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“black•ish” cutie Marsai Martin Lands Lead Role In “American Girl” Special + Mara Brock & Salim Akil Gear Up For “Documenting Love” Comedy


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#BlackGirlMagic is in full effect! Marsai Martin just booked a new gig to star in an “American Girl” special while Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil are bringing a new comedy to ABC. Deets inside….

We love to hear about our young YBFers doing it big!

“black•ish” cutie Marsai Martin has landed the lead role in Amazon’s upcoming live-action special titled, “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, American Girl Story.” The special is expected to debut this fall.

According to Deadline, Marsai will play title role of Melody, set in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement. Rapper Common will executive produce the special and "Roots" scribe Alison McDonald will write and produce the project. The special also stars Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison ("The Wire") as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor ("Rizzoli & Isles") as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

Below is a synopsis:

Melody centers around 10-year-old Melody (Martin), whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by reminding her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”

Definitely sounds like something to watch with your kiddies.

Congrats Marsai!

In other entertainment news….

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Writer/producer Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil have a new project in the works. The husband-wife power duo will be creating a new comedy for ABC called "Documenting Love," according to Deadline.

The series is described as a multi-camera comedic love story about a modern-day power couple. Sounds like it will draw inspiration from the Akils’ real life. A show about a black modern-day power couple? We're here for it. The project is the first broadcast under their three-year deal at Warner Bros. TV.

It’s still in the early stages, so there aren’t many deets.  We’ll keep you posted on new developments.


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