"Taraji P. Henson," he declared. "Taraji P. Henson."
I would have included 1961's A RAISIN IN THE SUN.
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival starts on September 7th and will screen a documentary about the late Lorraine Hansberry. The festival release includes this info about the feature:
"...a documentary about black writer, feminist, lesbian and outspoken trailblazer at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Lorraine Hansberry...This is the first feature documentary on Hansberry."Hansberry protested the McCarthy Era execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. (The ghost of Ethel Rosenberg is a character in Tony Kushner's acclaimed play, ANGELS IN AMERICA.) She was an activist for gay rights before the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 in New York City. One of her dearest friends was fellow writer and activist, James Baldwin.
The name of the documentary is SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART. Tracey Heather Strain is the director. Chiz Schultz is Executive Producer. I've interviewed Chiz on national TV. He's a lovely man with quite a history. He was on the TONIGHT Show production team in the 1960s when the show was originally broadcast from New York City. He was present to help Harry Belafonte in early 1968 the week that Johnny Carson was on vacation and Belafonte was substitute host. Belafonte battled NBC network brass and booked Dr. Martin Luther King as a TONIGHT Show guest that week. Chiz was a producer on the 1970 film, THE ANGEL LEVINE, starring Harry Belafonte and Zero Mostel. He was also a producer on Norman Jewison's A SOLDIER'S STORY, Oscar nominee for the Best Picture of 1984.
I hope Tracey Heather Strain's documentary gets a terrific reception at TIFF.
If A RAISIN IN THE SUN original Broadway cast member Lou Gossett feels that Taraji P. Henson should be playwright Lorraine Hansberry in a biopic, that's good enough for me. And hopefully it would be good enough for Hollywood.