Issa Rae is definitely on her way to becoming one of Hollywood’s most versatile and well-known faces.
The “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” creator is set to play Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic for Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
According to Shadow & Act, Rae will take on the role of Simone, who was not only a successful jazz singer, but one of Hansberry’s closest friends at the time of her death.
Other stars in the project include Jaleel White as James Baldwin, and Taye Hansberry as Lorraine Hansberry.
Rae is a busy women theses days. Along with her first movie role, she’s keeping up with her successful web series and preparing for the summer premiere of her new talk show on Magic Johnson’s Aspire Network.
We see you, Issa!
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On Zoe & Nina: Rosie Perez, Emayatzy Corinealdi Chime In On The 'Colorism' Controversy
1. Rosie Perez- Actress
"One thing that's really nasty in our community is how we don't support each other. If you have something to say, don't say it against our own, say it against the system!"
2. Emayatzy Corinealdi- Actress, Middle of Nowhere
"For me, dealing with that whole issue with Zoe and with Nina, at the end of the day, I love Zoe. I think she's an amazing actress. David Yolowo is going to be in this film and he is great. I feel at the end of the day it's about the work and I can empathize with Zoe in just how she feels with all the backlash. I'm for her--I'm for Zoe, I'm for David, I'm for the film--and I know however it plays out, it will be beautiful…that's what I'm believing."
3. Kiara C. Jones- Director, Barbasol
"The casting of Zoe Saldana makes sense in the way that she has a powerful name. A lot of times with our characters, because we don't know enough about them, we decide on the surface who they are and where they come from and it's the same with people. It's unfair we don't know what Nina's ethnic background all the way is along with Zoe's. She's a beautiful woman, she's a talented actress, she's a powerful name, she'll bring credence to the film. She'll do a great job in the role."
4. Maya Washington- Director, White Space
"I think its great, I think anytime you see a brown face in a role in Hollywood we have to applaud and be excited, regardless of what other peoples politics may or may not be whether you are Latina or African-American, or somewhere in between. You have to support everybody and celebrate everyone's achievements."
5. Delila Vallot- Director, Tunnel Vision
"Lindsey Lohan is doing Elizabeth Taylor and I think that she doesn't look exactly like her. I think we have to be careful when we say 'Does an actress look exactly like another actress or the person they're portraying?' I don't think that's the only thing that is important when you're casting somebody. We don't want a robot that's an exact replica, we want someone who can pull off the role. She gets a thumbs up. I'm glad she's working."