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Dear White People’s Justin Simien Tackles ‘Bad Hair’ + Algee Smith & More Join George Tillman Jr.’s BLM-Inspired Movie, ‘The Hate U Give’


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Two films that will tackle beauty standards and racism are in the works. Get the deets on Justin Simien’s Bad Hair film and George Tillman Jr.’s Black Lives Matter-inspired film The Hate U Give inside…

If you love Dear White People, we believe you’ll like upcoming film, Bad Hair.

Justin Simien, who wrote and directed the Dear White People film and series, will write and direct a horror satire titled, Bad Hair. It’s about a weave gone horribly wrong...with a twist. 

Deadline serves up deets on the film:

Paralleling the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, Bad Hair is a horror satire that follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to survive the image obsessed world of music television. Her professional success comes at a higher cost than anticipated, however, when she discovers her new hair may have a mind of its own. Simien has retained the biting satirical commentary but added genre bending thrills. Sight Unseen VP of Development, Angel Lopez, will oversee the film for the company. They’ve started a teaser website that will be developed over time as the movie takes shape.

Genre bending thrills? Hmm…that has peeked our interest. No word yet where this film will end up, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix hasn’t scooped it up already.

Another movie coming down the pipeline....

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The “New Edition Story” series is doing wonders for the cast’s careers.

Algee Smith, who stars in DETROIT, just landed a new gig in director George Tillman Jr.’s (Soul Food, Notorious) upcoming film, The Hate U Give. He’ll be joining lead star Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall.

The drama is an adaptation of Angela Thomas’ debut YA novel, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

THR gives a synopsis of the film:

The story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr (Amandla Stenberg) who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.

Algee will play Starr’s friend friend, Khalil, Regina Hall will play Starr’s mother, Russell Hornsby will star as Starr's father and Lamar Johnson will play Seven, Starr's older brother.

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