It’s not a go, for Meagan Good, who has been lobbying to one day play Whitney Houston, if there were ever a biopic. Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has also expressed interest in playing her mother, but it is Yaya DaCosta who ultimately walked away with the part.
The actress-turned-model-turned-actress again has been cast to play the iconic diva in Lifetime movie directed by Angela Bassett. The biopic will chronicle Whitney’s rise to the top, as well as her up-and-down relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown between the years of 1989 and 1994.
Since being a runner-up on America’s Next Top Model a decade ago, Yaya has been flexing her acting muscle and earning coins in the process. The 31-year-old model/actress has appeared in over 10 films (most recently, The Butler) and even had a recurring role on All My Children.
Caribbean-Briton director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was named best motion picture, drama at the 71st annual Golden Globes awards on Sunday night, beating out “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush.” It was the lone award for the film at the Golden Globes.
McQueen’s historical biopic of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man abducted and sold into slavery, “12 Years a Slave” was long considered a front-runner in the best picture Oscar race.
McQueen was born in West London to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents.
As he tells it: “My parents are from Grenada, my mother and father; you know, this is the place where Malcolm X’s mother was born. My mother was born in Trinidad; the phrase ‘Black Power’ was born in Trinidad. Harry Belafonte is from Jamaica. Marcus Garvey is from the West Indies. And there’s this huge majority of my family living in the United States, so it’s a little bit more complex than that. It’s not about me being a Brit; it’s about me being a part of that sort of diaspora.
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