, passionate discussion about uplifting black people.
In the play, Powers reportedly tried to double down on who they were individually what they’ve accomplished in their respective fields and how they could pool their star power, athleticism, and activism for the greater good of black Americans.
No word yet on who will play the iconic roles, when production begins and when the film will hit theaters. All we know is that Regina King is the director and that’s more than enough for us.