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It’s official: The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o film is now real!

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Who knew Twitter would turn into the next Hollywood casting office! It’s amazing that this tweet about the two stars at a 2014 Miu Miu fashion show:

launched this result:

According to Entertainment Weekly:

After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay.

According to sources, Netflix landed the project in a very aggressive bid, beating out multiple other suitors.

The film will go into production in 2018 after DuVernay finishes her latest project. I, for one, is excited for this film and I can’t wait to see it when it comes to Netflix. Twitter–particularly #BlackTwitter, which started the whole movie talk–is excited, too:

Twitter users have also continued the casting train by providing Ava DuVernay tons of suggestions:

As Shadow and Act brought up, the big question is whether the person whose tweet originated this idea will get paid. “This could be one of those precedent-setting situations,” wrote Shadow and Act’s Tambay Obenson. If there is payment on the way, that means that the floodgates have opened for tons of films coming from Twitter, with tons of creators getting some steep royalty checks.

What do you think about this film? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

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#RachelDolezal, #AskRachel and #Transracial Break the Internet

I literally have no words to describe this story, except that Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane NAACP chapter and Africana Studies professor, is a white woman pretending to be black, and has been living as such for years. Not only that, but she’s pretended her adopted brothers (who are black) are her sons and she identified a random black man as her father.

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"Black Twitter" Drags Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie

I did not see Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie, produced by Wendy Williams, who took up the helm after Zendaya left the project and it seemed like Lifetime was going to shelve the project. It would seem that she should have let the project die its natural death, since the end result was hundreds and thousands of fans rallying up as one to denounce the film and Lifetime’s casting choices of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, R. Kelly and others.

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