A center parted long braid? Could Zendaya look any more sophisticated?

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Hollywood is stepping up its diversity game.  

Sydney Scott
Mar, 08, 2016

Tons of casting news today!

Zendaya just snagged a lead role in the new Spider-Man reboot. There's not much known about her character other than her name, Michelle. The untitled project is scheduled for release next year.

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You can also add Janelle Monáe to the highly anticipated Hidden Figures, a film about black women NASA mathematicians during the Civil Rights era. The film already stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Butler and has been getting tons of buzz. This movie has Oscars written all over it. 

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Additionally, Whoopi Goldberg will star opposite Charlie Sheen in Nine Eleven, a drama about five individuals trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. 

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In TV news, we're in the last half of pilot season and actors of color are winning. Gina Torres will lead The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, an ABC pilot about an immigrant who went from rages to riches. The show is described as a "sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and MacBeth with a Cuban twist." Nicole Ari Parker joins Model Woman, a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey's Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business Of Beauty. And Lifetime's Unbreak My Heart star Lex Scott Davis will be a series regular in CBS' Training Day pilot.

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