1. Diana RossSource:Getty
You can’t mention iconic Black women without mentioning singer Diana Ross, who is long overdue to have her story told, much like she told the story of Billie Holliday in the award-winning film “Lady Sings The Blues.”
2. Aretha FranklinSource:Getty
The Queen of Soul has a career that has spanned decades and includes all the makings of a great biopic from love affairs to awards to diva rumors. We are here for every last drop of it.
The media mogul is a living icon and has never had her incredible story brought to screen. We’d also love to see Ava DuVernay direct it.
4. Cathy HughesSource:Getty
The Radio One founder not only owns a TV network, more than 50 radio stations and 4 national websites (this one is among them!), she’s also the woman whom Howard University‘s journalism school is named after. We would love to have a front row seat to her life’s story!
5. Maya AngelouSource:Getty
Mother Maya was a Black female Jack of All Trades. A trained dancer, activist, incredible speaker and of course, literary icon, she is the stuff that Black Girl Magic is made of. It’s high time she had a film about her life that did her incredible body of work justice.
6. Ruby DeeSource:Getty
The acclaimed actress, writer, activist and journalist was an absolute American treasure whose story would no doubt inspire millions.
7. Patti LaBelleSource:Getty
LaBelle is not only one of the greatest voices of all time, whose career has lasted for decades and is full of hits, but she’s also an entrepreneur and author who makes a mean Patti Pie!
8. Fannie Lou HamerSource:Getty
Long before she captivated the American public as the chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, where she famously demanded equality at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Hamer was an incredible woman with indomitable spiritual resolve. If that’s not an incredible inspiring story, we don’t know what is.
9. Eartha KittSource:Getty
The iconic actress and singer was one of the most accomplished stars of her time and deserves to have her story told.
10. Natalie ColeSource:Getty
The late singer and daughter of Nat King Cole was a voice for the ages. Her personal life was full of ups and downs and her story is one we need to see on screen.