colorism

Former STAR showrunner Karin Gist is teaming up with Lee Daniels again for a new FOX drama based on Lawrence Otis Graham‘s book Our Kind of People.

 

In 2017, FOX began working with Empire produce Wendy Calhoun on a scripted series about “a multi-generational family dynasty from Chicago whose dark secrets threaten to rip it apart.”

 

Now Gist and Daniels are redeveloping the project with a new storyline:

 

“Empire” star Gabourey Sidibe can now add director to her long list of accomplishments. The Oscar-nominated actress is behind a new short film that puts a twist on the Nina Simone classic tune, “Four Women.”

 

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Don’t forget to tune in today at 9 a.m. for another edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week’s guests include CAU Drama Professor Jonathan Kitts and student actors Derrick Robertson and Sky Pugh, who are both starring in “Yellowman.” The Pulitzer Prize nominated play was written by Dael Orlandersmith and tackles the sensitive issues of colorism and stereotypes within the African-American community.