Before Barack Or Hillary, There Was Shirley: Anika Noni Rose To Star In New Film CHISHOLM
I can’t be the only one whose noticed that Anika Noni Rose is quietly winning in Hollywood. For an industry that can be so fickle and unstable this Black woman works consistently in theater, television and film.
It seems that there’s no stopping her. According to Shadow and Act, Rose is set to star in and produce a new film about Shirley Chisholm, appropriately titled, CHISHOLM. As we reflect on the historical significance of Hillary Clinton being named the presumptive Democratic nominee, we can’t forget the woman whose shoulders she’s standing on.
Not only was Shirley Chisholm the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968, just a few years later, in 1972, she became the first major-party Black candidate for President and the first woman to ever run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Chisholm’s 1972 campaign not only paved the way for Hillary Clinton, it did the same for our current president, Barack Obama.
So, it’s only right that her story be told.
This project has been a long time in the making, as names like Viola Davis and Regina King have been rumored to be starring in the film since it was first announced back in 2010.
But with the launch of a Facebook page for the project and a confirmation letter, sent to Shadow and Act, from producer Barbara Bullard, it would seem like they’re well on their way. Not only will Rose star as Chisholm, she is also slated to produce the project.
“…CHISHOLM embodies the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watched adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business. With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Congresswoman Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for whites and males only. With an efficient producing team, Creative Monster Production’s Bryan Gambogi (‘Blue Jasmine’/’King of Beasts’ Documentary), Grant Anderson (‘Green Hornet’), Debbie Brubaker (‘Big Eyes’), Barbara Bullard, social innovator, and an award-winning writing team, Armistead Johnson and Montserrat Mendez, CHISHOLM will be eloquently developed changing the paradigm of how we ourselves can be a ‘Catalyst for Change.’”