Coffee Talk: Viola Davis to Play Harriet Tubman in HBO Biopic

Plus: Raven-Symoné is reportedly being courted to co-host "The View," Jamie Foxx to sing the national anthem at the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight, "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been tapped to write the "Good Times" remake script.

Jolie A. Doggett Apr, 28, 2015

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HBO is producing a new biopic about the leader of the Underground Railroad and they're eyeing Viola Davis for the lead role. Based on the biography "For The Promised Land," the film will tell the story about Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped an led more than 300 others to freedom befre turning spy for theUnion in the Civil War. Production is already underway. [Deadline]

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Apparently, Raven-Symoné was a hit when she guest hosted The View last month. So much so that now they want her to take on the host seat full time. 

“She was interesting and provocative,” an ABC source told the New York Post. “Raven would be great as a regular host.” We'll have to wait and see if she takes the gig. [Hello Beautiful]

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Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will be keeping busy after the season of his hit show ends. He'll have his work cut out for him writing the script for the new Good Times movie based on the hit sitcom of the 70's. The film will follow the original story line of the series highlighting the struggles of working-class couple James and Florida Evans as they raise their kids in a Chicago housing project. The film will be set in the 1960's. [Deadline]

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The Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight will be star-studded affair. They've even got the celebrities doing work. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will be singing the National Anthem at before what's being called the "Fight of the Century" this Saturday in Las Vegas. [Billboard]

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Nas is back with his first new album in three years. The rapper announced via Instagram that he's about to drop a new solo album this summer through Def Jam Records. Nas released a single back in October, "The Season." Looks like the season for new music is upon us. [Complex]