Idris Elba has taken to Instagram to respond to the comments made by James Bond author labeling Elba as “too street” to play James Bond. In true Elba fashion, the actor took a screenshot of the headline, “007 Writer Says Idris Elba is ‘Too Street’ to Play James Bond, Quickly Apologizes,” and wrote the caption, “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!! #septemberstillloveyou.” Now, was that smooth, or was that smooth?
AFFRM and Array Releasing released Mississippi Damned to be streamed on Netflix on Tuesday, September 2nd. Written and directed by Tina Mabrey, Mississippi Damned is based on a true story from 1986 to 1988 in Mississippi, where the impoverished Black children suffer from their family’s cycle of abuse, addicition and violence. [Indiewire]
The casting is complete for Brandy’s new BET sitcom, Zoe Ever After, in which she’ll play Zoe Moon, a newly divorced mother beginning a new life and career. Southland actor Dorian Missick is casted as Gemini, Jaylon Gordon plays her 8-year-old son Xavier; Tory Devon Smith is casted as Valenté, her fun, fashionista assistant, Haneefah Wood plays Pearl, her best friend publicist and Ignacio Serricchio is the super attractive contractor Miguel. The show is said to premiere in January. Congrats Brandy! [Black America Web]
Being Mary Jane is back on the air October 20th and Jill Scott and Loretta Devine will be making a guest appearance. Scott will play mother to Mary Jane’s confident, yet misguided niece, Niecey. Devine will play the woman who sues Mary Jane after the two get into a car accident. We can’t see what happens.